For many businesses looking for alternative finance, deciding between equity or reward-based crowdfunding can seem a difficult decision to make. Here, we hear both sides of the story.
Legal experts Amelia Villiers-Stuart and Janice Wall look at the recent demise of cycling brand Vulpine and ask whether investors had enough information.
As part of his look at the different investment opportunities out there, Lex Deak starts by weighing up the pros and cons of equity crowdfunding.
In partnership with MicroVentures, Indiegogo equity crowdfunding has been made available, which takes the firm beyond its reward-based funding roots.
Equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube has smashed the milestone for £150m of investments for growing businesses, which prompted the five-year-old business to relive its biggest moments in little over five years of operating.
The growth of equity crowdfunding has been observed by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), which proposed that the funding method can solve ongoing failures surrounding entrepreneurial finance.
Some $1.1bn was invested in tech ventures through equity crowdfunding platforms in 2015, a trend which is set to spike sevenfold to $8.2bn by 2020 – and it is Britain which is responsible for the surge of interest in the funding method.
Do you remember it was just three years ago that the FSA was minded to make VCTS unregulated collective investment schemes? Many of us rode forth to do battle. My contribution was to go and see them in their lair at North Colonnade with a fellow VCT director.
Tennis star-cum-business investor Andy Murray has continued his focus on crowdfunding as an advisor at Seedrs by serving investments to two new British companies operating in totally different sectors.
Darren Westlake, co-founder of Crowdcube, explains why equity crowdfunding has reached a tipping point – by looking at the kind of businesses raising funds, the partnerships being developed and the prospect of exits on the horizon.
Equity crowdfunding has helped make angel investing to a wider range of people, creating hundreds of thousands of new investors and greater opportunity for startups.
There are no shortage of crowdfunding campaigns online, but what does it take to put together a successful one that fills quickly?