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24th April 2018

Equity versus Rewards Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding has gone beyond the early adopter stage, meaning most people have now heard of it. A recent survey by TribeFirst suggests that we are getting close to the stage where more people in the UK have supported a crowdfunding campaign than haven’t. The survey, completed by 250 people, showed that 43.8% of the respondents had backed either a charity, rewards or equity crowdfunding campaign.

20th April 2018

Amberside Capital & CH1 Investments launch new crowd bond platform

Amberside Capital and CH1 Investment Partners have joined forces to launch an innovative crowd bond platform, offering early-bird ISA investors 6.75% a year over four years.

The Amberside Asset Lending Platform (ALP) will invest in high-yielding private debt in infrastructure projects, examples of which include solar parks, grid support facilities and hydroponics projects.

19th April 2018

Triodos Bank raises over £7 million in first three months

Triodos Bank, a global leader in sustainable banking, has raised over £7 million for five organisations delivering positive social and environmental impact on its crowdfunding platform in the three months since it launched.  Triodos Crowdfunding, which opened to investors in January, enables people to invest directly in equity or bonds issued by established charities or businesses which have been extensively screened by Triodos for the viability of their business model and the credibility of the management team.

18th April 2018

iContract successfully raises over £800,000

iContract, the online platform connecting contractors with recruiters, closed its latest round of investment last week - after successfully raising over £800,000. With a pre-money valuation of £3,000,000, the campaign attracted direct investment from long-term strategic investors, as well as 200+ small-sized investors from its own community via the crowdfund platform Seedrs.

16th April 2018

OurCrowd reaches 20th exit

OurCrowd, a leading global equity crowdfunding platform had two portfolio exits announced over the last two days: Invertex acquired by Nike; and JUMP’s agreement to be acquired by Uber. This brings the total of OurCrowd portfolio companies achieving exits to 20 in five years.

Nike announced the acquisition of Tel Aviv-based Invertex, a computer vision company that provides anatomical 3-D scanning for instant-product customization, such as shoes, which helps make the shopping experience easier. Invertex is a portfolio company of OurCrowd First, the first fund raised by OurCrowd in 2015 to make seed investments.

13th April 2018

Microsoft and Intramezzo launch new crowdfunding platform Stakeholderz

Executive recruitment firm Intramezzo has launched its new equity crowdfunding platform, Stakeholderz. Designed to help early stage UK technology companies secure investment, the platform is supported by Microsoft for Startups, the software giant’s business accelerator in London.

4th April 2018

Stem + Glory smashes crowdfunding target

Award-winning restaurant Stem + Glory has smashed its crowdfunding target so quickly, that it is closing its campaign two weeks early – a move that is almost unheard of in crowdfunding campaigns.

3rd April 2018

Andy Murray makes first investments of 2018

British tennis champion Andy Murray has backed two early-stage businesses as part of his strategic relationship with 

3rd April 2018

Crowdcube launches regional equity campaign

Crowdcube, the world’s first and largest equity crowdfunding platform, has launched a campaign to secure more equity funding deals for startups and growth businesses outside London, in partnership with six leading supporters of regional SMEs. The target is to double equity funding deals in the regions within five years, from the current total of 736 from all providers to 1500

29th March 2018

LendingCrowd secures £2m in funding

LendingCrowd has secured an external funding round of £2 million following a strong 2017 for the peer-to-peer (P2P) lender, with the proceeds earmarked for ramping up its sales and marketing activities.

21st March 2018

Investment risk appetite on the rise, says SyndicateRoom

New research by SyndicateRoom has revealed that investment risk appetite is on the rise as lacklustre returns fail to match the goals held by nearly half of investors.

 

16th March 2018

Honcho raises £850,000 from Finance Durham

Honcho relocates to County Durham following investment and creates three jobs to complete software development and product launch.

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