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12th October 2018

Downing Crowd launches further £2.5M bond fundraise for energey projects

Investment platform Downing Crowd is launching a ‘7-day access’ bond which will invest a further £2.5 million for renewable energy generation and reserve power company, Bagnall Energy. 

Bagnall Energy, which is managed by Downing LLP, has funded more than £165 million of UK energy projects since launch in 2013.  It currently has a portfolio of 40 projects in operational solar, wind, anaerobic digestion and reserve power, across the UK.

Downing Crowd has already successfully raised £2.2 million for Bagnall Energy. To help fund its future pipeline of energy projects, Bagnall Energy plans to issue up to a total of £20 million of additional bonds. 

27th September 2018

Crowdcube marks 100 fundraises of £1,000,000 or more

Crowdcube, the world’s first and largest equity crowdfunding platform, is pleased to announce that over 100 fundraisings have now taken place on the site that have raised more than £1,000,000 each.

26th September 2018

Democratising impact investment for millennials

Oliver Jones from the impact investing platform SeedTribe looks at the issues around making impact investment more accessible to millennials.


25th September 2018

Seedrs portfolio update shows strong IRR performance

Seedrs, the leading private equity investment platform, has today published its latest Portfolio Update, an in-depth analysis of the characteristics and performance of the deals funded on the platform.

The Autumn 2018 edition of Seedrs’ Portfolio Update looks at the characteristics and performance of the 577 deals funded on the platform up to the end of 2017, up 202 deals from the previous report. The dataset continues to show that Seedrs investments, on a fair value basis, have seen outstanding performance on average when compared with other asset classes.

18th September 2018

aescuvest and EIT Health launch pan-European Equity Crowdfunding Platform

aescuvest and EIT Health have launched the first pan-European equity crowdfunding platform for European healthcare companies today: aescuvest.eu will be the number one such platform dedicated to foster and fund innovations from European start-ups and SMEs in an end-to-end digital process, and allow companies to promote campaigns and EU citizens to invest across borders. The platform will give both, retail and institutional investors access to best-in-class companies in the core health sectors biotechnology, medical technology and digital health. As prospectus-based security offerings, investment opportunities went through a thorough approval process. The start of the first campaign is expected in Q4 2018.

14th September 2018

Archangels leads £1.3m fund raise for MGB Biopharma

A novel anti-bacterial agent which has been developed in Scotland by MGB Biopharma for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infections, is to enter Phase II clinical trials following a newly-completed £1.3m fund raise from existing and new investors, supplementing a £2.7m grant awarded earlier this year by Innovate UK.

13th September 2018

gohenry to fuel growth Stateside with new Crowdcube fundraise

gohenry, the company behind the gohenry financial tool, which is enabling a generation of kids and teens to take part in the digital economy and learn about money, will soon launch a crowdfunding campaign via Crowdcube, the world’s first and largest equity crowdfunding platform. The proceeds will allow investment in the gohenry product and marketing, and fuel expansion in the vast US market.

11th September 2018

Crowdcube acquires business reporting product Supdate

Crowdcube, the world’s first and largest equity crowdfunding platform, is delighted to announce the acquisition of the business reporting software company Supdate. Through this new product, Crowdcube funded companies will be more connected with their shareholders than ever.

This acquisition advances Crowdcube’s strategy of developing an ecosystem of services for entrepreneurs and investors using its platform. This new product will add to the existing suite of post-funding benefits available to businesses on Crowdcube, such as access to Amazon’s Launchpad Programme, to allow them to fully benefit from their crowdfunded raise. 

7th September 2018

CrowdProperty surpasses £20m funding

Having funded the 47th project on the CrowdProperty platform, a total of £20,526,000 has now been raised for the development of 307 homes, demonstrating the potential that CrowdProperty has to materially contribute to the much needed housing supply across the UK as it continues its growth trajectory.

28th August 2018

Crucial factors for a viable EU crowdfunding framework

The EU crowdfunding framework proposed by the European Commission will help to build a capital markets union, foster innovation and support entrepreneurs and SMEs across the EU, says the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in a recently adopted opinion, which strongly supports the Commission's proposals.

21st August 2018

Over £500m has been committed to startups and growth companies via Crowdcube

Crowdcube, the world’s first and largest equity crowdfunding platform, is celebrating more than £500 million in pledged investment on the platform.

The half billion in funds pledged to businesses has resulted in more than 700 successful raises, for startups to sizeable scale-ups including fintech unicorn Revolut, digital, mobile-only bank Monzo and BrewDog, the British multinational brewery.

One common trait among the growing number of scale-up raises is increased participation by venture capital firms. Six VCs including Balderton and Index Ventures took part in the Revolut raise, Passion Capital contributed to Monzo’s raise, and Draper Esprit participated in a raise for POD Point, the UK leaders in electric vehicle charging.

The majority of pledged investment via Crowdcube’s platform – 60% – comes from high net worth and sophisticated investors, who typically invest larger sums. The platform has also opened up opportunities to everyday investors that have been able to invest in startup, early and growth-stage businesses more easily than ever before. Crowdcube also appeals to investors of all ages; since Crowdcube was founded in 2011, there have been over 40,000 investments worth £21m from the under-30s, and over 25,000 investments worth nearly £60m from those over 60.

17th August 2018

CrowdProperty promises more projects for investors

CROWDPROPERTY has promised a pipeline of new loans to fund for the rest of the year as it approaches its fourth anniversary.

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