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31st March 2020

Symvan investee company UnderPinned hits £500,000 crowdfunding target

Symvan investee UnderPinned has hit its £500,000 crowdfunding target. The freelance career platform, launched its crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube less than two years after launching and has so far raised just under £1.5 million.  UnderPinned provides freelancers with a one-stop career management platform, covering everything from building a portfolio and creating watertight contracts to automating invoices and payments. Members are also granted access to partner services through Open Banking, including Digital Risks, which offers self-employed insurance and 24/7 legal counsel.

30th March 2020

Convertibles: a distraction? asks James Murdoch

James Murdoch looks at whether Convertibles benefit the founders or the investors in Equity Crowdfunding.

12th March 2020

 Space Talos signs up to SPRINT programme to produce innovative radiation shielding

Space Talos, a specialist in space radiation technology, has signed up to the national SPRINT business support programme to provide funded access to space testing facilities and expertise from the University of Southampton. The SPRINT project will enable Space Talos to validate the development of new technology for shielding sensitive equipment from radiation in space.

9th March 2020

Responsible travel brand Tropicfeel raises £1m to transform the travel gear market
Ethical travel gear brand Tropicfeel has surpassed expectations by raising £1 million through crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to support its ambitions to create a global community of united travellers.

The brand is set to utilise the funding to expand its offering, which includes becoming omnichannel, selling worldwide and creating a community for those who wish to travel responsibly. 

6th March 2020

Scottish distillery Nc’nean raises £1.7 million on Seedrs

Scotland’s leading female-founded, organic and sustainable whisky distillery, Nc’nean, has successfully raised more than £1.7m in a new funding round from both a crowdfunding campaign and private investors to help accelerate its current growth plans.

The innovative whisky distillery exceeded its funding target in little over a week after launching the campaign on investment platform Seedrs. Further funding was injected from existing and new private investors, bringing the total funding to over £1.7m.

3rd March 2020

Company failure, disclosure and investor frustration

In his latest article for AngelNews, James Murdoch discusses reasonable investor expectations of equity crowdfunding platforms responsibility for disclosure  and managing investments.

2nd March 2020

Brighton supermarket rebel HISBE raises £450,000 with Triodos

HISBE Food CIC, a social enterprise and sustainable supermarket, has now raised its full target of £450,000  through an investment crowdfunding campaign on the Triodos Crowdfunding platform. HISBE’s mission is to transform the food industry, by reinventing the way supermarkets do business.

17th February 2020

Crowdcube exit: Pod Point acquired by EDF

Electric vehicle charge-point maker, Pod Point, which raised funds three times on Crowdcube, has announced it has been acquired by energy company, EDF. Pod Point successfully raised £3.71m with Crowdcube in 2015, 2016 and 2017, with its vision of a world where travel doesn’t damage the earth 1,428 people were inspired to invest. 

The sale to EDF tops AB InBev’s £85m acquisition of Camden Town Brewery, which had raised on Crowdcube in 2015.

14th February 2020

Crowdcube reports eighth consecutive record-breaking quarter

Crowdcube, Europe’s leading crowdfunding platform, has achieved its eighth record-breaking quarter in a row, as revenue for 2019 surpasses the £8m watershed for the first time. Revenue is up 36% year-on-year, climbing to £8.22m, with a record 220 campaigns funded, up from 198 in 2018.

 

 

 

 

Crowdcube saw 41 campaigns raising over £1m in 2019, with JustPark, Freetrade, Curve and carwow each raising £5m or more. Curve, carwow, Chip and Freetrade jointly welcomed over 30,000 new shareholders. A trend towards larger funding rounds has been spurred by entrepreneurs understanding the benefits of engaging their customers and communities by inviting them to become shareholders through Crowdcube.

20th January 2020

Accelerator/Incubator Funds: an opportunity for crowdfunding investors?

James Murdoch considers whether Accelerator/Incubator Funds are a good option for crowdfunding investors.

13th January 2020

Cowboy breaks records to become largest ever cleantech raise on Crowdcube at £3.7m

Cowboy, the design driven electric bike company, has hit an impressive £3.7 million with four days of its crowdfunding still to go. The maker of the world’s best connected e-bike has funded 308% of its original target of £1.2m which was reached in just 12 minutes, making it Crowdcube’s most successful cleantech campaign. 

19th December 2019

Juno Capital leads £500,000 investment in SaaS company Cyclr

Young British SaaS company Cyclr has announced £0.5million of new investment, led by Juno Capital. The investment round also includes capital from SyndicateRoom and existing shareholders.

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