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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.

17th December 2019

Crowdcube doubles investment into overseas businesses in 2019

Crowdcube is announcing a record-breaking year for overseas businesses raising funds on Europe’s leading equity crowdfunding platform. Despite Brexit uncertainty, investment into businesses based outside the UK has doubled since 2018. 

In 2019, Crowdcube’s overseas raises drew in €26.6m, which marked a massive 100% hike from 2018. ID Finance, a Spanish based fintech, scoops the No. 1 place in terms of investment raised, pulling in €5.2m in November. More than 4,500 people also backed Bnext, the Spanish challenger-bank, which stands in second place. European entrepreneurs are matching their British counterparts in terms of investment raised and number of investors they attract, as they realise the benefits of building loyal communities alongside raising growth finance.

17th December 2019

OurCrowd joins international consortium to win incubator tender in New Zealand

OurCrowd, the global venture investing platform and Israel’s leading venture investor, has announced that it is part of a consortium that has won a tender to run a start-up incubator in New Zealand. This represents the first time that OurCrowd has participated and won an international tender of this kind, and reflects the growing international focus of the Israel based investment platform.

5th December 2019

Female led-companies account for record 24% of fund raisings on Crowdcube

Women-led companies have more success with Crowdcube’s crowdfunding platform than with any other method of equity financing. Out  of 760 UK start-up or growth companies that have funded on Crowdcube, 24% are founded by women. Female founders have driven 216 UK-led successful raises on Crowdcube, which have collectively raised £107m, since the company began in 2011.

28th November 2019

Linton Hydro raises £3.3 million on Triodos

Linton Hydro Ltd has successfully raised £3.3 million through the Triodos impact investment crowdfunding platform from both retail and institutional investors.

26th November 2019

Funds: Where have all the SEIS flowers gone?

James Murdoch looks into his own portfolio and ponders the falling number of SEIS opportortunites compared to EIS investments. 

18th November 2019

Snaffling Pig secures investment From Henley Business Angels

Snaffling Pig, the UK’s leading pork-based snack business, has received investment from multiple Henley Business Angels members, who contributed to a record breaking funding round of over £1.1m.

Chosen as one of the Thames Valley 50 Game Changers in 2018, Snaffling Pig produces a wide range of pork snack products, including flavoured pork crackling sold in traditional foil bags, gift jars and advent calendars, as well as a variety of sauces, beers, nuts, and additional food goods ideal for gifts. The products are supplied into some of the UK’s leading supermarkets, such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative, John Lewis and Selfridges. Over 2,000 pubs, including Greene King and Punch Taverns among others, are also supplied with its products.

4th November 2019

Equity Crowdfunding: Is investing in a Fund better than investing in individual companies?

My first six articles looked at my experience of investing in individual companies; one of the conclusions I had come to was that, at least for the passive investor, the right strategy is to diversify the portfolio but that managing too many start-up investments can be onerous. Investing in a fund campaign allows you to invest in multiple businesses with one click of a button. Problem solved?

25th October 2019

Scale-ups turn to crowdfunding to give customers a stake in their business

Victoria Maby of Envestors discusses the wider effects of Crowdfunding.

22nd October 2019

Successful crowdfund powers Abodoo’s UK market expansion

SmartWorking startup Abodoo is set to accelerate its UK expansion following a successful crowdfund. The Co. Wexford based business, on a mission to change the future of work by connecting global citizens with remote working job roles, overfunded its £100,000 target within 48 hours.

Abodoo connects professionals needing more flexibility in how they work with employers seeking top talent. The SaaS platform, which provides high accuracy hiring and reduced bias, currently works with clients includingVodafone, Deloitte, Citibank and Automattic to help grow more inclusive and diverse workforces. With 70% of technology employers experiencing a skills shortage – and this figure mirrored across other industries – accessing talent has become critical.  Abodoo has grown its candidate community of 22,000 members across 60 countries in just two years and this is set to reach 90,000 in the next year alone.

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