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30th April 2019

Equity Crowdfunding – a naïve flutter or a wise addition to a portfolio?

Over 5 years, I have built up what I am told is a significant number of investments in start-up via the platforms and AngelNews has invited me to share some of the data and insights I gain as I continue my journey into the equity crowdfunding world. This article is by way of introduction and I look forward to sharing some reflections on at least a monthly basis.

17th April 2019

Crowdfunding research highlights severity of unconscious bias, female founder warns

Following the publication of research suggesting that women are more successful than men when it comes to crowdfunding for scientific research, Juliet Eccleston, co-founder and CEO of AnyGood?, has warned that these results illustrate the shocking level of unconscious bias that still exists in us all – and the pressing need for change.

12th April 2019

Klook completes $425M Series D funding led by Softbank Vision Fund


Klook, a world-leading travel activities and services booking platform, has announced it has raised US$225M in Series D+ funding. This increases the company’s total Series D funding round to US$425M. The SoftBank Vision Fund led the round with participation from existing investors, including Sequoia China, Matrix Partners, TCV, and OurCrowd. This represents the largest financing in the global travel activities and services industry.


9th April 2019

Belfast AI Startup Liopa raises seed funding via Syndicate Room

AI-based technology startup Liopa has completed a very successful fund-raising campaign on the SyndicateRoom crowdfunding website. The company raising 2.5 times the target amount in a 4 week period. It received strong backing from a number of angel investors and the Fund Twenty8 EIS fund.

8th April 2019

UK entrepreneur hits £500k crowdfunding target to roll-out diesel emissions technology

A British entrepreneur has seen his company achieve its £500,000 crowdfunding target, giving it the green light to roll-out technology to reduce the 16 million metric tonnes of Nitrous Oxide produced by the US transportation sector annually.

Daniel Mitchell’s company addvantage USA Ltd says the technology, which has already been proven in Europe, can help American haulage companies reduce the diesel consumption of their vehicles by up to 17.6% and reduce NOx emissions by up to 83%. Mitchell is a former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and his last company was part of the Virgin Fast Track 100.

8th April 2019

Emma Bunton's Kit & Kin completes fastest fundraise in Angel Investment Network history

The commercial magic of the Spice Girls remains as strong as ever, as Emma Bunton’s ethical baby product business Kit & Kin, was responsible for the fastest raise in Angel Investment Network’s (AIN) 14 year history. It achieved its target of £420,000 in just one week on the UK’s largest online platform connecting start-up businesses with investors.

AIN has revealed more than £1m was offered in total for her eco-friendly nappies, wipes and skincare business but Kit & Kin decided to only accept £420k at this time, an amount which included a key strategic investor.

28th March 2019

Dove Renewables has raised £1.1m on Triodos

A bond offer in Dove Renewables, which operates two hydro schemes in Ashbourne (Derbyshire) and in the River Teign in Devon, has raised £1.1 million on the Triodos crowdfunding platform.

The 11-year bond will pay 5% gross interest per year index linked. The money is being used to refinance existing higher cost bonds raised to finance construction of the scheme in 2016.

Both schemes benefit from the Government’s 20-year Feed in Tariff support mechanism for renewable energy. The Ashbourne scheme delivers wide ecological benefits in terms of fish migration in the River Dove and both schemes provide enough clean electricity every year to power the equivalent of 200 homes.

25th March 2019

Crowdfunding success for Bristol Wood Recycling Project

Bristol Wood Recycling Project (BWRP) is celebrating having successfully raised the funds through a bond offer on Triodos Bank's crowdfunding platform  to buy its premises.

20th March 2019

CrowdProperty secures £100 million institutional backing

Specialist property peer-to-peer lender CrowdProperty has secured the backing of a major financial institution to lend up to £100 million of loan capital to CrowdProperty’s expertly curated property projects over the coming 12-24 months.

15th March 2019

Cazana raises 150% of target goal on Crowdcube

Disruptive Automotive AI start-up has closed its crowd-fundraise at £1.56 million, nearly 160 percent of its original investment target.

15th March 2019

Seedrs Autoinvest launches full customisation as it moves out of Beta

Leading online investment platform Seedrs announces the highly anticipated launch of full customisation in its pioneering AutoInvest product. From today, investors are able to select their personal investment criteria and the product will build them a portfolio of early-stage private companies automatically. 

13th March 2019

OurCrowd celebrates $1 billion raised, 170 companies, 18 funds and 29 exits

OurCrowd, a global investment platform and Israel’s leading venture investor, has raised a total of $1 billion for 170 companies and 18 funds in just six years. Of those portfolio companies, 29 of them have achieved exit.

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