Born in the USA, Perfected in the UK – Why Crowdfunding Is Becoming a Great Export for UK Plc

October 2nd, 2015|

The UK is rarely seen as a hotbed of rebellion. Yet the crowdfunding ‘revolution’ is very much Made in Britain.

In just a few years, crowdfunding – in which people, rather than banks, provide finance to individuals and companies – has grown from nothing into a multi-billion pound industry in the UK. And the rest of […]

Craft beer maker BrewDog raised £5 million in 20 days — but only £3 million in the 3 months after that

September 1st, 2015|

BrewDog — the Scottish craft beer maker that’s known for its Punk IPA — just launched two new crowdfunding drives on platform Crowdcube, letting people buy shares and offering a bond.

Investors can buy a minimum of two shares for £95 ($145) or lend BrewDog a minimum of £500 ($768) in the form of a 6.5% […]

Q&A: Crowdfunding success story with UK chain Grind

August 20th, 2015|

Espresso and cocktail chain Grind recently closed £1.34m through a mini bond on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube – smashing its initial £750,000 target.

Over 470 investors contributed to the round, with £60,000 being the largest amount invested, for the four-year term of the bond.

Founded in 2011 by David Abrahamovitch and Kaz James, Grind runs four espresso and cocktail […]

Andy Murray goes on Crowdfunding spree

August 19th, 2015|

Andy Murray, the tennis star currently ranked number two in the world, has expanded his business empire by making three investments in UK start-up companies.

It has emerged that he has taken a stake in Tossed, the salad bar chain, as well as investing in 3D virtual reality shop company Trillenium, and the Fuel Ventures Fund, […]

Ignore the snobs: Why crowdfunding is bringing diversity back to business

August 11th, 2015|

Venture investors on competitive deals are used to missing out to other funds. It’s part and parcel of the industry. But last month, tech-focused VCs missed out to the crowd, as the first successful exit of a crowdfunded company returned capital to investors in E-Car Club, which sold to Europcar.

E-Car Club raised funding using Crowdcube.com, […]

Crowdcube and Seedrs dominate UK crowdfunding scene

August 10th, 2015|

The two crowdfunders both landed high profile backers last week

Crowdcube and Seedrs dominate the UK crowd-funding scene, according to data, which shows the pair facilitated three quarters of the market in 2015 so far.

Together Crowdcube and Seedrs have raised US$106mln through their online platforms for small companies, according to data from Crowdsurfer.

Crowdcube raised US$72mln, just […]