Freitag, 7. Juni 2013

Celebrating 50th Funded Business

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Just last week we celebrated the funding of our 50th business (we’ve done a couple more since then) but this is a major milestone for both a company and an industry that were not born until February 2011. Wild Trail (the said 50th business) raised £195,100 (£45,000 over their original target) which led us to think of some of the other milestones that we have achieved during our short life.

February 2011 – we launched! a momentus day which included a great press piece in The Telegraph and Darren speaking to Simon Mayo on Radio 5.

July 2011 – Bubble & Balm hit their £75,000 target with 82 investors – testimony that crowdfunding actually works!  We were also filmed by the BBC.

September 2011 – We won an award! The great guys at Smarta listed us in their Top 100 and shortlisted us in their Innovation category.

November 2011 – The Rushmore Group hit their target of £1 million – creating a new crowdfunding world record.

December 2011 – We crowdfund ourselves – eating our own dog food as the expression goes!  We raised £320,000 from 163 investors in 2 weeks!

Affiiliate Programme with Startups

January and April 2012 – Darren is invited to No 10!  involved in talks on alternative finance.

March 2012 – We join forces with other Alternative Finance companies to launch The Next Generation Finance Consortium (NGFC)  - this led to Darren making a trip to Buckingham Palace to meet Prince Andrew in September.

September 2012 – We are shortlisted for the National Business Awards for both categories entered – Small Online Business and Startup Business of the Year.

January 2013 – Kammerling’s (Kamm & Sons) complete a second round of funding, raising £325,000.

February 2013 – We are authorised by the FCA!  Having worked with them for 18 months we finally became the first equity crowdfunding platform to enable users to be direct shareholders in the business they invest.

May 2013 – Crowdcube raise £1.5 million for themselves in 3 days, hooorahh! An equity crowdfunding record! This will go towards growing the business at home and internationally.

May 2013 – With a total of over £9.2 million raised on the site for 54 businesses and having 36,000 registered members, we are now looking to smash our targets for the forthcoming year!

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