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Crowdfunding for Business

Crowdfunding is a business financing route that utilises technology to facilitate the connection between companies seeking capital and investors seeking growth for the capital that they have to invest.

Equity crowdfunding is the predominant form of this investment, which opens up the opportunity for small investors (the crowd) to invest in companies or projects. It is a game changer for many businesses – especially start-ups. Traditionally it was difficult for entrepreneurs and small or start-up businesses to access interested investors with enough money to invest in them. By utilising new technology and the internet they provide businesses seeking investment greater visibility to a crowd of people with money to invest from across the world.

Crowdfunding for business platforms also provide a structure for investors to keep track of their investments and more easily access tax wrappers like Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes (SEIS) that offer tax incentives that can make smaller and start-up company investing more attractive.

Peer to peer strikes a chord with younger generation

People aged 18-34 are four times more likely than over-55s to have money invested in a peer to peer platform.

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How to succeed when crowdfunding

Joel Hughes discusses some key factors to consider when running a successful crowdfunding campaign.

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Biggest crowdfunding rounds and predictions for 2017

Crowdcube becomes first crowdfunding firm to raise £200m in investment and gives their predictions for 2017.

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A turning point in the crowdfunding equity market

In this piece in association with Fundbird, Chris Buckingham, author of Crowdfunding Intelligence, assesses the fortunes of what was once the fastest equity raise in UK history and what it tells us about the crowdfunding industry.

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What I learned from my crowdfunding experience

Henry Catchpole broke the record for the quickest close on crowdfunding website Syndicate Room. Here, he discusses why he chose the funding route he did and what he learned along the way.

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Peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunding and beyond

Anil Stocker, co-founder of MarketInvoice, charts the development on the online finance sector, why it is relevant to small businesses, and its future.

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‘Dragons’ Den without the nerves’ joins crowdfunding space

New website www.pitchfor.it will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to attract potential investors by uploading video pitches. SmallBusiness.co.uk talks to founder Peter Hart.

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Raise money through crowdfunding

Funding Circle has contributed to a guide for SmallBusiness.co.uk on how to raise finance through its crowdfunding platform.

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Why banks can’t fix the UK economy by themselves

James Meekings, co-founder of Funding Circle, argues that crowdfunding is set to steal a major chunk of the business financing market from the banks.

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Crowdfunding Case Study – Artesano raises £65,000 on Funding Circle

Knitting wool wholesaler Artesano raised £65,000 on Funding Circle, which matches lenders with businesses online.

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Fundraising through equity-based crowdsourcing

Alex Kammerling founded spirit manufacturer Kamm & Sons in 2011 and raised £180,000 through Crowdcube, a website that offers equity-based crowdsourcing as a means of raising funds.

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Funding, cubed

Crowdcube provides a platform for entrepreneurs of startups and growing businesses to connect with potential investors. SmallBusiness.co.uk talks to co-founder Luke Lang.

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