Friday, 26 February 2016

It is getting very noisy out there

The world of Crowdfunding, Equity Crowdfunding and P2P lending is becoming increasingly noisy. It is getting hard to find your way around safely.

Here is a breakdown of the scene as we see it today


Established platforms
Name                                 Model
Crowdcube                          Retail
Seedrs                                  Retail
Syndicate Room                   Investor
Angels Den                          Investor

Newcomers
Name                                   Model
Venturefounders                    Investor
GrowthDeck                         Investor
InvestDen                             Retail
Angel List                             Investor

On the Edge
Name                                    Model
Bnktothefuture                       Off shore
Cadia SE                               Off shore
Square Knot                          Now Growthdeck
Crowdrating                          Advisory
EIS Intelligent TV                  Advisory

P2P Lenders
Name                                    
Trillion Fund                        
Zopa                                      
Funding Circle                             
Lendinvest
Thincats

Crowdfunding

Name                    
Indiegogo                         
Buzzbank
Fundme
Crowdfunder
Unbound
BloomVC
Kickstarter

We are not commenting on the platforms  - if you want to know what we think you will have to pay! We run a new equity crowdfunding consultancy that helps businesses break down this noise and make sense of this funding channel. For more see here ecfsolutions.co.uk 

We see the growth of the off shore (ie unregulated) platforms as the most worrying aspect. Different UK platforms use very different models and achieve very different results for the vast variety of business sectors that approach them. Clearly knowing which is best for what, greatly increases the chances of the ECf campaign being a success. Our advice is totally independent.


Just when we thought we had them all corralled, we have a new entrant. At some stage soon they are going to have to come up with some better names but Angels Cube is just out - a tech based start up ECf platform. The guys are French so maybe that explains the name?

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