Impact for scaleups
Investments outside of London
Online equity crowdfunding platforms, on which businesses pitch to receive investment, are becoming a conduit for finance among seed, early-stage and scaling businesses, bridging the gap from family and friends funding rounds and later, larger institutional rounds.
Seedrs, founded in 2012, was a new entry into the 2019 ScaleUp Index’s list of top investors in visible scaleups. It operates a pan-European equity crowdfunding platform with its headquarters in London and hubs in Berlin, Amsterdam and Lisbon. Funding ranges from £50,000 seed stage rounds through to IPO.
The platform has contributed to 33 investments in 11 scaleup companies since 2013, worth a total of £76.7m. Of the 33 investments, 22 were repeat investments into seven scaleups and two of the cohort has exited since receiving investment. In 2020, the platform has provided more than £1m in growth finance to companies such as Urban, Assetz Capital and TruRating. Notable scaleups that have used the platform include Landbay, PodPoint and Velorution.
Its Alumni Club also serves Seedrs-funded businesses through a dedicated community featuring valuable tools, bespoke resources, curated events, discounts and an online community portal.In October 2020, it was announced that Seedrs and Crowdcube plan to merge The deal is subject to approval from the Competition and Markets Authority, the FCA as well as shareholders.