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Fuelling	
  Great	
  
European	
  
Startups	
  
	
  

	
  
Jeff	
  Lynn	
  |	
  CEO	
  and	
  Co-­‐Founder	
  
Seedrs	
  
	...
About	
  Me	
  
	
  
• 
	
  
• 

CEO	
  and	
  Co-­‐Founder	
  of	
  Seedrs	
  

Non-­‐Executive	
  Director	
  of	
  
Com...
 
The	
  leading	
  
European	
  platform	
  
for	
  discovering	
  and	
  
investing	
  in	
  great	
  
startups	
  

	
 ...
Seedrs	
  Overview	
  

	
  
Entrepreneurs	
  can	
  raise	
  seed	
  and	
  
early-­‐stage	
  investment	
  from	
  frien...
Our	
  Activity	
  
	
  
•  65	
  deals	
  to	
  date	
  

•  £6.1M	
  ($10M)	
  raised	
  
though	
  us	
  
•  £94K	
  ($...
Case	
  Study:	
  
Future	
  Ad	
  Labs	
  
	
  
	
  
Raised	
  £60K	
  ($98K)	
  	
  
from	
  70	
  investors.	
  
	
  
P...
Case	
  Study:	
  
Mikes	
  Fancy	
  
Cheese	
  
	
  
Raised	
  £80K	
  ($131K)	
  
from	
  98	
  investors.	
  

	
  

Cr...
Case	
  Study:	
  
Happy	
  Days	
  –	
  A	
  
New	
  Musical	
  
	
  
Raised	
  £250K	
  ($400K)	
  	
  
from	
  336	
  i...
Our	
  Advisory	
  
Board	
  

James	
  Alexander	
  -­‐	
  Co-­‐founder	
  of	
  
first	
  major	
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  le...
Our	
  Funding	
  
History	
  
	
  

•  2009-­‐2011:	
  £350K	
  ($575K)	
  in	
  
pre-­‐seed	
  capital	
  (before	
  FSA...
Equity	
  Crowdfunding	
  
Will	
  Thrive	
  In	
  Europe	
  

	
  

•  Growth	
  in	
  entrepreneurship	
  
•  Geographic...
Timing	
  Is	
  Right	
  For	
  
Entrepreneurship	
  
In	
  Europe	
  

	
  

• 

Technology:	
  High	
  online	
  and	
  ...
We	
  Have	
  Multiple	
  
Startup	
  Hubs…	
  
	
  
• 

Dozens	
  of	
  tech	
  clusters	
  are	
  
developing	
  rapidly...
…and	
  Each	
  Has	
  its	
  
Unique	
  Value	
  
	
  

•  London	
  –	
  Fintech	
  and	
  media	
  capital	
  
of	
  th...
Small	
  Countries	
  
with	
  a	
  Global	
  Reach	
  
And	
  Mindset	
  

	
  
	
  

“We	
  didn’t	
  think	
  about	
  ...
A	
  Different	
  
Approach	
  to	
  Capital	
  
	
  

•  Less	
  intensive	
  concentrations	
  
of	
  angel	
  investors	...
Europe	
  Is	
  Ablaze	
  
With	
  Great	
  
Startups…and	
  
Seedrs	
  is	
  Fuelling	
  
Their	
  Growth	
  
	
  
	
  
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Jeff Lynn - Seedrs - UK - Equity Crowdfunding in Europe - Stanford Engineering - Feb 10 2014

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  • Great presentation, Burton! I wish in Spain things would be different. Right now, Government in Spain is now creating barriers to Crowdfunding... even they 'sell it' as a law to 'support safety investments'... the real thing is another one... BBVA Bank and other big Banks in Spain are against Crowdfunding. The Government in Spain says this law will only affect to Crowdlending and Equity funding... but, the other Crowdfuding platforms will be included in another law (Ley de Mecenazgo; Donors) Keep an eye... it will come!
    Here you can take a look at the new law's draft (Spanish): http://www.ecestaticos.com/file/1576c2a9e8f2a157ea13fe611d57dc44/1393615624.pdf
    http://www.universocrowdfunding.com/espana-regula-equity-crowdfunding-crowdlending/
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  1. 1. Fuelling  Great   European   Startups       Jeff  Lynn  |  CEO  and  Co-­‐Founder   Seedrs     Stanford  Engineering   European  Entrepreneurship  &  Innovation   February  10  2014    
  2. 2. About  Me     •    •  CEO  and  Co-­‐Founder  of  Seedrs   Non-­‐Executive  Director  of   Companies  House   •  Founding  Chairman  of    The   Coalition  for  a  Digital  Economy   •  Former  M&A/securities  lawyer   with  Sullivan  &  Cromwell  LLP   (New  York  and  London)  
  3. 3.   The  leading   European  platform   for  discovering  and   investing  in  great   startups    
  4. 4. Seedrs  Overview     Entrepreneurs  can  raise  seed  and   early-­‐stage  investment  from  friends,   family,  angels  and  their   communities.     Investors  can  invest  from  £10  up  into   the  startups  they  choose.     We  act  as  nominee  to  ensure   investors  are  protected  and   entrepreneurs  aren’t  burdened  with  a   huge  cap  table.     Our  fees  are  success-­‐based:  7.5%   commission  on  funding,  7.5%  carry   on  profit.  
  5. 5. Our  Activity     •  65  deals  to  date   •  £6.1M  ($10M)  raised   though  us   •  £94K  ($154K)  avg.  deal   •  24  avg.  days  to  fund   •  115  avg.  investors  per   deal   •  £703  ($1,153)  avg.   investment   Net  Investments     $5,000,000     $4,500,000     $4,000,000     $3,500,000     $3,000,000     $2,500,000     $2,000,000     $1,500,000     $1,000,000     $500,000     $0     H2  2012   H1  2013   H2  2013  
  6. 6. Case  Study:   Future  Ad  Labs       Raised  £60K  ($98K)     from  70  investors.     Pioneering  a  new  age  of   CAPTCHAs  that  are   Engaging,  Simple  &  Secure.     Has  since  raised  top-­‐tier     VC  round.    
  7. 7. Case  Study:   Mikes  Fancy   Cheese     Raised  £80K  ($131K)   from  98  investors.     Creating  Northern  Ireland’s   first  raw  milk,  artisanal,   blue  cheese  for  direct  and   wholesale  distribution.  
  8. 8. Case  Study:   Happy  Days  –  A   New  Musical     Raised  £250K  ($400K)     from  336  investors.     26-­‐week  UK  theatre  tour  for   original  musical.     First  major  theatre   production  to  raise  online   equity  crowdfunding.  
  9. 9. Our  Advisory   Board   James  Alexander  -­‐  Co-­‐founder  of   first  major  peer-­‐to-­‐peer  lending   platform,  Zopa       Mike  Butcher  –  Editor-­‐at-­‐Large  of   TechCrunch     Dale  Murray  CBE  -­‐  Investor  and   entrepreneur  ,  British  Angel   Investor  of  the  Year  (2011)     Todd  Ruppert  -­‐  Former  CEO  &   President  of  T.  Rowe  Price  Global   Investment  Services     Ralph,  Lord  Lucas  -­‐  Member  of   the  House  of  Lords    
  10. 10. Our  Funding   History     •  2009-­‐2011:  £350K  ($575K)  in   pre-­‐seed  capital  (before  FSA   authorisation)  from  friends,   family  and  small  angels     •  2012:  £1.1M  ($1.8M)  in  seed   capital  for  launch  from   finance  and  tech  angels     •  2013:  £2.6M  ($4.3M)  crowd   round  after  18  months  from   909  customers,  angels  and   funds  
  11. 11. Equity  Crowdfunding   Will  Thrive  In  Europe     •  Growth  in  entrepreneurship   •  Geographic  dispersion  (hubs)     •  Global  reach  and  mindset   •  Characteristics  of  capital  and   investors  
  12. 12. Timing  Is  Right  For   Entrepreneurship   In  Europe     •  Technology:  High  online  and   mobile  adoption.   •  Economic:  Financial  crisis   leading  talented  people  to  create   their  own  value.   •  Cultural:  Successes  being   celebrated.  Failure  being   embraced.  
  13. 13. We  Have  Multiple   Startup  Hubs…     •  Dozens  of  tech  clusters  are   developing  rapidly  throughout  the   continent  –  each  with  their  own   unique  fabric.   •  Increased  interconnectivity  –   “cluster  of  clusters”.   •  Easy  for  entrepreneurs  to  travel   and  network  with  other  hubs.       •  More  accelerators  and  support  for   entrepreneurs.  
  14. 14. …and  Each  Has  its   Unique  Value     •  London  –  Fintech  and  media  capital   of  the  world,  favourable  tax  regime.     •  Stockholm  –  Thriving  digital  sector   and  large  population  of  early-­‐ adopters.   •  Berlin  –  Affordable  talent  and  real   estate;  high  concentration  of   accelerator  programmes.   •  Barcelona  –  Climate,  culture  and   universities  draw  global  tech  talent.  
  15. 15. Small  Countries   with  a  Global  Reach   And  Mindset       “We  didn’t  think  about   one  market  —  the  world   is  our  market.”     Niklas  Zennström,  Skype  co-­‐ founder  
  16. 16. A  Different   Approach  to  Capital     •  Less  intensive  concentrations   of  angel  investors  and  high-­‐ net-­‐worth  individuals   •  Significant  mass  affluent  base   of  capital   •  Regulatory  environment  more   open  to  innovative  forms  of   investing  
  17. 17. Europe  Is  Ablaze   With  Great   Startups…and   Seedrs  is  Fuelling   Their  Growth       jeff.lynn@seedrs.com   @jeffseedrs   @seedrs   seedrs.com  
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