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Equity Crowdfunding: Next Big Thing

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Presented at Crowdsourcing Week 2013 by Darren Westlake, CrowdCube CEO.

Presented at Crowdsourcing Week 2013 by Darren Westlake, CrowdCube CEO.


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  • 1. Darren Westlake
  • 2. • World economy is in turmoil• It has never been easier or cheaper to start abusiness• Internet, social media, SaaS, crowdsourcing• We have great entrepreneurs with amazing ideas• BUT, It has never been more difficult forentrepreneurs to find startup and early stage capitalThe ProblemWealth of entrepreneurial talent but no money
  • 3. • Venture capital difficult to find for smallerrequirements• Debt finance hard to come by• Business angels – limited investments• Typically a syndicate each investing $10k - $100k• What if there was a way to have say 5000 angelseach investing $10?• What if anyone could become a business angel?The Status QuoThe Status Quo
  • 4. • As entrepreneurs we can’t rely on institutions to helpus fund our businesses• Disrupt and disintermediate – find new models• It makes sense to rely on each other – People Power• The power of the crowdNew finance modelsNew finance models
  • 5. CrowdfundingCrowdfunding• Crowdfunding is an approach to raising the capital required for a newproject or enterprise by appealing to large numbers of ordinary people forsmall donations• Social Media
  • 6. Crowdcube and Crowdfunding• Crowdcube provides a web-based central hub for entrepreneurs to meetmicro-investors. It uses the power of Crowdfunding to provide a uniqueservice to two types of people:• for entrepreneurs to source funding more accessibly thanconventional routes• for smaller investors to have the opportunity to invest in exciting high-potential businessesWhat is Crowdcube?“$100 invested in Microsoft at their IPO would now beworth approximately $35k.”
  • 7. How it works
  • 8. How it works
  • 9. How it works
  • 10. BenefitsBenefits
  • 11. Success so far…£9 millionfunded so far…£250,000largest single investment>36,000membersDeals successfully funded>50£1.5 millionbiggest dealBusiness model£2,547av. investment FCA Authorised
  • 12. www.crowdcube.comThanks

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