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Happy hour 19th September- Crowdcube

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We are delighted to be introducing Michael Wilkinson and Todd Wilson from Crowdcube as a guest speakers at our Happy Hour session on 19th September.

As the world’s first and most successful investment crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube enables entrepreneurs to bypass the traditional business angel, venture capital or bank finance routes, giving them more control and access to more investors. For investors, Crowdcube provides them with a way to cherry-pick a stake in an innovative business that traditionally would have been restricted to corporate investors. In addition, they can now benefit from a fixed return per annum by lending money to more established companies offering a mini-bond on Crowdcube.

Since February 2011, more than 87,000 savvy investors have registered with Crowdcube, helping to raise almost £36 million of equity finance for over 141 UK business pitches.

Check out www.cosmic.org.uk/happy-hour for all the latest news about our Happy hour events and training opportunities.

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Happy hour 19th September- Crowdcube

  1. 1. The problem  “Q1 2013 showed the lowest ever level of use of external finance by SME’s” – SME Finance Monitor, Aug ‘13  “Access to finance is a “major barrier” to growth for more than one in five small companies” – FT, Mar ’12  “Less than one in five SME’s have attempted to raise finance in the last year – with 40 per cent of applications rejected” – RealBusiness, Sept ‘13
  2. 2. The solution  Crowdcube is the world’s first and leading equity crowdfunding platform giving entrepreneurs a new way to raise investment  Fully authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority
  3. 3. The solution
  4. 4. The equity solution
  5. 5. The mini-bond solution  More than just financial considerations  4-5 years trading  Capacity to engage with tens of thousands of customers  £5 million + turnover  At least EBITDA profitable  Investment used for tangible growth i.e. assets rather than restructuring
  6. 6. Creating a buzz
  7. 7. Success so far £37 million funded so far… £220,000 average deal £1.9 million biggest deal £250,000 largest single investment +90,000 members 145+ £2,600 average investment Successfully funded deals Stage of Growth By Category
  8. 8. Case studies
  9. 9. Case studies
  10. 10. Growth 2012 2013 Growth investment £2.2m £12.2 + 562% deals 22 54 + 145% UK’s ‘Most Active Seed Investor’ in 2013 Beauhurst report stated Crowdcube has “dominated the UK equity crowdfunding marketing since launch and was responsible for 70% of crowdfunded deals in 2013.” Source: Beauhurst, UK Equity Investment Review 2013, February 2013 average investment £1,800 £2,800 + 56%
  11. 11. Why do investors love us? “Crowdcube is a breath of fresh air; it’s a convenient, easy-to-use and makes investing far more accessible.” Rupa Gantra Crowdcube Investor
  12. 12. Why do our entrepreneurs love us?
  13. 13. Summary  Leading the transformation of UK investment finance  No. 1 ‘Seed Investor’ in the UK  Crowdcube Venture Fund managed by Braveheart Investment plc  Enabling Scottish business growth on the world’s leading investment crowdfunding platform
  14. 14. Michael Wilkinson Investment Manager Michael@crowdcube.com @MW_Crowdcube www.crowdcube.com

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