The Latest Crowdfunding News – 10/7/16

The Latest Crowdfunding News


Hi guys and welcome to our first crowdfunding news edition for August. As usual we will be taking a look at the latest goings-on in the world of crowdfunding and today we start our round-up by focusing on London’s most exciting crowdfunding campaigns of the summer to looking at why equity crowdfunding matters to small business. Missed our last crowdfunding round-up? If so, catch up here.


London’s Most Exciting Crowdfunding Campaigns This Summer

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Turning to the crowd to fund the latest expansion plans or business venture as we know is becoming an increasingly popular option for businesses of all shapes and sizes, and last year crowdfunding in the UK reached £245m.

This year it continues to go from strength to strength with the likes of SyndicateRoom, Seedrs, and Crowdcube dominating alternative investment.

So what campaigns have excited those in the capital? Starting with Revolut, the London fintech launched a crowdfunding campaign last month in order to top up its oversubscribed £7m Series A funding round.

The fintech startup, which allows users to spend cash abroad on a fee-free Mastercard in conjunction with its app, experienced overwhelming demand with a record £12m pledged by interested parties within 10 hours of its launch according to Business site Bdaily.

We briefly mentioned about Crowdcube being a main player when it came to alternative investment, they too got in on the act and aimed at reaching a 5m raise which they exceeded. Crowdcube attracted £6.2 million of investment on its own platform, 124% more than it originally targeted.

Another exciting campaign that we have stumbled across is from Hire Space.

The London startup that has had big client names such as Facebook and Red Bull, closed its 500k crowdfunding campaign back in June. Their funding came from over 200 venues, event professionals and private investors respectively.

According to Bdaily : “Co-founder Edward Poland has some ambitious plans for the firm following the investment drive, with plans to ‘revolutionise the events industry’ both in the UK and abroad as Hire Space entrenches its position at the forefront of the market.”

We will definitely be watching this space (no pun intended!) for more future crowdfunding campaigns in the capital, here are two more from the Bdaily article that might be of interest, view here.


Crowdfunding App Tilt Adds P2P features

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We would normally add a P2P based story in our P2P news round-ups (if you missed our last one a fortnight ago you can catch up here), however, we previously mentioned Tilt in a December post and thought we would keep you updated about the app.

For those of you who have never heard of Tilt, in a nutshell the app is for groups of friends to pool money together for a group goals such as fundraising or funding a trip for example.

Tilt is now focusing on P2P features, the platform’s owners have opted to launch a formal P2P transfer function through the addition of “pay” and “request” buttons according to Business Insider.

Their 18-24 user base falls directly into the audience most attuned to digital P2P payments. Mainly because of the social nature of the app itself and many users know each other. This could definitely help the application thrive, because P2P applications benefit from engaged users bringing new users into the mix, who continue to refer additional customers and help expand Tilt’s network.

Image source : Tilt Twitter

Brexit Blamed for Fall in Crowdfunding Deals

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According to research by Beauhurst, they found out that crowdfunding platforms raised £87.4m in the first half of 2016, a drop of just over 4 per cent from the £91.3m raised in the previous six months. (, August, 2016)

In addition, their findings concluded that the uncertainty around the vote to leave the EU and the nature of the UK’s relationship with Europe has contributed to having deals being delayed or even abandoned.

UK Crowdfunding Association (UKCFA) spokesman Bruce Davis mentioned in the FT that the dip in deals is just a pause. In addition he stresses that the market has slowed down due to recent events, however, the UK is still taking a large share of the market.

Mr. Davis said that The UKCFA are confident that the number of deals will grow again, he stated in the FT : “The key to that will be strong signals from the government on strategy to see where it wants to see growth and investment.”


Dave Goes to Rio Thanks to Crowdfunding

RIO 2016 Crowdfunding

This one is for all you Olympics fans out that there! Dave Leach, a coach at Lewes AC has had a string of successful athletes at the Sussex based athletics club, including Rob Mullett who was selected to Represent Team GB at the Rio Olympics for the Men’s 3000m steeplechase.

Dave’s dream was to travel to Rio with Rob (who he has coached Rob since he was 12 years old), thanks to crowdfunding, Dave’s dream came true!

Club members, friends and colleagues used crowdfunding to raise the money to send Dave to the Brazilian host city; sponsors have kitted Dave and Rob from head to toe in Olympic fashion to be ready for all weather conditions there. In fact the funding was so successful, the target was reached and beaten (the initial target was 3k, however, 5k was raised for Dave).

For a coach who hasn’t been paid for 25 years and has never been on a plane before, this is another example of how crowdfunding has saved the day once again!

Image source : The Telegraph

Why Equity Crowdfunding Matters to Small Business – A View from The U.S.

Equity Crowdfunding USA

For those of you who follow our various blog round-ups know that we look at quite a few viewpoints and stories from all over the world, this time we turn our attention to across the pond.

A series of recent laws and regulations have opened the door to three new vehicles for raising investment dollars for small businesses through equity crowdfunding. These new forms of investment crowdfunding may well transform the nature of small business capital raising in the United States, by enabling individual investors to take equity stakes in new companies as Entrepreneur and Yahoo Finance both explain.

Last September, Title IV on the JOBS Act went into effect modifying regulation A of the Securities Act. In layman’s terms this piece of legislation has a very important meaning – growing companies in The States can now go public in a small offering and raise up to $50,000,000 dollars through a streamlined, low-cost alternative to a full public offering.

Companies can now test the water so to speak, meaning that small companies can let the public know that they are thinking of raising investment dollars. In America this form of announcement has been illegal since the 30’s, however, due to transparency levels and openness that these array of online platforms provide, it has now been made legal.

As a result of the legislation, many small business in America have learned to leverage small early stage investments via crowdfunding to increase their bargaining power and get more money from venture capitalists later as Richard Swart mentions in his article and these new rules give multiple financing options available to small businesses across the country.


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The Latest Crowdfunding News – 2/6/16

The Latest Crowdfunding News


Hi guys and welcome to our first crowdfunding blog post of the month. As usual, we will be travelling around the world for the latest crowdfunding updates. Our journey starts in the capital and we take a look at digital challenger bank Tandem who smashed their crowdfunding target in minutes to ending our journey in the Åland Islands. Missed our last crowdfunding updates? If so, catch up here.


Tandem Smashes Crowdfunding Target In Minutes

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Digital challenger bank Tandem smashed its crowdfunding target in minutes. The London based company raised £1m in just 20 minutes via crowdfunding platform Seedrs.

Due to the high demand from investors to get involved with this London Fintech company, Seedrs experienced a glitch on their site. Another digital challenger bank, Mondo experienced something similar when it raised £1 million in just 96 seconds!

Tandem revealed ahead of their crowdfunding campaign that it has so far raised £22m from high profile investors such as eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and several Silicon Valley venture capital firms.

The surge in investor interest in challenger banks just goes to show how people still have a distrust of high street banks and are seeking an alternative. A fintech revolution could be upon us.


Nantwich Honey Brand Smashes Crowdfunding Target

Crowdfunding News Haughton Honey Crowdfunding

A crowdfunding story which is close to home! Haughton Honey have smashed their £80,000 crowdfunding target and have collected over £120,000 in investments.

As mentioned in the Crewe Chronicle, over 200 investors backed the six-week campaign which was launched to support the next stage in Haughton Honey’s growth.

The Nantwich based company promoted their crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube, gained an interest from retailers and as a result, eight independent retailers from the Midlands and East Anglia have secured a deal to stock their honey.

The money raised from the crowdfunding campaign be will used to recruit more bee farmers, expand markets as well as promoting the brand, which was launched in 2014.

Image source : Crewe Chronicle


Australian Crowdfunding Legislation Could Be Top of the List After Elections

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We’ve covered Australian crowdfunding in our blogs on a few occasions, back in our crowdfunding news blog from late April (view here) we mentioned about the Crowd-Sourced Funding bill, which was Australia’s push for a legislative update for investment crowdfunding regulations, silently died.

However, the bill could be reborn as the country is in the midst of an election with the Turnbull government fighting to control the reigns of government.

As mentioned in previous blog posts on the issue, although some parties are against the crowdfunding bill,there appears to be broad support to move forward on equity crowdfunding legislation later this year (as mentioned by Crowdfund Insider).

Equitise, an investment platform that operates in Australia and New Zealand respectively, mentioned in Crowdfund Insider that a new framework for crowdfunding may be one of the first bills to pass following the election.

They expect tax incentives for early stage investors and include a 20% non-refundable carry forward tax offset on investments in qualifying companies, capped at $200,000 per investor per year.

Again, we’ll keep you updated in future blog posts about the latest goings-on in Australia.


Crowdfunding Helps Europe’s Businesses Boom

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From leaving the Southern Hemisphere we return to the north and wrap up warm as we travel to the Åland Islands, if you’ve not heard of them, they are part of Finland and are at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea.

But before we look at the crowdfunding case study in the Åland Islands, let’s look at crowdfunding on a wider scale. It’s fair to say that in Europe crowdfunding is no longer seen as a niche concept as it is booming. Last year global crowdfunding was more than 30 billion euros last year.

Recent crowdfunding stats have indicated that it’s growing by more than 100 percent per year. And it’s going to be larger than venture capital financing this year, as mentioned by Invesdor’s CEO, Lasse Mäkela.

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Now that we have set the scene a little, lets go back to the Åland Islands. Amalias Limonadfabrik, a family-run SME produces 100 percent natural lemonade, using only local products,realised that they needed to expand production and he immediately opted for crowdfunding.

The company used fellow Finnish crowdfunding platform Invesdor and gained over €86,000 in equity crowdfunding.

Thanks to crowdfunding, the company will soon automate part of their drinks production.

So what was down to the company’s success? Invesdor’s Lasse Mäkela told Euro News (this case study features in one of their past programmes) that Amalias Limonadfabrik had a good team behind him, and then there was some growth potential for the business. But also willingness and resources to do a good marketing campaign.

If you would like to know more about this campaign, click here to view the full article.

Image source : Euro News


Study Shows Crowdfunding Leads To More Funding

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Office of Advocacy recently released a study of Kickstarter campaigns showing that the more money a crowdfunding campaign raises, the more likely its creator will get follow-on investment from other sources, like venture funds. (Forbes, May 2016).

The power of crowdfunding to attract follow-up funding is strongest at $75,000; after that according to their research, its marginal efficiency, as economists call it, starts to decline — each additional dollar raised brings a smaller increase. In addition, the higher the amount raised, people say, ‘all right, we get it, you’ve demonstrated the product has demand in the market place’, as mentioned by University of North Carolina professor Venkat Kuppuswamy. A positive response from the public can spur investors’ decision to fund even more (the Tandem example can be used here).

One company from the research used crowdfunding not just to raise funds but to also build a client base, find new employees, as well to generate publicity. Researches pointed out that successful crowdfunding had all these benefits to campaigners, though each case varied by the amount raised.

Read more on the research here.


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The Latest Crowdfunding News – 11/5/16

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Hi guys welcome to our fortnightly crowdfunding news round-up. As usual we will be giving you a snapshot of the latest crowdfunding news, today’s edition is slightly different as we save our crowdfunding air miles and pretty much stay on home soil. If you missed our last crowdfunding news round-up, catch up here.


Paypal Tightens rules on crowdfunding

PayPal Crowdfunding

Paypal will stop protecting payments made to crowdfunding projects in several countries, the online money transfer platform has announced. (BBC, May 2016)

The countries affected by this new rule include The United States, Canada, Japan and Brazil. However, this does not include the UK.

The money transfer company is altering its payment protection policy and lining it with the investment risks. However, they have not stated if it would be rolled out any further.

In addition, Paypal are withdrawing protection for gambling transactions and payments made to government agencies.

The San Jose based company told the BBC : “This is consistent with the risks and uncertainties involved in contributing to crowdfunding campaigns, which do not guarantee a return for the investment made in these types of campaigns.”

Read more on the topic here.


SyndicateRoom Launches New crowdfunding Of Its Own

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The Cambridge based crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom plans to raise up to £2.3mln of new funds, via its own crowdfunding platform, as it looks to further expand its operations according to Proactive Investors.

SyndicateRoom are currently working on an aggressive growth strategy and with the help and support from equity funding it aims to increase its workforce.

The new Series A funding round opened yesterday via their own platform for investors.

SyndicateRoom’s chief executive Goncalo de Vasconcelos stated in Proactive Investors : “We now know that there is strong appetite for equity investment in the UK – for private companies and in for those in the public markets – and today’s report serves as evidence.”

The company now operates via the London Stock Exchange (as mentioned in a previous article). This new crowdfunding route for LSE listed companies means that private investors are able to participate via their crowdfunding platform in institutional placings and IPOs which would otherwise be off limits to them.


Commodore 64 Returns With Modern Tech In crowdfunding campaign

Commodore 64 Crowdfunding

One for all you retro gamers out there! The best selling computer from the 1980’s has evolved with two new machines, as well as a new desktop computer called THE 64, the Commodore 64’s (C64) innards are being re-spun into a handheld console named THE 64SX.

According to The Independent : “Both are set to come with a range of built-in titles which the maker, Retro Games, promises will include some newly-created programs.”

Before either machine can get off the ground, the company has to raise $150,000 via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo where the computer version costs $150 and the handheld version costing $170.

If this campaign sounds appealing get involved here.

Image source : Independent


Science Museum Launches Kickstarter To Recreate 1920s Robot Ahead Of Robotics Exhibition In 2017

Science Museum Robot Crowdfunding


The London Science Museum has announced that it is currently working on a new exhibition set to open next year that will celebrate 500 years of robots. The exhibition will feature an array of humanoid robots that visitors can interact with.

In addition, the Science Museum has also launched its first Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to help recreate the first robot to be built in the UK – animatron named Eric that was originally built in the late 1920’s, the idea is that Eric will deliver a talk at an engineering exhibition.

The London based museum wants to raise £35,000 to create a new version of the robot using industrial waste parts modelled on archive images of Eric collected from relatives of the robot’s original creators, and then send Eric on a tour around the world before he features in the Robots exhibition and becomes a part of the museum’s permanent collection. (IBT, May 2016).

Ben Russell, an economic historian who is lead curator of the exhibition told IBT : “I think museums using crowdfunding is a rising trend. What’s nice for us is that we get to do this amazing project, and it gets people engaged and thinking about robots before the exhibition opens. The money is always helpful for a museum in these times, but what’s very interesting is that it allows us to reach out and find like-minded people out there who might not otherwise come across us.”

Have an interest in robotics and crowdfunding? If so, get involved here.

Image source : IBT


Crowdcube Officially Opens New Manchester Office

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Crowdfunding portal Crowdcube has officially opened its new Manchester office.

Crowdcube revealed earlier this year that they would be having an additional office in Manchester, the north west has been a key place for the crowdfunding platform as it has raised more than £1.4 million in the last two years on helping a selection of businesses in the region.

Crowdcube’s commercial director Matt Cooper told Insider Media: “We’ve already been working with businesses in the region but my view was that we needed to have a presence here. The process of raising money as an entrepreneur is not very straightforward. It’s still a process where they want to meet people to talk them through the options. We’re the only equity crowdfunding business with an office in the region and our door’s always open. We’re starting with one person in Manchester but we’re looking to build out the team if there’s demand and all the indications are that there will be.” (Crowdfund Insider, April 2016).

Unfortunately at The House Crowd we can’t help you crowdfund your company’s office BUT we can offer you some handy guides on Manchester (North and Central).



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The Latest Crowdfunding News – 27/4/16

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Hi guys and welcome to another fortnightly edition of the latest crowdfunding news from the UK and around the world. Today we start our crowdfunding journey from looking at a government backed crowdfunding scheme for cultural organisations to ending our trip on a golf course in Scotland! If you missed our last crowdfunding news round-up, catch up here.


Government To Pilot Crowdfunding Scheme For Cultural Organisations

The Culture White Paper

The Government has announced that it is to pilot a crowdfunding scheme to promote use of the model by cultural organisations. (UK Fundraising, April 2016)

The pilot scheme was mentioned in the government’s white paper for culture which was launched by Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey last month. The white paper for culture focuses on two specific areas, 1) to focus on increasing participation in culture and 2) helping cultural organisations secure funding from sources other than public funding.

The white paper mentions that the Government will launch a new pilot scheme in partnership with the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund and will use crowdfunding as a tool for funding cultural projects.

According to the paper, donation-based crowdfunding grew the fastest among all alternative finance models in 2015, with a 507 per cent year-on-year growth rate and £12 million distributed. (UK Fundraising, April 2016)

Image source : UK Fundraising


Australian Crowdfunding Bill Fails

Australia Crowdfunding

We’ve previously mentioned about Australian crowdfunding on past crowdfunding news blog posts (in one of our posts from March we looked at crowdfunding legislation for start-ups).

In addtion, in our March blog post we looked at new legislation that allows unlisted public companies to raise money through crowdfunding from mum and dad investors which was approved by the lower house.

However, the Crowd-Sourced Funding bill, Australia’s push for a legislative update for investment crowdfunding regulations, has silently died in the Aussie Senate as mentioned in a recent Crowdfund Insider article.

Tom Nockolds from the Community Power Agency who was part of approving the legislation process mentioned in Crowdfund Insider : “If the legislation had passed in its proposed form, there would have been a lot of backslapping within government saying, isn’t it wonderful we’ve solved the crowd-sourced equity funding problem and we don’t have to address that anymore, when actually it would have only been half the job done at most.”

It seems for now that regulations will take a back seat as the Australian government focuses on policy initiatives based on the country’s fintech scene.


World’s Most Crowdfunded Restaurant Opens In Manchester

Chilango Manchester

From leaving the southern hemisphere to now travelling back to sunny Manchester for some Mexican food!

The London-born Mexican eatery Chilango has opened its 11th UK restaurant in Manchester’s Oxford Street after raising £3.4m from crowdfunding.

The Mexican eatery was created by Chicago-born Eric Partaker, and travel enthusiast Dan Houghton; a pair of passionate entrepreneurs who had an idea and watched their business grow rapidly.

Partaker told Business Quarter : “We’ve been desperate to expand our brand across the UK for some time now, and Manchester was the natural move up into the north for us.”

He also mentioned that Manchester was a perfect place for the brand as it has a fantastic buzz just like their Mexican restaurant.

At The House Crowd, unfortunately we can’t help you crowdfund your very own restaurant, however, we can offer you some handy Manchester guides (North and Central).

Image source : Business Quarter


More People Turning To Crowdfunding To Cover Trips Abroad In U.S.

Crowdfunding Travel

A recent survey from GoFundMe showed that there has been an increase in people using their site to help them raise money to go on trips. Six years ago, there were 135 campaigns with the goal of going abroad. Last year, there were more than 130,000.

Laniya Hooks, a senior in high school, is one of the people turning to crowdfunding to raise money for a trip to Europe. She is going to Spain, France and Italy. It’s a 19 day adventure with People to People where she will meet others abroad, help them and learn about their cultures. (WIVB, April 2016)

She decided to go on her trip a few months back, however, her father and grandmother passed away suddenly, which left the family with a lot of financial difficulties.

The 17 year old student from Buffalo decided to use crowdfunding to help her fund her trip.

Hooks told WIVB : “It’s kind of intriguing to me to see how people will help somebody they don’t even know achieve their dream, “I think it’s cool that people are helping. I chose GoFundMe because — I’ve never used it before — but I saw it work for somebody else so I thought well maybe I will give it a try and see what it’s like.”

The Buffalo student has so far raised $300, her goal is to reach $2900. If you want to help Laniya fund her trip, get involved here.


The UK’s Most Western Golf Club Turns To Crowdfunding

Golf Scotland Crowdfunding

One for all you golf lovers out there! The UK’s most westerly golf course, Barra Golf Club, on the west coast of the Isle of Barra, in the western isles of Scotland, has turned to the internet in an attempt to raise about £30,000 for a much-needed clubhouse. (Golf Club Management, April, 2016)

The club was formed in the early 90’s and is run with little financial support, other than membership fees and an honesty box. A few months back, the second green collapsed due to erosion. In addition, the nine-hole course that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean provides no shelter for players.

Club volunteers need help to fund a small clubhouse which will provide warmth and shelter, a kitchen, WC facilities and storage. Funding for the clubhouse will also help youngsters who are keen golfers on the island. Club captain Murdoch MacKinnon mentioned in Golf Club Management : “These youngsters are the future of the club. If we don’t get some kind of clubhouse built, I fear it will close and that would be a huge shame and a big loss to the island.”

Last year in Germany, a golf club raised €500,000 from crowdfunding which helped expand its facilities.

Have an interest in golf and crowdfunding want to help the Barra Golf Club? If so, get involved here.

Image source : Crowdfunder



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The Latest Crowdfunding News – 31/3/16

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Hi guys hope you had a great Easter! This week we return to our fortnightly crowdfunding news updates and rather than clocking up the air miles from travelling to many places to investigate the latest goings-on in crowdfunding, we time travel in our first story back to Saxon England and travel back and end up in France for our last story of the day. If you read our property blog from last week and were wondering how much the ‘fairy tale’ castle in Manchester cost – the answer was B £2.5 million!


Online Crowdfunding Helps Build Saxon House

Crowdfunding Saxon House

Our first story of the day comes from Saxon England (ok, modern day Lincolnshire!).

Retired teachers Steve, 64, and Judith Jones, 65, have worked hard for two decades creating a Saxon house in their back garden.

They built the traditional looking Saxon house from green oak wood and used tools and construction methods from the 9th century.

The retired couple now use the Saxon house to teach youngsters from a nearby school for children with learning or behavioural problems. (Express, March, 2016)

In January, Mr and Mrs Jones noticed that the thatched roof was in need of repair – so they turned to 21st century methods and set up an online crowdfunding campaign.

Last weekend the couple from Lincolnshire reached their target meaning the roof can now be re-thatched to stop rain water flooding in to the house.

The Saxon house was finished after four years but they have continued to add to since starting the project back in the mid 90s.

The Jones family live normal 21st century lives in their home but dress up as Saxons when people are visiting them.

Mrs. Jones told the Express : “We were delighted when we reached the target because if was a type of campaign that meant you either got all of the money by a set date or you didn’t get any.”

Her husband Steve mentioned in the Express article that they have made the Saxon house as authentic as it can be and want people to walk in and look see what is in and make sense of how it would have been used and how the Saxons survived.

At The House Crowd unfortunately we can’t help you crowdfund your very own Saxon house – but if you are interested in something more “current” to invest in – why not take a sneak peak out our latest projects? Click here to view.

Image Source : Express


Crowdfunding Boosts UK Judicial Review Bids

Justice For The Crowd

Angered by the imposition of a new NHS contract, a group of junior doctors took their fight from the picket lines to the internet. (FT, March, 2016)

Dr Nadia Masood, an anaesthetics registrar, and three others wanted a judicial review on the NHS contract but needed money to pay for it. However, within a space of three days Masood and the three others involved raised £85,000 via crowdfunding site CrowdJustice (we blogged about their work back in January – click here to view).

Dr Masood mentioned in The FT : “This contract is a public issue and affects everyone, if we were not able to use crowdfunding we would not be able to do this. We cannot stand by without a proper review of the impact on patient safety of such action.”

As we mention in our “Justice For The Crowd” blog post – (as you can tell!) we love crowdfunding and the whole concept of the crowd coming together for the common good whether that be to invest in start-ups, property, or cases like this, the ability to use crowdfunding by joining forces with like-minded people to try and protect their particular interests is paramount.

If you are in a situation where you need a team of people to pool various resources together and help fund judicial reviews we strongly recommend visiting the Justice For The Crowd site.

Image Source : FT


SyndicateRoom Partners With London Stock Exchange

London Stock Exchange SyndicateRoom

Crowdfunding investment platform SyndicateRoom has gained intermediary status with the London Stock Exchange (LSE), meaning it can offer investors access to initial public offerings (IPOs) of companies listing shares on the London stock market through its online platform. (Business Insider, March, 2016)

Co-founder and CEO Goncalo de Vasconcelos mentioned in Business Insider about IPOs that they are harder to access when there is a discount on the share price and typically only institutional investors such as the likes of asset managers, and wealth managers have access to them.

He also mentions that SyndicateRoom is breaking barriers by letting ordinary investors gain access to the kind of deals that professional investors normally only get involved in.

While the Cambridge based company is the first crowdfunding platform to get intermediary status, other platforms are trying to revamp the crowdfunding model to public markets. For those of you who have a huge interest in crowdfunding, you’ll remember when Seedrs ran what was claimed as “the first-ever crowdfunding campaign for a company’s IPO” last year, in addition, Crowdcube, the London based crowdfunding platform last year partnered with stockbroker Numis Securities to develop a crowdfunding IPO platform.


Millennial Crowdfunding : A Brief Insight

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To say millennials are a social generation is an understatement to say the least. Generation Y need to be connected to everyone, all the time.

Besides the stereotype of them being hooked on the likes of Snapchat and Facebook and wanting everything in an instant, millennials are an entrepreneurial generation, and they have socialised their professional lives as well. This is where crowdfunding has come into play and millennial entrepreneurs have found success from launching new business as a result of adopting a crowdfunding mode and are using an array of platforms to kick-start their ideas.

Their love of social media goes well with crowdfunding to help them share their great business ideas as well as look at alternative ways to invest (such as property crowdfunding) to being involved in charitable campaigns and earning recognition and social credit by being “seen” doing good online.

Going back to the investing part, millennials are taking a completely different approach from that of their parents and grandparents.Today, all it takes is literally a few clicks on an app for millennials to looks at online reviews, get advice, and even make get involved in a crowdfunded campaign or investment.

While quite a few are weary of get involved in the likes of crowdfunding projects or simply investing, the availability of social media tools is making it easier and more comfortable for this age bracket to learn how these models work.

If you’re reading this and are part of Generation Y and would like to know more about how crowdfunding works, check out our page on how the process works (view here).


Minister of Economy Gives French Crowdfunding Sector a Boost

Emmanuel Macron France

A few weeks ago we mentioned about French crowdfunding (view here) and have an update from Emmanuel Macron, the French Minister of Economy.

At a recent crowdfunding meeting, the Minister announced that he will propose several changes with regards to crowdfunding regulations in France.

He mentioned that mini bonds be managed by blockchain technology (a promise on his commitment to innovation), plus Macron proposes to raise the ceiling of equity fundraising per issuer from currently €1 million to € 2.5 million and 50% of the issuer’s value (Crowdfund Insider, March, 2016). Lenders will also have a high limit per campaign (limits will be raised to €2,000 and €5,000) currently, crowdfunders are limited to lending €1,000 for interest-bearing loans and €4,000 for interest-free loans according to Crowdfund Insider’s Therese Torris.

On the day Macron stressed that crowdfunding is part of a larger economic and cultural change and that France must seek inspiration and benchmarks from other countries that are championing crowdfunding.


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The Latest Crowdfunding News – 17/2/16

Crowdfunding News – All The Latest Updates

Hi guys and welcome to our fortnightly crowdfunding news edition, as usual we will be covering an array of interesting crowdfunding topics from around the world in five minutes. If you missed our last edition, you can catch up here. Today, we once again clock up the air miles and start our crowdfunding journey in New Zealand and finish in Greece for some baseball action!

New Zealand Beach Hits Crowdfunding Target

New Zealand Crowdfunding

A crowdfunding campaign in New Zealand to raise funds to buy a beach for public use has successfully hit its target.

Campaigners had until Tuesday to raise NZ$2m (£914,000, $1.3m) and place a bid on the currently private beach according to the BBC.

More than 36,000 people have now supported the beach campaign and donations continue to flow in from all over the country.

People were quick to get involved and the money was raised in less than a month after a group of friends plotted the purchase.

The beach in Awaroa, South Island, has been owned by a Wellington-based businessman since 2008. A real estate company has advertised the stunning area as a remarkable seven-hectare utopia” with “three modest buildings dotted amidst the mature native bush”. (

The crowdfunding campaign’s Give A Little page has stopped showing the running tally once it hit NZ$2m, so the total amount of money has been raised is unknown.

About a fortnight ago, New Zealand’s prime minister mentioned that he wouldn’t rule out a government contribution if needed.

Crowdfunding Saves SMEs

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Since the 2008 financial crisis, SMEs have looked at alternative ways of gaining funding and crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Seeders have helped fuel the way that SMEs think about business and finance.

They beauty of crowdfunding for start-up companies is that the concept bypass traditional funding streams such as grant applications or bank loans as innovation charity Nesta mentions in The FT.

Figures indicate that the value of crowdfunding expanded globally by 167 per cent to $16.2bn in 2014, up from $6.1bn raised in 2013. (The FT, February, 2016) The crowdfunding industry doubled in 2015, according to stats from a City A.M. article, crowdfunding on a global level expanded to $34.4bn.

The UK seems to be championing crowdfunding compared with other countries such as Canada due to slower adoption rates and regulatory constraints.

UK start-ups such as Brewdog are a great example, the Aberdeenshire company broke equity crowdfunding records by raising £5m in the first three weeks of its fundraising round, using its own platform — Equity for Punks. You can read more about their story here.

A Brief Insight Into French Crowdfunding (In Numbers)

French Crowdfunding

The French Crowdfunding Association (Financement Participatif France) has recently compiled some data based on crowdfunding activity during the 2014-2015 period.

In France, the slowest area of growth was in donations / rewards. The lending or debt sector experienced the most dramatic growth according to Crowdfund Insider.

The French Crowdfunding Association mention that funds collected jumped from €152 million in 2014 to €296.8 million for 2015.

Let’s take a look at French crowdfunding in numbers

  • Rewards / Donations – €50.2 million
  • Loan Based/P2P – €196.3 million
  • Equity/Royalties – €50.3 million
  • The most active age in all crowdfunding categories is 35-49
  • Average investment for an equity was €4,342
  • Hottest sector for equity crowdfunding is property

In 2014 France updated regulations on alternative forms of finance, while the rules are not perfect as Crowdfund Insider’s JD Alois puts it, on the flipside, there is a healthy eco-system in place for crowdfunding. It seems that regulations need to be addressed further as one source has mentioned that crowdfunding in France is not as clearly defined as, for example, banking. We will keep you updated about more crowdfunding news in France in future crowdfunding news blogs.

Seedrs Hits £100 Million Invested In Early-Stage And Growth


Seedrs, the UK’s No. 1 equity crowdfunding platform, recently announced that it has had more than £100 million invested on its platform in early-stage and growth focused businesses since it launched back in July 2012.

2015 was a great year for the company, not only had over a £100 million invested on the platform, it also had over 38,000 investments made on the site.

Standout funding rounds on Seedrs in 2015 included, healthy eating high street brand, Tossed, which raised £1.34 million from 661 investors, and award-winning cloud accounting software, FreeAgent, which raised £1.21 million from over 700 investors. (Mondo Visione, February, 2016)

Seedrs now has significantly more people using its site than any other UK equity crowdfunding platform.

Last month the equity crowdfunding platform was named a Bloomberg Business Innovator 2016, an award that recognises “the people changing how the UK lives, works and thinks,” as well as joining Tech City UK’s Upscale Programme of 30 of the fastest-growing UK tech companies.

Greece Baseball Team Crowdfunding To Reach European Championship

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One for all you sports fans out there! Greece’s men’s national baseball team has set up a crowdfunding page in order to raise funds so they can participate in the European Baseball Championship in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands.

The Hellenic side had qualified for the tournament having finished in tenth place at the 2014 edition of the event, which was won by the Dutch team and claimed the last remaining automatic spot.

Due to the country’s economic situation, the Hellenic Amateur Baseball Federation (HABF) has been shut down by the Government, putting their hopes of competing at the tournament in jeopardy.

Without a National Federation recognised by the Confederation of European Baseball, the team would be unable to participate in the event which takes place in mid September.

Tom Mazarakis, the team manager and former HABF President Panagiotis Mitsiopoulos are due to meet with the Government soon in an attempt to have a new Federation put in place.

If a new federation is granted, the team are hoping to raise $35,000 (£25,000/€32,000) through crowdfunding to ensure that it will be able to support the team on a long-term basis.

Love baseball and interested in helping the Greek team out? Click here.

Unfortunately at The House Crowd we can’t help you crowdfund your favourite baseball team, however, we can offer you at our very own Manchester guides (North and Central) and an ideal place to watch and play baseball!


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The Latest Crowdfunding News – 3/2/16

Crowdfunding News – All The Latest Updates

Hi guys and welcome to our fortnightly crowdfunding news edition, as usual we will be covering an array of interesting crowdfunding topics from around the world as well domestic news. If you missed our last edition, you can catch up here.


Axol Biosciences Smashes Its Crowdfunding Target

Axol Bioscience

In our very first crowdfunding blog of 2016 one of the stories we covered was on the biotech industry turning to crowdfunding. We thought we would cover another biotech story since it was announced that Cambridge based firm Axol Bioscience has officially smashed its crowdfunding target.

The biotech firm has already pledged £656,000 to its’ campaign on local crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom. The campaign doesn’t end until the 28th of February and the company is now over-funded up to a total of £1million according to Cambridge News.

So what does Axol do exactly? In a nutshell they make stem cell-derived human cells for use in medical research. Their team of scientists create the stem cells from human blood and skin cells which can then be turned into heart, brain and blood vessel cells for testing new drugs, they hope by applying this approach, it can slash costs for pharmaceutical companies.

Abcam (another biotech firm from Cambridge) founder Dr Jonathan Milner who has pledged £400,000 to the crowdfunding campaign told Cambridge News that “I’m really excited by what the future will hold for Axol due to the colossal market opportunity we’re addressing and how well Yichen (company CEO) and his team have been delivering our plans.”

He goes on to say that initially he intended to invest £200,000 but as he previously mentioned about the colossal market opportunity, he doubled his investment in the biotech firm.

Axol continue to go from strength and have recently hired Professor Chas Bountra to its advisory board.

Professor Bountra will use his array of contacts to help Axol build strong links with the public and private sectors respectively.

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An Insight Into First Equity Crowdfunding 2016 Deal In Australia 

Australia Equity Crowdfunding

A global student support platform has raised more than $675,000 through VentureCrowd in the first equity crowdfunding deal in Australia for 2016 according to Start Up Smart.

Zookal, which was founded in Sydney and is now based in Singapore, has raised well over its $500,000 target on the crowdfunding platform. The startup provides a platform offering a variety of services and products for university students.

The campaign has only a couple of days left and has raised $675,000 from 15 wholesale investors, which in total values the company at $US20 million.

Currently in Australia, equity crowdfunding is restricted to what is deemed as a ‘sophisticated investor’ with a net asset of $2.5 million or have an aggregated gross income for each of the last two years of at least $250,000.

The Australian government  revealed its legislation to loosen these restrictions by the end of the year as Start Up Smart mention in their equity crowdfunding article. The legislation places a cap of $5 million on companies who to choose to follow this particular path, plus a $10,000 cap on the amount a retail investor can pledge.

Last year the Labor Party in Australia withdrew its support for the bill as they strongly felt that the startup community had been dealt a “great disservice” by it.

VentureCrowd’s Luke Fay mentioned to Start Up Smart that he hopes the  Australian government will consult with those impacted by the reforms, he stressed that successful campaigns won’t come to a halt as a result of the legislation.

If you would like to know about this story visit Zookal’s site here we also recommend reading OzCrowd’s brief blog post on Equity Crowdfunding in Australia.

Invest In Your Favourite Football Players And Clubs

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Israeli fintech startup Football Fans Marketplace (FBFM) is using crowdfunding for footy fans to feel closer to their players and their clubs.

Israel 21c mention that the online marketplace will allow fans worldwide to invest in their favorite players and clubs. The platform,, is now open for early registration of fans and European clubs that meet FIFA and UEFA conditions and are expected to yield high returns for investors.

Users can build dream football teams, track the teams’ progress and support players and clubs by offering them low-interest long-term loans managed through the platform and really brings fantasy football to an entirely different playing field.

Unfortunately at The House Crowd we can’t help you invest in the latest wonder kid who has been dubbed ‘the new Sergio Agüero’ however, we can offer you at our very own Manchester guides (North and Central) and an ideal place to experience world class football!

You can read more about Football Fans Marketplace here.

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Making Manchester Shiiiiiine With Community Energy

manchester crowdfunding

Eighteen organisations from the city have joined in unison to launch Community Energy GM – a project aimed at lighting up the city with community-owned solar power.

Following the recent floods in the North West of England, the issues of climate change and fuel poverty have once again crept up in the news. The project is raising funds for 20 buildings to get brand new solar rooftops – powering their community activities and strengthening ties with local neighbourhoods.

The solar power project was created by the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO) and climate change charity 10:10.

Interested in the project? If so, you can find more information on the project, including how to make a donation from £5, at


Shacky Tiny House Startup Supports Aussie Farmers

Shacky Tiny House Crowdfunding

We return once again to Australia and this time look at Shacky introducing holiday tiny houses to rural Australian properties to offer farmers an added source of income.

Twenty-five year-old Dutch native Joep Pennartz founded Shacky­­ after moving to Australia last year and learnt about the hardships being experienced by local farmers.

Pennartz told that the sheer financial stress from decreasing farm income leads to rising depression rates, an ageing farmer population has left rural farmers to leave their land.

The idea of Shacky project is to position tiny houses on rural properties, allowing farmers to generate income from renters who lease the space as holiday accommodation.

The first Shacky house will be located on the Tarndie Farm in The Otways in Victoria and the crowdfunding campaign will run from February 17 to March 28 where people can pledge funds towards the business via the Pozible crowdfunding platform.

For more information on the Shacky houses click here.

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The Latest Crowdfunding News

Crowdfunding News – All The Latest Updates


Hi guys this week we once again turn our attention to the latest in global crowdfunding news – you may have missed our last news round up which finished of with Britains Spookiest Street Names! Today we look at an array of stories from looking at Canada’s first crowdfunded real estate deal to looking at the Liverpool Lantern Festival crowdfunding campaign.


Canada’s First Crowdfunded Real Estate Deal Closes


Real estate crowdfunding has been going strong in the U.S. however, in Canada it is still quite a new concept.

Nexus Crowd, a Toronto based investment company mentioned recently that it has closed the country’s first online investment which is offering commercial real estate.

The commercial real estate development is a shopping mall which originally was a car dealership and is based in Mississauga.

The 238,000-square-foot two-storey mall will be anchored by a Tier 1 bank and a large supermarket according to one source.

Nexus Crowd is opening at a time when demand for real estate from everyday investors is growing, you only have to look next door in the States where crowdfunding has raised more than US$208 million over the last two years according to a recent Reuters study. In addition, crowdfunding this year  is set to climb to US$2.57 billion globally. (Financial Post, September 2015).

Crowdfunding as a whole in Canada looks to be on the increase now that security regulators in five provinces have announced a new crowdfunding regime. (Lexology, November 2015). The regime includes two components, a crowdfunding prospectus exemption and a registration framework for funding portals. The new capital raising regime will be available in the following provinces :- Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.


Crowdfunding And The Beautiful Game

eibar crowdfunding

This isn’t really a recent story as it originally was first reported last year, however, a recent Copa90 video inspired me to add this story and also simply for having a passion for the beautiful game.

SD Eibar who hail from the Basque region in Spain launched a crowdfunding campaign where people can buy shares for 50 Euros each. To cut a long story short, the newly promoted La Liga side needed 1.7 million Euros to carrying on surviving and being able to play alongside La Liga giants such as Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Although the team does not have any debt (which is a rare thing for a Spanish club), the total value of its shares was very low.

According to a law known as Real Decreto 1251/1999, when teams move up from the third to second division, they are required to have dedicated capital equivalent to 25% of the average expenses in that league. (Fortune, June 2014).

Club president Alex Aranzábal mentioned last year that they want to demonstrate that in football, a small club when it handles things well can beat the powerful. As a result, through raising funds from crowdfunding they have maintained their presence in Spain’s top division. Want to know more about this inspiring crowdfunding story? Click here.

Sadly we cannot offer you any shares in City or United up here in Manchester but we have got our latest Coventry Crowdfunded Property Investment available if you would like shares in that?

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Chiltern Firehouse Chef Is Rekindling His First Restaurant By Using Crowdfunding

Nuno Mendes Chef

Chiltern Firehouse chef Nuno Mendes has decided to rekindle his first resturant viajante. Mendes plans to raise £1.75 million and those who are hungry to invest into his restaurant project has to pay a minimum of £10, making buying into Viajante accessible for all its fans. Those with a larger appetite for investment get extra perks including guaranteed bookings, free meals, invited to free dining events, plus sneak previews.

Details about what to expect from the new restaurant are still very low key, however, Nuno has revealed that it will serve numerous courses and will bring in a wave of breathtaking tastes and textures in a setting of refined beauty and calm.

If all goes according to plan, the restaurant will be open in August 2016.

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Manchester app developer launches £500k crowdfunding campaign


We always love to hear about crowdfunding in Manchester and thought this was an ideal story to add. The company behind Karrot, a loyalty app that aims to help users slash their mobile phone bills while shopping with certain high street retailers, has embarked on a new drive to raise £500k. (Bdaily, November 2015).

Airtime Rewards Ltd which created the app is hoping raise their aimed amount through crowdfunding site Crowdcube in order to help increase its team, build its user base, and attract new retail partners.

The app which was launched last month has already attracted numerous high street brands such as Cafe Nero and H Samuel who have now partnered with the company.

Company co-founder Josh Graham mentioned that he is really excited about where the money raised could potentially lead.

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Liverpool Lantern Festival launches crowdfunding campaign

Liverpool Lantern

Staying in the north west, Liverpool Lantern Company has launched a crowdfunding initiative to help raise cash to put on a three-night festival next spring. (Liverpool Echo, October, 2015).

They are hoping to raise £10,000 during the 40 day crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo.

People who are interested in the campaign can contribute between £3-£100, once contributed, there are perks such as limited edition t-shirts to having a chance of bringing your very lantern home after the festival.

Community groups, schools, and businesses can take part in lantern workshops which will be delivered by the company itself at cost of £600.

Part of the crowdfunding idea is that the company loves community involvement and to really sustain Liverpool’s strong connection with art and culture. We put together an investment guide to Liverpool which may be of interest?


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