The Latest Crowdfunding News – 31/3/16

Crowdfunding News – All The Latest Updates

 

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

millennials crowdfunding

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.

 

What Are Your Thoughts?

Which of our chosen crowdfunding stories has interested you the most? We would love to hear from you, feel free to leave us a comment on our Facebook and Google Plus pages. If you prefer to tweet us, tweet @TheHouseCrowd.

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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”. (RealEstate.co.nz)

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

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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

greece baseball crowdfunding

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!

 

What Are Your Thoughts?

Which of our chosen crowdfunding stories has interested you the most? We would love to hear from you, feel free to leave us a comment on our Facebook and Google Plus pages. If you prefer to tweet us, tweet @TheHouseCrowd.

In the meantime if you want to know more about Property Crowdfunding do register for our Information Pack which will tell you all about it. 

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