Crowdcube predicts record-breaking year after 36 businesses fund in Q1

Crowdcube, the investment crowdfunding platform, is set for its best year ever following a stellar first quarter, which saw 36 businesses raise £17.5 million and £24 million invested through the site. Among the major deals secured in the January to March period were JustPark, which raised a record-breaking £3.7 million and Pocket and Taylor Street Baristas, the latest businesses to raise finance through a Crowdcube Mini-Bond.

Crowdcube’s success is helping to drive the overall success of the UK equity crowdfunding market – according to estimates used by the UK’s financial regulator, FCA, equity crowdfunding was worth around £84 million in 2014, compared to £28 million in 2013.

“We’ve had a very busy and very successful first quarter, with over 15,000 individual investments made from our investors,” according to Luke Lang, co-founder of Crowdcube. “As well as a record amount invested through the site, we’ve attracted more than 31,000 new investors to our investor community, which now stands at over 158,000 people, and raised £17.5 million for British businesses. We’re extremely optimistic that 2015 will be our best year yet, as we see crowdfunding become an increasingly popular options for investors and businesses alike.”

Other key figures (Q1 2015):

• Total no. of jobs forecast to be created within 3 years (from Crowdcube investments) = 1,014

• Stage of businesses funded = 8 start-ups, 17 early stage and 11 growth businesses

• Largest funded pitch = JustPark (£3.7m)

• Fastest funded pitch = The Pressary (1 hour 40 mins)

• Businesses raising over £1m = 5

To top off the quarter, Crowdcube co-founder Darren Westlake was also named by Debrett’s as one of the UK’s most influential people.

Infographic detailing Crowdcube’s Q1 2015 successes and figures: http://UKBAA Blog.crowdcube.com/2015/04/07/2015-so-far-get-the-lowdown-of-our-activity-from-january-to-march/

About Crowdcube:

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 2011, 158,000 savvy investors have registered with Crowdcube, helping to raise over £73 million of equity finance for 215+ business pitches including easyProperty (raised £1.4 million), River Cottage (raised £1 million) and the Eden Project (raised £1.5 million in 24 hours).