Seedrs remains the UK’s top equity investor in private companies

Seedrs remains the UK’s top equity investor in private companies

1st August 2016 by Simon Hiscox

A new report released today by an independent research firm shows that Seedrs continue to dominate the equity crowdfunding sector by breaking away from the competition as the most active equity investor in the UK this year.

We have been ranked number one with 78 funded deals at the halfway point in 2016 according to a leading source of objective deep data on UK startups and scale ups. We have experienced exponential year on year growth with 55 deals funded during the same period in 2015, and 43 deals funded in the first half of 2014.

The report highlights our majority¹ share of the UK equity crowdfunding market in 2016 with our closest competitor falling behind with only 40% whilst all other platforms have 10% combined.

The standout funding rounds so far this year for Seedrs include challenger bank Tandem, which raised £2.2 million in a matter of days from 1712 investors; West Berkshire Brewery which raised £1.7 million from 647 investors; the UK’s fastest growing P2P lender Landbay which recently announced a partnership with Zoopla and reached £1.6 million with 407 investors; beauty-on-demand app blow LTD which raised £1.3 million; and. FinTech50 2015 member, annual travel ticket subscription service CommuterClub, which overfunded to £1.2 million.

Since our launch in July 2012, over £150 million has been  invested in campaigns on the platform, with over 380 deals funded. We also have significantly more people using our platform than any other equity crowdfunding platform in Europe, based on global ranking Alexa.

“We are delighted to continue our lead as the most active equity investment platform in the UK,” says Jeff Lynn, CEO and Co-Founder of Seedrs. “It is a great start to what looks set to be a record-breaking year.”

Jeff points out that, “We haven’t seen a notable slowdown since the referendum in spite of fear mongering around the country. The UK is still attractive and safe for inward investment and will continue to be one of the number one destinations for entrepreneurs to set up a business with its favourable tax reliefs, streamlined business incorporation and simple transport abroad.”

Earlier this year, Seedrs was named a Bloomberg Business Innovator 2016, an accolade 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.

You can view the full report here: http://about.beauhurst.com/deal_h1_16

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Simon Hiscox

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Digital Agency Kent