Raise Business Finance

Raising Finance

Crowdcube is Europe's largest network of angel investors backing great British businesses. Named the UK's 'Most Active Seed Investor' in 2013 by Beauhurst, our innovative and award-winning service enables everyday people to invest alongside professional investors for the first time.

  • Over £20 million raised for more than 60 businesses so far in 2014

  • 85,000+ strong investor community

Two great ways to raise finance

Why we're No 1 for businesses

  • You don't have to bring your own crowd (but it helps). Each month around 65% of investments are from existing investors.

  • Largest investor network in Europe

    We have over 85,000 registered investors and we're growing fast. Proud to be named the UK's 'most active seed investor' in 2013, up to £1 million is invested each week from our mix of everyday and more sophisticated investors.

  • Greater Chance of Success

    We've funded more investment in 2014 than our nearest competitor has in two years. What's more, we currently fund 1 in 3 companies that list on Crowdcube making us the number one place for you to get the funding you need.

  • Open to everyday and professional investors

    Our founding philosophy was to allow ordinary people to be able to invest alongside professional investors. This pioneering principle is as important now as the day we launched; a fact that still distinguishes us from some other platforms and angel networks that restrict investments to professional investors only.

  • Investor Relations Portal

    We make managing your investors simple and hassle free with our Investor Relations Portal that will enable you to communicate, poll and update your investors with minimal fuss.

  • Get follow-on funding

    Dozens of our funded businesses have gone on to secure follow-on investment from VCs, angel investors and back on Crowdcube, with 15 successfully returning to our crowd for further investment.

  • No hidden fees

    At Crowdcube, we pioneered 'success-based' pricing so you only pay when you've hit your equity funding target. The reason is simple, as entrepreneurs ourselves, we were frustrated by the up-front fee culture that existed and wanted to change things for the better. On top of that, this ideology applies equally to investors too, so you won't see us putting them off investing in you by sneaking in extra fees, either upfront or when you exit your business in the future. You can see our fees here.

  • More than money

    It's commonplace for our entrepreneurs to benefit from the wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience of our investor community, many of whom are interested in helping businesses, like yours, succeed. Whether it's as an informal advisor, non-executive director, manager or mentor, the extra advice and support can often be invaluable on your company's journey.

Equity

Raise investment in exchange for an equity stake in your business.

Mini-Bond

Give people the opportunity to lend you expansion capital and share in your growth.

Call us now on 01392 241319

Raise funding in 3 simple steps

We have a team of experts on hand to help you raise finance for your business.

  • Submit your pitch online

  • Your pitch is published

  • Hit your target and complete the deal

Equity

Raise the finance you need to grow your business in exchange for equity from Europe's largest angel investor network. Our innovative and award-winning equity crowdfunding service allows anyone to invest and has raised funding for more than 140 businesses - with over 60 raising more than £20m so far in 2014. That's more than our nearest competitor has done in two years!

  • No up-front fees

    Connect with tens of thousands of angel investors and get the investment you need, fast. With no up-front fees, our ground-breaking model lets you bypass traditional business angels networks, venture capital firms or banks, giving you greater control and exposure to more investors. Find out about our fees here.

  • Completing the deal

    Once you've hit your target our completions team and experienced legal counsel (we've got an ex-eBay senior legal expert on our side) will help you close the deal properly, helping you with relevant legal paperwork and issuing new share certificates.

  • No middleman

    Once funded, we trust you to run your business properly and treat your investors fairly and without prejudice. With Crowdcube, investors become direct legal shareholders - just the way they like it - in your company. We won't act as a middleman, meddle in your business, demand consent rights for issuing new shares or force you to use Crowdcube for future fundraises. You're free to be the boss of your business. However, we will make a small investment in your company so that we can monitor your progress and of course we'll always be here to support you if necessary.

  • EIS & SEIS tax relief

    Generous income tax reliefs - up to 50 per cent - can help to reduce financial risk for investors and be instrumental in your funding success. Investors expect it and with the majority of businesses eligible we strongly recommend that you understand how these tax reliefs work and apply to HMRC to get the ball rolling. Find out more about EIS and SEIS here or speak to one of our team on 01392 241319.

Mini-Bonds

Our mini-bond product enables more established brands to borrow expansion capital from their customers, stakeholders and our growing investor community.

It's a very simple idea - you decide the annual fixed interest rate, typically between 6-8%, and the duration of the bond - usually up to 5 years. You get the growth finance you need whilst rewarding investors for their support with regular interest payments throughout the duration of the bond and their initial investment back as a lump sum at the end. By giving your people the opportunity to invest and share in your success you'll be able to build stronger relationships with existing customers and attract new ones. John Lewis, Hotel Chocolat, Nuffield Health, Naked Wines, River Cottage and Chilango have, amongst others, all chosen this innovative route to finance their growth in recent years.

  • Borrow money from investors, customers and other stakeholders

  • Give investors with regular interest payments

  • Sweeten the deal with rewards - Hotel Chocolat gave away chocolate, for instance

  • Mini-bonds are unsecured, non-convertible, non-transferable and do carry risk

Call us now on 01392 241319

Great British businesses using Crowdcube to raise finance

Our seamless end-to-end funding process helps a wide variety of businesses raise investment. Whether you're a start-up or high street brand, food & drink product or tech marketplace, Crowdcube can help you raise from £20,000 to multiple millions. Our pioneering approach has been embraced by well-known, proven entrepreneurs like Poundland founder, Steve Smith; DatingDirect.com chief Darren Richards; tech entrepreneur Brett Akker, celebrity-chef Michel Roux Jr and TV presenter and designer Kevin McCloud who have collectively raised over £5 million for their next ventures on Crowdcube.

Why Investors love Crowdcube

Accessible, affordable and rewarding, Crowdcube simplifies investment that has, until now, been limited to the wealthy and well-connected. Our innovative model allows ordinary people to invest alongside seasoned investors like Shazam venture capital firm DN Capital; the global head of brand and creative at innocent drinks, Dan Germain; or Hilary Fitzgerald, former vice-president at Morgan Stanley, who are just some of the people turning to Crowdcube to invest.

Find out what some of our 85,000+ savvy investors love about investing on Crowdcube in the following video.

Each month around 65% of investments are from existing investors. Highlighting their satisfaction with the experience and the quality of deals.

"Crowdcube is a breath of fresh air"

Rupa Gantra, business owner &
Crowdcube investor
Equity

Raise investment in exchange for an equity stake in your business.

Mini-Bond

Give people the opportunity to lend you expansion capital and share in your growth.

Call us now on 01392 241319
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Investing in start-ups and early stage businesses involves risks, including illiquidity, lack of dividends, loss of investment and dilution, and it should be done only as part of a diversified portfolio. Crowdcube is targeted exclusively at investors who are sufficiently sophisticated to understand these risks and make their own investment decisions. You will only be able to invest via Crowdcube once you are registered as sufficiently sophisticated.

Please click here to read the full Risk Warning.

This page has been approved as a financial promotion by Crowdcube Ventures Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Investments can only be made on the basis of information provided in the pitches by the companies concerned. Crowdcube takes no responsibility for this information or for any recommendations or opinions made by the companies.