- About crowdfunding
- Why Crowdcube
- How it works
- Success stories
Tell me more about crowdfunding
Equity crowdfunding enables startup, early and growth stage businesses to raise finance from a ‘crowd’ of everyday investors, professionals, angels and venture capital firms, in return for an equity stake in the business.
What we can offer you...
How it works
Fast and affordable finance in four steps
Your first step is to submit your interest in raising finance on Crowdcube. If crowdfunding is a suitable option for you, you’ll be able to start creating your pitch.
Write your idea, financial and team sections as well as organising your pitch video and rewards.
Promote your raise and secure lead investment as well as contacting your network to build momentum.
Once all investments have been processed in-house, we will issue share certificates, send you the final investor list, process and necessary tax relief documentation and send you your investment.
Funded Club Success Stories
Everything you need to help fund and grow your business
When people think about business finance, they might think of it as a last resort. But taking on a business loan can be so much more than that, and many firms use finance to their advantage to accelerate growth.
Take a look at our FAQs
Can I apply to raise finance on Crowdcube?
Startup, early and growth stage businesses, from a broad range of sectors, can raise finance on Crowdcube.
You can apply to Crowdcube if:
- The business is a UK or Irish limited company (not an LLP or Sole Trader)
- The business isn’t involved in anything of a sexual nature, property development or filmmaking/theatrical productions
- The business has a valid, active Companies House number (if you're unsure of your company number, you can check it here.)
As part of our verification process, we will also review:
- The structure of the company. If the business consists of a group structure, the funds must be raised for the top company (please ensure the company number for the top company is provided)
- Existing shareholders and if there are any majority institutional shareholders, the terms of their investments.
- Director corporate and financial history
Based outside of the UK?
Subject to certain criteria, we are also able to raise finance for some businesses that are headquartered in Europe. Please apply and one of our team will assess if a raise on Crowdcube is suited to your business.
You can apply to raise on Crowdcube, here.
What fees does Crowdcube charge?
There are no fees for listing your business on Crowdcube.
We only charge a success fee of 7% (exc. VAT) on the amount you successfully raise. All fees are payable to Crowdcube Capital Limited.
Payment processing fees also apply. These fees are deducted by Stripe, Crowdcube’s payment provider, when the funds raised are transferred to you upon the successful completion of your raise. The payment processing fees vary depending on which country the payment card is registered in and are 0.5% for the UK, 1% for Europe and 2.9% for the rest of the world.
How should I set my valuation?
Your valuation to be offered on Crowdcube must be set on a fully-diluted basis. This means taking into account the fully diluted share capital of the Investee, including all share options (granted or available); warrants; convertible debt or any other convertible securities; and any other right to acquire shares. This means that the percentage of equity offered to the crowd will not be diluted by any existing options (granted or available), warrants or convertibles.
There is no right or wrong way to value a business. Unfortunately, it’s highly subjective and the ways of valuing a business have been widely debated.
As a starting point, we suggest looking at similar businesses in your market to see how they’ve been valued. As well as the sector, you’ll also need to take into account the stage and growth of your business.
Whilst we do not offer advice on valuing your business, we recommend remaining conservative. The lower your valuation, the more potential upside for investors, and the greater interest your pitch will receive. You’ll also need to consider how your valuation may affect future funding rounds, as overvaluing your business may make future funding rounds more difficult.