Why we started Crowdcube
Having founded, and worked for several entrepreneurial businesses, we understand how difficult it can be to raise money to start and grow a small business. The task of securing investment is a notoriously perplexing and sometimes sluggish process that can be a struggle at the best of times. In today’s economic climate this has become even more challenging.
We want to give entrepreneurs the opportunity to take control of raising funding from their own network of friends, family, customers and strangers.
We also want to give people the opportunity to become an armchair Dragon and build their own investment portfolio supporting exciting new British businesses. Crowdcube is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 650205).
Backed by the best
Crowdcube is backed by Balderton Capital. Since 2000, Balderton has invested in over 100 companies, principally across Europe. Notable realised investments include NaturalMotion (the mobile gaming developer, sold to Zynga in 2014), Betfair (the online betting exchange, 2010 IPO), LOVEFiLM (the home entertainment subscription service, sold to Amazon in 2011), MySQL (the open-source database software, sold to Sun Microsystems in 2008) and YOOX Group (the online retailer of leading fashion brands, IPO in 2009). The current portfolio includes innovative companies such as 3D Hubs, Globoforce, Kobalt, Nutmeg, Openet, Scytl, Talend, The Hut Group, Tictail, Wooga and WorldStores.
Crowdcube has also raised a further £6m of investment to further accelerate its growth and help more businesses raise the finance they need to grow, create jobs and deliver returns to investors. The investment is led by Numis, a leading UK stockbroker and corporate advisor. Iconic Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper and venture capital firm Draper Esprit have also joined this funding round alongside existing backers Balderton Capital, one of Europe’s largest venture firms.
Numis has raised £10bn for businesses since 2009 through more than 46 IPOs and will work with Crowdcube and the regulators to enable large high growth businesses who are ‘going public’ by listing shares on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market or AIM, to access individual investors.
Draper Esprit is one of Europe’s most experienced venture capital investors, helping entrepreneurs build ground-breaking technology companies. In recent years, Draper Esprit’s exits have generated more than $4 billion in enterprise value. Portfolio companies include Trust Pilot, Lyst, Movidius, Conversocial, Sportpursuit, Graze, Greenpeak, Horizon Discovery (IPO on AIM), Icera (sold to Nvidia), LOVEFiLM (sold to Amazon), Oxford Immunotec (IPO on NASDAQ),The Cloud (sold to BSkyB), and Zeus (sold to Riverbed).
Draper Esprit is the exclusive Western European member of the Silicon Valley-based Draper Venture Network with historic investments including Baidu, Skype, Tesla, and other leading innovators. Draper Esprit operates a multi-fund strategy with numerous funding sources for primary, angel and secondary deals, creating unique venture and growth capital options for the fastest growing companies in Europe.
|Crowdcube is also proud to be backed by more than 570 fantastic private investors who have collectively invested more than £3m across multiple rounds of investment. This support has been vital to our success so far.|