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Equity Investors

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or new venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the internet. 

There are about 65 crowdfunding platforms operating in the UK. They offer services for you to showcase your project, idea, or business to potential investors.

Some platforms specialise in certain markets and industries, however the most popular ones are shown here:

  • Crowdcube - UK's most rated
  • Seedrs - great for start-ups minimum investments £10 (Seedrs and Crowdcube are to merge soon to create a single equity finance platform.)
  • Kickstarter - great for creative industries, food, music, film and technology
  • Indiegogo - the world’s biggest crowdfunding platform
  • Funding Circle - investments from £60K to £1M
  • Unbound - great for publishing projects, books etc
  • Ratesetter – you agree the interest on a loan directly with an investor
  • Go Fund Me - great for charities and social enterprises needing support
  • Crowdfunder - there are no platform fees charged here for start-up businesses or if your raising finance in response to coronavirus.

The Minerva Business Angel Network

Established by the University of Warwick’s Science Park in 1994 as part of an 'access to finance' programme aimed at stimulating the growth of innovation-led businesses in any commercial sector.

They now have a large database of over 150 investors and Minerva operates 5 specific investor groups who meet every month in Coventry, Wolverhampton and Malvern Science Parks.

You can get help with sourcing funding, introductions to funders, help with your business presentations.

You can contact them by:

UK Business Angels Association

This is a national trade association for angel and early stage investments, representing 650 members that collectively deploy in excess of £2BN per annum. Members include angel groups, individual investors, early stage venture capital companies, investment platforms, universities and accelerators. You can subscribe or become a member to access the full investors list.

Find out more on their website:

Angel Investment Network

A platform that connects businesses looking for investment and investors with the capital, contacts and knowledge to help them succeed. They claim to have 274,000 registered investors interested in new projects.

Find out more on their website: 

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