Report: Job Impact of Crowdfunding from Crowdfund Capital Advisors

Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA), a consulting and advisory firm in the investment crowdfunding space,  has published a report that illustrates how companies that use crowdfunding to raise capital are creating jobs, building stronger businesses, and attracting follow on capital.

SherwoodNeiss_HeadshotSherwood Neiss, principal at Crowdfund Capital Advisors stated,

“When we set out to write this report we wanted to test a big assumption about crowdfunding. Namely is it more than just money?  The results, which are early indicators, show that in fact it is.”


Grid from CCA Report on CrowdfundingSome of the key findings in the report include:

  • Average amount raised across all forms of crowdfunding is $107,810 with a mean of $40,300
  • Average equity crowdfunding raise is $178,790
  • Companies that were success with crowdfunding campaigns saw a 24% quarter-to-quarter increase in revenues net of crowdfunding proceeds.  Filtered for only equity campaigns, they saw a surprising 351% quarter-to-quarter increase
  • 39% of the responders hired on average 2.2 employees and an additional 48% signaled they intended to used the crowdfunding proceeds to hire new staff.
  • 71% of companies that were successful with crowdfunding either received or were in conversations to accept follow on investment.
  • Other than money key benefits from the crowd during and post campaign included knowledge, experience, strategy, marketing, product position and demand.

The authors affirm this data as a positive signal that debt and equity crowdfunding, when it fully goes live in 2014, will have a tremendous impact.

Jason Best CCAJason Best (@CrowdCapAdvisor), Principal at Crowdfund Capital Advisors and a co-author of the report adds,

“These are still early days for crowdfund investing. It is exciting to see Web 3.0, where the social network meets community finance, develop in front of our eyes. We hope this evidence further encourages global policy makers, regulators and investors to take note of this opportunity and consider this new asset class to enhance current efforts to train and support entrepreneurs in their markets.”

Crowdfund Capital Advisors are also the authors of the World Bank Report, “Crowdfunding’s Potential for the Developing World.”

dr richard swartRichard Swart, Research Director for CCA said,

“By analyzing campaigns globally we were able to get an early view into the potential crowdfunding not only has for the USA but globally.  By leveraging the power of the crowd we can help fund the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

The report may be downloaded here.

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  • Rob Murray Brown

    This report is fundamentally flawed. The authors admit that the methodology might lead to a bias – that is a gross understatement and insult to the term methodology. Asking businesses to self certify when they have an overiding vested interest in being seen as succesfull, is guarnateed to lead to totally scewed outcomes. Add to this the ridiculous amalgamation of the three very different types of CF and the results are nothing better than paff. Equity CF, the only kind that carries any serious risk, has not being going long enough to gauge any real results. Of the 100 or so completed deals in the UK, only one that has reported accounts has manged to achieve its projected revenues – 3 have gone bust and the vast majority have missed targets by a very long way, often being forced to come back for second and third funding rounds. The only test will be seen in 2 years time when the investment in these pitches will have either disappeared for good or be permanently tied into zombie Cos with no hope of any return. Do some proper reserach for goodness sake.