Crowdcube has completed a record-breaking 2015, which saw the first two successful crowdfunding exits, a total of £83 million invested in over 166 pitches via the equity platform and a £6 million investment in the company itself.
Crowdcube was also crowned the UK’s top crowdfunding company last year, with multiple award wins and named ‘Leading Equity Investor’ by Beauhurst.
Crowdcube co-founder, Luke Lang, stated:
“2015 was an outstanding year for Crowdcube, but also a game-changer in the world of crowdfunding, with not one, but two exits. First, we saw E-Car Club acquired by Europe’s leading car rental company, Europcar and then Camden Town Brewery sold to the world’s biggest drinks company, AB InBev right at the end of the year. In crowdfunding terms this is an important milestone and has finally seen the industry come of age.”
Crowdcube investors have grown to more than 240,000, with over 116,000 joining in 2015 alone, investing more than 63,000 times, an increase of 164% from 2014. The biggest single investment of 2015 was £1 million into Sugru. In addition, Crowdcube Bonds raised £13.9 million last year and so far have paid back a total of £470,000 in gross interest to investors.
Nineteen businesses raised more than £1 million on Crowdcube, with five raising over £3 million, including JustPark, which raised £3.5 million, and Chilango who returned for a second round of funding.
Crowdcube also raised its own round of funding last year, to the tune of £6 million, to help accelerate the company’s growth and pave the way for innovation in the IPO market. Led by leading UK stockbroker, Numis, the funding round was also joined by Tim Draper and Draper Esprit alongside existing backers, Balderton Capital, one of Europe’s largest investment firms.
Check out all of 2015’s highlights below.
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