“As the first regulated equity crowdfunding platform in the world, Seedrs has always focused on doing equity crowdfunding the right way. Our mission is to build a sustainable industry with a business approach focused on a combination of scale and professionalism. We create a world-class experience for investors and entrepreneurs and build long-term relationships along the way,” Jeff Lynn, Seedrs CEO & Co-Founder commented. “Our continued growth and leading position in the market is testament to our reputation within the finance space. We deliver a robust and effective product that gives entrepreneurs a trusted platform to pitch inspiring businesses, and that educates investors about the benefits and risks of investing in early-stage and growth-focused businesses. ”
Seedrs, calling itself “the UK’s No. 1 equity crowdfunding platform,” today announced it has had more than £100 million invested on its platform in early-stage and growth focused businesses since it launched in July 2012. This news follows another record-breaking 2015, in which Seedrs saw over 38,000 investments made on its platform.
A new report, ‘The Deal 2015 – Review of investment in UK start-ups and scale-ups in 2015’, released today by leading research firm Beauhurst, shows that equity crowdfunding continues to dominate early-stage investment, with Seedrs taking pole position in the space. Seedrs is ranked number one in various categories of investment, including being the top seed-stage equity investor in the UK and the top equity investor in London, and it has established “a strong lead” in investment activity for businesses in the Technology and the Business & Professional Services sectors. In some cases Seedrs has experienced more than double the activity of its nearest competitor according to Beauhurst, a leading source of objective deep data on UK start-ups and scale ups.
Standout funding rounds on Seedrs in 2015 included, healthy eating high street brand, Tossed, which raised £1.34 million from 661 investors, and award-winning cloud accounting software, FreeAgent, which raised £1.21 million from over 700 investors. Seedrs has funded more than 320 deals since launch, and it is growing quickly. The last three months alone have seen over £18 million invested on the Seedrs platform.
Seedrs has also become the UK equity crowdfunding platform with the most users. Based on Alexa rankings, which measures website visitors over a rolling three-month period, Seedrs now has significantly more people using its site than any other UK equity crowdfunding platform. In January this year, Seedrs was named one of fifty Bloomberg Business Innovators for 2016, an accolade that recognises “the people changing how the UK lives, works and thinks,” as well as joining Tech City UK’s Upscale Programme of 30 of the fastest-growing UK tech companies.