On Tuesday, Crowdcube announced Funded Club members, Azoomee, Floom, Tutorful, NovelTea, PlanSnap, The Vurger Co., Thyngs, Kokoon, and Mindful Chef were featured in Startups 100 Best Businesses of 2018 list. According to the UK equity crowdfunding platform, Startups 100 is a long-running index of the “best” new businesses.
Azoomee’s app allows children between the ages of 5 and 8 years old to watch, play, listen and get creative in one secure place. The app was launched in 2016 and is pre-loaded onto O2’s Family Tablet. It works on any iOS of Android device for the price of £4.99 per month, per family. The creators of Azoomee, Estelle and Douglas Lloyd, stated they created the app as a way to keep their children safe online after their daughter came across inappropriate content. Azoomee raised over £796,000 through Crowdcube with the support of 390 investors and overfunding to 176%.
Floom is an online marketplace allowing consumers to buy beautiful flowers from independent florists, recently completed a £520,000 funding round on Crowdcube with the support of 334 investors. Backed by the founders of New Look & AMC Fresh; Floom wants to do for flowers what Deliveroo did for takeaway.
Tutorful (formerly known as Tutora) completed its second round of funding on Crowdcube in March 2017, raising just nearly £705,000 from 540 investors. Tutorful is an online marketplace that intelligently connects tutors to students via their ‘best-match’ algorithm.
Pip & Nut raised £120,000 from 81 investors through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. The company currently offers a range of nut butter and has sold in more than 3,000 stores.
Last year, premium alcohol producers NovelTea raised over £217,000 from 281 investors on Crowdcube. The company has introduced distinctive premium alcoholic tea blends to the beverage market. Since launching in April 2017, Noveltea has acquired high-end customers such as Harrods, John Lewis, and Fenwick.
PlanSnap is described as a social planning app that gets everyone to agree on the details of a plan in just a few taps. In July last year, the company raised over £380,000 from 511 investors through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube.
The Vurger Co., raised just under £300,000 from 275 investors in July last year through Crowdcube. The company opened its first permanent site in Shoreditch earlier this year after having run a number of successful pop-ups.
Mobile technology platform Thyngs raised over £301,000 from 349 investors on Crowdcube earlier this year. The company has already sold over 250,000 units to date and established relationships with companies like Apple, PayPal, Stripe and Worldpay.
Kokoon secured £1.65 million from 841 investors on Crowdcube. The company uses clinically validated audio and EEG sensors in their headphones to aid sleep & relaxation. Product development is now complete, they’ve been approached by a number of leading retailers & have signed distribution agreements.
Mindful Chef, raised £1.92m from 638 investors in September 2017 on Crowdcube. The company, which is backed by sports stars including Victoria Pendleton CBE and Will Greenwood MBE, caters for the health-conscious consumer who wants to eat delicious low-carb meals, uses exceptional quality produce from award-winning British suppliers.
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