Crowdfunding is a way of raising money through the collective effort of family, friends, individual investors and customers. This method taps into the collective efforts of many people—primarily online through crowdfunding and social media platforms.
In 2014, more than US$16 billion were raised through crowdfunding worldwide, which increased to over US$34 billion in 2015 and is estimated to increase in 2016. Crowdfunding has proven itself very popular in the world in its short history. All the signs show that crowdfunding is poised to be the next big investment trend. Here are the 10 biggest fintech crowdfunding of all time.
Kickstarter is a global crowdfunding platform for projects such as tech, music, movie, art, games, photography, comics and design. The platform has helped more than 80,000 projects get funds with a strong community of repeat supporters. Around 300,000 individuals on Kickstarter have funded 10 projects or more. Persons who back up Kickstarter ventures are provided with tangible rewards and high-class know-hows in exchange for their pledges
Crowdcube is a leading investment and award-winning crowdfunding platform. It is one of the longest-established sites in the UK providing a variety of firms the opportunity to get funding. Established as an alternative to the banks, venture capital funding and angel investors, the CrowdCube platform is used by many start-ups to raise capital.
Indiegogo is a global crowdfunding website established in 2008. The site is among the first sites to provide crowdfunding. The site allows people to ask funds for a charity, ideas, or start-up business. The site’s market is all people who have ideas and need to raise funds to finance their goals. About fifteen million individuals visit the platform on a monthly basis.
GoFundMe is a platform that enables people to raise fund for events ranging from life events like celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances such as accidents and illnesses. Over $2 billion has been raised for inspiring campaigns by people via the platform.
CircleUp connects innovative consumer and retail companies with accredited investors. Businesses must typically have considerable revenue (> $500,000 annually) or other pointers of potential success. Companies are assessed by private equity investors before being accepted on the site. The company has been featured on CNBC’s Squawk Box.
Tilt is a crowdfunding business that allows communities and groups to fundraise, collect, or pool money online. In the last three years, the Tilt platform has been very popular among community organizers and college students. According to Social Times, Tilt is the fastest-growing crowdfunding platform— defeating stalwarts, Kickstarter and GoFundMe.
OurCrowd is built for accredited investors to offer venture capital funding for start-ups. The company was founded by serial entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist Jonathan Medved. In March 2016, the company raised over $10 million from Singapore’s United Overseas Bank, with the goal of expanding into Asian markets.
Consistently known as one of the top crowdfunding sites in the industry, Peerbackers focuses on funding innovators and entrepreneurs. The site has hosted thousands of civic, entrepreneurial and creative projects from around the world. After witnessing such a high industry failure rate for projects, Peerbackers established Crowdfunding Academy to provide support and education to people who want to crowdfund.
Crowdfunder is the leading UK crowdfunding platform, connecting projects with people to make great ideas happen. The platform has over 442,000 members and thousands of projects. The company provides a fund distribution and campaign sponsorship product that stimulates community engagement.
Seedrs is the world’s leading equity crowdfunding platform for investing in businesses you believe in. It was the first equity crowdfunding platform to get regulatory approval from the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK.
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