CrowdFunding Universe

Photo Courtesy of CrowdingIn: Crowdfunding in the UK

Photo Courtesy of CrowdingIn: Crowdfunding in the UK

By Trevor Clawson,

St Katherine’s Dock is one of the areas of London that really feels as if it belongs somewhere else. With both Tower Bridge and the Tower of  London visible on the skyline, we’re clearly in the heart of the capital but this regenerated slice of the old docklands has the feel of a marina in a coastal town – albeit a very expensive one.

An upscale development situated in the heart of a tourist Mecca is not necessarily a place where you’d expect to find too many small-scale startups,but London can be surprising. Overlooking the main marina, sits the glass front of International House which plays host to the splendidly named Rainmaking Loft, a shared co-working space offering relatively cheap and flexible deskspace to the next generation of entrepreneurs. And if similar spaces just a few miles away in Tech City tend to be funky, the Rainmaking Loft is cool, sleek and ever-so-slightly corporate. Frankly, if I was a budding entrepreneur, I could think of much worse places to invite potential backers.

So it’s an appropriate venue for a conference on the future of UK Crowdfunding. Organised and hosted by law firm MJ Hudson the February 19 event featured a panel of the industry’s great and good, including: Darren Westlake, CEO of Crowdcube, Karen Kerrigan, legal and finance director of Seedrs, Tom Britton, co-founder of the Syndicate Room and Richard Brookbank, a director of Investing Zone.

There was and is a lot to discuss. Following a period of consultation, industry regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, is in the process of finalising a new regulatory framework aimed at protecting investors and this could well be a defining moment for the industry.

However, this event represented more than opportunity for Crowdfunding providers to talk to each other about themselves. With much of the audience comprised of startup founders, this was also an occasion on which entrepreneurs – both budding and experienced – could satisfy their own curiosity about a source of finance that is still very, very new.

Concerns about control

And talking to some the entrepreneur attendees ahead of the panel discussion, it was clear that in addition to wondering whether crowdfunding was a viable form of finance there was awareness that taking investment of any kind carries certain risks. And in the case of crowdfunding, a startup might raise finance from dozens or even hundreds of individual investors. So as one attendee put it to me: how can you ensure you ensure your business remains agile and focused when also catering to the timelines, expectations and ownership rights of multiple backers. 

Read More


How Crowdfunding Can Supercharge Your Campaign In 2016ForbesThey say that there are about 7.45 billion people living in this world right now. Imagine that if you could get each of these seven-and-a-half billion people to contribute one cent to your project, well, you know what I mean. [...]

How Crowdfunding Has Changed the Startup Game - Singularity HUBSingularity HubThe development of innovative technology — from virtual reality headsets to space exploration to solar-powered roadways — is no longer the province of ...and more » [...]

Crowdfund InsiderWhen It Comes to Retail Crowdfunding, SAFEty FirstCrowdfund InsiderOn September 22nd, Crowdfund Insider published a post summarizing the arguments presented in our new essay entitled “Crowdfunding and the Not-So-Safe SAFE“ (forthcoming in Virginia Law Review Online). [...]

The GuardianCrowdfunding: the new buzzword for academics needing research moneyThe GuardianArchaeologist Dr David Petts, from Durham University, has also used crowdfunding, raising almost £25,000 to fund a project on Lindisfarne, off the Northumberland coast. The dig, in June, led to [...]

“Beyond the Void” Announces New Crowdfunding VenturenewsBTCRTS-MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game Beyond the Void has joined forces with crowdfunding platform OpenLedger to build a new funding series for what is being touted as the “world's first MOBA game ICO.” The crow [...]

The Daily DotHey buckaroos, Chuck Tingle and Zoe Quinn are crowdfunding a game on KickstarterThe Daily DotErotic ebook legend Chuck Tingle and game developer Zoe Quinn are almost ready to unleash the biggest tingler of them all. The two have teamed up for a full motion video game vers [...]

Bitcoinist.netVulture Capital Hits Crowdfunding Minimum for 'Listen Carefully'Bitcoinist.netHowever, in light of achieving its minimum crowdfunding goal, Hedley Productions has decided to move up the start date for Listen Carefully's filming from its late 2017 estimate [...]

Crowdfund InsiderFact Sheet: SEC Updates Instrastate Crowdfunding Rules 147 & 504Crowdfund Insidermary-jo-white-at-sec-10-26-16 The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to update Rules 147 and 504 today. The regulatory changes will improve the environment for intrastate [...]

Crowdfund InsiderBrief: Switzerland Equity Crowdfunding Platform Bee Invested Launches Campaign For Luxembourg Real Estate ...Crowdfund InsiderEarlier this week, Switzerland-based equity crowdfunding platform Bee Invested announced the launch of its new campaign for a real estate proj [...]

CNNMoneyDorothy's fading red slippers saved by $300000 in crowdfundingCNNMoneyThe ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in the beloved 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" are set to undergo a major conservation effort following a successful crowdfunding campaign. The Smithson [...]

CFB Finance

Press Release

Live Crowdfunding .tv

What's Next Step in Regulation A+ JOBS ACTS Title IIII :L Interview : Steve Cinelli with Brian Korn Securities and Crowdfunding/Peer-to-Peer Lending Lawyer, Watch more video library | Conference | Interview | Campaign Showcase | Research | Education |