Crowdcube, The UK Based Crowdfunding Platform, Announces £500,000 Fund To Boost Inclusive U.K Fintech

As per a 2018 KPMG press release, UK was declared as the global leader for fintech investment in H1 2018. The sector attracted investment of around $16 billion in the first half of 2018 alone.

To any aspiring fintech entrepreneur, the numbers in the KPMG report looks promising but that is not the complete picture. In 2017, much of the investment activity was focused on just a few breakthrough companies which included, Monzo, Funding Circle and Transferwise.

Crowdcube, A Crowdfunding Platform Announces £500,000 Fund To Boost Inclusive U.K Fintech

According to the Luke Lang, co-founder of Crowdcube, which is an equity crowdfunding platform – fintech companies face the same struggles as startups in other sectors when it comes to raising the capital needed to bring their products to the market. “A lot of money flows into fintech firms,” he says. But there are a lot of aspiring startups that are setting out to be the next Monzo. They do not necessarily find it easy to raise capital.”

Luke Lang, o-Founder and chief marketing officer, Crowdcube
Luke Lang, co-founder and chief marketing officer, Crowdcube.

Luke Lang, co-founder and chief marketing officer, Crowdcube.SOURCE – CROWDCUBE

Now, take a look at this recent EY report which shows how crowdfunding outraced bank financing as the preferred option in the UK. Crowdfunding(20%) surpassed bank financing(19%) and took its place as the second most preferred option in the UK, only after venture capital which still contributes 75% of growth capital. EY published their second annual “Fast Growth Tracker” report that surveys founders and entrepreneurs in the UK.

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The EY report and what Luke Lang is trying to accomplish with Crowdcube’s announcement of £500,000 fund to boost inclusive U.K. fintech start making much more sense.

Other than the quoted investment, Crowdcube will also provide legal and accountancy support, to three winning fintech businesses. “We want to shine a spotlight on this sector,” said Lang. He said the entrants would have to be seeking to raise money via Crowdcube which will act as a filter that will help narrow the field. Monzo and Revolut set the perfect example of how helpful Crowdcube have been on their journey to success.

Lang firmly believes that fintech companies have the potential to make financial services more available or less costly, with the internet and the mobile phone acting as a catalyst.

Crowdcube has partnered with Propel, a part of accountancy firm Deloitte, Green Shores Capital and law firm Linklaters.

Lang says “I have always been fascinated by the fact that there seems to be an affinity between crowdfunding and fintech. Fintech companies see raising money through Crowdcube – and through crowdfunding more generally – as a way to differentiate themselves from the big banks.”

Lang further added, “When we started out, we set out to democratize angel investing. Now you could say that we have democratized VC investment. Ordinary people are now investing alongside VCs.”

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