Updated: Jun 19
Let's dive in:
Equity Crowdfunding Platform News 🏗️
Crowdcube will soon provide access to IPOs (i.e. public companies), pitting it against the likes of PrimaryBid. 👏Darren Westlake, CEO of Crowdcube, said they were already in discussions with a few large consumer businesses about offering IPO access via Crowdcube.
Luke Lang, Co-founder of Crowdcube, left the company after over a decade of service. 😞He will join Plend, a lending startup.
In a landmark decision, the financial ombudsman service decided that Crowdcube should repay an investor £18k for having been "misled" into investing this amount in chinese takeaway company "Zing Zing". 🤯The Financial ombudsman service cited crowdcube's failure to qualify nor assess the plausibility of the company's "further expansion" plans. This decision could encourage stricter platform-level due diligence in equity crowdfunding.
General News (exits, raises and more) 🏗️
Nutmeg, the wealth management app or "robo advisor", is acquired by JP Morgan Chase for ~£700m. 🥳 This represents a 2.3x cash return for investors in their 2019 Crowdcube round.
Paysend, a money transfer/payments startup, raises ~£90m at a~£500m valuation.📈 This represents a roughly 2.5x paper return for investors in their 2019 Seedrs round.
Lick, the digital-first paint and/or home decor brand, raised £1m in a Seedrs round. 🎨The round broke records for diversity, being the first time a raise of this size had 52% of its investors being female; males tend to be heavily over represented in crowdfunding rounds, and in the investment/financial industry more broadly.
Curve breaks records in raising almost £10m from nearly 12k investors on Crowdcube. 🚀Curve's valuation is now roughly ~£600m, this represents a ~2x paper return for crowd investors in their 0219 Crowdcube round. I was pleased to see a somewhat more transparent raise this time (retention, revenue, etc disclosed) following heavy criticism of the opacity of their 2019 Crowdcube round.
THIS, the plant-based meat startup, raises £10m in a series A at a ~£100m valuation. 💵 This is a ~2x paper return for investors in their 2020 Seedrs convertible round.
Heura foods, a Spanish "Beyond Meat" competitor, raised ~£3.5m from ~3k investors on Crowdcube in under 24 hours! 🚀
Upcoming Campaigns 📆
Meatless farm - A large plant-based meat startup based in the UK; i.e. another "Beyond Meat" competitor. Pre-register here. The campaign will launch on the 23rd June.
Above: A selection of products by Meatless farm
Emma Finance - A savings, invesetment and/or financial management app. Pre-register here. The campaign will launch on the 22nd June, having initially been postponed due to interest from an as yet unnamed "strategic investor". Emma have also published a public roadmap of their upcoming features here.
Planty - Plant based meal delivery startup; an Allplants competitor. Pre-register here.
I'm currently spoiled for choice on which companies to do a due diligence/research post on; Secret Cinema? Seatfrog? Cheeky Panda? Taster? I could go on. Please let me know below in the comments which you'd like to read about the most.
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