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Equity Crowdfunding with Shadow Foundr

Shadow Foundr
Lily Bridgwood
Written by Lily Bridgwood

About Shadow Foundr


Shadow Foundr is the fully authorised and regulated technology-enabled investment platform that allows the crowd to follow the lead of experienced investors into early stage business opportunities. By focusing on investor-needs, Shadow Foundr has built up an impressive portfolio of global opportunities and continues to attract highly scalable and disruptive start-ups, with vast growth potential; as well as deliver returns to investors.

How Does it Work?


All  opportunities are funded to a minimum of 30% before they appear on the platform, meaning your investment has serious backing before you commit. Collectively, over the past 7 years, the team at Shadow Foundr has raised in excess of £90m in equity funding, from their networks of business angels and investors. They understand Crowdfunding is an exciting concept but they also understand the importance of putting the investors’ interests and compliance at the core of the activity. Extensive due diligence is carried out by the team; valuations and entrepreneurs are questioned in depth; and opportunities scrutinised, before they seek firm commitments to fund a significant proportion of a target fund-raise, by existing investor network. Once these commitments are in place, the platform allows every-day investors to invest directly into these pre-vetted, early-stage companies and SME’s. Shadow Foundr’s ability to call on an established network of business angels and other professional investors, including family offices, venture capital and other authorised financial institutions, to commit to an opportunity before it is presented on the platform, provides comfort for crowd investors.

Why Shadow Foundr?


Investor-Focused

  • They’re not just another online platform, as they have a full-time Investor Relations department dedicated to serving Private Investor Network.

  • They already have a loyal following of more than 500 investors in Private Investor Network, who understand philosophy of focusing on investor-needs first, and foremost.

  • They keep investors educated and informed, allowing them to make investment decisions based on sound information.

  • They question entrepreneurs on valuations… and question them again and again.

Quality over Quantity

  • Rather than list ten or twenty opportunities at any one time, go for quality over quantity by hand-selecting opportunities that they feel have the potential to scale and disrupt the market.

  • They seek out the best opportunities, rejecting dozens, to give investors the best chance for success.

  • Their first exit has already taken place via a secondary market They facilitated, with other exits imminent.

Due Diligence

  • They implement a rigorous DD process and conduct extensive checks on entrepreneurs.

  • Prior to any opportunity going to the crowd, it must pass two detailed stages of due diligence.

  • Firstly, an opportunity must pass Shadow Foundr’s own due diligence.

  • Once the Shadow Foundr investment panel is satisfied with the opportunity, it is then passed onto Shadow Foundr’s Private Investor Network of sophisticated investors, who effectively perform a secondary round of DD.

  • Opportunities must be funded to a minimum of 30% by Private Investor Network, prior to being presented to the Crowd via  a 24/7 automated Platform.

Their model means that instead of the crowd following the crowd; the crowd follows the lead of experienced investors, giving them the best opportunity to succeed.

Please visit Shadow Foundr to find out more information on their current opportunities. Your Capital is At Risk. 

About the author

Lily Bridgwood

Lily Bridgwood

Lily is the Partnerships Associate at OFF3R. She has previous work experience in both the corporate and start-up environments. She joined the OFF3R team in October having recently graduated with First-Class Honours in International Business from the University of Edinburgh.