2016 has had its fair share of seismic political and economic shocks. The OFF3R Index report, released in November 2016, showed that Equity Crowdfunding had a rather sluggish January and a couple of quiet months following Brexit.
However, the asset class has demonstrated resilience as the updated data for October revealed the best performing month of the year to date leading to a combined total raised figure of £176 million in the first 10 months of 2016.
2016 has also seen a series of record breaking crowdfunding campaigns. The top three rounds of 2016 are the top three campaigns of all time in the UK. Therefore, we once again head towards a new year with a sense of optimism and all eyes are on the possible changes from the FCA review of the Crowdfunding regulations. Below is a breakdown of the top 10 campaigns and the full list of 20 follows afterwards.
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THE FULL LIST OF CAMPAIGNS
Raised £6.6M on Crowdcube
Investment crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, self-crowdfunded to great success. Securing over £6.6M in investment from more than 3700 crowd investors.
Raised £4.3M on Seedrs
Perkbox is a cloud-based employee perks and engagement platform for businesses of all sizes. They believe everyone should feel happy at work, no matter what they do. They raised £4.3m with Seedrs in October.
“The UK market has embraced our mantra that a happy team equals a more productive team and our first equity raise this year offered investors and customers an opportunity to be part of Perkbox’s future success. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved since we started back in January 2015. The employee benefits market is changing rapidly, and we’re at the helm of this change by championing great working environments. For us it has been a fantastic year for the business as we continue to grow our team and expand our loyal customer base to enable them to become the employer of choice.” – Chieu Cao, CMO and co-founder, Perkbox
Raised £3.9M on Crowdcube
goHenry is a Pre-paid, Pocket Money Card and App with unique parental controls, for young people aged 6 to 18. It seeks to enable children to gain confidence with money, learning under the guidance of parents. They raised £3.9m with Crowdcube in May.
“After a lot of diligence it became clear that equity crowdfunding was a viable route for high growth companies to raise a meaningful amount of capital. goHenry is a company founded by parents, which has been key to our amazing success. We have a large community of families who use goHenry, love it and trust us and this put us in a great position for equity crowdfunding; getting our users to buy into the company and support our journey felt like the right thing for us to do.” – Alex Zivoder, CEO at GoHenry
Raised £3.1m on SyndicateRoom
In just 10 hours, SyndicateRoom closed its self-crowdfunding round having raised £3.1m in growth capital, this was far beyond their original target of £2.3m.
Raised £2.6m on VentureFounders
Micrima are a Bristol-based breast imaging company and developers of a groundbreaking radiowave breast imaging system. They raised £2.6m with Venture Founders in January.
6. INNIS & GUNN
Raised £2.4M on Crowdcube
The UK’s 2nd largest craft brewer is seeking to change the beer industry to create a world where everyone has access to more exciting beer. They raised £2.1m with Crowdcube in November.
Raised £2.4M on Seedrs
WeSwap help travellers everywhere to swap and manage currency in the cheapest, fairest and most transparent way possible. They raised £2.4m with Seedrs in October.
8. WITT ENERGY
Raised £2.4M on Crowdcube
Witt Energy has created a revolutionary patented energy harvester that converts any motion on land, sea and air into electricity. They raised £2.4m with Crowdcube in June.
Raised £2.3M on Seedrs
Tandem is the UK’s next generation digital bank, helping customers live a better life with their money. They raised £2.3m with Seedrs in May.
10. GRIPIT FIXINGS
Raised £2M on Crowdcube
GripIt is a revolutionary design of universal plasterboard fixing and it has been to be the only fixing on the market which can fit into any plasterboard application. They raised £2m with Crowdcube in March.
Raised £1.9M on VentureFounders
Talmix is an online market place where companies can easily gain access to an international database of vetted independent consultants who are able to work on-demand. They raised £1.9m with VentureFounders in August.
Raised £1.7M on VentureFounders
Zilico is developing the next generation of diagnostic devices that remove subjectivity, increase accuracy and deliver results in real-time. They raised £1.8m with VentureFounders in June.
13. WEST BERKSHIRE BREWERY
Raised £1.7M on Seedrs
The West Berkshire Brewery is an independent brewer that makes award-winning beers with plans to buy their own pub and build a much larger brewing facility. They raised £1.7m with Seedrs in June.
Raised £1.7M on VentureFounders
Scoota is an online advertising technology company that enables advertisers to create, activate, measure and optimise brilliant brand campaigns at scale. They raised £1.7m with VentureFounders in October.
Raised £1.6M on Seedrs
Landbay is a marketplace lender focused on prime residential mortgages. They direct-match investors’ funds to loans using the resource and capital efficiency of peer-to-peer. They raised £1.6m with Seedrs in February.
16. M RESTAURANTS
Raised £1.5M on Seedrs
M provides aspirational yet accessible drinking and dining in a comfortable, quality environment, offering world class products, plus the finest examples of hospitality and guest recognition. They raised £1.6m with Seedrs in October.
17. RECYCLING TECHNOLOGIES
Raised £1.5M on SyndicateRoom
Recycling Technologies offer innovative technology for mixed plastic (MPW) recycling. They have developed a system to not only recycle, but to also turn MPW into a hydro-carbon. They raised £1.5m with SyndicateRoom in November.
Raised £1.4M on Crowdcube
Powervault have developed an award winning home energy storage product which reduces electricity bills and helps customers during black-outs. They rasied £1.4M with Crowdcube in May.
Raised £1.4M on SyndicateRoom
NowWeComply aim to provide a simple and cost-effective means to improve collaboration, stability and value within the organization. They raised £1.4M with SyndicateRoom in March.
20. VERTO HOMES
Raised £1.3M on Crowdcube
Verto Homes designs, builds and sells intelligent, sustainable homes, which produce and store clean energy from the sun and do not burn any fossil fuels for either light or heat. They raised £1.4m with Crowdcube in July.
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