Record year for Seedrs

Record year for Seedrs

Seedrs recorded yet another record year in 2016 after more than £85m was invested into companies through its crowdfunding platform last year.

October marked the platform’s biggest ever month with almost £20m invested into campaigns, £4.35m of which was invested into employee and customer engagement provider, Perkbox, becoming Seedrs’ biggest fundraise since launch.

In the same month almost 3,000 Seedrs investors backed peer-to-peer travel money platform,WeSwap, raising over £2.4m and setting the record for the most investors in a single campaign.

2016 was also the year of co-investment, with a host of leading institutions or strategic partners investing alongside the crowd,highlighting a growing trend by VC firms to lead or support crowdfunding rounds on Seedrs.

These included Draper Esprit into Perkbox, Ascot Capital into WeSwap, Zoopla into Landbay, Unilever Ventures into blow Ltd, JamJar Ventures into SuperCarers. Other campaigns received investment from Passion Capital, IW Capital, Techstars, Seedcamp, Tesco Backit and TrueStart, among others.

Jeff Lynn, CEO and co founder of Seedrs, said: "2016 has been the biggest year ever for Seedrs with an unprecedented amount of capital invested into 159 inspiring deals. In late summer, we continued our European expansion, despite the outcome on Brexit, opening offices in Berlin and Amsterdam.

"In September we released our inaugural Portfolio Update to illustrate to our investors the performance of their early-stage investment portfolio and in November we had the first ever IPO for a Seedrs crowdfunded business, by FreeAgent.

“The ongoing success of many of our portfolio companies is exactly why equity crowdfunding is instrumentally important to the future of the early stage investment and why sophisticated investors should be looking at this asset class as a part of their broader investment portfolio in 2017.”

Seedrs has been live for four-and-a-half years and has since invested £190m into businesses.