A new year, a new you and new opportunities. What better time to introduce a new asset class which is both exciting and potentially lucrative – an asset class that sits quite nicely between ‘work’ and ‘play’. HedgeBrunch partner Seedrs tell us a little more about the equity crowdfunding revolution, how its changing the way we invest in start-ups and how you, as an individual can get involved.
Hedgies largely spend their days looking at global trends and big markets, but the start-up and crowdfunding investment world is one of the fasting growing out there. Institutions and individuals alike can gain access more easily than ever now and the Seedrs platform is simple, accessible and full of opportunity. Here are the highlights on some tax advantageous ventures to consider, a great range of pre-vetted deals to peruse, and the chance to watch passionate entrepreneurs talking about their ambitions.
What is Seedrs?
Seedrs is the most active online platform for discovering and investing in ambitious growth businesses – from startups through to later-stage deals – all through a simple, online process.
Seedrs makes it simple for businesses to raise the capital they need to grow from friends, family, angels and institutions, and we allow investors to buy into businesses they believe in and share in their success.
Venture funding – for busy professionals
Venture funding can be engaging and rewarding. It can also be highly lucrative for investors. Think of all of the amazing startup businesses that have emerged over the last few years: Facebook, What’s App, Oculus and even Innocent. Through Seedrs, investors can start developing a diversified portfolio of businesses like these from just £10 to £100,000 upwards, benefiting from full professional grade investor protections thanks to Seedrs’s unique nominee structure, helping you to maximise the potential returns from your investments.
If you are a UK taxpayer, you may also be able to take advantage of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme and Enterprise Investment Scheme. The tax reliefs available under SEIS and EIS are incredible, offering 50% and 30% (respectively) back immediately through income tax reliefs, and returns are capital gains tax free. Along with loss relief, investors can protect some of their downside risk and enjoy tax free upside.
Seedrs manages investments on your behalf, pre-vetting deals, conducting thorough due diligence on each venture, and ensuring that each business provides regular updates about their progress. Seedrs itself is fully aligned with the success of investors and businesses – if they don’t make money neither do we. It’s in our best interests to make sure businesses grow and that each investor is able to see any returns in the future.
Having successfully funded hundreds of businesses since 2012, Seedrs now closes more investments per month, and has more active investors, than any other equity crowdfunding platform, making us one of Europe’s largest capital providers to seed and growth businesses.
We look forward to welcoming you to the growing club. Register as an investor here and get
More about Seedrs
Seedrs is Europe’s leading equity crowdfunding platform. We make it simple for anyone to share in the success of businesses they believe in. With Seedrs, investors can invest as little or as much as they’d like in businesses they choose through a simple, online process, and ambitious, growth-focused businesses can raise equity capital seamlessly from friends, family, customers and independent investors.
For investors, Seedrs offers a full-service investment platform for investing in growth businesses. We have dozens of campaigns listed at any given time, all looking for early-stage investment, and most are eligible for SEIS or EIS reliefs. It is free and straightforward to register. Once registered, an investor can browse campaigns, ask questions and arrange to meet up with entrepreneurs, and if they want to invest in a particular business, they can do so directly through the platform with the knowledge that each has been approved by Seedrs. If a startup reaches its target, we conduct legal due diligence, negotiate and execute the subscription agreement and subscribe for and manage the shares as nominee – saving investors time and cost, and protecting their interests going forward. If you prefer, you can hold and manage your shares directly, reach out to mentor entrepreneurs or use the platform to top up rounds raised offline.
To learn more, and to get started, please visit seedrs.com
Disclaimer: HedgeBrunch Ltd does not offer investment advice.