Imagine being in contact with 100,000 like-minded people who each want to invest £10 in your business, project or venture online. That’s the basis of crowdfunding – literally sourcing funds from a crowd.
The idea is young, but it’s rapidly growing in popularity. The success stories are racking up too. According to Nesta, crowdfunding raised $1.5 billion for businesses in 2011, and 2012 saw the first project raise well over $1 million.
It has been described as ‘democratic finance’, allowing businesses and projects of all forms and sizes access to money while bypassing traditional banking institutions. It is an attractive route in economically difficult times when banks aren’t lending freely. But it isn’t all about the money – crowdfunding is also about building and benefiting community.
The UK Crowdfunding Association, or UKCFA, was formed in 2012 by twelve crowdfunding businesses.
Our aims are to:
- Promote crowdfunding as a valuable and viable way for UK businesses, projects or ventures to raise funds.
- Be the voice of all crowdfunding businesses in the UK (donations, loans and equity) to the public, press and policymakers.
- Publish a code of practice that is adopted by UK crowdfunding businesses, that protects those participating in crowdfunding.