March 2013

UK crowdfunding sector launches trade association

The UK’s leading crowdfunding businesses have joined together to launch a trade body, the UK Crowdfunding Association, aimed at providing clarity and consumer protection and for the whole industry. Crowdfunding in the UK has experienced massive growth over recent years. Operators provide a much-needed alternative source...

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Crowdfunders team up for trade body

Twelve “crowdfunding” firms have joined forces to create a self-regulatory trade body for the industry, which lets members of the public back start-up businesses. Members of the UK Crowdfunding Association (UKCFA) will have to comply with a code of practice to protect investors’ funds and keep...

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Crowdfunding vs Nanny

How can crowdfunding drive business growth when the FSA insist that investors need protecting from themselves? The City Grump urges crowdfunders to apply the law of KISS: Keep it Simple, Stupid. What was probably the first conference on crowdfunding in the UK took place last week....

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Top eight crowdfunding sites

When it comes to raising finance, crowdfunding is the new kid on the block. The model allows anyone to invest in a great idea or product, spawning a new generation of so-called 'armchair investors'. Here are the top eight crowdfunding platforms making waves in the...

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Crowdfunding and movement-building

Eugenie Teasley, founder of Spark+Mettle, shares her tips on crowdfunding for first timers, and reflects on the benefits (but the struggle) of building a community of people around a cause. Crowdfunding is the easy option, right? No, but it is an exciting one. Any sort of fundraising...

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