Top equity crowdfunding platforms in Europe

There are many exciting early-stage start-ups right now, which are about to change the way we do various things. Or maybe just add something nice to our lives. Have you ever wished you could be that early investor, who invested in amazing unicorn start-ups before they became huge?  Equity crowdfunding platforms let you do just that. Invest in what you believe in and support innovation with a possibility to gain profit. Here are the top equity crowdfunding platforms in Europe!

Warning: Investing in early-stage start-ups is risky and not recommended for inexperienced investors.

Crowdcube

Revolut, Monzo and Curve have raised their investments on Crowdcube. Moreover, start-ups like gohenry, Grind, Chip and Witt Energy have raised millions of GBP on this equity crowdfunding platform. Crowdcube has allowed to successfully fund 770 start-ups and counting! Start investing from as little as £10!

  • Invest from £10
  • Crowdcube does their due diligence to lower the investment risk
  • Easily invest with your debit/credit/prepaid card
  • UK residents can earn up to 50% tax relief
  • No secondary market
  • Not possible to invest via a bank transfer
  • 1.5% investment fee, which is subject to a minimum of £0.50p and is capped at a maximum of £250
  • Not available in the United States, Canada, Japan or any other country where it would be unlawful for their pitches to be advertised (not very clear what these other countries are)

Seedrs

Seedrs is another popular equity crowdfunding platform, where 908 deals were funded and £720M was invested in total. Companies like Revolut (yes, they used two equity crowdfunding platforms!) and Bux have raised investments here. 

  • Invest from £10
  • Several types of equity: buying shares of one start-up, funds (diversifying across several projects), convertible
  • Secondary market - sell your shares and gain profit even if the start-up is not profitable yet
  • Seedrs does their due diligence to lower the investment risk
  • Easily invest with your debit/credit/prepaid card
  • UK residents can earn up to 50% tax relief
  • Free to invest. Pay only if you profit: 7.5% fee on any profit you make on your investment
  • Difficult to register if you reside outside of Europe
  • Potential fees if the start-up goes to IPO. Click here to see full information

Funderbeam

Funderbeam is an investing and trading platform for investors to buy and sell equity stakes in private companies, which is secured by a blockchain. This platform was voted as Best European Fintech Company 2017. 

When an investor is buying equity, they are purchasing the company’s digital tokens.

Companies can raise funds through syndicated equity crowdfunding. Furthermore, all investments are tradable, so investors can choose when to return on investments – no waiting.

  • Invest from 1 euro
  • Sell your shares and gain profit even if the start-up is not profitable yet
  • UK residents can earn up to 50% tax relief
  • Not available in the US
  • Complicated fee structure. Click here to see it in details
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