Allia Future Business Centre, along with Opportunity Peterborough, have announced that Crowdcube, the world’s leading investment crowdfunding platform, will be special guest speakers at a major crowdfunding event in the city on 26 May.
The event is designed to help start-ups and entrepreneurs better understand the opportunities and risks associated with Crowd Funding, and provide tips on running a successful campaign, from choosing the right platform to what’s needed before, during and after.
Crowdfunding is set to overtake venture capital this year, as total funds raised through the platform exceeded $34.4 billion across the globe in 2015 and show no signs of slowing. Entrepreneurs and investors alike are taking advantage of this new, flexible funding style, and the range of platforms around vary in set-up, aims and function.
This event is being hosted by Allia Future Business Centre, who provide workspace and enterprise support to ventures who make a positive impact on people and the planet in Peterborough and Cambridge. Supported by Opportunity Peterborough and Crowdcube, it presents a unique opportunity to find out how crowdfunding could work for your business, and to understand the finer points of distinction between platforms.
Gareth Jones, Centre Manager of Allia Future Business Centre Peterborough said: “Whether you are an early stage start up or a fast growing proven success, the alternative finance landscape is worth exploring to see what is relevant to you at your stage of growth. We’ve seen the success of ventures that have worked with our Cambridge centre, such as Renovagen and Pavegen, who have between them raised over £3,000,000 through Crowdcube, and wanted to bring the opportunity to Peterborough”
Steve Bowyer, chief executive of economic development company Opportunity Peterborough said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Allia to run the crowdfunding event. We find one of the biggest challenges facing entrepreneurs is access to finance; crowdfunding may be a relatively new concept for some businesses and I would encourage anybody to come along to find out more.”
Crowdcube, a start-up oriented, equity crowdfunding platform, gives members of the public the chance to invest in the businesses listed on the site. The first investment crowdfunding platform in the world, it has now expanded this offering to two different types of investment opportunity: equity (stake in a company) and mini-bonds (lending money). FCA approved, they still focus on early-stage businesses and work as an alternative to banks, Angels or venture capital funding.
Speaking at the event will be Michael Royston, Senior Business Development Manager at Crowdcube. Michael is an avid supporter of crowdfunding and has been following its impact on the start-up scene globally. His particular areas of interest lie in social enterprise and all forms of 'collaborative consumption'.
This free event is open to both tenants and members of the public, however you must pre-register via our website: peterborough.futurebusinesscentre.co.uk/news-and-events/events
26th May 2016 - 9.00am–11.30am - Allia Future Business Centre, Peterborough United Football Club, London Road, Peterborough PE2 8AN