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Crowdcube is an innovative way to fund start‐ups and business expansion by crowdfunding and is the world’s first equity‐based crowdfunding platform. This revolutionary model for raising business finance empowers entrepreneurs to bypass traditional business angel networks, venture capital firms and banks to secure funding by connecting them directly with members of the public In return for equity. To date, Crowdcube has successfully secured more than £350million in investment through its crowdfunding platform.



Start date: 2011

Website: Visit website

Location: Exeter

Employees: 65

SETsquared Programme: Business Acceleration

SETsquared support received: Office space, networking, events, investor readiness training, mentoring, graduate placements

Investment raised: £20m since launch


February 2011

Business launched

September 2014

Total investment raised on platform reaches £37.1m, with 100,000 registered investors

December 2014

UK Government starts to invest in Crowdcube through the London Co-investment Fund

July 2015

Crowdcube funded business, E-Car Club, creates the world's first full exit for crowdfunding investors

September 2015

Total funding raised on the platform reaches £100m with over 200,000 registered members

May 2017

Crowdcube welcomes its 400,000 member to the platform

July 2017

Crowdcube named most active investment body as equity investments int he UK tops £890m in June alone

February 2018

Independent analyst Beauhurst releases an equity investment market update, showing that Crowdcube has facilitated more crowdfunding rounds and investment than any other UK platform

June 2018

Beauhurst rank Crowdcube as the leading investor in cleantech in Britain's start-ups and scale-ups

October 2018

Draper Esprit, Balderton Capital and Channel 4 invest in Crowdcube following record-breaking growth in 2018

“Soon after we launched we met a potential client at the Exeter Innovation Centre, and it was amazing: modern, light and warm. We found we could move to an affordable co-working environment with a hot-desk.”

“Knowing that we were stable and supported at the Innovation Centre, and that we don’t have to think about finding new premises as we expand, has been a big help. Start-­ups have enough worries.”

“It is very much encouraged to share experiences and mix with other businesses. There is a fantastic cafe and meeting area which is well sed, and where we tend to meet people.”

“The most important benefit of working with SETsqured has been the introductions. The Exeter SETsquared team have been constantly introducing me to people, which has helped in getting further exposure and getting advice. We’ve also spoke at events organised by SETsquared such as IGNITE in Southampton, and at the Met Office.”

Darren Westlake, CEO and Luke Land CMO, Crowdcube

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