Equity crowdfunding site Seedrs sees record £85m invested across 2016

Jan 6, 2017 · http://startups.co.uk

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More than 159 deals funded through crowdfunding platform in 2016, with tennis star Andy Murray completing 18 investments.

Seedrs hit a new peak for equity investment in 2016, with more than £85m invested in 159 campaigns on the crowdfunding site throughout the year.

Launched by Jeff Lynn and Carlos Silva in 2012, Startups 100-featured Seedrs has now facilitated more than 450 deals to date and seen £190m invested through its platform.

As well as the opening of an office in Berlin, October 2016 was a record-breaking month for the crowdfunding site with almost £20m invested in total.

Major deals included employee benefits firm Perkbox’s £4.35m campaign and peer-to-peer travel money platform WeSwap’s £2.4m round, which both saw investment from tennis star Andy Murray – just two of 18 he completed throughout the year. With 3,000 backers, WeSwap also set the record for the most participants in a single campaign.

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