These are the 10 biggest crowdfunding rounds of the last year on Crowdcube

Find out which businesses have successfully raised £2m or more on the equity crowdfunding platform in the past 12 months to September...

Once the funding option for early-adopters and those looking to move away from traditional means of start-up finance, crowdfunding has officially gone mainstream and has become one of the major funding avenues for new businesses in the UK today.

In the past 12 months, we’ve seen a high-street bank merge with a crowdfunding platform, a number of high profile sports stars such as Andy Murray and Victoria Pendleton invest in crowdfunding campaigns, and the launch of a crowdfunding platform solely focused on supporting female entrepreneurs.


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It may be deemed “alternative finance”, yet crowdfunding is now a popular, and conventional, finance option.

With that in mind, Crowdcube – one of the UK’s largest equity-based crowdfunding platforms – has today revealed its latest growth report which details that the amount raised by businesses through its site has increased by more than 50% to £86m in the last year.

What’s more, there were 137 raises completed with the average amount raised by businesses jumping from £449,000 in 2014/2015 to £627,000 for 2015/2016.

A number of companies have also succeeded in raising multi-million pound crowdfunding rounds via Crowdcube in the past 12 months, with 10 companies having secured impressive rounds of over £2m* each. Crowdcube has rounded up these success stories below – including its very own crowdfunding campaign…

10. Hochanda – £2m

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CEO Jamie Martin

Find out more about craft TV channel Hochanda here.

9. GripIt Fixings – £2m

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GripIt Fixings founder Jordan Daykin

Learn more about GripIt fixings and its young entrepreneur founder here.

8. BrewDog (mini-bond) – £2.3m

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Brewdog founders James Watt and Martin Dickie

Read the story behind BrewDog here.

7. Witt Energy – £2.4m

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The Witt Energy team

6. Pocket Land (mini-bond) – £2.5m

Pocket Land founders Paul Harbard and Marc Vlessing

Pocket Land founders Paul Harbard and Marc Vlessing

5. eMoov – £2.6m

eMoov

Find out more about eMoov’s crowdfunding round here.

4. 1Rebel – £3m

1Rebel co-founders James Balfour and Giles Dean

1Rebel co-founders James Balfour and Giles Dean

3. Chilango – £3.4m

06.5.14 - London, UK Founders of Chilango Eric Partaker (left) and Dan Houghton (centre) in their Leather Lane restaurant with Luke Lang (right) marketing director of Crowdcube, who plan to launch a Mini Bond investment product. Chilango, with its Burrito Bond, is the first to use the service to raise money from its customers and the crowd to add to it's six Mexican fast food sites in London. Photo: Professional Images/@ProfImages

Chilango’s Eric Partaker and Dan Houghton with Crowdcube co-founder Luke Lang

Get more information about the round here.

2. goHenry – £4m

goHenry founder Alex Zivoder

goHenry founder Alex Zivoder

Find out more about goHenry’s plans to help kids manage their money here.

1. Crowdcube – £6.7m

Crowdcube's Luke Lang and Darren Westlake

Crowdcube’s Luke Lang and Darren Westlake

*Figures have been rounded up

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