Crowdfunded Business of the Year 2015: Meet the finalists
Which companies backed by the wisdom of the crowd made it through to compete for the title this year? Find out here...
These companies don’t follow the herd. Instead, they’ve allied the wisdom of the crowd and got the UK’s ‘mom and pop’ investors to stick their hands in their pockets to fund game-changing growth strategies.
And with the belief of thousands of people invested in their business’ plans our finalists in the Crowdfunded Business of the Year are well on their way to achieving great things.
Six outstanding companies make up our list, proving that sometimes it pays to not stray far from the madding crowd as sober wishes can be a limiter on ambition.
A subscription service offering regular delivery of German-engineered razors, shaving supplies and associated skincare products. In July of this year, the business raised close to £900,000 in an oversubscribed Crowdcube campaign.
Pip & Nut
Creator of a naturally nutritious nut butter range with flavours including almond, peanut butter, and coconut. In September 2014, the food start-up raised £120,000 from the crowd in just nine days via Crowdcube.
By-the-box storage company founded by Streetcar co-founder Brett Akker and run by Steve Folwell which collects and returns your items straight to your door. In 2014, the business closed £1.6m crowdfunding with backing from 259 investors.
The House Crowd
The first of its kind worldwide, The House Crowd is a crowdfunding platform which allows you to invest as little as £1,000 in properties. It raised £465,000 crowdfunding in just two days through its own platform.
A premium organic fruit drinks brand which makes a donation to charity for every bottle or can sold. In 2014, it secured £378,000 in an oversubscribed crowdfunding round – £78,000 above target.
A free to join loyalty club for food lovers which runs pop-up restaurants with Michelin chefs across London. Last year, the start-up successfully overfunded on Crowdubce; raising 30% above its £250,000 target.