sees the official launch of the world
its dual crowdfunding model, Funding Tree is focused on building long-term
relationships with companies, not just facilitating one-off transactions. The
goal of Funding Tree is to work alongside UK SMEs as a growth partner to help
them secure the type of
So a start-up may begin by raising seed capital through Funding Tree in return for equity and then, a few years later, take out a loan to fund expansion via the same platform. The same company, now established, might then use Funding Tree to find new equity investors to buy out its competitors.
The maximum individual investors can lend or invest via Funding Tree is £1m, the minimum investment/loan size just £50, meaning the platform is open to all investors, not just the higher net worth. All deals must achieve 90% of their funding target in order to proceed. Joint equity and debt deals are also possible.
Deals currently live on Funding Tree include:
Premier Digital Media (seeking £40k loan) - Berkshire-based company that produces innovative accessories to wirelessly extend the usage time of smartphones and tablets. More info
Qwaqoo (seeking £100k for 15% equity) - The must-have product for businesses needing to fill cancelled appointments or wanting instant footfall. More info
Dolce Gelato (seeking £100k for 30% equity) - A new restaurant concept in the dessert market that offers a unique, modern-day Gelateria dining experience. More info
Not only is Funding Tree one of just a few FCA-regulated crowdfunding platforms, its strong capital base means it is also authorised to hold client funds itself.
This enables the companies on Funding Tree to access monies raised far quicker than they would be able to through other platforms - always within seven days of the fund target being reached.
Iyavoo, CEO and co-founder, Funding Tree, commented: "The