The 15 biggest equity crowdfunding rounds of 2015


Crowdfunding projects, from artists' ventures to Kickstarter campaigns, have been around for years.

But equity crowdfunding, when investors front up cash in return for a stake in the company rather than rewards or products, is much newer.

Luke Lang, co-founder of Crowdcube – which in September became the first equity-based crowdfunding platform to hit £100m in capital raised – called 2015 "a breakthrough year" as major venture capital funds invested in start-ups through crowdfunding websites and entrepreneurs turned down Dragons' Den offers to raise through crowdfunding.

"The big question in equity crowdfunding is one of trust."

Dan Ridett, CrowdsurferRead more

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