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Tuesday 13 February 2018

‘LBB’ Fedr8 looks to the crowd for funds

logo‘Little British Battler’ application discovery startup Fedr8 has launched a fundraising campaign on crowdfunding site crowdcube. The company aims to raise £400k for 4.8% equity, valuing the business at almost £8m pre-money. Launched in 2012, Fedr8 has raised over £1.3m since 2014, including £500k from its directors (and see Sentient sews seeds in Fedr8 cloud). Fedr8 was one of the participants in the 9th TechMarketView Little British Battler event held in November 2016 (see LBB Fedr8 – Accelerating Cloud Adoption). As at time of writing, Fedr8 has raised nearly £153k of its crowdfunding target from 32 investors, of which £110k came from a single investment. £410 has been raised in the last week.

As we have written many times before, crowdfunding can turn out to be a two-edged sword, both for investors and investee companies. It behoves potential investors to scrutinise the investee company’s business plan in detail – and some do not show great detail – and take a view on the valuation. On the other hand, investee companies need to think through the implications of potentially having tens, even hundreds of shareholders, which may make subsequent corporate activity a challenge. Nonetheless, crowdfunding can be a valuable source of funding for startups, with some high-potential campaigns attracting institutional investors too.

As ever, caveat investor – and investee.

Posted by Anthony Miller at '09:11' - Tagged: funding   startup   lbb  

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