While equity crowdfunding looks to be a recent innovation due to its heavy reliance on technology, it’s actually an idea that has been employed by a variety of organizations and people even before the internet existed — even Mozart sold merch and manuscripts to fund his European tour. It used to be executed on niche projects, events, and ideas even before the internet existed.
Ever since the big bang of the internet, with the debuts of sites like Kickstarter and Zopa in the mid to late 2000s, crowdfunding has boomed into popularity. A movement to participate in the funding of start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has increased over the past couple of decades in the number of platforms that are able to cross borders and explore investment opportunities around the globe — and Eureeca is proud to be one of them.
With financial protections, such as being regulated and authorized by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, Eureeca is also regulated by the Securities Commission in Malaysia, giving you and companies alike a huge reach into a big worldwide portfolio of opportunities that other platforms are sure to miss out on.
But what makes Eureeca any different from other crowdfunding platforms? What are the benefits and advantages? Why crowdfund through Eureeca?
Well, with multiple successful crowdfunding rounds on their own platform, let’s dive into a well-rounded interview with one of Eureeca’s investors, Joe Hepworth, to give us a clean-cut insight into what Eureeca brings to the table as the go-to crowdfunding platform for you and him.
Q: How did you start investing with Eureeca?
Joe Hepworth: At the time I was looking for new investment opportunities to build my portfolio and gain access to new regional areas to expand on. I needed to diversify. That’s when I was approached by Chris and Sam with a unique opportunity to invest in Eureeca. I was sold on the idea, and so I was 1 of 87 investors in funding this new platform full of refreshing market possibilities.
Q: Why is it a better option than others?
J.H: It provided me with what I was looking for to grow my SME portfolio, access to new funding possibilities, and capital entry to regions to work with that other platforms just didn’t provide, had trouble accessing, or simply locked out of. I saw a safe bet.
Q: What are the advantages and disadvantages of investing via crowdfunding?
J.H: Well for starters, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. By offering you a first come first serve exposure to new and exciting ideas of a diverse market full of untapped potential, crowdfunding provides the silver lining of quality with every business endeavor they promote.
They also encourage a closer relationship between founders and investors, creating somewhat of an “in-the-loop” exclusive vibe. I would say the only major disadvantage is also closely tied to its biggest advantage, which is high risk — high reward.
Q: As an investor, what protections or benefits can Eureeca offer?
J.H: The deal flow is great! Lots of offers with great “optionality”! With a 500$ minimum ticket, you have quick access to funding a diverse range of assets that allow you to spread your investments rapidly. So you can start small and start growing relatively quickly.
With a 500$ minimum ticket, you have quick access to funding a diverse range of assets that allow you to spread your investments rapidly. So you can start small and start growing relatively quickly.
The platform does a fantastic job of being transparent to see if potential investments are backed by VCs, have a quality board behind the companies, or if any green ticks or red flags pop up. Eureeca provides a great deal of wiggle room to grow your portfolio.
Q: What makes a crowdfunding campaign successful in your opinion and what do you look for when investing in a business?
J.H: The first thing I seek on any platform, be it online or off, is due diligence on the companies offered. Investing in SMEs can be risky, but if a great vetting process is achieved on the platform, the quality of companies you can invest in grows exponentially financially and geographically. Eureeca has done a great job of doing this!
Investing in SMEs can be risky, but if a great vetting process is achieved on the platform, the quality of companies you can invest in grows exponentially financially and geographically. Eureeca has done a great job of doing this!
Other indications I’m always on the lookout for are nominee vehicles if shareholder rights are front row and center (and you’re treated as a primary shareholder), and if shares owned are always on a transparent basis — no funny business.
The ability to meet the founders and have a close contact feeling gives me insight into the possibilities of investing in them. It opens an entirely new dynamic when you put your money down. And that may be the icing on the cake.
Q: Are you happy to have invested in and on Eureeca?
J.H: Yes! I am! I’m quite happy with being an investor on Eureeca and have helped fund such a brilliant platform. I’m very much looking forward to new opportunities there. So keep your eyes peeled for great possibilities.
Eureeca as your next equity crowdfunding platform
As far as equity crowdfunding platforms go, it becomes obvious, through Joe’s own experience, why it should be your next move when diversifying your portfolio with top-notch companies. Crowdfunding is a great potential for liquidity, scaling your portfolio, geographical functionality (access to a wider global market), and the ability of multi-growth potential (Odondo being a great example!)
Eureeca provides you with smart choices. This is clear after our interview with Joe Hepworth — why Eureeca is a safe bet.
Ready to invest in your next opportunity?
If you’re interested in learning more about Eureeca as your go-to crowdfunding platform, visit the official Eureeca website to learn more and see the wide choices of investment possibilities now available. Reach out to us using our contact form if you have any questions or comments, or simply want to be a part of our growing crowdfunding portfolio.
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