Today, we offer a grateful and to our friends at CityA.M. and InvestingZone. InvestingZone's Jean Miller looks at mergers and joint ventures in mainstream finance and crowdfunding. InvestingZone recently merged with corporate finance house, Acceleris.
This is a thoughtful contribution to the mainstream versus alternative debate in financial services. Below is an extended excerpt from the full article, which is available here.
"Demand in the crowdfunding sector has grown on a huge scale in recent years. Total transaction volumes increased by 85 times between 2012 and 2015, from £3.9m to £332m, according to Nesta. But the industry still has a long way to go.
How platforms have developed in recent years, in line with increasing demand and the different types of investors moving into the crowdfunding space, can be used to predict how they are likely to change to accommodate different investment strategies in the near future.
Early crowdfunding projects began with so-called donation platforms, enabling people to back startups with innovative ideas. These were not investments: backers were more likely to be incentivised with a prize or a prototype of the product, rather than a return on equity."
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