Status of investors on equity-based crowdfunding platforms in the UK 2014

This statistic shows the status of investors within equity-based crowdfunding platforms, including the level of experience with capital investments, within the alternative finance landscape in the United Kingdom (UK) as of 2014. According to the survey, approximately 62 percent of investors were retail investors with no previous experience of venture capital investments.

Status of investors using equity-based crowdfunding platforms in the United Kingdom (UK) as of 2014

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Source

Release date

November 2014

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

March to September 2014

Special properties

primary industry figures as well as extensive surveys of businesses and consumers

Supplementary notes

The source defines equity-based crowdfunding as "the sale of a stake in a business to a number of investors in return for their investment".

The source clarifies the methodology as follows: "Four stages of research activity were carried out from March to September 2014. (1) Stage one involved collecting primary transactional data directly from alternative finance platforms. (2) Stage two consisted of designing and distributing model-specific questionnaires to survey funders and fundraisers of alternative finance. In total 15,658 users were surveyed. (3) Stage three conducted in association with ACCA and PwC included two external national surveys to understand the level of awareness among consumers of alternative finance. 2,007 consumers and 506 SMEs were surveyed. (4) Stage four was the industry-wide tracking survey among UK crowdfunding associations and P2P associations to gather industrial figures for year 2014. Transactional data was collected for quarters one to three of 2014."

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