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Crowdfunding Opportunities


Premium businessagent.com 2018 EIS
Business Agent* is an FCA approved aggregation and rating portal for equity and debt crowdfunding investments. AIM is shrinking, legacy stock markets are too expensive to maintain and do not serve the requirements of SMEs, banks are closing branches, lending less and are paying little or no interest to investors. As a result of this there is a huge growth in equity crowdfunding and P2P lending which has seen the launch of hundreds of alternative lenders & platforms that has created a new c.£3bn marketplace, expanding at 66% p.a. There is no single portal or trusted ratings index for investors to compare on a like for like basis and no secondary market to facilitate exits.   * NextFin is the new trading name of Business Agent Ltd The solution NextFin aggregates equity and debt crowdfunding investments to create the alternative finance marketplace. This makes it easy for investors and lenders to find and compare opportunities by presenting all investment offerings in one place. With the addition of a free of charge ratings service investors will be able to view ratings of every equity crowdfunding pitch, every P2P site, and every equity crowdfunding site. NextFin’s technology will constantly track these companies and investments providing the investor real-time intelligence on which to base investment decisions. The platforms and entrepreneurs will be self promoting and marketing their ratings driving thousands of visitors a month to the NextFin site, in the same way businesses refer their potential clients to Trip Advisor and Trustpilot. There is an estimated 10 million website/platform visitors per month across the whole of the alternative finance market. NextFin is targeting to direct 5% of this highly profiled traffic to its platform from which it will earn between £5-£8 per click from advertisers and partners. In addition an in-house brokerage service also earns between 1%-6% commissions on loan placements. A future revenue stream (not featured in the financials) will be developed once visitor traffic reaches critical mass. This will see Nextfin being able to realise the full value of its captured ratings data and visitor traffic by launching a secondary market, which is estimated to be a £5bn marketplace. NextFin is raising £500k at a pre-money valuation of £800k to: • Acquire CrowdRating for a non cash consideration of 20% equity• Develop P2P and Equity site ratings• Expand the management, infrastructure and marketing resource• Increase visitor traffic to 6m a year via rating referrals Owing to the size of the market and rapid growth of the industry, enterprise valuations in alternative finance are based on visitor traffic, market share and registered users. Recent published valuations of companies with visitor traffic of over 6m per year are in excess of £70m. NextFin is the market leading aggregator and has first mover advantage. It has the potential to exceed these valuations because it is the whole of market aggregator and is currently the only ratings service provider as it grows to achieve 500,000 visitors p.m.
investment: £182,310 target: £249,772
status: Active 12 days
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Premium Blend Media Technology EIS
Creating immersive 360-degree experiences that can be viewed on any smart device to engage and attract customers to platforms. Blend Media allows customers to build digital media solutions within minutes by using 'drag and drop' tools. Blend Media has been trading for over 2.5 years and has already provided its technology to more than 30 businesses. The company's customers include NASA, Google, Facebook, Universal Music, Deloitte and L’Oréal amongst many others. Revenue is generated via licensing and subscription fees.
investment: £428,040 target: £800,000 pre-money valuation: £5,000,000
status: Active 21 days
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Premium Figaroo Leisure and Tourism EIS SEIS
Offering access to VIP experiences by connecting club goers and club promoters together through invite-only. Figaroo has created a technological solution for club owners to promote luxurious and exclusive nights for those looking to spend extra money for access to memorable areas and locations. Figaroo has already received 835 access requests and is in currently in discussion to expand their services to 20 cities, including Madrid and Milan. Their app can track a user's spending habits, how often they tend to go out and which clubs they frequently visit. This data can assist club promoters in ensuring they allocate funds at the right time and venues to attract their desired target audience.
investment: £45,010 target: £90,000 pre-money valuation: £600,000
status: Active 11 days
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Making wine more accessible by using smart technology to deliver it to customer homes. sipp's range consists of more than 140 wines and the company has over 3,000 customers that have placed more than 7,000 orders. This has resulted in over 47,000 bottles sold since launching in July 2017. The sipp app offers customers’ insights into the origin of the wine by scanning the bottle label; customers can also re-purchase the same wine via this method. Profit is generated via wine sales and subscription services. The sippCLUB service allows customers to receive 3 bottles of wine every month for £29, including delivery. The company also offers single bottles of wine that can be purchased through the website, or app without a subscription. Funds are being raised to scale the business further by investing in marketing campaigns to increase brand awareness and acquire more customers. By 2021, sipp aims to serve over 100,000 users on its platform. In addition, contributions will be used to develop their proprietary technology further.
investment: £345,191 target: £300,003 pre-money valuation: £3,480,159
status: Extended 26 days
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A FCA-authorised and regulated digital credit card on smartphones, for those with modern and busy lifestyles. Jaja aims to offer a fair and transparent banking service that gives consumers greater confidence, control and freedom over their finances. The company has tested their app and card with Visa and has partnered with Asda to offer online credit instantly. Jaja's business model allows revenue to be generated via interest payments from revolving lines of credit. Two products will be offered to consumers; the Jaja Credit Card and Jaja Pay. Both will be suitable for B2B and B2C operations. Investments will be used to launch a beta round for 5,000 users to build a community before the products are publicly released. In addition, Jaja intends to expand its customer service team and produce marketing campaigns for their business.
investment: £3,345,859 target: £3,000,000 pre-money valuation: £19,006,371
status: Stretch 18 days
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Premium British Pearl Property Housing and Property EIS
A FCA-authorised property investment platform allowing investors to back properties and in return receive interest on their capital. British Pearl aims to make the process affordable by allowing shareholders and lenders to become property owners or mortgage providers with minimum investments of £100. The company also offer a Resale Market, which means individual properties can be classed as liquid assets. Here, users can trade loans and shares they hold in properties. Multiple property types are available on the platform, including residential, commercial, refurbishments, developments, new builds and high yield sites. British Pearl performs industry-level due diligence to property investments on their service and aid developers in acquiring equity and debt capital to create additional sales channels. British Pearl launched 3 months ago and has since raised more than £4.6m in equity funding, in addition to having access to an underwriter to purchase properties valued at over £2m. The company has more than 1,000 users on the platform and is currently in the process of increasing their marketing channels. British Pearl has been listed in Her Majesty’s Treasury's Top 100 UK FinTech companies and has been featured in numerous publications, such as the BBC, The Times, The Independent and Daily Mail. Revenue is generated via two types of fees charged to investors and property managers at certain stages of the investment lifecycle. Investors will be charged a one-off participation fee of 2% when entering as a Share Investor and a success fee of 20% on any profits accrued. Loan Investors on the Resale Market will be charged early exit fees of 0.5% on loans and 1% on shares. From this, British Pearl aims to generate 5-10% on all capital investments, dependant on investment performance and investment type. Crowdfunding investment funds will be allocated towards upgrading the website features and products, marketing campaigns, increasing the number of property listings available and providing professional services to clients.
investment: £2,086,908 target: £2,067,523 pre-money valuation: £18,457,959
status: Extended 9 days
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King & Tuckfield Manufacturing and Retail EIS
A premium clothing brand that specialises on creating tailored merino and denim garments. King & Tuckfield manufacture their clothes in the UK and aim to produce long-lasting and sustainable products. The company is the award winner of "Best New Brand of the Year 2018" and fans of the business include Linda Tol, Jim Chapman, Laura Jackson, Emma Willis and Richard Biedul. King & Tuckfield launched in 2016 and their turnover has grown 5.5 times from 2017 to 2018. In Year 1, turnover reached £40k and in Year 2, turnover exceeded £260k. Funds are being raised to expand their e-commerce offering and acquire more sustainable materials for their clothes. In addition, the company is seeking to grow their collaborations and partnerships within the fashion industry.
investment: £71,250 target: £150,000 pre-money valuation: £2,795,300
status: Active 9 days
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savvy navvy Technology EIS SEIS
More than 76 million sailors now have access to safe routes on the seas via a navigation app. Savvy Navvy can calculate the best route in seconds through its own software, rather than boat travellers having to manually plan their passage by relying on multiple sources. This reduces the chances of errors, which could potentially result in dangerous and expensive situations. Savvy Navvy generates revenue via a subscription service. This includes standard and premium options, as well as seasonal or weekend packages. Future revenue streams will see the software integrated directly into the boat's telemetry system to reduce the reliance on external devices. Savvy Navvy's technological research and development investment will be used to enhance the service to calculate the best route for boat travellers to take by taking into account weather systems, storm, tides and waves.
investment: £96,180 target: £350,000 pre-money valuation: £2,649,390
status: Funded 47 days
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Arca is helping to build the market for property market risk transfer by dealing in derivatives for domestic and commercial properties. Nick Ruddell has held senior roles for the last 30 years with banks and big interdealer brokers.
investment: £676,500 target: £1,500,000 pre-money valuation: £6,000,000
status: Funded
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 AskIf is platform that provides loan funding to small businesses. Each borrower has one or more relationship managers they can talk to. They are collecting data around social impact and are planning on monetising the data within their own business model and also to external stakeholders. AskIf will use the funding to expand referral partnership, increase the amount of their lending partners that are using the platform, make strong relationships to bring in new tech resource in house and bring in loan capital. 
investment: £668,753 target: £399,995 pre-money valuation: £3,001,323
status: Extended
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Hawkins & Brimble Consumer Products EIS
An award-winning grooming brand for men offering natural male beauty products, with the aim of becoming a global market leader. Hawkins & Brimble's range consists of 19 products sold in major retailers such as Sainsbury's, Boots and Etos, as well as in 10 countries around the world. In the year-to-date, the business has achieved revenues of more than £1.3m and has seen a YoY sales increase of over 100%. The 2018 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards has shortlisted the CEO of Hawkins & Brimble, Stephen Shortt, for The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The brand has been featured in numerous publications including GQ, The Guardian and Shortlist Magazine. Hawkins & Brimble is currently sold in Norway, The Netherlands, China, South Africa and many other countries. The brand has registered its trademark in the EU, USA, and China. The company has recently signed a contract to sell their products in India and are currently in discussions with Brazil and Germany to launch their range in 2018/19.
investment: £133,600 target: £250,000 pre-money valuation: £4,000,000
status: Active 4 days
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Shaw Academy Schools and Education
Shaw Academy is looking to disrupt the online education industry by providing a service that is low cost, scalable, interactive and collaborative.  Over the past five and a half years they have built and optimised their live platform which allows them to scale potentially millions of students globally.
investment: £467,658 target: £450,000
status: Extended
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