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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 9 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: £428,500 target: £800,000 pre-money valuation: £5,000,000
status: Active 18 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: £45,000 target: £90,000 pre-money valuation: £600,000
status: Active 8 days
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A digital solution helping individuals get ahead by learning new life skills that hiring businesses are looking for. QDOOZ is helping those that are looking to build character qualities and skills that employers are seeking to bring into their business. The company will provide their services via an app, which will consist of videos, infographics and articles to assist members in improving themselves and succeeding in the interview process. QDOOZ is aiming to partner with multiple Chartered Professional Membership organisations across the UK. This will potentially result in an initial audience of 1.5m users when launching the product. Furthermore, QDOOZ is also seeking to bring their services to 1.5m university students by arranging discussions with UCAS Media. Their monetisation strategy involves a monthly or annual premium membership that will offer additional content with no advertisements. A freemium membership will also be offered and QDOOZ will generate revenue via advertisements.
investment: £575,225 target: £500,000 pre-money valuation: £7,875,000
status: Stretch 16 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: £348,755 target: £300,003 pre-money valuation: £3,480,159
status: Extended 23 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 15 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: £2,085,421 target: £2,067,523 pre-money valuation: £18,457,959
status: Extended 6 days
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KiteEdge's Apex Technology EIS
Kite edge has created a cognitive search service which has been built to specifically meet the needs of asset managers. Individuals can search and set up feeds that draw insight from their specific work (email, news, investment research, internal documents)
investment: £433,000 target: £600,000 pre-money valuation: £2,694,893
status: Funded
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Redag Crop Protection Limited Catering, Food and Drink EIS
Redag Crop is an agrochemical discovery business focused on products that play a vital role in controlling the pests and diseases that threaten our global food supply. The growing population, expected to grow by 8 billion by 2020 and then 9 billion by 2050, will need more crops than the existing land can produce. Each hectare will need to produce 2.5 times as many crops as they do now. 
investment: £1,250,000 target: £1,250,000 pre-money valuation: £12,638,889
status: Extended
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Kings Mill Development Phase 2 - Interim Equity Housing and Property
An opportunity to invest in the development of a collection of stylish new homes consisting, in total, of 43x, 2 and 3 bed houses and 103x, 1 and 2 bed apartments.   This significant development by Prosperity will bring much needed housing stock to meet the demand from first time buyers as well as from the rental market. The development will be carried out in four phases and a proportion of each phase has been purchased by Prosperity to be sold onto investment buyers.   We are raising equity for the purchase of the site (Subject To Planning) in tranches linked to each Phase. Phase 2 will provide 17x, 2 bed houses and 3x, 3 bed houses, all to be completed within the first 18 months of the build program. All the 2 bed houses are pre-sold to Prosperity generating nearly £2m of sales revenue, and the 3 bed houses will be sold off-plan to local buyers.   The developer has secured the site and is contributing £300k of the total equity, with the remainder coming from CrowdLords Investors. In return for an investment in this Phase, holders of Redeemable Class C shares will receive 45.6% of their share of the projected profit which equates to around 39% of projected Phase 2 net profits, after tax. This will be paid as a capital gain when the shares are redeemed at a price of £1.30 per share, on or before the 28th February 2019.  
investment: £149,299 target: £333,300
status: Active
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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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Developing ultra-efficient combustion cycles by replacing a conventional engine's mechanical drivetrain with cleaner and compact electrical components. Libertine have created Free Piston Engines that can operate by using either fossil fuels, or renewable energy. Their products have opportunities to provide benefits in numerous industries and the company has already had discussions with two large automotive firms and OEMs that are interested in utilising the technology. Libertine owns 28 patents and has distributed a license for its product, which is currently generating annual revenue growth of around 90%. Revenues in 2017 totalled £300k.
investment: £560,535 target: £700,001
status: Active
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