10 steps to crowdfunding your business

'Reaching the first 10% of your goal is the most difficult stage of the whole process.'

'Reaching the first 10% of your goal is the most difficult stage of the whole process.'

Most businesses that attempt to crowdfund are either not accepted onto a platform or don’t reach their fundraising goal - mainly because they’re unprepared and don’t understand exactly what it takes to attract investors. Here are 10 steps that will help you get it right.

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Working out which of peer-to-peer lending or equity crowdfunding is best for investors

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For investors looking for good returns, picking what type of alternative finance to engage with is an important decision.

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How to be pitch perfect when seeking investment for your business

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Having recently raised $6 million from the venture capital community, Hassle.com co-founder and CEO Alex Depledge provides guidance on how best to be successful in the process.

Fusing crowdfunding and the mini-bond process

When Mexican restaurant chain Chilango decided that it wanted to broaden its London offering, the business opted to blend a traditional mini-bond with the growing popularity of crowdfunding. GrowthBusiness finds out why.

The rise of peer-to-peer lending in the UK

As managing director of property finance business Folk2Folk, David Brown explains why peer-to-peer is growing through opening up the finance market, and how his business fits in.

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