Darren Westlake, Luke Lang
Anyone with as little as £10 can become an investor through equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. Throughout 2015 some 166 businesses – including Sugru, BrewDog and Pavegen – were successfully funded through the site to the tune of £83.1 million. In the same year E-Car Club, one of Crowdcube’s funded startups, achieved the world’s first equity crowdfunding exit when Europcar Group took a major stake. In June, Crowdcube announced that Numis had invested £6 million into the business along with American venture capitalist Tim Draper, London fund Draper Espirit and existing investor Balderton Capital.