Seedrs Pledges to Further Boost GB’s Startup Ecosystem

Today Seedrs announces the upcoming re-launch of its Alumni Club portal. With tech giants like Google, Amazon and Stripe already official partners, the Seedrs Alumni Club will serve the best of British startups through a dedicated portal which is accessible exclusively to the Seedrs portfolio of funded businesses. As part of the re-launch this summer Seedrs will be also be announcing a host of new strategic partnerships, which will provide exclusive offers and services no other platform will offer.

Seedrs has been playing a pivotal role in supporting ambitious growth focused businesses since its launch in 2012 and has funded over 500 deals to date with more than £220 million invested into campaigns on the platform. However, unlike other crowdfunders, the support doesn’t stop at funding. Instead, Seedrs’s mission to be a life-span platform means that supporting the ongoing success of its portfolio companies is crucial to the business’s long term objectives.

The result was the Seedrs Alumni Club, which has been responsible for taking hundreds of the UK’s most innovative early stage businesses to the next level on their growth trajectory. However with more and more household names approaching Seedrs asking to play a role in the evolution of the UK’s thriving startup ecosystem, the equity investment platform has now formalised a way of introducing portfolio companies to big brand partners.

Existing partners of the Seedrs Alumni Club are from sectors including Retail, HR & Recruitment, Finance & Accounting, Legal, Marketing & PR, Office Space, Product & Technology and Strategy. A diverse and varied selection of impressive partners means that Seedrs portfolio of funded companies will have support for all areas of their business giving them the tools essential for immediate growth.

Seedrs has carefully curated a line-up of ‘best in class’ partners including tech giants Google and Amazon, revered unicorn company Stripe and growth businesses such as CharlieHR, Hired and Perkbox with a number of game-changing deals being announced when the online portal re-launches this summer. Seedrs has also made introductions to the Government’s Department of International Trade which promotes British trade across the world. These partners amongst many others, provide exclusive offers and packages of services to help the Seedrs community of funded companies stand the best chance of success.

Unlike other players in the equity crowdfunding space, Seedrs is the nominee shareholder in every funded business on the platform, which sustains a virtuous cycle between Seedrs, the portfolio company and its investors. Everyone has a vested interested in the long term sustainability and future success of the funded business and the Seedrs Alumni Club’s mission to help its portfolio companies develop into scalable and profitable businesses by facilitating access to a host of tools, resources, events and professional services, all in one place.

Shameel Khan, Portfolio Manager at Seedrs, says: “We have been working on developing an amazing post-raise experience for our impressive alumni companies and we are excited to re-launch the new portal this summer. We have a host of world-class partners already signed up, but there are some incredibly exciting deals to announce in the coming weeks that will really raise the bar. The long-term success of our portfolio businesses is instrumental to Seedrs own success which is why we take our Seedrs Alumni Club so seriously.”

Iain McDougall, UK Country Manager at Stripe, a Seedrs Alumni Club partner, says: “Seedrs Alumni Club is a fantastic initiative to help growing businesses reach their full potential. For a B2B business, the opportunity to reach an enormous community of hyper-growth SMEs is extremely enticing and we are excited to be a part of the Seedrs Alumni community.”

Saurav Chopra, CEO and co-founder at Perkbox, a Seedrs alumni company and official partner says: “The excellent opportunities provided to us through Seedrs Alumni Club are twofold; Perkbox is both a Seedrs Alumni company itself, and also an official partner of the Alumni Club, offering our employee perks and benefits services to help other Seedrs companies motivate their workforce. It is a truly innovative and impressive community to be a part of and it reinforces that Seedrs has a vested interest in the success of its impressive portfolio of funded companies.”

Rob Hall, CEO and co-founder at Wriggle, a Seedrs alumni company says: “Since raising funds on Seedrs, Wriggle is growing quickly. We are processing an increasing number of payments every month and expect our current figure to be doubled by November. Through the Seedrs Alumni Club we have access to an exclusive offer from Stripe, a global payment processing platform, which will increase our efficiency dramatically.”

Some of Seedrs successfully funded companies include: employee perks portal Perkbox which raised over £4.3 million from over 360 investors, travel money platform WeSwap, which raised £2.4 million from almost 3,000 investors; the UK’s fastest growing P2P lender Landbay, which has raised over £5 million from over 700 investors, beauty on-demand service blow LTD, which raised £1.3m from 295 investors; healthy eating high street brand Tossed, which raised £1.34 million from 661 investors; award-winning cloud accounting software, FreeAgent, which raised £1.21 million from over 700 investors and recently IPO’d on LSEG AIM becoming the first equity crowdfunded business to list on the public market.

Author: Dylan Jones

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