Crowdfunding on the rise

Seedrs, an equity crowdfunding platform, has announced its expansion into the Benelux region, which includes the opening of a new office in Amsterdam. Dutch entrepreneur David Mozes will be overseeing the company’s Benelux operations.

Seedrs lets investors fund businesses that they believe in, and share in their success. This allows ambitious companies to raise capital and build a community, all through an efficient online process. Seedrs has already funded more than 370 deals, and seen over £140 million invested through the platform. It has active investors and entrepreneurs from 48 countries.

The Amsterdam office will house Seedrs’ first commercial team on the ground outside of the UK. In addition to its London base, the company also has a software development office in Lisbon.

Amsterdam perfect base for European expansion

Amsterdam is the ideal location for the company’s European expansion plans. “We have always had a pan-European vision for Seedrs, and the launch of our Amsterdam office brings that vision one step closer to reality,” said Seedrs CEO Jeff Lynn. “I have been very impressed by what I have seen of the early-stage ecosystem in the Benelux.”

In October of 2015, Seedrs announced a partnership with the bank ING to provide a fast-track service for local businesses wishing to raise equity capital on the platform, and also to raise awareness of equity crowdfunding throughout the region.

The businesses on the Seedrs platform range from idea-stage startups to publicly traded companies. Seedrs also handles all of the documentation, admin, and payment for both investors and businesses. Seedrs has already funded one Belgian company, Maily, which is an email platform for young children.

Amsterdam is also home to Crowdfunding Day Europe, which brings together more than 900 entrepreneurs, financial professionals, and funders from the crowdfunding industry every year.