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Seedrs is an equity crowdfunding platform for investing in startups and later-stage businesses throughout Europe.

Buy into businesses you believe in and share in their success.
Type of site
Available inEnglish
LaunchedJuly 6, 2012; 6 years ago (2012-07-06)

Seedrs was the first equity crowdfunding platform to receive regulatory approval from a financial regulator – the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA, formerly the FSA) in May 2012.[1] The company is based in East London’s Tech City.[2]



Seedrs was founded by Jeff Lynn and Carlos Silva as part of an MBA project at Oxford’s Said Business School and launched on 6 July 2012.[3]

Seedrs was named one of "East London's 20 Hottest Startups" by The Guardian;[2] "The Best Crowdfunding Platform 2017" by Shares Magazine;[4] "Alternative Funding Platform of the Year 2017," according to British Small Business Awards;[5] and is the most active funder of UK private businesses, according to independent data platform Beauhurst.[6]

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)Edit

On 6 April 2012, the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) was launched by the UK Government, with the goal to "stimulate entrepreneurship and kick start the economy."[7] The scheme offers up to 50% individual income tax relief, up to 28% capital gains tax relief and capital gains tax re-investment relief to investors who invest in eligible startup companies. Seedrs has a high concentration of SEIS eligible startups listed for investment and makes it very simple for UK tax payers to take advantage of the reliefs online.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Business, Editor (18 August 2012). "FSA warning over crowdfunding sites". The Independent. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b Silver, James (8 July 2012). "East London's 20 hottest tech startups". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  3. ^ "New Oxford Saïd research to study the economics of equity crowdfunding | Saïd Business School". Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  4. ^ "Shares Awards - Winners | Shares Magazine". Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  5. ^ "Winners 2017 - British Small Business Awards". British Small Business Awards. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  6. ^ Beauhurst. "Data and insight on high-growth companies | Beauhurst". Beauhurst. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  7. ^ "Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme". SEIS Information. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  8. ^ "SEIS". Seedrs Site. Retrieved 2 November 2012.

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