HomeFinland-StartupsEquity crowdfunding deals of June: e-commerce, SME incubation, robotics fulfillment

Equity crowdfunding deals of June: e-commerce, SME incubation, robotics fulfillment

Equity crowdfunding is an innovative way for startups to raise capital and for individuals to invest in young companies. This alternative funding opportunity is becoming increasingly popular in Europe, so we’ve pulled together some of the most interesting campaigns from this June. (Please note: This is not an investment recommendation – please make your own judgement before/if you invest).

Berlin-based Returbo, a market leader within the secondary market for e-commerce products, is a profitable business with expected revenues of €6 million in 2015. The platform is profitably selling customer returns and other secondary market products through more than 30 online sales channels – offering consumers brand products at unbeatable prices. So far they have 541 investors, with €462,460 invested on the German platform COMPANISTO.

Innovify, which is crowdfunding on Seedrs, is a product incubation partner for startups and SMEs, accelerating them to success. In this way, Innovify acts as a venture partner working with startups and SMEs to develop innovative products. Startups and SMEs often have innovative ideas, but struggle to acquire the skills and talent needed to bring their ideas to market – and this is where they come in to help.

Caja is an innovative ‘Robotic Fulfillment Solution’ for e-commerce storage facilities. As e-commerce continues to grow exponentially, and same day or one hour competitive fulfillment has become the mainstream expectation of customers, more and more businesses are in need of a more efficient way to locate, transfer, and package their products. Caja has an innovative solution which allows storage facilities to create space efficient warehouse management solution with no infrastructure requirements, powered by big data analytics and optimisation, for a fully automated warehouse. Israeli investor Gigi Levy Weiss commented: “I am lucky. I took one of my favorite hobbies – investing in smart, talented, motivated and passionate entrepreneurs – and turned it into a job I love. Finding great teams who set out to innovate in domains I feel are ripe for innovation. The idea itself may not be perfect at the time of the investment as long as I think the team is right and the domain is interesting.”

My friend Michael Gebert is organising a nice event called CrowdDialog in Helsinki, on 27 August 27 (Update – July 2023: The website seems to be out of use, and we therefore deactivated the original link and added a new one). CrowdSourcing, CrowdFunding and CrowdInnovation are an integral part of the digital transformation for companies, cities and countries. CrowdDialog has invited the leading experts to Helsinki to unite knowledge and discuss the effects of disruption through crowd-based processes, including equity crowdfunding.

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Pavel Curda
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Pavel Curda is an entrepreneur, marketer, storyteller and writer. With experience from various multinational companies, he now helps connect startups and corporates @pavelcurda www.investably.co https://www.linkedin.com/in/pavelcurda/

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