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The Crowdfunding Inquisition

IMPORTANT NOTE: We have now filled all places so please let us know if you can't now attend so we can free up space for others.  The event will also be live streamed on the web from this page starting at 7pm:

Our sponsors for this event are:








Seed Academy are pleased to announce our second event, 'The Crowdfunding Inquisition', back again in the big events room on the ground floor of Google Campus.


This time we are very fortunate to have the founders of the world's leading (and UK based) crowdfunding platforms Bank to the Future (Simon Dixon), Bloom VC (Amanda Boyle), Crowdcube (Darren Westlake) and Seedrs (Jeff Lynn) with us.


Like our first event, we'll follow the same 'BBC Question Time' format, this time with the guys above as panellists and the focus being on the usability of these new crowdfunding portals.  Please message us via meetup beforehand to let us know of any particular questions you'd like to put to the panel.

Some of the areas we'll be looking to investigate are as follows:

  • How due diligence is carried out
  • What's needed from a startup to list
  • The differences between the platforms
  • How marketing is carried out
  • The legal structures of each platform
  • FSA compliance
  • Benefits and drawbacks for entrepreneurs and investors

We will start at 6.30pm with some general networking on the ground floor before holding our formal 'Question Time' forum between 7 and 8.00/8.15pm, followed by more networking at Campus (we have to be out by 9pm) and then the pub.  As before, we'll provide you with beer and other drinks, as well as plenty of food.


The event will be filmed and hopefully live streamed on the web.  If any of you run a blog please let us know your email addresses and once the video has been produced we can send you a link to embed on your website.


To help cover some of our costs, please pay £10 through meetup before the 5th September (preferred) or bring £10 in cash with you on the day to pay at the door.


We are actively searching for a good sponsor for this event and future ones.  If anyone knows of any companies who may be interested in being involved with our group, in whatever way, please send them our way!

Seed Academy and Bargate Murray

Seed Academy is produced by Bargate Murray, a streamlined, agile and networked firm of solicitors based on Curtain Road in Shoreditch.  A couple of the Bargate Murray team are involved with their own tech startups, while the firm as a whole are keen to work with young companies, whether by assisting entrepreneurs put together contracts and deals or resolve disputes, directing them to the right sources of information, or helping make introductions to useful contacts.

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  • Vipin

    It was good to meet a few of you at the crowdfunding meetup last Wednesday. I am currently mid-way through developing a social network and am looking for startup funding of around £25k in return for an equity share. I've done extensive market research, competitor analysis, developed the business plan, payback period and financial forecasts and even secured some advertising revenue pre-launch. My potential customers seem very keen on the concept. I have a good web team behind me and I have a lot of experience of leading large teams and large projects over the past 12 years for a number of clients. If anyone would like to hear more about this opportunity to invest in an online startup with the potential for strong growth feel free to contact me at [masked]. Regards, Vipin

    September 9, 2012

  • John S.

    Really informative with a great line up of speakers. Terrible sound quality though.

    September 7, 2012

  • Kristian P.

    Really interesting. I.e. I was not able to join the actual event and had difficulties connecting to the video stream until 40 mins into the event. Is there a recorded video?

    September 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent support from the guys at Showcaster and Spirit Digital in sorting out the filming and live streaming of the event, thanks to our beer sponsors The Currency Cloud, great to have all the guys from Bank to the Future, Bloom VC, Crowdcube and Seedrs on the panel telling us more about crowdfunding and last but not least thanks to everyone in the audience for coming along and participating - I hope you all enjoyed it!

    September 6, 2012

  • Tim B.

    Great panel, threw some much needed light on Crowdfunding

    September 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is the second event and the speakers are of a consistently high calibre, what they have to say is interesting, pertinent and helpful. The venue is fantastic and the food and drink superlative - far and away the best Meetups that I go to.

    September 5, 2012

  • alex a.

    Alternative live stream:

    September 5, 2012

  • Richard R.

    Live stream doesn't appear to be working?
    Please could you forward the link once the video has been produced?
    Many thanks!

    September 5, 2012

  • Navin A.

    Hi Group, I will be there too! I'm founder of another great meetup about mobile Apps and Project Manager at (20+apps so far including london travel planner) which builds low cost mobile Apps for Startups. Please contact me there if you need low cost apps development. We are currently working on an app for a GP surgery, a restaurant app for a popular restaurant and a posh westend club's app.

    September 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi folks. I'm looking for recommendations for a (reasonably priced) accountant specialising in high tech start ups. Any pointers?

    August 20, 2012

    • Stephen

      Hi Chris. Check out these recommendations http://startuploaded....­

      1 · August 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Also speak to Michael Carter (member of this group)

      September 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Drinks at The Windmill on 27 Tabernacle Street once we leave Campus at 9pm

    August 15, 2012

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