Grant Thornton and crowdfunding platform FundedByMe enter partnership

Grant Thornton and crowdfunding platform FundedByMe enter partnership

Crowdfunding – when companies turn to a crowd of investors to fund projects or ideas – is growing rapidly. Now, auditing and consulting firm Grant Thornton in Sweden partners with the crowdfunding platform, FundedByMe, with more than 50,000 investors in over 160 countries. The success stories include – among many others – Berries by Astrid, Virtuos Vodka and Isbjörn of Sweden.

The purpose of the partnership for Grant Thornton and FundedByMe is to develop entrepreneurship and support companies in their startup phases. For Grant Thornton this primarily means offering valuation services to entrepreneurs, hence facilitating for entrepreneurs and investors to connect and close deals at the right level.

– We believe that FundedByMe’s digital service is completely in tune with the times and that crowdfunding will continue to grow fast, both in Sweden and internationally and especially among young entrepreneurs. We are happy that through this partnership, we are able to support Swedish entrepreneurs in need of funding and thereby contribute to growth, says Carl-Johan Regell, authorized accountant and partner at Grant Thornton Sweden.

We realized several years ago that we wanted to partner with big, established players in the market, in order to develop crowdfunding in the sharing economy. We feel that Grant Thornton, just like FundedByMe, operates in the spirit of companies with increasing growth, and with the right focus for the entrepreneurs and companies who turn to us. We are very happy to announce this partnership and we see Grant Thornton Sweden as a strong partner for the exciting journey that lies ahead, says Daniel Daboczy, founder and CEO of FundedByMe.

The partnership begins with advisors from Grant Thornton participating in different activities, which FundedByMe arranges for investors and entrepreneurs this fall. After that, the companies will draw advantage of their respective networks to help entrepreneurs grow.

Grant Thornton already supports well-known entrepreneurial sponsorships and networks, such as DiGasell, Founders Alliance, YEoS and SUP46.

For more information, contact:

Lisbeth Larsson, Head of Communications, Grant Thornton

T: 0708-21 71 56, 08-563 071 56

E: lisbeth.larsson@se.gt.com

Twitter: @GT:_LisLar

www.grantthornton.se/press

Twitter:@GrantThorntonSE

Lena Flykt Rosén, Head of Partnerships, FundedByMe

T: +46702-86 66 12

Email: lena@fundedbyme.com

www.fundedbyme.com

About Grant Thornton Sweden

Grant Thornton Sweden is one of the fastest growing audit and consulting firms in Sweden. With more than1100 employees and 23 offices, the company is an independently owned and managed member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd. The member firms provide audit, tax and advisory advices.

Grant Thornton” refers to the brand under which the Grant Thornton member firms provide assurance, tax and advisory services to their clients and/or refers to one or more member firms, as the context requires. Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL) and the member firms are not a worldwide partnership. GTIL and each member firm is a separate legal entity. Services are delivered by the member firms. GTIL does not provide services to clients. GTIL and its member firms are not agents of, and do not obligate, one another and are not liable for one another’s acts or omissions

About FundedByMe
FundedByMe is a leading international player in crowdfunding through equity, loan or reward. The company has successfully funded hundreds of companies from 25 countries. The members represent a rapidly growing network of more than 57,000 investors from over 160 countries. FundedByMe with headquarters in Sweden has a presence in countries around Europe and in Singapore.

ALSIceBucketChallenge – FundedByMe accepted it!

ALSIceBucketChallenge – FundedByMe accepted it!

 

We were happy to be nominated for the ALSIceBucketChallenge by Sqore and accept the challenge!

Between Hamngatan and Regeringsgatan, out in the public, proper camera and great smiles we poured the water on us.

 

Arno, Catherine, Daniel and Michal took the buckets and now we nominate Crowdfund insider, Företagarna and Lendico

See the whole video

 

FundedByMe pitching to ‘sharks’ at Bloomberg in London

We’ve just returned from a trip to London where Daniel and I attended a pitching event to British investors, hosted by Bloomberg in London. It was fascinating to be on the ‘other’ side of the pitching table. We’re usually helping companies present the best side of themselves in order to appeal to potential crowd investors and this time it was FundedByMe under the ‘shark’ spotlight!

David Brüdo from Remente and Daniel Daboczy at Bloomberg in London
David Brüdo from Remente and Daniel Daboczy at Bloomberg in London

Daniel wore his custom-made Nerdy By Nerds Jeans as well as his crowdfunded Mod & Rocker boots and the investors in the room got to see the power of the crowd first-hand. He spoke passionately about our mission to help the everyday investor on the street know about the next big thing in business and we had an incredible response afterwards during the cocktail networking event.

Daniel Daboczy showing off his crowdfunded Nerdy by Nerds Jeans and boots

The other companies pitching to the sharks were also amazing – Remente, VideofyMe and Dramatify, amongst others. It was great to be able to represent the best that Sweden has to offer to British investors – a huge thank you to all involved in getting FundedByMe in front of these sharks!

Speaking at the Stockholm Stock Exchange

Daniel Daboczy speaking at Stockholm stock exchangeYesterday our CEO and co-founder Daniel Daboczy spoke to a crowd of about 60 finance specialists at the old Stockholm Stock Exchange in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town.

During his presentation Daniel addressed crowdfunding as the future of investments and funding for both entrepreneurs and investors and shared some of the FundedByMe success stories – both for classic crowdfunding as well as equity crowdfunding, our most recently added service.

He did a stellar job of convincing the investors in the room to consider this modern type of funding to help stimulate the economy and be part of the next big thing and, once again, proved why FundedByMe is Europe’s fastest-growing crowd investment platform where investors and entrepreneurs meet.

FundedByMe named one of the hottest Swedish Startups

FundedByMe named one of the hottest Swedish Startups

Swedish weekly publication, Veckans Affärrer, has just released their top 24 list of Swedish startups and we are thrilled to be included!

FundedByMe's write up as one of the Top 24 Swedish startups for Veckans AffärerRoughly translated, this article says:

A startup from 2011 that is already in version 2.0. Founder Daniel Daboczy has a background in the art world and lacked the ability to fund cultural and entrepreneurial projects with small sums from many. One famous project is hamburger bar Flippin’ Burgers who sold burger gift cards while the restaurant concept was developed. Now, the business is giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to raise equity capital from business angels.

 

Crowdfunding Campaign Tips: Sharing your FundedByMe campaign

FundedByMe team offering crowdfunding project tips

So, your project has been approved on FundedByMe. The film is ready, you boiled down your pitch, you came up with creative rewards and asked for help in the crowdsourcing field. Congrats!

Now what?

Well, now the fun starts. We have compiled this easy to follow guide to help ensure your campaign ‘goes viral’ and gets you as many ‘eyeballs’ as possible to give you the biggest chance of success. Start with step 1 to step 2 and so on, and watch the connections start happening!

1. Open a Facebook account for your project. ‘Like’ other pages or groups that contain people that might be interested in backing you, spreading the word or help you. Post there and tell them about your project with a link back to the project on FundedByMe. Don’t be shy to ask them to spread the word if they like it or back you.

 

2. Use twitter to tap into interesting conversations. This way you reach people already interested in your topic. Use hashtags # to mark your tweets so they are picked up in list that people follow. For example. “Today I launched  a new #crowdfunding project on #indie film. #newfilm #fundedbyme #financing”

 

3. Use these two methods daily.

 

4. Tell your immediate family and friends to visit your crowdfunding site. Ask them to back you now, and also to work for you as fundraising networks. Let your mom and dad and siblings tell their friends. Ask your friends to tell their friends. And ask them to back you either with money or by actively spreading your project.

 

5. Go to step 1 and repeat all the steps.

 

6. Choose 100 people that you should e-mail. 25% of these should be bloggers or press, 25% should be people that you would want onboard as investors, 25% should be people benefitting by your project or your time and 25% should be friends and coworkers that are not yet aware of your effort. 100 might sound like a lot but it goes really fast and the bonus is that you get to connect with really interesting people.

 

7. Call at least 10 local newspapers and tell them about your project. Call 15 friends and tell them about your project.

 

8. Listen to the reactions, adapt your pitch and repeat from step 1.

 

9. Don’t be shy but don’t be too pushy. Most importantly, don’t be passive.

 

To summarize: You are probably doing something really interesting, and I bet that somebody (and more then one) are really interested. The key is to make sure you reach out. Rather ask 1 time too many than 1 time too little.

 

View other crowdfunding presentation tips here.

 

Do you have other tried and trusted methods to ensure that your crowdfunding campaign goes viral fast? Why not leave us your tips in the comment field?