Crowdfunding Trampoline

Today we’ve announced that Trampoline is financing the next stage of its growth through an innovative process called crowdfunding instead of traditional venture capital. We’re raising £1 million from up to 100 private investors with a minimum stake of £10,000. In the last few years crowdfunding has established itself as an alternative model in the music and film industry, enabling artists to finance production and releases without signing to a label or studio. This is the first time the technique has been used by a technology venture of Trampoline’s scale.

There are several reasons Trampoline decided to take this step. First and foremost, the financial crisis has severely restricted the availability of conventional finance for businesses at Trampoline’s stage of growth. To maintain the company’s momentum we needed to find a different route. Secondly, we think entrepreneurs should have more choices about how they finance their businesses. We wanted to prove that the internet makes new alternatives available which can function at a reasonably large scale. Thirdly, innovation is a core part of Trampoline’s DNA. We’re always looking for new solutions that are more efficient than the conventional ways of doing things. We’ve spent the last month working with our advisors and shareholders designing the process and ensuring it fits with FSA (Financial Services Authority) regulations. Today we opened the doors.

Some of the greatest changes the internet has brought have involved mobilising large communities of people in new ways, whether that’s Wikipedia, Facebook or Ebay. Crowdfunding is the equivalent for the corporate finance world. Crowdfunding isn’t going to replace venture capital, private equity, debt finance or stock-markets. These traditional models will continue to provide the most efficient solution for certain financing needs. But I think crowdfunding could establish itself as the best solution for many early and mid-stage ventures. In many ways it’s an evolution of “friends and family” and “angel” models, just operating with greater transparency and on a larger scale. Crowdfunding grows organically from peer to peer networks of trust, experience and influence that can help a venture to secure the resources it requires and achieve success.

I hope the the initiative Trampoline’s announced today will spark a discussion in the start-up and venture finance worlds. I’d love to hear what you think. We invite you to add your comments on our discussion page.


  1. oli says:

    Would you take 1000 people with a stake of 1k each?

  2. Charles Armstrong says:

    @oli we did consider a larger group and lower minimum stake. however the fsa regulations mean we can only engage with high net worth individuals and we wanted to keep the operational side of it manageable so in the end we decided to go with 100 people.

  3. Ren Reynolds says:

    Mb I’m missing the obvious – but where is the actual offer. What does one get for £10k exactly?

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Crowdfunding is an alternative approach to raising finance. It’s been developed over the last decade, principally in the film and music industries. Unlike traditional models which rely on large contributions one or two institutions crowdfunding is based on raising small sums from many number of people, who are typically linked by social networks or shared interests.

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Trampoline Systems is an award-winning software business based in London (UK). The company is attracting attention from around the world for its SONAR social analytic technology and its vision of how corporations must evolve.