Finance Rebecca Smith · 16 October 2015
eMoov CEO: How I ran a successful crowdfunding campaign
Online estate agency eMoov.co.uk recently closed a crowdfunding campaign which ended up being the fourth biggest equity share raise on Crowdcube. CEO and Founder Russell Quirk spoke to Business Advice about how he managed it. When did you decide opt for crowdfunding? I first considered it in January as part of our previous fundraising. But that round ended up being oversubscribed with institutional money. I resurrected it when it came to thinking about the next round. How long before the campaign do you have to start the preparations? It is important to start the preparations a couple of months before the campaign starts, but the real work is in the month leading up to it. The first step is to see the platform in our case it was Crowdcube, and talk about your proposition. You spend a week talking about what you are doing, discussing your valuation, and thinking about the amount you want to raise and whether you want to overfund or not. We then took a week to write the pitch. Ours was a very detailed document about the background of the business, current investors, the solution to the problem your business is solving, and the financials. Crowdcube are very hot on their due diligence so what you say must be true. You can’t just say that you are going to float on the stock exchange in two months? time at a valuation of a billion pounds. Your forecasts have to stack up and it must be quantifiable and justifiable. What else was involved in the lead-up to the campaign? In addition to the pitch, the video is very important and Crowdcube encourage you to do one. We spent a lot on ours. We had three and half minutes to put across our history, the size of the market, our traction and where we wanted to go in terms of the exit strategy. We needed about ten different edits to get it right. The real “secret sauce” is making sure that you are warming up the people you know whether that’s existing investors, your own personal networks, customers, or staff. We approached them three or four weeks before we went live. it’s very important to get those people lined up. We went live on a Friday and reached 55 per cent of our target by the Monday morning. That was all from what we engineered through our existing contacts. What promotional activities did you do during the campaign?
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Rebecca is a reporter for Business Advice. Prior to this, she worked with a range of tech, advertising, media and digital clients at Propeller PR and did freelance work for The Telegraph.