If you invest in a business on Crowdcube you will become a shareholder in that company. In most cases your shares will be held on for you by Crowdcube Nominees Limited. [Have a read of our guide about what the nominee is and does here.] The amount you invest, and the equity issued/number of shares bought will affect your percentage of ownership in the business. Once your investment has been processed and Crowdcube have collected your payment you will be sent your share documentation.
Most investments are for Ordinary Shares held by Crowdcube Nominees and you will have voting and pre-emption rights on those shares. However, you should check the share class on the pitch as this may vary from time to time.
Investing in startup and early stage businesses is high risk. The majority of startups fail or do not deliver shareholders a return on their investment. Liquidity, or the ability to cash in your investment, is limited as it often relies on the company being sold. Such investments in start up and early stage companies are long-term investments. Dividend payments are rare and the likelihood of an investor's percentage shareholding being diluted by future fundraising is high.
Investors should therefore implement a diversification strategy when building an investment portfolio. Diversification involves spreading your money across multiple investments and will give you, as an investor, greater peace of mind that your investments will be sustained in adverse market conditions, and losses will be cushioned. However, it will not lessen all types of risk.
You can understand more about Crowdfunding here.
In recent months the FCA has been working to introduce a set of regulatory reforms with a focus on consumer protection, with the new Consumer Duty coming into force on 31 July 2023. As part of these changes, the FCA released an industry-wide clarification related to the ‘Restricted Documents’ section of pitch pages.
As of 28 July 2023, Crowdcube implemented a change to comply with the FCA’s guidance, meaning that 'Restricted Investors' no longer have the ability to download the Investment Deck from companies raising funds through Crowdcube.
While the change impacts the way restricted investors access Investment Decks, we want to ensure that all investors still have access to essential information for making informed decisions. To address this, Crowdcube will conduct a thorough review of all Investment Decks and ensure that any material information is prominently displayed on the Pitch Page or in the Summary of Key Information (SKI). This will provide investors with the necessary details they need to evaluate investment opportunities.
Our goal is to create a fair and transparent investment environment for all investors, and these measures are designed to achieve just that. We continue to strive to improve the investment experience for everyone on Crowdcube.