Some investors have seen their first exits with returns of up to 4.75x. The largest individual investor portfolio on the platform amounts approx. 450,000 euros.
Bucharest, June 30th, 2022: SeedBlink, the European co-investment platform in tech startups, launches a secondary market where investors can trade with each other the assets they hold, increasing the chances of returns from portfolio investments.
This initial version of the secondary market includes the tools and infrastructure to allow investors to securely buy and sell assets through the platform when a new round of funding is raised. SeedBlink plans to extend this functionality beyond new funding rounds by the end of the year, enabling investors to trade the assets of all companies in the portfolio.
Several iterations have already been tested and used by shareholders with SeedBlink investment in companies such as Cyscale and KFactory, with returns on investment ranging from 2.5 to 4.75 times. Since its launch in early 2020, SeedBlink has facilitated nearly 3,000 investments in over 60 European tech startups. The average portfolio size is €20,000, and the total amount invested by a single investor in its portfolio is nearly half a million euros. 25% of active investors have a portfolio of more than 5 companies, with the most diversified having 30 companies.
"The SeedBlink platform offers a simple and highly streamlined exit process. Selling the shares took very little time and SeedBlink mediated the process very efficiently," says Cristian Ignat, CEO of Aggranda, founder of Canopy.
"_I appreciate that my relationship with SeedBlink has come full circle through Cyscale, from the opportunity analysis and investment in the project to the exit mediated by the platform. This validation gives me the confidence to continue my involvement on SeedBlink in certain startups_”, states Florin M. Pop, Managing Partner at Primainvest Capital Management.
"Investing in startups is considered a risky business worldwide, and investors should only invest as much as they can afford to lose. We are of course pleased with the initial results, which demonstrate the performance of the portfolio companies and validate the rigorous selection process. We aim to reinvent investing in technology by breaking down barriers through lower entry thresholds, a data-driven digital platform, a unique secondary market and an ecosystem with clear synergies consisting of venture capital firms, business angels and individual investors in Europe," says Andrei Dudoiu, Managing Partner & President of BoD SeedBlink.
In addition to launching the secondary market, the company has launched the SeedBlink Circle, a community for active members to facilitate interaction and exchange of ideas.
SeedBlink Circle is an engagement tool created specifically for investors to share their expertise and experience to impact the growth of their portfolios and companies, and for founders to engage and stay closely connected with a powerful network of partners who believe in their idea. This tool, integrated into the platform, is only available to portfolio companies and active investors.
Last but not least, SeedBlink has made several improvements to the investment platform and website, among the most important being the simplification of the investment process. By integrating DocuSign, a special software, investors can electronically sign investment contracts and additional documents directly on the platform from their laptop or smartphone.
SeedBlink is a tech specialised venture investment platform that enables business leaders to fund top-tier European tech startups and scale-ups alongside established institutional investors. SeedBlink's mission is to build an efficient investment infrastructure for individual and institutional investors to work together to fund innovative European technology companies.
Launched in early 2020, SeedBlink has attracted over 11,500 individual investors from 60 countries and has a portfolio of 60 funded companies from 10 countries. Funding rounds in which platform users have participated as co-investors include FlowX with €1.6 million (€7.3 million round), Dronamics with €950,000 (€3 million round) and Hunch with €550,000 (€3 million round).
Investing in start-ups involves risks, including loss of invested capital, lack of liquidity, dilution and lack of dividends. Some of the ways to mitigate risk are to diversify investments and to focus on areas where investors have experience and/or companies in whose products they strongly believe.
PublishedJune 29, 2022
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Co-founder of Aqurate
As a startup founder, I am happy to witness SeedBlink’s dedication to expanding their support for early-stage companies beyond funding, towards a healthy equity management via Nimity. A solution to help better navigate relations with stakeholders, employees and future investors is needed in Europe. Less admin work and bringing transparency to the cap table are immediate benefits I was able to test.
SeedBlink is a transparent solution that connects entrepreneurs with great business plans, with investors, at different stages in their development. It is a great tool for us, a democratization of access to funding, I would say.
We really loved the SeedBlink journey. We reached our fundraising goal within hours of launching. About 100 investors joined our vision and invested almost $2 million in FLOWX.AI through the Private Deal Room. At the same time, working with SeedBlink to prepare for the funding round was an excellent exercise for our entire team, and we received and felt the support from the SeedBlink team members who took on an advisory role.
SeedBlink made the (investment) process run smoothly. We appreciate all the support SeedBlink's professional team has provided.
Founder and CEO
It's important to look for and choose a platform that you resonate with, that shares your mission with, a platform & its people with which you feel you can have good working relationships. we got an excellent relationship going forward; we talked a lot and we were in touch on a lot of matters and I think this was important. Having people who believe in your idea is of great help.
Founder and CEO
Running the financing round was like any other fundraising; we had to be active in our community as well as in SeedBlink's investor community. After the launch, everything happened very quickly, and SeedBlink organized several pitch events for investors, which we found very useful for the round momentum.
Founder and CEO
We immediately clicked with the SeedBlink team as their fundraising expertise was immediately obvious and their no-nonsense approach really appealed to us. After all, fundraising is only a means to an end, and we liked how the SeedBlink team was really focusing on supporting us and on getting things done.
Our main expectation has been to raise the amount we were aiming for, and both rounds launched on Seedblink exceeded our targets, so we’re very happy with that! Even though the launched funding campaigns have been purely crowdfunding rounds, we are thrilled to actually receive extra support from some of the investors, who have chosen to get involved and help us generate product awareness, whenever they can.
I am recommending SeedBlink without hesitation, to every founder that raises capital, especially early-stage tech startups. SeedBlink is a crowd investment platform that will also provide their startup with visibility, for Angels and VCs.
Founder and CEO
In the early stages, we have been funded by several early (angel) investors, and one and a half year ago through an equity crowdfunding campaign on SeedBlink. Of course, this impacted our growth in many positive ways, partly due to the cash influx that, evidently, was sorely needed, but in a larger part due to the fact that our responsibility towards our shareholders has become more stringent and explicit, becoming embodied in our market approach.
Co-founder and CEO
Given the accelerated growth we observed at the end of last year and the beginning of 2021, we want a new capitalization, quickly. This is a bridge round that we will use for one year, and the advantages that SeedBlink offers are the speed at which we were able to list for financing and the experience that we gain as a result of this public listing, similar to a listing on the stock exchange.
Co-Founder & CEO
As a platform that only serves technology ventures, SeedBlink can connect the start-up with more than just money. SeedBlink investors are primarily technocrats who understand the objectives of the fundraising company and are also able to post-funding contribute with business opportunities. The minimum investment threshold, and technology focus, differentiates SeedBlink from other fundraising platforms. A perfect fit for a technology start-up seeking intelligent funding.
Co-Founder & CEO
SeedBlink boosted our brand exposure and facilitated the financial support we were seeking. Having a campaign on the platform allowed us not only to meet a team of professionals - that guided and helped us prepare the necessary materials - but also opened doors for increasing our brand awareness and have discussions with VCs & angel investors we have never reached before. This campaign gave us the encouragement we needed to push the product further, while the record-breaking fundraising (only 2 hours from the launch of the campaign!) was a great confirmation that our product is needed in this market and that we should continue innovating.
CEO & Co-founder
SeedBlink has created a vital ecosystem for startups at the beginning of their journey by equipping entrepreneurs with expertise, encouraging honest and sometimes uncomfortable but necessary discussions about risks and vulnerabilities through a suite of tools, and facilitating connections with investors who share the founders' vision and can contribute to their success. I have greatly appreciated the constant support of Eric and the entire team at all stages of the campaign. Thank you so much!
SeedBlink S.A. is registered in the Register of the Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF), under number PJR28FSFPR/400001, as of 03.11.2022 with an EU passport as per European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA) register of crowdfunding services providers.