Early stage venture finance is evolving at a rapid pace. Global venture funding reached $207 billion in 2018, an increase of 21% on the previous year. An increasing number of startups are expanding their investor base beyond venture funds, accessing capital directly from retail investors. Technology platforms are helping them invite their best customers and advocates to invest in their companies at an earlier stage, often on improved terms than more traditional routes.
At the same time, blockchain technology is transforming capital markets, with a number of companies looking to adopt distributed ledger technology and digital assets (often called tokens). This has led to a global shift, in terms of how rapid growth companies obtain capital whilst staying true to their roadmap.
Digital assets and tokens will be increasingly represented in the evolving landscape as the underlying infrastructure grows.
Existing infrastructure has several pain points for both investors and founders.
A cultural shift has shown us that our mostly millennial investor base are demanding access to early stage investment opportunities in the form of tokens. They are strong believers in digital assets, blockchain technology and are increasingly seeing that this as the only way to invest.
TokenMarket has been at the forefront of this change as we have enabled exciting technology startups to raise capital faster.
Since our inception in 2016, we have seen exponential growth within disruptive startup fundraising models, particularly blockchain powered crowdfunding. With over $14 billion being raised via blockchain based funding during 2017/18, we witnessed everyday investors increasingly participating directly in early-stage financing rounds.
Our aim is bring rapid growth technology companies to the next generation of investors, all within a single platform. We want to create an environment where businesses can raise money and investors can research, invest and eventually trade their securities.
We utilise the best-in-class blockchain technology and work with regulatory authorities to create a trusted environment for users to safely manage their investments.
During 2017/18, we delivered over 30 token issuances, raising over £240 million for our clients. We aim to exit the FCA sandbox as a fully regulated investment platform following our STO completion and FCA approval, allowing us to demonstrate our capabilities in raising funds and digitising equity on the blockchain.
We are seeing alternative investments including early stage opportunities forecasted to grow by over $2.5 trillion in the next three years.
Tech startups are increasingly looking to use blockchain and token technology to raise capital that will be both transparent and liquid, while remaining private to encourage growth.
We are looking to serve these market shifts thanks to our investor community, cutting edge technology and working with regulators to provide an all in one platform.
Tokenization is already a reality. New players are rapidly building their own infrastructure, while the traditional market infrastructures are also showing signs of paving the way for mainstream adoption
Distributed tokens to 17,000 investors in under three hours within a single token sale
Run a single token sale which had users from 79% of countries globally participate
Built a community of 170,000 registered investors