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ECA | Live
ECA | Historic
ECA | Benchmark
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ECA | Live

Highlights

An overview of Equity Crowdfunding deals currently live on the crowdfunding platforms we cover.

Live sector summary

Average pre-money valuations of live Equity Crowdfunding deals per sector, and how they differ from the average pre-money valuation in that sector of the last 180 days.

Smart filter

The smart filter compares live Equity Crowdfunding deals with successfully completed deals in our database. Use the buttons to find deals that meet your criteria. For instance, if you select '5', 'Pre-money valuation' & 'Higher', the smart filter shows you the 5 deals with the biggest positive difference between their pre-money valuation and their sector average.

ECA | Historic

Equity Crowdfunding dealflow through time

The number of deals per month, based on when the Equity Crowdfunding campaign ended.

Successful vs Unsuccessful deals

General statistics based on the selected time period.

Sector & popular tag insights

Statistics per sector and tag based on the selected time period. Successful deals are compared with the average of all successful deals. Unsuccessful with the average of all unsuccessful deals.

Statistics through time

Development of a particular statistic, per sector, through time. Click on the names of the sectors below the graph to launch additional sectors. 

ECA | Benchmark

Benchmark

Enter the valuation and the goal you are interested in. Narrow down your search to a sector by selecting that sector in the filter. Narrow down your search to a particular tag by clicking on that tag. Add unsuccessful and live deals by switching off the ‘Only successful deals’ button. 

Data

The importance of when the deal closes

We use the closing date of the deal to determine in what month it should be used for all calculations. In some cases the entrepreneur has four weeks to complete the campaign, in others it can be six or even longer. For the sake of consistency, we look at the closing date. 

What does the 'remove outliers' button do?

(Equity) Crowdfunding is a relatively new method of financing a business, mostly used by new companies with pre-money valuations below ~€5 million. Sometimes, more mature companies try crowdfunding. These companies can have a big impact on 'averages'. To reduce impact of these extremes, the 'remove outliers' button removes the 10% companies with the highest pre-money valuation, and re-loads all statistics based on the remaining 90%.

You can find this button by clicking on the 'advanced filter' button in the header in the Live and Historic sections of our tool.

Blank data fields

Sometimes we do not know the valuation or goal of a particular investment opportunity. This is especially true for the earliest entries into our database. If we need a particular metric, but do not know its value, we exclude that specific company we calculate a particular average (we do not use 0 as an input).

Currency conversion

In the tool, we convert all amounts from local currencies to whatever currency you choose, using near-live exchange rates. We do not use historical exchange rates. For instance, investors that require GBP statistics will see a company that completed its campaign of EUR 1,000,000 in September 2015 converted to GBP using the EURGBP rate of today. 

When you are looking at an individual offer page, you will see the original amount in local currency. 

How do we determine the pre-money valuation

Some crowdfunding platforms state the valuation of the company as its value before the investment, other platforms use the desired value after the investment. To make sure we compare 'apples with apples', we always show the pre-money valuation. When a crowdfunding platform shows the post-money valuation, we substract the funding goal from that number to arrive at the pre-money valuation.

How do we determine the post-money valuation

Some crowdfunding platforms state the valuation of the company as its value after the investment. For instance, a company may state it is seeking EUR 100,000 for 10% of all its shares. You can calculate the post-money valuation by dividing the target amount by the equity percentage, and next multiplying that by 100. In this situation it means the following.

Step one: 100,000 / 10 = 10,000. This means 1% of the company is worth EUR 10,000.

Step two: multiply by 100 = 1,000,000. This means 100% of the company is worth EUR 1,000,000

If the platform only shows the pre-money valuation and the minimum funding goal,  we add the minimum funding goal to the pre-money valuation to calculate the post-money valuation. 

How do we calculate the average pre-money valuation

Add all known pre-money valuations and divide it by the number of companies where we know the pre-money valuation.

How do we calculate the average minimum funding need

Add all the known minimum funding needs and divide it by the number of companies where we know the minimum funding need.

How do we calculate the average equity percentage

Step one: calculate the post-money valuation. If we can't, we exclude that particular company. (e.g. 1,000,000)
Step two: calculate the difference between the post- and pre-money valuation. This is the amount investors will invest in the business.  (e.g. 100,000)
Step three: determine what percentage the number in step two is of the post-money valuation. This is the equity percentage per company  (e.g. 100,000 / 1,000,000 = 10%)

Suppose a sample consists of two companies. The equity percentage for company A equals 10%. The equity percentage for company B equals 15%. This means that the average equity percentage for this sample equals 12,5%. 

How do we calculate the cumulative pre-money market capitalization

Add all known pre-money valuations.

How do we calculate the cumulative minimum funding goal

Add all known pre-money funding goals.

There is a difference in the valuation I see on HelpTheCrowd and on the website I look at

Certain crowdfunding platforms communicate pre-money valuations, others use post-money valuations. For the sake of consistency, we will always use pre-money valuation. Equity available is expressed as a percentage of the post-money valuation. Did we make a mistake? Let us know! 

Payments

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