Singapore Equity and Debt Crowdfunding Platform, FundedHere, Raises S$1.74 Million (US$1.29 Million) Two Weeks After Going ‘Live
Singapore, 9 April 2016 – FundedHere announced today it has raised S$1.74 million seed capital, two weeks after commencing operations as Singapore’s first equity crowdfunding and crowdlending platform. The capital injection has increased its post-money valuation to S$11 million.
The proceeds from three high net worth individuals based in Singapore, China and Switzerland will be used to strengthen the management of FundedHere, step up marketing and build a pool of Accredited Investors (“AIs”). FundedHere intends to reach out to startups in Singapore, China, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
On 21 March 2016 FundedHere said it would commence operations – the first such platform to do so locally – after the Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”) granted it a Capital Markets Services (“CMS”) License which permits dealing in securities.
The three investors comprise a major shareholder of a Singapore mainboard-listed company investing in his personal capacity, an entrepreneur with business interests in China investing through her Singapore-based family office, AsiaWorld Assets, and a Swiss intellectual property specialist.
Investors registered with FundedHere can invest from as low as S$5,000 (US$3,700) each when they log on to www.fundedhere.com. The platform lists startups seeking seed funding or short-term borrowing.
FundedHere has reviewed more than 100 startups, mostly from Singapore, and has short-listed approximately ten which have potential to be crowdfunded.
“We are elated by the confidence that the new investors have in our platform, with the capital injection coming in so soon after we secured our license. It validates the hard work of the FundedHere team as well as interest and support of this disruptive form of fund-raising for startups,” said FundedHere’s CEO, Mr. Michael Tee
“We will now move rapidly to strengthen our team and our marketing efforts so as to build up our base of investors. We intend to reach to startups locally and in the region to use a Singapore-based platform to spur innovation,” Mr Tee said.
Under MAS guidelines, only AIs (with at least S$2 million (US$1.5 million) in net personal assets, excluding the primary residence, or S$300,000 (US$225,000) in annual income) are allowed to participate in crowdfunding in Singapore. Corporate AIs are required to have at least S$10 million (US$7.5 million) in net assets.
FundedHere targets to register at least 1,000 AIs, and secure more than S$5 million in funding for between 20-25 startups, by the end of this year. Over the longer term it hopes to register up to 10 per cent of AIs in Singapore.
The platform has to date lined 33 Advisors, Mentors and Lead Investors including Mr. Lei Ming (co-founder of Baidu); Mr. TK Wong (co-founder of Pacific Internet); Mr. Eddie Chau (co-founder of Brandtology); and Mr. Maneesh Tripathi (CEO of SGX-listed Si2i Ltd); Professor Wong Poh Kam (founder of NUS Enterprise); Ms. Elim Chew (Founder and President of the 77th Street), and Mr. Lim Soon Hock (Founder and Managing director of Plan-B ICAG Pte. Ltd.).
FundedHere is the first registered private equity and lending-based crowdfunding platform for promising businesses in Asia issued by Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). FundedHere has built an ecosystem for investors and businesses, utilizing Singapore as a springboard for Asia.