Being a member of an innovative industry requires constant innovation of our own platform. For this reason, Equitise is consistently assessing its internal processes – how to be a better marketplace for investors and companies alike, and how to unite the two in a mutually beneficial way. We’ve created a deal room, where private wholesale transactions take place over initially private rounds, before later going public. This, in conjunction, with our syndicated investment model (which you can read more about on our blog), typifies the kind of innovation that Equitise values in its partners and clients.
The efficiency of Equitise providing private wholesale transactions before eventually going public reflects the democratic nature of the industry. More than just a retail equity crowdfunding platform, we’ve partnered with the best financial backers in Australia and New Zealand to dominate the early stage investment ecosystem. We’ve appointed a Head of Syndicates, Blake Young, to oversee our partners, who include BlackCitrus, Tank Stream Ventures and Flying Kiwi Angels.
“Crowdfunding platforms are starting to broaden their company focus beyond startups” - Claire Madden, Managing Partner at Connection Capital
Offering private deals on our platforms, which later go public, negates plenty of the misconceptions that naysayers held about equity crowdfunding at the outset. By first offering some deals to an exclusive network of investors, we provide the later-stage companies with the institutional guidance that they need. This also opens up the traditionally closed world of investing.
In the UK, a Financial Conduct Authority report into IPOs ignited debate surrounding the transparency of investment banks offering “mates rates” to preferred customers. This brings into reflection how retail investors and accredited investors are meant to operate together within the same financial sphere. The FCA stated that the market needs to be competitive, well-run and cost-effective.
This sentiment was supported by Tom Hinton, of SyndicateRoom, who welcomed the debate. On the topic he has said: “The public markets are part of the lifeblood of the UK economy and making the process fairer and more accessible will enable investors to make confident investment decisions. The public is vital in improving liquidity for companies so providing a simple, clear and transparent way to access these offers, on the same terms as institutions is clearly beneficial. The often closed world of institutional investing is being opened up by alternative finance and this will play a key role in energising retail investment and finding new ways to connect the public with investments."
Crowdfunding In NZ
These measures that aid smaller investors receive their fair share of large deals assist in a healthy, competitive economy. New Zealand has led the way in crowdfunding regulation, with $12.4 million raised in its first year. Equitise wants to ensure the NZ crowdfunding sphere continues to engage all active investor types and remain competitive – our process of offering private wholesale transactions that go public is one means of ensuring this.