This article showcases our top picks for the best Italy based Crowdfunding companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Crowdfunding industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Italy Crowdfunding Companies
PlanBee is a pungent civic crowdfunding platform inspired by bees and their strong sense of community. The bees live in an almost perfect society, not because they are governed by a queen, but because they are capable of self-managing thanks to the refined intelligence of every single bee belonging to the community.
How to say: unity is strength. Their bet is to see if it also works with humans.
In Italy, countless public interventions are needed to improve the quality of life and environmental sustainability: from the park under the house to the cycle path, from separate waste collection to the reclamation of polluted sites. All these projects are feasible but too often they remain on paper due to lack of funds or austerity policies: if the public sector does not intervene, you can always find an alternative plan, a PlanBee.
On PlanBee citizens and companies can contribute to the realization of projects aimed at revitalizing public places: an instrument of active citizenship to overcome the immobility and degradation of which Italy is suffering, a way that allows anyone to improve the context in which he lives and works.. .
StarsUp is the #1 Italian portal authorized by Consob for the on-line collection of risk capital by innovative start-ups. Their activity is the so-called “equity crowdfunding”, a new form of on line fundraising (“funding”) characterized by being directed to a large number of recipients (“crowd”) and offering participatory tools to venture capital (“equity”, e.g.
shares of Spa or Srl). At the moment, this model only applies to innovative start-ups of technological or social core.
StarsUp offers the opportunity, through the on-line portal www.starsup.it, to raise venture capital for innovative start-ups, allowing them to publish their projects and set up the collection process. In case of success, meaning that the full amount of capital required is collected, the offer closes and StarsUp is paid a fee, usually based on a percentage of the collected sum.
StarsUp can also support the parties during the stages of raising the capital (from the preparatory phase to the collection itself) as well as during the development and management of the project.. .
Woop Food is a reward-based crowdfunding platform, specialized in food and agriculture projects made in Italy. The projects are directly related with IGP, DOP and DOC products, organic methods, sustainability, traditional regional food or niche diet products.
At conclusion of a successful campaign the farmer will have access to the e-shop to manage pre-sale orders of their production. They are designing a new financial and credit product, that simplifies the way a producer can fund his production; he will have a direct and real data about the demand..
Startupbusiness network is a web platform aimed to stimulate and support relationships, matching, deals, share of informations among the main actors of the innovation ecosystem. Startups and spin-offs, investors, universities, institutions, incubators, research centers, science and technological parks, companies find in Startupbusiness network a very useful tool that allows direct and democratic relations between them and can bypass any kind of physical, geographical and structural barrier.
Mission of the network is therefore to create and offer a â€œbusiness web-loungeâ€ where people can easily know what is going on in the Italian ecosystem (events calendar is available and can be update by any single member); startuppers have the possibility to know who are the main investors of their business sector or to meet other entrepreneurs engaged on complementary projects; startuppers have also the chance to be selected in order to participate to speed-dating or pitching events that Startupbusiness srl (which runs the site) organize by itself or as a service for third parts. Actually Startupbusiness is already partner (for the scouting of projects) of Start-up Initiative by Intesa Sanpaolo, the main Italian bank group, and Smau â€“ Percorsi dellâ€™Innovazione, the main Italian Ict trade show! Thatâ€™s the reason why an Italian startup have to register to the network and put its logo and info on Startupbusiness base page.
At the same time, the network is a useful application for the other side of Italian innovation ecosystem (investors, companies and institution) that may offer specific and direct information about their work, methods, projects; they have the opportunity for detecting and meet team members; for companies trying to become more competitive on global market without R&D department in house, a look into Startupbusiness base may be more than interesting. Like all social network, Startupbusiness allows member to communicate in different ways via blog, forum, video, mailing, calendar: any of them can be the right one to aware prospects about us and their projects, to disseminate news and knowledge that can be relevant to all and to create culture of innovation and business.
The activities of members within the network is very important because it promotes the growth of the total value of the network and the value of each user and its relations system.. .
Blue Ocean Finance
Blue Ocean Finance S.p.A is a financial consulting firm focusing on Italian startups and innovative SMEs. The company’s aim is to assist enterprises in achieving their objectives of growth by developing a tailored financial strategy, obtaining new capital and advising them during extraordinary business operations.
Funded in Rome in 2018, Blue Ocean Finance is well known for its expertise in Corporate Finance, Banking and Financial Advisory.. .
Walliance is the first European investment platform where you can invest in real estate projects from your smartphone, worldwide. It was created to guarantee its investors some real estate investment opportunities starting from € 500, while offering to operators of the sector, the possibility to raise capitals in an alternative and transparent way.
Our project stems from a simple, but revolutionary concept: taming the technological and financial innovations that global economy is going through (first of all crowdfunding), and thus breaking down barriers to entry in an investment sector traditionally prohibitive for the small-medium saver. We have been operating in the Italian market since September 2017, but our history is deeply rooted.
Bertoldi Group, a family-owned company from which Walliance took its first steps, has positioned itself for years in the real estate sector, developing property management, consulting, and real estate investments. To these, were added numerous holdings in the Fintech, sector, among which the world leader for equity crowdfunding Crowdcube stands out.
We have closely observed the unfolding of Italian crowdfunding from its origins, assessing its potential for development. At the same time, we are aware of the historical performance of Real Estate sector, despite the decline of 2008: what better scope for crowdfunding than an investment sector that has historically proved to be among the best performing? Thus begins a long journey to tune that initial intuition to the strict Italian regulation, “awarded” by Consob with the authorization to operate on the national market as the first real estate crowdfunding platform in Italy.
The estimates of the Polytechnic of Milan speak of a global market for Real Estate crowdfunding of over 10 billion dollars, which according to Forbes estimates to 300 billion by 2025. The international climb has just begun with the AMF authorization to operate also in France..
Easy investing in private companies. 200 Crowd (formerly known as Tip Ventures) is a Crowdfunding platform that connects entrepreneurs and investors.
Companies have a fully committed team of people working along with you, providing the best solution to get the attention of investors Investing through 200 Crowd is accessible to everybody.. .
DeRev is the principal Italian crowdfunding platform to fund creative and innovative projects. DeRev built a large network of relationships at national and international level and we work with institutions, brands, political parties, associations, cultural stakeholders, universities and startup incubators to help spreading the culture and practice of sharing economy, social innovation and participative democracy.
Today DeRev is the leading startup in Italy about crowdfunding and social media, with a focus on arts and culture, politics, activism and civic projects.. .
The Opstart equity crowdfunding mission is to place ourselves as a meeting point between innovation and investment, giving the opportunity to innovative Startups and SMEs to raise capital necessary for their development among a wide audience of investors. Their added value consists in offering both types of interlocutors, innovators and investors the appropriate guarantees of professionalism and competence so that they can easily meet, enrich each other.
The innovators will have a qualified showcase to attract venture capital; investors will be able to make use of a selection of the most promising business ventures.. .
Siamosoci is the directory for italian start ups. Siamosoci srl Italy provides transparency to the market of italian start ups.
the new companies can list in the directory including videos and multimedia support. they can include capital request for their own financing needs.
Siamosoci srl Italy facilitate the matching between local investors and the start ups.. .
Tinaba comes from the Sator group, one of the leading independent companies for medium-long term investments. However, it is not a bank, but the instrument that can bring banks closer to people.
In Italy, Tinaba’s exclusive partner is Banca Profilo, one of the most solid companies on the European financial scene. Tinaba is flexible and reliable, Tinaba is not a bank but connects to banking partners all over the world, enabling innovative and unpublished services.
In Italy, the exclusive partner is Banca Profilo, one of the most solid companies on the European banking scene.. .
Digital Media Partner
Digital Media Partner is an advising firm for Start-ups and SMEs. They help start-ups and SMEs in setting up their business idea, business plan and pitch to start a project or a business as well as to fund it.
They specializes also in adivising companies on crowdfunding campaigns both for fundraising and marketing purposes. .
House4Crowd is an innovative real estate crowdfunding platform. We select the best opportunities in the Italian real estate market to offer them to savers and investors starting from € 500.
Our technology makes the real estate market accessible to everyone, allowing them to invest in properties online in a safe and transparent way.. .
Apps Launcher is a global, integrated and strategic marketing platform entirely dedicated to the world of Apps. Apps Launcher’s purpose is to help developers and owners in promoting their Apps both in the launch phase and in increasing their downloads.
Where did the idea come from? Company founders Fabio Bancalà and Alessandra Massaro were planning to launch a social app on their own so they focused their attention to the apps market. There are presently 800k app in the stores, a number that experts say will increase up to 5 million in the next 5 years.
Huge! Here is the idea: instead of competing against 5 million people and teams of developers behind the apps, why do not see them as customers and help them to reach their goals. Apps market is presently booming but there is still a lack in services dedicated to these Apps.
Supplying this lack is this start-up value proposition. Apps Launcher aspires to become leader in marketing services for devs and app owners, first in Europe and among the first in the world.
Through an accurate mailing service this start-up sends its customer’s press releases to thousand newspapers, specialized reviews and magazines, high tech blogs, influencers, investors, users from more than 30 countries. Customizable web pages, strategic and viral marketing, social media marketing are other main services that show how this start-up believes in social power.
The management has a clear business development strategy, divided into 3 phases: • Launching the platform, including a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo ( months 1-6 ); • Consolidation in the US market – the leading market, including opening an office in New York area, hiring two developers and a social media marketing specialist, and a seed funding round from VC ( months 6-24 ); • Opening new sales development channels in China and India, Apps Launcher second main markets, including an office in Hong Kong ( months 24-48 ). To achieve these goals, the management is developing strategic partnerships with some other branding start-ups in Silicon Valley.
Meridonare supports all deserving and innovative social, cultural and civic ideas, to develop the gift in its philanthropic meaning and the sense of community, to build a strong and cohesive social fabric, having as its geographical reference horizon the South, its resources, his talents and his infinite potential. Their goal (dream) is to spread the culture of gift, its reciprocity and local development, with a view to building territorial networking and increasing social capital.
The mission of the “meridonare” company is to plan, plan and develop its business, through the use of innovative tools, which are candidates to spread the culture of gift, reciprocity in giving, social well-being, local development, with a view to creating social infrastructural paths and mechanisms to increase social capital.. .
Gigfarm is the first in Italy to provide services for organizing, producing, promoting live events both through the crowdfunding method and the traditional one. And the advantages are above all economic.
For example, designing a live event using the crowdfunding method allows organizers to minimize risks and decrease production costs. In addition, Gigfarm is a social platform that gives everyone the opportunity to both promote their music and share their experiences.
In a word, Gigfarm puts music in the center.. .
The activity carried out is that of “Equity Crowdfunding”, increasingly widespread in the world, which is characterized, compared to other forms of fundraising (“funding”), from being addressed, online, to a large number of recipients (“Crowd”) offering participatory risk capital instruments (“equity”, for example shares of Srl or shares of SpA) issued by certain types of companies. The portal can offer Start up professional services both in the preparatory and launch phase, both in the collection phase and, finally, in the operational management of the project implementation activities.On the innovative Start-up / SME, the obligation, together with the manager, to give the investor a typified business plan in order to provide all the information necessary for a rational investment.
The portal will also provide support in the search for professional investors interested in subscribing the share of capital needed to start the online collection and, subsequently, the presentation of the project with investors, professional or otherwise, during the offer phase. Through the consolidated relationships of the portal managers, it will be possible to involve Italian entrepreneurial excellence, research, social projects, universities, business incubators and the professional world in order to offer investors understandable projects and as engaging and visionary as possible and guarantee issuers a reliable legal path before and after the offer.
The partnership with Intermonte / Websim offers a marketing activity for the dissemination and publication of PUSH and PULL content related to projects submitted by the issuers on the Investi-RE portal.. .
Crowd Advisors is a consulting firm established by a team of professionals each with +15 years experience in business and management consulting merging with a more recent though significant practice in crowdfunding and crowd economy. Its activity focuses on advising enterprises and public administrations on approaching the new alternative opportunities offered by the principles and technologies of “Crowd Economy” (crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, sharing-economy) to fund and develop innovative projects.
Crowd Advisors’ team members bring skills and professional experience ranging over all topics related to business development, from strategic planning to marketing and distribution planning, from legal to financial advice, thus allowing a comprehensive approach to help enterprises in exploiting crowd economy opportunities. Crowd Advisors activities include assistance to both Start-ups and SMEs for fund raise planning through equity crowdfunding on Italian and international platforms.
Hence, it also offers strategic, legal and marketing advice to Italian and international crowdfunding platforms.. .
Action Crowd srl, (originally Assiteca Crowd srl) is a company, based in Milan, authorized by Consob (website No. 18809 of 26 February 2014.) to carry out, through its web platform, equity crowdfunding activities (collection of public savings in favor of innovative start-ups).
After the profitable activity carried out in this area, with a collection in favor of Startups or Italian SMEs during the first two years of activity of around one million euro, at the beginning of 2017 it gave rise to this second platform which intends to support projects characterized by a strong social impact. Even though the management of this donor platform has been premised, the requirements of professionalism (presence of a structured managerial path) and honorability (absence of criminal proceedings) provided for by the Consob regulation on the matter exist..
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