ECF Solutions is launching a new site - ECF.Buzz - A subscription site, including this blog with free access, where investors and companies can read and download guides to and reports on all things ECF. Plus a forum so you can a have a safe and sensible place to discuss experiences, ideas and find what did happen to that investment!
Knowledge is Power - we have the knowledge, you need the power.
Fantasy Equity Crowdfunding (FECf) will have an annual subscription, a one off fee option for guides and reports, a separate forum subscription option and a one day, read only, use of the forum facility. We believe we are uniquely positioned as an independent source of relevant information in the sector. We intend to offer that information to subscribers. Since 2011, when ECf was created in the UK by Crowdcube, we have been writing about it. We have been correct in pretty well all of our assumptions to date. We know our advice is pertinent, as current downloads and feedback on our DD guide and our advice to hopeful ECf companies, both show this.
Guides (~40 in total, updated and regularly added to) will use real data collected over the past 35 years and will include -
- The Art of Due Diligence
- Investing via ECF - what you need to know
- How to make sense of small company balance sheets
- Reading what's really happening in a projection sheet
- Analysing a Business Plan and Pitch Deck
- Spotting a winning team
- SEIS/EIS guide
- Best practice for creating a successful ECF campaign
- Telling the difference between fact and fiction.
- Using SM to find out the facts.
- Avoiding Overtrading
- ECF platform analysis - independent!
- Sector analysis
- ROI and analysis by sector, exit method etc
- ECF Europe and ROW - developments and opportunities
- The Regulation Landscape - what to look out for.
We would like to know if you have ideas that should be included. If we havent already thought of them then we will offer you free membership for a year if we use them. Dont post them here but instead send them direct to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also keen to talk to potential partners who may have something to offer to this project. So please do get in touch.
We hope that with traction this will develop into a site that will be able to run an annual get together for networking etc. A community of SMEs and investors, with a common goal - the success of UKplc.
If we can help make investors more savvy and help companies choose the right time and strategy to use ECF, then we will all be winners. This will force the standards of investment opportunities higher, make the businesses more sustainable and cut out the dross.
The aim here is not make a lot of money. The aim is to help preserve ECF as a functional way to create sustainable SMEs in the UK. The fees will be small. To give you an example a single download will be ~£9 and 12 months full membership will be ~£36. This is still WIP.
Help us make a change for the better.