Welcome to Pledgeme!
PledgeMe helps Australian and Kiwi companies turn their plans into reality with equity crowdfunding. Equity crowdfunding is a way for companies to raise investment by offering shares to their crowd of family, friends, and fans online.
Who does it work for?
Equity crowdfunding is a tool that allows the public to invest in your company in a transparent and effective way. Successful campaigners have three things in common:
They've already started, even if it's just in a small way, and have a clear business model for their company. They can clearly explain what their growth plans are, and how it will help their company scale.
They have a crowd that loves what they do! It could be customers, or it could be family, friends and fans who have been watching them get started.
They are able to communicate what they are doing and what their plans are. This shouldn't be over promising, but it should be clear.
What’s happening in Australia?
29 September equity crowdfunding was legalised federally. And, we are licenced to provide it.
There are 2.1 million small to medium sized businesses here. Yep, there are a lot of growing companies in Australia!
But, over 200,000 SMEs say it's hard to raise expansion capital. According to a 2015 Deloitte report. It shouldn’t be that hard.
We have a great team in New Zealand, and a growing team here in Australia. Please let us introduce them:
Chief Bubble Blower & founder
Anna Guenther is the co-founder and Chief Bubble Blower of PledgeMe, New Zealand's first crowdfunding platform. Anna has also worked for the New Zealand Government, MIT and Harvard, and completed her Masters in Entrepreneurship with a focus on crowdfunding. She moved to Australia as part of the HotDesQ programme, which coincided with changes in the legislation coming into effect allowing equity crowdfunding.
Chief Equity Hound
Mike has strong governance, finance and securities and investment experience. He has worked within the Venture Capital industry where he undertook investment banking, deal structuring, and investee management. He has undertaken engagements as lead manager of Mergers and Acquisitions and the dual-listing of the Philippines company, griNurture Inc. on the National Stock Exchange of Australia. Mike acts as independent chairman of, and is adviser to, several Boards. He regularly gives his time as a Mentor to Business Accelerators and individual start-ups and is a mentor to the Women in Boards programme.
Cath is a Certified Financial Planner who is passionate about working with people to reach their personal &/or business goals. Cath has worked in the financial services industry for almost 20 years including roles in compliance management, strategic financial planning, stockbroking and training. She has worked with companies like Macquarie Bank and Advice Services Australia, and contributed expert advice to publications like NewsCorp's MoneySaver HQ and Huffington Post. Cath has lectured and provided assessment services for a number of institutions including La Trobe University, Deakin University,CPA Australia and the National Tax and Accountants Association
What we write about!
The team writes a blog about everything related to crowdfunding. Check out our latest thoughts about crowdfunding and catch up on what PledgeMe has been up to lately.Blog >
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