InvesteerLokaal first Group with successfully funded pitch via Symbid

Investment platform from Rotterdam combines coaching program with funding service

04 SEPTEMBER 2013, ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
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4 September 2013, Rotterdam – InvesteerLokaal (“Invest Locally”), a Rotterdam-based platform that allows investors from Rotterdam to invest in promising companies from Rotterdam, now offers crowdfunding via Symbid. The first company that successfully gathered funds via the InvesteerLokaal-Group was Equidam, that develops an online startup valuation tool. This signifies the start of the funding service of InvesteerLokaal.

InvesteerLokaal, which started in April 2013, provides business plan development for starting entrepreneurs. The program offers business plan development, coaching in the development of marketing activities, and the options to pitch and network. By gathering EUR 60.000 for Equidam, this now also includes attracting investors.

This investment service is support by crowdfunding platform Symbid, who provides the IT-solution for online, group payments. Because an InvesteerLokaal Group is hosted as a separate place on the platform, it is possible for entrepreneurs to approach the investors in this Group. The investor become Group-members of the Group, where InvesteerLokaal only places selected pitches. The entrepreneur is introduced to a strong network of investors, and the investors know the provided pitches are locally based and promising companies.

Kristian de Groot, founder of InvesteerLokaal, says his own initiative and his Group on Symbid are exactly in line with each other: “The power of InvesteerLokaal is the entire support of the business and equity development process of entrepreneurs in and near Rotterdam. This support is very important: thanks to our method we can select promising propositions for our investors which also contribute to the local economy. Instead of investing in developments that are beyond our core business scope (digital payment platforms, red.), InvesteerLokaal choose to outsource the funding service to a specially developed Group on the Symbid crowdfunding platform. And with success!”

Gianluca Valentini, co-founder and managing director of Rotterdam-based Equidam: “Without the network active in the InvesteerLokaal-Group, it would not have been possible to close the funding round. A large part of the investors approached us offline, after seeing our Symbid pitch. After this, some of the larger investors have joined, of which approximately two third was introduced offline before using the platform to invest.”

Korstiaan Zandvliet, CEO of Symbid, is happy that Symbid Groups is showing the expected results: “We noticed that investors are very involved in the pitches they invest in. InvesteerLokaal manages to offer exactly the experience these Rotterdam investors seek. They see how the propositions they invest in are developing in a by InvesteerLokaal initiated program. That increases the trust on the side of the investor as well as on the side of the entrepreneur.”



About Symbid

Symbid is a unique, online financing platform that helps private investors, SME-entrepreneurs and startups come together in a safe and secure online ecosystem. Entrepreneurs can pitch their business ideas to investors, and investors get the chance to invest in profitable and game-changing ideas. In doing so, Symbid brings together all relevant parties that are necessary for successful funding. Symbid is globally seen as a leader in online equity financing. For more information, please check: www.symbid.com

Contact

For all other questions related to this press release, you can contact Mark Beers (mark.beers@sharpefinancial.com) or Frans Gunnink (frans.gunnink@sharpefinancial.com).



About InvesteerLokaal

InvesteerLokaal is a platform where investors and entrepreneurs from Rotterdam meet. Investors get the chance to enrich their neighborhood, help promising entrepreneurs and to help entrepreneurial plans come true. Entrepreneurs get the chance to get their company start- and funding ready, are coached in writing their business plan and can contact investors who care about Rotterdam-based initiatives. This way, InvesteerLokaal helps to further develop Rotterdam. For more information: www.investeerlokaal.nl.

Contact

For all other questions related to InvesteerLokaal, you can contact Kristian de Groot (kristian@investeerlokaal.nl).

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"Thanks to our method we can select promising propositions for our investors which also contribute to the local economy. (...) And with success!" Kristian de Groot
"Some of the larger investors have joined, of which approximately two third was introduced offline before using the platform to invest." Gianluca Valentini
"InvesteerLokaal manages to offer exactly the experience these Rotterdam investors seek. " Korstiaan Zandvliet
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About Symbid

Founded in April 2011 as one of the first investment crowdfunding platforms worldwide, Symbid is The Funding Network™, where companies get funded and grow. As a leading online funding portal for small- and medium-sized enterprises, Symbid gives entrepreneurs direct access to traditional and alternative forms of finance, while offering investors full transparency on the potential risks and returns of their portfolio. Advanced investing, monitoring and data tools ensure companies connecting to The Funding Network™ are financed in the most efficient way possible. Built around cutting-edge technology and expert financial advice, The Funding Network™ by Symbid is the go-to platform for entrepreneurs in search of funding and investors in search of exciting opportunities. As of March 2015, Symbid (www.symbid.com) has successfully funded 70 small businesses for a total capital sum of $7.5 million. With over 40 funding partners already connected – including banks, venture capital, angel investors and 30,000 private (crowdfunding) investors – the total transaction volume of The Funding Network™ in 2015 is estimated at $800 million. Symbid Corp. is a U.S. publicly listed company (OTCQB:SBID). For investor relations, please visit www.symbidcorp.com.

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