Startup Showcase: Spreds – Democratising Venture Capital Investment

Unlocking access to Europe's promising startups through crowdfunding

Introduction: Redefining the Investment Landscape

Founded in July 2011, Spreds is a Brussels-based startup that’s revolutionising the way individuals and organizations invest in European startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Utilising crowdfunding techniques, Spreds has created a unique and accessible venture capital investment platform that caters not just to seasoned professionals, but also to individual investors and aspiring business angels.

The Spreds Approach: Power to the People

Spreds empowers individuals to invest alongside professionals, starting from as low as 100 euros. It stands out in the investment landscape by offering the same financial conditions to individual investors as those given to professional investors, thereby democratizing venture capital investment. By pooling resources, individuals are not only able to select and invest in tomorrow’s leading companies but can also offer valuable support alongside industry professionals.

With over 35,000 members and a daily user base of 1200 people from 163 countries, Spreds has become a key platform for showcasing Belgian entrepreneurship to the global community. Its focus on inclusivity and accessibility is transforming the way investments are made and fostering a more democratic investment environment.

Track Record: An Industry Leader

Since its commercial launch in September 2012, Spreds has raised more than 31.4 million euros, clearly demonstrating the platform’s capacity for large-scale fundraising. The company is not just a leader in terms of the amounts raised but is also recognized as a pioneer in establishing trustworthy relationships with regulatory bodies. Spreds was the first crowdfunding platform in the world to develop a system allowing young companies to make a public offering for Belgian savings, a milestone achieved by building trust with the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA). This achievement underscores Spreds’ commitment to transparency and integrity.

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The Visionaries Behind Spreds

The creative force driving Spreds’ innovative approach to venture capital investment is a team of seasoned entrepreneurs, José Zurstrassen, Charles-Albert de Radzitzky, Olivier de Duve, and Guillaume Desclée. Their vision and leadership have guided Spreds to its current position at the forefront of the equity crowdfunding industry.

Looking Forward

As Spreds continues to disrupt the traditional venture capital investment landscape, it presents an exciting proposition to individual investors and businesses alike. With its focus on making venture capital investment more accessible, transparent and inclusive, Spreds is set to lead the democratisation of investment in European startups and SMEs.

For those looking to join the revolution and democratise venture capital, Spreds provides an exciting opportunity. Whether you’re an individual investor or an entrepreneur seeking investment, there’s never been a better time to explore the potential of equity crowdfunding with Spreds.


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