The Role of Equity Crowdfunding in Financing SMEs: Evidence from a Sample of European Platforms

  • Veronica De Crescenzo
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Financial Institutions book series (SBFI)


To assess the fundraising potential of equity crowdfunding for SMEs and start-up firms, this chapter presents an analysis of the features of a sample of funding campaigns seeking funds on five European crowdfunding platforms. The expansion of equity crowdfunding in Europe began in the second half of 2011 and since then there has been gradual and continuous growth. Our results reveal that technological start-ups are not the only type of firm seeking equity funds and that equity crowdfunding can be considered a new type of funding model for established companies and for firms operating in more traditional fields of business. Consequently, we can also affirm that the ways in which equity crowdfunding is regulated will affect its capacity to supplement traditional sources of finance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Veronica De Crescenzo
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  1. 1.University of VeronaVERONAItaly

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