What is crowdfunding?
Shop Gipsy Hill Brew2 June 2022
In May, we announced that The Gipsy Hill Brewing Co. would be launching its first-ever equity-based crowdfunding raise!
We’re crowdfunding as we’d like to double our production capacity, invest in new equipment and double the size of our on-site taproom over the next 18 months.
We also want to complete our carbon footprint mapping and B-Corp application by the end of the year.
If you’re new to crowdfunding, keep reading for what to expect when we launch.
What is equity crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is where a company raises small amounts of money from a large number of individual investors rather than accepting a large sum of money from an investment fund or venture capitalist. These investors get to help companies that they like grow and see a return on their money through equity shares.
A shareholder has partial ownership of a company and stands to profit on an Exit Event (i.e. IPO, merger or sale) should the company continue to perform well and increase in value.
Why is Gipsy Hill Crowdfunding?
We’re crowdfunding as we’d like to double our production capacity to 5 million pints a year, invest in new equipment to further improve efficiency and quality, increase and improve our barrel-ageing facility and double the size of our on-site taproom over the next 18 months.
Alongside this, we want to complete our carbon footprint mapping and B-Corp application by the end of the year.
How do I invest?
We’ve partnered with Crowdcube to manage our raise. Crowdcube is a crowdfunding platform that enables start-ups and scale-ups to issue shares and raise money from a wide range of every day and experienced investors who want to share in the future of companies they believe in.
To invest, you’ll need to have a Crowdcube account set up. We’d recommend doing this before we launch.
When we go live in June, we’ll send everyone on our pre-registration list a link to access our crowdfund. 24 hours after this, we’ll open our crowdfunding to the public.
Does pre-registering commit me to investing?
Nope. Pre-registering means you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to invest first when we open privately. Once we’ve reached our maximum target, we’ll close the crowdfunding round.
Pre-registering is the only way to ensure that you get a chance to invest.
When will the campaign go live?
We’ll be going live with our crowdfunding campaign soon. Once you’ve pre-registered your interest, keep an eye on your inbox for the latest launch date information.
Can I sell or transfer my shares?
You can express your interest in selling your shares in a company via Cubex, which enables you to discover, research, and express an interest in buying or selling shares in private European companies. If enough interest is expressed in a given business, Crowdcube will seek to facilitate a transaction, and you will be notified when a sale goes live.
What happens after I invest?
Once the pitch reaches its target and closes to further funding, the completion process starts. At that point, all investors will receive a copy of the Articles of Association via email and will be informed of the cooling-off period.
Once the cooling-off period, which is generally no less than seven days, has expired, the payment collections process starts and then electronic share certificates are issued.