Why are we crowdfunding?
After 8 years of being part of the fantastic craft beer and local communities that we’re in, we figured that it was time to bring that home, and invite our community members to be part of what we’re doing at Gipsy Hill. We’ve got big growth ambitions, and we believe that crowdfunding is a great way to achieve them as well as raise capital and create excitement in the brand.
What is equity crowdfunding?
Equity crowdfunding is the process whereby people (i.e. the ‘crowd’) invest in an early-stage unlisted company (a company that is not listed on a stock market) in exchange for shares in that company. A shareholder has partial ownership of a company and stands to profit from an Exit Event (i.e. IPO, merger or sale) should the company continue to perform well and increase in value. The opposite is also true, so if the company fails investors can lose some, or all, of their investment.
What is Crowdcube?
Crowdcube is a crowdfunding platform that enables start-ups and scale-ups to issue shares to 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.
Does pre-registering commit me to invest?
Nope. Pre-registering simply means you’ll have the opportunity to invest first when we open our fundraising privately. Once we reach our maximum target, we’ll close the crowdfunding round, so all those who pre-register should have a chance to get in before the round closes.
If you have already registered interest, make sure you’re signed up to Crowdcube before we go live!
When will the campaign go live?
We’ll be going live with our crowdfunding campaign to those that have pre-registered in early June. Once you’ve pre-registered your interest, keep an eye on your inbox for the latest launch date information.
How can I find out more about the growth plans and ask questions?
We will be issuing a full investment deck to everyone when the campaign goes live in early June. There will also be a forum for questions on our Crowdcube campaign page where we can discuss the plan and address any questions you may have.
Who can invest?
Anyone over the age of 18 from anywhere in the world. However, due to local laws and regulations, retail investors located in the USA, Canada and Japan will not be able to invest in this crowdfunding. Additionally, due to the current global situation Russian and Belarusian investors won’t be able to invest either.
How much can I invest?
The minimum investment is £10.
Will there be early access for employees and customers?
Yes, those that pre-register who are customers will have first access to invest followed closely by customers who haven’t pre-registered. We are expecting things to move fast, so it is important to pre-register to get early access.
Can I sell or transfer my shares?
Due to the nature of private companies, the shares you own are inherently illiquid – you’ll only be able to sell and realise a return if a liquidity event occurs, such as the business being acquired, a listing on a share exchange or a secondary share sale event. Usually, the investment life cycle for early-stage businesses is 3-10 years. For any queries relating to share ownership please contact email@example.com who will be best placed to advise on the technicalities of a possible transfer.
Is the investment EIS eligible?
The investment is pending EIS eligibility.
What benefits do I get as a shareholder?
Any investment in Gipsy Hill should be treated as a long term capital investment that will help us grow the company. A return on investment is typically made via a liquidity event such as an IPO of the company, or if the company is acquired by another company. You can learn more about investor returns on Crowdcube here.
However, alongside the usual equity returns, we will also be offering an exciting rewards package that will depend on investment levels.
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.
What exit prospects are there for investors?
We are completely focused on executing our growth plan, which we believe will create significant value for our shareholders. Exit is not something that we are specifically focused on today, however, we are aware of the importance of a return on investment, and the investment horizon that our shareholders will likely have, and will consider all such options when the business is in a place to push for it.
Are you EIS eligible?
Our EIS eligibility is still pending. Either way, we have put together a great rewards package to make up for this.
Investments of this nature carry risks to your capital and should be entered into as part of a diversified portfolio. This page has been approved as a financial promotion by Crowdcube Capital Ltd who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (No 650205).