Cover of MoneyWeek magazine issue no 692

Invest in a start-up - The tiny companies that need your money

23 May 2014 / Issue 692

You don't need to have big piles of cash to invest like the Dragons – just get involved in equity crowdfunding. Ed Bowsher explains how.
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Merryn Somerset WebbEDITOR'S LETTER

Merryn Somerset Webb

Back the finance revolution

There is political and financial disruption all over the place this week. There are the Indian election results, the spat between China and Vietnam, the European elections and, of course, the popping of the Chinese real estate bubble (finally!). But turn your attention to some disruption closer to home.

Our cover story looks at how you can invest in new companies via crowdfunding platforms. This isn’t something you want to do with more than 10% of your investable funds, but it is something you should take a look at.

Buying sensible listed equities and holding them for the long term will make you rich slowly. But investing in the right, exciting companies at the very start of their lives might just make you rich a little faster.

Our fantastic new deputy editor Ed Bowsher looks at the best platforms and points to a few companies you might want to help out with their equity raising efforts.

If you want to be involved in the financial revolution without putting your money at quite so much risk, you might want to look instead at peer-to-peer lending – whereby you use a platform to lend your money directly to companies.

• Read the full editor’s letter here: Back the finance revolution