Crowdfunding platforms Crowdcube and Seers to merge

Crowdcube founder and CEO Darren Westlake will serve as executive chairman of the merged business. Photo: Crowdcube
Crowdcube founder and CEO Darren Westlake will serve as executive chairman of the merged business. Photo: Crowdcube

The UK’s two biggest crowdfunding platforms have announced plans to merge.

Crowdcube and Seedrs said in a joint statement on Monday they had agreed the terms of a merger. The combined company will be worth £140m ($181.2m).

Crowdcube will acquire Seedrs under the terms, with Crowdcube’s shareholders owning 60% of the combined business. Seedrs investors will receive 40%, reflecting the differing valuations of the two companies. Crowdcube was last valued at £84m and Seedrs is worth £56m. The exact financial terms weren’t disclosed.

“Today’s agreement is an incredibly exciting milestone that will benefit high growth businesses, their investors who believe in their vision and the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports them,” said Darren Westlake, Crowdcube’s founder and chief executive.

“Together with Seedrs, we can accelerate plans to further expand in the UK and

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