Equity-crowdinvesting was launched in Germany in the year 2011. This funding source enables young and emerging businesses to gather funding by addressing numerous private investors via an open-call. Our examination of 163 funding rounds reveals that the German crowdinvesting market sharply increased in the first years. Most entrepreneurs rely on crowdinvesting despite alternative funding sources, which suggests that the decision for crowdinvesting is voluntary. Often crowdfunded ventures have professional investors prior to their funding campaign, which suggests that crowdinvesting matches with established financial sources. In the short-run, the proportion of businesses that fail is comparatively small. Firms mostly fail to stick to the financial objectives, which are published at the time of the crowdinvesting campaign.
Löher, J.; Schell, S.; Schneck, S.; Werner, A.; Moog, P. (2015): Unternehmensgründungen und Crowdinvesting, IfM Bonn: IfM Materialien Nr. 241, Bonn.