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German crowd-investing platforms: Literature review and survey

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David Grundy



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).


This article presents a comprehensive overview of the current German crowd-investing market drawing on a data-set of 31 crowd-investing platforms including the analysis of 265 completed projects. While crowd-investing market still only represents a niche in the German venture capital market, there is potential for an increase in both market volume and in average project investment. The market share is distributed among a few crowd-investing platforms with high entry barriers for new platforms although platforms that specialise in certain sectors have managed to successfully enter the market. German crowd-investing platforms are found to promote mainly internet-based enterprises (36%) followed by projects in real estate (24%) and green projects (19%), with the median money raised 100,000 euro.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Grundy D, Ohmer C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cogent Business & Management

Year: 2016

Volume: 3

Online publication date: 29/01/2016

Acceptance date: 23/12/2015

Date deposited: 11/11/2019

ISSN (electronic): 2331-1975

Publisher: Cogent OA


DOI: 10.1080/23311975.2016.1138849


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