This paper analyzes a large dataset of 2,171 equity crowdfunding campaigns launched between the years 2012 and 2017 on two of the world’s largest platforms Crowdcube and Seedrs. Our results show that the equity crowdfunding market has matured: more recent campaigns tend to be launched by larger and older companies with better access to external financing. Given the market’s dynamics, we use a rolling three-year window to forecast funding success using a simple model based on information that is available at the time of the campaign (e.g., equity retained, external fundraising before the campaign, accelerator attendance and information about the directors’ team). Our forecasted success measure dominates a naïve classification for any given cutoff probability and outperforms the ratings issued by independent rating agencies.

Equity Crowdfunding, Success, Forecasting, Entrepreneurial Finance
Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage; Ratings and Ratings Agencies (jel G24), Financing Policy; Capital and Ownership Structure (jel G32),
Small Business Economics: an entrepreneurship journal
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University

Ralcheva, A.A, & Roosenboom, P.G.J. (2018). Forecasting Success in Equity Crowdfunding. Small Business Economics: an entrepreneurship journal. doi:10.1007/s11187-019-00144-x