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PledgeMe nails half-million goal (updated)

Wellington-based crowdfunding platform PledgeMe Limited launched an equity crowdfunding campaign for themselves on Monday evening, and exceeded their minimum goal of $500,000 today.

The pledged funds had increased to $521,929 as of Wednesday morning.

In our earlier story, PledgeMe co-founder Anna Guenther (above) was excited by the response.

“I think this is a real testament to our crowd appreciating the way we do things differently!”

The funds raised will be used to launch in Australia, expand in New Zealand, and fund the development of new ways to make crowdfunding more accessible.

PledgeMe was launched in 2012 as the first project based crowdfunding platform in New Zealand.

In the last six years, they’ve helped 1,200 successful campaigns with over $27 million pledged through the platform. In 2014, PledgeMe was the first equal licenced equity crowdfunding platform in New Zealand after the legislation changed to allow raising investment online without a public prospectus.

“In the last twelve months, we’ve had almost $12 million pledged through the platform. That’s significant growth from the previous years, and shows a trend towards larger equity crowdfunding campaigns.” says Guenther.

These have included campaigns for the Otago chocolate company Ocho, and Waiapu Investments Ltd investing in Hikurangi Cannabis in order for the company to build a pharmaceuticals processing facility and plant growing operations in Ruatorea.

“Both of those campaigns raised the $2 million legal maximum within hours of going out to their crowds.”

PledgeMe wants to raise up to $900,000, which represents 11.1% of the company. Shares are priced at $164.50 each with a minimum purchase of one share.

“We’ve set the price at one share to make the investment accessible,” says Guenther “if our goal is to make equity crowdfunding equitable, we need to focus not just on the companies and their founders, but also the wider investor community.”

Their second equity crowdfunding campaign in 2015 raised $365,820 in three weeks.

“It’s amazing to see we’ve exceeded the amount we raised in three weeks in 2015 in less than 24 hours.” said Guenther yesterday.

PledgeMe has almost 200 shareholders currently. Last financial year, PledgeMe had $767,983 in revenue with a profit of $252,971. Over the last three years, PledgeMe has grown over 90% in compounded annual growth.

The campaign will run until 6 September, or when the maximum goal of $900,000 is met.