Launched in October, CivilisedMoney’s goal is to make it easy “for people to invest, donate, lend, borrow and transact money with each other directly at fair and transparent rates” without the involvement of banks. It began by crowdfunding GBP 100,000 for its own effort in just nine days, making CivilisedMoney one of the largest crowdfunded businesses in the UK, and the only crowdfunded business in financial services.
It also launched with two features: an equity-based crowdfunding product allowing businesses to fund start-ups and expansion, and a rewards-based crowdfunding effort through which like-minded consumers can pool their money to back an idea, a person, a business or an organization. In either case, there’s a 5 percent fee for funds secured, but only if the fundraising target is reached.
Ultimately, CivilisedMoney plans to offer a full range of peer-to-peer financial services products. “There is no fractional lending, no excessive bonus payments, no gambling with your money, no hidden and unfair fees or charges,” it explains.
CivilisedMoney aims to expand beyond the UK and bring peer-to-peer finance to as many countries as possible via licensing and other arrangements. Watch for HR 2930. Financial services entrepreneurs around the globe: time to get involved?