SOURCE: Symbid

Symbid

January 06, 2015 08:30 ET

Symbid Launches Niche Funding Platform for Agricultural Sector

Financial Technology Brand Symbid to Connect Dutch Agriculture to Its Funding Network With New 'Farmers Funding' Platform

ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwired - Jan 6, 2015) - Symbid Corp. (OTCQB: SBID) (www.symbidcorp.com)

Symbid, one of the first investment crowdfunding platforms worldwide, has announced the launch of Farmers Funding (www.farmersfunding.nl), an online investment platform for the Dutch agricultural sector. Built in collaboration with two agricultural companies, the platform will connect to the Symbid Funding Network and adds to the diverse range of investment opportunities for Symbid's growing community of 28,000 active investors.

Funding for Innovative Farmers
The agricultural industry in the Netherlands is both innovative and future-oriented, but access to capital is decreasing. The Farmers Funding platform will enable young and growing agribusinesses to find finance without the need for traditional financial institutions. The first of its kind, this online platform means enterprising farmers can connect to a range of efficient funding options including loans, equity and crowdfunding. Agricultural entrepreneurs and investors can connect, fund and grow together via the Symbid Funding Network.

The Funding Network
The recent announcement of Symbid's partnership with Credion, a leading Dutch financial advisory firm, signalled the crowdfunding brand's transition into an online Funding Network. The new platform will feature online deal-making and monitoring tools in addition to the investment crowdfunding service. By combining various types of financiers into one network, a hybrid of alternative and traditional finance, Symbid is creating the go-to platform for investors and entrepreneurs. The launch of Farmers Funding, a niche marketplace of investment opportunities, is an example of how Symbid is attracting more capital seekers and providers to the Funding Network.

Although Farmers Funding is targeted at the agricultural industry, all investment propositions are linked directly to the Symbid Funding Network. This means the deals can be presented on the Symbid platform and hence reach a broader group of investors. Adding this niche industry to its network enables Symbid to further extend and diversify its offering, while investors can continue to personalize the content of their deal flow. The company expects all future affiliate platforms to connect to the Symbid Funding Network in such a way.

"Entrepreneurs logging onto Farmers Funding can present their business proposition either privately, to specific investors, or publicly, to the crowd. This way, our Funding Network lets the entrepreneur control how their business is funded and increases the likelihood of finding the right finance. Meanwhile, investors can decide on the types of deals that interest them and diversify their portfolio," says Korstiaan Zandvliet, co-founder and CEO of Symbid. "Farmers Funding is a great example of how Symbid is leading the way in online finance, with more expansions of our Funding Network on the horizon."

About Symbid
Founded in April 2011 as one of the first investment crowdfunding platforms worldwide, Symbid allows non-accredited investors to invest online in start-ups and SMEs with as little as EUR 20 in exchange for shares in those companies. Based in the Netherlands, Symbid has emerged as a global leader in investment crowdfunding due to our innovative technological infrastructure, user-friendly interface and commitment to providing a secure funding environment for both investors and entrepreneurs. The Symbid team's extensive experience with start-ups means entrepreneurs choosing our platform receive all the coaching and advice necessary for a successful campaign. This, in turn, ensures that investors using the Symbid platform can be confident in the profitability of their investment. As of December 2014, Symbid has successfully funded over 60 start-ups for a total capital sum of $7,000,000. Symbid became the first publicly listed crowdfunding platform worldwide in December 2013 (OTCQB: SBID). In 2015 the company is expected to expand its product portfolio with several new (alternative and traditional) financial services in order to develop the Symbid platform towards an online funding network. Meanwhile, Symbid anticipates a European roll-out of its investment crowdfunding platform beginning in Q1 2015. Please visit www.symbid.com for more information.

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