Puzzle Funding, a brand new equity crowdfunding platform, closed its first campaign less than a month after its launch. It was the round of WeArena, the first network of Digital Theme Parks in Italy dedicated to digital entertainment, with operational headquarters in Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella (VR) and founded by Francesco Monastero and Gian Gherardo Aprile.
The campaign, launched last March 29th, has raised $529,000 (€501,000) against a minimum target of $317,000 (€300,000), thanks to 31 investors who have invested at least $528 (€500).
WeArena, an innovative SME founded in 2015, aims to create the largest reality operating on a physical and online level in the entertainment sector, with a focus on eSports development. WeArena has numerous contractual agreements with different realities of the Italian sports scene for which it takes care of the training and dissemination of the culture of eSports in the corporate sector and with a view to fan engagement of Generations X, Z, and millennials.
The company develops physical and digital infrastructures for entertainment activity and therefore innovative digital parks for which it takes care of the design and construction including large eSport arenas, creates and manages experiential entertainment formats, and organizes large events. It also manages eSport teams and has signed exclusive partnerships for the organization of the official eSport championships of Lega B and Lega Pro: BeSports and eSerieC.
WeArena develops its business model through six thematic areas (Gaming, E-Sports, Extended Reality, Edutainment, and Sportainment) that are articulated in three modes of development: On-Site, with its innovative and fun spaces, On Air, with its formats on several channels (Online Tournaments for Fun, Twitch, Youtube, Facebook), On Tour to bring digital entertainment throughout Italy, On Stage with an innovative mix of art, music, and E-Sport.
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Puzzle Funding is looking for teams and companies with high potential
Puzzle Funding, based in Milan, is a company registered with Consob and authorized to operate on the Italian market since 2021. Its partners are entrepreneurs and professionals with years of experience in the world of startups and SMEs and with several million euros raised during various initiatives.
Puzzle Funding’s operating method consists in looking for teams and companies with high potential and high quality of the proposal and providing all investors with a comprehensive overview of the offer. The projects are then monitored over the years in order to maintain a relationship between investors and the company that goes beyond the simple subscription of the capital share with the stated goal of constantly updating investors on the performance of the company in which they have invested.
The company was founded in 2015 by Francesco Monastero, who has an experience of more than 25 years in Retail, Real Estate, and the promotion and creation of real estate projects, and Gian Gherardo Aprile, a Serial entrepreneur with a strong international background as well as 20 years of experience in the Financial Area, Business Development and Start-Up.
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