Opstart has announced the launch of “Opstart Point”, the first project of aggregation between crowdinvesting players: a real network of operators who share the same values and objectives.
The stimulus comes from the entry into force of the new European regulation, which will open the doors to a wider market and which, moreover, clashes with a market fragmentation that is still very marked.
The objective is, therefore, to develop a strong territorial presence in Italy, aggregating vertical competences – product, geographic or sectorial – in order to be able to compete also in Europe, with an articulated offer.
Opstart has always had among its objectives the introduction of innovative solutions, in response to the real and concrete needs of startups, SMEs and investors. For example, in the past years, it launched Crowdlisting, a registered trademark and proprietary path to replicate the results of expensive IPOs on the stock exchange thanks to the combination of equity crowdfunding and direct listing, and, more recently, Crowdlegal, a division dedicated to Legal Action Crowdfunding for the financing of lawsuits.
“The network that we have built in recent months, and with which we are launching the project today, is currently composed of 5 players, chosen and strongly desired because they have high-level skills and verticality on specific sectors. The partners will constitute, in short, an added value and will give a fundamental contribution to our know-how, continuing the selection of startups and SMEs throughout the country, and offering them all the Crowdinvesting tools of the fintech hub of Opstart,” said Giovanpaolo Arioldi, CEO of Opstart, who added: “The Points will be our allies carrying out another activity, equally important: the spread of a culture of alternative finance and crowdinvesting in Italy, especially among companies. Suffice it to say that in our country only a few thousand companies know and use this source of capital supply.”
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Who are the first Opstart Points
To date, five partners have joined the project, but discussions are already underway with other players to further expand the network.
Extrafin, a company based in Udine and listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange, founded and led by Luigi Romano and previously manager of the IT portal;
Gamga, known in the past for the portal The Best Equity, launched by Alessandro Giglio, Gabriele Vedani and Marco Tajana with a focus on the sports world and on equity and debt crowdfunding tools;
Local Crowdfunding Network, a company from the province of Bolzano headed by Gilbert Gassel and Marco Delli Zotti, with a focus on the real estate sector and owner of the Crowdkasse brand;
Gopmi, a company founded by an interdisciplinary group of accountants and professionals, active in Naples and led by Mauro del Giudice;
BHLending, an innovative startup specializing in Lending Crowdfunding with offices in Milan and Rome, led by CEO Paolo Divizia and with an exceptional Advisory Board: it includes illustrious names in Italian finance, such as Giuseppe Vegas, former President of Consob, Andrea Maldi, former CFO of Borsa Italiana and current CFO of Fiera Milano, and Claudio Garavaglia, Vice President of Ambrosetti SIM.
How it works
The Opstart Points each have a dedicated section on the Opstart website, where there is now the menu item “Our Points” from which to access the strong points conveyed by the Opstart Points.
Each brand will continue its activity of a selection of companies, Startups, and SMEs, also with the contribution of the Opstart structure, proposing them customized paths for every need, starting from the crowdinvesting tools present in the Opstart hub.
In this way, in addition to the generation of organizational synergies and know-how, it will help the diffusion of an alternative finance culture in a more widespread way.
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