At the beginning of February 2021, Opstart was chosen as a special crowdfunding partner by 4Aim sicaf, an Oicr set up by Ambromobiliare to facilitate the meeting between institutional investors and SMEs looking for capital for growth, listed or listed on Aim Italy.
The agreement signed provides for the commitment of Opstart to reserve to 4Aim sicaf, for each crowdfunding campaign, up to 30% of the value of the same, for a maximum of $121,000 (€100,000) per campaign. The Sicaf undertakes to evaluate all the equity crowdfunding campaigns proposed by Opstart and to communicate the investment decisions within 15 days from the opening of each campaign. Being specifically aimed at 4Aim’s Compartment 2 Crowdfunding, the partnership will become operational with the start of the company’s activity on that compartment and does not include any exclusivity clause.
The CEO and General Manager of 4Aim Giovanni Natali explained: “Our goal is to create a compartment dedicated to crowdfunding investment, an alternative financing channel to the banking system for small businesses. It is not our intention to activate a crowdfunding portal; for this reason, the partnership with Opstart, the primary operator in the sector, becomes strategic in order to be able to evaluate the best investment opportunities that arise.”
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Opstart has entered the real estate crowdfunding sector at the end of March
Founded in Bergamo in 2015 by Giovanpaolo Arioldi and Alessandro Arioldi (cto), in November 2019 Opstart cashed a funding round underwritten by Aleph Finance Group Plc, investment holding company that owns Pairstech Capital Management. Aleph, through Pairstech, expects significant synergies to open up new capital markets in Europe and the UK through the development of Crowdbase. The new platform will offer private debt, crypto assets and STO (Security Token Offering) instruments thanks to the implementation of blockchain technology.
Opstart has also launched at the end of March 2020 its secondary market and has entered the real estate crowdfunding sector, with the new division christened Crowdre, as announced in February. Crowdre was created from a partnership between Opstart and Leaders, a historic financial advisory firm in Bergamo. The platform allows investors to invest in Italian real estate opportunities as well as developers to propose their own real estate project and raise capital to realize it. On the secondary market front, Opstart has launched Crowdarena, the first digital bulletin board for buying and selling shares of startups, SMEs and innovative SMEs, approved by Consob, in line with the provisions of the Regulation on equity crowdfunding as amended in October 2019.
Last August Opstart, together with the blockchain technology-based startup funding platform SEED Venture, kicked off the tokenization of crowdfunding campaigns. Finally, let’s remember that the equity crowdfunding portal Opstart was the first to conceive, launch and register as a brand crowd listing, i.e. crowdfunding followed by a listing on the stock exchange. On November 20th, Cesynt Advanced Solutions, an Italian company active in the distance learning market, was listed on Euronext Access+, after having raised over one million euros in December 2019 through an equity crowdfunding campaign on the Opstart portal.
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