Asian Crowdfunder On The Move

In a region where investors are searching hard for opportunities the growing crowd funding market place is beginning to benefit. One of the brightest and ambitious players, Asian Crowdfunder, has recently launched in Malaysia and has eyes on the rest of the region.

Asian Crowdfunder is a pan-Asian equity-based crowdfunding platform, bringing Asian businesses to global investors. It is founded by an international team of experienced and successful entrepreneurs and asset managers backed by decades of experience.

It's prime goal is to provide accredited investors from across the world access to Asia’s tremendous growth opportunities at an early stage and provide Asian entrepreneurs with capital and knowledge to take their ideas and businesses to the next level.

The three co-founders of Asian Crowdfunder; Frank Holle of Quant Asset Management Pte. Ltd, Graham Paling of Mongoose Publishing and Dato’ Kenneth Kolb of Hot Can bring nearly a century of experience in investment management and successful business management.

Frank Holle, Partner & Co-Founder says, “I have been in the business of investment for over 25 years and I have seen many financial revolutions, but this by far is the biggest. Equity Crowdfunding is changing the way small businesses raise money. With the government realising its importance and setting regulations, Malaysian business now have an even better chance of tapping global investment markets. Exciting indeed!”

Asian Crowdfunder enables accredited and sophisticated investors to invest in companies raising funds on the Asian Crowdfunder platform and gain equity (ownership) of the company invested in. Whereas in reward based crowdfunding the investor will only receive a reward or a product when they invest.

Dato’ Kenneth Kolb, Partner, Co-Founder and inventor of Hot-Can the self heating beverage can is very excited by the potential that the platform presents. He says,”ASEAN represents more than 9% of the world’s population and represents great business opportunities. We are one of the first trusted platforms that will connect accredited global investors to business opportunities in the fast growing economies of ASEAN. We are starting from Malaysia and are already in the process of starting in Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. Here is the time for both accredited investors and businesses to be part of this growth revolution”.

Registering on the is really simple. All it entails is a simple form and an even simpler self-certification test to ascertain that the user is an accredited investor or a High Networth Individual or Entity. After activating the account, the user will be able to view all the investment opportunities and either proceed to invest or set up their own pitch. A thorough due diligence will be conducted on each business that wants to pitch and the investors who invest in the businesses.

Accredited investors can browse pitches which contain information about the business, the founder and the growth plan along with videos, photographs and supporting documents. The investor can choose to invest in a particular business by either click on invest now or make an alternate offer.

Once the investor has invested a certain amount, it will be held in an escrow trust account till the successful completion of the pitch (90 days or earlier). If the pitch is successful, then the business approves the investors and the money is moved from the escrow to the business in return for company shares. In case the pitch is not successful, the money will be returned to the investor.

Currently Asian Crowdfunder features three exciting Malaysian companies. They have Sid’s Pubs headed by the popular Geoff Siddle, looking to grow from 6 successful outlets to 40 successful outlets; FiRe FITNESS headed by fitness celebrity Dave Nuku and Mike Lamb who aim to transform the way fitness is approached in Malaysia and Impulse Studio, a German technology that uses EMS to help people achieve their fitness goals.


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