This is 'Crowdfunders', the show that covers the fast-growing world of alternative finance. In today's show with Ed Bowsher we take a critical look at mini-bonds where companies effectively borrow money from investors via crowdfunding websites.
Also looked at is a crowdfunding campaign by a coffee company called Pact coffee. The company's founder claims that Pact's coffee is the best in the UK.
And finally, chat with James Codling, who is the boss of a platform called VentureFounders. James talks about VentureFounders and also explains what he thinks the crowdfunding industry needs to do if it wants to mature successfully.
In today's show, we look at property with a member of the team at Property Partner, a site that enables you to invest as little as £50 in a residential property. We also look at lending sites where the loan is secured against property. And we'll also be talking to one of the UK's leading financial journalists, Anthony Hilton, for his take on the world of crowdfunding - he's pretty positive
This week in Crowdfunders we're moving into the world of Reality TV. One of the stars of the 'Made in Chelsea' reality show, Jamie Laing, is now crowdfunding for a business he founded. We're also going to look at a firm called Rebus that raised more than £800,000 from investors last year on Crowdcube. Rebus has now gone bust so we'll ask whether these kinds of failure are an inevitable part of equity crowdfunding. And we're also going to talk to another private investor about his adventures as a lender on one of the big peer to peer lending platforms.