Lucerne University in Switzerland is out with their annual report on crowdfunding in the country. This is the third year in a row that the report has been published. The “Crowdfunding Monitoring Switzerland 2016 tracks the growth and trends in this sector of finance.
In the introduction, Prof. Dr. Andreas Dietrich, states;
In previous years, we have usually commented that the market had grown rapidly, but the absolute volumes of funding remained at a low level. This year, though, the market has grown markedly in percentage as well as in absolute terms. For the first time, crowdfunding has been instrumental in raising substantially more than CHF 100 million. This compares to just under CHF 28 million in the previous year. The structure of the market has also changed greatly: as expected, real estate crowdinvesting and the financing of SMEs via crowdfunding (business crowdlending) have made considerable contributions to this growth.
The platforms in these two segments witnessed markedly higher transaction volumes. On the investor side, this has increasingly sparked the interest of professional investors capable of supplying the requisite volumes. Given these fundamental changes in 2016, we are expecting 2017 to again witness a substantial acceleration in growth.
As of April 2016 there were 50 crowdfunding platforms in operation in Switzerland. This was an increase by 10 versus year prior.