OurCrowd: Growing a Crowdfunding Platform in a VC World

OurCrowd: Growing a Crowdfunding Platform in a VC World

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Abstract

This case features the challenges of a startup in the crowdfunding space in 2015 as its leadership assesses potential sources of growth for the company’s future. Founded in Israel in 2012 by a renowned venture capitalist, OurCrowd was a venture capital crowdfunding platform that strove to connect high-growth startups raising capital with accredited private investors from around the world. Its value proposition was to democratize an inefficient market for private equity that had historically been dominated by a small number of highly connected venture capital firms (VCs). The case asks students to put themselves in the shoes of OurCrowd’s head of investor community as he prepares for a meeting with the company’s board of directors to discuss potential strategies for growth: Should the company partner ...

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