Liverpool’s ethical response to Robinhood brand changes as crowdfunding campaign kicks off

A Liverpool-based app encouraging investors to support businesses that have a positive impact on the planet, and is chaired by a co-founder of online banking Monzo, has rebranded and launched a crowdfunding campaign.

Tickr is now known as CIRCA5000 and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to give its clients the opportunity to own a portion of the business alongside “major industry investors”.

The moves come after the company got a £ 2.5million boost from a venture capital fund in February.

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The company received backing from Ada Ventures in London after it had already raised £ 2.5million in another round of funding.

Tom McGillycuddy, Co-Founder of CIRCA5000, said: “We believe that investing itself has the power to shape the very future of humanity. We know that it is possible to create wealth over time and enrich the planet and its people.

“What we’re really interested in is creating a product that helps people secure a better future for themselves, the planet and humanity as a whole.

“That’s why we’re excited to announce a new branding that clearly reflects this. We want to make sure our planet and the people who live on it see the year 5000 and beyond.

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CIRCA5000, which has raised over £ 7million in funding, was built by Mr McGillycuddy and Matt Latham after stints at Barclays and Wellington Management.

The rebranding and crowdfunding campaign comes after the Reddit-inspired GameStop saga in January, which saw an international offer to stop hedge funds from short-selling the US retailer’s shares through sites such as Robinhood and make millions in profits.

An army of small investors raised the stock price of the listed company in an attempt to turn the tide on those who bet the company would fail.

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Mr McGillycuddy said: “Instead of supporting bad assets or encouraging people to play on trading platforms like slots, we are making it easier to invest in the long term in things of universal interest: energy. , water, food, health, education and cyber security.

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“Our investments all have the same goal: to help people and our planet prosper in the future.

“We are changing the perception of investing which is no longer seen as the latest fad of activism, to a pursuit that is just common sense: investing in things our future will enjoy.”

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