A NEW online crowdfunding platform has been launched in the region to help match ambitious entrepreneurs with investors.

Growthfunders has been launched by Yorkshire-based entrepreneurs, Norman Peterson, from Bramham, and his brother, Craig Peterson.

The pair have both previously supported entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital, acting as mentors and providing strategic advice to a range of high growth businesses, and have both recently completed exams with the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments as part of their continuous professional development.

GrowthFunders is the first platform designed, built, and unveiled by the Petersons’ firm GrowthCapitalVentures.

A technology-led financial services business, GrowthCapitalVentures develops and operates online investment and capital introduction platforms.

The company has formed a strategic partnership with a London-based investment management firm, Linear Investments, which is authorised and regulated by the FCA.

As an appointed representative of Linear, GrowthCapitalVentures ensures that the GrowthFunders platform operates within strict FCA guidelines.

Co-Founder Norman Peterson said: “The aim of GrowthFunders is to streamline the fundraising and investing process.

“Entrepreneurs can get their businesses in front of potential investors who in turn are excited to play their part in supporting a new wave of Great British businesses.

"Investing in this way was previously available only to wealthy individuals but GrowthFunders’ structure means that suitably-qualified individuals can become online angels and invest from as little as £100."

The platform lists business from all stages of growth and all sectors.

Co-director Craig Peterson added: “The interest up to this point has been fantastic. We’re working with some very talented entrepreneurs and are excited about the next 50 deals we have in the pipeline that will be listing on the platform over the course of 2014."