Regulation

We are fully regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’). The FCA is an independent regulator, accountable to the Treasury, and through it, to Parliament. It is the role of the FCA to:

  • Secure an appropriate degree of protection for consumers.
  • Protect and enhance the integrity of the UK financial system.
  • Promote effective competition in the interests of consumers.

The FCA achieves these objectives by setting the rules that regulated firms, such as VentureFounders must follow and penalising firms that do not comply with these rules. These rules are intended to ensure that the FCA’s objectives are achieved and relate to, amongst other things:

  • Handling Client Money.
  • Protection of Client Data.
  • Treatment of Clients.
  • Complaints Handling.
  • Promoting Investments.
  • Conflicts of Interest.
  • Financial Crime.
  • Record Keeping.
  • Risk Management.
  • Reporting to the Regulator.
  • Training and Competence.

We have established systems and controls to help us comply with the FCA’s rules and are happy to answer any questions you might have regarding our regulatory status and the permissions we hold as a firm. Please contact us with any queries you have. 

FCA Crowdfunding Regulation Review 2016

As part of its review of crowdfunding regulation, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has commissioned the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, to provide unbiased feedback on the current state of the crowdfunding industry and highlight how the industry has developed since the introduction of regulation in 2014. The CCAF is a global advisory and research centre, dedicated to the study of alternative financial instruments and channels that emerge outside of the traditional banking and capital markets system.


A major component of this research is to understand how key stakeholders use alternative finance platforms, and how their activity and behaviour has shaped the quickly-evolving crowdfunding landscape.
The CCAF has invited VentureFounders and four of the other largest players in the investment crowdfunding market to participate in this research programme, in order to gather an accurate picture of how both investors interact through platforms and to ensure that the activities and perspectives of key stakeholders are voiced.


The CCAF has launched a series of surveys aimed at capturing key qualitative information from investors. The questions within this survey focus on the behaviour and perceptions of stakeholders towards their activity. Your support with this research will help the FCA develop a more comprehensive picture of the crowdfunding industry. The outcome of this review may influence how individuals like you use crowdfunding platforms, so this is a great opportunity to have your voice heard.


The survey (surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Equity_Crowdfunding_Investor) remains open until December 22nd 2016. The survey should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Your answers are strictly confidential and will remain anonymous.


The findings from the survey will be published in the 2017 UK Alternative Finance Industry Report, which will be distributed freely to the public.
Please note that this survey is best viewed on a desktop or laptop. Please feel free to contact us at info@venturefounders.co.uk.