We’ve seen a huge £100m investment in Funding Circle, the launch of new site Emerging Crowd targeted at SMEs in developing markets and the creation of SyndicateRoom’s "Investors’ Academy".

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This last one is particularly interesting as it is designed to help would-be investors in equity crowdfunding projects be "better informed and more discerning" – to help improve the chances of making money from their investments.

Investors will follow a free online programme learning more about the nature of investing in small or even startup companies, what to look for and what to look out for.

They will learn from experienced angel investors to “look past the hype” and know the crucial questions they really need answered before deciding whether or not to invest.

Read more here.