An idea came up in your mind and you would like it to come true by launching a new start up. What is the next step? In the beginning there may be different obstacles that make your idea implementation seem like a faraway dream, and one of them can be the lack of an economic fund.
In recent years, alternative channels are growing to help people learn about new ideas, businesses, products, or services and receive a financial support. One of them is crowdfunding. Today crowdfunding is booming in Europe and has completely changed the way entrepreneurs are raising money to fund their ventures.  This March, 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation on crowdfunding, presenting a set of rules that the platforms will have to follow and which will allow it to provide its services across the EU. 
Starting a crowdfunding campaign is quite easy, it is enough to know how to orientate yourself within the jungle of collective funding and choose the platform that best suits your business idea. Here we present few ideas for your treasure hunt, some of the best known European platforms to start building the economic bases for your start up:
Crowd cube, UK Founded in 2010, is one of the world’s first equity-based crowdfunding platforms and enables entrepreneurs and SMEs to raise capital in various industries. Crowdcube is the UK’s biggest crowdfunding site in 2018. 
FundedByMe, Sweden Based in Stockholm since 2011, the platform focus on cross-border investments that connects entrepreneurs with business angels and investors around the world. It is one of the first crowdfunding platforms in the world to offer both reward-based and equity crowdfunding. 
Startupxplore, Spain Founded in 2014, Startupxplore is the largest startup and investors community in Spain. The site’s main focus is its syndicate investment platform that helps savvy, unexperienced, and foreign investors to invest in Spanish startups. 
Seedmatch, Germany The Dresden-based Company, founded in 2009, is one of biggest crowd-investing platforms, the leading for startups in Germany. This crowdfunding platform invests in startups incorporated in Germany and focuses on scalable business models and improvements in various industries, including B2C and sustainability.