The Role of Due Diligence in Crowdfunding Platforms

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Douglas J. Cumming

Florida Atlantic University

Sofia Johan

Florida Atlantic University - Finance; University of Aberdeen; Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC)

Yelin Zhang

Gonzaga University - School of Business Administration

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Date Written: March 31, 2018

Abstract

Crowdfunding platform due diligence comprises background checks, site visits, credit checks, cross-checks, account monitoring, and third party proof on funding projects. We evaluate the factors associated with platforms’ compliance expenses, and their due diligence application. We find that due diligence is related to legislation requirement, platform size, and type or complexity of crowdfunding campaigns. In addition, we find that platforms applying due diligence provide more services to project issuers and funders. Furthermore, due diligence is associated with higher percentage of successful campaigns, more fund contributors, and larger amount of capital raised on platforms. Our analyses are supported by platform-level data, covering the period 2014-2017.

Keywords: crowdfunding, entrepreneurship, intermediaries

JEL Classification: G23, G24, L26

Suggested Citation

Cumming, Douglas J. and Johan, Sofia A. and Zhang, Yelin, The Role of Due Diligence in Crowdfunding Platforms (March 31, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2882026 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2882026

Douglas J. Cumming

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Sofia A. Johan

Florida Atlantic University - Finance ( email )

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University of Aberdeen ( email )

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Yelin Zhang (Contact Author)

Gonzaga University - School of Business Administration ( email )

Spokane, WA
United States

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