European conference, LendIt Europe has announced a unique partnership with SeedInvest, a leading equity crowdfunding platform, to enable delegate investment live from the conference floor at this year’s event.

The live fundraising feature, which will be an industry first in Europe, will allow eight of the PitchIt finalists to raise money immediately at the event from both delegates and existing members of the platform. This will be the first time the technology is used for an event outside the US, as SeedInvest today reveal their US partnership with Jason Calacanis’ LAUNCH Festival enabled startups to raise $7.5 million from almost 3,900 investors.

LendIt’s global collection of delegates is made up of over 200 investors and VCs, including the top European VC’s such as Seedcamp, Commerz Ventures, Balderton Capital and Blenheim Chalcot. In addition, startups will have access to SeedInvest’s network of 185,000 investors already active on their platform.

Ryan Feit, CEO of SeedInvest said ““We are excited to be partnering with LendIt Europe to empower startups participating in PitchIt to raise capital live at the event this year. LIVE Fundraising is all about enabling the very best startups to spend less time fundraising and more time building their businesses. We look forward to working with LendIt to identify the top fintech startups in Europe and amplify their pitches across both sides of the pond.”

Jason Jones, Co-Founder & CEO of LendIt Conference said“To have live fundraising at LendIt this year is an industry first within Europe, and we can’t wait to see the excitement and energy it will bring to the floor. The innovation and technology which SeedInvest has embedded into their offer means that startups can really hit the ground running at LendIt, not only building their profile and meeting VCs but also raising real money during the conference.”