GSD Venture Studios Partners With Crowd For Angels to Expand Investment Opportunities in Europe

Derek Distenfield
4 min readApr 21, 2022


For years, GSD Venture Studios has been living out its mission: to create a world without borders for startups to #GoGlobal . We achieve this by broadening access to investors for our accelerator and portfolio companies and expanding opportunities through meaningful partnerships.

Driving the momentum of our efforts, we are pleased to announce our latest key partnership with Crowd For Angels.

Based in London, the financial capital of Europe, they are a crowdfunding platform that offers companies and investors opportunities to raise and invest funds in different projects. Their crowdfunding opportunities include shares (equity), crowd bonds (debt), and digitalized securities (a form of cryptocurrency).

“A big part of our work is helping promising companies explode their growth by connecting them with VC funding. As a result, this leaves out a portion of the market that wants to invest in their favorite startups. In Europe, they are now able to do so at lower investments and with alternative payments such as crypto-currency through Crowd For Angels. We are thrilled to be partnering with them.” — Gary Fowler, CEO of GSD Venture Studios

Since 2014, Crowd For Angels has been focusing on harnessing advanced technology with governance best practices to provide a safe route to funding for investors. Since launching 8 years ago they have become the first regulated crowdfunding platform to open a crypto payment gateway, create its own ERC-20 token (ANGEL), and offer a security token sale.

We are always seeking innovative ways to broaden access to investors for our accelerator and portfolio companies. Historically, we have focused mostly on startups that are seeking funding. We are thrilled to now establish partnerships with companies such as Crowd For Angels who are creating multiple avenues for everyday investors such as shares, crowd bonds, and digital securities.” — Derek Distenfield, COO of GSD Venture Studios.

Crowd For Angels currently has over 30,000 Angel investors on board from over 40 countries and about 800 entrepreneurs registered and growing.

Our goal is to bring innovative and appealing investment opportunities to investors and to provide funding for companies throughout their growth cycle. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with GSD and their amazing team to continue to expand these opportunities to their portfolio of talented startups.” — Andrew Adcock, CEO Crowd for Angels.

Please stay tuned as GSD populates our landing page with new partnerships and companies.

About GSD Venture Studios: Led by the thesis that “Intellectual capacity is evenly spread throughout the world, but opportunity is not” GSD travels the globe to locate and cultivate promising startups that are locked out of Silicon Valley due to political, social, and cultural dynamics. Many companies lack the funds, packaging, and messaging needed to #GoGlobal . We have created a model to solve this problem through our accelerator, promote inclusive entrepreneurship, and produce top-tier returns.

About Crowd for Angels: Crowd for Angels is a UK crowdfunding platform that offers companies and investors opportunities to raise and invest funds in different projects. Their crowdfunding opportunities include shares (equity), crowd bonds (debt), and digitalised securities (a form of cryptocurrency). They are based in the heart of the City of London, the financial capital of Europe, and a stone’s throw away from the venerable London Stock Exchange.

Originally published at on April 21, 2022.

About GSD Venture Studios:
We travel the world investing in resilient teams bold enough to #GoGlobal.
For too long, self-motivated entrepreneurs have navigated the minefield of challenges to launching a global company with very little support. The last thing you should bet on in this situation is an unproven team that you don’t trust. GSD Venture Studios travels to every corner of the globe inviting resilient teams to establish partnerships that ensure organizations grow the right way, without games or gimmicks. You can learn more about GSD Ventures Studios here:

About Derek Distenfield:
Known for both bringing revolutionary new ideas to organizations that deliver explosive growth and for displaying a high tolerance for ambiguity and complexity. For over 15 years, Derek has blazed high impact careers in startups, corporations, governments, and nonprofit organizations that range from $0 to $2 billion.
He is the operational mastermind, COO and Co-founder behind the success of GSD Venture Studios. Derek brings a variety of resources together to deliver explosive growth for GSD’s portfolio companies. Additionally, he lectures on startup growth at leading universities and writes for Analytic Insight Magazine honored Derek as a 40 under 40 Innovator for his work in redefining the future of tech through cutting edge innovation. called Derek as one of 2020s most influential people.
Derek is a frequent keynote speaker, advisor, and mentor. Silicon Valley is home, and he travels the world frequently to work with GSD’s portfolio companies.
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Derek Distenfield

Derek Distenfield is an investor, operational mastermind, frequent keynote speaker, advisor, and mentor based in Charlotte, GA.