Smartlands – the first Stellar-based Platform for crowdfunding investments through the issuance of security tokens – has announced its first Security Token Offering (STO), a public sale of shares in a student accommodation complex in Nottingham, UK.
FCA Regulated Security Token Offerings
Smartlands Platform Ltd, an FCA registered UK company, has officially launched its new crowdfunding platform, leveraging blockchain technology for the issuance of security tokens. The platform allows investors to commit funds with both fiat currencies and cryptocurrencies. With a minimum investment threshold of 500 GBP (or an equivalent in any fiat currency or cryptocurrency accepted on Smartlands), investors will be able to acquire tokenised shares of the student accommodation complex in the UK, and invest alongside professional asset managers and property owners.
Investing Access for All
Newconomy has featured Smartlands on two prior occasions, identifying the very real beneficial use cases presented from simple, transparent STO issuance. Market-leading partnerships with Colliers International (a ‘a top tier global real estate services and investment management company’), as well as acquiring full UK regulatory financial compliance, means that ordinary investors now have the opportunity to invest in financial products previously reserved for the well connected or wealthy.
In a statement to the press, Illya Obraztsov, VP of Technology, believes their mission of global investment inclusion is now within reach:
“At Smartlands we’re rethinking traditional finance models by building a global ecosystem that democratizes access to alternative investments and opens opportunities to higher-yield projects. By connecting blockchain and the real economy, we create new opportunities for retail investors to participate in institutional-grade deals with a much lower buy-in threshold. And we have our first STO to show for our efforts.”
The Future of Security Token Offerings
Progress does not stop there. Smartlands is currently in the process of negotiating with a number of trading platforms which already possess MTF licenses and are ready to list security tokens issued by the platform. Secondary trading will be possible from the proprietary Smartlands wallet, and will work exclusively within the regulated segment of the Stellar network, operated by Smartlands.
With the predicted market cap of equity and security tokens slated at a staggering $1 trillion by 2020, it seems that the future is bright for Smartlands and STO technology.
The opinions in this article do not constitute as investment advice. Due diligence should always be applied when researching cryptocurrencies and security token offerings.