Buying shares in tiny start-up companies and watching them grow makes investing in ordinary shares and funds feel tame. So if you're a stock market big-return hunter looking for a new pastime, then crowdfunding could be your new best friend. In just a few clicks of a mouse, crowdfunding sites transport you to a den filled with infant companies, all with the potential to become the next 'big thing'. And you're the dragon, sniffing out the next Angry Birds, Innocent Smoothies, or Lastminute.com - using your business acumen to hand-pick the gems from the rubble. This is about as tantalising as it gets.
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