Regulation A+: Beyond the Hype and What’s Next

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Recently I’ve been noticing a lot of hype in the entrepreneurial community regarding Reg A+ and there have been a lot of cheerful pitches about the new regulation that would allow young companies “to raise up to $50 million without the expense and complexity of a traditional… Read More

Blue Elephant Capital Management Commits $25 Million to Boat Finance

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Blue Elephant Capital Management, a firm founded in 2013 to leverage emerging opportunities in the marketplace lending sector of finance, has committed $25 million to Boat Finance, a specialty lender in the marine lending space. Blue Elephant described their commitment as a “turning point” in… Read More

Another Big Kickstarter Success Moves Over to Indiegogo to Leverage InDemand

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Another big Kickstarter crowdfunding success has made the decision to migrate its campaign to competitor Indiegogo following the end of the project on Kickstarter.  PUGZ, called the “worlds smallest wireless earbuds charged through your phone”, raised a hefty $1.43 million from over 10,000 backers on… Read More

Could Crowdfunding Power Unseat Scotland’s Lying MP Alistair Carmichael? Over 5,955 Indiegogo Backers Pledge Yes

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The People Versus Carmichael Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign continues to gain momentum as it swiftly passed the £106,140 mark with the help of over 5,955 backers. Fiona MacInnes and Tim Morrison’s original campaign was 102% funded on June 24, 2015. The purpose of the continued crowdfunding campaign… Read More

Denied: North Carolina Fails to Pass Investment Crowdfunding Legislation. Again.

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The North Carolina  JOBS/PACES Act, an investment crowdfunding bill, has died in committee as NC legislators ignored a bill that garnered the support of the Governor and advocates of the local economy. According to a report in WRAL TechWire; “this represents a huge missed opportunity… Read More

Rotorvox Nears Seedmatch Crowdfunding Goal for C2A Gyrocopter Carbon Fiber Monocoque: Formula 1 Style

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Cool flyer.  Traffic? What traffic? With 28 days remaining on its Seedmatch campaign, the Rotorvox Gyrocopter team led by CEO Ronald Schoppe is hovering near its ‎€500,000 target with over ‎€428,000 funding secured from over 329 investors. The Gyrocopter Rotorvox C2A with its full carbon monocoque, which is also used in Formula… Read More

Record Month Again: China P2P Lenders Continue Upward Trajectory as Total Transactions Near 1 Trillion RMB

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A web platform that tracks peer to peer lending in China has stated that September was another record month for online lenders. According to a report in the ShanghaiDaily, P2P transactions hit 115.2 billion RMB ($18.1 billion USD) last month. Online Lending House stated monthly… Read More

Brief: 5th Cell Partners with Video Game Focused Platform Fig to Crowdfund Original IP

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Last month, Double Fine’s Tim Schafer, inXile’s Brian Fargo, and Obsidian’s Feargus Urquhart launched Fig, which focuses exclusively on video games. The platform allows the reward-based component as a way of “proving out a market, de-risking investment, getting investors more excited.” If investors see fans supporting… Read More

EMOOV Closes at £2.6 Million, 2.5X Over Initial Crowdfunding Goal

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Online estate agency firm eMoov closed its equity crowdfunding campaign at £2,615,530, trouncing their initial goal of £1 million for a 5% stake in the firm. eMoov ended up selling 12.1& of the firm. eMoov stated the offer was the highest amount ever raised on… Read More

Landbay Joins Council of Mortgage Lenders. First Full Member for P2P Platform

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Landbay, a UK based peer to peer lending platform that finances buy-to-let mortgages, has been invited to join the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) as a full member. This is a first for a P2P platform and comes at a time when the FCA is… Read More

Canada Eh? Bondora Crosses the Atlantic to Grow Peer to Peer Lending Platform

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Bondora has crossed the Atlantic. This is according to multiple reports that the Estonian based platform has entered North American, skipping the US, and heading due North. Quoted in the Globe & Mail, Partel Tomberg, Bondora co-founder and CEO, stated; “We are able to provide investors… Read More

Blockchain Pioneer Symbiont Adds Fintech Industry Vets Maureen O’Hara & Keith Jarrett to Advisory Board

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Symbiont today announced the addition of two fintech industry veterans, Dr. Maureen O’Hara and Dr. Keith B. Jarrett, to its Advisory Board.  The blockchain pioneer, which launched in 2013 with its creation of Smart Securities, recently secured $1.25M seed funding.  The platform’s board appointments will provide proven expertise and guidance to the Symbiont… Read More

All Aboard! Train Station Brewery is Equity Crowdfunding on FundedByMe

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Award-winning Swedish beer maker, Train Station Brewery, launched an equity crowdfunding campaign today on FundedByMe. According to the campaign page, the brewery is offering 10% ownership in one of the most popular breweries in Scandinavia. Founded about four years ago by Colin Nordstrom and Simon… Read More

Brief: Y Combinator Ignites More Innovation through New Non-Profit, YC Research Funding, to “Benefit of the World”

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“Our mission at YC is to enable as much innovation as we can.  Mostly this means funding startups.  But startups aren’t ideal for some kinds of innovation—for example, work that requires a very long time horizon, seeks to answer very open-ended questions, or develops technology… Read More

Brief: Fundrise Links with Birtcher Anderson Realty to Finance Arizona Retail Development Project


“Crowdfunding is the future of real estate financing,” commented Fundrise CEO and Co-Founder Ben Miller. Asserting the partnership as the first-ever crowdfunded commercial construction loan, Jay Maddox of the commercial real estate services company Avison Young brokered a deal with Fundrise which resulted in the real-estate platform’s providing Birtcher Anderson… Read More

Update: UN Refugee Kickstarter Campaign to Aid Syrian Refugees Exceeds $1.1M. Yes, You Can Do Something to Help.


The crowd has made and is making the difference.  Over 18,655 Kickstarter backers have responded to the UN’s call for funding to aid refugee Syrians in crisis. As reported by Crowdfund Insider‘s JD Alois, the White House has reached out to Kickstarter to help raise funding to… Read More

CoPower, an Online Marketplace for Clean Energy Closes Seed Round Led by RBC

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CoPower, an investment crowdfunding platform that targets the clean energy sector, has announced that it has raised $850,000 in seed financing led by RBC and Innovation Support. The company has been in operation for several years and has helped to raise over $1 million in… Read More

TrialFunder Claims Up to 79.9% Annual Returns. Adds NFL Lawsuits for Investors

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Litigation crowdfunding platform TrialFunder is claiming some pretty lucrative returns available to investors. The site states that TrialFunder is now providing pre-settlement funding to plaintiffs that can deliver 3.5% to 5% compounded monthly, “which represent annualized returns of 51.1% to 79.9% to investors”.  These investment… Read More