CrowdDefend: Using Crowdfunding to Balance the Scales of Justice

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To expand access to legal justice for those who can’t otherwise afford it, a new national crowdfunding platform, CrowdDefend, will publically launch this week. CrowdDefend helps individuals, organizations and businesses raise funds to cover legal representation, court fees and associated trial costs for cases large and small, across a wide range of issues. Previously, the… Read More

Massachusetts’ NeuroMetrix Hits Indiegogo for Wearable Pain Relief Technology Quell

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On Monday (March 2nd), NeuroMetrix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NURO) announced the launch of its campaign on global crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo for a new wearable pain relief product, Quell. Frank McGillin, SVP and General Manager of Consumer Health at NeuroMetrix explained the campaign objective: “We are new to the consumer wearable category and wanted to seek feedback from… Read More

Jeremy Rifkin Opens EIB Conference with Presentation on Digital Europe

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Jeremy Rifkin delivered the opening keynote address today at the European Investment Bank (EIB) conference on “Momentum for Europe—Innovation and Competitiveness. Rifkin presented a “new plan” for the next stage of the European evolution that incorporated the build-out and scale-up of an Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure for a Digital Europe. Rifkin has defined this… Read More

OurCrowd Invests in XpresSpa, Creator of the Airport Spa Business Model

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If you’ve ever dragged yourself and your baggage to Terminal Z, for the Gate on the Other Side of the World, you may have longed for a way to rub out the knots in your travel-weary neck, before cramming yourself into yet another uncomfortable airplane seat. XpresSpa, a leading health and wellness outlet in U.S. airports, was designed to… Read More

Nigeria’s Sterling Bank, Manager of Social Lender, a Modified P2P Platform, Increases Min. Lending Amount

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Nigeria’s Sterling Bank Plc, which manages Social Lender, a modified peer-to-peer lending platform, has increased the minimum amount by three-fold for lending on Social Lender’s social media platforms, according to Guardian News. Besides the increase from N3,000 to N10,000, Sterling Bank also said that it is targeting 6,000 beneficiaries this year. “Use your social reputation to obtain quick… Read More

Boston Consulting Group: Yes Europe Needs a Capital Markets Union

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Crowdfund Insider reported last week on the push within the EU to further capital markets integration in light of the daunting challenges of a fragmented regulatory regime and cross border idiosyncrasies.  The European Commission was envisioned as a seamless market facilitating continent wide economic amalgamation.  The reality has been a bit of a challenge as… Read More

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Vision to Become Reality in Stretch of California’s Central Valley

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Hyperloop Transportation Technologie (HTT) CEO Dirk Ahlborn is setting a path to be the first one to create a working Hyperloop transportation system thus fulfilling the vision of innovator Elon Musk.  Ahlborn has reportedly reached an agreement to create a 5 mile stretch of Hyperloop track in California’s Central Valley.  The project is part of  Quay Valley described… Read More

Is Miami the Next Startup Hub? OurCrowd Pushes South.

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Miami has been in the news as becoming the next hedge fund hot-spot – and it is not only about the weather and glitzy background. Granted when it is minus 18 below in Midtown Manhattan the sun-kissed beaches of Miami start to look pretty enticing for anyone based in the north east. In the past… Read More

Parks & Recreation’s Jim O’Heir Takes To Kickstarter With New Violent Comedy Middle Man

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His days on Parks & Recreations may be over, but now actor Jim O’Heir is ready to bring his next project to life. The 53-year-old actor took to Kickstarter earlier this month seeking funds for the upcoming violent comedy, Middle Man. Per its synopsis, Middle Man is a story about Lenny Freeman (played by O’Heir), a straight-laced old-school… Read More

NASAA Continues to Lobby SEC on Blue Sky Review & Title IV of the JOBS Act

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The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) continues to lobby the SEC aggressively in their attempt to obstruct removal of Blue Sky Review under Title IV of the JOBS Act.  NASAA is a special interest group that represents state securities regulators and advocates on behalf of issues they believe are important to state regulators. Earlier… Read More

German Versatile Charger FlexCharger Quickly Gains Funding Momentum Through Indiegogo

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Earlier this week, Germany-based FlexCharger hit crowdfunding giant Kickstarter to raise only $10,000 for its self-dubbed “world’s most versatile charger.” Within only a few days, the project has not only gained its initial goal, it has captured well over $80,000 from nearly 950 backers. According to its campaign, FlexCharger is a charging station that has… Read More

Foo Fighters Will Not Be Performing in Cornwall Despite Devoted Fans Raising Over £300,000 on Crowdfunder UK

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Last fall, Foo Fighters fans from Cornwall hit crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder UK to raise £1.5 million so that the band would hold a concert in the town. The project surfaced after the band’s dedicated followers in Richmond, Virgina took to Tilt and captured $70,000 to have the musicians perform. The campaign’s description reads, “We want to bring… Read More

Update: Flow Hive Hits Over $3.5 Million in Four Days on Indiegogo

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Continuing to be a huge success on crowdfunding giant, Indiegogo, unique beehive invention, Flow, has successfully raised $3,548,885 thanks to over 6,000 backers. As previously reported, Flow was created by father-son duo Cedar and Stuart Anderson and is considered a “revolutionary” beehive invention that allows its users to harvest honey without having to open the hive. It also… Read More

SEC Advisory Committee on Small & Emerging Companies Scheduled to Tackle Secondary Markets, Accredited Investor Defintition

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The SEC has shared the agenda for the next meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small & Emerging Companies.  This committee was recently re-animated by SEC Chair Mary Jo White.  The Committee provides insight and advice to the SEC on privately held small businesses and publicly traded companies with a market capitalization less than $250 million…. Read More

Pro Scottish Independence Website Wings Over Scotland Returns to Indiegogo With New Initiative

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Seeking help from devoted readers, editor of Wings Over Scotland, Stuart Campbell launched a campaign on global platform Indiegogo to keep the pro-Scottish Independent news website alive. Sharing details about the campaign, Campbell stated: “Well, it’s that time of year again, readers. After last year’s heartbreaking defeat in the independence referendum we weren’t sure if Wings… Read More

Brief: Connecticut Better Business Bureau Warns the Public About Crowdfunding Scams

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As crowdfunding continues to gain more popularity, the Connecticut Better Business Bureau (BBB) has warned backers to be careful when it comes to funding projects. In an effort to avoid scams, the bureau stated on its website backers should do diligent research before helping fund a new charity or invest in a new business venture through crowdfunding…. Read More

Cards Against Humanity Max Temkin Takes To Kickstarter With New Monthly Zine

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Hoping for yet another Kickstarter success, Cards Against Humanity creator Max Temkin has launched his fifth campaign on the crowdfunding giant’s platform for his new project, Maxistentialism Zine. For those who don’t know what a zine is, Rookie defines it as self-published, small circulation, often nonprofit books, papers, or websites. They are usually dealing with topics that are… Read More

Smart Helmet Startup Skully Captures $11 Million During Series A Funding

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Just a month after announcing their startup has received $1.5 million in seed capital, creators of Indiegogo alum Skully have revealed the California company has raised $11 million during Series A funding. According to TechCrunch, Walden Riverwood Ventures and Intel Capital led the round, along with participation from Formation 8, Techstars, and Western Technology Investments. Part of the funds will go towards the manufacturing of… Read More

Mambu’s Eugene Danilkis Discusses Opportunity and Innovation in the Blue Oceans of FinTech in Emerging Markets

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Mambu, a cloud banking technology platform provider that works with more than 100 financial innovators worldwide, including Banco Macro, Opportunity International  and Yale University, uniquely sits at the nexus of the transformation and financial inclusion markets, where new applications and the cloud’s agility offers a particularly compelling value proposition for both existing banking institutions looking to innovate and digital disruptors… Read More