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For years, most capital raises conducted by private companies have primarily relied on Regulation D as an exemption from compliance with certain burdensome securities laws.  In particular, most offerings were conducted under what was known as Rule 506 under Regulation D.  Those offerings, which have… 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

FCA Has Particular Interest in P2P Lending & Crowdfunding in Mortgage Sector

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced a “Call for Input” (CFI) today regarding the massive mortgage industry in the UK.  The FCA is seeking input from interested parties to “identify potential areas where competition may not be working well and could be improved”.  The FCA… Read More

WiSeed Passes €30 Million Funding Mark in France

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Investment crowdfunding platform WiSeed has surpassed € 30 million in funding.  Launched in 2008, WiSeed has been a leader in the nascent crowdfunding scene in France. In January 2015, Crowdfund Insider wrote that WiSeed had signed up 37,700 members, funded 51 startups, and raised  € 14… Read More

Biz2Credit Partners with CPA.com, Aiming to Transform the Small and Midsize Business Lending Marketplace

Erik Asgeirsson

CPA.com today announced a marketing partnership with Biz2Credit, a leading small business lending marketplace. Biz2Credit’s cloud-based platform gives entrepreneurs and small business owners access to a network of more than 1,300 prescreened lenders. Financing, which ranges from $5,000 to $5 million, can be arranged in as little… Read More

MyCouchbox, Companisto’s Newest Campaign, Quickly Nears Goal: Snacks Delivered to Your Door


With 60 days remaining on their Companisto campaign, MyCouchbox founders Sarah Haide and Clemens Walter are closing in on their 100,000€ minimum goal.  To date, the campaign has raised over 72,150€ from 132 investors. Valued at 1,200,000€, MyCouchbox is the leading German surprise snack box and sends sweet and salty… Read More

17 Funding Initiatives Providing Alternative to Traditional Banking Endorsed by Catalan Government

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In the days since the 27 September vote, Catalonia’s call for independence and regional election results have reignited debates against the Spanish government’s longstanding refusal to allow an independence referendum.   There has also been a call for freedom in finance, specifically a call for… Read More

Finpoint Makes Move to UK, Joins Forces with PwC and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership


The newly announced partnership between Finpoint, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and PwC allows for the expansion of Pinpoint’s service into the UK. Finpoint has already been supported by 70 lenders across the UK, including among others Loyds Bank, Metro Bank, Funding Circle, FundingKnight and… Read More

Announced this Past May, Crowd2Fund Opens Up “The Exchange” to Provide Liquidity for Alt Assets

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Investment crowdfunding platform Crowd2Fund has opened up their exchange to allow investors the opportunity to trade in alternative investments like equity that has been crowdfunded.  Crowd2Fund will also match sellers and buyers for assets purchased outside of the Crowd2Fund platform.  Originally announced this past May, Crowd2Fund… Read More

P2P Lender RateSetter Celebrates 5 Years & £800 Million in Loans

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RateSetter, a UK-based peer to peer lending platform first opened up for operations in 2010, completing its first loan on October 7th.  Since that date, the online lending platform has matched over £815 million in loans, paid almost £25 million in interest to investors and… Read More

Australia’s Innovation Minister Christopher Pyne: Crowdfunding Is A ‘Highest Priority’

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Australia’s Innovation Minister Christopher Pyne recently stated that governments had procrastinated on crowdfunding changes, and it was now a top priority, according to Australia’s Financial Review. Pyne said, To me it’s not that complicated, but that’s one of our highest priorities. There are things you can do quickly, there are… Read More