Gillian Roche-Saunders Shares Insight into UK FCA Crowdfunding Regulatory Review

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Gillian Roche-Saunders, is a partner at the law firm of Bates, Wells & Braithwaite in London.  She is a leading lawyer in the Fintech sector having been engaged in alternative finance for the past five years – before the FCA jumped in to officially regulate… Read More

Sorry for the Delay: FCA Apologizes for Extensive Wait Times for Authorizations

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has finally “fessed up” and publicly admitted to what everyone already knew. They are backed up and behind in processing authorizations for firms seeking their stamp of approval.  Of course, this includes alternative finance platforms and P2P lenders seeking approval… Read More

Queen’s University Scientists Unveils Crowdfunding Platform Dedicated to Northern Ireland Cancer Research Projects

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A group of Queen’s University scientists announced this week the launch of their crowdfunding platform, ResearchFunderNI, which is dedicated to raising funds for various cancer research projects in Northern Ireland. ResearchFunderNi revealed it has partnered with cancer and medical research charities to collect funding for… Read More

Bad Norwegian Nears 750,000Kr During the Final Week on Invesdor

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With less than week until its Invesdor crowdfunding campaign comes to an end, Norway-based skincare brand, Bad Norwegian has successfully secured its initial 500,000kr funding goal and is currently nearing 750,000kr. The company previously extended its initiative due to the fact that larger investors were not able to… Read More

LendInvest’s Christian Faes Reflects on Brexit Decision Four Weeks Later & Announces Revised Lending Criteria

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Last week, CEO of LendInvest Christian Faes took to the website’s blog to reflect on the Brexit decision, which was voted on last month in the UK. Following the shocking vote to leave the European Union (EU), the largest peer-to-peer mortgage lender in the UK… Read More

Brief: Kristen Bell Reveals She Randomly Searches Through GoFundMe Pages At Night

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While continuing to raise awareness for her new healthy food petition, Veronica Mars starlet Kristen Bell recently revealed to E! News her favorite pastime is looking up GoFundMe crowdfunding campaigns she can put funds towards. During her interview with the media outlet, Bell shared: “I… Read More

Access Ventures Helps Launch New Program Kiva Columbus

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Last Thursday, Louisville-based venture capital firm, Access Ventures, announced the launch of Kiva Columbus, a new program that is dedicated to Columbus, Ohio’s small businesses. The company reported Louisville itself has received its second Kiva Fellow since its launch in November 2014. The city is… Read More

Athletes From All Over Support Russian Team Whistleblowers’ Crowdfunding Campaign (Video)

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Following the announcement that the Russian Olympic Team might be facing disqualification from participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics for doping, athletes from all over the world showed their support for the whistleblowers involved in the now infamous scandal through a crowdfunding campaign. The initiative’s description… Read More

Brexit Fallout? Report Says VC Activity Declined to Lowest Level in Years

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What we do know about the Brexit is that uncertainty equals risk. And additional risk compels investors to become more cautious in their actions. With so many unknowns regarding the ramifications of the Brexit decision, it is going to take some time to sort things… Read More

Eazl Arts Teams Up With PledgeMusic for Art In A Corner Charity Fundraising Project

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On Monday, UK social enterprise Eazl Arts announced it has teamed up with crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic to launch its Art In A Corner Charity Fundraising Project, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’, Images Of A Woman, a painting created during the band’s… Read More


Netflix Picks Up Mystery Science Theater 3000 Revival

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Exciting news, Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans! The hit series is officially rebooting and its coming to streaming service, Netflix. Creator of the show, Joel Hodgson, revealed details about the reboot at San Diego’s 2016 Comic Con, which was held this weekend. pic.twitter.com/qX6vtMU3nq — #MST3K… Read More

UK P2PFA Releases Peer to Peer Lending Data for Q2 as Growth Slows

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The UK Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) has released its second quarter numbers for 2016. The P2PFA was founded in 2011 as a self-regulatory body for the sector to promote high standards of conduct and consumer protection and represents the largest P2P lenders in… Read More

UK Fintech Bridge Launched with Korea as FCA & FSC Sign Cooperation Agreement

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Just because small events like Brexit crop up does not mean the UK is going to slow down its drive for Fintech relevance and dominance. This week the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Korean Financial Services Commission (FSC) signed a “regulatory cooperation agreement”. This new… Read More

Plutus Raises $1 Million in Crowdsale of Plutons

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ICYMI London-based start-up Plutus Tap & Pay raised money in a “Crowdsale”.  Plutus is creating a contactless payment system for cryptocurrencies. According to a statement by Plutus; “Over a thousand people rushed to participate to what was probably the shortest 9 day crowdfunding round to… Read More

Renaissance Australia: 10 Australian Startups, Including Fintech & Cybersecurity, Join Tel-Aviv Accelerator Program

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Earlier this week, StartUpIsrael reported that 10 Australian startups from Fintech and cyber security are joining a Tel-Aviv accelerator program. Dave Sharma, Australia’s ambassador in Tel Aviv, told StartUpIsrael; “Australia is seeking to become a more innovative and entrepreneurial economy. We have been blessed with natural resources,… Read More

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor: Obtaining Finance is Particularly Difficult for SMEs

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The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report on Entrepreneurial Financing was published earlier this month. The document is a global snapshot on the state of entrepreneurial endeavors around the world. Produced by a team of researchers from Babson, Oxford and the University of South Africa, Capetown,… Read More