The Next British Invasion: Non Registered Securities Via the Crowd Can Succeed in the United States

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At the end of 2014, Robert Steinhoff, a JD candidate at the University of Colorado Law School, published a comment on the investment crowdfunding environment in the UK drawing a parallel to what could occur in the United States. The interesting thesis recognized the UK as leading the securities crowdfunding space having embraced a light… Read More

Amsterdam + Crowdfunding = Crowdfunding Day 2015, Largest EU Crowdfunding Event

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Save the date: Crowdfunding Day 2015, the largest crowdfunding event in Europe, will take place in Amsterdam on May 12 of this year. Douw&Koren, a crowdfunding consulting company, is taking crowdfunding offline by hosting this event with Erick Derksen from the Event Department, according to a recent post by the Amsterdam Economic Board. According to the Crowdfunding… Read More

FundedHere: Singapore’s First Equity Crowdfunding Platform Launched By Andy Lim

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Singapore’s first true equity crowdfunding platform, FundedHere, launched today its platform to facilitate equity-based funding and venture debt for start-ups in the region from as low as S$5,000 (US$3,700). The new investment platform is viewed as a “springboard to fund projects in the region”. FundedHere is being sponsored by serial entrepreneur Andy Lim who founded… Read More

UK Report Indicates Need for Education on New Forms of Finance

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The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has published its Small Business Survey (SBS) 2014.  The document indicates an improving environment for SME’s largely coinciding with the improving economy.  There is one area though that indicates a greater need for outreach and education by investment crowdfunding platforms.  Under the area of access to capital, new… Read More

3rd Annual Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Conference to Discuss “Rise of Alternative Finance”

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The 3rd Annual Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Conference is scheduled to take place later this week in Mountain View, California. The inaugural event launched on the eve of the signing of the JOBS Act three years ago. The marquee gathering for CrowdfundBeat Media boasts several big names as presenters in the crowdfunding space for this years event…. Read More

Creators of From Bedrooms to Billions Returns to Kickstarter For New Feature Film About Commodore Amiga

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This past weekend, creators of Kickstarter alum From Bedrooms to Billions, Nicola and Anthony Caulfield, took to the crowdfunding giant once again to raise £50,000 for their new project, From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years. Sharing details about the 90-minute feature film, the filmmaking duo stated, “[From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years] will explore… Read More

Flow Hive Crowdfunding Tops Indiegogo for Largest International Campaign Ever

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According to Indiegogo, the Flow Hive project is the new record holder for the largest internatial crowdfunding campaign ever on the global platform.  The Australian based project has raised an impressive $4.2 million in just 9 days.  Over 10,000 backers have committed funding so far.  This amount beats the previous amount by 92% – so it is… Read More

Stick-and-Shoot Camera Podo Quickly Hits the Spotlight on Kickstarter

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On Monday (March 2nd), Podo, the self-dubbed first app-controlled, “stick-and-shoot” camera, launched a campaign on crowdfunding giant Kickstarter. Early backers will be able to pre-order Podo and receive product by August. Podo will be available to the mass market in the fall. The pocket-sized Podo is the first camera to use “microsuction” technologies, which allows it… Read More

Switchmate Seeks $50,000 Through Indiegogo to Provide Smart Lighting Without Rewiring

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Switchmate, a hardware startup striving to simplify the home automation space, launched an Indiegogo campaign for their simple light automation solution. Unlike other smart lights, Switchmate requires no complicated rewiring or installation – it’s a sleek, minimalist lighting attachment that magnetically snaps on to any standard light switch, enabling users to control the switch via the… Read More

Dominos Now Allows Customers to Order Through Pebble & Android Smartwatches

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Domino’s Pizza is giving customers yet another new way to place their order, all from the convenience of their own wrist. Domino’s customers can now place and track their order via Pebble and Android Wear smartwatches. This marks the first time that Domino’s ordering is available on smartwatch technology. To utilize this new ordering feature, Pebble… Read More

Peer to Peer Lender Landbay Announces New Standards in “Openness”

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Landbay, a peer to peer lender that focuses on buy-to-let mortgages, with all loans asecured against tenanted, existing UK residential property, has announced a “new standard of openness”.  Landbay will now share publicly a range of data associated with its direct lending platform. The information will include  type of property being lent against, loan-to-value, rental coverage, location,… Read More

Michelson Found Animals Brings Back Successful Million Dollar Campaign on Crowdrise to Help Reduce Shelter Euthanasia

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Michelson Found Animals, an independently funded nonprofit working to find the big ideas that reduce euthanasia in shelters, announced on Monday (March 2nd) that registration is open for its second Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge on crowdfunding platform, Crowdrise. With even more incentives compared to the 2014 challenge, animal welfare organizations from across the country are… Read More

Historic Glen Rothay Hotel Crowdfunds “Revenue Loan” on Crowd2Fund

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Modern finance meets history business operation as Glen Rothay Hotel enlists Crowd2Fund to raise capital for expansion and improvement of existing facilities. Glen Rothay, and associated Badger Bar, is a hotel located in the lake district that dates back to 1624.  The landmark property is a traditional inn that is said to attract both hikers… Read More

Seed&Spark Teams Up With Emerging Pictures to Distribute a More Diverse Selection of Films in Local Movie Theaters

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Seed&Spark, a crowdfunding and distribution platform made just for independent film, is set to partner with Emerging Pictures, an all-digital film and alternate content network of theaters in the U.S., to extend theatrical distribution to filmmakers who crowdfund on the Seed&Spark platform. Starting in March, both feature and short films that have successfully secured funding on Seed&Spark… Read More

Valencia Technologies Implants its 48th Blood Pressure Patient; Continues Equity Crowdfunding

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The employees of Valencia Technologies Corporation announced on Monday that they have implanted their 48th patient with the company’s radically small device for the treatment of high blood pressure last month. Early results in this randomized, double-blinded, controlled trial are compelling and provide the Valencia with a high degree of confidence that it will succeed in a large U.S…. 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