How can SMEs in the North of the UK Respond to the Hidden Credit Crunch?

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Overdrafts have been small businesses’ go-to source of working capital for years now — a dependable way to cover short-term cash flow issues and ride out periods of instability. But since 2011, the banks have reduced or removed business overdrafts at a rate of £5… Read More

2015 Gift Guide: Five Crowdfunding Projects Ready For This Holiday Season

2015 Holidays

It’s that wonderful time of the year again! I don’t know about anyone else but I decided to get rid of my holiday decorating embargo about four days sooner that I expected and yes, I’m fully ready to tackle the nearly dozen of Christmas lists… Read More

Seedrs Crowdfunded Businesses Offer Up Tips For Funding Success

Jeff Lynn Seedrs Discover Great Startups

Last week, as part of UK’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, Seedrs sat down with three crowdfunded businesses to discuss their previous funding successes. The equity crowdfunding platform stated: “At Seedrs HQ we talk to entrepreneurs on a daily basis, providing tips on how to promote and… Read More

Serial Crowdfunder Will Perrin Reveals Why He Invests in Startups on Crowdcube


Taking time from celebrating its recent 100,000 member milestone, Crowdcube sat down with serial crowdfunder, Will Perrin, to discuss why he looks to the equity crowdfunding platform for investments. This interview is part of the website’s “Proud of our Crowd” series. Perrin is a IT business interface… Read More

Brief: Indiegogo Offers Up Gift Ideas For 2015 Holiday Season

Gift Giving

Gearing up for the 2015 holiday season, Indiegogo has unveiled some gift ideas to help backers find the perfect items for their friends and families. The global crowdfunding platform shared: “We’ve got your end-of-year shopping covered: See products on Indiegogo currently shipping now.” Items on Indiegogo’s… Read More

Louise Beaumont of GLI Finance Comments on Autumn Statement

George Osborne Autum Statement

Alongside the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, there were several associated releases published by the Exchequer’s office.  Louise Beaumont, Head of Public Affairs at GLI Finance and a frequent commenter on policy issues regarding SME’s and the economy, has shared some thoughts regarding specific announcements presented by… Read More

Brief: Eleven Kickstarter-Funded Films Received Nineteen Total 2016 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Film Camera

On Wednesday, Kickstarter announced that eleven of its funded film projects received a total of nineteen Independent Spirit Awards nominations. The crowdfunding giant declared on its blog: “Film Independent recently announced the nominees for the 2016 Indie Spirit Awards and we’re excited to share that 11… Read More

Victorian Government Launches Five Campaigns on Pozible to Save Threatened Animal Species


  In a first for a Victorian government body, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has thrown its weight behind crowdfunding by offering $200,000 in match funding to community groups raising funds for the state’s threatened species on Australian crowdfunding platform Pozible…. Read More

Peer-to-Peer Lender Assetz Capital Set to Launch Innovative Finance ISA Account

Stuart Law

Following today’s Autumn Statement from Chancellor George Osborne, in which he  addressed the government’s success and pinpointing areas for economic improvement, Assetz Capital, one of the UK’s fastest growing peer-to-peer alternative finance platforms, revealed it is set to launch an innovative finance ISA account.  Stuart Law,… Read More

PicoBrew Rolls Out Two New Models & Integration Package for Kickstarter Project “Pico”

Pico 1

With less than one week until its Pico Kickstarter comes to an end, creator of the already popular craft beer appliance, PicoBrew, announced new backer perks: Pico Ltd Edition, Pico Brewvana, and a novel end-to-end integration package with a smart kegerator-fermentor. The Pico is described as… Read More

Next Thing Co. Announces Cyber Monday Pricing For Kickstarter Alum “C.H.I.P.”

C.H.I.P. 5

Nearly six months after raising over $2 million on Kickstarter, Next Thing Co. promised that when pre-orders opened for C.H.I.P., the world’s first $9 computer, the price would remain unchanged. Now it seems like there’s some backtracking from these claims. CEO of Next Thing Co., Dave Rauchwerk… Read More

Thundafund & Wealth Migrate Establish African Crowdfunding Association With a Mission to Provide Equal Access to Capital for All

Scott Picken 2

On Wednesday, crowdfunding café and marketplace for creatives Thundafund teamed up with online real estate investment marketplace Wealth Migrate, announce the launch of the African Crowdfunding Association (ACfA). The ACfA will be the industry association for Crowdfunding professionals and companies in Africa. The goal of the ACfA is… Read More

Fenox Venture Capital Invests in Indiegogo Success Jibo, Inc.

Cynthia Breazeal

This week, Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Fenox Venture Capital announced it has invested in Indiegogo-success, Jibo, Inc. Jibo, which was founded by MIT Media Labs professor Cynthia Breazeal, helps the family stay connected and improves family communication — anything from lending a hand in managing your busy life… Read More

Give To Cure Offers Tips For Smart Giving As Part of #GivingTuesday Festivities


As nonprofit organizations prepare for this year’s #GivingTuesday, Give to Cure offers up tips for those looking to give to various charities on December 1st. Suzanne Kwok, executive director of Give To Cure, stated: “With so many charities to consider, many individuals are looking for smart… Read More

FundedByMe to Incorporate eAktiebok to Aid in Shareholder Management

Mikael Renck, CEO and founder of eAktiebok.

Sweden-based FundedByMe has announced a new partnership with eAktiebok, a company that automates a significant portion of the administrative process of managing new shareholders. “Our main aim is to simplify business for entrepreneurs. The administration involved in running a company can be cumbersome and ownership issues… Read More

Backer-Founder: First Crowdfunding Consultancy in Taiwan Celebrates Anniversary. Claims $10.1 Million Total Raised

Backer Founder Interns

Backer-Founder, a consulting firm in Taiwan that stakes claim to being the first of its kind in the country, celebrated its one  year anniversary of helping crowdfunding campaigns achieve their goals.  According to the company, the crowdfunding consultancy has managed over 50 projects in the… Read More

Dianrong May Raise $500 Million this Spring. Will Expand Into Other Markets

Dianrong office

Dianrong, a leading peer to peer lending platform in China, raised a respectable $207 million a couple months back.  Now the online lender is considering its next funding round which may hit half a billion dollars as the Chinese P2P market continues to outpace traditional… Read More