Italy Updates & Improves Equity Crowdfunding Rules

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  The equity crowdfunding market has been slow to take off in Italy largely due to intrinsic limitations with the environment and regulations. But Italy is pivoting once again and adapting to the new world of capital formation. Just 18 months after having enacted (first in the world) retail equity crowdfunding regulations, in reviewing existing rules, Italy… Read More

Largest Kickstarter Campaign Ever “Coolest Cooler” Starts Shipment Countdown

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The largest Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign of all time “Coolest Cooler” has created a “Countdown” page for its over 62,000 backers.  Coolest topped $13.2 million last year affirming its place in the crowdfunding hall of fame. Think about it. Pretty amazing for a cooler. We last reported that Coolest had pushed back its shipping date for… Read More

New Entrepreneurial Course Introduces University of Illinois At Chicago Students to Crowdfunding

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Seeking to share the ins and outs of crowdfunding with the younger generation, Chicago designer Craighton Berman, introduced a new year-long professional development course to University of Illinois at Chicago students. According to the Chicago Reader, Berman, who successfully launched a series of products on Kickstarter, created the class as a way to impart relevant, real-world skills… Read More

New Crowdfunding Myeloma Initiative Begins With Call For Letters Of Intent

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The Myeloma Crowd Research Initiative (MCRI) is calling for research proposals for high-risk multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer on the Myeloma Crowd. The MCRI is a new way of fundraising for myeloma research, combining the skill and knowledge of leading myeloma specialists with educated “epatients” to together select and fund promising research projects in myeloma…. Read More

OTC Markets Publishes 2014 Stats. Includes 311 Companies Trading on OTCQB Venture Market

Cromwell Coulson at SEC

OTC Markets Group (OTC: OTCM), the US based marketplace that provides liquidity for over 10,000 over the counter securities, has published a round up of 2014 accomplishments. Cromwell Coulson, CEO of the company lauded the final results; “2014 has been a year of accomplishment with the successful rollouts of OTCQX for Banks, our new OTCQB Venture… Read More

SEC Advisory Committee on Small & Emerging Companies Schedules Next Public Meeting

Sarah Hanks at SEC

SEC Chair Mary Jo White re-animated a previously moribund Advisory Committee on SMEs late last year.  These “small” companies are private companies, as well as those publicly traded, with market capitalizations of under $250 million. This initiative was undertaken in recognition of the importance of small business to the nations well-being.  The next meeting will… Read More

Mipow’s Bluetooth Headphones M3 Makes an Appearance on Kickstarter; Captures Nearly $35,000 in Three Days

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Earlier this week, California-based gadget company, Mipow, hit Kickstarter for its new Bluetooth headphones, M3. Originally seeking only $10,000, the project quickly surpassed the initial goal and has raised nearly $34,000 thanks to over 550 backers. M3 is a Bluetooth wireless headphones that have a built-in retractable cable. It is described as “the beautiful mixture… Read More

Folk Band New Birds of Chicago Return to Kickstarter For Second Album Real Midnight

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Ready to bring new music to their devoted fans, the New Birds of Chicago bandmates have returned to crowdfunding giant Kickstarter to raise $40,000 for their upcoming album Live from Space, which is set to be produced by Grammy winner, Joe Henry. Explaining the bands history and progress, the singing duo (JT Nero and Allison Russell) wrote,”We started this… Read More

P2P Global Shares Jump 5.75pc on First Day of Trading: Promising Start

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“PEER-to-peer lender P2P Global Investments yesterday saw its C-shares rise from 1,000p to 1,057.50p, an increase of 5.75 per cent on their first day of trading. The investment trust raised £250m in a heavily over-subscribed C-share issue, giving the rapidly expanding peer-to-peer lending sector a further boost,” reported Joseph Mills in CITYAM. Crowdfund Insider’s JD Alois… Read More

USAA Enters Bitcoin Space, Invests in Coinbase’s $75M Series C Funding Round

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“USAA’s recent entrance into the bitcoin space may have been driven, in part, by interest in the technology among its own membership,” reported Stan Higgens from CoinDesk.  “The Fortune 500 financial services company, based in Texas, was among a diverse group of investors that took part in Coinbase’s $75 million Series C funding round, which was announced earlier… Read More

P2PFA Makes Announcement: UK P2P Lending Hits £1.3 Billion in 2014

Peer to Peer Finance Association P2PFA UK

The peer-to-peer lending industry in the UK lent more than £1.3 billion in 2014 according to new figures released today from the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA). The sector has now lent more than £2.1 billion in total, doubling in size since the end of 2013, says the trade body. The figures also show a growth in… Read More

Elsen Raises $400K Seed Funding for Fintech Platform: Accelerating Hedge Funds

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Elsen has closed a $400,000 round of funding for its financial technology platform, the company announced today. Elsen plans to use this capital to accelerate growth and add additional resources to its engineering team. Elsen offers a platform for bringing massively-parallel processing to financial data. Complex time-series calculations like Monte Carlo simulations and algorithms widely run… Read More

America’s First War Ship Doesn’t Weather Blizzard Juno: Crowdfunding for Tall Ship Providence on GoFundMe

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This week’s blizzard created havoc in the northeast, an in particular for the Tall Ship Sloop Providence which experienced excessive damage during the storm.  To pay for damage not covered by insurance, Tall Ship Providence Captain/Owner Thorpe Leeson and International Performance Artist Nichole Raab looked to raise 900K on GoFundMe to help set sail Tall Ship Providence again. The… Read More

Green Party Revolutionizes Political Party Funding Through Crowdfunder UK

Natalie Bennett Green Party leader autumn conference

The Green Party today launched a Crowdfunder UK campaign to fund standing a candidate in as many seats in England and Wales as logistically possible. Having previously committed to standing in 75% of seats in England and Wales[1], and already being close to achieving that goal, the party is democratizing the decision as to whether the party… Read More

Hong Kong, the (Solar) Spotlight Could Be On You. Are Regulations Holding You Back From Shining In It?

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  Hong Kong could shine along the lines of the U.S. and London as a solar finance hub, if it weren’t for the city’s financial laws, writes Bryane Michael, senior fellow at the University of Hong Kong law faculty’s Asian Institute for International Financial Law, in a recent article for the South China Morning Post…. Read More

Victory Lap: Indiegogo Touts Sundance Success of Dear White People

Dear White People

We all know that film and crowdfunding are perfect mates. Fans get to be a part of something they believe in and filmmakers get to create the movies they want without a nagging studio trying to turn it into a commercial disaster. While the investment side of the equation is still figuring things out, both… Read More

Funding Circle Passes £500 Million in Loans for Small Business

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UK based business lender Funding Circle has reached a new milestone in peer to peer lending.  The 4 1/2 year old company has now topped £500 million in loans that have been provided for over 7000 UK SMEs in need of finance.   It took just shy of 4 years to hurdle £300 million, which they did in July… Read More

RateSetter, Leading UK P2P Lender, Grows into Australian Market

Ratesetter Australia

  RateSetter, one of the UK’s largest peer-to-peer lending platform, recently began officially courting a new country’s market: Australia. In is first international expansion, the company launched into Australia in October 2014, and remains the “first and only company in Australia to provide peer-to-peer lending to retail savers and investors,” according to its Australian website…. Read More

Kiwi Platform Equitise Officially Launches. First Up Tourism Radio New Zealand

Tourism Radio New Zealand

Equitise, an equity crowdfunding platform, was ready to go live in Australia last year . In light of the regulatory environment “down-under” Equitise has since set up shop in New Zealand and they are now live with their very first investment offers. In a notice to followers Equitise shared their first investment opportunity is for Tourism Radio New Zealand… Read More

Update: Indiegogo Success “Night of the Living Dead” Prequel is Now in the Works

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Ready to bring his father’s Night of the Living Dead prequel to life, Cameron Romero, son of George A. Romero, announced Origins is currently in the beginning stages of production at Radar Pictures. Cameron hit Indiegogo this past fall seeking to raise only $30,000 for Origins pre-production costs. According to Variety, the film is set at the height… Read More