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Rewards based crowdfunding is perfect for small companies looking to launch a new product or validate a concept. We are seeing a growing number of SMEs become bigger companies fueled in part by platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.  Recently Indiegogo stated that over $300 million in… Read More

SnowBall Effect has Raised Over $6 million Dominating the Kiwi Equity Crowdfunding Space

Kiwis Rock

According to Snowball Effect they are off to a solid start as leaders in the investment crowdfunding space in New Zealand.  In a recent statement Snowball Effect declares; “Of the $8 million+ raised through equity crowdfunding so far in New Zealand, over $6 million was… Read More

Tech Fight: inCharge Bolt vs. ChargeDoubler Both Claim “First” in Crowdfunding Battle

Boxing Gloves Fight Box

We all want to be able to charge our smartphones faster so when I saw the crowdfunding campaign for ChargeDoubler I thought this was a pretty cool campaign. The “original accelerator” claims up to 2X charging speeds for your iPhone or Android phone by allowing a… Read More

Bitcoin Index on NYSE (Video)

Bitpieces Bitcoin

Matt Roszak called launching of a Bitcoin index on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) a major milestone – and he is right. While regulators eye the emerging realm of cryptocurrencies across the world, private markets are acknowledging the opportunity and pushing Bitcoin (and other… Read More

Peer to Peer Lending to Hit $22 Billion in Australia by 2020

Rocket Escape Velocity

According to research by Morgan Stanley, peer to peer lending is set to rocket to $22 billion within the next 5 years in Australia.  This is a country with a population of just 24 million.  This highlights the collision path between traditional finance and disruptive… Read More

GrowthFunders Receives FCA Approval for Crowdfunding Platform

FCA Approved

GrowthFunders, part of Growth Capital Ventures, has just received official approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to operate their investment crowdfunding platform.  GrowthFunders has been operating since March 0f 2014 using a provisionary status in association with Linear Investments. The process took GrowthFunders approximately… Read More

Non-Profits Wishbone & Uncommon Schools Launch Crowdfunding Initiative to Send More Than 100 Low-Income, High School Students to Top Summer Programs

Summer Camp

Wishbone, a non-profit that gives students the chance to pursue their passions through online crowdfunding and program coordination, and Uncommon Schools, a network of 42 public charter schools, are teaming up to raise $90,000 to send 104 low-income, high school students to a summer program of their… Read More

Hip Hop Group De La Soul Reveals Why They Decided to Turn to Kickstarter For Upcoming Album

De La Soul

Earlier this spring, hip hop group De La Soul took to crowdfunding giant Kickstarter with a mission to raise only $110,000 for their new album. Within only hours of its launch, the initiative successfully secured its initial goal and by the end of its round… Read More

Women in Fintech: Digital Finance Conference Set for Vancouver to Discuss Financial Inclusion, Innovation and Transparency

Digital Finance Institute

Financial technology is going to revolutionize the banking industry,” Lawyer Christine Duhaime told the Georgia Straight over coffee in downtown Vancouver. “It’s really important to encourage women to be involved in tech, and then fintech especially—we’re 50 percent of the equation—so that we’re not left out at the… Read More

Russian FinTech VC Firm Life.SREDA Appoints Victor Chow CEO of Singapore Accelerator InspirAsia

Asia Map on Globe

Russian fin-tech venture capital firm Life.SREDA has announced that Victor Chow, former senior cloud computing business leader of Huawei Technologies, has been brought on board as the CEO of InspirAsia Accelerator, its Singapore-based Asia-focussed accelerator. Chow’s also served as a mentor for the fin-tech accelerator Startupbootcamp fintech. According to a statement by the company, Chow’s… Read More

InvestUP’s James Tuckett Opines on CrowdISA’s Potential and Effect for the Crowdfunding Industry: “Long Live the CrowdISA”

James Tuckett

In a release by James Tuckett, Managing Director of investUP, he shares his about the  crowdfunding supermarket, investUP, a potential ISA for the crowdfunding industry and what this could mean for the current state of the crowdfunding market. Below please find his unabridged commentary:  The crowdISA… Read More

Crowdfunding Platform CrowdJustice Launches For “Public Interest” Litigation

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On Friday, new UK crowdfunding platform CrowdJustice officially opened its doors to those seeking funds for their latest legal situations. According to TechCrunch, CrowdJustice was founded by ex-United Nations lawyer, Julia Salasky, and is considered a crowdfunding platform for “public interest” litigation. She explained: “CrowdJustice… Read More

“Get Smart, Fund Art”: Tumblbug, South Korean Creative Arts Crowdfunding Platform, Raises KRW 17 Billion in Series A Investment

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“Get smart, fund art”: With a playful slogan (translated) and name that reminds this writer of a children’s toy, Tumblbug, a South Korean crowdfunding platform, is taking big steps in its development. The company just announced that it has raised KRW 17 billion (just over US… Read More

Lucerne School of Business Publishes Study on Crowdfunding in Switzerland

Swiss Crowdfunding Platforms 2015 a

The Institute of Financial Services Zug IFZ, of the Lucerne School of Business, has returned to crowdfunding in a follow up to last years research on new forms of finance in Switzerland.  Crowdfunding has been evident in Switzerland since 2008. The authors note that in 2014,… Read More

NetEase Partners with HNA Group, Everbright Securities on Crowdfunding

NetEase

NetEase (NASDAQ: NTES), one of China’s leading Internet and online game services providers, has announced that is subsidiary Ujia E-commerce Co., Ltd., has signed an agreement with Everbright Securities Co., and HNA Group to form a joint venture company. The joint venture is described as having a primary… Read More

Brief: K-Lend Updates Loan Originations

AutoChina Truck

Auto China’s K-Lend, a peer to peer lending platform for vehicle financing, has just published an update for Q1 2015 operations. The Company announced that it recorded 1,180 new leases of commercial vehicles (primarily Class 8 heavy trucks) as part of the Company’s sales-type leasing… Read More