Erin Hobey

Seeking Unicorns: Indian Billionaire Kapoor Introduces Yes Fintech Accelerator

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Yes Fintech, a business accelerator program in collaboration with Yes Bank, T-Hub, Anthill and LetsTalkPayments, announced that it is accepting global applications until 3 February.  The top 12 selected startups will enroll in a 15 week dual destination program, split between Mumbai and Hyderabad. Yes Bank is… Read More

Live from Davos! WISeKey & Stratumn Partner to Provide Blockchain-Based Security Software

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WISeKey International Holding Ltd (WIHN.SW), a provider in Root of Trust and certificate authority, and Stratumn SAS, inventor of Proof of Process Technology, partner to provide enterprise grade process security software based on blockchain technologies. A software security company that enables a shift in how organizations secure… Read More

Exclusive! Companisto Reflections on 2016 as German Market Leader, Notes 19 Successful Rounds

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2016 marked a strong year for Berlin-based crowdfunding platform Companisto.  Founded in 2012 by Tamo Zwinge and David Rhotert. In an earlier interview, Zwinge envisioned Companisto as a crowdinvesting platform that enabled ideas to be implemented to benefit many people, a hope that continues to be realized. “According… Read More

BCN Biotech Aromics Nears 100K€ Crowdfunding on Capital Cell

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Aromics, a privately-owned development stage pharmaceutical company founded in 2005, is based in Barcelona, Spain and focused on developing novel first-in-class therapies for the treatment of human diseases. The company has received the seal of Innovative SME from MINECO and achieved different R&D awards from international,… Read More

Brief: AutoGravity Inks Partnership with First Investors Financial Services Group

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First Investors Financial Services Group has inked a partnership with digital car financing platform AutoGravity, which will bring the financial institution’s 4,000 dealer partners into AutoGravity’s ecosystem announced the platform. “The world is changing; there is a whole population that really doesn’t do anything unless… Read More

Stable Growth, Multiple Awards: China Rapid Finance Named to Hurun Report

Zane Wang

China Rapid Finance Limited, a large Chinese consumer lending marketplace launched in 2001, added to its recent haul of awards and recognitions by being named to Hurun Report’s “2017 China New Finance Top 50.” CRF’s inclusion on the list reflects the company’s stable growth in consumer… Read More

UK Fintecher Platform Black Rebrands as Sancus Finance Limited

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UK-headquartered Platform Black Limited announced that it has rebranded as Sancus Finance Limited with immediate effect. The move comes as part of a strategic review of operations by Platform Black’s owners, GLI Finance Limited. The strategic review, designed to simplify GLI’s structure, included a transfer of its holdings… Read More

Fintech Investor Rakuten Continues European Banking Operations from Luxembourg Headquarters

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Japanese e-commerce conglomerate and fintech investor Rakuten has cemented its interest in growing its European commercial banking operation from its Luxembourg headquarters. Initially focusing on providing payment, deposit and loan services for merchants on the PriceMinister e-commerce platform in France, Rakuten Europe Bank plans to expand… Read More

LendingCrowd Preps IFISA for Q1 2017, Highlights 2016 Accomplishments

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LendingCrowd, a UK alternative finance lender to the SME market, is readying to launch an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) during Q1 of 2017, said to be one of the first launched in the UK alternative finance sector. The launch follows a record year for LendingCrowd during which it… Read More

Biz2Credit Small Business Index: Good News for Small Banks, Negative Trend Continues for Alternative Lenders (Infographic)

Rohit Arora

Loan approval rates at big banks ($10 billion+ in assets) and institutional lenders finished the year strong, improving to post-recession highs in December 2016, according to the most recent Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index™, the monthly analysis of more than 1,000 small business loan applications on… Read More

Ready, Set, Disrupt! Fintech Startup Incubator CSI Kick Start Opens Funding Opportunities

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CSI Kick Start, Inc., a Florida-based Fintech startup incubator founded by global payments innovator CSI globalVCard, today announced that its second annual application process for FinTech startup funding is now open. Aspiring entrepreneurs seeking to radically transform key areas of B2B payments including virtual cards,… Read More

Big Blue Crowdfunding: U of Kentucky Launches Platform to Fund Campus Initiatives

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University of Kentucky students, student organizations, faculty and staff may now raise funds for innovative UK programs and initiatives through a new, convenient, university-wide crowdfunding platform — Big Blue Crowdfunding. Planned to go live this week, the crowdfunding service was developed by UK Philanthropy, in partnership… Read More

Ask Us: LendIt’s Peter Renton and Crowdfund Insider’s Andrew Dix Discuss Marketplace Lending in Upcoming Webinar

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Mark your calendars, log on and learn! LendIt, the world’s largest lending and fintech conference, is hosting two free webinars on January 11 and 18. LendIt Forums offer a series of free, intensive (and interactive) learning events for Asset Managers, Real Estate Investors, Financial Advisors, Commercial Bankers, Lending Innovators, Venture Capitalists and the Media…. Read More

Clínica Dialibre: Spain’s First Diabetes Youth Clinic Quickly Closes in on CapitalCell Crowdfunding Goal

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Clínica Dialibre, the first clinic in Spain to specialize in diabetes for children, opened in March 2016 with the mission of setting a milestone in the treatment of diabetes and improving the young patients’ quality of life by personalizing the treatment for each patient. The Clinica… Read More

Jason Butcher Joins NCFA’s Crowdfunding Ambassadors Program

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“Together we can create it all. Crowdfunding helps to bring us together,” stated Jason Butcher. The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) tapped Parallel Payments founder Jason Butcher to join its Association’s Crowdfunding Ambassadors Program. Crowdfunding Ambassadors, leaders, educators, supporters and advocates of an inclusive and broad-based crowdfunding industry… Read More

Renewable Energy Smalle Technologies Overfunding on Crowdcube Spain; Hours Remaining on Campaign

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Smalle Technologies has developed the eForcis, an electricity generator especially designed for buoys that culls electricity from the ocean and sea waves. especially designed for buoys. eForcis aims to deliver constant and reliable energy supply leveraging simple electromagnetic principles, studied and tested under challenging marine conditions… Read More

Bitfury Group Update from Davos: New Global Blockchain Business Council Planned

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The Bitfury Group, a global Blockchain tech company, announced that in collaboration with the international law firm Covington, it plans to launch the “first ever” Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) around the World Economic Forum 2017 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland this January. “The GBBC will… Read More

Good Microbes: Tech Coast Angels & MatriSys Bio Complete $1.5M Financing Round

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Tech Coast Angels (TCA) and  (MatriSys Bio) today announced the completion of their $1.5 million convertible note financing round.  This round of funding will be used to support and accelerate clinical trials for atopic dermatitis and continue preclinical work to support MatriSys’ growing pipeline of live biologic… Read More

Seedrs Hits £85M+ Invested in 159 Crowdfunding Campaigns in 2016

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Seedrs announced that during 2016 more than £85M was invested by the crowd in 159 campaigns. Since launching by Jeff Lynn and Carlos Silva in 2012, Seedrs has facilitated more than 450 deals and counts £190M raised through its platform. “The ongoing success of many of our portfolio… Read More

French Crowdfunder WiSEED: Highlights from 2016 and Plans for Expansion in 2017

Stephanie Savel

2016 proved to be a positive year for leading French equity crowdfunding platform WiSEED.  The pioneering platform obtained the status of Investment Services Provider (PSI) to raise up to €5 million while launching two new offerings (renewable energy projects and agroforestry) and consolidating its three… Read More