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VC Fund Fuel.Ventures Offers Shares on Seedrs as Part of £30 Million Raise

Mark Pearsons

Investment crowdfunding platform Seedrs has offered the opportunity for smaller investors to join a prominent VC fund – something usually exclusive only to the very wealthy or very connected. Mark Pearsons has launched his own £30 million fund and a £500,0000 portion is being made available… Read More

Swedish Fashion Brand Raises € 100,000 in First 7 Hours on FundedByMe

Carin Wester

According to FundedByMe, Carin Wester, a Swedish fashion label, has jumped out of the gate in its capital raising round on the crowdfunding platform.  The details are only available to registered users of FundedByMe but representatives state that Carin Wester raised € 100,000 in the first… Read More

Controversial Sondors eBike Crowdfunding Campaign Commences Shipping to Backers

First Production Bike Sondors eBike

The second most funded crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo is reportedly shipping to backers meeting their aggressive schedule of delivering perks to early backers.  The Sondors eBike crowdfunding campaign became funded on April 2nd of this year and quickly shifted to Indiegogo’s InDemand program.  Today the… Read More

SEC Schedules Next Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small & Emerging Companies

Walking to the SEC Securities and Exchange Commission

The Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) has scheduled its next gathering to be held at the SEC offices on June 3rd.  The announced agenda lists topics including; public company disclosure effectiveness, intrastate crowdfunding, venture exchanges, and treatment of “finders.” SEC Chair Mary Jo… Read More

Scampaign Alert: Beware of Crowdfunders Re-Labeling Already Made Products

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Recently we have had discussions with several people about a problematic issue with rewards based crowdfunding.  Some campaign creators may be finding products on Alibaba, repackaging them and launching crowdfunding campaigns posing as new creations.  Is this illegal?  Probably not. Is it wrong. Yes – definitely…. Read More

P2P Lender Harmoney Tops $50 Million in Loans

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Harmoney, a peer to peer lending platform operating in New Zealand, has surpassed $50 million in loans via over $1.4 million in transactions according to a recent report.  Harmoney is quoted as claiming this makes their direct lending platform “the fastest growing peer-to-peer lending marketplace… Read More

A Robust & Liquid Secondary market for Securities of Entrepreneurial Firms Promotes General Prosperity

One Thousand Dollars in Hundred Dollar Bills

Creating an exchange or market where smaller, entrepreneurial firms (SME’s) may efficiently and effectively see their shares trade in a public and transparent fashion is a good thing.  Giving people the opportunity to sell shares in a small company is a method of exit for… Read More

Bank of England Funding for Lending Data Shows Loans to SMEs Improve in Q1

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The Bank of England has published the quarterly update on the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) for Q1 of 2015.  According to the report, net lending by FLS Extension participants to SMEs was £0.6bn in the first quarter of 2015. This compares with quarterly net… Read More

Restaurant Payment App Cake Raises £300,000 in First 24 Hours on Crowdcube

Cake Founders

London based startup Cake launched an £ 800,000  Series A crowdfunding round on Crowdcube and they are off to a solid start having topped £300,000 in the first 24 hours. As of today, 21 investors have funded the round with the largest committing £100,000. The offer… Read More

Notion Home Monitoring System Closes $2 Million Funding Round Following Kickstarter Success

Notion

Notion, a home monitoring system that is benefitting from the boom in the Internet of Things (IoT) development, has closed a $2 million funding round.  Notion successfully raised over $280,000 on Kickstarter in the summer of 2014 and then transitioned into a pretail campaign.  The… Read More

Report: If You Crowdfund Your Company, You Keep More of Your Equity

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According to a report published by Beauhurst, companies that utilize equity crowdfunding end up selling a smaller stake in their company to shareholders. The document compared equity crowdfunding platforms in the UK to their counterpart Angel and VC groups.  The difference between traditional finance and… Read More

Crowdfunding Industry Fights Back: Issues Statement Opposing State Lawsuit to Block Regulation A+

Knock Out Punch

CFIRA and CfPA Issue Joint Statement Regarding Lawsuit Against the SEC to Block Implementation of Regulation A+, Title IV of the JOBS Act In a joint statement released today by the leadership of crowdfunding industry associations Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and the Crowdfunding Professional… Read More

CoAssets, FundedByMe & New Union form Crowdfunding Partnership in Singapore

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Three crowdfunding platforms have come together in a strategic alliance to boost market dominance in Southeast Asia.  CoAssets, FundedByMe, and New Union each based in Singapore, specialize in different aspects of Crowdfunding. CoAssets is targeting the real estate vertical.  New Union is a debt based… Read More

Cherry Picking of P2P Loans? Not So Fast

Black Cherry Peer to peer

As Crowdfund Insider covered recently, the FT wrote up an article that inferred that “Cherry Picking” of peer to peer loans presently posed an issue in allowing a level playing field between retail and institutional investors. Following the article, we had an enlightening conversation with representatives of… Read More

Sport Club in Need of Funding? Crowdfund It.

The Jockey Club Racehorse bond

While banks remain slow to provide new loans for many types of businesses, sporting clubs may be a perfect match for crowdfunding.  The affinity between fans and supporters for their favorite club may provide a very viable avenue for raising capital in times of need. According to… Read More

Angel Food Shifts From Rewards to Equity Crowdfunding on PledgeMe

Angel Food Products

Back in 2013 before equity crowdfunding was legalized in New Zealand,  Auckland based Angel Food launched a very small rewards based crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMe. Tomorrow Angel Food will return to PledgeMe but this time the funding is for equity in the small company and… 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

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

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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

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Gekkopod for iPhone, Wireless Productivity Sign & Archer Brighton Cool Lunch Bags

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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

Bitcoin Index on NYSE (Video)

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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