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OTC Markets to Target Companies That Raise Capital Under JOBS Act with New Venture Market

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OTC Markets Group, a publicly listed exchange and technology platform, has announced they are in the process of launching a public venture market for small companies.  This new exchange will also target companies that go public under the different JOBS Act exemptions.  Signed into law in 2012, the JOBS Act legalized various forms of investment… Read More

MusicRaiser Will Offer Some Projects Free Promotional Services

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Crowdfunding record label MusicRaiser.com is now offering selected projects on their site free promotional services. According to a release the music crowdfunding platform will offer the service only to bands who the site’s music specialists believe have genuine potential for either signed and unsigned bands. Selected artists will receive a personalised project set-up in which… Read More

Film: How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town Cruises Past $100K, Organizers Celebrate with Naked Run

How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town

As Indiegogo describes it, this is the crowdfunding campaign “everyone is talking about”:  How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town. So the organizers launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $70,000 CAD to fund this feature film by Jeremy LaLonde.  The team promised to do a naked run of their own and video tape… Read More

Chapel Down Easily Beats Goal on Seedrs, Adds Ordinary Shareholders

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Chapel Down, the first publicly traded company to raise capital via equity crowdfunding, has filed a brief announcing an additional share placement in the amount of £0.44 million.  This additional amount was in conduction with the placing of over 1.5 million ordinary shares, at 28 pence each, associated with their equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs…. Read More

Mainstreet Launches Real Estate Crowdfunding Site

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Mainstreet has announced the launch of their new real estate investment site, MainStreetPlatform.com.  MainStreet focuses on commercial real estate loans. Investments made on the site have reached borrowers in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Illinois, for loans secured on retail-centers and office buildings.  The offers on Mainstreet will be for accredited investors only. “We have… Read More

SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher to Address Small Business Capital Formation

Daniel Gallagher

The issue of capital formation for small businesses is an extremely important topic.  All too frequently the subject gets pushed aside by more superficial issues or the hot political topic of the moment.  But the fact of the matter is that small business creates the vast majority of the jobs in this country and generates… Read More

Backers Rebel as Bonaverde Coffee Machine Alters Design Post Crowdfunding Campaign

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Bonaverde is described as the “worlds first roast-grind-brew coffee machine.  The company founders have run two rewards based crowdfunding campaigns – one each on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Bonaverde is equity crowdfunding now back on their home turf in Germany where they have nearly raised 1 million Euros on a campaign that is scheduled to end… Read More

Updated: OurCrowd Portfolio Company ReWalk Lists on NASDAQ, Shares Rocket

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Leading global equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd enjoyed some very public success this past week as Rewalk, one of the portal’s early portfolio holdings, has begun trading on the NASDAQ.  The initial public offering (IPO) was listed at $12 per share with a 3 million share float.  The young company is now trading under the symbol… Read More

Berlin Winners Announced for One Spark Start in Germany

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Today (September 13th)  One Spark held their first international crowdfunding festival in Berlin, Germany and handed out six cash awards to participating creator projects. The 50 participating creators came from around the region including Germany, Poland, Sweden, Chile, Italy, Israel and the United States to present their ideas and projects toa diverse audience of interested people and investors. The best pitches won shares of the €10,000 guaranteed award, similar to One Spark… Read More

FundedByMe CEO Daniel Doboczy Presentation at One Spark Berlin (Deck)

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One Spark Start – Berlin, took place all day today in Germany. This is the first international location for the One Spark crowdfunding festival that takes place each Spring in Jacksonville, Florida.  The closing presentation was given by FundedByMe founder and CEO Daniel Doboczy.  For those of us who were not able to swing by… Read More

Key Capital Acquires Interest in GeoGlobal, Intends to Use Red Rock Assets to Boost Capital

GeoGlobal Resources

Key Capital Corporation has announced the acquisition of 65% interest in Geoglobal Resources.  Key Capital will obtain several board seats along with the investment. Geoglobal has experienced “serious difficulties” in the past several years.  Key Capital has been working closely with GeoGlobal to address the underlying issues as to “avoid seemingly inevitable total corporate demise”…. Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Bike Cabs for Melbourne, Nomadix Towell & CyberGhost VPN

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There is a growing amount of overlap between rewards based and investment based crowdfunding. A growing number of small companies are using crowdfunding to promote and boost their business.  Or to simply test a new product.  Of course there is an increasing amount of startups that are seeking initial seed capital on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Pozible… Read More

UK Peer to Peer Lending Passes £2 Billion. Onward & Upward.

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For followers of the peer to peer lending industry this should come as no surprise.  P2P lending in the UK has no passed the £2 billion mark as it continues to surge forward as more consumers, and more investors, take advantage of the more effective and efficient form of lending.  In a brief by AltFi,… Read More

Bitcoin Crowdfunding Application “Lighthouse” Alpha Version Now Available

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After 6 months of development, Zurich based Mike Hearn has open sourced their bitcoin crowdfunding application.  The alpha version is said to be pretty close to the expected final version with most of the desired functionality already incorporated. The files are downloadable now for people who are willing to kick in and help test and… Read More

Companisto: Proposed German Law a Contradiction That Threatens Crowdfunding

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Recently there have been rumblings from the German crowdfunding industry regarding proposed rules pertaining to investor protection that may impact the growing investment crowdfunding industry.  The German government has a stated objective of fostering digital and tech growth.  Of course streamlining access to capital, via equity crowdfunding, can help this objective.  While engendering an environment… Read More

Crowdfunder UK Live 2014 – The Eden Project LiveStream

Crowdfunder UK Live

Crowdfunder UK  hosted an online event at the Eden Project on Friday (September 12th) for three foodie start-ups, that battled it out to gain support and funding from the crowd, both in the live audience and all those watching online, for their businesses. The project that receives the most support will win the endorsement of the event’s sponsors;… Read More

Chilango’s £2.16 Million in Burrito Bonds (Infographic)

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Investment crowdfunding platform Crowdcube has created a cool infographic sharing some insight into the first mini-bond ever to be offered online.  Chilango, a hugely popular London restaurant chain, launched the mini-bond offering earlier this year to lead the way.  Dubbed the “Burrito Bond” the securities offer raised £2.16 million while ushering in a new type… Read More

Fitch: P2P Lending Could Be Disruptive Force for Banking Industry

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Fitch Ratings director Brendan Sheehy addresses the emerging peer to peer (P2P) lending industry in a brief video presentation.  Sheehy, believes that P2P lending could be a disruptive force within the banking industry – just like so many others. He notes that since 2009, P2P loan originations have expanded at an “annual growth rate of… Read More

New Forms of Finance Hits Radar of Governments Around the Globe at Berkeley Forum

Crowdfunding Around the Globe

In a report from UK’s “the Crowdfunding Centre“, the group notes that crowdfunding and alternative-finance have hit the radar of governments and policy-makers, as well as financial institutions, across the globe.   The Second Annual Academic Symposium on crowdfunding is taking place this week at UC Berkeley.  The event is hosted by the Fung Institute and… Read More

Perception Neuron Claims Most Funded Project From China on Kickstarter

Perception Neuron

Kickstarter staff pick, Perception Neuron has “sailed” past their $250,000 crowdfunding goal and now stands at over half a million dollars on the final day of its crowdfunding campaign. Organizers pointed out that Perception Neuron now is the largest crowdfunding campaign from China ever – on Kickstarter. Crowdfund Insider covered this project when it launched… Read More