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Do You Really Need a Business Plan? Bill Morrow of AngelsDen Thinks Not (Video)

Bill Morrow

This one falls under the category of recently discovered.  Bill Morrow, co-founder and Director of AngelsDen, a crowdfunding portal that has raised over £18 million for business believes “those who ask for business plans are doomed to fail”.  Now Morrow is not just being glib…. Read More

P2P Lender Landbay to Fund Keystone Buy to Let Mortgages. Expect to Lend £200 Million through 2016

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Yesterday Keystone announced its three-year funding agreement with Aldermore Bank, had ended. Today it has formed a partnership with Landbay to lend and estimated £200 million through Keystone in 2016. This is significant boost for Landbay, a company that has been in operation a bit over… Read More

Brief: Punakaiki Fund Moves Into Overfunding on Snowball Effect

Punakaiki Fund

Snowball Effect has stated that successfully funded Punakaiki Fund’s offer has been extended. Originally the equity raise had set a low bar minimum target of $200,000 NZD.  Recently the offer neared $2 million NZD but today Snowball communicated that retail investors sill had time to… Read More

United We Conquer: Alternative Business Funding Provides Single Platform to Match SMEs to Sources of Capital

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Alternative Business Funding (ABF) has a growing portfolio of members each with a service to provide access to capital for SMEs. The internet finance providers range from debt to equity, short to long term loans, and more.  The list of collaborators is a who’s who… Read More

CircleBack Securitizes $106 Million as Marketplace Lending Grows

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CircleBack Lending has completed its first securitization of consumer loans. The company reported $106 million was completed by Jefferies, an investment banking firm.  CircleBack revealed an agreement with Jeffries in 2014 to securitize up to  $500 million in loans in the coming years.  CircleBack stated… Read More

SoFi is the Fastest Growing Marketplace Lender

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Sofi, a marketplace lending platform, has been on a roll lately.  The direct lending platform closed a new securitization of  $411 million, all backed by student loans.  This was the largest securitization by a marketplace lender to date.  SoFi expects to $1 billion in securitization in Q3… Read More

SeedUps Canada is Self-Crowdfunding as Market Heats Up Around the World

SeedUps Canada Making the Connection

SeedUps Canada, a leading equity crowdfunding platform operating out of Calgary, is joining a growing number of platforms that are leveraging their own technology to self-crowdfund their company. SeedUps is reaching out to their growing number of users, and beyond, to capitalize on their first… Read More

Brief: VPC Specialty Lending Ahead of Investment Target

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VPC Specialty Lending Investments (LSE:VSL), has released a statement that the company has invested 87% of net IPO proceeds which is “significantly ahead of the target to be substantially fully invested within six months of admission.”  VPC invests in peer to peer or direct lending… Read More

36 Companies Join to Form France FinTech Association

Alain Clot

Created to bring together companies which are using innovative operational, technological or economic business models  in the financial services industry, 36 companies have formed a new association named France FinTech. Chaired by Alain Clot, the new entity is said to welcome all business using or creating innovative and disruptive… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Fizzics Makes Bottled Beer Taste Like Draft, Classic Bow Ties, & Think Jerky is Better Jerky from Famous Chefs

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Beer geeks rejoice. Now you can have draft caliber beer straight from the bottle courtesy of this next crowdfunding campaign.  Someone has taken a solid education and put it to good use by matching technology to bring better beer to the home. Crowdfunding on Indiegogo,… Read More

CrowdProperty Tops £1 Million in Lending

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Peer to peer lender CrowdProperty has passed its first £1 million milestone. The property lender launched late in 2014 and has set an ambitious goal of facilitating £20 million in loans its first year in operation. CrowdProperty stated the million mark was hurdled as its… Read More

Lack Focus? truBrain is an Alternative to Energy Drinks, Designed to Boost Productivity

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truBrain is Equity Crowdfunding on Crowdfunder Now While I am a huge fan of caffeine I recognize that my favorite “supplement” has extreme limitations. Being awake does not equal being alert. Trust me, I know.  While there are plenty of trendy drinks that are high in… Read More

JD.com & ZestFinance Partner on Consumer Credit in China

Shengqiang-Chen

One of China’s largest direct sales platforms JD.com (Nasdaq:JD), and US based ZestFinance, a have formed an agreement to launch a joint venture called JD-ZestFinance Gaia.  This new partnership is designed to support the development of consumer credit in China.  The combined initiative will incorporate ZestFinance’s… Read More

European Parliament to EC: Capital Markets Union Must Help Fund SMEs

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“High-quality, easily comparable financial information on the companies seeking crowdfunding or peer-to-peer lending should be available across borders” state MEPs The European Parliament issued a statement last week regarding the hot topic of the Capital Markets Union (CMU) across the European Union. One of the… Read More

Seed&Spark Joins with Tangerine Entertainment to Support Women

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Seed&Spark, an indie-film crowdfunding and distribution platform, has signed a partnership with Tangerine Entertainment to boost the shared mission of supporting women film creators. Tangerine is a film production company that focuses on commercially viable films that incorporates women filmmakers and/or strong roles for women… Read More

UK Business Angels Association Announces Awards Finalists

UKBAA Angel Awards 2015

The UKBAA Angel Investment awards are scheduled to take place next week on July 1st.  Now in its 10th year, the event acknowledges the most disruptive and successful (or soon to be) young businesses across the UK. The black tie affair typically captures a solid… Read More

Consumer Review Site Which? Rates P2P Lenders

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The largest consumer review site in the UK Which? has reviewed several peer to peer lending platforms. Which?, in operation since 1957,  now claims over 680,000 print subscribers and 335,000 online readers.  The non-profit entity tests and reviews a wide range of products and services,… Read More

Pitch to Rich: JustPark, Fourex & Kino-Mo are Winners in Richard Branson’s Competition

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Richard Branson’s Pitch to Rich competition completed today with each finalist competing to share over £1 million in cash and prizes. Competing for the recognition were three crowdfunded companies: JustPark, Fourex and Cauli Rice. Each of these companies raised capital on Crowdcube so this is… Read More