Crowdfunding Portals

InvestNextDoor Bets on Community Impact with CrowdLending

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Seattle based InvestNextDoor Allows Communities to Back Businesses and Skip the Banks. In the first 6 weeks of operations, InvestNextDoor has experienced  impressive interest in their new peer to peer lending platform that helps small business skip the banking bureaucracy.  More than 50 new listing applications are in process as InvestNextDoor.  InvestNextDoor is part of… Read More

Brief: Kickstarter Food Category Has Reached $50 Million in Pledges

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So the Food Category on Kickstarter is not their biggest category by far.  In fact Food sits in 7th place with a below average success rate of a bit over 34%. The largest category on Kickstarter is games (both video and board games) representing about a quarter of all funding that flows through the rewards… Read More

GlobalGiving is Raising Funds for Ebola Epidemic Relief

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Non-profit donation based crowdfunding platform GlobalGiving, has launched an Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund to allow donors to contribute directly to locally driven Ebola relief efforts in West Africa.  The fund has been set up to supper nearly a dozen nonprofits that have been vetted by GlobalGiving. GlobalGiving reports that to date over 1500 individual donors… Read More

Indiegogo Publishes Diversity Report

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Global crowdfunding platform Indiegogo has published an interesting diversity report that tackles not only the make up of their employees but also touches on the  crowdfunding campaigns created by women. The report entitled “Diversity Matters” is part of a growing movement that highlights the importance of corporate diversity.  Crowdfund Insider has recently published an article… Read More

Collaborative Fund Teams Up With CircleUP to Invest $4 Million in B Corps

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New York-based venture firm, Collaborative Fund has partnered with crowdfunding platform, CircleUp to invest $4 million into certified B Corps. According to Wall Street Journal, CircleUp has already helped nine certified B Corps raise $10.2 million in equity funding from accredited angel investors. One of them, Peeled Snacks, raised $2.38 million, which is the most… Read More

Innovestor is Finland’s Newest Equity Crowdfunding Platform

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Finland welcomed a new equity crowdfunding platform today. Innovestor, a company formed this past May, was launched by CEO Tommi Äijälä and Antti Parviainen to help cultivate and fund startups.  Recognizing a common theme around the world that one of the most challenging obstacles for a young company is finding appropriate and adequate funding, they… Read More

Pave Introduces the “Pave Loan”

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In a posting on the Pave site, co-founders Oren Bass and Sal Lahoud announced a new process for funding peoples careers.  The new funding vehicle has been titled the “Pave Loan”. Pave is a site that provides the means for motivated and talented individuals to help finance their success. Their marketplace allows accredited investors to… Read More

Groundfloor Raises $1 Million in Seed Funding, Opens Office in Atlanta, Georgia

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Groundfloor, a micro lending / crowdfunding community for real estate, has shared they have raised $1 million in seed round funding from angel investors including Michael Olander, Bruce Boehm, Mark Easley Sr. and Inception Micro-Angel Fund. Groundfloor simultaneously announced the company has moved their corporate headquarters to Georgia due to the state’s progressive stance on… Read More

EquityNet Receives 2 More Crowdfunding Patents

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EquityNet has announced receiving two more patents from the U.S. Patent and Trade Office.  The patents surround crowdfunding and represent the company’s fourth and fifth crowdfunding patents. Patent number 8,793,170 is titled “Electronic Enterprise Capital Marketplace Apparatus and Method” and patent number 8,793,171 is titled “Electronic System for Analyzing the Risk of an Enterprise.”  Some of the… Read More

Fashion Crowdfunding site Luevo Announces Fashion Week Partnerships

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Luevo has announced partnerships with fashion weeks across North America, including with Fashion Week San Diego, Portland Fashion Week, Fashion Week Brooklyn, DC Fashion Week, Fashion Week Tampa Bay, Kansas City Fashion Week, Virginia Fashion Week and Dallas x Fashion. Luevo is also the official e-commerce partner of Art Hearts Fashion – the closing night… Read More

Hubbub, Crowdfunding for Universities, Raises Equity on Crowdcube

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Hubbub is a crowdfunding platform.  They offer their services to universities and other educational entities to fundraise for student projects, faculty or just about whatever the institution desires.  Their core product is a white label offer that is branded to work with engaged communities. Now they are looking to expand.  So what do they do?… Read More

LendingTree Loan Revenue Grows with Addition of P2P Lenders

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LendingTree, an online lending exchange that aggregates loan options from many providers, has announced their loan revenue exceeded $1 million during the month of July.  The company also shared their growth has increased seven fold since July of 2013.  This significant growth in both volume and revenue is attributed to the industry’s increasing popularity as… Read More

P2P Lender LendInvest Surpasses £100 Million in Loans

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LendInvest, a UK based peer to peer lender that targets the mortgage sector, has announced they have surpassed £100 million in loans via their platform.  The P2P lender was launched in May of 2013 and according to the site this paces LendInvest as the fourth largest P2P lender in the UK following Zopa, Ratesetter and… Read More

Seed Equity Opens Equity Crowdfunding Platform to a Global Audience

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Seed Equity, founded by an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year, is launching a U.S. Registered Broker-dealer and online equity-based crowdfunding platform for Startups targeting a global audience.  Seed Equity is a member of FINRA and SIPC.  Founder Todd Crosland previously started and sold Interbank FX – a company he operated from 2001 to… Read More

Crowdcube Shares Advice on Equity Crowdfunding

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Offering up some words of wisdom when it comes to equity crowdfunding, Crowdcube shared strategic insight in a post titled 7 Points Investors Should Consider. The platform provided advice for a wide range of equity topics including how to handle risk and skeptical investors. Investing on crowdfunding sites is increasing in popularity. Crowdcube has seen… Read More

Fitch Believes Banks Could Feel Disruptive Pressures from P2P Lenders

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Fitch Ratings has acknowledged the growing importance of peer to peer lending  companies in statement that P2P lending success is dependent on borrower credit. This past July, S&P and DBRS assigned a landmark rating on the senior portion of a $270 million P2P deal from SoFi.  Now Fitch states that long term success will depend on… Read More

Potato Salad Campaign Creator Uses Funds For Upcoming Charity Festival in Ohio

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Last month, Columbus, Ohio resident Zach “Danger” Brown launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to make potato salad. Originally setting out with an initial goal of $10, the project immediately hit the spotlight and raised over $55,000 from 6,911 backers. Now Brown is ready to share details about what the funds will be… Read More

Kickstarter Announces Featured Films & Projects For 2014 Film Festival in Los Angeles

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Crowdfunding giant, Kickstarter, announced earlier this week details about its upcoming Film Fest in Los Angeles, California. The event will take place on September 12th from 6-11pm and features the platform’s favorite films, shorts, web series, animations, documentaries and more – all funded on the site. Organizers of the event took to the platform’s blog and wrote,… Read More

Assetz Capital Explains P2P Loan Pricing

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Assetz Capital, a UK based peer to peer (P2P) lending platform, has shared their approach to pricing their loans.  Assetz has raised over £40 million since their launch back in 2013.  Assetz Capital is part of the Assetz group of property and financial services companies that have grown profitably since 1999. The group currently has over… Read More

Funding Circle: The Rise of Peer-to-Peer Lending (Infographic)

Funding Circle Taking Over the World

Funding Circle is having a birthday today. The peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform is turning 4 years old.  We would love to share some cake and sing some songs in celebration but unfortunately a few thousand kilometers separate us from the festivities that most certainly are taking place.  In recognition of their journey, Funding Circle has… Read More