Crowdfunding Portals

Brief: Connecticut Better Business Bureau Warns the Public About Crowdfunding Scams

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As crowdfunding continues to gain more popularity, the Connecticut Better Business Bureau (BBB) has warned backers to be careful when it comes to funding projects. In an effort to avoid scams, the bureau stated on its website backers should do diligent research before helping fund a new charity or invest in a new business venture through crowdfunding…. Read More

Multiple Crowdfunding Platforms Join Ben & Jerry’s Hunt for Entrepreneurs

Ben & Jerry's Join Our Core

Yesterday Crowdfund Insider announced that Symbid has partnered with Ben & Jerry’s Join Our Core 2015 competition.  Now several UK crowdfunding platforms have revealed a similar partnership in the hunt for the “brightest social entrepreneurs in Europe”. As noted on the Join Our Core page; Seedrs, Crowdcube and Crowdfunder.uk are all participating in the event. Ben… Read More

Innovate Finance to Host Fintech Global Summit in London: March 9th, Guild Hall

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Innovate Finance, the independent membership organisation that represents the voice of Britain’s global fintech sector, is hosting its first global summit on Tuesday, March 9th, 2015 at the Guildhall in London.  The major event will explore the impact of fintech on the financial services sector and how new innovations are helping to create a better… Read More

MakeAChamp Launches Rewards-Based Platform in Brazil: Helps Athletes Raise Funding

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Last December, Partner and ‎Head of Investor Community/Partnerships at OurCrowd Zack Miller highlighted crowdfunding websites to watch in 2015, citing six rewards-based platforms for athletes:  DreamFuel,  Pursuit, SportFunder, MakeAChamp,  RallyMe and Athlete.com. Montreal-based MakeAChamp, one of the six platforms cited by Miller,  provides an example of this rising trend: started in late 2012, the platform raised over a million dollars for athletes in 2014. Covering 94 sports… Read More

Hong Kong Media Tycoon Moves into Online Finance. TOM Group Gets into P2P Lending

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  Media conglomerate TOM Group is moving into the online finance space.  The entity, controlled by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, is set to expand its ecommerce operation, Ule, into peer to peer lending and online banking in an “aggressive” push via a partnership with WeLab. Tom Group is a publicly traded Chinese-language media conglomerate… Read More

Brief: Zopa System Stops “Sophisticated” Fraud Attempt

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UK peer to peer lender Zopa recently incorporated an automated system to detect fraudulent attempts at accessing their lending system. As a growing number of consumers shift from traditional banks to borrowing online it is inevitable the fraudsters and crooks will attempt to stumble in.  In this specific case an individual (or group of individuals)… Read More

Brief: Indiegogo’s Slava Rubin Discusses The Best & Craziest Crowdfunding Campaigns With Fortune (Video)

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Taking time away from his duties at crowdfunding giant, Indiegogo, CEO and co-founder of the platform, Slava Rubin sat down with Fortune magazine last week to weigh in on some of the best and strangely unique crowdfunding campaigns he has seen. During his interview, Rubin shared,”Well, [the quirkiest I’ve seen was] there’s a gun on Indiegogo which… Read More

INVST Announces Three Institutional Clients. Now Offering Exclusive Investments in Alternative Assets

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California-based INVST, has announced significant partnerships with three institutional clients including; Sperry Van Ness / Dealpoint Merrill, Canyon Creek Capital and Benhamou Global Ventures.  The online private network is part of a growing number of platforms that are leveraging technology to connect sophisticated investors with institutional quality investment funds.  INVST is an offshoot of Invested.in an… Read More

Snowball Effect Shares Details on “Private Offers”

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Kiwi investment crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect, has revealed the details of its new service designed to enhance its platform by offering similar funding services beyond the crowd.  Snowball Effect tipped its hand late last year regarding the new “private offerings” feature on its funding portal. According to Snowball Effect, “not all companies want the exposure… Read More

Ben & Jerry’s, Symbid Hook Up to “Milk the Crowd”

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  Symbid, one of the very first investment crowdfunding platforms in the world, has partnered with Ben & Jerry’s with the Join Our Core 2015 competition. The international event is designed to discover the “brightest social entrepreneurs” who share Ben & Jerry’s values.  Symbid and Ben & Jerry’s will be working together to find innovative… Read More

Landbay Appoints Founder of UK’s First Dedicated P2P Fund to Board

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Landbay has appointed Robert Burgess to its Board of Directors. He will join co-founders John Goodall and Gray Stern as well as Chairman Tony Ward. Burgess brings over 20 years experience in retail finance having previously held positions at Alliance  Trust, Lloyds TSB, Scottish Widows and Thomas Cook. Burgess was the co-founder of Exchange Associates;… Read More

A Year in Prosper (Infographic)

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This one falls under the category of recently discovered.  The second largest peer to peer lending platform in the United States Prosper had a pretty spectacular year according to their published info. Boosted in part from growing institutional demand, Prosper experienced some pretty spectacular growth including: 346% increase in total borrowers from 33,900 to 123,000… Read More

Kickstarter Crashes. Is Pebble Time to Blame?

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Global crowdfunding platform was struggling to keep the site live today and some sites were asking if the Pebble Time crowdfunding campaign was to blame.  While I would be surprised if Pebble is the root cause of things, Pebble has been blasting skyward in an unprecedented crowdfunding trajectory.   We’re sorting things out over here. Meanwhile,… Read More

Crowd Valley & Gulf Wealth Management Partner on Investment Platform

Gulf Wealth Management Business Proposition

Gulf Wealth Management (GWM) has asked Crowd Valley to assist in the development of a customer facing investment platform plus back office features for its digital wealth site targeting investors in the Arabian Gulf region. GWM has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs to raise a minimum amount of £600,000 in convertible securities. Prior to this,… Read More

North Capital Investment Technology Launches Online Crowdfunding Marketplace Syndicating Broker-Vetted Private Offerings

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North Capital Investment Technology (NCIT) announced today the launch of the 99Funding marketplace, the first online crowdfunding platform for broker-vetted, syndicated private offerings. All deals posted on the platform are vetted by an experienced team of investment professionals and offered through North Capital Private Securities (NCPS), a registered broker-dealer focused on the origination and distribution of private placements. NCPS is a wholly-owned… Read More

OnDeck Reports Loan Origination of $369 Million for Q4; $1.2 Billion for 2014

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On Deck Capital, Inc. (NYSE: ONDK), reported earnings this week alongside P2P industry leader Lending Club.  This is the first quarterly releases for OnDeck since the platform listed shares on the NYSE this past December. On Deck is a peer to peer lending platform that focuses on business loans having lent over $2 billion since its… Read More

Reality Crowd TV Debuts Virtual Incubator & Crowdfunding Network Platform for Entrepreneurs

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The crowdfunding industry has been frequently highlighted in the media over the last few years because of the high profile projects that have been funded. The crowdfunding industry has been growing at a brisk pace with impressive revenue growth for the last three years. This growth has given birth to many new crowdfunding platforms and… Read More

MicroVentures Launches 500 Startups Fund. Offers Investors Access to High Profile Incubator

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MicroVentures, an online investment crowdfunding platform, has announced today the creation of a new investment opportunity targeting high profile businesses participating in 500 Startups. The “500 Startups Fund” is now open to accredited investors for as little as $10,000. Typically investors seeking access to invest in a similar portfolio are said to need a minimum… Read More

Michigan Gets New Equity Crowdfunding Platform Under MILE Act

Michigan Funders History of Innovation

MichiganFunders.com is the first “homegrown” equity crowdfunding platform in the state of Michigan. The new funding platform follows the passage of Public Act 264 or Michigan Invests Locally Exemption (MILE Act). The new funding portal has been co-founded by David Tessler, Jeffery Freeman, and Niles Heron.  Residents of the state of Michigan may invest up… Read More

Lending Club Q4 Presentation (Deck)

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Lending Club got to experience one of the joys of being a public company today; the earnings conference call. Lending Club announced its Q4 results today, along with a forward looking statement sharing what they expect to earn going forward for 2015. The presentation below is the deck that was delivered alongside the call. As… Read More