Crowdfunding Portals

Zopa Partners with Flow; P2P Lender to Provide Finance to Flow Customers

Flow Boiler Pays for Itself

Peer to peer lending platform Zopa has signed an agreement with Flow to provide financing to Flow customers.  Flow is a company that has been developing and commercialising alternative energy products for about a decade.  One of those products is the Flow Boiler.  The product is described as an “innovative boiler” that generates electricity as it heats your home…. Read More

Brief: Alibaba & Tencent Founders Buy Shares in Ping An

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Alibaba founder Jack Ma and Pony Ma, founder of Tencent Holding have purchased shares in large China insurer Ping An.  According to a report in the FT (subscription), the pair participated in a private placement by Ping An where the company raised $4.7 billion this past Sunday.  Ping An, a privately owned firm, also controls the… Read More

Lending Club May Raise Up to $700 Million, Files Amended S1 as IPO Day Nears

LendingClub Common Stock

In an amended S1 filing today, Lending Club revealed the proposed maximum offering price per share, along with the aggregate offering amount.  The document filed with the SEC indicates 57,700,000 shares may be sold at a price of up to $12 / share.  The prospectus indicates that 50 million of common stock and 7.7 million… Read More

Brief: Crowdcube Accelerator Holds Pitch Event as Campaigns Capture New Investors

Crowdcube Accelerator

The Crowdcube Accelerator held its pitch event this past week and 5 companies told their story to a “packed room of investors” hoping to drive investment in their companies. The 5 companies went live on the investment crowdfunding platform minutes before the pitch.  According to Crowdcube, following the presentations 3 companies generated investor interest and… Read More

RateSetter Calls for a Refresh on “Outdated & Inefficient Safety Measures” for Savers

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RateSetter, a leading UK peer to peer lending platform, has made a public call for a “refresh” on the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).  In a public statement RateSetter declared, “the time has come for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme to act its age”.  RateSetter states there continues to be a huge lack of public… Read More

University of Tennessee Launches New Crowdfunding Platform For Students, Faculty & Staff Projects

University of Tennessee

Earlier this month, University of Tennessee in Knoxville launched a crowdfunding platform called the VOLstarter to offer an alternative way for students, faculty and staff to raise funds for on campus projects. According to Tennessee Today, VOLstarter links donors with opportunities to support specific projects and initiatives. Some of the projects already on the platform are: Freedom… Read More

OurCrowd: Porfolio Companies That Have Won Awards

OurCrowd Portfolio Companies Award Winners

Global investment crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has published a list of portfolio companies that have won various awards.  OurCrowd is different from many crowdfunding platforms in that they invest in each and every one of the companies listed on their portal. It is also interesting that OurCrowd has helped to finance on of the first ever… Read More

DealStruck, Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce Form Partnership

Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce

In a company statement it was announced the Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce and alternative crowdlending platform Dealstruck have formed a partnership in an effort to ease the process of securing growth capital faced by early-stage businesses.  The partnership will provide Chamber members and customers with access to services and business loans on behalf of Dealstruck…. Read More

Seedrs Expands Referral Program; Also Alters Fee Structure

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In a statement on the investment crowdfunding platform, Seedrs announced changes to their referral fee process, as well as a shift in approach to the sites fee structure. It is typical of investment crowdfunding portals to incentivize investors to refer acquaintances to register on different platforms.  Nothing beats a qualified opinion of someone you know… Read More

Zopa Partners with AU10Tix on ID Authentication

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Leading peer to peer lending platform Zopa has partnered with tech company AU10Tix to improve identification process. AU10TIX is a fully owned subsidiary of ICTS International N.V. Zopa is raising the bar in protecting lenders against fraud by verifying borrowers more thoroughly by checking official documents such as passports and other official IDs. By incorporating the… Read More

China: The Different Categories of Peer to Peer Lending Platforms

China Peer to Peer Lenders

The biggest Peer to Peer (P2P) lending market, China, has been experiencing explosive growth. After two articles introducing the historical growth and outlook for this market, we are going to take a micro look on the huge variety of (P2P) lending platforms emerging in China. To give a full introduction of different platforms, we categorize… Read More

Brief: Solar Bond Offered on DuurzaamInvesteren

First Day of 2014 Solar Energy Sun

Relatively new investment crowdfunding platform DuurzaamInvesteren is seeking to carve out a niche in the renewable energy crowdfunding space. The Amsterdam based company has offered three wind energy projects and now they are offering investors the chance to participate in their first “Solar Bond”. Renewable energy firm Sunrock Investments, via SAB a Belgian subsidiary, is… Read More

Scam Alert: Alleged Bone Cancer Patient Shuts Down GoFundMe Campaign After Being Busted With Bogus Photos

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Earlier this month, an alleged Iraq war veteran known as Kevin Fish debuted his crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to raise $4,000 for what he noted to be his final trip to his family in Louisiana before he died from bone cancer. Fish shared on the campaign’s website, “I am fighting bone cancer and it’s not… Read More

Landbay, a P2P Property Lending Platform, Joins P2PFA

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UK based Landbay has joined the Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) becoming the latest member to adhere by the standards set by the advocacy group.  Landbay has targeted a segment of the real estate sector by lending against occupied housing.  The peer lender has differentiated their service from many other P2P lenders by added a… Read More

Brief: United Airlines Takes Giving to New Heights This Holiday Season

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United Airlines is teaming up with crowdfunding platform, Crowdrise, to show the power of giving this holiday season. The company will offer up to 10 million bonus award miles to MileagePlus members who donate to some of their favorite charities through Dec. 5, 2014. Each donation will also add one signature United “brick” to the CrowdRise Giving… Read More

CrowdRise Community To Build World’s First Giving Tower For #GivingTuesday

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CrowdRise, a leading platform for charitable crowdfunding, is partnering with hundreds of charities to build a Giving Tower to show the world’s philanthropic impact on #GivingTuesday. The Giving Tower will be built using augmented reality, think a really cool hologram. The campaign launched today (November 25th) and will run through the official start of the… Read More

RCS Capital: Certain Broker Dealers Have Resumed Sales of Products While Executives Buy Shares in Own Company

RCS CAPITAL CORPORATION, INC. LOGO

In a company release RCS Capital Corporation (NYSE: RCAP) stated that certain broker-dealers have resumed sales of products distributed by RCS Capital the company’s wholesale distribution business, pursuant to 51 recently reinstated selling agreements. RCS Capital states it has 1,020 active selling agreements and works with over 250 firms to distribute alternative investment solutions.  The… Read More

Louisville Joins Kiva to Boost Economic Growth via Entrepreneurship

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City of Louisville & Kiva.org Partner On Crowdfunded Zero Percent Interest Loans Kiva has announced the next city to leverage their platform to help fund entrepreneurship.  Kiva City Louisville, an initiative that brings crowdfunded micro-loans to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Louisville area, is now aiding small businesses. Through Kiva City Louisville… Read More

CoAssets Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Updates on Investor Payouts, Expects Amount to Climb to Over S $700,000

CoAssets Deals

CoAssets, a Singapore based real estate investment crowdfunding platform, has released that total payout on the Asian platform is now over S $120,000 to date with the expectation for that amount to surpass S $ 700,000 over the next 12 months.  Projects listed on CoAssets currently include property bulk purchases, property presales and crowdfunding deals…. Read More