Crowdfunding Portals

An Education in P2P & P2B from Assetz Capital plc

Assetz Capital Booming UK

London based Assetz Capital Shares Insight into Fast Growing Peer-to-Peer Lending Sector. During my time in London, in addition to touring Westminster Abbey and the National Portrait Gallery, I was fortunate enough to speak with Stuart Law and Luke O’Mahony of Assetz Capital plc who explained the state of P2P lending in the UK and… Read More

FundRazr & Fundica Partner Up on Funding Roadshow

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Two of Canada’ crowdfunding platforms, Fundica and FundRazr, have partnered to put together a 2014 Funding Roadshow.  Powered by FundRazr, the “Fundees Crowdfunding Competition” will be unveiled in both Toronto and Guelph, Ontario. Two Canadian startups will win a prize worth $10,000.  The competition will run from May 5 to June 23, 2014.  Campaigns may… Read More

Invesdor Selected as a 2014 Red Herring Top 100 Europe

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Finland based investment crowdfunding platform Invesdor has been recognized by Red Herring as one of Europe’s Top 100 startups.  The recognition event was held in Amsterdam this past week. Since 1996, technology industry executives, investors, and strategists have seen the Red Herring 100 lists as an instrument for discovering and advocating the most promising private… Read More

Bill Introduced To Cement Crowdfunding Individuals & Higher Ed Via Income Share Agreements

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Yesterday Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Tom Petri (R-WI) introduced a piece of legislation that stands to redefine the options on the table for students seeking to fund and finance higher education. The bill, entitled the Investing in Student Success Act, has some serious ramifications for crowdfunding platforms – such as Pave and Upstart –… Read More

Indie Game Magazine Partners With Teespring On Crowdfunding Initiative

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Indie Game Magazine (IGM) has announced a rather unorthodox partnership with Teespring, a popular crowdfunding platform for t-shirt concepts. A bit of explaining from IGM clarifies why the partnership actually makes a lot of sense… We receive dozens of emails every day from developers specifically asking for tips about how to go about promoting their… Read More

Abundance Generation Named A Finalist For Ashden Awards

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The Ashden Awards take place every year and recognize leaders in a collective effort to reduce carbon emissions and affect ecology in a positive way. This year, UK-based Abundance Generation has been named a finalist for the award for their work in funding and financing sustainable energy projects. “Our first couple of years have been… Read More

Indiegogo Co-Founder Danae Ringelmann Recognized as Powerhouse Woman

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Posted up on Refinery29, an independent fashion and style site, Danae Ringelmann, co-founder of global crowdfunding platform Indiegogo is recognized as one of the 5 “Powerhouse Women Paying it Forward”. Ringelmann is recognized as being on the first to understand the power of crowdsourcing by leveraging technology.  Rightly so – as Indiegogo predates the time… Read More

Mawwell Announces Crowdfunding Platform Targeting the EMEA Markets

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Mawwell, an international rewards-based crowdfunding site for creative and innovative projects has launched a crowdfunding platform for the Europe, Middle East & Africa markets (EMEA).  Mawwell launched in beta in July of 2013.  Mawwal means “fund” in Arabic. The site wants to create the opportunity for project creators who may be too small for bankers… Read More

Project Creators In The Netherlands Can Begin Building Their Kickstarter Campaigns Today

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Back in February it became known that Kickstarter would begin operating in the Netherlands as part of the platform’s continued effort to globalize in a measured and strategic way. Today Kickstarter has announced that project creators in the Netherlands can officially begin creating their projects today. The official go-live date for Dutch projects is April… Read More

Brief: Administrative Hearing For Candace Klein Postponed (Again) Until June

Candace Klein (NYTimes.com)

An administrative hearing for former SoMoLend CEO Candace Klein has been postponed yet again, this time being pushed back to June. The hearing was scheduled to continue today. This continues a trend of delays during the hearing. SoMoLend was served a notice of intent to issue a cease & desist in August of 2013. This led… Read More

EquityNet Raises $2.1 Million, Targets Title III Retail Crowdfunding

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Platform Surpasses 35,000 Members and $230 Million Raised by its Entrepreneurs EquityNet, launched in 2005,  has raised an additional $2.1 million in funding led by Proton Enterprises. Also participating were several individual investors from around the country that were identified through EquityNet’s own crowdfunding platform. Simultaneously EquityNet has announced that its equity crowdfunding platform has… Read More

In Pictures: Indiegogo’s New Website Redesign & Rebranding

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It’s something we’ve been waiting for for a long time, and it seemed inevitable on the heels of Indiegogo’s $40 million Series B. Indiegogo will launch a redesigned web site and a new logo to all visitors very soon. Logged-in users of the site will have the option to turn the new look on when… Read More

HWTrek Asia Innovation Tour Kicks Off

Participating Creators HWTrek Asia Innovation Tour

Taiwan based HWTrek, a global community for digital electronics, has kicked off its inaugural Asia Innovation Tour which features networking opportunities with billion-dollar hardware manufacturers and technology giants in Taiwan and mainland China. Organized with startups in mind, the tour started in Taipei, Taiwan, with visits to prominent manufacturers Pronology, Qisda, Quanta, Wistron and supplier… Read More

Crowdemand is New Fashion Crowdfunding Platform

Cynthia Crowley and designer

Combining e-commerce, crowdfunding, and social media, Crowdemand is a new fashion technology platform launching today that connects consumers directly to the designers they love on their desktop, tablet, and mobile device. Established contemporary designers present pieces via the “crowd commerce” site, with consumers ultimately deciding which designs go into production. Crowdemand will feature select brands… Read More

Rick Chen from Pozible Considers Equity Crowdfunding

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Australia based Pozible has been on a roll the past few months.  Broadening their reach from their Aussie home base, the company has expanded into Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and recently China. Not too long ago they invaded the shores of the United States spreading their unique approach to the crowdfunding movement. Pozible was born… Read More

Assetz Capital Investors Earned £1 Million Interest in First Year

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Assetz Capital is on track to lend £100 million by end of 2014. Twelve months after launching in March 2013, peer-to-peer (P2P) crowdfunding platform Assetz Capital has experienced record growth and smashed through the £20 million lent barrier, with loans accelerating to more than £15m in the first quarter of 2014. As a result, investors… Read More

Rory Eakin Co-Founder & CEO of CircleUp Interviewed

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CircleUp CEO and Co-founder Rory Eakin was recently interviewed on Bloomberg West to talk about his consumer goods equity crowdfunding platform. After running the investment crowdfunding platform for about 2 years, Eakin shares some of his insight into the process.  He states that companies that have raised capital on the platform have grown 80% YoY… Read More

Starting a New Business in the Middle East (Video)

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In a video segment on CNN’s Marketplace Middle East, Leone Lakahni in Dubai, addresses the challenges of starting up a company in the Middle East.  Commenting that while youth unemployment remains a critical issue, many are taking matters into their own hands and starting a business. As we all know starting a business is tough… Read More

Brief: Lending Club Ceases Daily Platform-Wide Loan Origination Data Updates

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Lending Club will make a change to their platform that will result in the removal of daily loan origination data across the platform. They’ll instead opt to share data on a quarterly basis. The announcement came via Lending Club’s blog… Instead of posting new issuance data daily, we’ll now post new issuance data quarterly within… Read More

Northern Credit Union in Ontario Launches Crowdfunding Site

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Northern Credit Union (Northern) – in partnership with some of Canada’s top athletes – is launching a new crowdfunding website, TrueNorthStrong,  to raise money for worthwhile projects in the communities Northern serves. “Crowdfunding” is a new and popular method of fundraising where a large number of people each contribute a small amount of money to… Read More