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Dr. Rotem Shneor, Head of the Nordic Crowdfunding Alliance, Professor at University of Agder’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Aligns Innovators and Interrupters

Dr. Rotem Shneor, Head of the Nordic Crowdfunding Alliance

The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations in November. As readers may know, this is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe.  This benchmarking survey, which opened on 25… Read More

2015 Crowdfunding Trends: Mergers, Acquisitions & Extensive Collaborations

Foreseeing the Future of Crowdfunding

The crowdfunding industry in 2014 has experienced immense growth. In the last three years crowdfunding has tripled according to Clearity, and according to NESTA the growth percentage even was an amazing 400%. The expectations of a $10 billion crowdfunding industry are hardly a month away from being realized. Logically, most of the debate regarding crowdfunding… Read More

UK Thought Leader Sam Ridler, Executive Director of Peer-to-Peer Finance Association, Delivers Answers, Challenges & Inspires

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In late November  The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. As readers may know, this is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe.  This benchmarking survey, which opened on… Read More

2015: The Ascendency of Small Business & the Middle Class in Washington, DC

Reason to Be Hopeful 2015 Washington DC

As 2014 comes to a close, this is the time of year when all good journalists look back at the year’s events, and then look forward – typically with a list of bold predictions for the year ahead.  For those of you focused on small business capital formation in our Nation’s Capital, the former task… Read More

Europe Faces a Funding Gap of € 2 Trillion by 2020, Can Investment Crowdfunding Fill the Void? (Deck)

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At the European Crowdfunding Convention last week in Paris, Dr. Christian Katz, CEO of Six Swiss Exchange, gave a presentation on the profound funding needs for the European economy.  The Six Swiss Exchange is the primary exchange in Switzerland.  It was the very first stock exchange in the world to incorporate a fully automated trading, clearing… Read More

Engine: Dear SEC, Finalize JOBS Act Rules Now

JOBS Act US Capital Christmas

Today, Engine sent a letter signed by more than 200 entrepreneurs, investors, and members of the startup community to the Securities Commission to tell the agency it’s time it fulfills its statutory obligation and finalize rules to make the JOBS Act a reality. You can find the full text of the letter below and read… Read More

OTC Markets: Roadmap to a Venture Exchange

OTC Markets Venture Exchange

With all of the talk around venture exchanges and the much needed secondary market for private companies, one company has gone a long way in providing such liquidity for smaller, growth and other companies that do not fit the mold of a national securities exchange. OTC Markets, the umbrella of three exchanges where companies can… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Sunn Brings the Sun Indoors, Tzao Monitors Your Environment & Nanoplug is the Smallest Hearing Aid Ever

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This weeks Crowdfunding Mailbox is coming to you from Paris after attending the very successful European crowdfunding convention.  My only regret is I am unable to spend a few more days to spend some more time speaking with some the innovative entrepreneurs who are driving the disruption of finance across Europe.  La prochaine fois peut-etre…. Read More

German Crowdfunding Network Thought Leader & IKOSOM Founder Karsten Wenzlaff: Interview Highlights German Crowdfunding Markets

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In recent weeks  The University of Cambridge has teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. This is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe.  This benchmarking survey, which opened on 25 November and closes… Read More

Hooptap is First Euro Denominated Offer on Seedrs

Hooptap CEO

UK based investment crowdfunding platform Seedrs announced the ability to list offers in Euros this past October.  Yesterday the company announced that Hooptap, based in Valencia, Spain, has taken advantage of the Seedrs service and has offered equity in its company on the platform. Seedrs states they have been “working with a number of European… Read More

Crowdfunding Author Marianne IIZUKA Examines French Crowdfunding Industry: ANACOFI and AFIP Member Shares Expertise

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In November The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. This is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe.  This benchmarking survey, which opened on 25 November and closes on 20 December, aims… Read More

Consensus Forming in Washington, DC on Accredited Investor Definition

Approved Accredited Investor Stamp

  Momentum is building towards a consensus on the highly controversial updates to the accredited investor definition (currently a person who has over $200,000 in income (or $300,000 jointly with spouse) or over $1M in net worth, excluding personal residence). Initially, there was some suggestion that these thresholds should be increased to adjust for inflation… Read More

Groundfloor Shocker as it Backs NASAA Process on State Blue Sky Review

The Battle of Blue Sky Review

  Groundfloor, a real estate investment crowdfunding platform based in Atlanta that offers “micro-loans”, posted a comment letter on the SEC site in mid November sharing their opinion on the hot topic of State Blue Sky Pre-emption:  something viewed by many as a compelling aspect of Title IV of the JOBS Act.  The industry has… Read More

Bitreserve Crossborder Equity Crowdfunding Shows Growing Power of Raising Capital Online

Bitreserve Change the World

Bitreserve, based in Charleston, South Carolina, is offering shares in a cross national listing on both US based Venovate and UK based Crowdcube.  The equity crowdfunding opportunity stands at over £5.2 million (or about $8.1 million) from 69 investors – including at least one institution. While the company was founded only last year the pre-money valuation… Read More

Mambu CEO Eugene Danilkis Disrupts & Innovates P2P / Banking Tech: Focuses on Emerging Economies

Mambu Emerging Markets

Mambu, a cloud banking technology platform provider that works with more than 100 financial innovators worldwide, including Banco Macro, Opportunity International,  Mentors International, and Yale University, uniquely sits at the nexus of the transformation and financial inclusion markets, where new applications and the cloud’s agility offers a particularly compelling value proposition for both existing banking… Read More

Australia Financial System Inquiry Issues Final Report

Australia Currency Crowdfunding Quote

The Financial System Inquiry issued their final report earlier today.  The extended document has set out to establish a direction for the future of Australia’s financial system.  Not a small task. Expectations are the below document is a “blueprint” for the financial system down under.  This approach is not new, in fact there have been… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Somabar Automated Cocktails, Pip GPS Tracker for Pets & Muck Horror Film

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For this week’s edition of Crowdfunding Mailbox we have Somabar – an automated bartending service, Pip – a GPS tracking collar for your pet and a film in the horror genre – Muck. As soon as I saw Somabar the first thing I thought was “its about time”.  Yes late at night as I sit… Read More

Perspective: Profiting from the Crowdfinance Revolution

A Revolution in Finance

A financial revolution – ignited by hordes of individuals who have grown leery of conventional financial institutions, and powered by contemporary P2P and crowdfund marketplaces – has been germinating across the planet. In the same way that the Industrial Revolution redefined manufacturing and the Internet Revolution refashioned commerce, this “Crowdfinance Revolution” will transform global capital… Read More

Asociación Española de Crowdfunding President Daniel Oliver: Spanish Thought Leader on New Forms of Finance

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As readers know,  The University of Cambridge has teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. This is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe.  This benchmarking survey, which opened on 25 November and closes on… Read More

UK Government Partners with Crowdcube. £25 Million Will Be Dedicated for Seed Stage Companies via LCIF Partners

Crowdcube LCIF Fund London

The newly formed London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF), along with six co-investment partners, have committed to invest over £80 million from 2014 to 2017.  Announced today, LCIF intends on funding over 150 science and tech/digital companies based in London that are committed to growth and job creation.  LCIF will be managed by Funding London and Capital… Read More