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2017 Americas Alternative Finance Industry Study: The University of Chicago & University Cambridge Partner on Research

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The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School have partnered again on the 2017 Americas Alternative Finance Industry survey. Research… Read More

CoAssets Announces RMB 1 Million Strategic Investment Fujian’s Da Xian Bing Internet Technology

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CoAssets Limited, a Singapore-founded Fintech firm that is listed on the ASX (ASX: CA8), announced over the weekend it has invested RMB 1 Million (approx. A$194,000) in Fujian’s Da Xian Bing Internet Technology Ltd (“Da Xian Bing”).  The company stated that the investment, for 10% of Da… Read More

Startupbootcamp FinTech Selects 10 Startups to Join Inaugural Fintech Program in Mumbai

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Startupbootcamp FinTech announced on Monday it has selected 10 startups to join its inaugural program in Mumbai. The group was selected from the Top 20 teams that made it to this round, after four months of scouting and nearly 300 applications from roadshows across Asia,… Read More

Brian Korn on OCC Fintech Charter: Novel Attempt by Regulator to Adjust to Changing Times

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The concept of a Fintech Charter for emerging firms in the financial services industry has generated plenty of attention on Capitol Hill and with Fintech entrepreneurs. Originally pitched by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency towards the end of last year, a comment… Read More

Indiegogo Announces Crowdfunded Films Heading to Sundance & Slamdance 2017

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On Friday, global crowdfunding platform Indiegogo announced that some of its funded success films are heading to this year’s Sundance and Slamdance festivals. The funding portal shared: “We’re all about starting the New Year off right here at Indiegogo, and that’s just what we’ve been… Read More

Consumer Financial Data Rights Group Formed by Fintech Companies including Kabbage, Affirm & More

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 A group of fintech companies announced on Thursday they have come together to create the Consumer Financial Data Rights (CFDR) group. This organization will notably defend consumers’ access to their data and fuels innovation in the fintech industry. Founders of the CFDR group includes leaders from Affirm, Betterment,… Read More

Fintech Acquisition Corp. II Reveals Pricing of $153 Million IPO

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FinTech Acquisition Corp. II, a blank-check company that acquires or merges with one or more businesses or entities in the fintech industry, announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 15.3 million units at a price of $10 per unit, for gross proceeds to the… Read More

OTCQX Celebrates 10 Years of Operation

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OTC Markets’ OTCQX – or their best marketplace – is celebrating its 10th anniversary of operations. While OTC Markets’ lineage dates back to 1913, their “elite tier” of traded securities remains a pre-teen. Modeled after the London Stock Exchange’s successful AIM market, OTCQX was created… Read More

Ayannah Named Best in Show At Next Money Fintech Finals 2017

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Philippine-based startup Ayannah, a provider of affordable and accessible digital financial services for the world’s unbanked, was named Best in Show by the judges at the Fintech Finals 2017 (FF17) pitch competition at PMQ in Hong Kong on Thursday night. The second annual event, which was… Read More

Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Fellowship Program is Now Accepting Applications

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Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Fellowship program has opened for applications for its 2017/2018 program. The Fellowship is an intensive leadership development opportunity for Scotland’s most ambitious and entrepreneurially-minded individuals. Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Chief Executive, Sandy Kennedy, commented on the program; “The current landscape is changing both nationally… Read More

Fig Secures $7.84 Million in Series A Funding Round Led By Spark Capital & Greycroft

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Fig Publishing announced on Thursday it secured $7.84 million during a Series A Funding Round, which was led by Spark Capital and Greycroft with participation from Resolute Ventures, NextView Ventures, and Draft Ventures. Fig, which was founded in 2015, allows accredited and non-accredited investors to… Read More

NextGen Crowdfunding Announces the Crowdfunding Video Awards Season Kickoff

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On Thursday, NextGen Crowdfunding announced the season one premiere of the Crowdfunding Video Awards (CVAs). The season kickoff comes a couple of months after the company unveiled details about the CVAs, which will notably recognize the best pitch videos from both reward and equity crowdfunding campaigns. As… Read More

Lendit Announces Finalists For First Annual Industry Awards

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LendIt, the global lending and fintech conference series, announced on Thursday the finalists for its first annual LendIt Industry Awards. The organization revealed that out of hundreds of applicants worldwide, the selected finalists were placed in  18 categories, which notably celebrate fintech market leaders, emerging… Read More

Seeking Unicorns: Indian Billionaire Kapoor Introduces Yes Fintech Accelerator

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Yes Fintech, a business accelerator program in collaboration with Yes Bank, T-Hub, Anthill and LetsTalkPayments, announced that it is accepting global applications until 3 February.  The top 12 selected startups will enroll in a 15 week dual destination program, split between Mumbai and Hyderabad. Yes Bank is… Read More

Live from Davos! WISeKey & Stratumn Partner to Provide Blockchain-Based Security Software

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WISeKey International Holding Ltd (WIHN.SW), a provider in Root of Trust and certificate authority, and Stratumn SAS, inventor of Proof of Process Technology, partner to provide enterprise grade process security software based on blockchain technologies. A software security company that enables a shift in how organizations secure… Read More

Exclusive! Companisto Reflections on 2016 as German Market Leader, Notes 19 Successful Rounds

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2016 marked a strong year for Berlin-based crowdfunding platform Companisto.  Founded in 2012 by Tamo Zwinge and David Rhotert. In an earlier interview, Zwinge envisioned Companisto as a crowdinvesting platform that enabled ideas to be implemented to benefit many people, a hope that continues to be realized. “According… Read More

Banks, Startups and Trolls to Duke Over Blockchain?

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Reports came out during the holiday season last year of banks quietly stocking up on blockchain patents.  Banks will compete with startups making the same moves.  They will also compete for patents with trolls who suppress innovation. The future of blockchain innovation depends on who… Read More

BorrowersFirst Secures Additional $100 Million in Debt Financing to Accelerate Loan Originations

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Online consumer lending platform, BorrowersFirst, announced on Wednesday it secured an additional $100 million in debt financing to accelerate loan originations, and fund the continuous growth of its balance sheet.  With this new facility, the lender has secured $400 million to support its profitable growth. … Read More

Credit China FinTech Named a Founding Member of the Global Blockchain Business Council

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Credit China FinTech Holdings Limited, an integrated fintech service provider in China, was announced as a founding member of the newly developed organization, Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC). Credit China FinTech is reportedly one of the 25 founding members of the GBBC and is considered the only… Read More