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New Entrepreneurial Course Introduces University of Illinois At Chicago Students to Crowdfunding

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Seeking to share the ins and outs of crowdfunding with the younger generation, Chicago designer Craighton Berman, introduced a new year-long professional development course to University of Illinois at Chicago students. According to the Chicago Reader, Berman, who successfully launched a series of products on Kickstarter, created the class as a way to impart relevant, real-world skills… Read More

New Crowdfunding Myeloma Initiative Begins With Call For Letters Of Intent

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The Myeloma Crowd Research Initiative (MCRI) is calling for research proposals for high-risk multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer on the Myeloma Crowd. The MCRI is a new way of fundraising for myeloma research, combining the skill and knowledge of leading myeloma specialists with educated “epatients” to together select and fund promising research projects in myeloma…. Read More

OTC Markets Publishes 2014 Stats. Includes 311 Companies Trading on OTCQB Venture Market

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OTC Markets Group (OTC: OTCM), the US based marketplace that provides liquidity for over 10,000 over the counter securities, has published a round up of 2014 accomplishments. Cromwell Coulson, CEO of the company lauded the final results; “2014 has been a year of accomplishment with the successful rollouts of OTCQX for Banks, our new OTCQB Venture… Read More

P2P Global Shares Jump 5.75pc on First Day of Trading: Promising Start

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“PEER-to-peer lender P2P Global Investments yesterday saw its C-shares rise from 1,000p to 1,057.50p, an increase of 5.75 per cent on their first day of trading. The investment trust raised £250m in a heavily over-subscribed C-share issue, giving the rapidly expanding peer-to-peer lending sector a further boost,” reported Joseph Mills in CITYAM. Crowdfund Insider’s JD Alois… Read More

USAA Enters Bitcoin Space, Invests in Coinbase’s $75M Series C Funding Round

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“USAA’s recent entrance into the bitcoin space may have been driven, in part, by interest in the technology among its own membership,” reported Stan Higgens from CoinDesk.  “The Fortune 500 financial services company, based in Texas, was among a diverse group of investors that took part in Coinbase’s $75 million Series C funding round, which was announced earlier… Read More

P2PFA Makes Announcement: UK P2P Lending Hits £1.3 Billion in 2014

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The peer-to-peer lending industry in the UK lent more than £1.3 billion in 2014 according to new figures released today from the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA). The sector has now lent more than £2.1 billion in total, doubling in size since the end of 2013, says the trade body. The figures also show a growth in… Read More

Elsen Raises $400K Seed Funding for Fintech Platform: Accelerating Hedge Funds

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Elsen has closed a $400,000 round of funding for its financial technology platform, the company announced today. Elsen plans to use this capital to accelerate growth and add additional resources to its engineering team. Elsen offers a platform for bringing massively-parallel processing to financial data. Complex time-series calculations like Monte Carlo simulations and algorithms widely run… Read More

America’s First War Ship Doesn’t Weather Blizzard Juno: Crowdfunding for Tall Ship Providence on GoFundMe

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This week’s blizzard created havoc in the northeast, an in particular for the Tall Ship Sloop Providence which experienced excessive damage during the storm.  To pay for damage not covered by insurance, Tall Ship Providence Captain/Owner Thorpe Leeson and International Performance Artist Nichole Raab looked to raise 900K on GoFundMe to help set sail Tall Ship Providence again. The… Read More

Brief: TweelX Music Stock Exchange Completes Series A Funding

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TweelX, a Nashville-based startup that launched its patent-pending Music Stock Exchange in 2013, has raised $200,000 in series A funding. Three investors participated in the transaction last month, including La Ragazza & Associates and Atlantic Merchant Capital Investors. Co-founder and CEO of TweelX, Chase Tweel noted, “This funding transaction is part of a broader plan… Read More

How to Run a “Kick Butt” Kickstarter Campaign (Infographic)

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Running a crowdfunding campaign, be it for rewards or other, takes a ton of work. The team at Crowdfund Insider continues to see promising products that fail in their crowdfunding venture mainly due to lack of preparation and the fact that too many creators believe: if we build it they will come. Unfortunately having a… Read More

elmspring Participants PeerRealty & ReaLync Set To Be Featured at January 2015’s Technori Pitch

Technori Pitch

Real estate startup accelerator program, elmspring, announced this week that two participants of its program, PeerRealty and ReaLync, are set to featured at the January 2015’s Technori Pitch. Technori Pitch is described as “a monthly showcase of innovative starters, showcasing what they have just launched.” The series has brought over 180 tech startups and professionals—including the founders of 37signals, Apple’s… Read More

Fund Wisdom: Equity Crowdfunding Public Offerings Drove $278M in Angel Investing for 2014

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Fund Wisdom, an equity analytics firm analyzing online equity offerings, released its first annual Investment Insight report for 2014. The report details industry-wide online private equity offerings from top investment platforms including AngelList, SeedInvest, WeFunder, Onevest, Fundable, EquityNet, Return On Change, CrowdFunder, and EarlyShares for the last calendar year. FundWisdom found that 296 SEC Regulation… Read More

Alchemiya Becomes First Sharia’h Compliant Crowdfunding Campaign on Crowdcube

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Earlier this month, Crowdfund Insider reported on Alchemiya, a premium online subscription-based video on demand platform for Muslim entertainment, which launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube to raise £60,000 so that it may expand its already growing services. It was known as the first Muslim media company to debut a public equity crowdfunding campaign. Alchemiya aims to… Read More

A $710 Million Crowdfinanced Company: An Alternative to Venture Capital

Crowdfunding vs Venture Capital

Last week the UC Berkeley case study on Sanovas Inc., the San Rafael California Life Science accelerator was presented  at the JP Morgan Chase OneMed conference to a packed audience of over 120 investors.  I presented the case study, which is the first in a series to be released by UC Berkeley looking at innovative… Read More

Debrett’s Dubs Crowdcube’s Co-Founder Darren Westlake One of Britain’s Most Influential Entrepreneurs

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Debrett‘s, an online source on British social skills, etiquette and style, recently announced its annual Britain’s 500 Most Influential List. This list features very well known people in British society and is carefully complied by independent panels of specialists in each field who has provided nominations for selections. Co-founder of Crowdcube, Darren Westlake, was selected… Read More

Matthew Inman’s Exploding Kittens Card Game Becomes Most Backed Project in Kickstarter’s History (Video)

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One week down, nearly three more weeks to go! The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman has been super busy continuing to promote his already Kickstarter success card game, Exploding Kittens.Now the project is nearing $4.3 million on the crowdfunding giant’s platform and has been dubbed the “The Most Backed Campaign in Kickstarter History.” As previously reported, Inman teamed… Read More

iProperty: “UK Property Industry is Running Scared”

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This is a bit of an interesting story of the disruption occurring in the UK real estate market. The internet is improving all forms of commerce.  Real estate is one of the industries in dire need of innovation.  A company called theiPropertyCompany launched last year to list real estate globally for free. No buyers or… Read More

Seed&Spark Partners With Wemo.io to Launch Content Production Grant to Promote Diversity & Educate Virtual Reality Content Filmmakers

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Seed&Spark, a crowdfunding and distribution platform for independent filmmakers and Wemo.io, a virtual reality technology and platform company, today jointly launched a diversity-minded grants program to empower independent filmmakers to become part of the growing virtual reality (VR) industry. During the Sundance Film Festival, Wemo.io and Seed&Spark will demo various VR experiences for filmmakers and… Read More

ToyBacker Launches New Crowdfunding Platform Dedicated to Toy Projects

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With the increasingly competitive landscape of the toy development and retail industries, crowd funding has emerged as a gateway for toy innovators to display and gather support for ideas that may have been passed up by large toy companies. ToyBacker announced on Wednesday (January 28th) the launch of its very own crowdfunding platform that is… Read More

Mangopay Establishes Presence in UK in Expansion Push

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Luxembourg based Mangopay, a payment solutions provider that works with a broad variety of transactional sites including crowdfunding platforms, has opened up an office Level 39, Canary Wharf in London positioning the company for further growth.  The Mangopay API was released in 2013 and today has over 350 European clients.  Mangopay will be working with Barclays as… Read More