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We find crowdfunding news from around the world and share it with you here. Some content is translated by our rather worldly in-house staff.

Renaissance Brewing Quickly Funds, As First Ever Equity Crowdfunding Offer Paves the Way in New Zealand

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Equity crowdfunding on Snowball Effect, the first ever offer in New Zealand quickly hit is crowdfunding target of $600,000 and closed at their over-funding target of $700,000 or 117% funded.  Snowball Effect shared the news in a tweet this past Friday;   And we’re done! #700k@RenaissanceBeerpic.twitter.com/eHLYUY9VSI — Snowball Effect (@snowballnz) August 23, 2014 The funding… Read More

German Agenda Targets Digital Growth But Finance Ministry Contradicts with Draft Law on Small Investors

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This past week German cabinet ministers voiced their support on a digital future by approving a “Digital Agenda 2014-2017” plan that intends on boosting digital technology and utilization in the economic engine of Europe. Interestingly Germany places 13th in internet connectivity behind both Belgium and the Netherlands.  The plan hopes to increase the number of… Read More

Diaspora Social Network, Originally Crowdfunded on Kickstarter, Now Being Used by ISIS

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In a posting on the Diaspora blog entitled, “Islamic State Fighters on Diaspora*”, the site operators have clarified they cannot prevent anyone from using their software as multiple reports have been released indicating ISIS is actively using their platform. ISIS, or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,  is a radicalized Islamic movement that has terrorized… Read More

Coin Delays Full Launch Until 2015

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According to several reports, Coin – the one card to replace them all- has delayed complete launch until next year. COIN released a wildly popular product as part of pretail crowdfunding campaign.  A witty pitch video, that went viral, described a product that most people quickly understood – and wanted.  A single credit card sized… Read More

Kreyos Founder Steve Tan Responds to Disgruntled Backers

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In a posting on Facebook the elusive Steve Tan, founder of the Kreyos Smartwatch, responded to his critics.  For those of you who are just catching up now,  Kreyos launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in 2013 that was hugely successful.  The campaign closed as one of the most funded campaigns ever on the global… Read More

Australian Auto Maker Launches Crowdfunding Campaign For Supercar

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Not letting a little speed bump get in the way of his automobile dreams, Australian native Matt Thomas launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to bring his small supercar startup, JOSS, back to life. According to Motor Authority, Thomas founded JOSS in 1998 with a vision to design and produce a world-class supercar that was… Read More

MP Craig Foss Talks Crowdfunding on Snowball Effect

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The Honorable Craig Foss, a member of Parliament in New Zealand and former banker, has shared his opinion on the benefits of equity crowdfunding and peer to peer lending on Kiwi crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect.  The Financial Markets Conduct Act (FMC Act) legalized both equity crowdfunding and P2P lending in New Zealand.  The country has… Read More

GlobalGiving is Raising Funds for Ebola Epidemic Relief

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Non-profit donation based crowdfunding platform GlobalGiving, has launched an Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund to allow donors to contribute directly to locally driven Ebola relief efforts in West Africa.  The fund has been set up to supper nearly a dozen nonprofits that have been vetted by GlobalGiving. GlobalGiving reports that to date over 1500 individual donors… Read More

Social Lending Awards are Set for January in UK

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The inaugural Social Lending Awards is preparing to take place in London this coming January.  A veritable who’s who in the crowdfunding and peer to peer lending space will be participating in the ceremony.  The awards represent a major first for the social lending community with the intent to become the leading annual industry gathering for… Read More

Employees of Nice-Matin Launch Crowdfunding Campaign to Save Their Newspaper

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“Les titres du groupe Nice-Matin sont au bord de la faillite” The staff of the French daily newspaper, Nice-Matin, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on the French platform Ulule to raise €300,000. The funds raised will hopefully save the publication and convert it into a worker’s co-operative.  According to the crowdfunding campaign page the paper,… Read More

UK Entrepreneurial City Clusters (Infographic)

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The below interactive infographic is an interesting depiction of the entrepreneurial clusters that have formed in the United Kingdom.  The infographic is courtesy of the Policy Exchange and was developed in conjunction with a report on supporting tech clusters outside of London. The UK is experiencing significant growth in the technology sector.  FinTech has been… Read More

Beauhurst: Record Year for Equity Investments in UK

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According to research firm Beauhurst, United Kingdom equity investment has been growing at around 25% per year for over three years now – an impressive pace.  At least part of this growth is due to the liberal approach taken by UK regulators regarding new methods of capital formation such as crowdfunding.    Beauhurst reports that… Read More

London Councils Back Spacehive Campaign to Help Boroughs Crowdfund Christmas Lights

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Companies, councils, and locals are coming together to Save Santa this Christmas through a national online campaign to raise funding for festive high street decorations.  Civic crowdfunding platform, Spacehive, is calling on companies to help cash strapped towns and London boroughs secure the funds needed to bring festive cheer to our high streets – from… Read More

Innovestor is Finland’s Newest Equity Crowdfunding Platform

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Finland welcomed a new equity crowdfunding platform today. Innovestor, a company formed this past May, was launched by CEO Tommi Äijälä and Antti Parviainen to help cultivate and fund startups.  Recognizing a common theme around the world that one of the most challenging obstacles for a young company is finding appropriate and adequate funding, they… Read More

First New Zealand Offer, Renaissance Brewing, Nears Equity Crowdfunding Goal

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The very first company in New Zealand to take advantage of the new Kiwi exemption that legalized equity crowdfunding – Renaissance Brewing  - has issued the last call for shares.  The offer has been live on Snowball Effect for just over a week and stands at over 90% funded.  In a note to followers Renaissance… Read More

Noitom’s Perception Neuron Quickly Raises Half of $250K Goal on Kickstarter

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Project Perception Neuoron: Motion Capture, VR and VFX quickly raised over half of their crowdfunding campaign goal on Kickstarter as the professional community recognized the potential for the project. It is the goal of creating company Noitom to turn motion capture into a common tool even the smallest production company can afford. Their motion capture systems… Read More

LoveTagged Matchmakes with FundedByMe, Facebook Dating App Crowdfunds 60% of Goal

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On Track to Become the First Danish Team to Crowdfund Successfully. LoveTagged, the innovative dating matchmaker on Facebook, has reached 60% of its goal with ten days remaining on its FundedByMe equity crowdfunding campaign. “If the case succeeds it will be the first Danish team ever to have equity crowdfunded successfully!” exclaimed Christian Gabriel of FundedByMe. “Even… Read More

Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Map (Infographic)

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Democratization of energy and finance now go hand in hand, thanks to crowdfunding.  A growing number of platforms from all over the world are enabling people to contribute towards the environment themselves, while making returns that beat any saving account. For renewable energy project developers this also opens a world of opportunities, tapping into the… Read More

Hubbub, Crowdfunding for Universities, Raises Equity on Crowdcube

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Hubbub is a crowdfunding platform.  They offer their services to universities and other educational entities to fundraise for student projects, faculty or just about whatever the institution desires.  Their core product is a white label offer that is branded to work with engaged communities. Now they are looking to expand.  So what do they do?… Read More

The Crowdfunding Centre: London is the World’s Crowdfunding Capital

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Move over, New York City and San Francisco. According to a recent report, London has been dubbed the world’s capital of crowdfunding. During one of The Crowdfunding Centre events last week, an interactive map shows that London was the top city for the funding option, all thanks to local businesses and startups creating more campaigns… Read More