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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.

Eureeca Crowdfunding Platform Hit with SEC Cease & Desist for Solicitation Violations

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First Investment Crowdfunding Platform to Stumble on General Solicitation Requirements. Eureeca, a Dubai based investment crowdfunding platform, ran afoul of the Securities and Exchange Commission as a Cease and Desist order was filed today against the young company.  Regulators instituted proceedings based off of findings that Eureka had failed to implement procedures sufficient to prevent… Read More

Xiomi Backed Jimubox to Triple Peer to Peer Lending to $1.6 Billion in 2015

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In a recent report China peer to peer (P2P) lending platform Jimubox disclosed it expects to triple its lending business to $1.6 billion in 2015.  The company lent a total of 100 million Yuan ($16.3 million) in 2013 after launching in August. Former Wall Street banker and CEO of  Jimubox, Dong Jun explained late last… Read More

Two OurCrowd Portfolio Companies on “Most Promising Startup List”

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Global investment crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has received a nice recognition with the mentioning of two of their portfolio companies in Globes “Most Promising Israeli Startup of 2014″ list. OurCrowd has taken an international approach to their listed companies but they are based in Jerusalem with many of their companies operating in Israel.  OurCrowd is a… Read More

Brief: Several Crowdfunding Execs on BI UK Coolest People in Tech List

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While it is not quite clear how one qualifies as “cool” these days, leading news publication Business Insider has put together their list of UK coolness in tech.  BI points out that after Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley in NYC – London has become a hot startup scene for tech.  Now with the UK government… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Mantry Craft Cocktails, Archt Wireless Audio & Fugu Luggage

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I have been known to consume a cocktail or two in my day. I must admit that a touch of bourbon is frequent sentry when I am working late at night.  So when I saw the crowdfunding page for Mantry “Craft Cocktails” I was more than intrigued. Artisan food is all the rage. Mantry has… Read More

Bondora Peer to Peer Platform Compares European Sites

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Bondora, a fast growing peer to peer lending platform based in Estonia recently shared some comparison data on how their platform matches up agains some of their peers.  Granted this is their perspective but it is interesting none the less. Bondora, previously known as isePankur, has recognized the limits within their domestic market and pushed… Read More

FundedByMe: How We Raised Over €600,000 in 5 Days (Infographic)

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FundedByMe, an investment crowdfunding platform based in Sweden but with operations in Finland, Denmark, Singapore, Spain, Germany, Italy & Norway, recently launched a self-crowdfunding campaign to raise capital for their expansion.  In March of 2014 the campaign hit the pages of the funding platform with an initial goal of raising €320,000 in 45 days.  Instead it… Read More

Assetz Capital: “Peer to Peer Market Set for Growth Challenges Ahead”

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In response to the much anticipated Nesta report that was published today, CEO and founder of Assetz Capital Stuart Law has commented on the challenges ahead for crowdfunding and the peer to peer lending sector. Stuart Law commented on the report; “It’s easy to get carried away by big figures but what’s important about this… Read More

Nesta: Alternative Finance More than Doubles for 2014

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Nesta, a  UK based innovation charity and staunch proponent of entrepreneurship and creativity, has published an update on the alternative finance industry in the United Kingdom.  The report is a joint effort between Nesta and the University of Cambridge.  The report notes this new financial sector, that includes crowdfunding, peer to peer (P2P) lending, and… Read More

Coolest Cooler Partners with Dragon Innovation on Production

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Coolest Cooler, the largest crowdfunding campaign ever on the Kickstarter platform, is working with Dragon Innovation to aid in the production process of manufacturing, shipping and delivering over 60,000 tricked out coolers by early 2015.  In a note to backers, project creator Ryan Grepper delivered his first mass communication in almost a month.  Gripper acknowledged… Read More

Scotland Police Investigate Delayed Kickstarter Project

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One of the most challenging aspects of rewards based crowdfunding are the all too frequent delays in product deliver.  There is a blurry line where backers, frustrated by extended delays and potentially lost funds, assume fraud versus a struggling young company attempting to hit unrealistic goals. vrAse, an Edinburgh, Scotland based startup, ventured into the… Read More

Companisto: Investors May Receive Highest Return Ever on German Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

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Berlin based Companisto, a fast growing equity crowdfunding platform, has shared a recent story of crowdfunding success.  In June of 2012, 446 investors participated in a self crowdfunding campaign of the Companisto platform. Companisto raised €100,000 as investors took a chance on the fledgling platform, and the determined entrepreneurs, in what was certainly a risky… Read More

Brief: Star Citizen Creator Discusses Crowdfunding & The Video Game’s Development (Video)

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With Star Citizen continuing to be the most crowdfunded video game of all time, creator Chris Roberts sat down to discuss his experience with the funding method along with the game and its development. When Star Citizen surfaced in 2012, it immediately hit the spotlight and became one of the most popular crowdfunding campaigns on the web. The… Read More

AutoChina Announces Launch of New Peer to Peer Lending Platform: K-Lend

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AutoChina International, a commercial financing company for China’s transportation industry, has announced the launch of a new peer to peer (P2P) lending platform called K-Lend.  The news was revealed as part of a report regarding 3rd quarter results where AutoChina experienced a quarter over quarter growth of 7.6% in new leases.  AutoChina is a publicly… Read More

Give Local America To Host Crowdfunding Event In Support Of Local Charities

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On May 5, 2015, Give Local America will connect more than 10,000 cities across the country for what will be dubbed as the nation’s “largest 24-hour crowdfunding event.” The second annual event provides critical funding for thousands of local non-profits through the crowdfunding platform, Kimbia. This year’s campaign gains even more momentum as two of the country’s… Read More

Indiegogo Announces Campaign Benefits For #GivingTuesday 2014

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With consumers prepping for the upcoming holidays, along with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, organizations from all around the world, including PayPal,  JustGiving, eBay, and Discover, have teamed up to celebrate this year’s #GivingTuesday. Now, global crowdfunding giant, Indiegogo, has also announced its support for the special day of giving. As previously reported, #GivingTuesday is… Read More

UK’s The Crowdfunding Centre Update: For the 99% or the 1%?

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According to The Crowdfunding Centre, “It’s taken the entrepreneurship, business and creative worlds by storm; it’s enabled start-ups and established businesses alike to market test their products and get funded at the same time; and the UK is a world leader and the world’s fastest growing market. But is the future of crowdfunding under threat?” Many… Read More

Assetz Capital Tops £50 Million. Lending Volumes Increasing by 15% Each Month

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Assetz Capital Claims Exponential Growth.  Expects Volume to Near £100 Million for 2014. Following lending volumes in excess of £40 million in 2014, peer-to-peer (P2P) lender Assetz Capital has now lent more than £50 million to UK SMEs and property developers.  Assetz Capital has recently redesigned its platform in order to make P2P lending more… Read More

FMA Issues Crowdcube New Zealand its Crowdfunding License

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Financial Market Authority issued an equity crowdfunding license offered to a funding portal Crowdcube New Zealand today. The announcement was not unexpected as the investment crowdfunding was recently legalized in New Zealand  and Wellington-based Armillary Private Capital partnered with Crowdcube earlier this year to offer equity crowdfunding to investors in New Zealand. The FMA has published a guideline of minimum… Read More

Crowdcube to Boost 100,000 Strong & Growing Investor Community with ‘Taking over Bank’ Ad Campaign: Hopes to Add 50,000 Investors in 12 months

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The UK’s leading equity crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, launched its first high-impact advertising campaign to boost its growing investor community, which reached the 100,000 mark last week.  The advertising campaign, created by ad agency, Chapter, will see Crowdcube take over Bank Tube Station from 3 November, along with 100 branded taxis throughout the capital. Crowdcube’s forecasts suggest that… Read More