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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.

OurCrowd Has Raised $60 Million in Equity Crowdfunding

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Global Equity  Crowdfunding Platform OurCrowd States Over $60 Million has been raised for 46 Companies in Just 16 Months. OurCrowd, a leading equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors, announced today that it has successfully raised $60 million in the aggregate to date over its platform for its 46 portfolio companies. This is a substantial achievement… Read More

Iconic Liverpool “Bombed Out Church” to Be Saved by Crowdfunder campaign

Bombed Out Church

Liverpool set to save St Luke’s “Bombed Out Church” by raising funds on Crowdfunder. Residents of Liverpool have launched a Crowdfunder campaign to protect the future of one of the cities most famous landmarks and community spaces. The project, which has been launched on Crowdfunder, the UK rewards-based crowdfunding website has been created to raise £18,000 to provide a sustainable… Read More

SunFunder Launches 2nd Solar Empowerment Fund

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Since launching in 2012, SunFunder has sought to address the needs of off-grid communities by providing finance for solar energy.  SunFunder wants to “unlock the solar revolution” in emerging markets something that benefits both the community that receives financing and the rest of the world since it shifts energy from fossil fuels to renewable energy…. Read More

Jan Henric Buettner Books Companisto for Weissenhaus Resort & Spa Crowdfunding: New German Luxury Hotel on the Baltic

WEISSENHAUS Grand Village Resort & Spa Castle

Investment Opportunity Leaps Out of the Gate Quickly Raising Over €200,000. Where could the new World Cup Team Deuschland return home, celebrate and relax by the sea?  Schloss Weissenhaus! With plenty of space for a team or a large gathering, the Weissenhouse compound comprises 750,000 square meters, an area of more than 100 soccer fields. GOOOAL!… Read More

FCA Accused of Gagging Social Media Use with Equity Crowdfunding

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  According to a release by the CrowdfundingCentre, a briefing and submission to Ministers handed to Treasury officials documents how the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) is abusing legislation created before the social web existed to gag its use with equity crowdfunding. The report states the action, which extends to gagging anyone even mentioning a crowdfund… Read More

Ratesetter CEO: British Business Bank to Start Using Ratesetter Platform

The British Business Bank

Peer to peer (P2P) lender Ratesetter received another round of good news as CEO Rhydian Lewis announced publicly the British Business Bank will start lending through the Ratesetter platform on July 21st.  The government owned entity was created to make financial markets work more effectively for small business. We are pleased to let our customers… Read More

Fundrazr: Potato Salad Kickstarter Funds Could Be Used to Change Lives (Infographic)

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The Potato Salad Kickstarter campaign has quickly become an internet meme and will soon become an urban legend.  The thought that a $10 crowdfunding campaign to make … Potato Salad.. could raise over $40,000 (and depending on the time and day much more) is pretty crazy.  Now I don’t think anyone holds it against Zack… Read More

Brief: Funding Circle Reviewing More Loans on a Case by Case Basis

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Funding Circle UK recently shared they had adjusted their policy on the types of loans and security required to allow the offer.  The peer to peer lender removed the £150,000 threshold for loans without asset security thus allowing their credit team greater flexibility in assessing and approving loans. The company also stated they will start to review… Read More

Tim Simon, CEO of Madiston LendLoanInvest, Talks Future of Peer to Peer Lending

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Peer to Peer lending is experiencing dramatic growth in the UK  (and around the world).  While traditional loans have, in some categories, lagged the economic expansion, P2P is booming.  In fact UK businesses have benefited from over a half a billion in funds and consumer P2P lending may have reached over £1 billion at the end… Read More

Update: Powered Now Takes Just 12 Days to Raise £350,000

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Powered Now Raises Equity on Crowdfunding Platform Crowdcube. Tech start-up Powered Now, a mobile administrative app for tradesmen, has cruised by its equity crowdfunding target of £350,000 after just 12 days and is now overfunding. The additional capital will be used to further market and develop its app for tradesmen and field trade companies, simplifying… Read More

Nicola Horlick’s Glentham Capital Raises Equity on Seedrs for Major Expansion

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Boosts Equity Crowdfunding Offer – Raising £450,000 on Seedrs. Nicola Horlick, one of the UK’s most well known and highly regarded fund manager, has announced that her new fund management firm, Glentham Capital, is increasing the target for its core film finance fund from $100 million to $250 million.  Apparently the increase has been driven… Read More

Crowdfunding Asia Gears Up for Inaugural Event in Singapore

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Crowdfunding is taking off in Asia.  Depending on the country and the legal environment, rewards based and investment based crowdfunding is moving forward as the new approach to capital formation.  While the United States has been a leader in rewards based crowdfunding, Europe and Australia has led the charge on the investment side.  Asia is… Read More

VW Oldie Käfer Tour Crowdfunding on Welcome Investment: Punchbuggy Fahrvergnügen Revisted!

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Oldie Käfer Tour Berlin has launched a campaign on the German equity crowdfunding site Welcome Investment.   For as little as 1€, backers may invest in the future of Oldie Käfer Tour Berlin.  The tour company hopes to secure its goal of 50,000€ for 5.9% equity.  Funding from the campaign will be used to expand… Read More

FarmDrop is Equity Crowdfunding for Online Farmers Market

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FarmDrop backed by ASOS and Street Car founders. FarmDrop, a new way to buy and sell local and seasonal food is raising capital on equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube.  The digital farmer’s market has launched a campaign to raise £400,000 representing 17% equity in the company.  The funding round has quickly raised over £170,000 backed by… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Fitle Reinvents Shopping, Tablet Riser for iPad & Wedg Secure Cloud Solution

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So for all Mailbox readers today – I will suggest you read the story about the Coolest Cooler.  Not necessarily because it is a cool project (it is) but because the organizer launched a campaign back in 2013 – for effectively the very same product – and failed.  The campaign was looking to raised $125,000… Read More

Zoomaal Founder Discusses Crowdfunding’s Popularity in the Middle East

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As crowdfunding becomes more popular in various countries, recent reports reveal the funding option is gaining attention in the Middle East. According to the Huffington Post, a handful of Lebanese entrepreneurs are using crowdfunding to create and sustain social initiative throughout the country, some of which have a strong focus on disadvantaged youth. Lebanese-American and MIT… Read More

Cauli Rice Seeks to Raise £300,000 in Equity For Low Calorie Alternative Meal

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Ready to bring an alternative to white rice, UK-based Cauli-Rice launched a Crowdcube crowdfunding campaign to raise £300,000 in equity for its low calorie meal. Cauli-Rice is considered a rice replacement product that has 80% less calories but with the same level of taste and satisfaction as ordinary white rice. The company noted, “We beleive it… Read More

Peer-to-Peer Lender RateSetter First to Receive Risk Rating

Rhydian Lewis

RateSetter risk-rated similar to cash by FE, a provider of investment analysis and research. The growing global peer to peer (P2P) lending industry took another step in the direction of popular acceptance as RateSetter, the UK’s biggest P2P lender by monthly volume, has now become the first platform to be risk-rated by the ratings and… Read More

Mighty No. 9 Creator Announces $200,000 Crowdfunding Campaign

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Earlier this week, Comcept founder and former Mega Man producer Keiji Inafune announced the launch of another crowdfunding campaign for action platform Mighty No. 9. The game raised over $3.8 million on Kickstarter last year. The first and only goal on the website is full English voice acting. The main goal is to raise $200,000…. Read More

Newspryng Launches New Crowdfunding Platform For Freelance Writers & Journalists

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UK-based crowdfunding website Newspryng officially launched its platform last week. The new site offers freelance writers a chance to publish their new work, while getting paid for it. Explaining the platform’s main focus, the team of Newspryng stated it “experiments with a new model for journalism that combines open journalism with crowdfunding. Much has been… Read More