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.

Canada Eh? Bondora Crosses the Atlantic to Grow Peer to Peer Lending Platform

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Bondora has crossed the Atlantic. This is according to multiple reports that the Estonian based platform has entered North American, skipping the US, and heading due North. Quoted in the Globe & Mail, Partel Tomberg, Bondora co-founder and CEO, stated; “We are able to provide investors… Read More

All Aboard! Train Station Brewery is Equity Crowdfunding on FundedByMe

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Award-winning Swedish beer maker, Train Station Brewery, launched an equity crowdfunding campaign today on FundedByMe. According to the campaign page, the brewery is offering 10% ownership in one of the most popular breweries in Scandinavia. Founded about four years ago by Colin Nordstrom and Simon… Read More

Update: UN Refugee Kickstarter Campaign to Aid Syrian Refugees Exceeds $1.1M. Yes, You Can Do Something to Help.


The crowd has made and is making the difference.  Over 18,655 Kickstarter backers have responded to the UN’s call for funding to aid refugee Syrians in crisis. As reported by Crowdfund Insider‘s JD Alois, the White House has reached out to Kickstarter to help raise funding to… Read More

CoPower, an Online Marketplace for Clean Energy Closes Seed Round Led by RBC

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CoPower, an investment crowdfunding platform that targets the clean energy sector, has announced that it has raised $850,000 in seed financing led by RBC and Innovation Support. The company has been in operation for several years and has helped to raise over $1 million in… Read More

FCA Has Particular Interest in P2P Lending & Crowdfunding in Mortgage Sector

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced a “Call for Input” (CFI) today regarding the massive mortgage industry in the UK.  The FCA is seeking input from interested parties to “identify potential areas where competition may not be working well and could be improved”.  The FCA… Read More

WiSeed Passes €30 Million Funding Mark in France

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Investment crowdfunding platform WiSeed has surpassed € 30 million in funding.  Launched in 2008, WiSeed has been a leader in the nascent crowdfunding scene in France. In January 2015, Crowdfund Insider wrote that WiSeed had signed up 37,700 members, funded 51 startups, and raised  € 14… Read More

MyCouchbox, Companisto’s Newest Campaign, Quickly Nears Goal: Snacks Delivered to Your Door


With 60 days remaining on their Companisto campaign, MyCouchbox founders Sarah Haide and Clemens Walter are closing in on their 100,000€ minimum goal.  To date, the campaign has raised over 72,150€ from 132 investors. Valued at 1,200,000€, MyCouchbox is the leading German surprise snack box and sends sweet and salty… Read More

17 Funding Initiatives Providing Alternative to Traditional Banking Endorsed by Catalan Government

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In the days since the 27 September vote, Catalonia’s call for independence and regional election results have reignited debates against the Spanish government’s longstanding refusal to allow an independence referendum.   There has also been a call for freedom in finance, specifically a call for… Read More

Part III: Is Culture Killing Equity Crowdfunding in Canada: Real Estate Spotlight

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Real estate investment is a consistently hot news topic.  Open any newspaper or news website in Canada and coverage of the real estate market is easy to find, particularly in Vancouver and Toronto.  Fortunes are made investing in residential and commercial properties. Speculation, offshore investors,… Read More

Finpoint Makes Move to UK, Joins Forces with PwC and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership


The newly announced partnership between Finpoint, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and PwC allows for the expansion of Pinpoint’s service into the UK. Finpoint has already been supported by 70 lenders across the UK, including among others Loyds Bank, Metro Bank, Funding Circle, FundingKnight and… Read More

Announced this Past May, Crowd2Fund Opens Up “The Exchange” to Provide Liquidity for Alt Assets

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Investment crowdfunding platform Crowd2Fund has opened up their exchange to allow investors the opportunity to trade in alternative investments like equity that has been crowdfunded.  Crowd2Fund will also match sellers and buyers for assets purchased outside of the Crowd2Fund platform.  Originally announced this past May, Crowd2Fund… Read More

P2P Lender RateSetter Celebrates 5 Years & £800 Million in Loans

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RateSetter, a UK-based peer to peer lending platform first opened up for operations in 2010, completing its first loan on October 7th.  Since that date, the online lending platform has matched over £815 million in loans, paid almost £25 million in interest to investors and… Read More

Australia’s Innovation Minister Christopher Pyne: Crowdfunding Is A ‘Highest Priority’

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Australia’s Innovation Minister Christopher Pyne recently stated that governments had procrastinated on crowdfunding changes, and it was now a top priority, according to Australia’s Financial Review. Pyne said, To me it’s not that complicated, but that’s one of our highest priorities. There are things you can do quickly, there are… Read More

The UK Faces A Once-In-A-Century Chance To Be A Technology Leader, Writes Financial Times Correspondent


Aided by factors such as a record high number of registered businesses in the UK–5.2 million; a national interest in entrepreneurship; and SMEs accounting for just over 60 percent of private sector employment, according to the Department for Business, the UK has the chance to increase its… Read More

Crowdfunding in China: Potentials, Challenges, Risks and Solutions

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The concept of crowdfunding is derived from crowdsourcing and micro-finance. Crowdfunding is a financing process for individuals and enterprises to raise funds from the public via the internet. Crowdfunding platforms, project initiators, and investors are the participants in crowdfunding. Open online project exhibition, fund raising… Read More

Seeking Industry Transparency, Companisto Publishes Its Equity Crowdfunding Performance Data, Focusing on Germany, Austria and Switzerland

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Companisto,  the leading equity crowdfunding platform in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland with an annual financing volume of €12 million, has published information on the business development of start-ups financed through its platform for the first time. The platform has analyzed the development of share values between… Read More

ZenCap is Fastest Growing Online Lender in Europe

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ZenCap, a one-year-old Berlin-based direct lending platform is presently the fastest growing site in continental Europe.  According to data published by AltFi, ZenCap has generated Year over Year growth of an astounding 445.3%.  The next closest growth rate is of Auxmoney at less than half that… Read More

Bragi Dash Expects to Ship to All Backers by End of October

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The Bragi Dash crowdfunding campaign raised a solid $3.39 million on a $260,000 goal. The in-ear wireless, smart headphones generated the support of almost 16,000 individuals. The Bragi Dash stands as the 21st most funded campaign of all time on Kickstarter.  If you measure against… Read More