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.

FundedByMe Experiences Early Success in Finland

Marita Huurinainen

Following the appointment of a country manager for Finland, Niclas Ahlström, international crowdfunding platform FundedByMe states it is experiencing solid growth in the market having attracted multiple projects. Most recently FundedByMe launched a funding round for Marita Huurinainen, a fashion brand aiming at global growth that… Read More

Funding for Lending Extended. GLI Finance Says Program Does Not Solve the Problem

George Osborne and David Cameron

The Bank of England (BOE) announced the extension of the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) that was designed to provide easier access to capital for SMEs.  The BoE stated the program will provide lenders with continued certainty over the availability of cheap funding to support lending… Read More

LendInvest: We Have Helped to Add 1200 Properties to UK Housing Inventory in 2015

Construction crane UK

LendInvest, a peer to peer mortgage lender, states it has helped to add over 1200 properties to the UK housing stock since the beginning of 2015.  This is almost double the figure year prior.  LendInvest is now the 4th largest P2P lender in the UK…. Read More

Former CEO of Barclays: “The Number of People & Branches Employed by the Financial Services Sector May Decline by as Much as 50%”

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Anthony Jenkins, is a former CEO of Barclay’s Group having managed the global firm from 2012 to 2015. He was sacked by John “Mack the Knife” McFarlane in the summer of 2015. Jenkins had set out to tackle a “culture of self-enrichment” and to refocus… Read More

OurCrowd Portfolio Company Trendlines IPOs on Singapore Exchange

Trendlines celebrates SGX Listing

Trendlines, an Israeli based tech company that targets the medical and agricultural industry, recently completed its IPO on the Catalist of the SingaporeExhcange trading under the on ticker symbol SGX:42T.  The company reports that S$38.7 million was raised with IPO proceeds of S$25 million adding to pre-IPO investment…. Read More

Dan Cobley on SalaryFinance: We Offer Working People Much Cheaper Loans

Dan Cobley

Dan Cobley, a former Googler and CEO of Brightbridge Ventures, was chatting up his newest venture last week, SalaryFinance. The company that seeks to provide a credit vehicle that companies can offer to employees to refinance debt such as credit cards.  Because the employer knows… Read More

Brave New Coin & Smartbit Partner to Create BNC Bitcoin Liquid Index


New Zealand based Brave New Coin and Australia based Smartbit have formed a partnership to create a new cryptocurrency index. The duo have launched the BNC Bitcoin Liquid Index (BNC-BLX) in an attempt to create the “first provable index” for financial markets. According to information provided… Read More

Sandi Gilbert of SeedUps Canada Discusses Equity Crowdfunding in Canada (Video)

Sandi Gilbert

Sandi Gilbert, co-founder and CEO of SeedUps Canada, the first investment crowdfunding platform to set up shop in the country, was interviewed by Du Plooy Law in Calgary.  Gilbert notes that other countries have pushed forward to advance crowdfunding but now Canadian regulators have finally… Read More

Bragi Dash Enters Mass Production. Angela Merkel Approves

Angela Merkel looks at Bragi Dash

The Bragi Dash is finally in mass production.  In a backer update, Dash creators stated that broad shipping will occur next weeks with batches going to specific regions around the world via UPS. Production is expected to quickly ramp to approximately 1500 Dashes per day.  One… Read More

UK Government Responds to Enterprise Bill Proposals & Creation of Small Business Commissioner

UK Treasury

The UK Government has published its response to the Enterprise Bill that was created to establish, as a new public body, a Small Business Commissioner.  The new position was described as including the functions of providing general advice and information to small businesses, and considering… Read More

Jack + Bill Provides Pro-Bono Assistance to Pozible Crowdfunding Campaigns

Jack + Bill team photo

Porter Novelli, an Australian based marketing firm, has once again assisted several crowdfunding campaigns raise funding on Pozible. This is the second year the company has partnered with Pozible to aid several projects. Using their “pop-up” public relations creation, jack + bill, the group has… Read More

How can SMEs in the North of the UK Respond to the Hidden Credit Crunch?

Northern Powerhouse United Kingdom

Overdrafts have been small businesses’ go-to source of working capital for years now — a dependable way to cover short-term cash flow issues and ride out periods of instability. But since 2011, the banks have reduced or removed business overdrafts at a rate of £5… Read More

Louise Beaumont of GLI Finance Comments on Autumn Statement

George Osborne Autum Statement

Alongside the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, there were several associated releases published by the Exchequer’s office.  Louise Beaumont, Head of Public Affairs at GLI Finance and a frequent commenter on policy issues regarding SME’s and the economy, has shared some thoughts regarding specific announcements presented by… Read More

Peer-to-Peer Lender Assetz Capital Set to Launch Innovative Finance ISA Account

Stuart Law

Following today’s Autumn Statement from Chancellor George Osborne, in which he  addressed the government’s success and pinpointing areas for economic improvement, Assetz Capital, one of the UK’s fastest growing peer-to-peer alternative finance platforms, revealed it is set to launch an innovative finance ISA account.  Stuart Law,… Read More

Autumn Statement: “Sound Public Finances & Great Public Services? If You are Bold with Your Reforms You can Have Both”

George Osborne at Podium

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne gave a rousing speech highlighting the government’s success and pinpointing areas for economic improvement today in his annual trip to Parliament. The Autumn Statement delivered by Osborne can certainly be viewed as a success once you compare the UK economy… Read More