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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.

Brief: Chinese Platform KaiStart Adds to Series A Round

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Chinese crowdfunding platform KaiStart announced this week they had closed on a Series “A+” funding  round led by Matrix Partners and Vision Capital. At the end of 2015, KaiStart had revealed it had raised $5.2 million from a broad group of investors including; Incapital, Meridian… Read More

Fundnel Goes Big. Investment Crowdfunding Platform Provides Access to Capital for ASEAN SMEs

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  Fundnel (pronounced like Funnel) is one of several investment crowdfunding platforms that have launched in Singapore over the past year. But even though there are a growing number of sites entering the internet finance space, Fundnel claims the title of Asia’s first collaborative fundraising platform… Read More

I-Lend Partners with Lenddo to Expand into Singapore P2P Lending Market

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Fintech opportunities are percolating in southeast Asia. Earlier this week, the Silicon-based venture capital firm, Sequoia Capital, closed a $920 M fund capital to invest majorly in Indian startups along with South East Asian companies.  With the reserve bank actively studying peer lending, this part of the globe… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding is a Lot of Work. Invivo Wines Shares Story of Success

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Invivo Wines raised a respectable $2 million on Kiwi investment crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect last year. Prior to listing shares on the site, Invivo was described as the fastest growing wine brand in New Zealand. The company had set a funding target of $500,000 on… Read More

British Business Bank: the UK Now Has a Record 5.4 Million Small Businesses

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In the UK, similar to other parts of the world, SMEs are the engine of economic growth and associated job and wealth creation.  According to the Federation of Self-Employed and Small Businesses (FSB); Small businesses account for 99.3% of all private sector businesses at the… Read More

Bank of England cites Decline in SME Lending. Funding Circle Says Non-Bank Lending Saves the Day

Bank of England Results for December 2015

The Bank of England has published its periodic update on lending and, according to their to numbers, loans to non-financial businesses decreased by £3.7 billion in December 2015. This is compared to an average monthly decrease of £0.3 billion over the previous six months. The… Read More

Spanish Biotech Platform Capital Cell Quickly Nears Self-Crowdfunding Campaign Goal; Xavier and Josep Castells Lead Investing Round

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Capital Cell is the first European equity crowdfunding platform specializing in biotech and  life sciences startups and companies.  Capital Cell links with entrepreneurs seeking funding with investors who want to invest their money in projects with a high growth potential. To date the Barcelona-based equity crowdfunding platform founded in 2015… Read More

Assetz Capital Says it Has £525 Million Ready to Lend to UK SMEs

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Peer t0 peer lender Assetz Capital has revealed it has secured funding from “a number of financial institutions” and will be providing access to capital for UK SMEs.  Assetz Capital provides a variety of products including commercial mortgages, SME term loans, development finance, bridge loans,… Read More

UK P2P Industry Lent £2.2 Billion in 2015

P2PFA Members as of January 2016

The UK Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) has published end of year numbers for 2015. The P2PFA tracks the top peer to peer lenders in the UK.  In Q4 of 2015, P2PFA members generated just shy of £650 million in loans. Their numbers also… Read More

Ireland Government Talks with GLI Regarding Fund Management Said to Hit Snag

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GLI Finance, an alternative finance portfolio company, was apparently queued up to aid the  Irish government in its creation of a fund that would boost non-bank lenders.  According to a report in the Independent, negotiations were “unsuccessful”. GLI apparently declined to comment. The Ireland Strategic… Read More

Chinese Regulators Said to Launch Campaign to Regulate Internet Finance as Ezubao Fraud Pegged at 40 Billion Yuan

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Banking regulators are said to be establishing a “monitoring and warning system” against financial risk and fraud. This is a according to a report in China News that reported a statement that was released at a conference on political and legal work earlier this month…. Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Floating “Air” Bonsai, SprayPrinter & LIV Swiss Automatic Watch

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After a brief interlude thanks to the snowstorm otherwise known as Jonas, Mailbox is back with some cool rewards-based crowdfunding campaigns. First up we have a floating plant. We have seen other floating campaigns before but I believe this is the first floating plant to… Read More

European Parliament on the Collaborative Economy

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Published during the final weeks of 2015, the European Parliament released an extensive document on the collaborative economy.  The shifting economics driven by sharing and technology has already altered entire industries. That we all know but this is only the beginning.  The scribes at the… Read More

DirectMoney Updates Shareholders on Q2 Performance

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Australian marketplace lending platform DirectMoney (ASX:DM1) has posted its Q2 results for the period ending December 21st, 2015.  DirectMoney listed its shares on the ASX just last year in mid-July. The IPO priced out at $0.20/share. The company was launched in 2006 but created a… Read More

How Risky is Equity Crowdfunding? Beauhurst Has Answers

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UK research firm Beauhurst has compiled some interesting data regarding the success, or failure rate, of issuers raising capital via equity crowdfunding. The UK is the most developed country in the world when it comes to raising capital online.  But the real results will inevitably… Read More

VPC Specialty Lending Investments Declares Dividend. Announces Share Conversion

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VPC Specialty Lending Investments (LSE tickers: VSL and VSLC) has declared an “interim” dividend of 2.0 pence per ordinary share for the quarter ending December 21, 2015.  VPC also declared a 1.07 pence per share dividend for C shares for the period from October 2nd to… Read More

Pan Asian Platform Fundnel Partners with Anthill Ventures in India

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Fundnel, an investment crowdfunding platform that has taken a regional approach to raising capital, has formed a partnership with Anthill Ventures – a venture group and “speed scaling firm” based in India.  Startups graduating from the Anthill program will be migrated to the Fundnel platform… Read More