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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.

Crowdcube’s Investor Community Now Over 145,000. Tops £ 9 Million in Funding in February

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UK based investment crowdfunding platform Crowdcube has shared they experienced the best month ever for number of registered users.  For the month of February over 15,000 joined the funding portal.  This jump in users has now boosted their “investor community” to over 145,000 individuals. While not all of those users may invest the platform’s growth… Read More

Crowdfunding in France 2014 (Infographic)

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Crowdfunding in France received a significant boost last year when the government released rules governing the new form of finance. While not perfect the regulations were greeted as a positive first step in establishing a new, more efficient market for capital formation. France has not traditionally been known for a robust innovation sector but entrepreneurs… Read More

Crowdfunding Real Estate in France: Anaxago

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French real estate developers badly need private equity and French savers have a strong, yet until recently unsatisfied, appetite for investing in real estate development. Crowdfunding comes to the rescue. Two leading French equity crowdfunding sites Anaxago and WiSeed have recently launched a division dedicated to real estate crowdfunding and have strong ambitions for it…. Read More

Online Menswear Retailer The Idle Man Quickly Raises £500,000 Equity Crowdfunding

The Idle Man

Menswear retailer The Idle Man quickly jumped out of the gate topping £500,000 in just two days of equity crowdfunding on Crowdcube.  The funding round benefited from a single private equity group that committed £449,990.  The balance was invested by 73 individual investors.  New investors were also given a perk of receiving 20% off all… Read More

Symbid Announces the Funding Network Combining Traditional & New Forms of Finance

Symbid Funding Network

Symbid [OTCQB:SBID] has launched “The Funding Network” designed to combine both traditional and alternative forms of finance for startups and small businesses.  The new platform, and redesigned site, is described as representing the next phase in the evolution of the peer-to-peer model in the financial industry. The new platform seeks to challenge traditional financial industry structures… Read More

P2PFA Survey Indicates Consumers Want Separate ISA for Peer to Peer Assets

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A new survey from the Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) indicates that consumers “overwhelmingly” believe that peer-to-peer lending should be separated from traditional Cash or Stocks & Shares ISAs.  According to the P2PFA, the group polled over 4500 p2p investors regarding their preferences. This information comes at a time when the UK will soon decide how… Read More

Real Estate Crowdfunding Will Top $2.5 Billion in 2015 as Sector Takes Off

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One of the fastest segments of crowdfunding is the real estate sector. A perfect marriage of asset class with the convenience of online investing, real estate crowdfunding will completely alter the real estate finance industry.  Previously only an elite group of institutions and family offices had access to some of the most lucrative, on a… Read More

FundedHere: Singapore’s First Equity Crowdfunding Platform Launched By Andy Lim

Andy Lim

Singapore’s first true equity crowdfunding platform, FundedHere, launched today its platform to facilitate equity-based funding and venture debt for start-ups in the region from as low as S$5,000 (US$3,700). The new investment platform is viewed as a “springboard to fund projects in the region”. FundedHere is being sponsored by serial entrepreneur Andy Lim who founded… Read More

UK Report Indicates Need for Education on New Forms of Finance

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The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has published its Small Business Survey (SBS) 2014.  The document indicates an improving environment for SME’s largely coinciding with the improving economy.  There is one area though that indicates a greater need for outreach and education by investment crowdfunding platforms.  Under the area of access to capital, new… Read More

Flow Hive Crowdfunding Tops Indiegogo for Largest International Campaign Ever

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According to Indiegogo, the Flow Hive project is the new record holder for the largest internatial crowdfunding campaign ever on the global platform.  The Australian based project has raised an impressive $4.2 million in just 9 days.  Over 10,000 backers have committed funding so far.  This amount beats the previous amount by 92% – so it is… Read More

Peer to Peer Lender Landbay Announces New Standards in “Openness”

Landbay Security

Landbay, a peer to peer lender that focuses on buy-to-let mortgages, with all loans asecured against tenanted, existing UK residential property, has announced a “new standard of openness”.  Landbay will now share publicly a range of data associated with its direct lending platform. The information will include  type of property being lent against, loan-to-value, rental coverage, location,… Read More

Historic Glen Rothay Hotel Crowdfunds “Revenue Loan” on Crowd2Fund

Glen Rothay Hotel

Modern finance meets history business operation as Glen Rothay Hotel enlists Crowd2Fund to raise capital for expansion and improvement of existing facilities. Glen Rothay, and associated Badger Bar, is a hotel located in the lake district that dates back to 1624.  The landmark property is a traditional inn that is said to attract both hikers… Read More

The Next British Invasion: Non Registered Securities Via the Crowd Can Succeed in the United States

The Beatles British Invasion

At the end of 2014, Robert Steinhoff, a JD candidate at the University of Colorado Law School, published a comment on the investment crowdfunding environment in the UK drawing a parallel to what could occur in the United States. The interesting thesis recognized the UK as leading the securities crowdfunding space having embraced a light… Read More

Jeremy Rifkin Opens EIB Conference with Presentation on Digital Europe

BW Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin delivered the opening keynote address today at the European Investment Bank (EIB) conference on “Momentum for Europe—Innovation and Competitiveness. Rifkin presented a “new plan” for the next stage of the European evolution that incorporated the build-out and scale-up of an Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure for a Digital Europe. Rifkin has defined this… Read More

Boston Consulting Group: Yes Europe Needs a Capital Markets Union

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Crowdfund Insider reported last week on the push within the EU to further capital markets integration in light of the daunting challenges of a fragmented regulatory regime and cross border idiosyncrasies.  The European Commission was envisioned as a seamless market facilitating continent wide economic amalgamation.  The reality has been a bit of a challenge as… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Spark Electric Bike, UAMP Amplifier for Your Smartphone & Noocity Growbed Urban Garden

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There has been a lot of coverage regarding electric bikes the past couple weeks with the launch, and associated controversy, of the Sondors (né Storm) ebike. Sondors has successfully fended off their critics and remains one of the most funded Indiegogo campaigns ever. But now we have another ebike crowdfunding campaign and this one is tackling the sector… Read More

Mambu’s Eugene Danilkis Discusses Opportunity and Innovation in the Blue Oceans of FinTech in Emerging Markets

Emerging Markets

Mambu, a cloud banking technology platform provider that works with more than 100 financial innovators worldwide, including Banco Macro, Opportunity International  and Yale University, uniquely sits at the nexus of the transformation and financial inclusion markets, where new applications and the cloud’s agility offers a particularly compelling value proposition for both existing banking institutions looking to innovate and digital disruptors… Read More

Multiple Crowdfunding Platforms Join Ben & Jerry’s Hunt for Entrepreneurs

Ben & Jerry's Join Our Core

Yesterday Crowdfund Insider announced that Symbid has partnered with Ben & Jerry’s Join Our Core 2015 competition.  Now several UK crowdfunding platforms have revealed a similar partnership in the hunt for the “brightest social entrepreneurs in Europe”. As noted on the Join Our Core page; Seedrs, Crowdcube and Crowdfunder.uk are all participating in the event. Ben… Read More

Innovate Finance to Host Fintech Global Summit in London: March 9th, Guild Hall

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Innovate Finance, the independent membership organisation that represents the voice of Britain’s global fintech sector, is hosting its first global summit on Tuesday, March 9th, 2015 at the Guildhall in London.  The major event will explore the impact of fintech on the financial services sector and how new innovations are helping to create a better… Read More

British Fintech Fund Illuminate Financial Invests in CloudMargin

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Illuminate Financial, a fintech venture fund focused on the capital markets industry, has made its first investment since its launch last year, taking a stake in collateral management outfit CloudMargin. Originally backed by a group of senior financial market executives, CloudMargin’s collateral and margin management technology was developed to cater specifically to buy-side and non-bank institutions… Read More