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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.

GiveALittle Raised $12.2 Million in New Zealand for 2014

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GiveALittle is a zero fees donation crowdfunding platform for New Zealanders. The no fee pledge is thanks to the owners the Spark Foundation who acquired the platform back in 2012.  The site has been doing the crowdfunding thing for about 8 years now and they are the leading charity platform in New Zealand.  Since the site launched… Read More

Crowdcube Announces Annual Award Recipients

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Crowdcube has gotten in the habit of handing out rewards to some of the more interesting and more creative companies that have raised capital via their platform each year.  It is a bit of the “best of the best” sort of thing where individual campaigns are recognized for their accomplishments during the past 12 months. Crowdcube… Read More

Report: UK Leads Europe for Equity Financings for VC backed Companies in Q4

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The United Kingdom led the way in venture capital for Q4 of 2014. The UK led Europe for both number of deals and amount raised. Germany took second place under both these metrics with the Netherlands in 3rd. The UK received € 524 million across 69 deals in Q4. The Brits took in 30% of all investment… Read More

Oppenheimer to Pay Fine for Selling Unregistered Securities

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Oppenheimer & Co.  was hit by a significant fine by the SEC for violating federal securities laws. Oppenheimer has agreed to admit wrongdoing and pay $10 million to settle the charges, according to the SEC.  Oppenheimer will pay an additional $10 million to settle a parallel action by the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)…. Read More

P2P Global Investments Successfully Raises £250 Million

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P2P Global Investments plc has announced their C Share funding round was over-subscribed and is now closed. According to a company spokesperson, the issue raised gross proceeds of £250 million via the issue of 25 million C Shares, of which 24,098,657 C Shares will be issued under the Placing and 901,343 C Shares will be issued… Read More

Hold My Mercedes McLaren, Would You? Luxury Asset Lender Borro Crowdfunds on OurCrowd

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A “last-minute business opportunity” is why an 18-karat white gold bracelet, diamond weight approximately 19 carats, was taken off its owner’s wrist and housed in a highly secure vault or with Citibank or Malca-Amit—temporarily. But jewelry and diamonds are only one type of high-class goods that Burro, an online luxury asset lender, accepts as collateral… Read More

Shari’ah Compliant Crowdfunding Platform Grows in Singapore & Indonesia

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Singapore based startup Club Ethis may be the world’s first Shari’ah compliant crowdfunding platform and according to information provided by the portal it is growing fast. Club Ethis is guided by 2 in-house Islamic scholars. Ethis believes it has shown that Islamic Finance, crowdfunding and real estate development are complementary industries and sectors that feed off… Read More

Symbid to Broaden Beyond Equity Crowdfunding. Site Update & New Features Coming in February.

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One of the very first equity crowdfunding platforms to go live on the internet, Symbid, has announced an evolutionary shift in a push to become a multi-faceted investment platform with a diverse portfolio of funding options. Launched in mid 2011, the funding portal was the idea of school mates Korstiaan Zandvliet and Robin Slakhorst.  Zandvliet is… Read More

Will the FCA Clamp Down on Peer to Peer Lenders?

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Recently the Financial Conduct Authority (FC) has been reviewing promotional practices of peer to peer lenders in the UK. This event was shared in a recent report from the FT which posed the question will the FCA clamp down on advertising practices utilized by P2P lenders in the UK. Chair of the P2PFA, Christine Farnish, was… Read More

CFIA Initiates National Equity Crowdfunding Survey for Australia

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The Crowdfunding Institute of Australia has launched a survey on equity crowdfunding to measure interest and awareness for the budding investment crowdfunding industry. The purpose of the survey is said to be to provide a nationally representative response to the Australian government’s recent discussion paper titled “Crowd-sourced Equity Funding”. The paper outlines three potential directions for equity crowdfunding in… Read More

Incubators: London vs. Silicon Valley? London’s Fintech Community Overwhelmingly Votes for Their Own

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London’s fintech (financial technology) community is making waves, according to an article in Startups. Three-quarters of the fintech community there believe that London is a better incubator than global tech hubs like Silicon Valley, according to a recent survey of technology influencers conducted by Seven Hills, a PR and campaign agency. Recent research estimates the… Read More

Niederer: Unaccredited Equity Crowdfunding Needs to Have Light Touch Investor Regulation to be Successful

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Paul Niederer is not one to mince words. Having been around the block more than once, Niederer gives good advice.  When it comes to new forms of finance he speaks from experience, not just unhindered opinion.  The Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB), a company that Niederer runs, has been in operation since “back in… Read More

Brief: Zopa Signs up C4L to Boost Network & Security

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Peer to peer lender Zopa has contracted with the C4L network for fast and secure circuit connectivity between Zopa’s Data Centres and headquarters. Zipper’s CEO Matt McGuire, was quoted on the arrangement: “We are very pleased with the service we have received from C4L and the solution they have created for us. Our customers’ data is extremely secure… Read More

Seedstars World Fund: Crowdfunding an Investment Fund for Top Emerging-Market Startups

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Imagine playing a part in TV competition shows like “Top Chef” or “Project Runway”—but without having your best charred octopus recipe critiqued in front of a live studio audience, or your model’s dress described as “something a Teletubby would wear to a party.” Instead, you’d sweep in at the end of the show and award… Read More

The Good Egg Quickly Overfunds on Crowdcube: Sunny Side Up in the UK

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The Good Egg has successfully raised over £216,400 with the help of over 205 investors through its Crowdcube equity crowdfunding campaign, overfunding by 120%. As previously reported by Crowdfund Insider’s Samantha Hurst, The Good Egg which was inspired by Californian deli Wise Sons, has not only drawn the attention of London brunch lovers, but also has received positive feedback… Read More

Oliver Gajda, Co-Founder & Executive Board Chairman of the European Crowdfunding Network, Creates Transparency and Accountability in EU Crowdfunding Market

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As many Crowdfund Insiders know, when The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey, the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe was initiated. This benchmarking survey, which closed on 6 January 2015,  seeks to capture the size, transactional volume and growth of the alternative finance markets across… Read More

Peer to Peer Lenders & RBS Join Forces to Fund UK Businesses; Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne Welcomes P2P Partnership

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The Royal Bank of Scotland has struck an arrangement with leading peer to peer lenders Funding Circle and Assetz Capital that should give UK small business a boost.  RBS announced it will now formally refer small business borrowers to P2P lenders.  The strategic shift is expected to give “thousands of small British Businesses greater access… Read More

Crowdfunding Asia Prepares for Thailand Summit

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Following a highly lauded crowdfunding event in Singapore in August of last year, Crowdfunding Asia is preparing for a summit in Thailand scheduled to take place on February 10th and 11th in the capital city of Bangkok. The theme of the conference is “The Ardent Alternative: Crowdfunding Democratizes Capital & Unearths Asian Potential”. The event has… Read More

Bragi Dash Has Successful Trip to CES, Pushes Back Shipping One More Time

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Bragi Dash, one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns from 2014, has once again pushed back their shipping date for their wireless smart headphones.  The young German company announced the delay in an post to crowdfunding backers.  The update came after sharing a highly successful trip to International CES where they demoed a working prototype of… Read More