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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.

Crowdsourcing Week to Crowdfund on Crowdcube

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Event organizer Crowdsourcing Week has decided to launch an equity crowdfunding round on Crowdcube in the coming weeks. In a note to followers, founder and CEO Epi Ludvik Nekaj announced the funding round: As you may know, as a bootstrapped company since 2013, our small… Read More

SIPP P2P Lending Surges Despite Financial Advisors’ Risk Anxiety; Anticipate Updates from ISA and FCA

UK House of Parliament London BIg Ben Clock Tower

Self Invested Personal Pensions (SIPP) assist marketplace lenders such as Ablrate and Ratesetter (the first consumer P2P platform to be available through a SIPP),  in sourcing loans.  Research from Yorkshire Building Society “highlighted a lack of understanding about peer-to-peer investment (P2P) and the potential risks it poses… Read More

Hiscox Names US as “Most Entrepreneurial” Country, No Time to Rest on Laurels

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The International insurance firm Hiscox has released its seventh annual ‘DNA of an Entrepreneur Report’, with the firm using its global network of 268,000 small businesses in order to calculate entrepreneurship and business innovation within six countries, including the US, UK, Germany, France, Holland and… Read More

Video: College Students Turn to Crowdfunding to Defray Tuition Costs, Raising $20M on GoFundMe

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More than 130K students have turned to GoFundMe, seeking crowdfunding to help pay their tuition costs,  CNBC reports in the short video embedded below.  More than $20M dollars has been raised this year. With the average cost of tuition and fees for private institutions exceeding $31K,… Read More

Funding Circle Announces Shift from Auctions to Fixed Rates for Loans

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In a letter to Funding Circle investors, and a post on the Funding Circle site,  the UK’s leading SME direct lender announced within the next month the platform will shift to fixed interest rate loans. Presently Funding Circle uses a bidding process where investors compete… Read More

Securities Commission Malaysia Embraces Change: Launches Initiative to Boost Fintech Development

SC Chairman Datuk Ranjit Ajit Singh

The Securities CommissionMalaysa, (SC) is in the midst of hosting its annual World Capital Markets Symposium in Kuala Lumpar. The Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Najib Razak, was in attendance to deliver a keynote address that acknowledged the participants from around the world.  SC Chairman… Read More

P2P Lender Beehive Aided by Clyde & Co’s Islamic Finance Team with Sharia Certification

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Clyde & Co, an international law firm operating mainly in the MENA region, states it has advised Beehive on its Sharia certification.  Beehive announced the receipt of its certification earlier this week. The peer to peer lending platform received approval by the Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB). The certification… Read More

Regulators Need to Forget Yesterday Says Niederer. Look to Tomorrow & Embrace Equity Crowdfunding

Paul Niederer of  ASSOB

Paul Niederer, CEO of ASSOB  – a trailblazing investment crowdfunding platform in Australia, makes a very valid point. Regulators are too rooted in the past and they are at risk of botching the future as the finance industry inevitably moves online. Australia is in the… Read More

P2P Property Lender LendInvest Unveils “New Brand” Identity

Christian Faes

On Wednesday, LendInvest revealed an entirely new visual identity, including a new logo and website. The rebranding highlights the key strengths of the company. The peer-to-peer lending platform started out in 2013 as an investment product for High Net Worth investors (initially with a minimum investment… Read More

Securities Commission Malaysia to Focus on Fintech at World Capital Markets Symposium

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The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) will be hosting big name global leaders alongside disruptive entrepreneurs at its World Capital Markets Symposium taking place in Kuala Lumpar in next week, September 3-4. Many of the speakers are internationally recognized names. Entitled “Markets and Technology: Driving Future… Read More

Crowdcube Tops £100 Million in Crowdfunding

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Crowdcube has become the first UK investment crowdfunding platform to surpass the £100 million investment mark.  The platform shared details on the accomplishing as it headed higher. Powered Now, which is currently overfunding after topping its initial £350,000 goal was the listing that took Crowdcube over… Read More

Q&A: Louise Beaumont of GLI Finance Talks FinTech, Female Entrepreneurs

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  One of the UK’s leading figures in FinTech, Louise Beaumont is the head of public affairs and marketing at GLI Finance, a prominent investor in the SME alternative finance sector. Her straightforward self-summary–“I grow companies–from initial spark, to operationalisation, results delivered, and value created”–is… Read More

WEMOVO Books Companisto for Campaign, Seeks Expansion for European Coach Travel Services

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The problem: As coach travel (traveling via bus) becomes increasingly more popular in Europe, comprehensive information on itineraries, available seating and current ticket pricing have not been as readily accessible as information for airline tickets and rental cars. As a result, not only do roughly 65,000 European coach… Read More

Singapore’s Temasek Holdings in Talks with India’s Zomato: New Funding Needed for Expansion of Online Restaurant Review and Food Ordering Platform

Deepinder Goyal

It’s meal time, a time when Zomato’s site is likely swarmed with hits.  If you are not yet familiar with Zomato, click here to see if the platform services your city. From Vancouver to Auckland, Zomato is used by millions of hungry people every day to decide… Read More

Zencap Gets Big Boost with €230 Million Investment from Victory Park Capital

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Victory Park Capital (VPC) announced today it is investing up to €230 million in loans originated on the Zencap platform over a 3 year period.  German publication Handelsblatt called the investment “a record deal for a German startup” and “the most ever for a continental… Read More

BrewDog Moves Over to Crowdcube with Combo Debt / Equity Crowdfunding Offer

BrewDog Beers

BrewDog and its “Equity for Punks” crowdfunding offer is now listed on Crowdcube in a “first” combined debt and equity capital raise.  The offer is marketed as the “Worlds Biggest [funding] Round”. According to Crowdcube, investors may purchase 2 shares of BrewDog stock for £95… Read More

KPMG & Matchi Form Partnership in Strategic FinTech Expansion

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Global consulting group KPMG has partnered up with Matchi, a FinTech matchmaking platform that pairs banks, insurance companies with FinTech startups. KPMG is said to work globally with clients to help them manage the fast-changing financial landscape as services move from bricks & mortar to… Read More

Crowd-Innovation: How to Exploit the Power of the Crowd & Innovate Products & Processes

Crowd Innovation

Cyclically, innovation gets the top of the corporate agenda as a growth enabler that can play a major role in replacing existing products or services and in creating new markets, so anticipating future needs and eventually disrupting the current business models. But the “innovator’s dilemma”… Read More