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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.

Lunar Mission One Set to Voyage to the Moon After Successfully Crowdfunding on Kickstarter

Lunar Mission One Kickstarter

Kickstarter staff pick and space fan favorite Lunar Mission One successfully hit its crowdfunding goal raising over $1 million with the support of over 7200 backers.  Called the “most inspirational mission to the moon since the Apollo landings” the crowdfunded project hopes to send a unmanned craft to the South Pole of the Moon exploring… Read More

Dr. Rotem Shneor, Head of the Nordic Crowdfunding Alliance, Professor at University of Agder’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Aligns Innovators and Interrupters

Dr. Rotem Shneor, Head of the Nordic Crowdfunding Alliance

The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations in November. As readers may know, this is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe.  This benchmarking survey, which opened on 25… Read More

Nesta: 2015 Will See a High Profile Blow Up in the World of Crowdfunding, P2P Lending

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  The highly respected innovation charity Nesta, has published its annual list of predictions for 2015.  We all know that predictions are easily given and quickly forgotten.  More fun than fact that hopefully gives a good read while providing some perspective.  This year the soothsayers at Nesta are predicting a “blow up” in crowdfunding and… Read More

Local Peer to Peer Lender Folk2Folk Hits £40 Million in Loans

Folk2Folk hits 40 milion

Folk2Folk, a locally focused peer to peer lending platform, has passed a bit of a milestone.  The P2P site has now originated over £40 million in loans with a default rate of zero. Folk2Folk is the future of finance.  The company is targeting local businesses in need of funding.  Small companies ignored by local banks… Read More

2015 Crowdfunding Trends: Mergers, Acquisitions & Extensive Collaborations

Foreseeing the Future of Crowdfunding

The crowdfunding industry in 2014 has experienced immense growth. In the last three years crowdfunding has tripled according to Clearity, and according to NESTA the growth percentage even was an amazing 400%. The expectations of a $10 billion crowdfunding industry are hardly a month away from being realized. Logically, most of the debate regarding crowdfunding… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network Reviews Global Crowdfunding Regulations

Oliver Gajda ECN Paris

The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN), an advocacy group based in Brussels, has published their annual report reviewing crowdfunding regulations in Europe, the United States, Israel and Canada. “Since we have started our work in 2012 and especially since our first edition of this paper in 2013, the discussion around crowdfunding has resulted in detailed regulatory… Read More

Investment Platforms Featured as Top Fintech Innovators by KPMG.

KPMG 50 Fintech Innovators

Crowdfunding platforms including Peer to Peer lenders have swarmed KPMG’s list of Fintech Innovators for 2014. The annual list compiled by global accounting and consultancy group KPMG includes a vast group of new funding platforms including crowdfunding and peer to peer lenders. Equity crowdfunding platforms on the list include; OurCrowd, CircleUp, AngelList, Crowdcube and Seedrs…. Read More

Zano Zooms! Now Over $1.3 Million Crowdfunding on Kickstarter

Zano and iPhone

I have come to the conclusion we will all soon own our own personal drones.  No longer the realm of futuristic films, smart drones (or somewhat smart drones) are now a reality.  Attending WakeStock this past summer I was impressed to see the aerial acrobatics all captured up close with a remotely controlled camera in… Read More

ESMA: Investment Crowdfunding Needs EU Wide Approach

Europe Crowdfunding Regulations

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an Opinion along with an Advice on investment crowdfunding. The ESMA is an independent EU authority that works closely with other EU supervisory authorities such as the EBA, EIOPA and the ERSB.  The organizations mission is to enhance investor protection and promote a well functioning financial market… Read More

Report from Landbay: Lending to Buy-to-Let landlords Offers a Low Risk Alternative to Other P2P Platforms

Landbay research on mortgages

Landbay, a peer to peer lending platform that targets the buy-to-let market (or rental real estate sector), has commissioned a research report provided by Wriglesworth Consultancy to review their market niche.  The publication titled Democratizing Mortgage Lending has just been released. The published results, as shared by Landbay, state that for the cautious saver looking… Read More

Luke Lang: “Banks will continue to fail SMEs”

Luke Lang Crowdcube

Crowdcube CMO and co-founder Luke Lang has distributed a list of predictions for 2015.  These largely apply to the market in the United Kingdom but the there is much overlap as the themes have merit around the globe.  First and foremost is the simple fact that existing financial institutions have failed in their mission to… Read More

Creator of Pozible-Success Sofi Spritz Talks Crowdfunding & Social Media With Bluewire Media

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Last spring, Sydney entrepreneur Tommy Maclean hit Australia-based crowdfunding platform Pozible with a new startup called Sofi Spritz. This company produced an all natural, All Australian take on the classic Italian spritz. During its run on the website, the project surpassed its initial goal of $10,000 and raised $11, 410 thanks to 133 backers. Now, Maclean… Read More

Apps For Europe Competition Closes on December 31st

Apps for Europe logo

Apps for Europe, a European network of hackathon and competition organizers working with open data, is presently holding their online competition seeking the best in open data applications.  Organizers are looking to give away EUR 5000 to the winner, plus  you win a spot at the International Business Lounge and meet potential investors.  Applications are… Read More

P2P Lending Platform Proplend Approved for Pension Funds

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Peer to peer lending platform Proplend has stated they are now approved for inclusion in pension funds.  Proplend is a direct lending platform that targets the secured commercial mortgage market.  In a company note, management states it has recently been approved by pension providers to accept investments from holders of Self-Invested Pension Plans (SIPPs), Small Self-Administered… Read More

Peer to Peer Lender Lendable Raises £2.5 Million in Seed Round

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UK based peer to peer lending platform Lendable has raised approximately £2.5 million in a seed round. Lendable states their new platform, only launched at the beginning of 2014, can  deposit funds in your bank account in “minutes” – once a quote is accepted.  The company’s objective is to “make borrowing as swift and painless… Read More

UK Thought Leader Sam Ridler, Executive Director of Peer-to-Peer Finance Association, Delivers Answers, Challenges & Inspires

Sam Ridler P2PFA Quote

In late November  The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. As readers may know, this is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe.  This benchmarking survey, which opened on… Read More

Crowdcube’s Luke Lang Sets New Year’s Resolution: Double Funding & Branding in 2015

Luke Lang Crowdcube

Crowdcube Co-Founder Luke Lang shared his goal 2015 goal with Insider’s Storm Rannard:  the platform is aiming to fund more than 200 businesses in 2015 after revealing that 100 companies are set to raise capital before the year is out. In his Insider interview, Lang promised to “continue to invest in Crowdcube’s workforce and marketing to consolidate its position… Read More

Oracle Communications Extends WebRTC Functionality to Mobile Apps: P2P Enabler

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Communications Service Providers and Enterprises Can Now Offer WebRTC-Based Capabilities in Native iOS or Android Client Applications  In response to the growing demand for real-time communications (RTC) anytime, anywhere, and from virtually any device, many communications service providers (CSPs) and enterprises are now offering browser-based WebRTC capabilities and services. The latest release of Oracle Communications… Read More

LICKALIX Popsicles Near Goal on Crowdcube: Delectable Locally-Sourced Lollies Please the Crowd!

Lickalix

The natural popsicle Camden-based startup LICKALIX has raised over 97% toward its Crowdcube crowdfunding £225,000 goal with the confidence of over 165 investors for 15% equity offered.  Secured funding will allow LICKALIX to scale up its existing successful efforts, to purchase higher volume production equipment, and to achieve a bigger production and distribution capability, according to the startup…. Read More

Seedrs Posts Last Minute Gift Guide: Not Too Late for a Crowdfunded Holiday

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Among the many crowdfunding platforms, holiday gift ideas abound.  Take for example Seedrs’ Holiday Survival Guide just posted on its blog.  Not only are gift ideas shared, but also discount codes: the more, the merrier.  For the oenophile stop by Humble Grape’s website  and enter discount code “HB1o”; Humble Grape is offering a 10% discount on all Humble… Read More