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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.

Cherry Picking of P2P Loans? Not So Fast

Black Cherry Peer to peer

As Crowdfund Insider covered recently, the FT wrote up an article that inferred that “Cherry Picking” of peer to peer loans presently posed an issue in allowing a level playing field between retail and institutional investors. Following the article, we had an enlightening conversation with representatives of… Read More

Sport Club in Need of Funding? Crowdfund It.

The Jockey Club Racehorse bond

While banks remain slow to provide new loans for many types of businesses, sporting clubs may be a perfect match for crowdfunding.  The affinity between fans and supporters for their favorite club may provide a very viable avenue for raising capital in times of need. According to… Read More

Creating Electricity One Step At A Time: Pavegen Now Crowdfunding on CrowdCube

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Pavegen is turning footsteps into electricity–yet another reason to get in those 10,000 steps per day. The King’s Cross, London-based company’s technology converts footsteps into electricity, making it possible to power services in high-footfall locations, as well as provide real-time data for analytics. And Pavegen is now… Read More

No ‘Cherry-picking,’ Says The UK’s Peer-to-Peer Finance Association

cherry picking

2015 may be the year of the great British cherry, according to the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, but the trade body overseeing the UK peer-to-peer lending industry is getting ready to introduce a rule against allowing institutions to “cherry-pick” the most desirable loans at the expense… Read More

Angel Food Shifts From Rewards to Equity Crowdfunding on PledgeMe

Angel Food Products

Back in 2013 before equity crowdfunding was legalized in New Zealand,  Auckland based Angel Food launched a very small rewards based crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMe. Tomorrow Angel Food will return to PledgeMe but this time the funding is for equity in the small company and… Read More

The Establishment of Equity Crowdfunding in Thailand & the Strengthening of Thai SMEs for the ASEAN Single Market

Thailand New Equity Crowdfunding Market

The Importance of Equity Crowdfunding in Thailand On 16 May 2015, the notification of the Capital Market Supervisory Board such as the notification no.: TorChor. 7/2558 regarding regulations on offer for sale of securities through electronic system or network TorChor. 8/2558 regarding rules, conditions and… Read More

SnowBall Effect has Raised Over $6 million Dominating the Kiwi Equity Crowdfunding Space

Kiwis Rock

According to Snowball Effect they are off to a solid start as leaders in the investment crowdfunding space in New Zealand.  In a recent statement Snowball Effect declares; “Of the $8 million+ raised through equity crowdfunding so far in New Zealand, over $6 million was… Read More

Tech Fight: inCharge Bolt vs. ChargeDoubler Both Claim “First” in Crowdfunding Battle

Boxing Gloves Fight Box

We all want to be able to charge our smartphones faster so when I saw the crowdfunding campaign for ChargeDoubler I thought this was a pretty cool campaign. The “original accelerator” claims up to 2X charging speeds for your iPhone or Android phone by allowing a… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Gekkopod for iPhone, Wireless Productivity Sign & Archer Brighton Cool Lunch Bags

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Rewards based crowdfunding is perfect for small companies looking to launch a new product or validate a concept. We are seeing a growing number of SMEs become bigger companies fueled in part by platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.  Recently Indiegogo stated that over $300 million in… Read More

Peer to Peer Lending to Hit $22 Billion in Australia by 2020

Rocket Escape Velocity

According to research by Morgan Stanley, peer to peer lending is set to rocket to $22 billion within the next 5 years in Australia.  This is a country with a population of just 24 million.  This highlights the collision path between traditional finance and disruptive… Read More

GrowthFunders Receives FCA Approval for Crowdfunding Platform

FCA Approved

GrowthFunders, part of Growth Capital Ventures, has just received official approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to operate their investment crowdfunding platform.  GrowthFunders has been operating since March 0f 2014 using a provisionary status in association with Linear Investments. The process took GrowthFunders approximately… Read More

Russian FinTech VC Firm Life.SREDA Appoints Victor Chow CEO of Singapore Accelerator InspirAsia

Asia Map on Globe

Russian fin-tech venture capital firm Life.SREDA has announced that Victor Chow, former senior cloud computing business leader of Huawei Technologies, has been brought on board as the CEO of InspirAsia Accelerator, its Singapore-based Asia-focussed accelerator. Chow’s also served as a mentor for the fin-tech accelerator Startupbootcamp fintech. According to a statement by the company, Chow’s… Read More

InvestUP’s James Tuckett Opines on CrowdISA’s Potential and Effect for the Crowdfunding Industry: “Long Live the CrowdISA”

James Tuckett

In a release by James Tuckett, Managing Director of investUP, he shares his about the  crowdfunding supermarket, investUP, a potential ISA for the crowdfunding industry and what this could mean for the current state of the crowdfunding market. Below please find his unabridged commentary:  The crowdISA… Read More

OnDeck CEO Noah Breslow Shares His Innovative Vision for Marketplace Lending: Transforming How Money Flows

OnDeck IPO NYSE

“We are extremely excited by the possibilities of the next decade in the alternative finance market… OnDeck’s vision is to transform how money flows to small businesses by leveraging our platform to provide capital on demand for small business owners. The data flowing through a small… Read More

Lucerne School of Business Publishes Study on Crowdfunding in Switzerland

Swiss Crowdfunding Platforms 2015 a

The Institute of Financial Services Zug IFZ, of the Lucerne School of Business, has returned to crowdfunding in a follow up to last years research on new forms of finance in Switzerland.  Crowdfunding has been evident in Switzerland since 2008. The authors note that in 2014,… Read More

NetEase Partners with HNA Group, Everbright Securities on Crowdfunding

NetEase

NetEase (NASDAQ: NTES), one of China’s leading Internet and online game services providers, has announced that is subsidiary Ujia E-commerce Co., Ltd., has signed an agreement with Everbright Securities Co., and HNA Group to form a joint venture company. The joint venture is described as having a primary… Read More

Brief: K-Lend Updates Loan Originations

AutoChina Truck

Auto China’s K-Lend, a peer to peer lending platform for vehicle financing, has just published an update for Q1 2015 operations. The Company announced that it recorded 1,180 new leases of commercial vehicles (primarily Class 8 heavy trucks) as part of the Company’s sales-type leasing… Read More

Catalan BioTech ZeClinics Secures Record Funding on Capital Cell, 2015’s Largest Spanish Biotech Crowdfunded Investment

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The Catalan company ZeClinics, supported by the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona and and Barcelona Biomedicine Research Park (PRBB) reached its crowdfunding campaign goal  on Capital Cell,  a campaign that set the record for the the year’s largest biotech crowdfunding investment in Spain.  The company is prevalued at 1M€.  After 88… Read More