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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.

Six OurCrowd Portfolio Companies Recognized in Red Herring Awards

BioCatch Red Herring Award

Every year Red Herring recognizes hot young companies in Europe, the Americas and Asia.  The top 100 awards has generated substantial industry respect becoming a marquee event for Red Herring. This year Israel, batched in with Europe, claimed 19 out of the top 100 –… Read More

Ulule Crosses the Atlantic. Launches Crowdfunding Platform in Canada

Ulule welcome

French rewards based crowdfunding platform Ulule crossed the Atlantic this month.  The platform bypassed the US and headed due north setting up shop in Canada. A natural move, Ulule set up shop in Montreal with the support of the Banque Nationale.   C’est officiel !… Read More

UBER Who? Ingogo Looks to Set Australian Record for Equity Crowdfunding

Ingogo App

Ingogo, a mobile taxi booking and payment platform is looking to raise new capital and they are going big.  Ingogo is using VentureCrowd to raise up to $4 million to help establish its App as the preeminent transportation network in Australia.  The crowdfunding offer is part… Read More

SyndicateRoom Launches Investor Academy for Crowdfunding Education

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Leading UK investment crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom is addressing the challenge of education and awareness in the crowdfunding space by launching the “Investors Academy”.  SyndicateRoom has taken an interesting approach towards crowdfunding by matching established angel investors to each offer on their platform thus allowing the… Read More

How Marketplace Lending is Disrupting Consumer Loans in Canada

Marketplace lending marches on in Canada

The consumer loan experience is getting an upgrade in Canada courtesy of some new players that are targeting the long waits and paperwork hassles of traditional loans and the high rates of alternative providers like payday loans.  Experience in other markets like the US and UK… Read More

Proplend Launches P2P Loan Exchange

Proplend Loan Exchange

Online marketplace for commercial property loans, Proplend, has announced the Proplend Loan Exchange (PLE) where active peer to peer loans listed on their platform may be immediately purchased or sold. Prior to the hosted exchange, Proplend investors could lend via their “In Funding” channel. However… Read More

German Bundestag Adopts Tighter, Yet “Workable” Rules on Crowdfunding

Angela Merkel Germany 2

Germany has passed its new investor safety law, one that was viewed with trepidation by the investment crowdfunding industry as it impinged on online platforms ability to raise funds, but the final rules appear to be less onerous than initially anticipated. Tamo Zwinge, CEO and… Read More

DWV Launches Aussie Bitcoin Exchange with Help of 2nd Largest Australian Bank Westpac

Bitcoin

Digital World Ventures or DWV launched bitcoin trading exchange (DWVx) yesterday and they did so with the support of Westpac – Australia’s second largest bank by assets. DWV has partnered with Alphapoint to power their exchange. The software is widely used on other BTC exchanges…. Read More

Jimubox Secures $84M in Series C Funding: UK’s Investec Bank Lead Investor for Beijing P2P Lender

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Peer-to-peer lending startup Jimubox announced that it had secured $84 million in series C funding, just seven months after the Beijing-based firm attracted US$37 million from Xiaomi and ShunWei Capital, according to Tech in Asia. The lead investor on Jimubox’s most recent round is UK’s Investec Bank. Haitong… Read More

Beauty Brief: Map My Beauty Secures 80% of Goal on Fundable Seed Round

map my beauty

Looking for fairest of them all? Map My Beauty, a new app which seeks to share personalized beauty tips at the swipe of a smartphone screen to help users find their outer beauty. Raising funds in a closed Fundable campaign, the app harnesses the trifecta of beauty, selfies, and cutting-edge technology… Read More

FicShelf is New Platform to Crowdfund Authors

FicShelf CEO Monique Duarte

FicShelf has launched a new crowdfunding platform to help authors finance the editing, design and publishing of their books. The new site hopes to assist authors to make a living from their talent, and through connecting independent authors with editors, proofreaders and designers. Authors can then fundraise via… Read More

Folk2Folk, UK People-to-Business Finance Lender, Backs £400M Langarth Farm Development

Folk2Folk Staff

Folk2Folk, a leading UK people-to-business finance company, has just introduced funding to help deliver the £400 million Langarth Farm mixed-use development on the edge of Truro in Cornwall, England, according to the Western Morning News. Folk2Folk to back £400m Langarth Farm development http://t.co/CljPNJAFrF @Folk2FolkUK pic.twitter.com/Gz9N7UP3it — WMN… Read More

Funding Circle Gets $150 Million in Funding. P2P Lender is Now Over $1 Billion in Originations.

Funding Circle Affordable loans

Funding Circle has just received another capital boost in the amount of $150 million.  The equity funding round was lead by DST Global with participation from Baillie Gifford, a fund managed by Blackrock, Sands Capital Ventures and Temasek. Goldman Sachs acted as exclusive placement agent… Read More

BrewDog is Equity Crowdfunding Again. This Time for £25 Million.

BrewDog Founders Live the Dream

Established brewery BrewDog is going to the raise capital once again but this time they are going big.  Their Equity for Punks pitch is seeking £25 million in crowdfunding which will be the largest equity crowdfunding round in the UK to date. This is the… Read More

Symbid Takes Dutch FinTech Award for SME Finance. Has Raised $68.5 Million in First 2 Months of Funding Network

Robin Slakhorst Symbid Award

Symbid has morphed from an equity crowdfunding platform to a portfolio platform that provides a diverse group of services including debt, equity, back-office, investor services and more.  The company recently launched their new view on funding earlier this year, quickly generating financial success. Now the… Read More

Build Backer Updates Property P2P Lending Platform

Build Backer Fresh Approach

Real estate development crowdfunding site Build Backer has launched an updated online lending platform designed to match property developers with private investors.  According to information received from the company the site upgrade has been joined by an increase in its network of lenders to include institutional and… Read More

FAB Financial Hits $2M+ on Crowdfunder Targeting Creatives: Founded by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart & Former CEO of Credit Suisse Michael Philipp

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With 40 days remaining on its Crowdfunder equity crowdfunding campaign, FAB Financial Inc. has raised over $2M of its $3M goal with a $10K minimum reservation.   Pre-valued at $15,000,000,  FAB Financial’s mission aims to help artists manage their finances and to make, market and monetize their… Read More