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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.

An Education in P2P & P2B from Assetz Capital plc

Assetz Capital Booming UK

London based Assetz Capital Shares Insight into Fast Growing Peer-to-Peer Lending Sector. During my time in London, in addition to touring Westminster Abbey and the National Portrait Gallery, I was fortunate enough to speak with Stuart Law and Luke O’Mahony of Assetz Capital plc who explained the state of P2P lending in the UK and… Read More

FundRazr & Fundica Partner Up on Funding Roadshow

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Two of Canada’ crowdfunding platforms, Fundica and FundRazr, have partnered to put together a 2014 Funding Roadshow.  Powered by FundRazr, the “Fundees Crowdfunding Competition” will be unveiled in both Toronto and Guelph, Ontario. Two Canadian startups will win a prize worth $10,000.  The competition will run from May 5 to June 23, 2014.  Campaigns may… Read More

Echt Klasse: Foodist Delivers Success in Second Round Crowdfunding on Companisto

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With 13 days remaining on Foodist’s second Companisto crowdfunding campaign, 376 investors have bought 24,493 shares, raising over €122,000. Funding from this equity campaign will promote the Foodist’s internationalization, grow their customer base, and exploit the potential within the B2B market. Subscribers of Foodist receive a mid-monthly box containing 6-8 European-made delicacies priced at €24… Read More

Digital Currencies and Crowdfunding: The Next Big Thing?

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Today at the Singapore Crowdsourcing Week conference, were discussions about digital currencies and there relative advantages. These discussions touched upon how digital currencies fit with crowdfunding operations. The panel gathered; Alexis V Nicosia of Seedcoin, James Cox of Ripple and David Moscowitz of Coin Republic. Seedcoin is a Payment mechanism that also enables anyone to… Read More

Invesdor Selected as a 2014 Red Herring Top 100 Europe

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Finland based investment crowdfunding platform Invesdor has been recognized by Red Herring as one of Europe’s Top 100 startups.  The recognition event was held in Amsterdam this past week. Since 1996, technology industry executives, investors, and strategists have seen the Red Herring 100 lists as an instrument for discovering and advocating the most promising private… Read More

Abundance Generation Named A Finalist For Ashden Awards

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The Ashden Awards take place every year and recognize leaders in a collective effort to reduce carbon emissions and affect ecology in a positive way. This year, UK-based Abundance Generation has been named a finalist for the award for their work in funding and financing sustainable energy projects. “Our first couple of years have been… Read More

Cheers: Humble Grape Exceeds Crowdfunding Goal on Seedrs

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The successful UK-based wine and events company Humble Grape surpassed its goal raising £250,500 in its Seedrs equity crowdfunding campaign. Continued overfunding aims to raise the £450,000-£500,000 needed for piloting a wine bar in the Shoreditch area of London, then opening four additional sites in the five years following. “In a stylish and relaxed environment,… Read More

Crowdsource Week Announces Event in Brussels

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Crowdsourcing Week (CSW) announces the CSW Summit in Brussels on June 5-6, 2014, the first in a series of global summits planned for 2014. The two-day summit with BNP Paribas Fortis as a premier partner will be the first of its kind in Brussels. The event will connect an expanding crowdsourcing community in Belgium to… Read More

Mawwell Announces Crowdfunding Platform Targeting the EMEA Markets

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Mawwell, an international rewards-based crowdfunding site for creative and innovative projects has launched a crowdfunding platform for the Europe, Middle East & Africa markets (EMEA).  Mawwell launched in beta in July of 2013.  Mawwal means “fund” in Arabic. The site wants to create the opportunity for project creators who may be too small for bankers… Read More

Project Creators In The Netherlands Can Begin Building Their Kickstarter Campaigns Today

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Back in February it became known that Kickstarter would begin operating in the Netherlands as part of the platform’s continued effort to globalize in a measured and strategic way. Today Kickstarter has announced that project creators in the Netherlands can officially begin creating their projects today. The official go-live date for Dutch projects is April… Read More

HWTrek Asia Innovation Tour Kicks Off

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Taiwan based HWTrek, a global community for digital electronics, has kicked off its inaugural Asia Innovation Tour which features networking opportunities with billion-dollar hardware manufacturers and technology giants in Taiwan and mainland China. Organized with startups in mind, the tour started in Taipei, Taiwan, with visits to prominent manufacturers Pronology, Qisda, Quanta, Wistron and supplier… Read More

Rick Chen from Pozible Considers Equity Crowdfunding

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Australia based Pozible has been on a roll the past few months.  Broadening their reach from their Aussie home base, the company has expanded into Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and recently China. Not too long ago they invaded the shores of the United States spreading their unique approach to the crowdfunding movement. Pozible was born… Read More

Growing under the Tube: 141% Funding for Zero Carbon Food’s Crowdcube Campaign

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London-based Zero Carbon Food (ZCF) has raised £424,530 on Crowdcube, swiftly surpassing its £300,000 crowdfunding goal for 21.23% equity offered.  The campaign is now open to overfunding. Co-founded by Richard Ballard and Steven Dring, and backed by celebrity chef Michel Roux Jr and Florette’s Managing Director Neil Sanderson, Zero Carbon Food utilizes redundant underground spaces… Read More

Crowdsourcing Week Global 2014 Opens in Singapore

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This year Crowdsourcing Week global conference in Singapore is poised for an excellent start. This morning, people were still flocking in the 400-seats Fusionopolis theatre when the introduction started with Epi Ludvik. Over 40 presentations are planned over the week along with a full schedule of accompanying sessions. This year’s introduction key quotes are :… Read More

Assetz Capital Investors Earned £1 Million Interest in First Year

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Assetz Capital is on track to lend £100 million by end of 2014. Twelve months after launching in March 2013, peer-to-peer (P2P) crowdfunding platform Assetz Capital has experienced record growth and smashed through the £20 million lent barrier, with loans accelerating to more than £15m in the first quarter of 2014. As a result, investors… Read More

Starting a New Business in the Middle East (Video)

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In a video segment on CNN’s Marketplace Middle East, Leone Lakahni in Dubai, addresses the challenges of starting up a company in the Middle East.  Commenting that while youth unemployment remains a critical issue, many are taking matters into their own hands and starting a business. As we all know starting a business is tough… Read More

EstatesDirect Hits Crowdfunding Target in 10 Days, Then Doubles It

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Raising equity on Crowdcube, EstatesDirect quickly hit their £250,000 goal on Crowdcube in just the first 10 days of listing live on the crowdfunding platform.  The offer went into overfunding and is now fully funded at £500,000 in 2 weeks as 192 investors backed this startup company.  The single largest investment came in at just… Read More

Brief: SunFunder Has 5th Fully Repaid Project

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SunFunder, a solar crowdfunding business based in San Francisco & Tanzania, is dedicated to financing emerging market solar energy.  The platform connects social investors to solar projects that improve the lives of low income communities in developing countries around the world.  Their first projects have been in Africa and more recently they announced projects in… Read More

P2P Questions in China Indicate Need for Regulation

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In a story recently filed by Chinese state press agency Xinhua, questions arose about the growing business of peer-to-peer (P2P) lending. Apparently over 70 P2P crowdfunding platforms collapsed last year, around 60 in the fourth quarter. The dramatic increase in failures has alerted investors, along with regulators, to the enormous potential for default accompanying promised… Read More

IndieVoices Asks: “Who is our Crowd”

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Independent media crowdfunding platform IndieVoices has been in a reflective mood of late.  Co-founder and CEO Sasa Vucinic has been sharing his thoughts and impressions on the first 100 days of his global crowdfunding platform.  Not too long ago he posted on engagement and the global differences impacting successful campaigns.  Recently he discussed “Who will… Read More