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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.

Australia’s H2Ocean Receives Support From Various Financial Service & Technology Industry Figures

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Following its official launch by Australia’s treasurer, Scott Morrison, H2Ocean Limited announced it received support from financial services figures, Link Group Chairman Michael Carapiet and Perpetual Guardian founder Andrew Barnes. Other supporters include technology industry figures Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes, AfterPay Executive Chairman Anthony Eisen, Ratesetter Australia… Read More

Status Quo is Not an Option: OSC Chair Acknowledges Fintech Requires New Approach, Announces OSC Launchpad

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Speaking at the Toronto Region Board of Trade this week, Maureen Jensen, Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) Chair and CEO, delivered a wide-ranging keynote address that tackled the topic of Fintech, regulations and announced a forthcoming regulatory Sandbox for entrepreneurs. Jensen acknowledged the rise of Fintech… Read More

Eureeca Opens European Hub in Amsterdam

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Dubai based Eureeca, a global investment crowdfunding platform, has officially opened its European hub with an office in the Netherlands.  FCA regulated Eureeca is seeking to expand its services and investment offerings across Europe. The company, which offers a digital marketplace for early stage entrepreneurs to… Read More

Where’s the Beach? Berlin Startup Beach-Inspector Crowdfunds on Companisto

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The Best German Tourism Startup winner of 2015 by Verband Internet Reisevertrieb, Beach-Inspector records and digitizes beaches worldwide and makes the images available online to travelers.  The platform launched its crowdfunding campaign with Companisto yesterday, already bringing in more than 113,070€ from over 130 investors… Read More

BankBazaar Adds $736K to Instigate Online Financial Marketplace Growth in Singapore

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Chennai, India-based online financial marketplace, BankBazaar announced the addition of $736K (SGD 1 Mn) growth capital into its Singapore arm, BankBazaar International, according to a release.  The funds will be used to scale technology, and strengthen the expansion strategies, as well as to establish its first financial marketplace in… Read More

Update: Zopa’s Janardana & P2P GI’s Champ Comment on Europe’s First Securitization of Unsecured Consumer Loans Originated Online

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Last week, P2P Global Investments and Zopa teamed up to work on Europe’s first securitization of unsecured consumer loans originated online. dedicated to investing in loans originated via marketplace platforms, and was arranged by Deutsche Bank. “This is an exciting milestone in Zopa’s journey. The securitisation process has… Read More

Fintech without Borders: Rakuten.com Partners with Payoneer

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What to do when eCommerce goes global? Partner up with fintech. Rakuten.com, a leading US eCommerce marketplace, has announced its collaboration with Payoneer, an online payments company disrupting the way businesses send and receive cross-border payments. The new offering allows global merchants to sell on Rakuten.com and… Read More

Funding Circle Hits £1.5 Billion Mark Lent to British Businesses (Infographic)

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After 5 years, 4 months and 10 days marketplace lender Funding Circle hit £1 billion lent, and now, a mere 9 months later, the platform blogged its newest record, £1.5 billion lent. Funding Circle investors numbering over 50,000 have helped more than 16,000 businesses across the country. Independent research published by the… Read More

PINTEC Group Spins Off Jimubox, Rebrands P2P Lender JIMU Group

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PINTEC Group, a leading Chinese fintech platform, today announced it will spinoff P2P lending platform Jimubox into an independent company, JIMU Group. Jimubox was a wholly-owned subsidiary of PINTEC Group, which holds a diversified group of financial technology businesses operating in the digital consumer lending… Read More

Beyond Bank Snags A$1.5M SocietyOne Equity, Moves into Fintech

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Beyond Bank Australia has announced its equity stake in SocietyOne, reported Australian Broker, having acquired A$1.5 million worth of shares in marketplace lender, as well as agreeing to increase its funding arrangement to A$10M. Earlier this year, SocietyOne raised A$25M capital from traditional financial firms G&C Mutual Bank and the Maritime, Mining… Read More

Bondora Launches Refer-A-Friend Offer: Investors Can Earn 5% From the Amount Referrals Lend in First 30 Days of Signing Up

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Bondora, a European peer to peer lender based in Estonia, announced last week the launch of its own refer-a-friend offer. The company stated users may now earn an extra income by introducing their friends to its website. The Bondora team stated anyone who joins with a… Read More

Lend Responsibly: Folk2Folk CEO Jane Dumeresque Shares Vision of P2P Lending

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In explaining how they are different, Folk2Folk, an up and coming peer to peer lender explains they are “resetting the values around lending money.” While embracing technology that facilitates the lending process, Folk2Folk maintains numerous brick and mortar locations as they believe in dealing with… Read More

GLI Finance Releases H1 2016 Results as WriteDowns Drive Loss

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GLI Finance (LSE:GLIF), a diversified portfolio company focusing on alternative finance, has published its 6-month report for 2016.  The financial results show a a £6.9 million loss from a £5.3 million profit year on year. The loss included £12.9 million in writedowns on investments. GLI’s net asset… Read More

ArchOver Touts Lender Protection Recognition from Independent Research

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Peer to peer lender ArchOver is pointing to a recent report from Equity Development regarding investor protection for lenders using their platform. The report calls ArchOver the “pioneer of secured and insured loans” for SMEs. ArchOver says that to date the platform has not experienced… Read More

Everybody’s Doing It: Bank Indonesia to Launch Fintech Regulatory Sandbox

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Bank Indonesia (BI) recently announced 5 new initiatives regarding the payment system – a hot sector of financial services. Within these five strategic objects was Financial Technology or Fintech. Bank Indonesia, the central banking authority of the 4th most populous country in the world stated;… Read More

China P2P IPO: Lufax Preps for Hong Kong Listing

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Lufax, one of China’s largest peer to peer lending platforms, is preparing for its long-awaited IPO. This is according to a report in Reuters that stated the IPO could raise $5 billion. At the last funding round, Lufax captured a valuation topping $18 billion.  China… Read More

Manchester Based Invoice Financing Firm Due Course Raises £6.25 Million

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Two-year-old online lender DueCourse has raised £6.25 million with the participation Alex Chesterman, Simon Franks and Rocket Internet affiliated GFC. The Manchester Evening News said DueCourse was queuing up to raise an additional £10 to £15 million in a Series A funding round at some point in… Read More

Report: Fintech Collaboration is Key for Investment Banks

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EY, in collaboration with Innovate Finance, has published a report on the need for investment banks to collaborate with Fintech firms and embrace innovation.  Entitled Capital Markets: Innovation and the Fintech Landscape, the authors state that while Fintech may have started with P2P lending, equity… Read More

Brief: Kenya Fintechers Equity Bank & Safaricom Align with PayPal

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Equity Bank and Safaricom, a Kenyan lending platform and a telecom platform, are courting PayPal customers seeking to make transfer account funds more quickly and easily, according to Business Daily Africa.  The agreement signed by Equity Bank means customers can now cash their PayPal accounts in three days instead of the earlier… Read More