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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.

Renaissance Brewing Equity Crowdfunding on Snowball Effect (Infographic)

Renaissance Brewing Snowball Effect

Equity crowdfunding rifled out of the gate in New Zealand with one of the most popular sectors to utilize the new form of raising capital:  Beer.  Renaissance Brewing, founded by iconoclastic Americans who decided to set up a brewery in the land of the Kiwi made NZ history when they launched their funding round on… Read More

Beauhurst Asks Questions about easyProperty Valuation

Stack of Coins Money

Beauhurst recently posted a comment about the successfully equity crowdfunding raise of easyProperty on Crowdcube.  After Private Equity Guru Jon Moulton” questioned the valuation of the not yet live platform quoted at £67 million it appears that research firm Beauhurst dug a bit further to do a comparison. Beauhurst stated; “… it’s notable that in return for… Read More

GamCrowd Announces New Chairman: Ian Hogg

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UK based GamCrowd has announced that Ian Hogg has become chairman of gaming industry crowdfunding platform.   Hogg recently left the board of global pools betting operator and supplier, Sportech Plc. Hogg, described as a serial entrepreneur, brings an expertise across online, TV, e-gaming, retail betting, poker, and racing to London-based GamCrowd, the equity crowdfunding and… Read More

Syndicate Room Explains Investing in the Simon West Film “Salty”

Salty Funding Round SyndicateRoom

Equity crowdfunding platform Syndicate Room has shared an interesting depiction as to how investors in a film may enjoy some healthy returns.  Of course this is all predicated on the fact the film is a decent production (although we all know a lot of bad films make a lot of money). Syndicate Room listed this interesting… Read More

Update: OurCrowd Has Funded 50 Companies with Over $70 Million

OurCrowd Featured Companies

This past July global equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd published an announcement they had raised $60 million for 46 companies.  In a report filed with TechCrunch yesterday, the pace of growth appears to be increasing as they state they have funded 50 companies with at least $70 million.  Not too bad for a platform that has been… Read More

iFunding Asia CEO Julian Kwan Talks Real Estate Crowdfunding (Video)

Julian Kwan

iFinding is kind of a unique entry in the real estate crowdfunding space as they have set up shop in the United States AND  in Singapore (they also have a very cool iPhone app so you can invest on the run too). Earlier this week Julian Kwan, CEO of iFunding Asia and one of the… Read More

VibeWrite Overfunds on Seedmatch: AppSolutely Versatile Pen for School, Work & Gaming

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VibeWrite, the digital pen that independently recognizes handwriting and in conjunction with a vast number of  applications, is set to close on Seedmatch today. Having raised over  € 565K over the course of its campaign, the startup surpassed its initial crowdfunding goal of € 184,750 by 565% with the help of 547 investors. Led by… Read More

Torch Bike Safety Gear 248% Overfunds on Seedrs: Ride Stylishly and Safely

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Creating stylish safety gear for cyclists, Torch Apparel has ignited investor interest on Seedrs, securing over £124K for the 21.66% equity offered.  The campaign is currently overfunding, surpassing its modest initial £50K goal. Torch Apparel focuses on stylish safety for cyclists, featuring its hugely-successful 2012 Kickstarter hit T1 helmet and upcoming FLUX backpack. Torch’s first product, the T1, pre-sold to 34 countries. Torch… Read More

Brief: Weissenhaus Generates € 1 Million in Revenue for August

WEISSENHAUS Grand Village Resort & Spa at Night

European crowdfunding record holder Weissenhaus has shared an update on the ongoing project stating that operating revenue for the month of August exceeded €1 million. Weissenhaus is a posh resort located on the North Sea near Hamburg, Germany, that was purchased by well known financiere Jan Henric Buettner. An investment crowdfunding campaign is still funding… Read More

French Crowdfunding Platform KissKissBankBank Moves Into Peer to Peer Lending with Lendopolis

Lendopolis

KissKissBankBank a prominent French crowdfunding platform announced today they are moving into the peer to peer lending space with the launch of Lendopolis.  Lendopolis is described as a financement participatif (crowdfunding) platform that allows small to medium enterprises borrow funds.  For the investor who chooses to lend money via the platform, Lendopolis expects to generate… Read More

Harmoney Lends $2 Million in First Weeks (Video)

Harmoney Everbody is Happy

Kiwi peer to peer lending platform Harmoney has not wasted any time in getting the loans moving.  Having officially launched on September 10th, the P2P lender has shared they have quickly lent about $2 million.  On top of that – they are rejecting between 70-80% of loan applications so it is safe to assume there… Read More

The Outlook for Peer to Peer Lending in China

Peer to Peer Lending in China

With the explosive growth over the past seven years, China has become the biggest peer to peer (P2P) lending market in the world. After introducing the four stage evolution in the previous article “The Evolution of Peer to Peer Lending in China”, we will now share the trends we discovered in the development of P2P… Read More

HBS: Prodigy Network – Democratizing Real Estate Investment

Rodrigo Nino

Last month Harvard Business School published a case study on the real estate crowdfunding platform Prodigy Network and its founder Rodrigo Niño.  Authors Karim Lakhani, Katja Hutter and Greta Priar, reviewed the dramatic rise of Prodigy Network and the vision of Niño that “crowdfunding will disrupt the status quo of traditional equity investment in real… Read More

Perspective: Securities Commission Malaysia Hosts Successful Conference on Crowdfunding

SCxSC Forum Speakers Malaysia Securities Commission

The Synergy and Crowdfunding Forum organized by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) exemplified the keen interest in equity crowdfunding as over 550 individuals showed up to participate in the two day event held in Kuala Lumpur.  The group included over 250 entrepreneurs, over 50 investors plus a mix of academics, regulators and students. SC is supportive of both… Read More

SC Malaysia Shares Public Response to Proposed Equity Crowdfunding Framework

Malaysia Coin Ringit

Coming off a highly successful crowdfunding and angel investing conference, Securities Commission Malaysia has released the public comments on the proposed regulatory framework for equity crowdfunding.  The consultation outlining the regulations was released this past August and since being published SC has received comments from a diverse group of individuals including VC firms, entrepreneurs, financial… Read More

The Collapse of Kreyos and How Not to Run a Crowdfunding Campaign

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This one is almost too painful to write.  As many people know the Kreyos Smartwatch was one of the most successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaigns of all time.  It is also probably one of the most spectacular crowdfunding failures ever.  Trust me – this one is pretty hard to top. We last visited the Kreyos campaign… Read More

Edinburgh’s SuperJam Launches £250,000 Equity Crowdfunding Campaign on Crowdcube; Jumps to Nearly £91,000

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Setting out to expand its franchise, Edinburgh-based company SuperJam turned to Crowdcube for its £250,000 crowdfunding campaign. The company is said to be known for its delicious jams and popularity in the UK region. Funds from the project will help SuperJam make its way into other countries such as China and Japan. According to the Herald… Read More

Silatech Teams Up With Qatar Charity to Launch New Crowdfunding Platform Dedicated to Young Arab Entrepreneurs

Qatar Charity and Silatech

Qatar-based company Silatech announced earlier this week the launch of its crowdfunding platform called Narwi.com. The “micro-giving” platform is a new approach to financing young Arab entrepreneurs and their projects. Noted on its website, the platform is described as the following: “Youth unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa is the highest in the world… Read More

The House Crowd Has Bought & Refurbished 78 Properties. Crosses £ 5 Million Mark

The House Crowd

Hale, UK based crowdfunding property investment company, The House Crowd, has announced it has fundraised more than £5 million from investors over a two year period. Since it started operations, the company has bought and refurbished 78 properties in and around the Manchester area, totalling more than £5 million of investment.  The House Crowd offers people… Read More