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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.

Prophis Technology: First European Startup Accepted by FinTech Sandbox

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FinTech Sandbox announced today that risk management startup Prophis Technology has been admitted to its program. Prophis is the first startup to join the Sandbox since the program’s official launch earlier in March. FinTech Sandbox is a Boston-based nonprofit that helps global FinTech startups build innovative products and applications. Founded by entrepreneurs and investors who understood the… Read More

JD.com Launches Equity Crowdfunding Platform with 11 New Campaigns: Promotes Chinese Entrepreneurship

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JD.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:JD), China’s leading online direct sales company, today announced its launch of a series of initiatives to help finance, develop and promote the creation of start-ups in China. The new JD Equity Crowdfunding platform, which builds upon JD.com’s success in the area of Internet finance, is expected to be China’s largest equity crowdfunding platform upon its launch today. “I know… Read More

LendInvest Partners with Plentific Online Real Estate Platform

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LendInvest, a peer to peer lender that targets real estate mortgages, has announced a partnership with Plentific, an online property marketplace. LendInvest has facilitated over £269 million in short and medium term mortgage loans to date making it the largest in the world. Plentific was founded by ex-investment bankers and property developers Cem Savas and… Read More

Hybrid Air Vehicles Launches Crowdcube Campaign for Airlander 10, ‘World’s Largest Aircraft’

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Bigger than a football field, the largest aircraft in the world is a low-carbon, low-noise, low-pollution wonder that soars high. Hybrid Air Vehicles, its manufacturer, is hoping that Airlander 10’s crowdfunding campaign will also reach great heights. On investment crowdfunding platform Crowdcube, London-based Hybrid Air Vehicles on Tuesday launched a $£2,000,000 campaign for the  Airlander 10, a wing-shaped aircraft that… Read More

Report Followup: InvestUP’s James Tuckett Shares his Perspective on Massolution’s Crowdfunding Publication

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In a release, InvestUp MD and Co-Founder James Tuckett opined on Massolution’s Crowdfunding Report.  An excerpt follows: It’s not often that we get to write about the only global report on crowdfunding worth talking about. And this one’s doubly special, as we’ve waited for over two years to receive this report by Massolution, the leading market research… Read More

CTRL+Console Captures $261,000 in Seed Funding

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CTRL+Console is an innovative application that turns the iPad into an intuitive, touchscreen remote for many programs, including Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro. Today, the company announced it has raised $261,000, led by Foundry Group and the FG Angel AngelList Syndicate. The funds allows CTRL+Console to develop additional interfaces that simplify the creative process… Read More

Massolution Posts Research Findings: Crowdfunding Market Grows 167% in 2014, Crowdfunding Platforms Raise $16.2 Billion

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Report Forecasts Total Global Crowdfunding to Reach $34.4 Billion in 2015 North America Remaining the Largest Market and Asia, Outpacing Europe in 2014, in Second Place As crowdfunding accelerates at an unprecedented rate, it’s impacting government policy, informing enterprise innovation and changing the role of financial institutions around the world. Today the research firm Massolution… Read More

Brief: Seedrs Tops £10 Million in Investment During Q1

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Investment crowdfunding platform Seedrs has shared it has experienced a very successful quarter having captured over £10 million in investment for Q1 while claiming the title of Europe’s most active equity crowdfunding platform. According to co-founder and CEO Jeff Lynn; “We’re proud to have become Europe’s most active equity crowdfunding platform – completing more deals than any… Read More

Weissenhaus Closes on Companisto at Record € 7.5 Million in Crowdfunding

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Companisto has announced the closing of funding for Weissenhaus Grand Village & Spa at a record amount of € 7.5 million. The platform has claimed Europe’s largest crowdfunding campaign as approximately 1600 investors participated in the public offer. Crowdfunding of Weissenhaus was paused for a period of time and then relaunched as investor demand was described… Read More

Google Exec Joins Crowdcube. Thor Mitchell Becomes Head of Product for Equity Crowdfunding Platform

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Thor Mitchell is leaving Silicon Valley and moving to the UK to join equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube as Head of Product.  The new position at Crowdcube is described as serving the needs of entrepreneurs and investors thus assuring ongoing innovation and growth. Thor will be immediately tasked with building a team of Product Managers for Crowdcube… Read More

Nordic Fintech Platform Holvi Expands to Germany: Makes Name Known in Euro Banking Landscape

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Having acquired customers across the continent including Ireland, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and the UK, the Nordic fintech startup Holvi seeks to make its name better known in the European banking landscape and reshape financial services across Europe by targeting Germany and Austria. “Germany along the UK is Europe’s official fintech hub. The number of fintech… Read More

Seedrs Adds Leading Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs to Advisory Board: Path’s Dave Morin and Lyft’s Logan Green Join Team

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Seedrs, the largest crowdfunding platform in Europe to focus solely on equity investments, announced today that it has made two key appointments to its world-class Advisory Board: Dave Morin and Logan Green. Dave Morin, helms social networking site Path as its CEO and Co-Founder. Path’s mission is to make social networking more personal. With a premium experience, award winning… Read More

Steering Group on Financial Technologies to Advise Chinese Government: Aims to Make Hong Kong Fintech Hub

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The Chinese government announced the establishment of the Steering Group on Financial Technologies to advise the Government on how to develop Hong Kong into and promote Hong Kong as a Fintech hub. The initiative to set up the Steering Committee was announced in the Financial Secretary’s 2015-16 Budget. Chaired by the Secretary for Financial Services… Read More

RateSetter Secures £20 Million Investment from Ken Costa, Woodford Investment Management & Artemis

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The investment in the peer-to-peer lender RateSetter, from veteran investment banker, Ken Costa, Woodford Investment Management and Artemis, places confidence in the nascent UK P2P and crowdfunding industry. Costa also led a £25m investment in the online-only challenger bank, Atom Bank, late last year. The £20 million investment will be used to invest in technology and… Read More

Interview: Cloud Lending CTO Darpan Saini and LendingPoint CTO Franck Fatras Discuss Partnership and Cloud Solutions

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In February Cloud Lending Solutions announced that its customer and partner,  LendingPoint, had successfully used Cloud Lending as a foundation to go from concept to market in less than ninety days.  Helmed by CEO and Founder Snehal Fulzele and CTO Darpan Saini,  Cloud Lending has quickly disrupted global direct online lending as more and more clients shift to its Cloud Lending Solutions. Seeking to… Read More

Aircraft Backed P2P Lender Ablrate Partners with SIPPClub

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Ablrate, a niche player in the peer to peer lending space that focuses on Aircraft backed securities, has announced a partnership with SIPPClub that is designed to enable sophisticated investors to invest in Ablrate loans through EvolutionSIPP. Self Invested Personal Pensions (SIPP) will assist the marketplace lender in sourcing loans. Ablrate has completed approximately £2 million… Read More

Worth Capital Cancels Future Gadget Competition

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Worth Capital has cancelled Future Gadget funding competition stating the businesses were not ready for crowdfunded investment. The initiative was designed to discover the “world’s next great gadget” by engaging entrepreneurs, in need of capital and to then help bring their product to market.  Worth has done similar competitions previously which were successfully completed. The funding was… Read More

Lufax CEO: Big Risk of Fraud in China P2P Lending

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Speaking on a panel discussion at the Boao Forum in southern China, the CEO of Shanghai Lujiazui International Financial Asset Exchange (commonly referred to as Lufax), Gregory Gibb, addressed the pressing issue of fraud. The peer to peer lending industry in China has experienced supercharged growth over the past few years but has been plagued by fraud and… Read More

Online Valuation Firm Equidam Updates Platform

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Netherlands based Equidam, an online company valuation platform, has released an update and complete re-design to its site that is described as a new “focus on value creation and growth”.  Equidam has operated for the past three years tackling a difficult issue of SME valuation when no easy method is available. The redesign is said… Read More

VPC Specialty Lending Adds Positions in OnDeck, Funding Circle & Others

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VPC Speciality Lending Investments (LSE:VSL) has published a brief comment stating they have added investments in several direct lenders including OnDeck Capital, Funding Circle (USA), Upstart Network, Borro and Kreditech.  VPC has also provided a balance sheet loan to Applied Data Finance.  The company acquired these investments from private funds managed by the Company’s investment… Read More