Backer-Founder: First Crowdfunding Consultancy in Taiwan Celebrates Anniversary. Claims $10.1 Million Total Raised

Backer Founder Interns

Backer-Founder, a consulting firm in Taiwan that stakes claim to being the first of its kind in the country, celebrated its one  year anniversary of helping crowdfunding campaigns achieve their goals.  According to the company, the crowdfunding consultancy has managed over 50 projects in the… Read More

Dianrong May Raise $500 Million this Spring. Will Expand Into Other Markets

Dianrong office

Dianrong, a leading peer to peer lending platform in China, raised a respectable $207 million a couple months back.  Now the online lender is considering its next funding round which may hit half a billion dollars as the Chinese P2P market continues to outpace traditional… Read More

Regulation D: Private vs. Public Capital Raising (Deck)

Vladimir Ivanov and Sara Hanks

At the SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, Senior Financial Economist Vladimir Ivanov, gave an updated presentation regarding the state of Regulation D.  Ivanov delivered a very similar presentation at the end of 2014 with replicated slides.  He did update a couple of items… Read More

Crowdrise Launches Second Annual Giving Tower Campaign & Virtual Reality App

Crowdrise Giving Tower

On Tuesday, CrowdRise launched its second annual Giving Tower campaign and also debuted its interactive virtual reality (VR) experience app to help donors and charities to visualize social impact on #GivingTuesday. The Giving Tower campaign and free app offer charities and their supporters VR technology at no cost to bring to life… Read More

New Crowdfunding Platform Crowdpac Launches Specifically For U.S. Political Office Candidates


Last week, Crowdpac launched its crowdfunding platform that is specifically for U.S. politics. Co-founder and CEO of Crowdpac Steve Hilton, revealed to the Washington Post that the idea is to take the risk out of that first step of running for office by testing the waters with… Read More

Crowdcube Declares: “100,000 Investors Joined Our Equity Crowdfunding Platform This Year!” (Infographic)

Crowdcube Team

This week, Crowdcube announced that more than 100,000 investors have joined its well-known equity crowdfunding platform this year. The website shared: “Just a few months ago (September to be precise) we announced that £100m had been successfully invested into businesses through Crowdcube since we launched… Read More

Kickstarter Alum Cru Kafe Launches Seedrs Initiative to Expand Organic Coffee Brand

Cru Kafe 2

Cru Kafe, a UK-based organic coffee company, recently launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs to raise £300,000 so that it can continue the expansion of its growing brand. The company, which was founded by John Quilter, Bodil Blain, and Colin Pyle, stated that its mission… Read More

Peak Ventures Offers Up Seed investment in Peer-to-Peer Real Estate Marketplace Homie

Johnny Hanna

Peak Ventures announced on Tuesday an investment in Salt Lake City-based peer-to-peer real estate marketplace, Homie. Homie offers a platform that allows buyers, builders, and sellers of homes to meet, negotiate, and transact without a middleman or high commission fees. When buyers and sellers use Homie, they save tens… Read More

Brief: Brains Worldwide Foundation Joins #GivingTuesday Global Movement to Help Prevent Undetected Concussions in Children


The Brains Worldwide Foundation NPF announced this week that it is joining the global initiative, #GivingTuesday to help prevent undetected concussions for children. On #GivingTuesday, which will be held on December 1st, the foundation will launch a campaign through crowdfunding platform Crowdrise to help raise… Read More

Digital Challenger Bank Atom Receives £45 Million Investment from BBVA

Atom Bank New Bank

The  future of banking is almost here and Atom Bank, a digital only platform, has just received a solid £45 million investment from BBVA. The capital injection will give BBVA a 29.5% ownership stake in Atom. According to Atom, this completes the company’s £85 million… Read More

AlliedCrowds Unveils New “Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurship” Report


AlliedCrowds, has published a new Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurship report as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.  The data analysis company stated: “Crowdfunding is no longer just a niche form of financing for creative projects. In 2015, transactions across donations, lending, reward, and equity crowdfunding is expected to cross $34… Read More

Beehive: UAE Innovation Report

Beehive year of innovation

Beehive, a young peer to peer lending platform, and Thomson Reuters, have partnered on an innovation white paper regarding the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The document, embedded below, is designed to learn how small business approach innovation.  Beehive hosted a roundtable earlier this year that… Read More

Dealstruck Teams Up With Lendio to Release Joint eBook: “Small Business Lending in the Digital Age”

Dealstruck Lendio

On Tuesday, small business lending platforms Dealstruck and Lendio, announced the release of their joint eBook, “Small Business Lending in the Digital Age,” which focuses on strengths, weaknesses, and projections regarding the online small business lending industry. Ethan Senturia, CEO of Dealstruck, stated: “Small businesses are the backbone of… Read More

Nonprofit Organization Easter Seals Forms Partnership With CrowdRise to Participate in 2015’s #GivingTuesday


Ready to kick off this year’s holiday season, nonprofit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs, Easter Seals, announced on Tuesday it is participating in #GivingTuesday. Easter Seals is partnering with CrowdRise for its second annual Giving Tuesday campaign on… Read More

Crowdnetic Founder & CEO Luan Cox: New Partnerships, Women in Fintech & Market Data Transparency

Luan Cox and Sri Goteti

  “Our prediction is that the marketplace lending industry will undergo continued and increasing growth, opening up new investment opportunities and new avenues of capital formation for start-ups and small businesses.” It’s not too late to participate in the 2015 Americas Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey;… Read More

FCA to Research Big Data and Retail Insurance Sector

Lloyds of London

The Financial Conduct Authority has launched another “call for inputs” as it digs into the retail insurance industry and the use of data to drive decisions. Interested participants have until January 8th to submit comments with a feedback statement expected in mid-2016.  The FCA notes… Read More

Business Advisor of New Kickstarter Alum BLOCKS Discusses Smartwatch Startup’s Success

Phillip Jarman

Just a few days after the closing of BLOCKS’ Kickstarter campaign, the business advisor of the company, Phillip Jarman sat with his alum mater, Imperial College London, to discuss the startup’s creation and success. BLOCKS, which was co-founded by Serge Didenko and Alireza Tahmaseb, created the… Read More

Brief: New Android Smartphone Pepsi P1 Debuts on Chinese Crowdfunding Platform

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Just one month after information about PepsiCo China’s smartphone, Pepsi P1, was reportedly leaked to the public, the popular beverage brand announced that it is not only working with a licensing partner to develop a line of mobile phones and accessories, but it has also… Read More