Update: Campaign to Help Purchase Nice-Matin Passes €300,000 Goal

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The employees of French newspaper Nice Matin, along with sister publications Var-Matin and Corse-Matin, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Ulule on August 4th.  Three weeks later the project organizers have hit their goal of raising € 300,000 as over 2200 individuals have contributed € 5 and up to help a group purchase a publication that is reportedly… Read More

Crowdcube Accepting Applicants for Accelerator Program

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Equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube is now accepting applicants for its accelerator program.  The program is looking for companies that expect to raise capital in the next few months.  Selected companies will get assistance in prepping their business to become investment ready – and of course an opportunity to list on Crowdcube. The last Accelerator program… Read More

ButterUp Knife Over $300,000 During Final Days on Kickstarter

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With less than a week until its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign comes to an end, North Sydney, Australia-based DM Initiatives’ ButterUp has raised over $320,000 AUD from almost 14,000 backers. Described as avid butter enthusiasts who wanted a solution to our hard butter woes, the company has been looking high and low to come up with a… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Yohann for iPad, Jimmy Stones & Carver Sunglasses

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Here we are at the last days of summer (in the Northern hemisphere at least).  While many of us are thinking about ways to extend those warm summer days Crowdfund Insider continues to forge ahead, keeping abreast of the coolest things in crowdfunding.  We have three excellent campaigns this week.  It was really difficult to… Read More

Neil Young’s Pono Music Equity Crowdfunding Campaign Extended

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Music legend Neil Young is now a crowdfunding legend too.  He has taken one of the most successful rewards based crowdfunding campaigns ever and turned it into an equity crowdfunding hit.   Pono Music publicly opened the funding round on August 1st.  The initial raise was targeted at $2.5 million but that number was crushed… Read More

GaymerX Launches $80,000 Kickstarter Campaign For Its Renamed Gaming Convention “GX3″

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Seeking to make a few changes to its well-known main event, San Francisco-based GaymerX announced its self-titled gaming convention and they are now looking for backers on Kickstarter to support its $80,000 crowdfunding campaign. GaymerX self-titled convention, now renamed to GX3, is the gaming event for everyone, but focusing on supporting LGBTQ gamers and allies. … Read More

Brief: Seedrs Gets Nice Shout Out from Design Good

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European equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs received a nice accolade from Design Good.  The digital community has designated Seedrs as one of the Top 9 Places in the World to Raise Investment Capital. Design Good is an online community of people, brands and groups using creativity and design for social Good.  The site listed Seedrs, the… Read More

D.C. Based Company Launches Crowdfunding Campaign For Small Breathalyzer; Raise $22,000 First Week

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Helping to stop drunk drivers in their tracks, Washington D.C.-based company Edge Tech Labs has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $40,000 for its DrinkMate. The device is a breathalyzer that fits in everyone’s up-and-going lifestyles. Pitching the product to future backers, the DrinkMate team stated, “Be safe and make the right decisions…. Read More

Coolest Cooler Closes at $13,285,226: Record Amount on Kickstarter

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The one crowdfunding campaign to beat them all.  Coolest Cooler closed their 52 day crowdfunding campaign yesterday.  Coolest stands as the single largest campaign ever on the Kickstarter platform having blasted past the Pebble Smartwatch held the top spot for over two years.  The 62,642 backers averaged a pledge of a bit over $212.00.  The… Read More

Stone Brewing Company Ends Indiegogo Run at $2.5M; Breaks Record

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Ending its run on Indiegogo on an exciting note, California-based Stone Brewing Company reached $2,532,211 from 13,979 backers. Not only did it surpass its initial $1M goal, the campaign managed to break the crowdfunding giant’s record for most contributions to any campaign in the platform’s history. During its final update, the campaign’s organizers wrote, “We… Read More

Bruegel Publishes Research Report on Equity Crowdfunding

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Brussels based Bruegel has published an in-depth report on equity crowdfunding.Bruegal is a European think tank that focuses on economic issues and have a stated mission to provide impartial fact based research and analysis.  With investment crowdfunding a hot topic around the world as entrepreneurs see opportunity to raise capital and some politicians see a… Read More

World Class Driving Revs Up Crowdfunding Campaign on SeedInvest: Las Vegas’ Premier Exotic Supercar Motorsport Thrills Investors

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Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches and more… investors, ready your engines: World Class Driving has listed its 506(c) equity crowdfunding campaign on SeedInvest.   As the premier motorsport attraction located in the Las Vegas market and one of the top, non-gambling tourism attractions, World Class Driving has thrilled over 25,000 exotic supercar aficionados with its driving experiences since its 2007… Read More

The Madawaska Highlands Observatory Equity Crowdfunds on Optimized Capital Markets

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The Madawaska Highlands Observatory Corp. has launched its initial crowd offering on Optimized Capital Markets . The company wants to be a “National Canadian Destination” with a truly innovative and unique offering in North America. It will be situated in the Madawaska Highlands of Ontario, 1.5 hours west of Ottawa and 3.5 hours from Toronto and… Read More

Astar Pets Raises Equity to Bring Services to Pet Lovers Everywhere

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Seeking to help pet lovers with their needs, Astar Pets is seeking to raise £400,000 through the crowdfunding platform CrowdCube for its extensive services for those who love their fur babies. According to the campaign’s website, Astar Pet’s is on a mission to help pet lovers find everything they need to truly enjoy every moment… Read More

Brief: South African Peer to Peer Lender Expands into Small Business Loans

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According to a recent report RainFin, a Peer to Peer lender owned in part by Barclays, is broadening its reach to include small business loans.  The P2P lender is following a similar path to Lending Club, the large US based P2P lender that just announced their much anticipated IPO.  Business borrowers may now approach lenders… Read More

AnyMote Nears $50,000 Goal Less Than a Week on Kickstarter

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Get ready to ditch ALL your other remote controllers. California-based company Color Tiger launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter earlier this week to raise $50,000 for the AnyMote. The device turns any smartphone into the next generation universal remote. It automates TVs, computers, sound systems and more. Color Tiger stated on its campaign website, “AnyMote… Read More

Crowdsourcing Week Europe Preps for Copenhagen

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Crowdsourcing Week Europe 2014 is the “flagship conference” for the event organizer.  Their European conference is scheduled to take place this coming October in Copenhagen.  The gathering seeks to highlight best practices in crowdsourcing and the collaborative economy in Europe.  These tectonic shifts in processes and collaboration are fundamentally changing society, mindsets and possibilities across all… Read More

Famed Mumbai Film Festival Launches Crowdfunding Campaign After Shut Down Rumors Emerge

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Just after rumors of the Mumbai Film Festival shutting down, stars and film lovers in India have taken to social media to show their support for the popular event. According to Variety, the 16th edition of the festival is currently scheduled to run October 14-21. Unfortunately, due to the expired five year sponsorship deal with Anil… Read More

RateSetter CEO: London Can Be the Center of FinTech

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RateSetter CEO and founder Rhydian Lewis recently posted his views on the status of London in the emerging world of financial innovation.  RateSetter is one of the fastest growing P2P platforms in the UK and is expanding into Australia. First it must be acknowledged that London (and the UK) has been the leader in the… Read More

Australia-based Landcare & Pozible Team Up to Create Environmental Crowdfunding Collection

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Seeking help from others, environmentalists are now turning to crowdfunding to raise funds for not only equipment, but also for their new big ideas. During a recent interview, marketing manager at Australia-based Landcare NSW, Jenny Quealy, reported the company has teamed up with crowdfunding platform Pozible for a new partnership called, Landcare & Environment Collection. Quealy… Read More