Weissenhaus Grand Village & Spa raises over €1.7m on Compansito

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In only a few days, investors on the equity crowdfunding platform Companisto, invested almost €1.8 million in the superlative five-star resort Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort & Spa situated by the Baltic Sea. The offer on Companisto launched earlier this month and it rocketed to over €200,000 immediately showing solid investor interest.  The campaign for this luxury resort was… Read More

Bunch O Balloons Zooms to $100,000 on Kickstarter

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The crowdfunding campaign for the new quick-fill water balloon hose attachment, Bunch O Balloons, is now live on Kickstarter. Since launch on Tuesday (July 22nd), the campaign has quickly hurdled the $10,000 goal as more than 3000 supporters contributed over  $120,000. The system allows users to quickly fill mass amounts of water balloons in a short… Read More

Vessyl Cup Now Over $1 Million in Presales

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Vessyl Cup, a project in the midst of a pretail crowdfunding campaign, has shared they have passed by the $1 million mark.  The smart cup project was announced this past June by San Francisco based Mark One with an original target of raising $50,000 in funding.  The cup is designed to automatically monitor your consumption… Read More

Nicola Horlick “City Superwoman” Shares Insight into Peer Lending & Crowdfunding

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Nicola Horlick is a well known name in the halls of finance in the United Kingdom.  Nicola captured the title of City “Superwoman” as she balanced on the high wire act of an elite career in finance while simultaneously raising six children. After starting at SG Warburg & Co. in the 80s,  she moved to… Read More

NASCAR Driver Supports Crowdtilt Campaign to Bring Bitcoin to Sprint Cup Series

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NASCAR driver, Alex Bowman, along with his racing team, BKRacing, announced on Thursday (July 24th) their support of a new crowdfunding campaign on Crowdtilt known as Bitcoin23 that is currently seeking funds to bring a Bitcoin-brand race car to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Running until August 20th, the Bitcoin23 campaign, which was named after… Read More

goodz Raised Capital this Past May, Files for Insolvency

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Highlighting the risk of investing in startups, goodz GmbH, a Berlin based company that did an equity crowdfunding round this past Spring, has filed for bankruptcy. goodz was an “e-boutique”, launched in February 2014, that featured cutting edge products in a curated e-commerce platform that was determined to target only responsible and well made products…. Read More

Brief: Crowdcube Crowdfunding Record (Infographic)

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Crowdcube offered shares in their own company this past week and quickly (as in don’t blink) raised £1.2 million.  While I am not certain if they expected to raise funds at lightening speed – I was certainly impressed with the velocity in which investors rushed in to capture equity in the young crowdfunding platform.  The… Read More

DreamFunded CEO Recognized as SF Angel Investor of the Year

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Manny Fernandez, has been recognized as the 2014 “San Francisco Angel Investor of the Year” by Startups Showcase.  Manny is CEO of crowdfunding platform DreamFunded and founder of the SF Angels Group. “Manny Fernandez is a leader in San Francisco angel investing with the founding of SF Angels Group and his on stage investment of one of… Read More

Frame Again Quickly Funds on Seedrs After Turning Down Dragon’s Den Offer

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Frame Again hit the “biggest mover by percentage raised” status soon after appearing on BBC’s Dragon Den.  The startup up quickly surpassed their £20,000 crowdfunding goal on Seedrs. Co-founders Jake Hayman and Joe Kenyon appeared on the long running show offering up 20% equity in their company for £60,000. Their new company allows people to… Read More

Dash Crowdfunds on AngelList: Techstars-Funded App Tracks Car’s Fitness

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Fitbit for Cars App Makes for a Smarter Car It’s no wonder that Techstars NYC’13 alum Dash was voted one of  Entrepreneur’s “10 Startups to Watch in 2014.” The startup’s app turns any car built after 1996 into a smart car.  As a self-avowed “hardware agnostic” company,  Dash encourages its users to purchase low-cost hardware… Read More

Fund Dreamer Wants To Focus On Women & Diversity Groups

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Los Angeles based Fund Dreamer, Inc., is a crowdfunding platform helping women and diversity groups fund their dreams.  A social enterprise focused on changing startup dynamics, the young platform is on a mission to provide a crowdfunding environment for women and diversity focused projects. Co-founded by Ellie Shapiro, an IT veteran with over 20 years of experience, she… Read More

Personal Protection “The Defender” Beats $100,000 Goal in 24 Hours

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Pangaea Services, Inc. announced the launch of its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo on Tuesday (July 22nd) for its brand new product, The Defender. The device deters a prospective criminal with an array of self-defense features, including a 24/7 monitoring service, camera, strobing flash, siren, and the highest concentration of pepper spray available to law-enforcement. Originally… Read More

Jilliene Hellman Talks Hard Rock Hotel Crowdfunding (Video)

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Jilliene Hellman, CEO of real estate crowdfunding platform Realty Mogul, hit the screens of CNBC this week as part of the press rounds sharing the success on closing the Hard Rock Hotel crowdfunding offer.  Jilliene shares details of the project that raised $1.5 million (as part of a larger financing round) in equity. Jilliene states… Read More

Zach Braff Records Embarrassing Message for Dentist As A “Wish I Was There” Perk

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Making sure he stays true to his word, Zach Braff shared embarrassing details about giving back to those who contributed to his “Wish I Was There” crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. During a recent interview, the former “Scrubs” star admitted he regrets agreeing to record voicemails for backers after a dentist asked him to take a… Read More

Talk Show Host Jon Stewarts Announces Kickstarter Campaign to Buy CNN (Video)

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On Tuesday evening (July 22nd), host of the Daily Show, Jon Stewart, announced the launch of a $10 billion Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to purchase the television network, CNN. During the show, Stewart discussed Rupert Murdoch’s recent business strategy to purchase CNN’s parent company, Time Warner. Although Murdoch has been unable to purchase the company so… Read More

Peer-to-Peer Loan vs. Bank Loan (Infographic)

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The below infographic is from the creative crew at Funding Circle (in the UK).  Funding Circle is one of the leaders in the peer to peer (P2P) lending space.  The platform just announced a pretty huge investment to juice their global expansion.  Founded in the UK, they have already opened up shop in the United… Read More

3D Printing Startup NVBOTS Launches $150,000 Crowdfunding Campaign on Fundable

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Boston-based NVBOTS, a 3D printing startup founded by MIT students, is seeking to raise $150,000 with a crowdfunding campaign on Fundable. The funds from this new campaign, which launched today (July 23rd), will be added to an $850,000 seed funding round that the company has raised over the past four months. NVBOTS builds 3D printers with… Read More

Invested.In Launches INVST: Online Network Offering Institutional Quality Alternative Investments

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INVST Partners With Carillon & Bendigo. Invested.in, a crowdfunding technology company, has announced the launch of INVST, an  online private network offering institutional-quality alternative investment funds.  The company also stated they had formed two significant INVST partnerships with Carillon Capital, LLC, and Bendigo Securities, LLC. Both organizations are led by former E*TRADE Financial executives and provide… Read More

FarmDrop Extends Equity Crowdfunding as it Easily Tops £400,000 Goal

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FarmDrop launched their equity crowdfunding project just a few weeks back but the online farmers market has not had any problems finding investors.  Raising capital on Crowdcube, FarmDrop was hoping to raise £400,000 for 17% equity in the young company.  FarmDrop has quickly passed that mark and stands at over £420,000 today with one investor… Read More

Dealstruck Boosts Executive Bench with New Hires

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Peer Lending Platform Dealstruck Appoints Chief Financial Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Strategy Officer Peer to peer lending platform Dealstruck has added to its senior leadership team to help manage the company’s rapid growth and to execute on its corporate expansion initiatives.  The Dealstruck lending marketplace connects profitable, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with… Read More