¡Bienvenidos! Kickstarter Opens For Spanish Inventors

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Earlier this week, crowdfunding giant Kickstarter announced that it was ready to open its doors to Spanish inventors that are looking to crowdfund for their projects. The platform revealed in its blog: “We’re so excited to announce that Kickstarter is now open to Spanish makers,… Read More

Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna at ICT Spring: Luxembourg Seeks to Become Hub of FinTech Revolution

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In an article posted today in the Luxumburger Wort, Luxembourg Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna commented that FinTech is the engine driving new financial services business models, promoting the Grand Duchy as a location for the burgeoning ICT sector. “What Silicon Valley has in Tech, we have in Fin,”… Read More

P2Binvestor Set to Join Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network

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P2Binvestor (P2Bi), a crowdlending platform for commercial lines of credit that serves the fastest growing companies in the United States, today announced it has been selected as a new network company by Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Colorado (BENCO), a select group of Colorado’s best entrepreneurs. The company is one… Read More

Startupbootcamp FinTech London Names Liz Lumley Managing Director

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Continuing to grow its brand, Startupbootcamp FinTech has announced Liz Lumley‘s appointment as the new managing director for London and will be responsible for the running of the accelerator programme in London. “We are extremely happy to have Liz join us,” added Nektarios Liolios, global managing director,… Read More

China Rapid Finance Provides Over 1.1 Million Loans in Just 3 Months

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Peer to peer lender China Rapid Finance has originated an astounding 1.1 million in loans to Chinese borrowers in just three months time – as of April 30th. The impressive number is indicative of the demand for capital in the largest P2P lending market in… Read More

Bitbond Receives € 600,000 in Angel Funding to Grow Lending Platform

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Berlin based global bitcoin lending platform Bitbond has received a cash infusion to grow its lending platform. The angel round of € 600,000 now brings total capital raised for the site to €800,000. The new funding was led by Bitbond’s earlier seed investor Point Nine Capital, along with a… Read More

UPDATE: Launch of New Zealand P2P Lender LendMe Delayed By Alliance Talks With Local Bank

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A New Zealand peer-to-peer lender recently dubbed the first P2P lender in the country to specialize in secured lending has delayed its launch, according to Interest.co.nz. The delay is due to the company, LendMe’s, planned talks aimed at forming an alliance with a New Zealand bank. LendMe founder… Read More

Avatar Airlines Seeks $5M in Crowdfunding; Campaign is Quickly Met With Criticism

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Ostensibly hoping to become a low cost alternative, Avatar Airlines has launched a self-crowdfunding campaign at www.HelpAvatarFly.com. The funding project allows the public to give as much, or as little as they like, with donations ranging from $5 to $9,750 for perks.  If you want a T-Shirt though you will have… Read More

P2P Lender LandlordInvest Raises Capital on Seedrs

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Seedrs has carved out a nice little niche in becoming the crowdfunding site of choice for crowdfunding platforms.  Seedrs recently added another funding platform to their growing list; LandLordInvest. Described as the UK’s first “near prime property peer to peer lending” LandlordInvest is hoping to… Read More

Fintech Provider and Alternative Lender eProdigy Closes $100M Commitment from Single Private Equity Firm

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eProdigy, a fintech holding company with several subsidiaries serving the alternative finance space, announced today that an undisclosed private equity firm has made an agreement to provide $100 million to eProdigy through a term loan, a convertible note feature and participation rights. “This deal changes our entire… Read More

OurCrowd Sets Australian Crowdfunding Record for Global Kinetics, Medical IT Startup

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OurCrowd set a new Australian funding record, closing out a $1.5 million round of funding for Global Kinetics Corporation (GKC), an Australian medical IT company . To recap from an earlier post, GKC was established in 2007 to commercialize innovative technology developed by Professor Malcolm Horne, from the Florey… Read More

Cloud Lending Solutions Appoints World Bank Vet & Opens New Nairobi Office: Expanding the Power of Microfinance Funding

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Cloud Lending Solutions, an end-to-end lending solution built natively on salesforce.com, announced the appointment of  Harold Rosen to the company’s Advisory Board, bringing his more than 30 years of experience in the microfinance industry, including driving social impact investing at the World Bank. In addition, the company is expanding… Read More

Ideas Britain Quickly Secures over £186K Crowdcube: Creative Director Dave Stewart & Mobile Platform Connects Entrepreneurs

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Ideas Britain, a mobile platform wherein people submit an idea in less than a minute and compete for support, expert advice and real world commercial backing, has chosen Crowdcube to power its next phase of growth. Aiming to raise £300,000 on Crowdcube, Ideas Britain has already secured over… Read More

Canada: There’s a New Way for Companies to Raise Capital from the Crowd

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Six Canadian provinces jumped into the equity crowdfunding space in a big way on May 14, 2015. British Columbia, Saskatchewan,  Quebec, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia announced a new prospectus exemption for early stage companies to raise capital. When I first read the press release,… Read More

Crowd2Fund launches Crowd Exchange to Grow Liquidity in Crowdfunding Market

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Crowd2Fund, a regulated “five model” crowdfunding platform, has announced the launch of the Crowd Exchange, a new site that will a holders of debt or equity in private companies to sell their investments to other individuals online.  Crowd2Fund states the primary objective of the exchange… Read More

Fund Forward: 8 Exciting Trends in Crowdfunding That Are Coming Sooner Than You Think

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With a compound annual growth rate of 88% since 2011, crowdfunding, particularly equity crowdfunding, is taking off. The decentralization of finance gives individuals more choice and control as to where they invest their money, and simultaneously offers startups access to new sources of capital. So… Read More

Smartphone Phone App For Health KIJINI Quickly Gains Funding Momentum on Indiegogo

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On Monday, mobile phone app startup KIJINI, INC. debuted its Indiegogo campaign to finalize the development of its eponymous KIJINI, an iOS and Android program with a set of apps capable of deciphering the user’s voice to provide highly accurate information about critical aspects of… Read More

Novalogy Hits Indiegogo With New Wearable Technology that Helps Improve Sleep & Increases Energy

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Novalogy, a wearable tech company, unveiled AYO, an advanced, scientifically backed wearable device which uses clinically backed lighting technology to actively improve sleep, increase energy levels and minimize jet lag. In tandem with its U.S. debut at Wearable World Congress 2015, an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has launched to… Read More

Metro Bank Partners with Zopa to Lend Funds: UK Finance Disruptors Join Forces

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Peer-to-peer lending pioneer Zopa today announced a partnership with leading challenger bank, Metro Bank, to lend funds through Zopa’s online marketplace.This innovative deal is the first of its kind in the UK and a clear signal that some parts of the UK banking sector are embracing… Read More