BattleFin & EarlyIQ Announces New Partnership

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On Wednesday (January 21st), BattleFin, a “tournament platform” for hedge fund competition, and EarlyIQ, Inc., a hosted information and analytics company serving early stage capital markets, announced their partnership to provide industry leading transparency and trust within the hedge fund market. Launching at the BattleFin Discovery Day in Miami, Florida on January 27th, competing hedge… Read More

Alessandro Lerro, European Equity Crowdfunding Association General Counsel & AISCRIS Board Member, Apprises European Alternative Finance Market

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As many Crowdfund Insiders know, The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey, the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe. This benchmarking survey, which closed on 6 January 2015,  seeks to capture the size, transactional volume and growth of the alternative finance markets across Europe…. Read More

FCA Advocates Consumers Look at Alternatives to Bank Savings Accounts. P2P Lenders Pick Up the Call.

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These days it may make sense to keep your money under your mattress as opposed to placing it in a bank savings account. After you get through the miscellaneous fees, a savers rate of return can easily go negative.  At least the mattress won’t charge a fee. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK… Read More

Victory Park Capital Announces Investment in Assetz Capital to Help Lending Platform Fund Small UK Businesses

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Victory Park Capital (VPC), an asset management firm focused on middle market debt and equity investments, announced today that it will invest up to £150 million in loans originated by Assetz Capital under a new five year contract. Assetz Capital is a peer-to-peer lending platform that combines traditional loan underwriting with financial technology to efficiently provide capital to… Read More

Hackster & Dragon Innovation Form Partnership

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In a letter published on the Hackster site, management announced their new relationship with hardware creation helper Dragon Innovation; We recently learned that thousands of people on Hackster are interested in building commercial products. Naturally we decided to do something about it. We are thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with Dragon Innovation to help… Read More

Ringly Ran Successful Pretail Campaign, Now Raises $5.1 Million

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Wearable tech startup Ringly has collected a $5.1 million Series A funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz.  The company ran a successful pretail funding campaign last summer easily topping their $60,000 goal.  The campaign was described at the time as the “most successful pre-sales campaign for women’s connected jewelry, reaching over $100,000 in sales in… Read More

Dealstruck Compares Loan Options for Small Business Owners (Infographic)

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The signature scent of January is optimism: We will avoid processed food, learn Mandarin Chinese and log at least nine miles before dinner (likely wild salmon atop a quinoa-kale salad). But New Year’s resolutions become realities after taking the first step, whether it’s learning how to boil water or take the stairs. And sometimes, the… Read More

ArchOver: Ignorance & Risk Aversion Impede SME Investment

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Peer to peer lending platform ArchOver recently signed up Wriglesworth Research to dig into consumer awareness and the acceptance of crowdfunding. From November to earlier this month (January) 500 adults were polled as to their opinion regarding new forms of investment.  The results, provided by ArchOver, were described as indicating “crowdfunding ignorance, combined with huge public aversion to… Read More

Crowd Investors Corner: Size Matters

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According to a recently released white paper by Offerboard – a leading online marketplace for private placements – as a result of the implementation of Title II of the JOBS Act, the number of Reg D investors increased 50% over historical averages during the past year. As a growing number of retail investors allocate their… Read More

The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman Hits Kickstarter For New Card Game Exploding Kittens; Captures Over $750,000 First Day

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On Tuesday (January 20th), Matthew Inman, the creator of the popular website The Oatmeal, teamed up with Xbox’s Elan Lee and Shane Small to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise only $10,000 for his card game, Exploding Kittens. Within only a few hours, the project not only received its initial goal, it has… Read More

Supporters Rally to Raise Funds on GoFundMe For Quadruplets After Mother’s Passing

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Seeking to help her family push through a tragic situation, Arizona woman Nicole Todman has launched a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to raise $250,000 for the family of her cousin, 36-year-old Erica Morale, who gave birth to quadruplets before she passed away a few hours later. According to the Fox affiliate in Phoenix, Erica and her husband… Read More

New Conan the Barbarian Board Game Surfaces on Kickstarter; Scores Nearly $900,000 in Eight Days

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  Ready to bring an old fan favorite, Conan the Barbarian, back to the market, Las Vegas-based Monolith Board Games debuted a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter last week to raise $80,000 for its new board game Conan. Within only a few days, the project surpassed its initial goal and is currently sitting at $878,000. Conan… Read More

Israeli Startup Debuts New Augmented Reality Winter Sports Goggles on Indiegogo

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With 2014-2015 winter sports season already underway, Israel-based RideOn has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $75,000 for its self-titled true augmented reality (AR) goggles. According to its campaign, the RideOn snowboard goggles are considered the world’s first true augmented reality (AR) goggles for skiing and snowboarding. It has a see-through display that projects AR… Read More

Elmspring Selects Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform PeerRealty For Accelerator Session 2.0

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PeerRealty, a midwest real estate crowdfunding platform, announced on Tuesday (January 21st) that it has been selected to participate in elmspring 2.0, the nation’s leading real estate startup accelerator program. Participants in the elmspring accelerator program will begin an intensive three-month program to develop and prepare their businesses for an investor pitch day, with the help… Read More

Tilt: Canadian Groups Now Collect Funds Every Three Minutes

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Since its Canadian launch in June 2014, Tilt has been the easiest way for Canadians to collect money from a group. Now, the company sees groups collecting money every three minutes on its platform. Country manager at Tilt, Tim Ryan explained, “Collecting money from groups is hard, we make it easy. It’s that simple. Traditionally, people have used… Read More

Former Google & Quantcast Executive Joins Indiegogo-Success Canary as Chief Operating Officer

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On Tuesday (January 20th), New York-based tech startup, Canary, announced former Google and Quantcast executive, Julio Pekarovic, as the new Chief Operating Officer at Canary. Julio brings over twenty years experience in leading finance organizations and business operations in hyper-growth technology companies. At Canary, he’ll be responsible for directing and overseeing all internal operations including… Read More

Six Months, $24 Million in Real Estate Funding: AssetAvenue

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Real estate crowdfunding platform AssetAvenue has topped another milestone and rather quickly. The funding portal has now passed $24 million in loans, according to a report from the company.  AssetAvenue targets bridge and transitional loans for commercial real estate across the US.  Investors are both individuals and institutions that are interested in “professionally vetted” investment… Read More

Brief: Video Game Mutant Football League Still in the Works Despite Kickstarter Failure (Video)

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Back in the fall of 2013, original creator and lead designer of the original Mutant League Football & Hockey, Michael Mendheim, teamed up with Run Games to launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $750,000 so that they may bring the Football Heroes Engine to new game, Mutant Football League. According to the project’s… Read More

Raizers Targets Ambitious Pan-European Equity Crowdfunding

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  The 28 countries of the European Union are a very long way from offering a homogeneous regulation environment for crowdfunding. This is particularly true of equity crowdfunding which touches on multiple heavily regulated areas of finance such as investment advice, securities trading, retail banking and corporate finance. Few European countries have, like France, issued… Read More

G-Technology Announces New Partnership With Seed&Spark For Independent Filmmakers

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G-Technology, a leader in delivering premium storage solutions, today announced a partnership with Seed&Spark, a community crowdsourcing ecosystem that enables independent filmmakers to fund, promote and distribute their projects. Kicking off at Sundance, the partnership will inspire and educate the Indie filmmaking community through support of Seed&Spark’s crowdsourcing platform, while giving them access to the professional… Read More