Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Vestor Helps Raise Funds for New Cleveland Hotel

LeMeridien Hotel

Cleveland-based real estate crowdfunding platform, Vestor,  is seeking to help hotel developers to transform three neglected buildings into a LeMeridien hotel in the downtown area. According to Crain’s Cleveland Business, hotel consultant Lonnie Burghardt was close to ending a five-year quest to turn part of the stretch of Euclid into a 206-room Le Méridien hotel with a 150-seat first-floor… Read More

Kapipal, Part of GrowVC, Acquires WeLoveYourSongs

We Love Your Songs

Kapipal, an international donation and rewards based crowdfunding platform, has announced its acquisition of WeLoveYourSongs, an online music community for unsigned musicians and their fans. Founded in 2010, WeLoveYourSongs has built an online community centered around unsigned musicians and fans of underground music. The site also hosts contests in which musicians upload their original songs… Read More

The Misplaced Logic of Dodd-Frank: Protecting the Ordinary Investor by Redefining the Accredited Investor

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Many of you are still reeling from the impact of the worldwide collapse of the financial markets in 2008. And most of us have rightfully observed that following one of the greatest debacles in financial history, no one has gone to jail – no one has been prosecuted. Meanwhile, rather than look back at the… Read More

Christian Faes Founder of LendInvest Interviewed (Video)

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Silicon Real LIVE recently interviewed Christian Faes, co-founder and Director if LendInvest – the UK based peer-to-peer lender that focuses on mortgages.  LendInvest has completed over £68 million in loans since their launch last year. Faes gives a good overview of the LendInvest platform talking rates, process and London real estate market.  Faes also discusses… Read More

RCS Capital to Launch Investment Crowdfunding Site: “We R Crowdfunding”


Simultaneously Announces Acquisition of Trupoly. RCS Capital Corporation (NYSE: RCAP), has announced that it is establishing an investment crowdfunding platform which it will operate under the name, “We R Crowdfunding.”  Concurrent with this announcement, RCAP revealed they had acquired Trupoly, a New York based white label investor relationship manager.  Trupoly is expected to be integrated… Read More

Brief: Kickstarter Film Fest Available Online for Free

Kickstarter 4th annual film fest

This is kind of cool.  Kickstarter has recognized there are a ton of people who couldn’t mosey on over to Brooklyn this past Friday to watch their 4th Annual Film Festival.  So for those of you who were geographically deprived they have a solution.  Free live streaming all summer long.  Yep – break out the… Read More

FarmDrop Raises Over £350,000 on Crowdcube For Online Produce Marketplaces

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Setting out to bring the best and healthiest foods to the online market without being overpriced, FarmDrop has launched a £400,000 equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube to grow its business. FarmDrop is an award-winning online marketplace that allows local food producers to sell direct; a “click-and-collect farmers’ market.” By cutting out the middlemen, FarmDrop’s producers… Read More

Stone Brewing is Crowdfunding to Become 1st American Craft Brewer to Operate a Brewery in Europe

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There have been more than a few crowdfunding campaigns to help finance a brewery.  One of the largest equity crowdfunding campaigns ever was the Equity for Punks campaign that came from BrewDog in Scotland.  Well now the United States may have their very own iconic brewing campaign in the form of Stone Brewing company who… Read More

Rippr May Be First Equity Crowdfunding Campaign in New Zealand

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It appears that New Zealand will have their very first equity crowdfunding campaign on Snowball Effect later this month, at least according to a tweet from Ripper Crowd Loyalty;   Guys! We have a launch date for our #equitycrowdfunding campaign on @snowballnz. 28/07/14. Rippr will be the first startup in nz to do so! —… Read More

Crowdtilt Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Funds Without a Product

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A crowdfunding campaign launched on maverick crowdfunding platform Crowdtilt is seeking support for a mystery product.  Yep – you can back the campaign now without having any idea what you are backing.  Even better the campaign “Tilted” (became funded) when 250 mystery products were “sold”.  As of last glance 428 products have been purchased.  With… Read More

Updated: Coolest Cooler Over $6 Million Crowdfunding on Kickstarter

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The breakaway success crowdfunding project of the summer is here:  Coolest Cooler is now the 4th  3rd most funded campaign EVER on Kickstarter.  The dark horse campaign has blasted past mega-crowdfunding hits like Veronica Mars and the campaign has not even broken a sweat.  The only campaigns that stand in its path to become number… Read More

SilverAlms Responds to Question About Crowdfunding Platform

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SilverAlms, a  recently launched crowdfunding platform based in India that raised questions regarding the veracity of their new site has responded to questions forwarded to a gmail account.  The interaction was engendered after SilverAlms emailed Crowdfund Insider responding to an earlier article as TheCrowdfundingCentre had noticed duplicated campaigns from other crowdfunding sites appearing on the… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: CaseCam, Android for DeskTop & The Shirt ReInvented

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A quick suggestion to crowdfunding campaigns that are interested in having Crowdfund Insider write about your campaign.  It is pretty difficult to keep up with the direct tweets so your best bet is to email us at  It’s tough to keep up with the email too but there is a much better chance someone… Read More

Musicians Reached Almost $40,000 Within First 24 Hours of Kickstarter Campaign

Lucy Kaplansky Richard Shindell

New York-based musicians, Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell, launched a Kickstarter campaign on Thursday (July 17th) for their new album“Tomorrow You’re Going.” The project consists of their cover songs, which were produced by Larry Campbell. Initially seeking to raise $40,000, the project received 99% of its goal within 24 hours from 618 backers. Richard Shindell… Read More

SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher Talks JOBS Act; Advocates Needs of Small Business

Daniel Gallagher Champion of Small Business

At a recent meeting of the Securities Reform Project, organized by David Burton of the Heritage Foundation, attendees had the unique opportunity to hear from SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher. Gallagher was appointed as Commissioner in 2011 but he is a longtime veteran of the SEC having joined the staff in 2006 as Counsel to then… Read More

Launch & Release Set to Train Musicians on How to Have Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns

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Montana-based website Launch & Release is setting out to help train musicians on how to raise more funds during their crowdfunding campaigns. The website is on a mission to lower the failure rate of music crowdfunding from 45% to 35% by January 2015 through published music crowdfunding tips and advice and by the release of… Read More

Update: 1Rebel Overfunds and Reaches £1.2M on Crowdcube

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With over a month left over its Crowdcube campaign, new fitness concept 1Rebel has surpassed its initial £1,150,000 goal and has raised £1,225,600 from 203 investors. As previously reported by Crowdfund Insider,  1Rebel is a new fitness venture by the same team that founded Fitness First and Jatomi Fitness.  The founders want to create a new concept… Read More

Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Conference Scheduled for October

First Day of 2014 Solar Energy Sun

With sites like Abundance and Mosaic (among others) pushing the envelope on financing renewable energy, it was inevitable that someone would come along and realize there is a growing movement of innovation coupling crowdfunding and renewables. Solarplaza has recently announced they are organizing a conference in London this coming October seeking to bring together the hundreds… Read More

Batkid Begins Crowdfunding Campaign Quickly Raises Over $37,000 on Indiegogo


Ready to film a documentary about one of the cutest “superheroes” in the world, non-profit organization Moving Train, Inc. has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for “Batkid Begins.” The project is seeking a total of $100,000 and has so far raised over  $37,319 from more than 200 backers. The project is describe as “a feature… Read More

Scam? SilverAlms Crowdfunding Site Blatantly Copies Campaigns

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Possible Scam Crowdfunding Site Created to Dupe Unwitting Donors. SilverAlms a donation crowdfunding site claims to be the “Worlds First Charity Crowdfunding Portal”.  But is it really?  The site appears to be a clone of crowdfunding campaigns from other platforms such as Indiegogo and GoFundMe – created to take advantage of the unwitting.   The… Read More