UK Innovation Vouchers Pay for £5000 of Expert Advice for Small Business

Innovation Vouchers

The UK has a program to incentivize startups to seek the advice they need to get, or keep things rolling.  Frequently young companies skip over direct professional advice as it is costly for lean startups.  Innovate UK is a program where a business can receive a voucher for up to £5000 for a small business…. Read More

Eaglewood Completes $75 Million Securitization of P2P Loans Originated via Lending Club

Eaglewood Capital Management

Eaglewood Capital Management, an investment management firm specializing in investing in online lending strategies, has announced that it has completed a $75 million securitization.   This represents Eaglewood’s second securitization of peer-to-peer (P2P) consumer loans and brings its total issuance to $175 million. The $75 million transaction comprises securitized unsecured consumer loans originated through the… Read More

Indiegogo Jumps on the Apple Pay Freight Train

Indiegogo Apple Pay

Global crowdfunding platform Indiegogo has announced the immediate integration and  availability of Apple Pay –  incorporating the one touch iPhone payment system in their crowdfunding platform.  Indiegogo joins a growing number of banks, credit card providers and retailers jumping aboard Apple’s spin on a digital wallet.  Apple released their updated iOS today thus allowing any… Read More

Brief: Dr. Richard Swart Joins InvestNextDoor Advisory Board

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“Peer-to-Business” crowdfunding platform InvestNextDoor has stated that Dr. Richard Swart, Director, Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial & Social Finance at UC Berkeley’s Fung Institute has joined their Advisory Board as a “Crowdfunding and Research Advisor”.  Dr. Swart is a PhD in Information Systems, an international award-winning academic and a recognized thought leader and leading researcher in the global crowdfunding industry…. Read More

Denmark-Based Airtame Receives Backlash After Signing Up For Indiegogo Forever Funding Program

Airtame Wins CES Award 2014

Although it was a huge success on crowdfunding giant, Indiegogo, it seems Denmark-based company AIRTAME is now facing severe backlash from its backers not only after failing to set an actual delivery date, but also signing up for the platform’s new “forever funding” program. According to VentureBeat, the campaign, which closed earlier this year after… Read More

SKULLY AR-1 Motocycle Helmet’s Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Dubbed a Global Success

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Creators of the SKULLY AR-1 smart motorcycle helmet are celebrating the end of its record-breaking Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the AR-1, the world’s first augmented reality motorcycle helmet. Over the two-month project, 1,950 helmets were sold to motorcycle enthusiasts from 47 countries, grossing SKULLY $2,815,401 in sales, a total that amounts to 1,126% over the company’s initial $250,000 goal. With… Read More

Maryland Securities Commissioner Finalizes Rules for Intrastate Crowdfunding

Maryland Intrastate Securities Exemption

In March of 2014, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation enabling small businesses to participate in intrastate crowdfunding. The Maryland Securities Commissioner released its final rules for compliance with the exemption on October 1, 2014, making intrastate crowdfunding in Maryland fully legal. There are two important differences between the Maryland intrastate exemption and many of… Read More

5 Tips for Preparing a Food Company to Raise Capital Online

Wafu Spicy Mayo

My company, WAFU Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of Japanese-style dressings and mayos, recently became the first company to launch a simultaneous cross-border (US/Canada) accredited investor equity crowdfunding offering through CircleUp in the United States and Optimize Capital Markets in Canada, I have been asked by many of my colleagues for a simple checklist on… Read More

Beer Lovers Hit Kickstarter To Raise Funds For GrowlerWerks’ uKeg; Reaches Over $230,000 in Five Days

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America’s beer palate is changing, making people want GrowlerWerks’ uKeg. FourPortland beer-loving engineers invented a growler that keeps craft beer fresh, cold and carbonated. They also met their crowdfunding campaign goal of $75,000 within 34 hours on Kickstarter. A stretch goal of $120,000 was met within three days, the uKeg became a Kickstarter staff pick, and by Monday, five days… Read More

Employees Launch Crowdfunding Campaign on Bulb to Save 165-Year-Old French Biscuit Brand

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Workers of the recently closed biscuit and cake-maker, Biscuiterie Jeannette, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Bulb in Town earlier last month to raise €50,000 to help save the 164-year-old Normandy brand. According to the Guardian, Jeannette de Caen, which has been in liquidation since December when production halted, is faced with permanent closure. The campaign… Read More

UK P2PFA Comments on Peer to Peer Lending Inclusion in ISAs

Christine Farnish

The Peer 2 Peer Finance Association (P2PFA), an industry advocate group for UK P2P platforms, has jumped into the scrum regarding the forthcoming inclusion of P2P lending assets in Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs).  Chancellor of the  Exchequer George Osborne announced earlier this year that ISAs would be open to include P2P lending in the near… Read More

Indiegogo-Success Panono Panoramic Ball Camera Nears Market Availability

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The Panono Panoramic Ball Camera, which debuted last year in a highly successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that raised more than $1.2 million, is making rapid progress towards market readiness, according to its inventor Jonas Pfeil. On Monday (October 20th), Panono shared news with its backers that it has completed its final mechanical design and that the… Read More

Cheryl Shuman Launches Cannabis Crowdfunding site: CannaDabbaDoo

Storis for Stoners CannaDabbaDoo

Cheryl Shuman has launched of a cannabis business crowdfunding platform dedicated to helping companies raise capital for Marijuana associated projects. CannaDabbaDoo wants to create a business crowdfunding platform that enables companies to raise capital from investors, customers, and friends. Cheryl Shuman, is a self described cannabis expert and founder of the Beverly Hills Cannabis Club…. Read More

Global Reinsurer PartnerRE Provides $100 Million for Mosaic’s Home Solar Loan Program

Mosaic Home Solar

Solar peer to peer investing platform Mosaic has announced a significant arrangement with PartnerRE LTD (NYSE: PRE) to provide institutional investment that will support Mosaic’s rapid growth in home solar loans.  The Global financial services company will direct up to $100 million in financing for Mosaic’s program.  PartnerRe Ltd. is a leading global reinsurer, providing… Read More

Review: Soen’s Small Mountable Transit XS Bluetooth Speaker Offers Big Sound For Those on the Go

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Last month, Los Angeles-based Soen launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $20,000 for its Bluetooth speaker, Transit XS. The multi-colored speaker easily passed their goal and closed at just shy of $60,000 as 544 supporters signed up to back the project.  The device was described as offering high quality sound, highly portable, and… Read More

Force Impact Technologies Launches Indiegogo Campaign For New Head Injury Awareness Mouthguard

Force impact guard

Force Impact Technologies announced today (October 20th) the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for its new mouthguard, FITGuard. It is known to solves the problem of athletes returning to play when there is a probability of head-injury. The FITGuard uses a clinically proven system of measurements, combining multiple forms of acceleration, in order… Read More

Lending Club Selects NYSE for IPO

Lending Club on NYSE IPO

Peer to peer lending platform Lending Club has selected the New York Stock Exchange as their venue to list the much anticipated initial public offering. According to multiple reports, but first advanced in the FT, Lending Club has followed the path of several high profile IPO’s and selected the big board over the highly competitive… Read More

Brief: Venovate Adds Jerry Chafkin to Board of Directors

Jerry Chafkin

Venovate, an online platform for alternative investing, today announced that Jerry Chafkin, EVP and Chief Investment Officer of AssetMark and former senior Charles Schwab executive, has joined the company’s Board of Directors. “We are delighted to welcome Jerry to our Board of Directors,” said Michael Raneri, Venovate CEO. “Venovate has built a compelling offer, with the… Read More

Breakaway Funding: Equity Crowdfunding is Brilliant for Financial Instutions (Deck)

Life of a Banker Breakaway Funding

Breakaway Funding is a young investment crowdfunding platform that was founded by seasoned banking executive  Kim Kaselionis.  She is the former CEO / Chairman of Circle Bank where she led the company to 53 consecutive profitable quarters and from near insolvency to being sold to another bank in 2012.  So you can say Kim knows… Read More

Seedrs: Big VCs Use Our Crowdfunding Platform to Invest

Meridian Venture Partners and Anthemis Group

European investment crowdfunding platform Seedrs recently commented on the fact that venture capitalists are using their platform to invest in promising companies.  Seedrs, one of the leading investment crowdfunding platforms in Europe, mentioned specific examples of two VCs leveraging their crowdfunding site to invest in PeerIndex – now overfunding having easily topped the £500,000 target…. Read More