SyndicateRoom & Wayra UK Partner to Guide Startups through Funding Journey

Gary Stewart, Director of Wayra UK

SyndicateRoom and startup accelerator Wayra have joined to collaborate to aid tech startups in their funding “journey”. SyndicateRoom, a leading UK equity crowdfunding platform, is said to work closely with current and future companies participating in the Wayra program.  For qualified startups, SyndicateRoom will help… Read More

London Whale Boss Achilles Macris Hit with £729,900 Fine Courtesy of FCA

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The Achilles Macris, a former JP Morgan Chase executive and boss of the legendary London Whale, was hit with a £729,900 fine for “failing to be open and cooperative. The penalty was assessed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  Mark Steward, Director of Enforcement and… Read More

EY & Swiss Finance + Technology Association Release New Report: Swiss Role in Fintech

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Switzerland’s potential as a European fintech hub is being damaged by lack of Government and bank support and a shortage of investment capital, according to a new report by Ernst & Young and Swiss Finance + Technology Association. Despite the advantages incurred by the country’s skilled… Read More

UK Fintech Group Hello Soda Taps into South East Asian Market, Targets ASEAN Economies

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UK FinTech firm Hello Soda, headquartered in Manchester, has launched ‘Hello Soda Asia’, its new South East Asian venture. The new FinTech venture which gives the firm a strategic foothold in South East Asia, will operate out of Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore, and will specifically… Read More

Brief: NovitasPartners and FTCL Merge Firms to Meet Growing Demands in Fintech Sector

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NovitasPartners and FTCL, two UK boutique corporate finance firms specialising in the fintech sector, today announced their merger to meet the growing demand for corporate finance advisory services from clients within the payments, data, financial software, market infrastructure, business process outsourcing, and securities services subsections…. Read More

Brief: KPMG Acquires Fintech Markets IT, a “Timely and Strategic” Opportunity

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KPMG has acquired fintech platform Markets IT for an undisclosed sum, in an effort to expand its “big data” capability and help banking clients grapple with a barrage of regulatory change, according to the Financial Review. KPMG Australia CEO Gary Wingrove referred to the merger as a “timely… Read More

Bond Street Partners with Booker: Aims to Simplify Financing Process

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Bond Street, an online lending platform for small businesses, and Booker, an all-­in-­one local service commerce platform, today announced a partnership to provide fairly­priced lending capital to help facilitate the growth of companies on the Booker platform. “Bond Street shares Booker’s mission to minimize the… Read More

Update: Luxury Marketplace Luxtripper Overfunds on Crowdcube

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With less than two weeks left until its second Crowdcube campaign comes to an end, luxury marketplace, Luxtripper has successfully secured its initial £400,000 funding goal. As previously reported, Luxtripper, which secured £152,000 on Crowdcube last year, uses propriety tech to present travellers with their personalised… Read More

Investec Australia Purchases 20% of Equity Crowdfunding Platform Equitise

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Equitise has a new shareholder.  Investec Australia, a publicly traded company, announced today that it had purchased a 20% stake in the equity crowdfunding platform making it the single largest shareholder behind the Equitise co-founders.  Investec was joined in the funding round by H2 Ventures and… Read More

AngelList Year in Review: Raised $163 Million in 2015

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Disruptive investment crowdfunding platform AngelList has published an end of the year recap.  The digital funding and job board community states that it raised $163 million during 2015. This number was generated for 441 startups funded by 3,379 investors. There are approximately 770,000 companies with… Read More


Brief: PledgeMe Has Received 71 Applications For Board Member Position & 52% Were From Women

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Last month, New Zealand-based crowdfunding platform PledgeMe announced it was looking for a new board member following the departure of Anake Goodall. The equity portal’s Anna Guenther shared: “With Anake leaving our board of directors, we’re on the lookout for someone to jump on the… Read More

Kickstarter Celebrates 100,000th Successfully Funded Project

Charles Adler, Perry Chen, and Yancey Strickler

On Monday, Kickstarter celebrated the 100,000th project to be successfully funded on its crowdfunding platform by releasing 100 numbers behind those first 100,000 initiatives. The portal shared on its blog: “In the 6 years, 9 months, and 10 days since Kickstarter launched, much has changed and… Read More

Crowdcube #FundedClub Member Lovespace Releases New London Notting Hill Moving Guide

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Offering up some advice to those looking to move to London’s famous neighborhood Notting Hill, Crowdcube #FundedClub member and storage company Lovespace has released a new moving guide for new or soon-to-be residents. The company, which was founded by Streetcar co-founder and entrepreneur Brett Akker, won the… Read More

FitPay Launches Kickstarter Campaign Following $3.1M Seed Funding Round

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Following the closing of its recent $3.1 million in seed funding led by Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), FitPay has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $120,000 for its Pebble contactless payment smartstraps. FitPay was founded by payment industry veterans Michael Orlando, Scott Stevelinck and Chris Orlando…. Read More

XTI Aircraft Company Mourns the Loss of Vice Chairman Jeff Pino

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On Monday, XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) representatives announced the loss of the company’s Vice Chairman Jeff Pino, who died in a plane crash on February 5th near Phoenix, Arizona. XTI founder and chairman David Brody shared: “There are no words to express the grief and sadness we… Read More

Kevin Heffernan Reveals a Fan Favorite Has Returned For “Super Troopers 2″

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Last week, Kevin Heffernan, who plays the infamous police officer Farva, announced that a fan favorite has returned to the Super Troopers franchise to reprise his hilarious role in the upcoming sequel. Broken Lizard announced the sequel last year just 14 years after the first film’s release… Read More

Cannabis Company Med-X to Sell Shares Under Reg A+ on StartEngine

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  Med-X, a medical cannabis startup that has been seeking indications of investor interest on StartEngine, has received SEC approval to raise funding under Regulation A+.  The non-binding indications of interest have registered 1,176 investors for an estimated $3.7 million.  Med-X will now sell shares… Read More

UK Developer Pocket App Set to Rocket With Seedrs Initiative

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On Monday, UK-based independent app developer, Pocket App, announced on Monday the launch of its crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs.  Pocket App, which was founded in 2011, reportedly has several years of experience with clients like Coca-Cola, Samsung, W Hotel, the Queen Elizabeth Park, Adidas, Epson,… Read More