Brief: Crowdcube Success Ethos Preps For Public Launch in London

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This Friday (July 29th), Crowdcube #FundedClub member, Ethos is set to officially launch to the public in London’s Old Spitalfields Market.  The company, which was founded by Cambridge graduates Dr. Theo Koutroukides and Jennifer Hersch, is described as a chain of boutique yoga & fitness hybrid studios… Read More

Chinese Startup Mobvoi Captures Over $360,000 First Day on Kickstarter For New Interactive Smartwatch “Ticwatch 2”

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China-based tech startup, Mobvoi, launched its Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday to raise only $50,000 for its new interactive watch, Ticwatch 2. Within a matter of 24 hours, the timepiece not only secured its initial funding goal (in 10 minutes), it has managed to secure well over $360,000… Read More

Alberta Securities Commission Looks to Increase Crowdfunding Limits, Adds Micro Exemption

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The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) in Canada has published two initiatives designed to facilitate capital-raising for SMEs. First, the ASC has adopted ASC Rule 45-517 Prospectus Exemption for Start-up Businesses (ASC Rule 45-517). Immediately available, the new rule provides a prospectus exemption for small Alberta companies… Read More

Amazon Launchpad Unveils Kickstarter Collection

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On Wednesday, Amazon Launchpad announced the launch of its Kickstarter Collection, which features over 300 projects that have been funded on the crowdfunding giant’s platform. Startups that are reportedly featured in the Kickstarter Collection include Piper, Zivix, Prynt, and MudWatt, among others. Customers shopping the Kickstarter… Read More

Online Lenders Policy Institute Event to Feature Congressman Patrick McHenry & Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry

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The Online Lenders Policy Institute is hosting its first “Marketplace Lending Policy Summit” in Washington, DC in September and they have two marquee names headlining the event. Congressman Patrick McHenry, an author of the JOBS Act and Fintech champion, will be one of the keynote… Read More

RealtyShares Investors Raise $1.2M For Northwest Jacksonville Apartments

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Real estate crowdfunding portal, RealtyShares, announced on Wednesday $1.2 million has been raised on its website to help finance the purchase and rehabilitation of a 76-unit multifamily property located in Jacksonville, Florida. RealtyShares revealed that the complex, which is sponsored by The Klutz Companies, received… Read More

DreamFunded Comments on Receiving Funding Portal Approval Under Title III

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DreamFunded has added its name to the growing roster of crowdfunding platforms approved by FINRA/SEC to operate a funding portal under Title III of the JOBS Act.  Title III or Reg CF allows companies to raise up to $1 million from non-accredited and accredited investors… Read More

Community Chest Partners with ThinCats for Impact Loans

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Specialty lender Community Chest has partnered-up with ThinCats on new “Social Enterprise” loans. These loans are designed to provide access to capital for social enterprises seeking to drive community impact while delivering tax-efficient returns to investors who may recieve up to 30% tax relief on… Read More

Brexit: LendInvest Index Says “Leave” Towns are Best to Invest

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LendInvest, an online peer to peer marketplace for commercial real estate loans, has published its quarterly research index deciphering the UK property market. According to their data, the UK Buy-to-Let Market, the top rental markets are areas where voters overwhelmingly voted for Brexit. Reflecting on the… Read More


China Fintech Roundup

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P2P platform focused on property collateral mortgage Hepan Finance received RMB 66M Series A Investment Founded in 2013, Hepan Finance is a P2P platform focused on providing operating capital to small businesses in the Shanghai area. Prior to launching the lending platform, the company’s experience, and… Read More

Kickstarter Album Kano Heading to U.S. Retail Stores: Set to be Stocked at Toys “R” Us And Barnes & Noble

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On Tuesday, Kickstarter alum, Kano, announced it was making its way to U.S. retail stores. The startup’s computer kits and screen kits will now be available to purchase online through Toys “R” Us and Barnes & Noble for the price of $149.99.  Alex Klein, CEO and co-founder of Kano, stated: “As… Read More

AngelList’s New Republic Enters the Title III Crowd

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With AngelList spinoff Republic’s official launch last week, we decided to take a deeper look at Republic to see how they plan to differentiate themselves in this rapidly expanding crowdfunding marketplace. AngelList, arguably the largest and most successful investment crowdfunding platform in the world, provides… Read More

Brief: Fundbox Launches New Smartphone App Nearly One Year After Achieving $50M in Equity Funding

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Fundbox, a cash flow optimization tool for small businesses, announced on Tuesday it has officially launched its new smartphone app, which reportedly offers SMB owners the same features as the Fundbox web-based dashboard experience; a convenient one-click invoice financing solution and the ability to manage repayments. … Read More

Activewear Brand Sundried Seeks £125,000 on Crowdcube For Expansion & New Line

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Sundried, a UK men and women’s activewear brand, has recently launched a Crowdcube initiative to raise £125,000 as it prepares to expand and launch its new clothing line. The company, which notably has designers from other famous activewear brands including LuluLemon Athletica and Sweaty Betty, stated it… Read More

Singapore’s Crowdo Receives CMS License for P2P Lending & Equity Crowdfunding from MAS

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Singapore-based crowdfunding platform Crowdo received its full Capital Market Services (CMS) license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) for securities crowdfunding (SCF) to deliver P2P lending and equity crowdfunding, according to the platform’s blog, reportedly making Crowdo the first and only regional operator that can undertake licensed… Read More

Primo Toys Addresses Digital Dream Labs Lawsuit

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Following the news that Pittsburgh tech startup, Digital Dream filed an infringement lawsuit for its Kickstarter-funded project, Cubetto, Primo Toys officially addressed the situation. As previously reported, Cubetto is a toy for both boys and girls and is powered by what is described as a “tangible” programming… Read More