Companies and Crowdfunding: Claudio Bedino describes the future of Italian startups

Claudio Bedino

From niche phenomenon to a driving force of the economy: how crowdfunding changes things and what are the future prospects for the startup and businesses. Claudio Bedino joined the world of entrepreneurship back in 2002, at only 19 years old.  He created a web agency where he tackled the world of digital communications and social… Read More

13 DIY Tools For a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

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  Noah Dentzel of NOMAD has run two crowdfunding campaigns in two years on two different platforms.  His first campaign, on Kickstarter, reached 322% of his funding goal. His second, on Indiegogo, reached even higher. Noah learned a lot the second time around. “It took one-tenth of the effort of our first campaign, in part because of the… Read More

Skincare Company Scaramouche & Fandango Secures Nearly £85,000 During Crowdcube Campaign

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London-based Scaramouche & Fandango has raised £84,510 for the 12.50% equity offered on its crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube, securing funds from 29 investors towards its £150,000 goal. According to the campaign’s website, Scaramouche & Fandango launched with a small and core range of health products for men, maxing out their credit cards, buying 6000 units as a… Read More

Assetz Capital Advocates Investments in Peer-to-Peer via ISAs

Stuart Law

As investors scramble to take advantage of the new £15,000 NISA allowance, Assetz Capital is urging investors not to be blinkered by the promise of tax-free interest and consider whether they may make greater returns from alternative investments. With even the top instant-access cash ISA paying just 1.5% p/a (1), Assetz Capital believes that investors with greater risk appetite… Read More

UK Energy Storage Developer Highview Opens £400K Investment Round on SyndicateRoom

Highview Power Storage

Highview Creates Electricity Using Liquid Air. With the World Cup in full swing there comes a very British phenomenon: the “half time kettle effect”. National Grid forecasters say a surge of around 1,300MW – equivalent to 520,000 kettles being switched on at once – occurs at half time during big games. This is just one… Read More

Musicraiser Receives Multiple Investments to Help Move into UK


Milan-based music crowdfunding platform Musicraiser has received over €1,000,000 in contributions since its launch and that amount has continued to grow. The platform generates revenue from its prolific list of artists and bands looking to receive funding for pre-planned projects. As interest in their crowdfunding model has increased, it has attracted the attention of investors. B-Ventures… Read More

Crowdfunding: Where is it Going? (Infographic)

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Here is a pretty cool infographic from the team at BusinessProfiles (a global corporate registration database).  They have compiled a solid number of data points pertaining to the global crowdfunding industry – both for rewards/donation and investment based campaigns. A few key points from their research: Crowdfunding expanded at an annual compound interest rate of 63%… Read More

Pubslush Expands Its Community and Offers Program


Crowdfunding platform Pubslush has expanded its community program and revamped its site design, boosting their value as a resource in the publishing process for all key players in the industry. The platform, previously available only for book authors, has now opened its doors to accept all literary projects. This includes, but is not limited to,… Read More

“Made in Mind” Hits Equity Raise Goal on Syndicate Room


Made in Mind, the UK company behind the innovative Mu Folding Charger, has once again proved to be an investment and commercial success, as the tech-funding community delivers a financial endorsement of their new designs and consumer demand continues to outstrip supply for their retail products. Gearing up for significant growth, Made in Mind has surpassed its… Read More

Researchers Study Indiegogo’s Flexible or Fixed Crowdfunding

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Every day, entrepreneurs have turned to crowdfunding to fund their new business or product and are given two types of options for the campaign, all-or-nothing and flexible funding, also known as keep-it-all. Both possess great perks, but the key question for each campaign would be which option should it go with? According to Inc., Toronto’s… Read More

Bi-Lingual, Crowdfunded & Radically Mainstream. Ricochet.

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Journalism Crowdfunding Campaign Finds Success on Indiegogo. There have been more than a few crowdfunding campaigns launched in support of independent journalism and frankly many have failed but this one out of Canada just closed and beat their goal on Indiegogo. As most people know, “the media” has been in a bit of a crisis… Read More

Volpit Equity Crowdfunding Platform Officially Launches Today

Patrick OFlaherty

Volpit, the UK’s new startup investment platform has officially launched today. Crowdfund Insider earlier announced they had gained full authorization from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). By law, businesses can only conduct regulated financial service activities in the UK if they are authorized by the FCA. Securing authorization can be a long process, which is… Read More

Pherver Launches New Micro-funding Site for Creators

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Pherver, a startup in the San Francisco Bay Area, has launched a site for the creative class to raise funds through monthly pledges, tips on content, and by selling personalized products. The need for new ways to generate revenue comes at a time when online creative works are commoditized, making it difficult for creators such… Read More

China Securities Regulatory Commission Reviewing Crowdfunding

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From multiple reports, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) is considering regulations for the fast growing crowdfunding industry.  This entails both peer-to-peer lending and equity crowdfunding.  Apparently forthcoming regulations may be released soon. The CSRC has carried out multiple surveys and reviews of the domestic crowdfunding industry.  The CSRC recently officially stated; Equity crowdfunding is… Read More

Gust Files Patent on Crowdfunding

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Gust, a global platform for the “sourcing and management of early stage investments – boasting 45,000 investors with relationships to over 200,000 startups, has filed a patent application on crowdfunding. To be specific Gust (previously known as Angelsoft) filed for: ”System and Method for Crowdfunded Investment Clearance and Compliance”.  This filing appears to be related to… Read More

Real Estate Crowdfunding Site CoAssets Announces Early Redemption for Investors

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South East Asia’s first real estate crowdfunding site CoAssets has announced another successful real estate crowdfunding deal. Polaris Pte Ltd, a Singapore based opportunity listed on CoAssets, will be making an early redemption in July 2014 and paying crowdfunders the principal as well as proceeds from the opportunity. “While we are starting to see interests… Read More

Brief: UK Equity Crowdfunding Platform Volpit is Officially Regulated By the FCA


Volpit, an equity crowdfunding platform based in the UK,  announced it is finally authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). On Monday, co-founder of Volpit Patrick O’Flaherty took to his Twitter account to share the exciting news with his followers. Proud to announce that @Volpit is now authorised and regulated by the FCA. @UKCrowdfunding@CrowdfundCentre @crowdfundinside @TechCityNews —… Read More

“Time Capsule to Mars” Launches $25 Million Crowdfunding Campaign

Capsule to Mars

Student-led interplanetary mission Time Capsule to Mars has officially announced the launch of a self crowdfunding campaign in an attempt to raise $25 million for their Mars mission. The team, consisting of Duke, MIT, Stanford, University of Connecticut students/faculty, is setting out to send 4-inch-wide probes to the red planet. According to its campaign site, Time Capsule to… Read More

Spike Lee Shares Details about New Film “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus”


Stepping out to introduce his new independent film “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” director Spike Lee attended the New York’s SVA Theater in Chelsea to debut the film on Sunday during the final day of the 18th annual American Black Film Festival. Last year, Mr. Lee launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for the film and… Read More

CoAssets Hosts “Epic” Expo for Real Estate Crowdfunding in Asia


The Expo for Property Investments & Crowdfunding (EPIC) Asia Conference will be held on the 18th and 19th of July in Singapore at the Marina Bay Financial Centre.  The conference is expected to increase understanding and appreciation for the power of crowdfunding specifically for real estate in the Asian region.  The event is being hosted… Read More