Tagged: EU

EU Crowdfunding Expert Group Scheduled to Meet on September 25th

European Union Growth

As part of the Single Market Forum 2014, the EU Expert Group on crowdfunding is scheduled to meet in Brussels next week on Thursday, September 25th. The Single Market Forum is designed to assess how well the European Union’s single market works in practice. The objective is to identify issues and barriers that inhibit market… Read More

Startup Investors Manifesto Targets Entrepreneurs in Europe

Startup investors Manifesto

Startups and small companies are the engine of economic growth.  Fast growing companies demand an ecosystem that recognizes their importance to the economy and society as a whole. According to recent Eurostat data GDP rose in Europe (EU 28)  only 0.1% in 2013 – this after a significant period of economic instability and global insecurity…. Read More

European Commission Creates Expert Group on Crowdfunding


Coming from the Internal Market and Services Directorate, the European Commission (EC) has announced an open application for participation in an “informal” expert group on crowdfunding.  The new group aligns with the recently released report on crowdfunding as the commission studies the evolution of this new form of finance. The European Crowdfunding Stakeholder Forum (ECSF)… Read More

Updated: European Commission to Release Comments on Crowdfunding


As has been widely expected, the European Commission (EC) will release their comments on March 27th regarding a public consultation on crowdfunding that started in October of 2013 and ended on December 31st.  The initiative was to discover the “added value” of potential EU action regarding the innovative form of capital formation. Crowdfunding has expanded… Read More

Request for Technology Providers for European Crowdfunding Data Platform

European Crowdfunding Network ECN

Posted on the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN), as part of a work package mandated by the European Commission, the ECN announced a call for submission for technology providers for an EU wide crowdfunding data platform. This request is part of an initiative by Startup Europe – Crowdfunding Network for web entrepreneurs initiative.  Any interested parties… Read More

Brief: EC Consultation on Crowdfunding Report Expected in March

European Commission

The European Commission Internal Market DG launched a public consultation on crowdfunding in 2013.  Interested individuals and organizations were asked to comment on the growing form of finance.  Recognizing the potential economic benefits of crowdfunding, the stated objective of the project was to gather data about the needs market participants and to identify the areas… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network CrowdCon Taking Place in Berlin

European Crowdfunding Network ECN

Stuanch crowdfunding advocates the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) is hosting their 2nd CrowdCon crowdfunding conference in Berlin on October 19, 2013.  The event is coinciding with a trade fair for retail stock market investors which expects to see over 4000 attendees creating a unique opportunity to deliver the crowdfunding message to a wide audience. Small… Read More

Europe Wants Crowdfunding to Grow, Desires Single Framework (Video)

Michel Barnier European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services

 Earlier this month a workshop on crowdfunding was held at the European Commission.  Many different crowdfunding leaders participated in this event including executives from Seedrs, Babyloan, Ulule and others.  President of the European Crowdfunding Network, Oliver Gajda, was also present participating in a panel on investment crowdfunding. The included video is a brief update on… Read More

Creators of Pling Move to White Label Their Crowdfunding Platform

Team at Table of Visions

Pling is a rewards based crowdfunding platform based in Germany.  The creators of this crowdfunding application experienced some initial success early on in the German crowdfunding market – enough so to sell the platform to investors and  to move their company in a different direction. In April 2013 it was announced the platform was acquired… Read More

EU Holds Workshop on Crowdfunding (Storify)

Crowdfunding Untapping its Potential Reducing the Risk

The European Commission held a workshop on Crowdfunding this week.  Below is a storify from the event which included the participation of several different crowdfunding platforms including: Sponsume Sonic Angel Ulule Alternativa Seedrs Babyloan Keynote speakers included: Michel Barnier – Commissioner for Internal Markets and Services Philippe De Backer – Member of European Parliament Anna-Maria… Read More

Italian crowdfunding platforms

MusicRaiser Italy

Italy could become the first country in the world to pass a law on crowdfunding . give us to act even Forbes after the publication of the draft of the Consob Regulation . The document is open for comment until 30 April and will be used to operationalize the provisions of the decree Growth 2.0 . After work will be put on paper the methods of access to fundraising via the Internet by innovative startups ,… Read More

Dutch Online Newspaper Crowdfunds € 1 Million in 8 Days

De Correspondent NL

The Correspondent, an Amsterdam based start-up striving to launch a news site of quality news, has crowdfunded € 1 Million in 8 Days (approximately $1.3 Million).  As announced on the future news sites blog, More than 15,000 participants supported this crowdfunding event which was created by Rob Wijnberg, a Dutch journalist,  and Harald Dunnink, founder of Momkai…. Read More

Interview with Korstiaan Zandvliet Managing Director at Equity Crowdfunding Platform Symbid

Korstiaan Zandvliet Co Founder of Symbid at the Shell LiveWire Award

As a Dutch national (but born and raised in Hong Kong and living in the US since 1985) I thought it was particularly interesting that the Netherlands created one of the first equity crowdfunding platforms in the world – Symbid. Being ONE of the first is something, especially since the United States regulatory processes have… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding Platform Crowdcube Surpasses £5 Million Raised (Infographic)

Crowdcube £5 million raised

UK based equity crowdfunding site CrowdCube surpasses £5,000,000 in funds raised.  This amount represents 39 businesses funded £2,547 average amount invested 30,239 members Crowdcube was established in 2011 and claims their platform as the first crowdfunding site  to allow ordinary people invest in start ups or growing businesses.  Celebrating their 2nd anniversary, Crowdcube estimates their… Read More

European Commissioner Neelie Kroes Gives Speech Promoting Crowdfunding

Neelie Kroes European Commissioner for Digital Agenda

Below is a speech presented by Neelie Kroes Vice-President of the EuropeanCommission responsible for the Digital Agenda EU & US for Growth, Investment Crowdfunding and Support This is a difficult time for Europe. As growth stays low, uncertainty is everywhere. Our people, particularly younger people, face horrific unemployment. Lots of people in the EU are asking tough… Read More

EU Parliament Delegates Want to Develop Crowdfunding

European Union Flag (WIkipedia)

(Staff Translation) Delegates explain that small and medium businesses are “starved of capital”. Legislation needs to take account of their particularities.   Straßburg – The EU-Parliament intends to facilitate access to credits for small and medium businesses. To achieve this, more flexibility and transparency in credit issuing by the banks will be necessary as well… Read More

Crowdfunding enables SolarS3C to bring electricity to Africa

Solar s3c on Symbid

On the 24th of December, Solar S3C finished their equity-based crowdfunding campaign on Symbid. With a goal capital of €50.000 gathered by 90 investors, the average investment of €550 was over twice as high as normally the case is. This is exceptional since equity-crowdfunders focus on commercially interesting propositions in most cases, creating a pool of investors… Read More

SellAnApp Breaks Dutch Crowdfunding Record

SellAnApp Symbid

UPDATED: In an early version of this article it was indicated that Enviu held the Dutch record for funds raised but it was pointed out (rightly so) that Enviu is in the number two position.  SellAnApp holds the record for raising funds on Symbid crowd funding € 150,000. SellAnApp has recognized that the total Market is estimated to… Read More


European Union Flag

The European Commission this week presented an action plan aimed at “unleashing Europe’s entrepreneurial potential to bring back growth”. The message is that in order to return to growth and higher levels of employment, Europe needs more entrepreneurs. With four million new jobs created every year, new companies, especially small and medium sized enterprises, create… Read More