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Employees of Nice-Matin Launch Crowdfunding Campaign to Save Their Newspaper

Journalists at Nice Matin

“Les titres du groupe Nice-Matin sont au bord de la faillite” The staff of the French daily newspaper, Nice-Matin, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on the French platform Ulule to raise €300,000. The funds raised will hopefully save the publication and convert it into a worker’s co-operative.  According to the crowdfunding campaign page the paper,… Read More

Balderton Capital Invests £3.8 Million in Crowdcube

Balderton Capital Loves Equity Crowdfunding

Equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube has announced an investment in their company by Balderton Capital in the amount of £3.8 million (approximately $6.5 million).  This investment will act as the lead in Crowdcube’s forthcoming £5 million series B round financing.  The remaining £1.2 million will be offered to the “crowd” listed on the Crowdcube platform on… Read More

International Equity Crowdfunding Site Invesdor Raises €290,871 for Own Platform

Invesdor Bull

In a self-crowdfunding round, Finland based Invesdor raised €290,871 for the two year old equity crowdfunding platform.  The raised was just shy of the high end target.  The offer garnered 135 investors from 13 different countries and added 121 new shareholders  to their roster.  Pre-money valuation was posted as €3,043,040 and equity offered represented just under 9%…. Read More

Mangopay to Sponsor ECN CrowdTuesday Events

European Crowdfunding Network ECN

The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) has found a lead sponsor for their previously announced ongoing CrowdTuesday events.  MANGOPAY, one of the main European payment providers, has accepted to become a gold sponsor for the crowdfunding industry’s gatherings initiated by ECN. “Payment providers are crucial actors for the crowdfunding market. MANGOPAY was among the first players… Read More

Seedrs Now Allows Investors to Hold Shares Outside of Nominee Structure

Seedrs Office Sign

Pan European equity  crowdfunding platform Seedrs has announced a significant change to their investment structure.   Effectively they are codifying an “informal practice” that has developed over the past several years of crowdfunding. According to a recent statement, investors  that contribute £25,000 or more may choose to hold their shares directly outside of the nominee… Read More

France’s First Mover Advantage in Crowdfunding Legislation: A Separate Legal Status for Crowdfunding Platforms

Innovation the French Way Fleur Pellerin

Last February Europe, Fleur Pellerin, the former minister of SME’s & Digital Economy, introduced a first draft that outlines a separate legal status for crowdfunding platforms in France. Though France was and still is lagging within the crowdfunding industry in terms of volume and entrepreneurial development, Pellerin’s draft was positively received in the sector. In… Read More

European Equity Crowdfunding Leaders Meet in Paris

EECA Members

Equity crowdfunding platforms from 10 different European countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and UK) met last week in Paris to discuss the opportunities offered by this new form of capital allocation which, according to the World Bank, will be worth more than $92 billion by 2025, more than twice the… 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

Startup Europe Crowdfunding Network Publishes Report on Fostering Crowdfunding

StartUp Europe European Commission

The StartUp Europe Crowdfunding Network has published their final report on fostering a conducive crowdfunding environment in Europe to help entrepreneurs.  The report pinpoints the demand  for engendering a professional, transparent, and consistent environment so both investors and entrepreneurs may view crowdfunding as a viable solution for their perspective requirements. The final report, which has… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network Extends Reach with Industry Meetup CrowdTuesday

European Crowdfunding Network ECN

The European crowdfunding industry is growing dramatically – just as it is in many parts of the world. National regulators have passed investment crowdfunding regulations or they are working on doing so. The European Commission is officially supporting the phenomenon as more and more entities enter this new sector. In recognition of this dynamic environment,… Read More

Deadline is Tomorrow for European Crowdfunding Stakeholder Forum Applicants


Announced by the European Commission last month, the deadline for applications for participation in the European Commission informal expert group or “European Crowdfunding Stakeholder Forum (ECSF)” deadlines tomorrow May 16, 2014. As previously reported the Commission is looking to select members for this group on crowdfunding, in coordination with their March 2014 Communication “Unleashing the potential of Crowdfunding… Read More

Startup Hubs in Europe: What’s Their Added Value for Your Startup?

Growing Europe Euros

Forbes already knows: smart startups start in Europe. But why? Startups are a thriving resource of jobs and competitive advantage through innovation, and what they need are great startup ecologies. Europe is well on its way to develop several entrepreneurship hubs, and the lists with the top hubs can be found all over the internet… 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

Brief: Kickstarter Now Live in Netherlands

Kickstarter The Netherlands

Dutch crowdfunding campaigns are now live on the Kickstarter platform.  Announced some time ago, the expansion into the Netherlands is part of a continuing strategy to grow the brand and platform for rewards based crowdfunding to all corners of the globe.  Over 1100 creators have already posted projects in the pipeline from Holland with only… Read More

Legislating Crowdfunding & Industry Accreditation

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The recent commotion concerning crowdfunding legislation is easy to understand considering Europe’s seemingly passive attitude concerning crowdfunding (J.D. Alois) and the discussion on open or closed crowdfunding markets. Accreditation can help to speed up the development of industry-fit regulation, but it requires companies to play ball and be vulnerable. A difficult requirement in a fiercely… Read More

Echt Klasse: Foodist Delivers Success in Second Round Crowdfunding on Companisto

Foodist Package

With 13 days remaining on Foodist’s second Companisto crowdfunding campaign, 376 investors have bought 24,493 shares, raising over €122,000. Funding from this equity campaign will promote the Foodist’s internationalization, grow their customer base, and exploit the potential within the B2B market. Subscribers of Foodist receive a mid-monthly box containing 6-8 European-made delicacies priced at €24… Read More

Mawwell Announces Crowdfunding Platform Targeting the EMEA Markets

Mawwell Logo

Mawwell, an international rewards-based crowdfunding site for creative and innovative projects has launched a crowdfunding platform for the Europe, Middle East & Africa markets (EMEA).  Mawwell launched in beta in July of 2013.  Mawwal means “fund” in Arabic. The site wants to create the opportunity for project creators who may be too small for bankers… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network Comments on EC Communication

Oliver Gajda

The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN), has shared their thoughts on the recently released communication by the European Commission (EC) on crowdfunding. Last week the EC released several documents and statements pertaining to a “consultation” on the innovative new form of capital formation.  They garnered comments and feedback from industry participants and observers from around the… Read More

Crowdfunding in the EU Consultation Data

European Commission

Crowdfund Insider recently published the report put together by the European Commission regarding crowdfunding.  While there is plenty of information for anyone interested in crowdfunding the document below is the data on the respondents for the report.  So if you are curious as to how many people from which country and from which industry participated… Read More

NASDAQ OMX Shares Thoughts on European Crowdfunding


In sifting through the various public comments on the European crowdfunding consultation that was just released it was interesting to see an unsigned comment letter from NASDAQ OMX. NASDAQ OMX is a trading / exchange platform that operates across six different continents and today powers more than 70 marketplaces in 50 different countries.  More than… Read More