Tagged: europe

Online Valuation Firm Equidam Updates Platform

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Netherlands based Equidam, an online company valuation platform, has released an update and complete re-design to its site that is described as a new “focus on value creation and growth”.  Equidam has operated for the past three years tackling a difficult issue of SME valuation when no easy method is available. The redesign is said… Read More

Crowdfunding Guide: European Commission Explains Crowdfunding for SMEs

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The European Commission has been pushing forward with a diverse array of initiatives to improve economic growth and foster an innovation economy. This is not an easy task but improving the environment for SME’s is clearly the path forward. Last year the Commission issued a statement to develop a “common understanding of the potential for… Read More

European Banking Authority Opinion on Debt Based Crowdfunding

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The European Banking Authority (EBA) has been engaged with internet finance for some time recognizing the importance of crowdfunding to their industry. The EBA is an independent EU authority that strives to ensure effective regulation across Europe – a bit of a tall task.  Across Europe regulations regarding crowdfunding – both debt and equity based… Read More

Seedrs 2014: A Year in Review (Infographic)

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Seedrs, a leading European investment crowdfunding platform, has been growing rapidly expanding its brand and offerings across all of Europe. The funding portal, one of the first in the UK, has put together an infographic to highlight some of its accomplishments from 2014 – of which there have been many. 15% month over month growth… Read More

Alibaba Partners with British Lenders as it Expands Financial Platform Reach

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Alibaba, the Chinese internet conglomerate, has formed another strategic alliance to provide loans to businesses. Earlier this month Alibaba inked an agreement with Lending Club to facilitate loans to US businesses seeking to purchase goods from China manufacturers. Now Alibaba has created a similar arrangement with ezbob and iwoca in the United Kingdom.  This is the… Read More

Investiere Publishes List of Top 5 European Investment Crowdfunding Platforms

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Switzerland based Investiere has published as list of the top 5 investment crowdfunding platforms based on total funding volume.  The rankings were released earlier this month.  Investiere only included platforms that publicly publish data on their site so platforms like Seedrs and SyndicateRoom, two leading UK sites, were excluded from the list (and may have been included… Read More

Symbid & Gruppo Banca Sella Partner on Italian Investment Platform

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Netherlands based Symbid has formed a partnership with Italian bank Gruppo Banca Sella to create an italian investment platform called Symbid Italia. Marco Bicocchi Pichi, Italian Business Angel of the Year 2014, has been appointed  to lead the new firm as Managing Director.  Symbid explains the partnership will allow Symbid to leverage Banca Sella’s payment solutions,… Read More

Lendico Receives Institutional Investment of “100s of Millions” for Loans

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Lendico, a peer to peer lender that has not let national barriers get in the way of expansion, has announced that two German banks, along with “international hedge funds” will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in loans from Lendico.  The names of the funding institutions were not revealed. Since the funding platform was launched… Read More

Boston Consulting Group: Yes Europe Needs a Capital Markets Union

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Crowdfund Insider reported last week on the push within the EU to further capital markets integration in light of the daunting challenges of a fragmented regulatory regime and cross border idiosyncrasies.  The European Commission was envisioned as a seamless market facilitating continent wide economic amalgamation.  The reality has been a bit of a challenge as… Read More

Europe Wants a Capital Markets Union. Crowdfunding Can Be A Catalyst.

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The European Union published a “green paper” on Building a Capital Markets Union for the broader European community.  The ambitious goals are laudable but the challenge is high. While in the United States, and other countries around the globe, SME’s are the engine of growth.  The report states that in comparison to the United States,… Read More

Brief: Linked Finance Hires Former Symantec Director As New Chief Operating Officer

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On Tuesday (February 17th), peer-to-peer lender, Linked Finance, announced it has hired Lloyd Nolan as its new chief operating officer. According to The Independent, Nolan joins Linked Finance from computer software company Symantec, where he was senior operations director of the customer management center for Europe, the Middle East, and Asia (EMEA). Nolan will be… Read More

Crowdfund Success Tipalti Set to Enhance European Payment Capabilities

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Tipalti, provider of the leading global payments management automation platform, has debuted new functionality in its platform for European VAT and tax number support and identification document management. Tipalti customers can now request VAT ID numbers from their payees during the setup process, and can control the payment process so that only payees that submitted VAT tax… Read More

One Month into 2015: Die, Survive or Thrive? What Platforms Will Be The Winners of 2015?

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One month into 2015 and we’ve seen a lot of predictions being made.  But what is much harder to predict than exponential growth, is a selection of crowdfunding platforms that will be the winners of 2015! What are the platforms that we’ll have to watch and what qualities must these platforms display in order to… Read More

Weissenhaus “Europes Most Successful Crowdfunding” Returns as Campaign is Extended

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Weissenhaus, a posh resort located in Northern Germany on the Baltic Sea, has decided to return to the pages of Companisto to continue raising funds. The offer had raised € 6.3 million from 1478 investors but Companisto representatives stated that “due to constantly high demand, the equity based crowdfunding campaign will be relaunched for the last… Read More

Impact and Potential of collaborative Internet and additive manufacturing technologies

The Internet is allowing virtual communities to easily co-create digital assets and intellectual content at a very low “cooperation cost”. The ideology behind the open-source software development methodology has actually spread to new domains such as open-data, open-design and open-innovation. A new set of Internet tools and services is now available to leverage the “wealth… Read More

Report: UK Leads Europe for Equity Financings for VC backed Companies in Q4

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The United Kingdom led the way in venture capital for Q4 of 2014. The UK led Europe for both number of deals and amount raised. Germany took second place under both these metrics with the Netherlands in 3rd. The UK received € 524 million across 69 deals in Q4. The Brits took in 30% of all investment… Read More

Symbid to Broaden Beyond Equity Crowdfunding. Site Update & New Features Coming in February.

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One of the very first equity crowdfunding platforms to go live on the internet, Symbid, has announced an evolutionary shift in a push to become a multi-faceted investment platform with a diverse portfolio of funding options. Launched in mid 2011, the funding portal was the idea of school mates Korstiaan Zandvliet and Robin Slakhorst.  Zandvliet is… Read More

Raizers Targets Ambitious Pan-European Equity Crowdfunding

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  The 28 countries of the European Union are a very long way from offering a homogeneous regulation environment for crowdfunding. This is particularly true of equity crowdfunding which touches on multiple heavily regulated areas of finance such as investment advice, securities trading, retail banking and corporate finance. Few European countries have, like France, issued… Read More

2015 Crowdfunding Trends: Mergers, Acquisitions & Extensive Collaborations

Foreseeing the Future of Crowdfunding

The crowdfunding industry in 2014 has experienced immense growth. In the last three years crowdfunding has tripled according to Clearity, and according to NESTA the growth percentage even was an amazing 400%. The expectations of a $10 billion crowdfunding industry are hardly a month away from being realized. Logically, most of the debate regarding crowdfunding… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network Reviews Global Crowdfunding Regulations

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The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN), an advocacy group based in Brussels, has published their annual report reviewing crowdfunding regulations in Europe, the United States, Israel and Canada. “Since we have started our work in 2012 and especially since our first edition of this paper in 2013, the discussion around crowdfunding has resulted in detailed regulatory… Read More