Tagged: europe

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

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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

ESMA: Investment Crowdfunding Needs EU Wide Approach

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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an Opinion along with an Advice on investment crowdfunding. The ESMA is an independent EU authority that works closely with other EU supervisory authorities such as the EBA, EIOPA and the ERSB.  The organizations mission is to enhance investor protection and promote a well functioning financial market… Read More

Europe Faces a Funding Gap of € 2 Trillion by 2020, Can Investment Crowdfunding Fill the Void? (Deck)

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At the European Crowdfunding Convention last week in Paris, Dr. Christian Katz, CEO of Six Swiss Exchange, gave a presentation on the profound funding needs for the European economy.  The Six Swiss Exchange is the primary exchange in Switzerland.  It was the very first stock exchange in the world to incorporate a fully automated trading, clearing… Read More

European Banking Authority’s Response to EC Consultation Paper on Crowdfunding

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This one falls under the category of recently discovered. The European Banking Authority (EBA) published a response to the European Commission’s consultation paper on crowdfunding way back in December of 2013.  Now we probably would not even publish this because people change as do opinions, but this document was presented at the European Crowdfunding Stakeholders… Read More

Aussie’s Bionic Runner Becomes Massive Hit on Kickstarter; Scores Over $120,000 in One Week

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It may have started life in the back of a converted shipping container in far northern Queensland, but this week the Bionic Runner proved a hit on a global scale, with funders from Asia, the US and Europe, not-to-mention Australia, all jumping on board to fund this unique fitness trainer through global crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter…. Read More

UK Peer to Peer Finance Association Creates New European Associate Membership

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The Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) has created a new type of membership targeting the wider audience of Europe. The “Associate European Member” is available for P2P lending applicants  within the European Economic Area. Accepted members will receive certain benefits, specifically; A bi-monthly e-newsletter from the P2PFA with membership news, details of industry events,… Read More

ECN Publishes Program for Europe-Wide Crowdfunding Convention

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The European Crowdfunding Network is ramping up for what strives to be the “reference event” for the fast growing crowdfunding industry across the EU.  Organizers have published a detailed program for the convention that will take place in Paris on December 11th and 12th.  Noted speakers include Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann, Candace Johnson President of… Read More

This Document Shows the Incredible Growth of Peer to Peer Lending in the UK

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The UK Peer to Peer Finance Association or P2PFA is a participant in the European expert group reviewing the environment for crowdfunding and peer to peer lending in the EU.  Recently the group met and the P2PFA made a presentation delivered by Sam Ridler, Executive Director of the group. P2P lending started in the UK… Read More

ECN Preps for Premier European Crowdfunding Event in Paris

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The European Crowdfunding Network, or ECN, is preparing for its annual conference in what is probably the premier European gathering to discuss the new frontier of early stage capital formation.  Noting that crowdfunding is the “fasting growing financing source for SME’s”, the convention is poised to be the “reference event” for the entire European crowdfunding… Read More

Bondora Peer to Peer Platform Compares European Sites

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Bondora, a fast growing peer to peer lending platform based in Estonia recently shared some comparison data on how their platform matches up agains some of their peers.  Granted this is their perspective but it is interesting none the less. Bondora, previously known as isePankur, has recognized the limits within their domestic market and pushed… Read More

UK based Equity Crowdfunding Platform Seedrs Moves Into US with Acquisition of Junction Investments

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UK based investment crowdfunding platform Seedrs has announced the acquisition of Junction Investments located in California.  This strategic acquisition positions Seedrs to expand their reach beyond the borders of Europe.  Junction founders Adam Kaufman and Brian Goldsmith will be joining the Seedrs team and assisting with the next phase of Seedrs growth.  The acquisition closed… Read More

Crowdsourcing Week Europe

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Crowdsourcing Week Europe 2014 is CSW’s Flagship 3-day conference for Europe to highlight organizational transformations through the crowd economy CSW Europe 2014 will see decision makers from various sectors congregate to share and learn best practices on the collaborative economy, that are fundamentally changing society, mindsets and possibilities for finance, business, government and non-profits. Planned sessions… Read More

Seedrs Now Accepts Euros, Plans Expansion Into Other Currencies

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European investment crowdfunding platform Seedrs has announced support for investing and raising investment in Euros.  Previously the UK based company only accepted British pounds but today the site has announced transactions may be made in Euros – with additional currencies coming in the future.  Now any Seedrs user may deposit or create crowdfunding campaigns in… Read More

Investment Crowdfunding Platform Symbid Jumps Past €5 million Milestone

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Netherlands based Symbid has announced a new milestone for the growing investment crowdfunding platform.  The publicly traded company [OTCQB:SBID] has surpassed €5 million (approximately $6.4 million) in investment crowdfunding.  This growth benefited from a solid Q2 in 2014 where Symbid facilitated over $1.55 during the quarter. Symbid, launched in 2011, has seen average investment per user double… Read More