Tagged: europe

Boston Consulting Group: Yes Europe Needs a Capital Markets Union

Funding Hurdle with Finish Line

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.

A Revolution in Finance

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

Lloyd Nolan

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?

The Crowd Quote

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

WEISSENHAUS Grand Village Resort & Spa at Night

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.

Symbid Team Featured

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

Oliver Gajda ECN Paris

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

EBA European Banking Authority

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

ECN Speakers 2014 European Crowdfunding Network

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

UK Alternative Finance Graph 2014 P2PFA

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

ECN speakers Europe

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