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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

EU Crowdfunding Expert Group Scheduled to Meet on September 25th

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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

Bondora Sees Huge Opportunity in European Peer to Peer Lending

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Although you may not have heard of Bondora, if you follow the peer-to-peer (P2P) lending industry, you most likely will soon. Bondora is one of the fastest growing peer-to-peer lenders in the world and they are operating in a market with few competitors. Bondora is based in Estonia, making loans in Spain, Slovakia, Estonia and… Read More

Fundovino Creates a New Way for Wine Lovers to Back Wineries & Vineyards

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Offering up a new way for wineries and vineyards to get funding, Paris-based crowdfunding platform Fundovino launched last month and is on a mission to help not only wine makers, but also wine tourism, culture and art get backers easily and quickly. Fundovino, which dubbed themselves as the “first” platform devoted to the world of… Read More

Crowdsourcing Week Europe Preps for Copenhagen

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Crowdsourcing Week Europe 2014 is the “flagship conference” for the event organizer.  Their European conference is scheduled to take place this coming October in Copenhagen.  The gathering seeks to highlight best practices in crowdsourcing and the collaborative economy in Europe.  These tectonic shifts in processes and collaboration are fundamentally changing society, mindsets and possibilities across all… Read More

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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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