Tagged: france

Moving Mainstream: Centre for Alternative Finance of Cambridge Judge Business School Publishes European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report

University of Cambridge research Report

Newly opened Centre for Alternative Finance of University of Cambridge Judge Business School reports European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey study results.  The European market could top €7 billion in 2015 The European alternative finance market grew 144% last year to €2,957m The UK is the largest European country for alternative finance, at €2.34b (£1.78 b) The top markets in mainland Europe… Read More

CRE Finance Council Examines Debt Markets At MIPIM


Real estate market, conference and networking event, MIPIM, will take a long, hard look at international debt market conditions and what they hold in store for the real estate sector, drawing on the expertise of the CRE Finance Council (CREFC). A dedicated panel, titled “Commercial Real Estate Debt Markets: What’s in Store?” will be moderated… Read More

Lightweight Scooter ElectricMood Zooms Past $100,000 in Five Days on Indiegogo

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Last Wednesday (February 11th), Paris-based ElectricMood hit Indiegogo to raise $50,000 for its self-titled scooter. The project quickly soaked up the spotlight and surpassed its initial goal within 24 hours of its debut. The ElectricMood is described as not only the “greatest scooter ever,” it has also been (self)dubbed “the world’s smartest urban e-scooter.” It offers… Read More

Nicolas Lesur of Unilend Talks Peer to Peer Partnership with Banks

Groupama Bank Unilend

Following up on the recent announcement of the partnership between French Groupama Bank and peer-to-business lender Unilend, we spoke with Nicolas Lesur, founder and CEO of Unilend, about what makes this deal unique and how it will accelerate Unilend’s rapid growth. Peer-to-business lending platform Unilend launched in late 2013, ahead of the issuance of France’s… Read More

Seedrs to Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for Company IPO: Burgundy Winemaker to List on LSE

A company IPO through crowdfunding Seedrs

  Leading investment crowdfunding portal Seedrs is claiming another “first”.  In a note to followers, CEO and co-founder Jeff Lynn stated; “I’m pleased to share that today Seedrs is launching the first-ever crowdfunding campaign for a company’s IPO.” It should be noted that SyndicateRoom claimed the same for an IPO this past December for Mill Residential… Read More

Mangopay Establishes Presence in UK in Expansion Push

Céline Lazorthes

Luxembourg based Mangopay, a payment solutions provider that works with a broad variety of transactional sites including crowdfunding platforms, has opened up an office Level 39, Canary Wharf in London positioning the company for further growth.  The Mangopay API was released in 2013 and today has over 350 European clients.  Mangopay will be working with Barclays as… Read More

Unilend & Groupama Banque Partner Up to Aid French SMEs

Groupama Banque Crowdfunding

Unilend, a leading peer to peer lending platform based in France, has formed a partnership with Groupama Banque to channel € 100 million to small and medium businesses over the next four years.  The arrangement is the first of its kind in France. Unilend has loaned over € 7.5 million to date. Groupama Banque will have… Read More

CrowdTuesday – Paris

CrowdTuesday is back again to where it all started, for its monthly appointment at the Espace Startup of Bpifrance in Paris. The crowdfunding ecosystem in Paris is invited to get together for two hours of presentations, informal discussions and networking around drinks.

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

Clean Energy Investment Rises Above Oil Price Slump

Sun Solar Sunset Boat

Global investment in clean energy rose for the first time in three years, increasing 16 percent to $310 billion in 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance in a recent article on Bloomberg. This growth comes after decreased solar-panel prices and sinking subsides in the United States and Europe damaged the industry in previous years…. Read More

Friend of Porte de Vincennes Hostage Crisis Victim Launches Crowdfunding Campaign For Widow & Children

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Two days after the devastating shooting at Charlie Hebdo’s headquarters, a man known as Amedy Coulibaly walked into a Hypercacher Kosher supermarket in Porte de Vincennes (20th arrondissement of Paris) with a Škorpion vz. 61 submachine gun, an AKS-74U assault rifle and two Russian-made Tokarev pistols  killed four people, all of whom were Jewish, and took… Read More

MIT Ph.D Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Show Support For French Newspaper Charlie Hebdo

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Seeking to help French newspaper Charlie Hebdo and the families of the victims in the shooting on Wednesday, MIT Ph.D and principal at a consulting firm in the U.S., David Opolon, has launched a campaign on crowdfunding platform, Leetchi. According to BBC, gunmen walked into the newspaper’s headquarters and shot dead 12 people during its… Read More

Brief: WiSEED Adds Nicolas Hulot, Sums Up 2014 & Looks Ahead to 2015

WiSeed France

In its 2014 summary, WiSEED shared its growth:  37,700 members, 51 startups funded and  € 14 million in funds raised (a 100% increase from 2013).  Integral to its own growth and French crowdfunding became WiSEED’s involvement with financial regulations in October 2014: “After months of discussions with the French Government, regulators and stakeholders in the financial sector, France… Read More

Interview: Financement Participatif France President & Unilend Founder/CEO Nicolas Lesur Analyzes Alternative Finance in France & Europe

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The European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey deadline is today, 6 January 2015. Since late November, The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. As readers may know, this is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in… Read More

Simon Deane-Johns Talks Crowdfunding Regulations (Video)

Simon Deane-Johns

Zopa co-founder and Keystone attorney Simon Deane-Johns recently participated in several panels at the successful ECN Crowdfunding Convention held in Paris in December.  Zopa was the first peer to peer lending platform so Deane-Johns has been engaged in new forms of finance since the early days and he has had the opportunity to see the evolution up… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network Hosts Successful Convention in Paris (Photo Gallery)

France Arc du Triomphe Paris

The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) hosted its annual convention on December 11th and 12th at the BpiFrance Headquarters in central Paris. The highly successful gathering captured a broad audience of platforms, regulators, politicians and industry advocates to review and share diverse global perspectives.  The single most important coalescing opinion among the several hundred attendees was the fact… Read More

Financement Participatif France Submits Proposed Changes for Crowdfunding Rules

Arc de Triomphe by Benjamin Stäudinger Paris France

Regulations guiding crowdfunding have barely been in force in France but the representative group Financement Participatif France (FPF) has already submitted proposed changes to the French government in their push to improve the environment for crowdfunding for the country.  Final rules were released just this past October.  While broadly lauded for the speed of implementation… Read More

Crowdfunding Author Marianne IIZUKA Examines French Crowdfunding Industry: ANACOFI and AFIP Member Shares Expertise

Marianne Ilzuka France Featured

In November The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. This is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe.  This benchmarking survey, which opened on 25 November and closes on 20 December, aims… Read More

ECN Crowdfunding Convention – Paris

Join 300 key stakeholders in Europe’s crowdfunding, innovation and early-stage investing sectors at the ECN Crowdfunding Convention on 11 – 12 December 2014 in Paris. The Crowdfunding industry is the fastest growing financing source for Small and Medium Businesses in the World, with an estimated value of just under €1 billion in Europe alone for 2012 and… Read More

Assises de la finance participative

Après une 1ère édition avec plus de 600 participants et l’entrée en vigueur en octobre des décrets relatifs à la finance participative, l’association Financement Participatif France organise les 2èmes Assises de la finance participative, au ministère de l’Economie, de l’Industrie et du Numérique. En construction 9:00  –  Introduction 9:30  –  Le mot de bienvenue Nicolas Lesur, président, Financement Participatif… Read More