Tagged: france

SmartAngels and Global Insurer Allianz Launch €10 M Crowdfunding Investment Fund 

Allianz SmartAngels

French equity crowdfunding platform SmartAngels and the French arm of global insurer Allianz announced today the launch of a crowdfunding investment fund. Allianz’s customers will be able to use SmartAngels’ crowdfunding platform to invest in startups and high-growth companies. Allianz France will co-invest in the very same companies by matching euro for euro the investments… Read More

French Startup WEZR Launches Kickstarter to Introduce All-Weather Wearable Tracker

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The WEZR team, a French innovative weather tracking technology company, today announced it has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for its self-titled all weather wearable tracker. Co-founder at WEZR, Stephane Diner, stated: “Today, new technology tools, consumer performance expectations, the immediacy of the connected world we are moving towards a demand forecasting much more accurate weather… Read More

Rewards-Based Crowdfunding, the Ulule Way: Interview with CEO Arnaud Burgot

Ulule Tour Bus Featured April 2015

Ulule Challenges Global Crowdfunding Platforms with Rapid Growth & Stellar Success Rates. France is home to the Pan-European reward-based crowdfunding platform Ulule. Ulule started in late 2010. Since then, it has collected nearly €29 million and recruited more than 650,000 members. In the neck and neck competition to stay ahead of its rival KissKissBankBank and… Read More

French Peer to Peer Lender Unilend Raises € 8 Million in Funding Round

Nicolas Lesur, CEO of Unilend shares his perspective

Peer to peer lending platform Unilend has announced a significant investment in the amount of € 8 million from BPI France, a state government investment fund, Ventech and 360 Capital Partners.  The direct lender was launched in 2013 prior to formal regulations which were finalized in the Fall of 2014. Unilend has grown quickly having captured… Read More

Lima: Great Expectations and Extensive Delays

Lima Hardware Timeline

Lima, a crowdfunding project that promised to create your own virtual cloud based storage system – using your own hardware, successfully raised over $1.2 million crowdfunding on Kickstarter back in 2013. The funding goal was set at $69,000 – an amount that was topped in just 12 hours.  In the end over 12,000 backers signed up –… Read More

Investiere Publishes List of Top 5 European Investment Crowdfunding Platforms

Map of Europe

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

Crowdfunding Real Estate in France: WiSeed

Wiseed takes off

Leading French crowdfunding platforms Anaxago and WiSeed launched real estate business units to meet strong demand from both real estate developers and investors. In this interview, Souleymane Galadima, the Managing Director of WiSeed Immobilier, presents his company’s current real estate crowdfunding model based on debt securities and lays out its development plans.  Founded in 2008,… Read More

Crowdfunding in France 2014 (Infographic)

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Crowdfunding in France received a significant boost last year when the government released rules governing the new form of finance. While not perfect the regulations were greeted as a positive first step in establishing a new, more efficient market for capital formation. France has not traditionally been known for a robust innovation sector but entrepreneurs… Read More

Crowdfunding Real Estate in France: Anaxago

Anaxago Joachim Dupont

French real estate developers badly need private equity and French savers have a strong, yet until recently unsatisfied, appetite for investing in real estate development. Crowdfunding comes to the rescue. Two leading French equity crowdfunding sites Anaxago and WiSeed have recently launched a division dedicated to real estate crowdfunding and have strong ambitions for it…. Read More

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

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

Raizers Featured

  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