Tagged: germany

Guten Tag! Kickstarter’s Yancey Strickler Announces Crowdfunding Services For German Campaign Organizers

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On Tuesday, Kickstarter announced that their campaign creation process is officially open to German project creators. Kickstarter’s Yancey Strickler wrote: Hallo Deutschland!   My name is Yancey, I’m the CEO of Kickstarter, and it’s my pleasure to welcome all of you to the Kickstarter community.  … Read More

German Bundestag Adopts Tighter, Yet “Workable” Rules on Crowdfunding

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Germany has passed its new investor safety law, one that was viewed with trepidation by the investment crowdfunding industry as it impinged on online platforms ability to raise funds, but the final rules appear to be less onerous than initially anticipated. Tamo Zwinge, CEO and… Read More

Brief: German Peer-to-Peer Platform smava Successfully Raises $16M in Funding Round

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Germany-based peer-to-peer platform, smava, recently announced that it has captured $16 million during a funding round that was led by Phenomen Ventures. According to Tech Crunch, Phenomena Ventures worked along side existing investors Earlybird and Neuhaus Partners for the funding round and the investment takes the total raised… Read More

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

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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… Read More

GOOOOAAL! Food4fans Partners with Companisto: The Sweet and Salty Snacks of the German Bundesliga

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Founded by Matthias Graf Lambsdorff, Hamburg-based food4fans specializes in the sale of sweet and salty snacks for soccer/fussball fans. Licensed by soccer clubs such as FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Hamburger SV, and FC St. Pauli, the start-up sells its products via established retail chains like Edeka, REWE, and… Read More

CannaFundr Forms Partnership with Deutsche Cannabis AG

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Investment crowdfunding platform CannaFundr, one that targets the nascent cannabis industry, has formed a partnership with Deutsche Cannabis AG. The agreements is described as facilitating investment into the Cannabis industry internationally while boosting entrepreneurship and the infrastructure to support it. Deutsche Cannabis is said to… Read More

Consumer FinTech Company Kreditech Hires Oliver Prill as COO

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Hamburg, Germany based Kreditech has added to its executive team with the hire of Oliver Prill as Chief Operating Officer. Oliver is said to have over 15 years experience in the wholesale and retail financial service industry. Before joining Kreditech he served as an advisor to… Read More

Weissenhaus Closes on Companisto at Record € 7.5 Million in Crowdfunding

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Companisto has announced the closing of funding for Weissenhaus Grand Village & Spa at a record amount of € 7.5 million. The platform has claimed Europe’s largest crowdfunding campaign as approximately 1600 investors participated in the public offer. Crowdfunding of Weissenhaus was paused for a period… Read More

Investiere Publishes List of Top 5 European Investment Crowdfunding Platforms

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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… Read More

“5 CUPS And Some Sugar” Tea Startup on Companisto Makes Redemption Offer to Investors, With 45% Return

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The vote by Companisto investors had a higher turnout than the last German Bundestag (German Parliament) election: 93.79 percent. Of those who voted to accept a shares redemption offer from crowdfunded startup 5 CUPS and some sugar, 98.41 percent chose the redemption offer–which included a 45 percent investment return, according to a… Read More

Lendico Receives Institutional Investment of “100s of Millions” for Loans

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Lendico, a peer to peer lender that has not let national barriers get in the way of expansion, has announced that two German banks, along with “international hedge funds” will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in loans from Lendico.  The names of the funding… Read More

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

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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,… Read More

Interview: Investor & Cambridge Research Fellow Robert Wardrop Elucidates Alternative Finance’s Complexities and Societal Differences’ Effect on Markets

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Interested in innovation, both in the finance industry and in the broader economy, Robert Wardrop began his career at Procter & Gamble before moving on to the Anschutz Investment Company and later to DAM Capital. The seasoned entrepreneur presently serves as a Non Executive Director at… Read More

Interview: Christin Friedrich Curates German Crowdfunding Innovation, Knowledge and Capital at Innovestment

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Christin Friedrich serves as the Managing Director of Innovestment GmbH, a crowdfunding venture which began four years ago.  After studying Public Management and Governance at Zeppelin University, Friedrich sought creative solutions and innovative business ideas in several international projects, including a tourism startup in Iceland  and group for young… Read More

Acclaimed Filmmaker Debra Riley Hits Seed&Spark to Chronicle Untold Story of 18 African American Athletes in 1936 Olympic Games

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Atlanta-based Coffee Bluff Pictures is completing production of the highly anticipated documentary Olympic Pride, American Prejudice. History remembers one African American hero, Jesse Owens, from the 1936 Olympics, but this film shines a light on his other 17 accomplished teammates. Set against the strained and… Read More

Swiss Crowdfunding Site wemakeit Celebrates 3 Years of Operations, Expands Into Austria & Germany

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Switzerland’s “most successful” crowdfunding platform wemakeit is celebrating its 3rd anniversary and  has “big plans” for the future.  Since the site launched, wemakeit has financed 7.5 million Swiss Francs for diverse projects.  Having commenced operations focused more on cultural campaigns, wemakeit is now generating more… Read More

Seedmatch Sets High Bar For Crowdfunded Companies: Some Have Failed. Most Have Not

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Investing in startup companies is a risky endeavor.  Now I believe that risk capital should be a part of anyone’s portfolio but a decision to dedicate money to a promising business, with enthusiastic entrepreneurs at the helm, is no guarantee of success.  This is a… Read More

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… Read More

New Washing Device Dolfi Quickly Captures Attention on Indiegogo; Raises Over $127,000 in Three Days

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Germany-based Dolfi launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign earlier this week to raise $100,000 to bring its self-titled washing device to the market. Dolfi is described as a hand-sized device that cleans your clothing with the power of ultrasonic technology. It is considered the “next generation… Read More