Tagged: germany

Crowdfunding in Germany (Infographic)

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The German Crowdfunding Network has created a nice infographic giving a visual comparison of German and the rest of Europe.  Germany has experienced some healthy growth with internet finance and Companisto can claim to have funded one of the largest investment crowdfunding campaigns in Europe to date. But when sizing up Germany with other countries,… 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 UK sites, were excluded from the list (and may have been included… 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 Companisto release. 5 CUPS and some sugar sells, produces and… 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 institutions were not revealed. Since the funding platform was launched… 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, at €2.34b (£1.78 b) The top markets in mainland Europe… 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 Asia Broadcast Satellite and Clarity Health Services as well as… 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 professionals in Belarus. Innovestment is a pioneer of equity-based crowdfunding… 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 turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America that was torn… 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 growth from a broader group of industry sectors including tourism,… 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 good thing though, as through trial and error winners eventually… 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 equity based crowdfunding campaign will be relaunched for the last… 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 cleaning technology,” and it’s gentle on clothing. The device is… Read More

Bragi Dash Has Successful Trip to CES, Pushes Back Shipping One More Time

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Bragi Dash, one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns from 2014, has once again pushed back their shipping date for their wireless smart headphones.  The young German company announced the delay in an post to crowdfunding backers.  The update came after sharing a highly successful trip to International CES where they demoed a working prototype of… Read More

Companisto & Munich Accelerator ProSiebenSat.1 Partner Up on Crowdfunding

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One of the leading equity crowdfunding platforms in Germany has formed a partnership with Munich based accelerator ProSeibenSat.1 (P7S1).  Information received from Companisto has announced that two startups from ProSiebenSat.1 accelerator will simultaneously launch crowdfunding campaigns on Companisto today (January 15).  The two young companies seeking investors on Companisto are Jaime Jacobs and Pablo & Paul…. Read More

Kraftwerk, a Fuel Cell-Powered Charger That Fits in Your Pocket, Tops $.5M Goal in Less Than a Week

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Given the speed at which Kraftwerk charges USB-enabled devices—within three seconds—perhaps it’s no surprise that Kraftwerk, the world’s smallest power generator, had more than 4,500 backers worldwide, collecting some $600,000, within days of launching its Kickstarter campaign. It was also chosen as a Kickstarter Staff Pick. The pocketsize charger uses fuel cell technology to directly… Read More

COBI Smart Bike System Finishes Its Run on Kickstarter; Raises $400,000 in 30 Days

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Frankfurt, Germany-based iCradle, Inc.‘s COBI, the world’s smartest connected biking system reached the finish line of its Kickstarter campaign with a resounding triumph, having raised just over $400,000 in less than a month. This exceeds its initial fundraising goal by 402%. As previously reported, COBI is considered a “world-first” in many ways. It’s the first integrated system for bikes,… Read More

Interview: P2P Banking.com and P2P Kredite.com Publisher Claus Lehmann Talks Alternative Finance in Germany

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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 Europe. This benchmarking survey, which closed on 6 January 2015,… Read More

eZelleron Inc. Launches Kickstarter Campaign For New Portable Power Plant; Scores Over $200,000 in Three Days

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On Sunday (January 4th), Germany-based startup eZelleron, Inc. debuted its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $500,000 for its portable power plant, kraftwerk. According to its campaign, the kraftwerks offers a new energy supply technology for mobile electronic devices. It is efficient and remains independent from the power grid. The eZelleron team stated, “kraftwerk opens… Read More

Germany Update: Founder Institute Launches in Frankfurt & Paymentandbanking.com Chooses Kreditech as FinTech Startup of 2014

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Paymentandbanking.com named Hamburg-based Kreditech  as the FinTech Startup of 2014. The jury explains its choice noting  Kreditech “obvious disruption and, unfortunately, one of the few German FinTech startups that has substantial foreign investment.” Kreditech applies big data to score the creditworthiness of customers. In addition, Founder Institute initiated its program in Frankfurt.  Founder Institute, which names itself the world’s… Read More

Edition F Posts 335% Overfunding on Companisto: German Lifestyle Platform for Women

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EDITION F launched its modest Companisto equity crowdfunding campaign in November, seeking to raise a minimum of 50,000€ for 5€ a share; to date, with the help of over 435 backers, the lifestyle platform for women has raised well over its initial modest goal, securing 167,600€ for the platform valued at 1,500,000€. Women are the demographic that makes 80%… Read More