Tagged: research

Regulation D: Private vs. Public Capital Raising (Deck)

Vladimir Ivanov and Sara Hanks

At the SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, Senior Financial Economist Vladimir Ivanov, gave an updated presentation regarding the state of Regulation D.  Ivanov delivered a very similar presentation at the end of 2014 with replicated slides.  He did update a couple of items… Read More

Beehive: UAE Innovation Report

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Beehive, a young peer to peer lending platform, and Thomson Reuters, have partnered on an innovation white paper regarding the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The document, embedded below, is designed to learn how small business approach innovation.  Beehive hosted a roundtable earlier this year that… Read More

FCA to Research Big Data and Retail Insurance Sector

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The Financial Conduct Authority has launched another “call for inputs” as it digs into the retail insurance industry and the use of data to drive decisions. Interested participants have until January 8th to submit comments with a feedback statement expected in mid-2016.  The FCA notes… Read More

Research: Equity Crowdfunding Status Report in the UK

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Equity crowdfunding and its success will eventually be measured based off the returns generate for the investors. In the US ,equity crowdfunding is still in its infancy with only accredited crowdfunding having gained some minor traction. In the UK, which boasts a more enlightened regulatory… Read More

Research Initiated to Assess Liability Risk for Crowdfunding in Europe

Ronald Kleverlaan Anne Hakvoort

A partnership between the Crowdfunding Hub, European Network of Crowdfunding Professionals and FG lawyers (Dutch boutique law firm with a special focus on alternative finance and fintech), has launched pan-European research to identify the liability risk in respect to the various forms of crowdfunding. Entitled… Read More

UK Crowdfunding Week: Crowdfunding is Much Better at Seed Funding & Innovation (Infographic)

Barry Sheerman

The Crowdfunding Centre in the UK has released an infographic on the state of crowdfunding in advance of UK Crowdfunding Week, which is scheduled for next week (November 16-22nd).  The platform tracks rewards based crowdfunding projects and has created an interesting compendium of projects from… Read More

The University of Cambridge, Tsinghua University & the University of Sydney join forces to launch the 2015 Asia-Pacific Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey

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The study is supported by KPMG, CME Group Foundation, the ACCA and 20 leading industry and academic research partners. The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School, the Tsinghua University Graduate School of Shenzhen and the University of Sydney Business School are… Read More

Nonprofit Crowdfunding Platform Consano Launches “Honor Funds” Website For Medical Research

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Consano, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit crowdfunding platform that focuses on medical research campaigns, today announced the launch of Honor Funds, a new initiative that allows individuals and groups to create a dedicated online hub to raise funds for a specific research project. Consano developed the Honor… Read More

DERA: Analysis of Unregistered Securities Offerings (Document)

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Title II, 506(c), Equity Crowdfunding has Raised $33 Billion to Date. The unregistered securities market in the US is huge. In fact in 2014, over $2 trillion of capital was raised using unregistered securities largely using Regulation D. This is revealed in a white paper… Read More

Startup Survey: 97% Want to Invest in Early Stage Companies

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Equity crowdfunding platform Quire partnered with mattermark a few weeks back on a survey asking individuals if they would be interested in investing in early stage companies.  The results are telling. Today, the vast majority of the population has been excluded from investing in startups… Read More

UK CMA Publishes Report on Banking Services for Consumers and SMEs: “For too long banks have been able to sit back and take their existing customers for granted”

The Future of Banking

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its anticipated report on the state of retail banking in the UK.  Unlike the US market, the UK banking industry is almost completely served by several very large banks (RBS, Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds & Santander).  These are… Read More

Penn State University’s Lunar Lion Moon Mission Secures Nearly $175,000 Through RocketHub

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On Friday crowdfunding platform,  RocketHub, announced that one of its projects, Lunar Lion Moon Mission, has successfully hit a funding milestone. Penn State’s Lunar Lion is led by director of Space Systems Initiatives at Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory, Michael Paul. The project’s team is the… Read More

The University of Cambridge & University of Chicago Join Forces to Launch the 2015 Americas Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey

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The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Chicago Booth School of Business are jointly launching the 2015 Americas Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey. This survey will be the first comprehensive and empirical assessment… Read More

Goldrush Over? More than a Quarter of P2P Lenders Pull Applications from FCA According to Bovill


Regulatory consultancy Bovill states that many aspiring peer to peer lending platforms are having a change of heart.  According to a release published by the firm, 26% of P2P lending applicants have withdrawn their request as they are concerned they will not be able to meet… Read More

No Surprise: Big Companies Struggle with Innovation & Must Give Way to Entrepreneurs

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Global consulting firm Accenture has published research reflecting on how difficult it is for big corporations to incorporate an innovation culture: One that not only embraces change, but empowers it to thrive. Accenture  did a survey of 1000 large companies, along with a poll of… Read More

Research: New Finance Including P2P Lending & Crowdfunding to Top £10 Billion by 2020

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Financial services technology company Fiserv has published research on the UK alternative finance market that indicates new finance will top £10 billion by 2020. According to the report, UK SMEs will benefit dramatically from the growth of peer to peer lending and crowdfunding over the… Read More

Hate Your Bank? You are Not Alone. FCA Publishes Updated Complaints Data on Financial Institutions

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its most recent data on complaints filed against financial institutions. While the top line number dropped, removing the  Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) category saw the overall number jump by 11.6% versus the same period year prior. The increase was… Read More

Indiegogo Alum uBiome Donates Funds to Oral Disease Prevention Research

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uBiome, a microbial genomics company, announced on Friday that it is supporting the prevention of oral disease, the most prevalent chronic disease in both children and adults in the United States, in three ways. The company is making a donation to the Smiles Across America… Read More

In The UK, Equity Crowdfunding Platforms Now ‘Crowding Out’ Banks, VCs & Business Angels, New Research Suggests

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Equity crowdfunding platforms are “crowding out” banks, venture capitalists and business angels in the UK, suggests a new paper published by researchers from the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling. St. Andrews explains that UK startups are “embracing the £146 million Crowdcube economy.” Crowdcube may be… Read More