Tagged: south africa

Inspired By Tragedy, Life-Saving Swimming Pool Alarm Launches Thanks to Funding Tree

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An entrepreneur who was inspired to develop a foolproof swimming pool alarm for children after a neighbor’s toddler drowned is about to put his vision into production, thanks to the crowdfunding platform Funding Tree. John Barstead was running an electrical engineering business in Johannesburg, South Africa, when the two-year-old boy died. In an area where many… Read More

Brief: South African Peer to Peer Lender Expands into Small Business Loans

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According to a recent report RainFin, a Peer to Peer lender owned in part by Barclays, is broadening its reach to include small business loans.  The P2P lender is following a similar path to Lending Club, the large US based P2P lender that just announced their much anticipated IPO.  Business borrowers may now approach lenders… Read More

GoldKey Resources Launches $1.5M Crowdfunding Campaign on EquityNet

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GoldKey Resources, Inc., a natural resources development company, announced today the launch of a crowdfunding campaign with EquityNet, designed to raise US$1.5 million. Niles Helmboldt, CEO of GoldKey, stated, “Our crowdfunding initiative is part of an overall campaign to capitalize on opportunities to assist and finance junior exploration and mining companies.” GoldKey is testing a… Read More

Crowdfunding Platform Trevolta Gives Travelers A Way To Raise Funds For Destination Trips

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Ever wondered what it would be like to go backpacking through Europe or see the well-known waterfalls of Africa or even the Great Wall of China? Unfortunately, the cost has always stopped aspiring travelers in their tracks when booking their own adventures. According to South African-based crowdfunding travel website Trevolta, a trip doesn’t have to… Read More

FundFind wants to be South Africa’s answer to Kickstarter

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FundFind wants to be South Africa’s answer to Kickstarter, the US crowdfunding platform that’s helped musicians like Amanda Palmer and companies like Pebble, the company behind a smart watch project, by raising small amounts of money from large numbers of people. FundFind arose from founder Steve Larter’s own frustration at trying to get funding for creative… Read More

Why crowdfunding is far more about the crowd than the funding

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Its an interesting one, crowdfunding. And over the last few years it has both made a big impact on how entrepreneurs, bands, artists and others are funded. It has also certainly divided opinion on just how viable the model of crowdfunding is. One thing that few people are admitting is that crowdfunding can be really hard… Read More

CROWDFUNDING WILL SOUTH AFRICAN REAL ESTATE BITE?

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Why hasn’t South Africa got a Real Estate Crowdfunding platform? Shouldn’t someone be considering it? It may seem unlikely that anyone will waver in favour of Crowdfunding whilst pondering investing in REITs/PLSs  right now, especially in South Africa since no such option exists, but already in the US, Real Estate Crowdfunding platforms have emerged. For… Read More