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Crowdcube Investor Event – London

We will be showcasing a number of businesses that are currently pitching on Crowdcube. This is your opportunity to meet the entrepreneurs behind the businesses, find out more about their story, what makes their business tick and what plans they have for the future. Crowdcube team members will also be there to answer any questions… Read More

Assetz Capital: “Peer to Peer Market Set for Growth Challenges Ahead”

Stuart Law

In response to the much anticipated Nesta report that was published today, CEO and founder of Assetz Capital Stuart Law has commented on the challenges ahead for crowdfunding and the peer to peer lending sector. Stuart Law commented on the report; “It’s easy to get carried away by big figures but what’s important about this… Read More

Nesta: Alternative Finance More than Doubles for 2014

Average Growth of Crowdfunding by sector 2014

Nesta, a  UK based innovation charity and staunch proponent of entrepreneurship and creativity, has published an update on the alternative finance industry in the United Kingdom.  The report is a joint effort between Nesta and the University of Cambridge.  The report notes this new financial sector, that includes crowdfunding, peer to peer (P2P) lending, and… Read More

Scotland Police Investigate Delayed Kickstarter Project

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One of the most challenging aspects of rewards based crowdfunding are the all too frequent delays in product deliver.  There is a blurry line where backers, frustrated by extended delays and potentially lost funds, assume fraud versus a struggling young company attempting to hit unrealistic goals. vrAse, an Edinburgh, Scotland based startup, ventured into the… Read More

UK Startup Launches Indiegogo Campaign For New Smart Home Security System; Reaches $100,000 Goal First Week

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Less than a week since its launch on Indiegogo, UK-based Cocoon’s crowdfunding campaign for its self-titled smart home security has already secured its initial $100,000 thanks to its 412 backers. According to its campaign, the Cocoon is smart home security device that combines HD Camera, Motion Detection & SUBSOUND Technology to sense activity throughout your home. If the… Read More

gamesGRABR Goes Back to the Crowd For New Round of Funding

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gamesGRABR, a social network for gaming, is launching a new round of investment to fund its critical next phase of growth. Following a successful crowdfunding campaign in late 2013 where it quickly achieved its £150,000 target and over funded by 20%, gamesGRABR is now looking to raise £400,000. The investment will be a combination of crowdfunding… Read More

Brief: Green Party MP for Plymouth Embraces Crowdfunding Through Crowdfunder UK

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The Green Party MP Plymouth is using crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder, which will allow Green Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) to raise their deposit faster than ever before. After a successful campaign in Plymouth, where the £500 fee to stand as an MP was raised in just three days and the campaign is now overfunding, the Greens are… Read More

NurtureMoney: UK Peer to Peer Loan Comparison Service Launched

NutureMoney

The booming UK peer to peer industry now has a way to easily compare loans between the various competing platform.  NurtureMoney claims to be the UK’s first independent and impartial crowdfunding comparison service covering 51 different platforms. The service is free to use for both investors and borrowers and states the transparency will aid the… Read More

Movie On CrowdBnk Wants to Become Largest Equity Crowdfunding Campaign Ever for UK Film

Black Flash Film Players

Black Flash Seeks £3 Million in Equity Crowdfunding Re-do Hoping to Top the £1.6 Million Raised in Previous Round. The film Black Flash launched a successful equity crowdfunding raise earlier this year on CrowdBnk  topping £1.6 million from 11 investors.  Following the crowdfunding round, producers decided the amount wasn’t sufficient taking a different path by… Read More

UK-Based Startup Hits Crowdcube to Raise £225,000 Delicious Natural Ice Lollies

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Seeking to expand its already successful business, Camden-based startup, LICKALIX launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube to raise £225,000 for its natural ice lolly company. According to its campaign, LICKALIX  is an augural ice lolly company that debuted in May 2014. After a successful first period of trading, the company’s team decided to continue their success in… Read More

Crowdcube Hurdles 100,000 Investors (Infographic)

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Equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube has rocketed past the 100,000 investor mark.  Crowdcube recognized Vincent Carrie of London as becoming the 100,000th person to register on the site to participate in the listed companies.  Carrie will receive a gift basket that includes plenty of good stuff from Crowdcube funded companies. To help celebrate this milestone, Crowdcube… Read More

UK based Equity Crowdfunding Platform Seedrs Moves Into US with Acquisition of Junction Investments

Seedrs and Junction Investments

UK based investment crowdfunding platform Seedrs has announced the acquisition of Junction Investments located in California.  This strategic acquisition positions Seedrs to expand their reach beyond the borders of Europe.  Junction founders Adam Kaufman and Brian Goldsmith will be joining the Seedrs team and assisting with the next phase of Seedrs growth.  The acquisition closed… Read More

UK Project Innovate: Call for Input Feedback Statement (Document)

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Embedded below is the published report by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regarding feedback to their “Project Innovate”. Project Innovate was established to support industry innovation by  opening the FCA doors to businesses (large and small) who are developing innovative approaches that can benefit consumers in financial services markets. The FCA proposed to build an… Read More

UK Financial Conduct Authority Launches Innovation Hub. Encourages Change in the Interest of Consumers.

FCA Commitment to Supporting Innovation Martin Wheatley

Meanwhile the SEC Stalls on Pushing Forward to Facilitate Title III & Title IV Crowdfunding. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the UK regulatory body similar to the SEC, has announced the opening of their Innovation Hub as they embrace change and creativity in financial services.  In a speech by Martin Wheatley, Chief Executive of thee… Read More

Intelligent Crowd TV to Launch Weekly Equity Crowdfunding Show

Shane Smith Announces IntelligentCrowdTV

Described as “crowdfunding meets Dragons Den & X-Fractor, last Friday, UK based Intelligent Crowd TV announced the launch of a weekly show to bring together entrepreneurs and investors, nationwide. The website goes live today (www.intelligentcrowd.tv) for Entrepreneur auditions, and the first episode is scheduled to air in January 2015. The show will be hosted by… Read More

UK FinTech Firm Fireflock Launches Premium Crowdfunding Platform

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On Monday (October 27th), one of the UK’s premier FinTech firms, Fireflock, launched a premium crowdfunding platform designed to match high net worth and sophisticated investors with start-up, early stage and developed companies looking to raise capital. Founded by seasoned investment professional Callum Campbell, Fireflock’s primary objective is to establish itself as a leading source of growth… Read More

PWC & Funding Circle form UK Partnership

Funding Circle and PWC

UK based peer to peer lending platform Funding Circle has announced a partnership with global consulting firm PWC to support more UK businesses access capital.  PWC will now funnel small business clients seeking funding to Funding Circle.  This is similar  to the agreement Funding Circle revealed this past summer where global banking firm Santander will… Read More

The UK’s New Equity Crowdfunding Aggregator Launches

BusinessAgent

By bundling up the best of the world’s crowdfunding opportunities with an equally comprehensive amalgamation of more conventional businesses for sale. BusinessAgent aims to become to investment and crowdfunding as what Rightmove is to houses and estate agents. While sharing details about the newest equity crowdfunding aggregator in the UK, founder of BusinessAgent.com, Sacha Bright stated,… Read More

Singer Neon Hitch Ditches Warner Brothers Studio; Now Turns to Indiegogo Backers & Fans to Become Her New Label

Neon Hitch

Continuing to keep her career going after saying farewell to her formal label, Warner Brothers, British singer Neon Hitch launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $50,000 for not only her upcoming album but also for the world’s “first” fan label. According to the campaign’s website, Hitch decided to go through the crowdfunding route… Read More

Zopa: “Peer to peer ISAs will be Game Changer”

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The peer to peer lending industry sees the light at the end of the tunnel as the UK government nears the day when retirement funds, in the form of Individual Savings Acccounts (ISAs) will be able to invest in P2P loans.  Last week the UK government announced a new consultation paper on the subject and… Read More