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Abundance Generation Named A Finalist For Ashden Awards

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The Ashden Awards take place every year and recognize leaders in a collective effort to reduce carbon emissions and affect ecology in a positive way. This year, UK-based Abundance Generation has been named a finalist for the award for their work in funding and financing sustainable energy projects. “Our first couple of years have been… Read More

Growing Pains as Global Crowdfunding Comes of Age


It’s growing up fast. As crowdfunding hits what I suppose you might call it’s second official birthday on 5th April – Global Crowdfunding Day (#GlobalCFDay) – it may have a dose of the “terrible twos.” It’s certainly disruptive enough. It’s not toddling but racing away. Now it’s “into everything,” despite cynicism in some quarters and some… Read More

Crowdfunder Claims Top Spot for Rewards Based Crowdfunding in UK

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UK based rewards crowdfunding platform, Crowdfunder has confirmed that it has raised over £1.5m for UK projects – and grown by a factor of 15 in the last 12 months.  Accompanied by a report from The Crowdfunding Centre stating that Crowdfunder.co.uk has more projects than all other UK platforms, Crowdfunder was pleased to claim the… Read More

Assetz Capital Responds to Osborne’s Suggestion that Banks Release Info on Rejections

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Reacting to George Osborne’s suggestion that banks may be required to release information on SMEs that they reject for finance to alternative credit suppliers, Andrew Holgate, MD of Assetz Capital, one of the UK’s fastest-growing P2P lenders, commented: “When a bank says “no” to a viable business, it is sometimes because the bank has narrow… Read More

P2P Lending Receives Big Boost from UK Government with ISA Inclusion

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Peer to peer (P2P) lending will be the vehicle that pulls saving back from the brink of extinction, thanks to a recent boost from government linking P2P with ISAs, says Madiston LendLoanInvest. This follows recent commitment from the Treasury that P2P lending will now be included in the new ISA, with a £15,000 annual investment… Read More

UK P2P Association Welcomes FCA Regulatory Approach


The Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) has welcomed the Financial Conduct Authority‘s (FCA)  regulatory approach to crowdfunding over the internet, and the promotion of non-readily realisable securities by other media. In April, peer to peer lending will become fully regulated by the FCA. This is welcomed by the sector and is something the P2PFA has actively… Read More

Seven UK Crowdfunding Power Players Team Up On New Web Portal, Outreach Initiative


Seven of the UK’s largest crowdfunding platforms have teamed up to launch alternativebusinessfunding.co.uk, a new web portal aimed at providing SMEs with “a free and easy way for SMEs to find alternative business funding.” Crowdcube, Seedrs, Zopa, Funding Circle, MarketInvoice, Platform Black and Pensionledfunding.com are all part of the initiative. We are focused on making… Read More

Assetz Capital CEO Comments on P2P Crowdfunding Regulations from FCA

Stuart Law

Beginning of New Era for Alternative Financing in UK. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published regulations on crowdfunding to come into force on April 1, 2014.  The FCA   has confirmed new rules for P2P lending platforms due to come into force on 1 April 2014.  Stuart Law, CEO of Assetz Capital one of the world’s fastest-growing P2P… Read More

FCA Publishes Final Rules For Crowdfunding In UK

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They’re here. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published rules governing equity and lending-based crowdfunding in the UK. They are set to take effect on April 1 with a review scheduled for 2016. chris-woolard-bioChristopher Woolard, director of policy, risk and research at the FCA, said, ”We want to ensure that consumers are appropriately protected – but… Read More

UK Equity Crowdfunding Platform Volpit To Issue Report On Economic Impact Of FCA Regs


Volpit, an equity crowdfunding platform based in the UK, plans on releasing a report detailing how the Financial Conduct Authority’s new regulatory regime will impact the UK economy and startup investing. The report is set to publish on March 31 and will be called “Enterprise Investment – It’s Your Business.” “We know from speaking to… Read More

Barry James: Breaking The Missing Link Could Kill 20,000 New Jobs in 2014

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Tens of thousands of new UK jobs and many millions in new investment are riding on UK regulators’ ability to come to grips with a changing economy. With regulators in the US and around the world increasingly coordinating their activities, deadlines and announcements, the implications run far wider. It’s emerging from the very latest research… Read More

Hubbub Makes Education Crowdfunding Platform Free for Students

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Hubbub.net (formerly Sponsorcraft), a crowdfunding network for education, believes that free crowdfunding is inevitable, and that the new wave of crowdfunding platforms will need to explore alternative revenue models. In light of this they have taken the bold decision to lead the way and drop their fees to 0%. Hubbub was recently acknowledged by PWC as… Read More

Crowdcube’s Venture Fund to Close Next Week


Equity crowdfunding company Crowdcube will be closing their first foray into offering a Fund of Crowdfunded Investments.  Venture Fund will close on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Launched on January 28, 2014, Crowdcube has experienced significant demand for the product.  The investment vehicle allows individuals to take a more passive approach towards investing in small companies… Read More

Abundance Generation Claims Green Crowdfunding Record With Latest Raise

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Abundance Generation is claiming a record for a crowdfunding campaign in the green energy space after a recent project raised £214,000 in just four days according to BusinessGreen. Renewable Energy Generation launched the project, dubbed REG High Down. The wind installation comprised of a single 500 kW wind turbine is seeking a total investment of… Read More

On Indiegogo: Smart Marketing Stunt Seeks $50,000 To Put Wikipedia In Print


Could you imagine being able to visualize the sheer size of Wikipedia’s English articles? The free online encyclopedia has been in the works for well over a decade now, and – according to itself, ironically – it now nets 500 million unique visitors and 18 billion page views a month. A group of developers that… Read More

ShareIn Announces First Fully Funded Company

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Equity crowdfunding platform for technology and health moves from Beta to Full Launch. Edinburgh, Scotland based ShareIn has migrated from beta to full public launch.  The platform is the only equity based crowdfunding site designed exclusively for British technology and health focussed companies.  ShareIn’s crowdfunding platform entered its initial beta phase in December, with five… Read More

UK Peer Lending Platform Zopa Raises £15M


London-based peer lending platform Zopa has closed a £15 million funding round led by Arrowgrass Capital Partners. Augmentum Capital, Wellington Partners and Balderton Capital also took a stake. As part of the deal, Arrowgrass CEO Henry Kenner will receive a seat on the board. Zopa has raised over $56 million in venture capital since inception… Read More

WATCH: Crowdcube Investors Laud Experience Of Investing In Small Businesses


Crowdcube is one of a handful of global leaders in the burgeoning equity crowdfunding movement. The UK-based platform has released a video featuring early investors in companies that launched and executed successful raises on the Crowdcube platform. The video provides an interesting look at some of the processes that go into a successful raise. Of… Read More

Brief: Peer-to-Business Lending In Ireland Expected To Surge


Zopa is the UK’s largest peer-to-peer lending service, and one of the company’s co-founders has made a pretty amazing prediction about the size of the peer-to-business lending market in Ireland. In an interview with The Irish Times, Simon Deane-Johns predicted that peer-to-business lending throughput in Ireland could grow to as much as €100 million in three… Read More

Stella English, Apprentice Winner, Hosts CrowdBox TV Show on Sky

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CrowdBox TV is a multi-platform service, the concept gives entrepreneurs a chance to promote themselves and their crowdfunding projects across web, mobile and television. There will be a weekly campaign video pitch on Sky Broadcast. Today’s 30-minute show is the first in a monthly series which will see the half hour format extended to a… Read More