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Social Lending Awards

Social Lending Awards

The Social Lending Awards On the 22 January 2015 the social lending community will come together to recognise and celebrate the successes of the teams and individuals who have delivered excellent service and innovative approaches  in the rapidly evolving sphere  of crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending. The Awards will highlight the importance of the contribution that… Read More

Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Conference

renewable energy crowdfunding conference

Crowdfunding has become a serious source of capital to kick-start new ventures. It is also proving to be a powerful method to quickly raise capital for renewable energy projects worldwide, be it based on a steady ROI for a multitude of investors or a community effort to empower a shared building. The Renewable Energy Crowdfunding… Read More

Social Lending Awards are Set for January in UK

Social Lending Awards Judges

The inaugural Social Lending Awards is preparing to take place in London this coming January.  A veritable who’s who in the crowdfunding and peer to peer lending space will be participating in the ceremony.  The awards represent a major first for the social lending community with the intent to become the leading annual industry gathering for… Read More

UK Entrepreneurial City Clusters (Infographic)

Tower Bridge London (Wikipedia)

The below interactive infographic is an interesting depiction of the entrepreneurial clusters that have formed in the United Kingdom.  The infographic is courtesy of the Policy Exchange and was developed in conjunction with a report on supporting tech clusters outside of London. The UK is experiencing significant growth in the technology sector.  FinTech has been… Read More

Beauhurst: Record Year for Equity Investments in UK

10£ Queen Elizabeth British Pounds

According to research firm Beauhurst, United Kingdom equity investment has been growing at around 25% per year for over three years now – an impressive pace.  At least part of this growth is due to the liberal approach taken by UK regulators regarding new methods of capital formation such as crowdfunding.    Beauhurst reports that… Read More

First Deal Closed on SyndicateRoom “Captive Media”, Returns for Follow on Equity Crowdfunding Round

captive media

SyndicateRoom, a fast growing equity crowdfunding platform in the UK, has announced that Captive Media has returned to their site to raise additional capital.  Captive Media holds the title of the first deal ever closed on SyndicateRoom – a funding round that took just 27 days, back in November of 2013 to raise £300,000.  The… Read More

Chilango Talks Mini-Bonds with The Economist

Chilango Burrito

Chilango, a UK based Mexican restaurant chain, was the first mini-bond ever to go the crowdfunding route.  Called the “Burrito Bond” the offer for the 4 year security with an 8% coupon launched this past June and quickly funded hitting its initial goal of raising £1 million on Crowdcube. The campaign is now in over-funding mode… Read More

Hubbub, Crowdfunding for Universities, Raises Equity on Crowdcube

Be a part of Hubbub

Hubbub is a crowdfunding platform.  They offer their services to universities and other educational entities to fundraise for student projects, faculty or just about whatever the institution desires.  Their core product is a white label offer that is branded to work with engaged communities. Now they are looking to expand.  So what do they do?… Read More

The Crowdfunding Centre: London is the World’s Crowdfunding Capital

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Move over, New York City and San Francisco. According to a recent report, London has been dubbed the world’s capital of crowdfunding. During one of The Crowdfunding Centre events last week, an interactive map shows that London was the top city for the funding option, all thanks to local businesses and startups creating more campaigns… Read More

P2P Lender LendInvest Surpasses £100 Million in Loans

LendInvest Logo New

LendInvest, a UK based peer to peer lender that targets the mortgage sector, has announced they have surpassed £100 million in loans via their platform.  The P2P lender was launched in May of 2013 and according to the site this paces LendInvest as the fourth largest P2P lender in the UK following Zopa, Ratesetter and… Read More

Crowdcube Shares Advice on Equity Crowdfunding

Crowdcube Updated Logo

Offering up some words of wisdom when it comes to equity crowdfunding, Crowdcube shared strategic insight in a post titled 7 Points Investors Should Consider. The platform provided advice for a wide range of equity topics including how to handle risk and skeptical investors. Investing on crowdfunding sites is increasing in popularity. Crowdcube has seen… Read More

Assetz Capital Explains P2P Loan Pricing


Assetz Capital, a UK based peer to peer (P2P) lending platform, has shared their approach to pricing their loans.  Assetz has raised over £40 million since their launch back in 2013.  Assetz Capital is part of the Assetz group of property and financial services companies that have grown profitably since 1999. The group currently has over… Read More

Funding Circle: The Rise of Peer-to-Peer Lending (Infographic)

Funding Circle Taking Over the World

Funding Circle is having a birthday today. The peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform is turning 4 years old.  We would love to share some cake and sing some songs in celebration but unfortunately a few thousand kilometers separate us from the festivities that most certainly are taking place.  In recognition of their journey, Funding Circle has… Read More

Funding Circle Sheds Light on Defaults & Recovery

Funding Circle Logo

Funding Circle, a peer to peer lending platform that strives to operate a highly transparent lending business, recently shared some insight into their defaults and recovery side of their company.  Just like any other investment, lending on a P2P platform entails risk.  Investors mitigate risk by having a balanced portfolio.  Data on P2P lending platforms… Read More

Water-to-Go Secures Its Initial £125,000 And More on Crowdcube

Water-To-Go 4

Caddington-based Water-to-Go Ltd surpassed its crowdfunding target of £125,000 (US$ 210,000) on Crowdcube and closed to £167,000 with more than three weeks left for further investment. This was after major high street banks refused to lend against property assets valued at several multiples of the requested funding amount. Per the campaign’s website, Water-to-Go is a personal water… Read More

How Not to do Crowdfunding

How NOt to Crowdfund UKCFA

We are a young industry, but fast moving, and with more than 9 million members across all the different crowdfunding platforms in the UK, and more than 600,000 projects and businesses already successfully funded, between us we have already learnt a lot about what works and what doesn’t work so well in the world of… Read More

Chilango Co-Founder Eric Partaker Talks Burrito Bonds (Video)

Eric Partaker Chulango SkyNews

Eric Partaker, co-founder of UK restaurant chain Chulango, recently hit the studios of SkyNews to chat up their “Burrito Bond” offer listing on Crowdcube.  Chilango was the first ever “mini-bond” offer on the crowdfunding platform paving the way for other companies to leverage the internet with debt crowdfunding. The offer was originally seeking to raise… Read More

Many Crowdfunding, P2P Platforms, Join Innovate Finance Founding Members

Claire Cockerton

Announced just this past week, Innovate Finance is a new industry body for the fast grow tin UK FinTech industry. The representative group was backed by over 50 financial industry participants including big names in the crowdfunding industry such as Crowdcube & SyndicateRoom.  Peer to peer lensings included leading names like RateSetter and LendInvest.  The… Read More

Powered Now – Overfunds by 167% on Crowdcube

Powered Now iPhone 5

Devon-based tech start-up, Powered Now has successfully concluded its investment pitch on equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. Initially aiming to raise £350,000 from the crowd, Powered Now smashed its original target, overfunding by 167% to secure £585,580 within five weeks of listing. Powered Now is a mobile admin application aimed at sole traders and small firms… Read More

George Osborne: “I want the UK to lead the world in developing Fin Tech”

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

The United Kingdom has focused great attention and energy on encouraging an economic environment of innovation and entrepreneurial growth.  While actions always speak louder than words from a US perspective, we sometimes look with envy at what is occurring the UK and not happening in the US.  Granted not all is rosy across the Atlantic… Read More