We Need a Regulatory Framework for Cross-Border Crowdfunding Offerings

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  Sara Hanks is well known in the alternative finance/crowdfunding space. Hanks is CEO and founder of CrowdCheck –  a due diligence, disclosure and compliance services for online capital formation. She is a Board member of CFIRA and is the current Chair of the SEC’s… Read More

RealtyMogul.com Unveils New Retirement Investment Options for MogulREIT I & Adds Two New Assets

Real estate crowdfunding platform RealtyMogul.com announced on Wednesday it will now be accepting retirement funds from self-directed IRAs as a new investment option for its MogulREIT I trust. The funding portal reported that the new investment option would allow investors to gain exposure to commercial real estate… Read More

Success: Teneno Completes Seedrs Round & Secures Nearly £165,000

Teneno has successfully completed its equity crowdfunding round on Seedrs. The IT networks company not only secured its initial £150,000 funding, it also attracted nearly £165,000. The London-based company revealed it allows SMEs to move away from outdated hardware solutions by banishing the need for those industrial cabinets… Read More

Ontario Securities Commission & UK Financial Conduct Authority Sign Cooperation Agreement

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the securities regulator in the UK, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC).  The agreement is designed to provide support to innovative Fintech firms seeking entry into either market. The Agreement allows the FCA and the… Read More

Maven Capital Partners £57.5 Million for the Northern Powerhouse Investment SME Fund

UK-based private equity firm Maven Capital Partners announced on Wednesday it was appointed by the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) to manage the £57.5 million NPIF Maven Equity Finance fund as part of NPIF’s £400 million of capital available to support growing SMEs.  According to… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Hong Kong Securities & Futures Commission Joins R3 Blockchain Consortium The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) announced it had joined the R3 blockchain consortium. Through this partnership, SFC will test applications of blockchain on record and settlement of securities and futures trading with the… Read More

LendIt Announces 2017 PitchIt Finalists

LendIt, the global lending and fintech conference series, announced on Tuesday the eight finalists for its fifth PitchIt @ LendIt competition. According to the event organizers, in partnership with 500 Startups and sponsored by Marqeta, the PitchIt competition fintech startup finalists were reportedly chosen from… Read More

Netcapital Announces Reg CF Crowdfunding Portal. Will Offer Side-by-Side Reg D Offers to Top $1M Cap

Netcapital has announced the launch of its securities crowdfunding platform.  Netcapital has received the approval of FINRA and will empower companies to raise capital under Reg CF in a structured and standardized process.  Netcapital said it would also facilitate side-by-side offers under Reg D (506c)… Read More

Bank of Canada: Digital Currencies Need Regulation (Document)

The Bank of Canada is out with a paper that reviews the advent of digital currencies, IE Bitcoin, and how it may impact the more traditional type of fiat currency. Drawing a comparison to back in the day when private bank notes circulated alongside government issued… Read More

Bitbond Raises $1.2 million to Fuel Global Expansion of SME Lending

Bitbond has raised $1.2 million in equity capital to help boost global expansion. The Berlin-based online lending platform has now raised total funding of $2.3 million. The funding round was led by mobilike founder Şekip Can Gökalp, plus several angels investors including, Fyber founders Janis Zech… Read More

Ron Suber Invests in Unison, Becomes Strategic Advisor to Home Ownership Investment Platform

Prosper Marketplace President and prominent Fintech investor Ron Suber has taken an equity position in Unison Home Ownership Investors. Unison is a unique platform that partners with homebuyers to pay a portion of the down-payment to help buyers purchase a home. Suber will be joining… Read More


SEC is Hosting a “Crowdfunding Dialogue” on February 28th

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has partnered with NYU’s Salomon Center for the Study of Financial Institutions to host a symposium on the effects of investment crowdfunding on February 28th. The Commission’s Division of Economics and Risk Analysis (DERA) is leading the dialogue and… Read More

Zopa Named Best Personal Loan Provider & Best Alternative Finance Provider at the 2017 British Bank Awards

Zopa, the UK’s very first peer to peer lending platform, announced on Monday it was named Best Personal Loan Provider & Best Alternative Finance Provider at the 2017 British Bank Awards. The online lender revealed in a blog post: “We’re excited to announce we’ve been named… Read More

Overfunding: Turtleneck Surpasses 255,000Kr Funding Target in a Matter of Days on Invesdor

Less than a week after launching its crowdfunding campaign on Invesdor, Scandinavian fashion-tech accessory brand Turtleneck has surpassed its initial 255,000kr funding target. As previously reported, Turtleneck stated it offers innovative, practical, and functional products, which includes chargers for phones, wire organizers, and anti-lose equipment for… Read More

WorldRemit Announces Tanzania Expansion & Hits 10,000 Unique Transactions Per Month Milestone

Digital money transfer service, WorldRemit, announced on Monday it is consolidating its expansion into Tanzania and also stated it hit a new record of 10,000 transactions completed in the month of December 2016 alone. The company also reported 150% YoY growth in 2016, driven primarily by the rapid expansion… Read More

Update: Oppo Ice Cream Completes Third Seedrs Round & Raises More Than £465,000 in Funding

London-based Oppo Ice Cream has completed its third equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs and captured more than £465,000 in funding. The company has created ice cream with fewer calories than an apple. It contains 60% fewer calories than regular ice cream due to ingredients such as… Read More

Marketplace Lender LendingUSA Appoints Former Intuit Strategic Risk Systems Manager Boris Belyi Vice President of Analytics

Marketplace lending platform LendingUSA announced on Tuesday it has appointed former strategic risk systems manager of Intuit, Boris Belyi, as its new vice president of analytics. Belyi reportedly has more than 25 years of experience in data analytics. While sharing details about the appointment, Camilo… Read More

Financial Innovation Now Tells CFPB to Examine, Not Regulate, Consumer Access to Digital Financial Records

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), launched an inquiry into consumers seeking access to their financial records.  At the time of the announcement, CFPB Director Richard Cordray stated; “Consumers should be able to use their financial records and account information and securely share access in… Read More

RateSetter Borrowers Have Paid Back £1 Billion, Investors Have Earned £63 Million

Online lender RateSetter has said it has now collected £1 billion in capital repayments from borrowers since its first loan back in 2010. Overall, RateSetter has originated approximately £1.75 billion in loans while paying out £63 million in interest.  The average interest rate ranged between… Read More

Cauli Rice’s Fourth Camapign Nears £1.3 Million During the Final Hours on Crowdcube

With less than 48 hours until its fourth equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube comes to an end, Cauli Rice (also known as Fullgreen Ltd.) has successfully secured nearly £1.3 million from more than 900 investors. The company launched the initiative earlier this month and quickly surpassed… Read More