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A Unified Credit Rating System is On the Way People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank, has made plans to launch a united platform by the end of 2017 for collecting personal credit information and assessing people’s credit ratings. Setting up this platform means the… Read More

British Columbia Securities Commission Sponsors Regtech Hackathon

The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) is sponsoring a Regtech Hackathon to take place in Vancouver, BC on November 28th. The one-day event is designed to challenge participants to create innovative solutions to help industry meet its regulatory requirements more efficiently and effectively, and improve… Read More

Crowdfunding TV Show “Meet the Draper” Set to Premiere on Sony Entertainment Television This Weekend

Meet the Drapers, a crowdfunding TV series that allows “regular” people to become investors, is set to premiere this Sunday (November 19th) on Sony Entertainment Television.  As previously reported, Meet the Drapers will include the participation of Bill Draper, who was a founding investor in… Read More

Latin American Street Food Brand Cubana Now Seeking 200,000 Loan on Crowd2Fund For Expansion

UK-based Cubana Waterloo Ltd is now seeking a, £200,000 loan, payable at an estimated APR of 10%, through crowdfunding platform Crowd2Fund, in order to expand its Latin American street food and exotic Cuban cocktails concept. Cubana’s restaurant group was founded in 1998 by Phillip Oppenheim,… Read More

Orchard Platform Initiates Analysis: Severe Weather’s Effect on U.S. Unsecured Consumer Lending Industry

That this past hurricane season wreaked economic havoc on metropolitan Houston, southern Texas, Louisiana, southern Georgia and Florida is not surprising (Hurricane Maria’s effects on Puerto Rico were not covered in this analysis); in a recent blog, Orchard Platform posted initial research how much Hurricanes Harvey… Read More

Trust Will Vanish: Cappasity CEO Criticizes Parity Hack Response as Funds Remain Frozen with No Resolution in Sight

Cappassity CEO Kosta Popov, who is gearing up for the ARToken ICO, has published a blog post that hammers Parity for its tepid response following a hack that froze possibly $300 million in Ethereum. The hack was revealed in early November when it became known that… Read More

Former Capital One Executive Troy Jamison Named First Chief Risk Officer at Victory Park Capital

Victory Park Capital (VPC), a Chicago-based investment firm focused on private middle-market debt and equity investments, announced on Wednesday it has appointed formed Capital One executive, Troy Jamison as its first Chief Risk Officer.  Jamison will reportedly oversee the assessment and management of risk within the firm’s… Read More

Kabbage Announces New $200 Million Asset-Backed Revolving Credit Facility With Global Financial Institution Credit Suisse

Kabbage Inc., a global financial services, technology and data platform serving small businesses, announced on Thursday its new $200 million asset-backed revolving credit facility with Credit Suisse, a global financial institution. This news comes less than a month after Kabbage announced it and ING were extending… Read More

Overfunding: JOTO Secures £196,000 Funding Target During the Final Days on Crowdcube

Creative robotics pioneer and Kickstarter success Joto is set to close its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube with more than £200,000 thanks to nearly 350 investors. The company launched the campaign is September, seeking £196,000 as it prepares to expand. As previously reported, Joto is on a mission to provide… Read More

Innovate Finance Releases 2017 Women in Fintech Powerlist

Innovate Finance, the membership organization that represents the UK’s global FinTech community, announced on Thursday it published its 2017 Women FinTech Powerlist. The initiative is a celebration of the achievements and talent of women across the FinTech ecosystem as they continue to play a crucial role… Read More

First Ever Nigerian Bobsled Team Raises $75,000 Through GoFundMe to go to the 2018 Winter Olympics

Nigeria officially has its first bobsled team, all thanks to the team’s crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe. The team, which consists of female athletes Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga, launched the initiative in January, seeking $75,000 so that they could get the 2018 Winter Olympic… Read More


ESMA Comments on ICOs Warning Investors but Draws No Bright Line Guidance on Security Question

  The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) spoke up this week on the hot topic of Initial Coin Offerings. The ESMA published two different documents: The first targeted the risks of ICOs for investors. The second addressed issuers and applicable rules. Located in Paris, the ESMA… Read More

WorldRemit Teams Up with Arsenal as Official Online Money Transfer Partner: GOAALLLLL!

WorldRemit has become the first Official Online Money Transfer Partner of the Premier League club, Arsenal. The digital money transfer business, formed by a UK-based entrepreneur from Somaliland, has joined forces with Arsenal to accelerate the company’s growth and help more people save money on… Read More

American Express Launches Blockchain-Enabled Cross-Border Business-to-Business Payment Services Using Ripple Technology

On Thursday, American Express (NYSE: AXP) announced the introduction of blockchain-enabled, business-to-business cross-border payments. The American Express FX International Payments (FXIP) business is working with fintech startup Ripple to reduce the time and cost of the settlement while maintaining the level of security that American… Read More

Update: Pomodoro e Basilico Extends Equity Crowdfunding Campaign on Crowdcube

Pomodoro e Basilico’s CEO and Founder Sara Mittersteiner announced this week that the vegan artisan food stall has extended its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. This news comes after Mittersteiner announced that advisors Emilia Leese and Kip Dorrell are no longer actively involved in the restaurant’s development…. Read More

Chinese Fintech Jianpu Sees Rise in Shares Following U.S. IPO Debut

Jianpu, a unit of Chinese fintech company Rong360 Inc, announced on Thursday the launch of its initial public offering of 22,500,000 American depositary shares (“ADSs”) at a price to the public of US$8.00per ADS for a total offering size of US$180 million. According to Nasdaq, the company experienced a… Read More

SyndicateRoom’s Popular Fund Twenty8 to Re-Open to Limited Amount of Investors

SyndicateRoom’s Fund Twenty8, a highly diversified fund that back early stage companies, is preparing to open up for investment. The concept was launched in 2016 to allow passive investors the opportunity to back EIS eligible companies in an easy and efficient manner. Fund Twenty8 (2016)… Read More

CrowdProperty Now Seeking £600,000 Through Seedrs Funding Round

CrowdProperty, a UK-based specialist property peer to peer lender, announces on Friday the launch of its new crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs, following full FCA Authorisation and surpassing £10m million lending milestone. The online lending platform is currently seeking £600,000 to fund investment in talent, tech… Read More

Singapore Says $2 Billion in Funding Available for Fintech Startups via FinTech Festival Investor Summit

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is reporting that up to USD $2 billion was made available to Fintech startups at the annual Singapore FinTech Festival Investor Summit.  MAS reports that 1000 attendees, including entrepreneurs and investors, participated in the “Deal Day” at the finale. … Read More