European Government Funds May Get Distributed by European Crowdfunding Platforms

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Recently, a report was published regarding the European Commission distributing European (ESIF) funds through European crowdfunding platforms. Obviously, if this occurs it will be a boon for both platforms and issuers. The report was written by Karsten Wenzlaff, Ana Odorovic and Ronald Kleverlaan, along with consulting… Read More

Assetz Capital Says it’s Focused on Improving Lending Criteria based on Changing Costs of Building Projects

The team at Assetz Capital, a marketplace lending platform originating secured loans, says it’s no secret that there’s been an “unprecedented construction material shortage this year,” in the United Kingdom and few would have “forecast the near-perfect storm that has swept through the sector.” The… Read More

UK Digital Bank Starling Acquires Buy-to-Let Specialist Mortgage Lender, Fleet Mortgages

UK-based digital bank Starling has confirmed the acquisition of specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender Fleet Mortgages as part of a £50 million cash and share deal. Fleet Mortgages, based in Hampshire, focuses on offering mortgages to professional and semi-professional buy-to-let landlords, “only via mortgage adviser distribution… Read More

B2B Payments Fintech Nium Secures $200M via Series D led by Riverwood Capital, Advised by FT Partners

Nium, an established B2B payments platform, reveals that they’ve acquired $200+ million through a Series D round that was led by Riverwood Capital – a U.S.-based “high-growth” technology investor. Temasek, Visa, Vertex Ventures, Atinum Group of Funds, Beacon Venture Capital, Rocket Capital Investment, and various… Read More

DeFi and Blockchain-focused ETF Filed by Goldman Sachs, Will Support Digitization of Finance

Giant Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) has reportedly submitted an application with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that could provide exposure decentralized finance (DeFi) and blockchain initiatives to public firms. Although there are not too many… Read More

Bitcoin and Blockchain focused Blockstream Introduces Latest Lightning Network Service, Greenlight

The team at Blockstream, which claims to be the global leader in Bitcoin and blockchain tech, notes that they’re pleased to introduce Greenlight, which is their latest Lightning Network (LN) service. Blockstream, which aims to make financial markets more efficient by reducing reliance on trust… Read More

Neobanks are Making Inroads in the United Arab Emirates with Fintech Adoption Rising in MENA: Report

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) ranked first among the Arab nations in FinxAr. As covered, the Arab Monetary Fund introduced the Index of Modern Financial Technologies in the Arab countries (called the FinxAr). The index aims to provide insights on the ongoing developments in the… Read More

AIA Malaysia to Acquire Minority Stake in TNG Digital, Owner of Touch n’ Go Digital Wallet

AIA Malaysia reveals that it will be acquiring a minority stake in TNG Digital, which is the owner of Touch ‘n Go digital wallet. This deal will reportedly be a key part of a long-term strategic partnership. The Edge reported that this transaction should make… Read More

Xero, a Cloud Accounting Software Solution for SMEs, Extends Partnership with UOB to Better Serve Small Businesses

Xero, a Cloud-powered accounting software application for SMBs, reveals that it has expanded its existing collaboration with UOB (SGX: U11) in order to provide companies with free access to the UOB Start Digital (for those that qualify). This offer will be available via the platform… Read More

Decentralized Lending Protocol C.R.E.A.M Finance to Offer Euro backed Tether Tokens, EURt

C.R.E.A.M. Finance, a decentralized lending protocol, has revealed that it will be “the first” protocol in the decentralized finance (DeFi) space to provide a Euro-backed stablecoin in, “with the addition of Tether tokens pegged to the euro (EURt).” Paolo Ardoino, CTO at Tether Operations Limited,… Read More

Pakistani Online Payments Fintech SadaPay Appoints Muhammad Khalil as Head of Internal Audit

Pakistani online payments Fintech SadaPay reveals that they’ve welcomed Muhammad Khalil who’s joining them as their new Head of Internal Audit. As noted in an update from SadaPay, Khalil brings audit experience from “some of Pakistan’s leading corporates” including U Microfinance Bank, Wi-Tribe as well… Read More



Digital Lending Software Fintech Blend Is Now a Publicly Listed Firm on New York Stock Exchange

Digital lending software provider Blend (NYSE:BLND) has listed its shares on the NYSE after submitting its registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), earlier this year, in order to go public. The Fintech said will now focus on accelerating its ability to… Read More

Cyprus Regulated Digital Assets Hedge Fund ARK36 Hires Loukas Lagoudis as Exec Director

Cyprus-regulated digital assets hedge fund ARK36 announced that it is appointing Loukas Lagoudis to serve as Executive Director and Socrates Minas as Investor Relations Manager in order to strengthen its Cyprus investment division. According to a note shared with Crowdfund Insider, Loukas Lagoudis will be… Read More

Canada based Paystone Acquires CAD 30M in Capital from Private Equity Unit of Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale

Canada-based Paystone has acquired CAD 30 million in capital from the private equity division of Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale. Paystone‘s payment processing and customer engagement solutions are currently being used by more than 30,000 merchants in Canada as well as the US. They collectively handle… Read More

Rumblings of Amazon Accepting Crypto Drive Bitcoin Higher

Bitcoin is once again surging after tumbling below $30,000 last week. Today, Bitcoin is bouncing around $40,000 – a pretty dramatic shift in price. At the beginning of 2021, Bitcoin traded at just shy of $30,000 so last week BTC retraced all of the years’… Read More

Arca CIO Slams Lack of Transparency in Digital Asset Offerings

Jeff Dorman, Chief Investment Officer at Arca, has distributed a statement criticizing the lack of transparency in digital asset offerings. Arca is a digital asset firm that offers institutional-grade financial services in the digital asset sector. In January, Dorman predicted that more attention would be… Read More

New UK Innovation Strategy to Cement the Nation’s Position as a Leader in Science, Research, Innovation: Report

Updated plans to put the United Kingdom at the front of the global innovation race have been shared by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the UK Research and Innovation unit as well as other organizations and individuals. Released on July 22, 2021,… Read More

Securitze Offers Two Yield Funds: Bitcoin and USD Coin

Securitize has announced two yield funds one for Bitcoin and the other for USDC. The funds are managed by Securitize’s subsidiary, Securitize Capital, LLC, and offered through Securitize Markets, LLC, which is an SEC-registered broker-dealer. According to a release, the fund is recorded on the… Read More

US Senator Gary Peters Investigates Crypto and Ransomware, Introduces Legislation

US Senator Gary Peters, Chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has initiated bipartisan legislation targeting cybersecurity threats including the usage of cryptocurrency and payment of ransom. The bill,  the DHS Industrial Control Systems Capabilities Enhancement Act, would require the Cybersecurity and… Read More

Survey: 43% of Singaporeans Own Crypto, More Plan to Buy

A recent survey indicates that a whopping 43% of Singaporeans own crypto and 46% plan on purchasing digital assets within the next 12 months. The study conducted by the Independent Reserve Cryptocurrency Index (ICRI) polled 1000 individuals in 2021. This is the first time ICRI… Read More

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