Erin Hobey

Singapore Marketplace Lender Capital Match Facilitates S$40M+ in Cumulative Origination

Capital Match announced that it has facilitated over S$40 million in cumulative origination since the start of its operations in 2015. The company claims itself as the largest pure marketplace platform in Singapore and greater Southeast Asia offering invoice financing and secured lending products. Accredited… Read More

46,326+ Supporters Making a Positive Impact on JustGiving/British Red Cross’ Manchester Campaign

Shortly after the terrorist attack, The Manchester Evening News partnered with the British Red Cross to launch a donations campaign on JustGiving to raise £2 million to support the families of the victims killed and wounded in the tragic Manchester Arena attack. The campaign has… Read More

Brief: Prosper CFO Usama Ashraf Comments on Closing First Securitization from PMIT 2017-1

As expected, Prosper, the SF-based marketplace lending platform for consumer loans, announced the closing of the first securitization from the Prosper Marketplace Issuance Trust, Series 2017-1, “PMIT 2017-1.” “We are very pleased with the execution of this transaction, which was not only upsized based on… Read More

Investing in Food’s Future: Vita Mojo Surpasses £2.1M on Crowdcube

Hungry for an investment or just plain hungry?  Vita Mojo provides a solution to both! Vita Mojo, a quickly-growing UK restaurant chain and software company that is backed by the €6B global caterer Elior, is on a mission “to make food personal.” With industry leaders already on… Read More

BFT-SMaRt Consensus Protocol Co-Creator Dr. Alysson Bessani & Yale ProfZhong Shao Join Symbiont’s Advisory Board

Dr. Alysson Bessani, the co-creator of the Byzantine fault-tolerant consensus protocol BFT-SMaRt, has joined Symbiont’s advisory board. Developed in 2014, BFT-SMaRt was designed to address deficiencies in other BFT protocols such as PBFT. Assembly, Symbiont’s decentralized log component, is based on the BFT-SMaRt consensus protocol,… Read More

Go TRIBE! Nearing £1.4M with 15 Days Remaining on Crowdcube Campaign

With 15 days remaining on its Crowdcube equity crowdfunding campaign, the UK-based sports nutrition brand TRIBE, has raised nearly £1.4M with the confidence of over 1558 investors for 20.28% equity offered.  Funding from the campaign will be used to help aid product development (more info due in late 2017), improve… Read More

P2P Business Lender ArchOver Receives Full FCA Authorization

ArchOver, a UK P2P business lending platform, has secured full authorization from the Financial Conduct Authority to operate as a P2P lending platform (Article 36H). Since launching in September 2014, ArchOver has facilitated over £35 million of investment over its platform, operating under interim permissions granted by… Read More

Venus, Mars & LendingHome: Can Your Relationship Handle Buying a Home? (Infographic)

How deep is your love? LendingHome, a leading US mortgage marketplace lender, released new survey data showing that 60 percent of millennial and Gen X couples disagreed occasionally, frequently, or “a lot” when buying a house with their partner or spouse yet logically may be able to better navigate… Read More

And Action! UK Film “Kat and the Band” Hits SyndicateRoom Goal

“Our aim is to enable women behind and in front of the camera in the industry during a time when gender inequality still exists.” UK online investment platform SyndicateRoom announced that the independent UK film Kat and the Band has been fully funded, having reached its £400,000 target…. Read More

Secure Growth: PayU & iwoca Team Up to Provide SMEs Quicker Financing

The international lending firm iwoca and payment service provider PayU launched an innovative collaboration aimed at making it easier for SME entrepreneurs, particularly those in the eCommerce and eService industries, to obtain financing for growth. The new solution enables the entire lending process to take place online,… Read More

UK P2P Lending Market Researcher Orca Dives into P2P Provider Rating Services

Orca, a leading independent data, research and analysis providers on the UK P2P lending market has announced its plans to launch its own four-factor rating service for individual P2P providers, the Orca Rating. The rating will be designed in partnership with Dublin City University’s Irish Centre for… Read More

23 Healthtech Investments & Counting: OurCrowd Invests $2.5M in Scopio Labs

OurCrowd, a global leader in equity crowdfunding, today announced that it will invest $2.5 million (as part of a recently completed $7 million investment round) in Scopio Labs, a developer of an advanced digital microscopy and diagnostics platform. This is OurCrowd’s 23rd healthtech investment for… Read More

Smart Dubai: Implementing Blockchain Across the City, Emirates NBD on Board

Dubai’s pioneering government-backed initiative to implement blockchain technology across the city is now into its third month, and the pilot schemes continue to roll out. The move aims  to secure the city’s reputation as a leading Middle Eastern business center. This month Dubai’s largest bank, Emirates… Read More

Irish P2P Lender Linked Finance Receives FCA Authorization, Ready for UK Expansion

Linked Finance, an Irish P2P lending platform, has received full authorization by the UK Financial Conduct Authority which will enable the platform to actuate growth into the UK market, according to multiple Irish news sources. In late April, the Ireland government announced a Public Consultation on the Regulation… Read More

Defying Brexit Gloom: UK Online Lender WiseAlpha Exceeds £627K During Second Crowdcube Run

WiseAlpha, a UK online lending platform that gives everyday investors access to high yield institutional bond and loan investments, has raised over £627,000 on its Crowdcube return in just 7 days, coming in at 125% over its original target. More than 433 investors have invested in return… Read More

Singapore-based Blockchain VeChain Joins PwC’s Incubation Program

Singapore-based blockchain service provider VeChain S.E.A, a subsidiary of the leading blockchain technology company in China, BitSE, is proud to announce it will join PwC’s incubation program. PwC and BitSE held a signing ceremony on Monday in Hong Kong with Raymund Chao, PwC Greater China Chairman,… Read More

UK P2P Lender RateSetter Announces Joanna Wright as New CRO

Peer-to-peer lending platform RateSetter has appointed Joanna Wright as Chief Risk Officer. Wright joins RateSetter from GE Capital where she was Chief Risk Officer for GE Capital Bank in the UK, leading a team of over 200 risk professionals with responsibility for prudential and enterprise risks… Read More

Mobile Fintecher LevelUp Dials Up $50M Financing, JP Morgan Chase & U.S. Boston Capital Lead Round

LevelUp, a Boston-based mobile app fintech firm, has secured $50 million in finance from long-term investors JP Morgan Chase and U.S. Boston Capital and from newcomer CentroCredit Bank, bringing the total raised by the startup so far to just over $85M, according to CNBC. LevelUp aims to… Read More

Brief: Mobile Payment Platform Verse Pockets $20.5M in Series B Funding

Mobile payment platform Verse closed a $20.5 million Series B round of funding led by Spark Capital, according to multiple news sources. eVentures and Greycroft Partners also participated in the round whose funds will be added to the $8.3M in Series A funding secured last October. The Barcelona/ San Francisco-… Read More

Chinese P2P Lender Dianrong Links with Maggie Ng to Launch Global Fintech Marketplace

Chinese P2P lender Dianrong announced a new technology agreement with Maggie Ng, a leading consumer banking executive in Asia Pacific, to launch a global fintech marketplace connecting Asian investors with high-quality, low-volatility and largely untapped asset classes, including U.S. consumer lending. Founded in 2012, Dianrong originates… Read More