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Amazon: Fundrise Allows You to Invest in Property Near Amazon’s DC Headquarters with New eFund

Real estate investment platform Fundrise says it has been quietly accumulating property near the area Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has just announced they will be establishing a new headquarters. Amazon’s east coast headquarters will create a huge economic impact for the DC/Northern Virginia market, not to mention… Read More

Singapore: MAS Looks to Speed Up the Regulation Process with a Fintech “Sandbox Express”

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has proposed an expedited process for aspiring Fintechs participating in their regulatory Sandbox. First launched in 2016, the Singapore Fintech Sandbox seeks to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between innovator and regulator.  In an industry with profound compliance requirements, the regulator is exposed to entrepreneurs seeking to… Read More

OurCrowd Backs Series A Round for AI Platform Cognigo

Cognigo, an AI platform for enterprises that targets data protection and compliance, has closed on an $8.5 million Series A funding round. The round was led by leading equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd with participation from State of Mind Ventures and Prosegur. Cognigo’s CEO and Founder Guy Leibovitz believes that… Read More

Apply Now: Women in Fintech Powerlist Accepting Applications

Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist is now accepting applications to be included in the annual compendium of female Fintech leaders. First launched in 2015, the Powerlist has recognized the diverse talent that has helped Fintech to grow and thrive globally. In an email, Innovate… Read More

Huobi Partner HBUS Adds former VC from Draper Athena as VP of Corporate Development

HBUS , the strategic partner of crypto platform Huobi, has announced Jay Ryu as VP of Corporate Development. Prior to joining HBUS, Ryu was Venture Capital Director at Draper Athena, where he led tech investments while working closely with portfolio companies on operational and strategic initiatives. Huobi… Read More

Online Marketplace for Loans Mintos Raises €5 Million Series A, Becomes More Like a Bank with New Services

Mintos, an online marketplace for loans, has just announced a € 5 million Series A funding round. As part of the announcement, Latvia-based Mintos is entering the stealth bank realm by moving to provide their users with both IBAN accounts and personal debit cards. By providing… Read More

Lending Works Appoints Three New Board Members, Targets P2P Growth

Peer to peer lender Lending Works has selected three new members for their Board of Directors. The online lender has appointed; Simon Waugh, former Chairman of CMC Markets, Deputy CEO of British Gas, Paul Noble, CEO of Honeycomb Finance, a Pollen Street Capital business, and… Read More

Singapore or London: Which One is the Top Fintech Hub?

A report published a few days backed, addressed the question of which country is tops when it comes to Fintech innovation. For some time now, Singapore and the UK have both aspired to sit on the Fintech throne each providing unique characteristics to their entrepreneurial… Read More

Innovate Finance and Singapore Fintech Association Seek Greater Collaboration Between the Two Fintech Hubs

UK based Innovate Finance and the Singapore Fintech Association have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to “cement cooperation and greater collaboration between the UK and Singapore Fintech markets.” The agreement was announced during the annual Singapore Fintech Festival. As the UK government already partners… Read More

Small Business Lender iwoca Appoints Seema Desai as COO

Online lender iwoca has selected Seema Desai as their new Chief Operations Officer (COO). iwoca provides loans of up to £200,000 to small and micro businesses across the UK, Germany, and Poland via its website and through partner integrations using its proprietary Lending API. Desai joined iwoca… Read More

CrowdProperty Tops £25 Million in Property Lending

Peer to peer property lender, CrowdProperty, has just surpassed £25 million in funding for property projects. The announcement arrives soon after announcing the platform had topped £20 million in funding. In an email distributed to platform users, CrowdProperty stated: “Having today fully funded our 56th… Read More

Cashflow Management AI Company Fluidly Raises £5 Million in Series A

Fluidly, one of the 20 winners of the Nesta Challenge Prize on Open Banking in July 2017, has secured £5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by New York-based Nyca Partners with participation from existing investors Octopus Ventures, Anthemis and tech angels including Simon Murdoch… Read More

MAS Announces USD $5 Billion Placed with Private Equity & Fund Managers at Singapore Fintech Festival

The Monetary Authority of Singapore has announced a $5 billion program where the money is placed with private equity and infrastructure fund managers. The announcement was made during the weeklong Singapore Fintech Festival – an event that attracts tens of thousands of attendees each year…. Read More

Singapore Fintech Festival: Global Fintech Hackcelerator Winners Announced

Today, the Monetary  Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced the winners of their annual Global Fintech Hackcelerator which takes place during the Singapore Fintech Festival each year. Three winners have been selected from a group of 20 finalists. KPMG assisted in the competition. “The Global… Read More

Former US Mint Director Joins Advisory Board of Blockchain Company Sweetbridge

Blockchain startup Sweetbridge has added former Director of the US Mint, Edmund Moy to its advisory board. Moy is said to be one of the first senior federal government officials to embrace the potential of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Sweetbridge is described as a network that will… Read More

Citing Low Taxes & Government Support, UK Says 100s of Jobs Created by Overseas Investment Including Fintech

The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) is out with a note this morning saying £109 million of foreign investment will create 359 new jobs as money goes into the high tech sector, including the important Fintech industry. DIT states that 11 different investments will… Read More

Thailand to Approve First ICO Portal this Month, Others to Follow

The Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected to approve the first initial coin offering (ICO) portal at some point this month, according to a report in the Bangkok Post. The approval follows a royal decree from last May that stipulated that the Thai… Read More

While Waiting for Reg A+ Security Token Offering to Qualify, StartEngine Launches Reg D STO

Investment crowdfunding platform StartEngine launched a Reg A+ self-crowdfunding offer for security tokens some time ago. Unfortunately, the offering has not yet been qualified by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Last week, StartEngine opened up a “limited time” $10 million security token offering (STO) using… Read More

Investing in Crowdfunded Companies: Concept & Team Count but Pay Attention to Deal Structure

Investing in early-stage firms is highly risky. As this publication has stated time and again, many, if not most, early-stage firms will fail or simply bounce along failing to achieve the founder’s expectations of great financial success. Investment crowdfunding platforms typically list mainly startup or… Read More

GTR Ventures Invests in Three Fintech Companies

GTR Ventures, a global trade and supply chain investor, has inked three new deals with Fintech firms: Lucidity, iLoan and RM-Tech. According to GTR, these investments represent a pivot towards markets in China and South Asia. The investments were announced on the first day of… Read More

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