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WatchHouse Tops £7 Million in Second Crowdfunding Round on Crowdcube

WatchHouse, a specialty coffee shop that aims to top entrenched players, has raised over £7.189 million on Crowdcube. This is the second funding round on the crowdfunding platform. WatchHouse previously raised over £2.8 million in 2022; thus, the total in online funding now surpasses £10… Read More

io.finnet Launches Digital Asset Custody Solution for institutions

io.finnet has launched a new digital asset custody solution catering to institutions. The company says that “”io.vault” has signed up several institutional players including Ibanera and Evo Exchange. io.vault aims to support clients in the OTC sector, DeFi platforms, crypto exchanges, active trading funds, and… Read More

SEC Looks to Add New Members to the Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced it is looking for candidates for the  Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee (SBCFAC). The SBCFAC crafts recommendations to submit to the Commission advocating on behalf of smaller firms in need of capital. This includes feedback on… Read More

US Senate Approves Joint Resolution that Overturns SAB 121 – the SEC Rule that Prevents Certain Regulated Firms from Providing Custody for Digital Assets

Following approval in the House earlier this month, the US Senate has voted on and approved HJ Res. 109, which overturns the SEC’s Staff Accounting Bulletin (SAB) 121 under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). When the House approved the resolution. Chairman of the House Financial… Read More

CFPB’s Constitutionality of Funding Process Upheld by Supremes

The US Supreme Court has published its opinion on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) v. Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA), affirming the constitutionality of the agency’s funding mechanism. The decision was 7-2. Justice Alito wrote the dissenting opinion. Justice Gorsuch joined in dissenting…. Read More

European Crowdfunding Platform SeedBlink Continues Tech Investors Academy

SeedBlink, a European securities crowdfunding platform, says it is pursuing the third edition of its Tech Investor Academy (TIA) for Bulgarian and European investors. Starting on June 10th, the educational project aims to help investors better utilize their money by teaching portfolio optimization, legal frameworks,… Read More

AMF Warns Investors that Digital Asset Platform BYBIT May Soon Cease Providing Services in France

The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) in France is telling investors to “exercise the utmost vigilance with regard to proposal investments made to the public residing in France by the digital asset trading platform BYBIT.” BYBIT operates elsewhere, including in Dubai where it received a… Read More

Report States There Have Been 14 IPOs by Firms Which Raised Money Using Reg CF

A report shared at the most recent meeting of the SEC’s Small Business Capital Formation Access Committee (SBCFAC) on women and minority-owned businesses participating in Reg CF (Regulation Crowdfunding) provides an update on exits for firms utilizing the securities exemption. Authored by Melody Change, PhD,… Read More

Insurtech: Cover Genius Raises $80 Million Series E

According to a corporate statement, Insurtech Cover Genius has raised a $80 million Series E funding round. Spark Capital led the round, which was supported by existing investors Dawn Capital, King River Capital, and G Squared. Cover Genius said that it has experienced 107% year-over-year… Read More

Hashgraph Partners with  Qatar Financial Centre to Launch Digital Assets Venture Studio

The Hashgraph Association (THA) has revealed a partnership with the Qatar Financial Centre to launch a Digital Assets Venture Studio. The goal is to support regulatory compliant DeFi solutions and digital assets leveraging Hashgraph. The Venture Studio will commit $50 million to startups over the… Read More

Nets, Klarna, Partner on BNPL in Nordic Region

Nets, part of Nexi Group – a Paytech, has formed a partnership with Klarna to offer buy now pay later (BNPL) services. Nets is an AI-powered global payments network and shopping assistant. Klarna works with over half a million global retailers to facilitate transactions and… Read More

LendInvest Expands BTL Offer, Boosts Mortgages for Homebuyers

LendInvest, a Fintech offering financing for property developments, has boosted its BTL (Buy to Let) product and mortgages for homebuyers. According to the company, it has expanded its BTL product range with 80% LTV, and reduced rates by up to 15bps across itsrange, with rates… Read More

Accel Raises $650 Million to Fund Early Stage Ventures in Israel, Europe

Stating they are one of the very few VC firms that are truly global, Accel is reporting that it is raising a $650 million fund to support early-stage ventures in Europe and Israel. Accel opened its London office in 2000 as one of the first… Read More

Invesdor Reports Large Sustainability Security Offering, Crowdfunding Round Raises €6 Million in One Day

Invesdor, one of the oldest securities crowdfunding platforms in Europe, says it has funded the largest sustainability securities online offering in Europe. According to the platform, the Fryslân wind farm in the Netherlands raised €6 million in just one day. The securities offering went on… Read More

SeedBlink Touts ESOP Tool: 2500 Companies Using it in Europe

Securities crowdfunding platform SeedBlink is touting its ESOP, or Employee Share Ownership Plans, tool as generating “spectacular effects.” According to the company, over 2500 firms in Europe are using the tool. Radu Georgescu, chairman of the Board of SeedBlink, says ESOPs provide an opportunity for employees… Read More

QED Backs Mexican BNPL Aplazo as Part of $70 Million Series B

Top Fintech VC firm QED Investors has participated in a funding round of Aplazo, a Mexico-based buy now pay later (BNPL) firm. According to a release, Aplazo has closed on an additional $70 million in funding inclusive of a $45 million Series B round. QED… Read More

Reg A+ Issuer FAT Brands Charged with Fraud by SEC, Criminal Charges filed By US Attorny’s Office

FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. (NASDQ:FAT) has been hit with allegations of fraud. This past Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed fraud charges against FAT, its former CEO and current Chairman, Andrew Wiederhorn, and its former CFOs, Ron Roe and Rebecca Hershinger,… Read More

GenoCrowd Says Real Estate Securities Offering Quickly Sells Out

GenoCrowd, a real estate investment platform that provides developers with access to capital, is reporting that a recent offering opened to investors has quickly sold out. According to an email, the Eisenbahnstrasse, Leipzig project, which went live on April 30th with a funding goal of… Read More

House Digital Asset Legislation, the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act, Takes Another Step Forward

The Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century (FIT21) Act is taking another step forward in a process to provide new rules to oversee the emerging digital asset ecosystem. The House Rules Committee has agreed to a floor vote, which is expected to take place… Read More

BlackStar Reports Patent for Trading Securities on Blockchain

BlackStar (OTC Pink:BEGI) reports that it has patented a process to trade securities using blockchain technology. BlackStar is a microcap trading on OTC Markets Pink segment. Its market cap is currently around $3.8 million. BlackStar also operates Blockchain Equity Management Corp. (BEMC). The company aims… Read More