Crowdfunding Portals and Marketplaces

Crowdfunding platforms and other online investment marketplaces including peer to peer lending, marketplace lending and real estate platforms.

Kraken Cryptocurrency Exchange Refuses to Cooperate in New York Attorney General’s Inquiry

The CEO of San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken, Jesse Powell, has fired back at a letter from the New York Attorney General’s office asking cryptocurrency exchanges to provide detailed information on their business practices within two weeks. The 34-point request for info was sent to… Read More

LendInvest Calls Upon UK Government to Improve Finance Access for Property SMEs

Online lending platform LendInvest announced on Thursday it is putting the UK government “on notice” to improve access to finance for property SMEs by forging better partnerships with the alternative finance industry.  LendInvest reported that in a new report entitled Putting Finance First: the alternative route to… Read More

Chinese Consumer Finance Platform LexinFintech Plans to Invest ¥1 Billion in PartnerCooperations Over The Next Three Years

China-based consumer finance platform LexinFintech announced on Thursday it is planning to invest a total of ¥1 billion in partner cooperations over the next three years in order to better save its customers and expand its credit services. According to LexinFintech, Jay Wenjie Xiao, the company’s… Read More

P2PFA: UK Peer to Peer Lending Industry Nears £9 Billion in Total Lending

The UK Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) has released Q1 data for its member platforms. According to the industry association, P2P lending is nearing £9 billion in loan originations having provided finance for approximately 50,000 business and 221,000 individuals. Total investors stand at around… Read More

Singapore Fintech Association Launches Marketplace Lending Committee to Help Unify Online Lenders

The Singapore Fintech Association (SFA) has announced the creation of a Marketplace Lending committee and website. This is in response to the rapid growth in the sector, according to the SFA. The subcommittee will be dedicated to ensuring the local online lending industry is a trusted,… Read More

tZero Says it is Meeting with SEC & 40 Regulators to Discuss Initial Coin Offering Regulations

Joe Cammarata, President of tZero, was visiting with Security Token Academy last week when he made an interesting comment. Cammarata said he was scheduled to meet with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC this week to discuss regulation of tokenized securities. The transcript is… Read More

StreetShares Appoints Mohan A. Rao New Chief Product & Technology Officer

Financing military veteran-owned small businesses lender StreetShares announced on Wednesday it has appointed Mohan A. Rao as Chief Product and Technology Officer. According to the online lender,  Rao is the former Chief Technology Officer of Hobsons, Inc., and brings more than 25 years of experience with building software products,… Read More

Wunder Capital Milestones: Raises $112 Million in Financing To Fuel Commercial Solar Growth in the U.S.

Wunder Capital, a firm that develops and manages solar investment funds through partnerships, test processes, underwriting framework and its investment portal, announced on Wednesday it secured $112 million in equity and debt financing to accelerate the growth of the company. Founded in 2013, Wunder Capital… Read More

Mintos Marketplace Adds ID Finance Loans Issued in Kazakhstan

Mintos, an online marketplace that provides individuals with a simplified way to invest in loans originated by a variety of alternative lending companies, announced on Wednesday that fintech firm ID Finance has further diversified investment opportunities on the Mintos marketplace by launching personal loans listed in… Read More

The House Crowd Raises Over £1.3 Million in 24 Hours For Housing Developments in Greater Manchester

The House Crowd, a UK property crowdfunding platform, announced on Wednesday raised just over £1.3 million over a 24-hour period for housing developments in Lees, Greater Manchester. The funding portal reported that this is the first time it has broken the £1 million mark in a day…. Read More

Fintech Bridge: Crowd2Fund to Expand into Australia

UK peer to peer lending platform Crowd2Fund is opening an Australian office becoming one the first UK-based companies to utilise the new ‘Fintech Bridge’ between the UK and Australia that was recently announced by both countries. Signed in March, the agreement between the UK Financial… Read More

FundedByMe Acquires Financial Communications Firm Laika Consulting

Investment crowdfunding platform FundedByMe has acquired Laika Consulting AB, a communications agency that focuses on the financial industry including investor relations. Specific terms of the deal were not released but company representatives indicated the purchase was completed via a combination of cash and the issuance… Read More

Seedrs: £500 Million in Crowdfunding by 2021

Seedrs is one of the leading crowdfunding platforms in the UK today. Since the online capital formation site launched in 2012 over 600 deals have been successfully funded. Investors have mainly been retail types but big VCs have frequently joined in to support promising businesses… Read More

Largest Funding Round for P2P Platform in Southeast Asia: Funding Societies Raises $25 Million

Singapore based Funding Societies has closed a USD $25 million Series B funding round. The peer to peer lending platform said the oversubscribed offer was led by Softbank Ventures Korea. Additionally, Funding Societies said it has received expanded credit facilities from banks and other financial… Read More

CrowdStreet Says Now More than 99,000 Investors on Crowdfunding Platform; Announces New Branding Details

CrowdStreet, in the midst of a rebranding campaign, announced on Tuesday that more than 99,000 investors are now registered on its real estate crowdfunding platform. CrowdStreet operates a marketplace for direct equity investment in commercial real estate and provides project sponsors with investment management software… Read More

FundedByMe Celebrates Opening of Poland Office

On Tuesday, Swedish crowdfunding platform FundedByMe celebrated the opening of its new office in Poland. As previously reported, the funding portal has now established a new office in Warsaw representing the sixth international location beyond Sweden. Daniel Daboczy, CEO and co-founder FundedByMe, recently stated: “Poland is… Read More

DiversyFund Debuts $50 Million Growth Fund for Multifamily and Commercial Real Estate Deals

DiversyFund, a real estate crowdfunding marketplace, announced on Monday it has launched its Commercial and Multifamily Real Estate Growth Fund. The funding portal reported that investors in this fund will own shares of a variety of real estate investments, with 80% of the fund dedicated to… Read More

BondMason Reports that Mid-Sized Online Lenders Growing Faster, Expects Consolidation to Occur Later on Down the Line

BondMason is out with their DIrect Lending Report that indicates that between 2016-2017, mid-sized online lending platforms increased their potential to compete, growing their market share by approximately 50% to £1.6 billion. Large platforms, meanwhile, grew their share by only approximately 6%. BondMason stated the… Read More

StartEngine Reports Reg CF Has Now Topped $100 Million

StartEngine, a full stack crowdfunding platform listing Reg CF, Reg D and Reg A+ offerings, has reported that Reg CF or “Regulation Crowdfunding” has now topped $100 million of successful funding (as of March 31st that number stood at $102.1M). There was an earlier report… Read More

Triodos Update: Crowdfunding Platform Raises More Than £7 Million For Five Organizations in Three Months

UK-based Triodos Bank announced on Monday five positive social and environmental impact organizations have raised more than £7 million through its crowdfunding platform in the three months since the portal’s debut. According to Triodos, the crowdfunding site opened to investors in January and the latest offer to… Read More