Investment Platforms and Marketplaces

Online investment marketplaces including peer to peer lending, investment crowdfunding, security token platforms and more.

St Louis’ Crowdfunding Platform Nvsted Celebrates First Birthday

St. Louis, Missouri based crowdfunding platform Nvsted announced on Thursday it was celebrating its first birthday. As previously reported, Nvested claimed its platform as the “first hyper-local regulation crowdfunding portal” around. Regulation Crowdfunding, or Reg CF as it is commonly called, enables issuers to raise… Read More

Real Estate Investment Platform CrowdStreet Tops $500 Million in Direct Equity Investment

CrowdStreet, a real estate investment platform providing direct equity investments for investors in commercial real estate (CRE), has surpassed $500 milion in aggregate online investment. The milestone comes following a record quarter for the platform where over $75 million was raised and the number of… Read More

Marketplace Lending Platform Prosper Settles Fraud Charges Brought by SEC, Pays $3 Million Penalty

Leading marketplace lending platform Prosper has settled fraud charges for misstating returns, according to a release from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Without admitting or denying the allegations, Prosper has consented to an SEC order finding it violated an anti-fraud provision of the Securities… Read More

Smart Valor Lists Native Token on Bithumb

Smart Valor, a Swiss blockchain based startup, has listed its native crypto “Valor” on South Korea based Bithumb. Earlier this week, Bithumb apparently hosted an Airdrop for Valor and distributed 1 Valor per 2,000,000 KRW to its most active traders. Smart Valor announced last fall… Read More

LendingClub to Announce Q1 Results on May 7th After Market Close

The largest marketplace lending company LendingClub (NYSE: LC) will report Q1 2019 results after the bell on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. According to the Q4 report, the following guidance was provided: Net Revenue to be in the range of $162 million to $172 million Consolidated… Read More

Canadian Small Business Lender Lendified Attracts $15 Million Through Latest Funding Round

Lendified, a Canada-based lender who provides small business loans online, announced on Wednesday it secured $15 million through its latest funding round with institutional and private investors. The investors include CI Financial Corp., Windsor Private Capital Limited Partnership, FirePower Capital, and a group of high… Read More

Bee Good Now Overfunding: Beautiful, Cruelty-Free Skincare Buzz from the Crowdcube Hive

When Bee Good, a British business using local honey, wax and propolis to create award-winning natural skincare, synced with Crowdcube, Co-Founder Simon Cavill set the initial goal for £100,000.  Over 330 Crowdcube investors quickly helped the skincare company pre-valuated at £1,785,348 surpass £207K for 10.42%… Read More

Stuttgart Stock Exchange and Digital Asset Trading: A Discussion with Alexander Höptner, CEO of Börse Stuttgart

It is not just disruptive startups that are looking to create value in the digital asset sector. More traditional firms are taking the plunge, dedicating capital and investing in the future of finance. In the secondary market and primary issuance sector, there are numerous young… Read More

European Investment Bank to Lend €100 Million to Small Businesses Through Funding Circle

The European Investment Bank (EIB) announced on Wednesday it will lend €100 million to small businesses through online lending platform Funding Circle. According to the banking group, the investment, alongside a further €25 million from a leading global asset manager, will support more than 2,000… Read More

SoFi Forms New Partnerships With Lemonade & Root to Expand Portfolio Of Offerings to Include Homeowners/Renters Insurance

Online lending platform SoFi announced on Monday it has formed two partnerships with insurtechs Lemonade and Root to expand its portfolio of offerings to its members to include homeowners and renters insurance. SoFi reported that the partnerships round out its insurance offerings, giving members access… Read More

AlphaPoint and Elevated Returns Partner on New Exchange to Trade Security Tokens for Real Estate Assets

AlphaPoint, a blockchain company focused on enabling asset tokenization and trading in a compliant manner, has partnered with Elevated Returns to launch a “secondary market for $1 billion USD tokenized real estate shares.” The exchange will focus on the Southeast Asian property markets. Elevated Returns… Read More

Equitise Claims Top Spot for Equity Crowdfunding in Australia

Since Australia fixed a glaring shortcoming in the country’s “crowd-sourced funding” regulations, equity crowdfunding has gained a new spring in its step. Under current Aussie rules, an issuer may raise up to $5 million in an online securities offering. Retail investors are capped at $10,000… Read More

Federal Reserve Governor Says Community Banks Partnering with Fintechs Can Offer “the Best of Both Worlds”

Last week, Federal Reserve Governor Michelle W. Bowman delivered a speech at the “Fed Family” luncheon at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. The topic of her presentation was “Community Banking in the Age of Innovation.” Bowman joined as a member of the Board… Read More

Groundfloor Announces First Quarter 2019 Results: Doubles Year Over Year Revenue

Real estate crowdfunding platform Groundfloor announced on Tuesday its 2019 first quarter results and momentum. According to Groundfloor, Despite the government shutdown of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for 35 days, it still experienced 123% percent non-GAAP first quarter revenue growth compared to the… Read More

Peer to Peer Lending Platform Welendus Receives Investment from Unicorn Ascension Fund

Welendus (PTP Funding Limited), a peer to peer lending platform, has received an investment from the Unicorn Ascension Fund (UAF) for an undisclosed amount. The investment was said to be used for future expansion into India. Other early-stage investors in the company include Pontaq, a… Read More

CrowdProperty Closes Crowdunding Round on Seedrs at £1.1 Million, Announces £100 Million Institutional Funding

Peer-to-peer property lender CrowdProperty has closed their £1.1 million equity crowdfunding round on Seedrs easily topping their £600,000 goal. CrowdProperty raised capital at a pre-money valuation of £15.7 million. Approximately 575 investors supported the round. The news of their successful equity offering was joined by… Read More

Bloomio Now Looks to the Crowd to Better Understand Retail Investor Pain Points

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Following last year collaboration with the IMD business school resulting in the publication of The State of Equity Crowdfunding report, Bloomio AG, the blockchain powered equity crowdfunding company, announced on Monday it has put in place a new task force for the second edition of… Read More

NextSeed Becomes a Broker Dealer. Looks to Expand Offerings Beyond Reg CF [u]

NextSeed, a FINRA regulated funding portal issuing securities under Reg CF, has become a broker-dealer. In an email distributed to its community, NextSeed announced the change in strategy for its investment crowdfunding platform. The announcement was joined by a site re-design and the addition of… Read More

Australian Digital Financial Marketplace Nauticus Blockchain Now Seeking $25 Million Through Equity Funding Round

Nauticus Blockchain, an Australia- based digital financial marketplace, announced on Monday it is now seeking $25 million through its new equity fundraising efforts. The Nauticus Exchange is described as an Australia Government regulated crypto and fiat currency exchange. The platform is egistered with AUSTRAC and… Read More

Republic Quickly Distributes Note Tokens, Seeks to Issue Under Reg A+ with Holders Possibly Earning Income in the Future

Online investment platform Republic revealed last week that Note, a security token which may be issued under the Reg A+ exemption, has already granted 1.8 Note tokens.  The Note tokens concept was first revealed in March when it was reported that Republic had acquired RenGen… Read More

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