Crowdfunding Portals and Marketplaces

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

Crowdcube Funded Club Members Featured in Startups 100 Best Businesses of 2018

On Tuesday, Crowdcube announced Funded Club members, Azoomee, Floom, Tutorful, NovelTea, PlanSnap, The Vurger Co., Thyngs, Kokoon, and Mindful Chef were featured in Startups 100 Best Businesses of 2018 list. According to the UK equity crowdfunding platform, Startups 100 is a long-running index of the “best” new… Read More

Assetz Capital Announces Its First Ever Rate Increase Across Access Accounts

UK-based peer-to-peer lending platform Assetz Capital announced last week its first ever rate rise across its access accounts. The online lender reported that the rate increase, which takes effect from 1st May 2018 until further notice, will take target interest rates for the Quick Access Account and… Read More

PeerStreet Milestone: Funds One Billion in Loans

PeerStreet, an online platform for investing in real estate backed loans, announced on Wednesday that one billion in loans have been funded through its marketplace since launch. This announcement comes after the investment portal announced the close of its $30 million Series B last month. PeerStreet reported that… Read More

Seedcamp Closes Fund IV at £60M, Collaborates with Seedrs to Provide Access to Retail Investors

Seedcamp, the leading European seed investor, has announced the close of a £60 million fund that has the backing of over 100 Seedcamp founders, angels and mentors. The fund also includes contributions of £2 million via a collaboration with crowdfunding platform Seedrs. The Seedrs partnership… Read More

CEO Daniel Oliver Opines: Spanish Biotech Platform Capital Cell’s Crowdfunding Round & Blockchain Opportunities

Capital Cell recently launched a new self-funding fundraising round to create the first ICO marketplace for health via Blockchain. Seeking to raise €700,000, the Barcelona-based platform has already secured over €882,400 from more than 178 investors. The platform was pre-valued at €5,550,000. “We launched the funding round… Read More

Crowdcube Launches Flags Feature to Help Investors Identify Global Investment Opportunities

On Tuesday, UK-based equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube announced it was introducing the feature “Flags” to help investors identify global investments opportunities that are live on its portal. Crowdcube reported that it wants investors to be able to diversify their portfolio geographically and the feature will… Read More

Downing Announces £1.6 Billion Electric Vehicle Grid Partnership, Investment to be Offered on Downing Crowd Later in 2018

Downing LLP has announced a funding partnership with Pivot Power to help financing a network of rapid EV charing stations and grid-connected batteries. Described as a “world first,” Downing will provide a key investment in the initial stage of 2GW network charging stations across the UK…. Read More

ThinCats Funds £550,000 Management Buy-In for Scubair in Platform Buy & Build Deal

ThinCats announced on Monday it has completed a transaction for the Management Buy-In (MBI) of Scubair Ltd, a business involved in the design, installation, and service for all types of air conditioning, ventilation, and electrical systems. According to ThinCats, the Newbury-based company is a portfolio business… Read More

French Crowdfunding Sector Boasts 96% Customer Satisfaction

  A consumer survey reveals that the penetration of crowdfunding in France is still quite low. However, consumers have a very positive image of crowdfunding, one that remains close to its historical root values of innovation, democratization of access to financing, transparency, and economic /… Read More

Fundrise Filing Updates on Equity eREIT Progress

Fundrise, an online real estate investment platform, has just filed a Reg A+ update with the Securities and Exchange Commission that updates on their equity eREIT offering. Several years old now, the eREIT offering circular indicates the company has sold approximately $73 million in shares… Read More

Sugru Disappoints as Crowdfunded Company is Sold at Significant Loss to Investors

Sugru, a high profile consumer product company that crowdfunded on Crowdcube, has been sold at a significant loss to early investors. Sugru raised over £4 million in several crowdfunding campaigns on the platform. The most recent being in 2017 when a 4.62% equity stake was… Read More

Republic Updates on Reg CF Progress, Partners with Jason Calacanis on Launch Festival in Sydney, Australia

Republic, a mission driven investment crowdfunding platform that enables companies to raise money by selling securities including initial coin offerings, has provided an update on their progress. Shared on the 2 year anniversary of when Reg CF became actionable, Republic shares the following stats: To… Read More

LendingPoint Closes Up to $600 Million Credit Facility Arranged by Guggenheim Securities

LendingPoint announced on Thursday it has closed an up to $600 million, committed credit facility arranged by Guggenheim Securities, the investment banking and capital markets division of Guggenheim Partners. LendingPoint reported that with the new deal it has secured up to $1.1 billion of senior credit… Read More

Marketplace Lending Association Expands: Welcomes Nine New Members

The Marketplace Lending Association announced on Wednesday it has welcomed nine new companies to the Association. According to the organization, these new members join as it continues to expand its presence and engage with policymakers in Washington and around the country. The three new lending firms include Social Finance(SoFi), LendingPoint… Read More

Lendix Appoints Luuc Mannaerts As New CEO of Lender Nederland

Earlier this week, France-based online lending platform Lendix announced it has appointed Luuc Mannaerts as the new CEO of Lender Nederland, Lendix’s Dutch subsidiary. According to the online lender, Mannaerts has more than 20 years of experience in the Dutch and European banking sector. Prior to… Read More

LendInvest Announces Integration With Payments Platform Stripe To Streamline Loan Application Process

On Thursday, specialist property finance lender LendInvest announced it has expanded on its long-term partnership with Stripe by integrated the payments platform in order to streamline its loan application process. According to the online lender, the new integration will be embedded in the primary stages of… Read More

FinMkt Announces Expansion of the FinMkt Referral Partner Program

FinMkt, Inc., a New York-based provider of technology and infrastructure for the online lending industry, announced last week the expansion of its referral partnership program by providing its advanced technology to select referral partners through its small business loan platform, BizLoans.io. This news comes just… Read More

Report: Goldman Sachs to Enter Online Lending Industry in UK & Germany as Marcus Expands

Marcus, a fast emerging digital only challenger bank, is poised to enter the UK market and then cross the channel to set up operations in Germany. This is according to multiple reports as the erstwhile online lender leverages its successful US tech in other markets…. Read More

Prosper Announces First Quarter of 2018 Results: Loan Originations Up 27% Year-over-Year & More Than $2 Billion of Co-Sponsored Securitizations Closed

Prosper, a peer-to-peer lending platform connecting borrowers and investors, reported earlier this week its financial results for the first quarter of 2018. The online lender revealed that loan originations increased 27% year-over-year to $744 million, driven by strong demand for the company’s personal loan product… Read More

SeedInvest Publishes Report on Investor Returns, Delivers IRR of 17.4%

SeedInvest, one of the largest investment crowdfunding platforms in the US, has released a performance report on investor returns. SeedInvest has been in operation since 2013 following the creation of accredited crowdfunding under Title II of the JOBS Act (Reg D 506c). Since that date,… Read More