Investment Platforms and Marketplaces

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

LendInvest Announces Fifth Consecutive Year of Profitability as Growth Continues: More than £2 Billion in Cumulative Originations

LendInvest, an online marketplace for mortgages, announced on Tuesday it has reported a period of strong growth and significant operational and strategic progress for the year, ending on March 31st. The online lender revealed the following: Financial highlights: Platform revenue increased 36% to £72.7m (FY18:… Read More

FBI Seeking Information from Investors Harmed in Collapse of QuadrigaCX

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking information from investors who lost money when the Canadian cryptocurrency trading platform QuadrigaCX fell apart late last year. Individuals with questions or concerns about the failed exchange or who believe they were a victim in the… Read More

Biz2Credit Secures $52 million Through Series B Funding Round Led By WestBridge Capital

Online lending platform Biz2Credit announced on Tuesday it secured $52 million through its Series B funding round, which was led by WestBridge Capital. Founded in 2007, Biz2Credit is on a mission to provide small businesses with lending solutions throughout their lifecycle in a flexible and… Read More

OurCrowd Porfolio Company Beyond Meat Tops $100/share as Reports Filter Out About Strong Demand

Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND) completed an initial public offering (IPO) in May raising $240 million at a valuation of about $1.5 billion. The unicorn has since bucked the recent IPO trend – rocketing quite a bit higher. As of today, Beyond Meat is trading at over… Read More

OurCrowd Partners With NOAH Advisors to Promote Startup Investments in Europe

Global crowdfunding platform OurCrowd announced on Monday it has joined forces with NOAH Advisors, a European corporate finance boutique and organizer of the NOAH Conferences, to jointly promote startup investments in Europe. Through the partnership, NOAH Advisors will support OurCrowd in expanding its European deal… Read More

Property Lending Platform EstateGuru Receives Investment from Speedinvest f

EstateGuru, an Estonian lending marketplace dedicated to cross-border property finance, has received the backing of Speedinvest f – a fund launched by Speedinvest, targeting Fintech investments across Europe. In a release, EstateGuru said that Speedinvest will support its geographic expansion across Europe. The amount of… Read More

LocalBitcoins Suspends In-Person Cash Trades by US Customers

LocalBitcoins, a popular global bitcoin trading service that matches individual buyers and sellers, has removed in-person cash trades from its list of available payment options. The change appears to have been applied across the platform, though some Canadian sellers are still advertising a “cash in… Read More

P2P Lender Lendy Goes Bust

Peer to peer lender Lendy is no more. On May 24, the online lender went into administration. According to the Lendy website: The administrators are working closely with the FCA who consented to their appointment over the Companies. This website will be used to provide… Read More

BitMEX Invests in Philippine Cryptocurrency Exchange PDAX

BitMEX Ventures, the investment arm the BitMEX crypto exchange (HDR Global Trading Ltd), has invested in Philippine Digital Asset Exchange (PDAX), a cryptocurrency exchange based in the Philippines. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. In a release, BitMEX said its investment will help strengthen… Read More

A Pivotal Year for Envestors: A Discussion with co-founder Scott Haughton

Envestors is a “Fintech company that connects investors and scale-up businesses.” Part crowdfunding platform, part angel investor network, and part software as a service. Envestors launched in 2004 as a private investor network for early-stage firms. A digital platform followed in 2013 to directly connect… Read More

OurCrowd Portfolio Company Cannabis Firm BOL Pharma Plans Listing on Toronto Stock Exchange

Cannabis company BOL Pharma (Breath of Life International) is preparing an initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). This is according to a company release and a preliminary prospectus filed in Canada. It was reported that BOL will have a valuation of around… Read More

Real Estate Finance Marketplace to Watch: Exporo’s CEO Simon Brunke Extols Retail Investors’ Virtues and Discusses Expansion Plans

In its 3rd edition, Viva Technology, the Paris technology innovation show gathered more than 124,000 attendees from 125 nationalities, a 24% increase over last year. French President Emmanuel Macron, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Alibaba’s founder and CEO Jack Ma were among the 450… Read More

Crowd For Angels Signs MoU With Tokenization Platform myStake

Peer-to-peer lending platform Crowd For Angels announced last week it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australian tokenization platform, myStake. Crowd for Angels reported that myStake is described as an end-to-end share tokenization, registry, and investor relations platform that provides company shareholders transparency,… Read More

Egyptian Central Bank Introduces Legislation to Replace Ban and Require Licensing of Cryptocurrency Enterprises

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has drafted a bill to allow its Board of Directors to create rules that would require all individuals, companies and/or platforms dealing in or issuing cryptocurrencies to be licensed, The Egyptian Independent reports. The rules would supplant a “fatwa”… Read More

Will New Coinbase/Visa Crypto Card Enable Money Laundering?

Though cryptocurrencies were created to offer an alternative to traditional banking -and to affront it- the past two years have been characterized by crypto’s quest for legitimacy. To be fair, cryptocurrency exchanges with long-term interests, including Coinbase and Gemini, have attempted to be compliant from… Read More

Online Lender creditshelf Reports Growth During First Quarter

Online lender creditshelf (CSQ.F) has reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019. According to the Germany-based Fintech, revenues tripled in the first quarter versus the same period year prior. creditshelf is a marketplace lender that matches investors to SMEs in need… Read More

OurCrowd Appoints Former Jefferies Vice Chairman Alec Ellison as Chairman of US Operations

Leading investment crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has announced that Alec Ellison, former Vice Chairman of Jefferies, LLC, and former Chairman of Jefferies’ Technology Investment Banking group, as well as the Founder of Outvest Capital, has been appointed Chairman of the Board of OurCrowd Management for the… Read More

LendingClub Posts Presentation in Advance of Shareholder Meeting

LendingClub (NYSE:LC) has posted a presentation apparently in preparation for its annual shareholder meeting which is scheduled to take place on June 5, 2019. The deck, embedded below, is largely a rehash of LendingClub’s Q1 report which took place the first week of May. There… Read More

BondMason Reportedly Is Shutting Down P2P Business

BondMason, an online savings and investments platform that sources investments from across the peer-to-peer (P2P) market for its clients, has reportedly announced it is officially shutting down its P2P lending business. Launched in 2015, BondMason claims it makes it easier for investors to target gross… Read More

Fineqia Increases Stake in Insurtech Black Insurance, a Platform to Tokenize Insurance Policies

Fineqia International (CSE: FNQ) (OTC: FNQQF) (Frankfurt: FNQA) has increased its equity stake in Black Insurance, an Insurtech that utilizes blockchain tech to tokenize the asset. The exact amount of the investment was undisclosed. This is the second investment from Finequia. According to a release,… Read More

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