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Solar Investment Firm Wunder Capital Announces Partnership With French Financial Platform Lumo

Wunder Capital, a firm that develops and manages solar investment funds through partnerships, test processes, underwriting framework and its investment portal, announced it has formed a partnership with French financial platform, Lumo. While sharing details about the new partnership, Wunder Capital revealed: “Wunder Capital strives to… Read More

JPMorgan Chase Teams Up With CFSI to Launch Virtual Fintech Lab to Help Startups Improve Overlooked Populations’ Financial Health

On Wednesday, the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) announced it has partnered with JPMorgan Chase to launch a virtual fintech lab, the Financial Solutions Lab (FinLab), as a way to help the financial health of overlooked populations, which includes low-income women, aging and disabled populations. This… Read More

NextGen Crowdfunding Announces Crowdfunding Video Awards First Round Winners

NextGen Crowdfunding announced on Wednesday the first round winners of the Crowdfunding Video Awards (CVAs). This news comes just days after NextGen revealed the second round of finalists. The CVAs will provide campaign organizers new ways to promote crowdfunding campaigns and products to backers as well as… Read More

Maven Capital Partners £57.5 Million for the Northern Powerhouse Investment SME Fund

UK-based private equity firm Maven Capital Partners announced on Wednesday it was appointed by the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) to manage the £57.5 million NPIF Maven Equity Finance fund as part of NPIF’s £400 million of capital available to support growing SMEs.  According to… Read More

LendIt Announces 2017 PitchIt Finalists

LendIt, the global lending and fintech conference series, announced on Tuesday the eight finalists for its fifth PitchIt @ LendIt competition. According to the event organizers, in partnership with 500 Startups and sponsored by Marqeta, the PitchIt competition fintech startup finalists were reportedly chosen from… Read More

Zopa Named Best Personal Loan Provider & Best Alternative Finance Provider at the 2017 British Bank Awards

Zopa, the UK’s very first peer to peer lending platform, announced on Monday it was named Best Personal Loan Provider & Best Alternative Finance Provider at the 2017 British Bank Awards. The online lender revealed in a blog post: “We’re excited to announce we’ve been named… Read More

Marketplace Lender LendingUSA Appoints Former Intuit Strategic Risk Systems Manager Boris Belyi Vice President of Analytics

Marketplace lending platform LendingUSA announced on Tuesday it has appointed former strategic risk systems manager of Intuit, Boris Belyi, as its new vice president of analytics. Belyi reportedly has more than 25 years of experience in data analytics. While sharing details about the appointment, Camilo… Read More

New Consumer Financial Data Rights Group Submits Comments to CFPB: Advocates for Consumer’s Rights to Financial Data

Consumer Financial Data Rights Group (CFDR), a new organization that was created to defend consumers’ access to their data and fuels innovation in the fintech industry, announced on Tuesday it has submitted a response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) request for information (RFI) in regards… Read More

Brief: BlackRock Enters Joint Venture with German Fintech Platform Youvestor

BlackRock (BLQA) has entered into a joint venture with Germany fintech robo-operator platform Youvestor, according to a press release. BlackRock is primarily aiming the venture to insurance agents, brokers and financial advisors,  distributing its products directly through Youvestor to both end-users and consultants. Mediators will enjoy complete customer and stock protection and obtain a… Read More

Armed with $200M in Lending Capital, Harmoney Launches in Australia

Now the New Zealand-based marketplace lender Harmoney has launched in Brisbane, Australia with over $200M in lending capital targeting the  40+ demographic , according to Australian Broker. Interest rates on the company’s unsecured loans start at 8.99% p.a. with no early repayment fees and the ability to borrow… Read More

Quick Q&A with Founder CH Pinhas as LOVE Turntable nears $670K on Kickstarter

Closing in on $670K, LA-based LOVE Turntable’s Kickstarter campaign easily surpassed its stretch goal with the help of over 1918 backers with 15 days remaining on the campaign. The startup flew past its initial goal within hours of launching its campaign which brings its smartphone-controlled turntable to… Read More

Over Promise & Under Deliver. Will Tiko 3D Printer Become the Next Zano – Like Kickstarter Failure?

There was a brief period in crowdfunding history where 3D Printers were quite the rage. Thousands of backers pumped millions of dollars into all sorts of iterations of the now ubiquitous 3D printers. Of course today the sector is intensely competitive. Just hop on over… Read More

Crowdfunding Video Awards Round 2 Finalists

NextGen Crowdfunding has recently posted their next round of crowdfunding videos as part of their ongoing competition to uncover and showcase the best of the best pitch videos.  You may vote for your favorite here but we have shared the top three below. The winner… Read More

Crowdcube Celebrates Sixth Year Anniversary By Looking Back At Its Crowdfunding Platform’s Successes (Infographic)

UK-based equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube celebrated its sixth year anniversary on Friday by looking back at its successes throughout the years. The Crowdcube team revealed that since its launch, the platform has helped over 430 companies secure £200 million. The website revealed its latest infographic… Read More

Comic Book Company Dark Horse Announces Partnership With Kickstarter-Funded “Mystery Science Theater 3000”

Comic book company, Dark Horse, announced this week it formed a partnership with Kickstarter success and popular SciFi series, Mystery Science Theater 3000. As previously reported, Hodgson launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in 2015 with a mission to raise as much funds as he could to reboot Mystery Science… Read More

Why Are More Companies Staying Private? (Deck)

Why are more companies staying private? That’s a good question. Many moons ago, it was the ambition of most young promising companies to get big enough to “go public” and do an initial public offering (IPO). Becoming a listed company was viewed as a stamp… Read More

Kickstarter Announces: Enjoy the Best of Kickstarter Live on Homepage & iPhone/iPad App

On Thursday, crowdfunding giant Kickstarter announced its users may now enjoy its live video and real-time community engagement feature, Kickstarter Live, on both its homepage and iPhone/iPad apps. As previously reported, Kickstarter Live has been used for various projects, including broadcast cooking shows, live product demos, singing… Read More

FCA Grants First Permission to Issue Digital Money to Tramonex

London-based blockchain startup Tramonex as reportedly received the first approval from UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to issue digital money. The company received the approval on January 25th and may now issue electronic money (e-money) and provide payment services. According to the FCA, Tramonex has… Read More

Lending Works Reopens Window for ISA Contributions

UK-based peer-to-peer lending platform Lending Works announced on Friday it has reopened the window for ISA contributions. The platform claimed it is the first P2PFA member to launch an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) last week and filled its first ISA tranche of £2.5 million within 24… Read More

Flyover States Alert: Tech Coast Angels ACE Fund II Realizes 400% IRR with OK Investment

Tech Coast Angels’ (TCA) ACE Fund II has announced a highly successful exit that was described as unique in three ways: the time to exit was very short (two years) the exit had a very high return (7.8x) the company was based in the heart… Read More