General News

Crowdfunder UK Unveils New Payments System Feature

On Monday crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder UK announced the launch of its new feature, the Crowdfunder Payments System. Head of Product at Crowdfunder UK, Owen Wallis, shared details about the system: “Our current integration with Stripe is great, but we are always looking to improve the Crowdfunder.co.uk… Read More

ID Finance Announces Mexico Operations Launch

ID Finance, the emerging markets fintech company, has expanded its presence in Latin America with a launch into the Mexican online lending market. The announcement comes less than a year after the company launched operations in Brazil and represents another key milestone as it continues… Read More

One Spark Postpones Innovation Festival to 2018 Following Hurricane Impact

  One Spark, along with Bold Events, has decided to postpone the One Spark 2017 Innovation Festival until 2018.  Originally scheduled to take place in Jacksonville, Florida this October, organizers have made the determination the impact of Irma was just too profound to move forward…. Read More

BrewDog Launches New Equity Punk Forum

Last week, BrewDog announced the launch of its new equity punk forum. This news comes just a few weeks after the brewery announced it is set to give away 20 percent of all its profits annually through its Unicorn Fund. “Our army of Equity Punks… Read More

Monzo Asks Community to Decide on ATM Fee Pricing

Earlier this week, Crowdcube alum and challenger bank Monzo announced it was asking the Monzo Community to decide on ATM fee pricing. It was revealed: “We launched the Monzo Alpha back in October 2015 to a few hundred people. At the time, we said ‘we’re committed to launching… Read More

CrowdFlower Names Kiva Engineer First Round Winner of $1 Million AI For Everyone Challenge

AI platform for data science and machine learning CrowdFlower announced on Thursday the first round winners of the “AI For Everyone” Challenge. The winning proposal, which receives $1 million, are computer vision projects that will label millions of images to build the largest collection of… Read More

Lend360 Forms Small Business Lending Advisory Committee

LEND360, an online lending industry annual event, has formed a “Small Business Lending Advisory Committee” made of of industry participants. LEND360 organizers state that they have always had a strong focus on business lending, and the forming of this committee is a natural progression of… Read More

AlliedCrowds Examines Africa’s Investing Impact in Developing World Alternative Finance Second Edition Report

On Thursday, AlliedCrowds released the second edition of its Developing World Alternative Finance report. In the latest report, AlliedCrowds examine impact investing in Africa and looked closer at Somalia’s impact landscape. “Development finance is moving from grants and donations to loans and investments, and impact investing is… Read More

Next Insurance Introduces New Portal for SMEs, Promises Transparency

Fresh from its successful $29M Series A funding round, Next Insurance, a US digital insurtech company for small businesses, has launched a free online portal that will provide small businesses with increased visibility and control over their insurance policies at any time. The new online… Read More

Swiss Greater Zurich Area AG Signs MOU with Fintech Center of South Korea during Demo Day

The FinTech Center of South Korea, chaired by Yushin Jung, held its 20th FinTech Demo Day. In the day’s event, relevant personnel from the Financial Services Commission, Financial Supervisory Services and relevant organizations as well as overseas FinTech support organizations, VCs and Accelerators participated to… Read More

Despite Fig Campaign Failure “Fantasy Strike” Creators Announces Steam Early Access

Less a month after failing to secure its $500,000 funding target on crowdfunding platform for games Fig, Sirlin Games announced Fantasy Strike begins round one with its release on Steam Early Access for Windows and Mac later today. The game’s description reads: “Fantasy Strike focuses on the fundamentals… Read More

Silicon Valley Unicorn Apttus Secures $55 Million During Series E Funding Round

Apttus, a Silicon Valley unicorn that provides the first and only platform to combine end-to-end Quote-to-Cash business process automation with behavior applications and artificial intelligence to enable customers to maximize revenue, announced this week it has raised a $55 Million Series E funding round, which… Read More

LendIt Europe Announces Keynote Speakers for 2017 Event

Keynote Speakers at LendIt Europe Include: Anthony Jenkins, Renaud Laplanche, Anne Boden, Jaidev Janadarna and more. LendIt Europe, the European event series covering Fintech and lending, has shared its keynote speakers for this years. LendIt expects more than 120 speakers will take to the stage… Read More

Update: Fig Success “Trackless” is Now Available on Steam

On Tuesday, crowdfunding portal for video games Fig announced one of its succeesses, Trackless, is now available on gaming platform, Steam. The game, which was created by 12 East Games, hit Fig last year and raised $21,790 from 465 backers. As previously reported, Trackless is described as an atmospheric… Read More

Goldman Sachs Loves thy Neyber, Makes £100 Million Investment in UK Consumer Lender

Goldman Sachs has invested in the UK consumer lender Neyber through its private capital unit by providing £100M of debt and equity financing to Neyber, a fintech start-up providing loans that are repaid out of people’s salaries, reported multiple news sources. Existing investors Gael de… Read More

SyndicateRoom Presents: The People’s Trust £125 Million IPO Target Raise

Members of the UK online investment platform SyndicateRoom now have the opportunity to partake in an upcoming IPO for The People’s Trust. The target for the raise is £125 million, with the company listing on London Stock Exchange and the Social Stock Exchange in October 2017. “We’re… Read More

Silicon Valley Bank & First Data: Applications Open For Commerce.Innovated’s Winter 2017 Class

On Tuesday, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and First Data announced applications are now open for the Winter 2017 Class of the accelerator program, Commerce.Innovated. This news comes just one month after the companies announced the four selected startups for the Fall 2017 program. Commerce.Innovated. is described as… Read More

Report: Equifax Hackers Demand Bitcoin Ransom to Delete Stolen Data

Equifax, the global credit rating firm, publicly acknowledged its systems had been compromised and user information had been stolen. The data breach is one of the largest of its kind ever and stands to put millions of Equifax user information at risk. In fact, 143… Read More

Pittsburgh Tech Council Names Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Small Change Tech 50 Awards Finalist

On Monday, real estate crowdfunding platform Small Change announced the Pittsburgh Technology Council has named it a Tech 50 Awards Finalist in the “Start-Up of the Year” Category. Small Change revealed that the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s annual Tech 50 Awards recognize southwestern Pennsylvania’s most successful, innovative, and… Read More

Crowdcube Announces Early Access Registry For Android App

Equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube has announced early access registry for its upcoming Android app. The funding portal revealed that its team has spent the past few months developing the app. “Before we release the app to the Play Store, we will be running an exclusive… Read More