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We find crowdfunding news from around the world and share it with you here. Some content is translated by our rather worldly in-house staff.

Warburg Pincus Acquires 35% Stake in Avaloq

Global private equity firm Warburg Pincus has acquired a 35% ownership stake in Avaloq, a Switzerland-based Fintech firm that provides banking software. Avaloq has been in existence since 1985 and today the company has more than 2000 employees from around the world. An affiliate of… Read More

Deutsche Bank Opens Fintech Innovation Lab in New York City

Deutsche Bank announced on Tuesday the opening of its Fintech innovation lab in New York City. This is the bank’s fourth global lab and it is located in Lower Manhattan’s Fulton Center. The lab will explore new technologies focused in various industries, including artificial intelligence,… Read More

Australian Accelerator H2 Takes in Seven New Fintech Startups

Sydney Australia-based Fintech accelerator H2 has recently accepted its new round of startups, including the sports trading game FanTrade and personal chef delivery app DishMe. These companies differ from H2’s typically financial focus. This new company approach can be explained by a January blog post by Toby… Read More

Xero Integrates with Multiple Online Lenders

Xero has announced a series of new agreements to integrate a handful of online lending platforms. Xero has added MarketInvoice, iwoca, and DueCourse to its software platform. Xero is an online accounting software designed for small business and their advisors. The company currently has over… Read More

Downing Crowd Pounds Table on Tax Year End and IFISA Options

The Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) is a new investment vehicle that remains relatively underutilized. As we wrote yesterday, one platform estimated that about 50% of the UK market is totally unaware of the retirement saving option. As we near the 2016/2017 tax year end, IFISA… Read More

Australian Delegation Visits China Pitching Fintech Innovation

Austrade, the Australian government trade commission for exporters and information for companies wanting to do business with Australia, is in China this week. A delegation of Aussie representatives are in Shenzhen and Shanghai sizing up Fintech opportunites.. Austrade says the emergence of China’s vibrant Fintech… Read More

Are Overseas Portals the Next Big Thing in US Equity Crowdfunding?

Much excitement has been generated with the enactment of Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) and the ability of non-accredited investors to invest in startup companies in the United States. The SEC recently reported that while early capital raising efforts is still growing, Regulation Crowdfunding has provided… Read More

Austrade & Commonwealth Bank of Australia Partner Up to Boost Fintech Collaboration with UK

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and Austrade have signed a new collaboration agreement designed to improve the flow of Fintech innovation between the UK and Australia. Austrade is the Australian government’s ministry of Trade, Tourism and Investment. The agreement is said to be used… Read More

Draper Esprit Invests $5 Million in RavenPack

RavenPack, a big data analytics firm for the financial industry, has received a $5 million investment from venture firm Draper Esprit (AIM:GROW & ESM:GRW). RavenPack says this is the first funding they have received from a VC firm. The capital injection will help RavenPack execute on… Read More

North American Expansion: WorldRemit Launches Digital Money Transfer Service in Hawaii

Digital money transfer service, WorldRemit, announced on Tuesday it has expanded in North American by launching in Hawaii. The company’s Hawaiian customers may now send money to over 140 destinations as easily as sending an instant message, using the WorldRemit smartphone app or website. According to… Read More

What’s an IFISA? Many UK Investors Don’t Have a Clue

The Innovative Finance ISA or IFISA was has been pitched as a good investment option for savers.  The new retirement vehicle allows individuals to invest in peer to peer lending assets that may provide a better risk-adjusted return for investors. There is a growing number… Read More

Explanatory Memo on Australian Crowdfunding Legislation

Here is the explanatory memorandum on the Australian crowdfunding legislation that is expected to soon become law. Labeled by the Aussies as “Crowd-sourced funding” or CSF, the rules are designed to provide financing for innovative firms and additional opportunities for retail investors.  The memo, embedded… Read More

Crowdfunding4Culture: Get Involved! EU Initiative Launches Publish Discussion

In Europe, the cultural and creative sectors (CCS) are not very familiar with crowdfunding. In order to better understand and evaluate the potential of crowdfunding for creatives and cultural organizations, the European Commission has launched Crowdfunding4Culture. The initiative seeks to pinpoint what actions public authorities should take… Read More

LendInvest Syndicates £12 Million Property Loan in Platform First

LendInvest, an alternative property lender, has partnered with Merseyside Pension Fund to finance a loan secured against a development site in Canary Wharf. The £12 million deal was originated by LendInvest and syndicated with Merseyside Pension fund. The syndication was a first for the online… Read More

Australian Crowdfunding Bill is Approved by Senate but Shortcomings in Legislation Remain

Earlier today we reported that the Australian Senate had approved crowdfunding legislation (Crowd-sourced funding) that will allow firms to raise up to A$5 million (about $3.9M USD) online. Fintech Australia, the industry’s advocacy group embraced the approval as the bill will most likely soon become… Read More

Fintech Australia Welcomes Approval of Crowdfunding Legislation

Fintech Australia lauded the Australian Parliament’s vote to support the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-Sourced Funding) Bill of 2016. The advocacy group said the approval of the equity crowdfunding law will provide a major avenue for companies to raise capital and create new jobs. Fintech Australia CEO… Read More

German Crowdfunding Association Sets Reporting Standards Above & Beyond Legal Requirements

In a move designed to firmly establish the credibility of the investment crowdfunding sector in Germany, the German Crowdfunding Association (Bundesverband Crowdfunding) announced that its 21 member platforms have adopted common, and quite stringent standards for reporting to investors. These definitely raise the bar for crowdfunding standards… Read More