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Forthcoming European Alternative Finance Research Conference Issues Call for Papers

The 3rd European Alternative Finance Research Conference is scheduled to take place this October. In advance of the event, organizers have issued a call for academic papers on Fintech/alternative finance. The conference is organised by the European Centre for Alternative Finance (ECAF) based at Utrecht… Read More

London Tech on Track for Record Year of VC Investment

This is London Tech Week and the city is doing a bit of well-deserved chest pounding touting its innovation cred. In data compiled by London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s inward investment agency, venture capital investment into London is booming. In fact even while… Read More

Rwandan Central Bank Issues Warning Against “Pyramid Schemes, Network Marketing Programs and Scam Coins”

John Rwangombwa, Governor National Bank of Rwanda (BNR), has issued a notice alerting Rwandan citizens, “to the existence of investments scam(s)…operating in Rwanda (through locally-registered businesses or from abroad through online platforms).” The warning also states that pyramid, multi-level marketing and fake initial coin offering… Read More

Switzerland’s SIX Exchange Planning Stablecoin Digital Currency Pegged to the Swiss Franc

A spokesperson for Switzerland’s largest stock exchange, the Zurich-based SIX Exchange, has confirmed in an email to Coindesk that SIX is developing a “stablecoin” pegged to the Swiss franc for use on the company’s forthcoming digital asset exchange: “Yes, we are currently working on a… Read More

Bithumb Announces Launch of New Global Cryptocurrency Exchange

Bithumb announced on Monday the launch of its new global cryptocurrency exchange. According to Bithumb, the exchange will be incorporating multiple fiat currency trading pairs, as well as perpetual futures trading, with leverage up to 100 times. Bithumb explained: “The Open Beta version allows users… Read More

$10 Million in 80 Minutes: CrowdStreet Quickly Raises Equity in $60 Million Real Estate Project

Real estate crowdfunding platform CrowdStreet has shared some interesting news. According to the platform, sponsor J.Jeffers & Co. raised $10 million on CrowdStreet in just 80 minutes. In total, $14 million was raised in a day ($16.7 million in total offers were submitted). This is… Read More

TrueLayer Forms New Partnership With ANNA Money For Small Business Open Banking Benefits

TrueLayer, a computer software company that enables companies to capitalize on new open banking initiatives in the UK, announced on Wednesday it has formed a new partnership with ANNA Money. According to TrueLayer, the partnership will enable ANNA to provide its customers with enhanced open… Read More

Medford Brewing Company Taps Wefunder for Crowdfunding Campaign: Ready for Expansion

Last week, when Crowdfund Insider covered Crate Brewery’s Crowdcube campaign,  several successful beer crowdfunding campaigns were highlighted, including BrewDog, Garage Beer, Sly Fox, BeerBods, The Bottle Shop. On Crowdcube alone, Chadlington Brewery, Crowns and Hops Brewing Co, Redwell Brewery and Crate Brewery are currently raising funds. Lots of… Read More

Fitbit Teams Up With KBC Bank to Launch Fitbit Pay in Belgium

KBC Banking Group announced on Tuesday it has partnered with Fitbit to launch Fitbit Pay services in Belgium. According to KBC, all KBC, CBC and KBC Brussels customers who have a Fitbit smartwatch or activity tracker may now use it to pay in shops that… Read More

Preventing and Overcoming Ransomware Attacks

A number of high-profile ransomware attacks in the early months of this year have put a spotlight on the importance of firms working to prevent them. In March, operations at Norwegian aluminum producer Norsk Hydro and American chemical companies Hexion and Momentive were interrupted by… Read More

Previously Crowdfunded on Seedrs, Stamplay is Acquired by Apple

Stamplay is a company that previously raised capital online at Seedrs. Today, it is part of Apple (NASDAQ:APPL). The Italian startup was purchased for €5 million (£4.28M or $ 5.6M), according to a write up in Isole24Ore. The founders and employees are now a part… Read More

P2P Lender CrowdProperty Easily Crowdfunds on Seedrs, Easily Tops Minimum Goal

Peer-to-peer property lender CrowdProperty has launched an equity crowdfunding offer on Seedrs. The campaign has quickly topped the minimum target of £600,000 for a 3.68% equity stake in the platform. CrowdProperty has a pre-money valuation of £15.7 million. In 2017, CrowdProperty listed a pre-Series A… Read More

Starling Bank Expansion: Digital Bank Announces Creation of 150 Jobs in New Southampton Office

Just weeks after securing a £100 million grant from the Capability and Innovation Fund (CIF), UK-based banking platform Starling Bank announced it is set to create 150 jobs in its new Southampton office. According to Starling Bank, the office will be open by the summer… Read More

Tendermint Scores $9M Series A Round & Leads Interchain Foundation’s New Cosmos Network

The Interchain Foundation, a Swiss non-profit foundation supporting research and development for secure and scalable open-source software, has launched Cosmos Network, a decentralized network of independent, scalable and interoperable blockchains. The Foundation views the Cosmos Network as the next step in the evolution of blockchain… Read More

US Department of Treasury Sanctions Russian-Venezuelan Bank Evrofinance

As part of its ongoing measures against the “illegitimate regime” of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has sanctioned Evrofinance Mosnarbank, “a Moscow-based bank that is jointly owned by Russian and Venezuelan state-owned companies.” According… Read More

Canada Revenue Agency Auditing Over 60 Cryptocurrency Users Considered “Highest Risk Files”

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has confirmed with Forbes that it is actively auditing over 60 cryptocurrency users/traders considered “highest risk files.” The media outlet also claims that “multiple sources” have confirmed they are the subject of the audits, which involve having to fill out… Read More

Companisto’s INVEST Crowdfunding Campaign Surpasses €4.4M

The largest German crowdfunding platform Companisto is in the midst of an INVEST grant self-funding round, the platform’s own equity investment. To date, over €4,420,000, overfunding by 164%, has been raised by more than 448 investors. The amount continues to increase with each click through…. Read More

Kraken Offers $100K Reward in $190 Million Quadriga Failure, Traces Mystery in Podcast Part 1

Owners of the Kraken cryptocurrency exchange platform are offering a $100 ooo USD reward for information that may help recover $190 million USD in funds lost by the Canadian crypto platform QuadrigaCX. Quadriga CX fell apart in January following the untimely death of company CEO… Read More

Brief: Mambu Secures $34M in New SaaS-y Funding Round Led by Bessemer Venture Partners

Mambu, a Berlin-based fintech SaaS banking platform, has raised $34 million (30 million euros) in a funding round led by U.S. investment firm Bessemer Venture Partners. Action Capital, CommerzVentures, Point Nine Capital and Runa Capital also participated in the round. Mambu will use the funding to invest… Read More

Overfunding: nHouse’s Latest Crowdcube Round Surpasses £200,000 Funding Target

Modular contemporary company nHouse has successfully secured its initial £200,000 funding target through its latest equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. The funding round was launched in November, just a little over a year after nHouse secured £984,110 through its first Crowdcube initiative. As previously reported, nHouse creates spacious, high-tech,… Read More

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