HM Treasury Confirms International Fintech Conference for March 2018

HM Treasury will host their second International Fintech Conference following the success of the inaugural event in 2017. Scheduled to be held in London on March 22, 2018, the event will highlight the UKs standout Fintech innovators as well as up and coming Fintech firms… Read More

Financial Conduct Authority Publishes Regulatory Considerations for ICOs

Buried within the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Distributed Ledger Technology (IE Blockchain) Feedback Statement on an earlier discussion paper was a section dedicated to Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) and regulatory requirements. The FCA, like much of the rest of the world, is seeking to enable… Read More

UK Financial Conduct Authority Publishes Feedback Statement on Blockchain

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a feedback statement on distributed ledger technology (DLT) or Blockchain.  The document comes following an earlier discussion paper published in April designed to commence a dialogue between interested parties and the regulator. The FCA has now responded to received… Read More

Australian Securities & Investment Commission Publishes Report on Marketplace Lending, Shows Double the Loans

The Australian government and regulatory officials are keenly engaged in fostering the growth of Fintech. Marketplace lending, one of the largest sectors of Fintech, has provided a much needed new source of credit in many countries around the world. Earlier today, the Australian Securities and… Read More

First Republic ICO Sees Strong Demand as Platform Introduces New Securities Structure “Token DPA”

Republic, a Reg CF crowdfunding platform, listed its first Initial Coin Offering (ICO) this past week. Republic Crypto offered the security in conjunction with CoinList that is hosting the offer for accredited investors under Reg D (506c). Both CoinList and Republic are the creation of… Read More

Brazilian Fintech Nubank Opens New Engineering Office in Berlin

Earlier this week, Brazilian fintech startup Nubank announced it has opened an engineering unit in Berlin. According to CTO Edward Wible, the company is expecting to hire two dozen employees for the new German hub. Founded in 2013, Nubank stated it is committed to fighting… Read More

Overstock, tZERO, & Siebert Financial Sign Letter of Intent to Offer Discount Trading

On Thursday, Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK), its subsidiary tZERO and Siebert Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: SIEB) announced they have signed a letter of intent to enter into a partnership to offer deeply discounted online trading in the first quarter of 2018 when the transaction is slated to close…. Read More

Seedrs Looks Back on 2017: Yet Another Record Year!

With 2018 quickly approaching, Seedrs took a look back on some of its equity crowdfunding platform’s successes over the past twelve months. The funding portal revealed in a post on Wednesday: “2017 has been, by far, our most successful year to date. Independent research firm Beauhurst has recognised… Read More

Ablrate Launches Portfolio Loans Product After Topping £30 Million in Total Funding & Securing £3 Million in IFISA Funds

Asset-backed lending platform Ablrate announced on Thursday it launching a new range of portfolio loan lending products. This news comes just after the platform topped £30 million in total funding and achieved £3 million in IFISA funds.  According to Ablrate, Portfolio Loans is described as a new type of loan… Read More

iCapital Builds Team & Acquires US Private Equity Access Fund Platform from Deutsche Bank

iCapital Network, a US fintech platform democratizing alternative investments for high-net-worth individuals and their advisors, acquired the US Private Equity Access Fund Platform from the Asset Management division of Deutsche Bank; earlier this year the platform had stated its acquisition plans. The transaction was completed… Read More


Not Everyone Is Doing It: Kickstarter Is A 100% Firm No For ICOs

Following Indiegogo’s announcement that it, along with partner Microventures, listed their first ICO coming for a “Fan-Controlled Football League” (FCFL), that global crowdfunding platform’s competitor Kickstarter has officially announced it will not be doing any ICOs. As previously reported, the rapid rise of tokenized securities… Read More

Overfunding: Ireland’s Grocery Delivering Service Buymie Surpasses £350,000 Through Crowdcube Campaign

Buymie, an Ireland-based grocery delivery service, has successfully secured its initial £350,000 funding target through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. Founded in 2015, Buymie described itself as an on-demand grocery delivery platform that allows consumers to order goods from local grocery stores and have them delivered… Read More

David Siemer and Wavemaker Partners Publish Report: The Global State of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain

David Siemer, Co-Founder of Wavemaker Partners, a cross-border venture capital firm, dual headquartered in Los Angeles and Singapore, published his State of Crypto Global Overview. In recent months, Siemer deliberated the implications and impact of cyptocurrency on global industry and economic organization, as well as the… Read More

Kickstarter Teams Up With Food-X to Issue a Joint Request For Innovations

On Wednesday, crowdfunding giant Kickstarter announced it is teaming up with global food innovation accelerator Food-X to issue a join Request for Innovations. The funding portal revealed that it and the accelerator are calling upon independent creators who are attempting to improve food systems, working… Read More

Yirendai Makes $50 Million Strategic Investment in Finance Services Platform Lion Rock

China-based fintech Yirendai announced on Wednesday it has made a $50 million strategic investment in Lion Rock through the financial service platform’s Series A funding round. According to Yirendai, Lion Rock is headquartered in Hong Kong and is licensed by the Hong Kong Securities and… Read More

Wow!: Gift Blockchain Platform GIFTO’s Token Sale Sells Out in 60 Seconds

ASIA Innovations Group (AIG), announced on Thursday the close of gift blockchain platform GIFTO’s public token sale within one minute of opening. The company is now claiming it to be the fastest token sale ever in Asia. According to AIG, the public token sale opened at… Read More

LendInvest Grows 104% in 2017, Tops $1 Billion in Lending Capital & Looks Ahead to 2018

LendInvest, a leading UK online marketplace platform for property finance, has reported a record-breaking year of capital raising. Since the start of 2017, LendInvest’s lending capital base has grown by 104% to £765 million ($1.03 billion). LendInvest’s diversified investor base includes global banks, pension and infrastructure… Read More

Fundnel: a Leading Asian Marketplace Investing Platform that Does Crowdfunding Right

Launched in 2015, Fundnel is a Singapore based investment marketplace that provides unique access to early stage companies for individual investors previously cut out of the pre-IPO equation. Operated by a group of young, highly sophisticated executives, Fundnel is doing equity crowdfunding right and sets… Read More

Walmart Teams Up With Fintech Startups Even & PayActiv to Launch Financial Wellness Services For Associates

On Wednesday, retail giant Walmart announced it has teamed up with fintech startups Even and PayActiv to provide a suite of new financial wellness services for its more than 1.4 million associates nationwide. According to the retailer, this new financial solution will allow its associates… Read More

Fundnel Teams Up With Thirdrock To Accelerate Asian Growth Companies

Fintech investment platform Fundnel announced on Tuesday it has partnered with investment advisory and wealth management group Thirdrock to help mid-stage, high-growth companies obtain funding in a more timely and cost-efficient manner. According to Fundel, the partnership will unite Fundnel’s deal assessment technology with Thirdrock’s forward-looking investment mandate. It… Read More