Tagged: alternative finance

Brief: Big Society Capital Requests Proposals For Crowd Match Fund

Big Society Capital today released a Request for Proposals from crowdfunding and alternative finance platforms for the Crowd Match Fund, according to the company’s press release. The £5 million fund will match crowdfunded investments made by individuals into social investment tax relief (SITR)-eligible charities and… Read More

Peter Renton Celebrates Lend Academy’s Fifth Anniversary: “We’ve Come a Long Way, But There’s Still More to Do”

Five years ago, fintech trailblazer Peter Renton launched Social Lending Network which rebranded to Lend Academy in 2012. On his blog Renton reflects on industry changes during the half-decade. “Back in November 2010, Lending Club had issued less than $200 million in total loans and was focused primarily on retail… Read More

ORIGA Leasing Secures over $1M; ah! Ventures & 500 Startups Lead Round for Indian Alternative Financing Ecosystem

Founded by Shrirang Tambe in May 2013, ORIGA Leasing was launched with a core philosophy of ‘Access to Finance.’  The company provides alternative financing through its asset leasing solutions to high growth companies across segments such as healthcare, sanitation, waste management, alternative energy, manufacturing and service oriented… Read More

ING and Kabbage Partner to Bring Platform Lending to Europe’s Small Businesses: First Stop Spain

  True to its name, Kabbage is growing and growing, partnering now with ING. Last week, Kabbage announced a $135 million equity raise led by Reverence Capital Partners as well as ING, Santander InnoVentures, and Scotiabank. Kabbage Inc., a leading technology and data platform powering automated lending, and ING, a leading… Read More

Brief: Platform Black Hits £100M Funding Milestone in Invoices for UK SMEs

This week, Platform Black announced it has funded over £100 million in invoices for UK SMEs. The provider of alternative finance has reached this milestone in just three years since the company’s inception, an achievement which highlights the soaring demand from UK businesses for access to… Read More

IndiaLends Taps $1M from DSG Consumer Partners, Siddharth Parekh and Gautham Radhakrishnan for Online Marketplace

IndiaLends, a credit and financial technology startup based in New Delhi, has closed a $1M bridge round led by existing investors DSG Consumer Partners, Siddharth Parekh and Gautham Radhakrishnan. IndiaLends was cofounded by Gaurav Chopra, who has an MBA from the London Business School, and Mayank Kachhwaha, who graduated from IIT… Read More

CBR Posts 2015’s Biggest UK Fintech Fundraising Rounds; Funding Circle and World Remit Top the List

Today CBR‘s Jimmy Nicholls posted research regarding London’s fintech scene, highlighting which companies have drawn the most money in their funding rounds. His results follow: 1. Funding Circle – £96m Perhaps the largest peer-to-peer lender in London is Funding Circle a technology start-up that began life… Read More

Ablrate Partners with The Just Loans Group PLC: Offers Instant P2P Lending Diversification

  Ablrate, a UK peer-to-peer lending platform that offers investors access to asset-backed loans against aircraft transactions, has announced a partnership with The Just Loans Group PLC to provide commercial property-backed investment options on the Ablrate platform. “This collaboration represents a fantastic way for Ablrate’s… Read More

Crowdfunding Losing its Crowd? Money&Co CEO Nicola Horlick Promises, “We Will Keep the Crowd.”

Interest in crowdfunding from banks and other noteworthy investors including some family offices has steadily increased in recent months, so much that Money&Co blogged, “It’s often said that crowdfunding is in danger of losing the crowd.” Could crowdfunding lose its crowd? How does the industry… Read More

KPMG Links with MarketInvoice: Using Alternative Finance for Accounting Software & Business Education Programming

KPMG has linked with peer-to-peer business lender MarketInvoice, a partnership that will enable customers of KPMG’s Small Business Accounting Service to access MarketInvoice finance directly through their accounting software and will also include a business education program incorporating regional events, webinars, e-books and online ‘accountancy clinics’… Read More

InvestUp CEO James Tuckett Talks Crowdfunding: “2015 is a Watershed Year”

This week Crowdfund Insider featured Chris Tyrell’s post “Crowdfunding is Impacting the Global Economy” and Rodrigo Niño’s post “Crowdfunding: From Impossible, to Improbable to Inevitable in less than 10 years,” James Tuckett, CEO of investUP adds to this exciting conversation below as he shares his insights in a release regarding… Read More

Stripe Lands New Funding & Signs Deal with Visa: Payment Platform Valued at $5B

Payments startup Stripe landed a new round of funding from investors including American Express, Visa and Sequoia Capital, valuing the San Francisco-based company at $5 billion. According to the announcement, Stripe signed an agreement with Visa to work on digital transactions such as website ‘buy… Read More

Capify: AUSvance Rebrands, Forms Partnership with Alibaba.com, Lends Capital to Australian SMEs

Capify, formerly AUSvance, will serve as an international conglomerate provider of unsecured alternative finance solutions to SMEs. Capify,  powered by a proprietary technology and analytics platform, today announced its global rebrand aiming to become the most diverse, worldwide alternative SME financing platform. Headquartered in the… Read More

LendKey Announces $8M Venture Debt Line from Silicon Valley Bank & $125M Commitment from Credit Union Network

LendKey Grand Slam: Hits 35,000 Customers, Expands Management Team, $8M venture debt line from Silicon Valley Bank and Raises Additional $125M Commitment From Network of Credit Unions LendKey, the Lending-as-a-Service platform that connects borrowers with credit unions and banks, today announced several key growth milestones. The… Read More

Fintech Provider and Alternative Lender eProdigy Closes $100M Commitment from Single Private Equity Firm

eProdigy, a fintech holding company with several subsidiaries serving the alternative finance space, announced today that an undisclosed private equity firm has made an agreement to provide $100 million to eProdigy through a term loan, a convertible note feature and participation rights. “This deal changes our entire… Read More

Metro Bank Partners with Zopa to Lend Funds: UK Finance Disruptors Join Forces

Peer-to-peer lending pioneer Zopa today announced a partnership with leading challenger bank, Metro Bank, to lend funds through Zopa’s online marketplace.This innovative deal is the first of its kind in the UK and a clear signal that some parts of the UK banking sector are embracing… Read More

EY Publishes Survey Findings: Frequent Banking Errors Push Canadian Companies to Alternative Finance

Poor service is pushing companies to look for alternative banking options, according to EY’s global commercial banking survey, advancing service in a digital world. Nearly a third (28%) of Canadian commercial banking customers experienced an error with their primary bank in the past 12 to… Read More

Dr. Richard Swart Named Chairman of Reality Crowd TV’s Newly Formed Advisory Board

Since its inception in 2013, Reality Crowd TV’s (RCTV) goal has been to teach and help people learn about the many nuances involved with crowdfunding. In 2014, The Company engaged in a nationwide multi-state tour in an effort to promote the nascent crowdfunding industry and has posted… Read More

Also Sprach Zopa: A Decade of Reflection, Current Research Findings & a Slick Video

2005: A Zopa Odyssey In these weeks, Zopa has celebrated a decade as a innovative and disruptive alternative financial leader.  Led by CEO Giles Andrews,  Zopa has lent over £750 million and predicts it will top £1 billion within the next couple of months.  To recap, in… Read More

Corporate Finance Reaches Record $6 Trillion in 2014: AltFinAccounts for 41% of Funding Mix

“While, on average, bank lending remains the single biggest source of funding among European corporates, alternative finance now accounts for 41% of their total funding mix. Furthermore, the size of deals that alternative providers have taken on has been steadily increasing from around EUR100 million–EUR150m to around… Read More

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