Tagged: brazil

Report: Brazil Central Bank Looking to Fintech to Boost Economic Growth

Brazil used to be the darling of emerging markets. For years the country could do no wrong. Blessed with amazing natural resources, including a good supply of oil, and a growing middle class, Brazil appeared to be trailblazing a path to prosperity and growth. Today,… Read More

StartEngine-Funding Alkane Truck Company Announces Exclusive Agreement With Brazilian Truck Manufacturer Agrale

Following the launch of its StartEngine crowdfunding campaign, South Carolina’s Alkane Truck Company announced its exclusive agreement with Brazilian truck manufacturer, Agrale. The company stated the agreement names it the sole representative for Agrale’s sales and service in North America. As previously reported, Alkane assembles heavy-duty trucks that… Read More

The Startup and SME Funding Void in Brazil and How to Fix It

  Brazil has a number of similarities to the rest of the world when it comes to funding startups, small or medium enterprises (SMEs). These business owners either have to fund their businesses themselves, seek capital from close friends or family, Angels, VCs, or for… Read More

Brief: Microsoft Joins Banco Votorantim in its Growing Interest in Brazilian Fintech Investments

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Brazilian lender Banco Votorantim have added a new specialty to its venture capital portfolio in Brazil, reported Reuters. Votorantim will invest an initial 3 million reais ($930,000) in the BR Startups fund created by Microsoft in 2014, with an expectation of funding about a… Read More

BCN Mobile World Congress: PayPal + Vodafone= Faster Fintech

The Mobile World Congress 2016 continues today in sunny Barcelona.  PayPal announced its new global partnerships and product updates that showcase its vision of using technology to reimagine financial services to be faster, simpler and more inclusive, whether online, in-app, in store or in new contexts. “We… Read More

Brief: Vitacon Incorporadora e Construtora Launches URBE.ME Real Estate Initiative to Fund Brazilian Building “VN Cardoso de Melo”

Vitacon Incorporadora e Construtora, a real estate company based out of Brazil, has launcheda investment crowdfunding campaign on URBE.ME to raise funds of what’s considered the first building to be financed by the funding method, VN Cardoso de Melo. The financing of the real estate development… Read More

Brief: Bondora Opens European Personal Loan Marketplace Platform to U.S. Accredited Investors

Bondora, a pan-European marketplace lender, opens to accredited investors from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Australia. The platform now allows global accredited investors to invest directly into personal unsecured loans across three European markets including Spain,… Read More

Candice Pascoal: Kickante is Experiencing “1800% Annual Growth” in Brazil

In less than two years of operation, Kickante has blitzed into the Brazilian crowdfunding scene with a growth rate that tops 1000%.  While the Brazilian economy struggles, Kickante is a shining light on the economic horizon that matches capital to entrepreneurs and other project creators…. Read More

BankFacil Has Clear Path in Brazil as an Online Lender

The shift from bricks and mortar banking to  direct lending occurring online is a global phenomena.  One country that has seen few entrants is Brazil, the largest economy in South America and the 2nd largest economy in the western hemisphere. But like other parts of… Read More

Peer-to-Peer Lender Money360 Closes $6.75M Commercial Real Estate Loan

Money360, Inc., an online peer-to-peer (P2P) commercial real estate lending platform, announced on Monday it has closed a $6.75 million commercial real estate loan in Chicago, which was funded by an institutional investor.  The two-year loan was made to an investment firm that focuses on operating… Read More

MakeAChamp Launches Rewards-Based Platform in Brazil: Helps Athletes Raise Funding

Last December, Partner and ‎Head of Investor Community/Partnerships at OurCrowd Zack Miller highlighted crowdfunding websites to watch in 2015, citing six rewards-based platforms for athletes:  DreamFuel,  Pursuit, SportFunder, MakeAChamp,  RallyMe and Athlete.com. Montreal-based MakeAChamp, one of the six platforms cited by Miller,  provides an example of this rising trend: started in late 2012, the platform raised… Read More

British Devon Sailor Launches PledgeSport’s Campaign to Pay His Way to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games & Sailing World Cup

Seeking to fulfill a life-long dream, Devon sailor, Ben Cornish, launched a crowdfunding campaign on PledgeSport to raise enough funds so that he may attend the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in 2016. According to Western Morning News, the 23-year-old has been a member of the British… Read More

Neil Young Helps With Save the Rainforest Kickstarter Campaign

A little over four months since his Pono Music campaign on Kickstarter came to an end, famous singer Neil Young is once again making his way to the crowdfunding giant’s platform for another campaign but this time it is for the Rainforest Connection. According to Rolling Stone,… Read More

Kickante Founder Candice Pascoal Recognized as Innovator

This falls under the category of recently discovered but it certainly bears mentioning.  Kickante, a Brazil based crowdfunding platform, received a pretty cool recognition not that long ago as founder Candice Pascoal was recognized  as one of ten Brazilian female tech entrepreneurs making a difference… Read More

Brazilian Platform Queremos! Crowdfunding Concerts As WeDemand In North America

Queremos! – a crowdfunding site for concerts – has successfully organized many concerts in Brazil. The platform was founded in 2010 by five music lovers who discovered that it was difficult to get concerts scheduled in their home town of Rio. Promoters viewed the risk of scheduling… Read More

Crowdcube Discusses Goals for Global Equity Crowdfunding, Plans Expansion (Updated)

Extending reach of Crowdfunding Platform for Global Expansion of Equity Crowdfunding.  Has Formed Joint Venture for Middle East.  Plans Summer Launch. Crowdcube has formed a joint venture to launch in the Middle East – labeling the expansion “Crowdcube MENA” (Middle East North Africa).  A Joint… Read More

Crowdfunding Portal WeDemand Raises c. $1M

Brazilian social crowdfunding platform, Queremos or WeDemand, a site to promote concerts and other events, announced a funding round of c. $1m led by Beyond Digital Limited (advised by Talis Capital Limited), alongside leading industry investors, including Sean Moriarty the ex-CEO of Ticketmaster. Beyond Digital led this round having been… Read More

When You Wish Crowdfunding site Starts Operations In Brazil

American website for funding creative, business, and social projects launches in Brazil. When You Wish is a leading Internet “crowdfunding” startup that combines payment processing and publishing tools so everyone can easily raise money online for their ideas or causes. “There are 200 million people… Read More