Tagged: EU

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

Shortage of Risk Capital Hobbles Early Stage Companies in Europe

Early stage companies need funding to launch and grow. That is a fact. But early stage companies are the riskiest of firms and thus unable to attract debt or bank financing. The solution is to ask friends, families and, perhaps, angel investors to provide equity… Read More

2016 Citizenergy Project of the Year: ECrowd & Mar de Fulles in Spain

Spanish Off-grid Eco-Complex Mar de Fulles Voted Best Contributor to Sustainable Energy Future Community energy portal Citizenergy announced its 2016 Project of the Year Award to Spanish crowdfunding platform ECrowd! and the Mar de Fulles eco-complex during an event in Brussels. Citizenergy lauded the two company’s outstanding… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network Calls for Members to Assist with EU Crowdfunding Regulatory Review

The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN), a pan-European alternative finance advocacy group, is asking members to participate regarding input on the Capital Markets Union.  Specifically, the ECN will be working with the Directorate‑General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA) regarding input on… Read More

European Commission Appoints Members of Expert Group on Sustainable Finance

The European Commission has announced the appointment of a group of individuals to advise on sustainable finance. The initiative is part of the ongoing Capital Markets Union (CMU) which took a serious blow following the Brexit decision.  The intent of the expert group is to… Read More

EU Horizon 2020 Future & Emerging Technologies Applications Due January 2017

Backed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation grant, the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) initiative aims to bring together investors and entrepreneurs to work on research and design projects focused on technology that advance European interests domestically and internationally. The Horizon 2020… Read More

Deloitte: 2016 Economic & Political Upheavals Challenge Financial Services Companies

Weapons present in the South China Sea.  The U.S. backs out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. South Korea’s president facing impeachment.  Duterte wins the Philippines presidential election. These are just a few of the explosive economic and political events that have continued to unfold in the… Read More

Focused on Change: European Fintech Alliance Kicks Off at Deutsche Bourse

The European Fintech Alliance, established in Berlin early this summer, seeks to represent the interests of startups in the political arena and to build bridges between policymakers and regulators at European level.  The platform touts a non-national, but EU-wide approach, for FinTechs only. Initiated by political… Read More

EU Report: No Strong Case to Create Synchronized Framework for Investment Crowdfunding

File this one under recently discovered, but the European Commission published a report earlier this year that pretty much crushed any hope for a more synchronized approach for debt and equity crowdfunding across Europe. As highlighted in the editorial by Alessandro Lerro earlier this week,… Read More

European Union Stops Harmonization Process for Crowdfunding Rules

At Crowddialogue Europe in Graz, Austria last week, a panel presentation, moderated by Ronald Kleverlaan, inquired about the status of the European legislation on crowd-investing. Looking back to 2014, with the EU Commission’s Communication “Unleashing the Potential of Crowdfunding”, soon followed by the 2015 Communication “Action Plan… Read More

EU Commissioner Talks CMU, Alternative Finance Following Brexit

EU Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis replaced Jonathan Hill of the UK at the Commission following the Brexit decision. He recently sat down with CNBC for an interesting interview where he shared some insight into his perspective on the Capital Markets Union (CMU) in light of the UK EU… Read More

Lending Works Reflects on the Brexit Economy Two Months Later

On Thursday, UK-based peer-to-peer lender, Lending Works, took to its blog to reveal the status of UK’s economy since voters made the Brexit decision, to depart from the European Union (EU),  just two months ago (June 23rd). The lender stated: “Depending which newspaper you’re inclined to… Read More

Seedrs Among Businesses Supporting Mayor Sadiq Khan’s #LondonIsOpen Campaign

Earlier this week, London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, launched the #LondonIsOpen campaign, which was to show the world that London continues to remain united and open for business following the UK’s recent vote to depart from the European Union (EU). Khan reportedly stated: “London is the best… Read More

#BrexitJustice Crowdfunder UK Captures Over £100,000 In An Effort to Stop European Union Departure

Earlier this month, a man by the name Marcus J. Ball took to the crowdfunding platform, Crowdfunder UK, to raise £100,000 to bring the pro-Brexit politicians to court for various charges and prevent Brexit from happening. This initiative, which is called #BrexitJustice, was launched just a… Read More

Perspective: Uncertainty About the Consequences of Brexit is Rising

As UK politicians, pro-Brexit and pro-Bremain alike, resign one after the other, the uncertainty about the consequences of the Brexit vote is rising instead of abating. Here is a summary the following main causes of uncertainty that impact financial services: The Legal Exiting Process: The… Read More

Lending Works Offers Pension Advice Post-Brexit Decision

Just a little over a week after the UK voted to depart from the European Union (EU), Lending Works offered pension advice to the country’s retirees (or soon to be) following the surprising decision. The peer-to-peer lending platform shared: “Less than a week in, and the… Read More

AngelsDen on Brexit Decision: In Short Term, We All Expect A Period of Economic Volatility in the UK

One week after the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU), equity crowdfunding platform AngelsDen revealed its thoughts about the departure and economy predictions. The website stated: “Obviously the UK vote to leave the European Union has raised many questions about investing in UK… Read More

RealtyShare Reports: Real Estate Crowdfunding Offers Potential Opportunity to Diversify Following Brexit Decision

Following the UK’s vote to depart from the European Union (EU), the team at crowdfunding portal, RealtyShares, revealed their thoughts about the shocking decision. Arash Sotoodehnia, RealtyShares chief credit officer, stated: “The uncertainty around what happens next as Britain begins the process of negotiating her… Read More