Tagged: europe

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 Launches Mid Term Review of Capital Markets Union

As part of its efforts to achieve a Capital Markets Union (CMU), the European Commission has launched a public consultation on the planned CMU mid-term review. This consultation offers an opportunity for stakeholders to provide targeted input to complement and advance actions put forward in… Read More

Citi Report: Continue to Watch China & FinTech in 2017

Citi’s latest report, “Digital Disruption – Revisited: What FinTech VC Investments Tell Us About a Changing Industry”, explores the evolving fintech industry.  In exploring different regions around the world, the report concludes: China’s rapid digitalization and rise of the middle class — combined with declining… Read More

Zopa CEO Jaidev Janardana on Partnerships, Banking Services & P2P Lending Trends

Online lending experienced a challenging year in 2016. Regardless of your base of operations, unexpected events created a bumpy ride for many platforms in this sector of finance. Crowdfund Insider last spoke to Zopa CEO Jaidev Janardana in mid-2016, just prior to the UK’s decision… Read More

Dow Jones European Venture Capital Report Shows Increase in Q4

Venture Capital investment into European companies increased in Q4 in comparison to Q3 2016 and the same quarter year prior. This is according to Dow Jones European Venture Capital Report that described Q4 as a “rebound”. Dow Jones tallied 19 European venture capital funds raising €1.60… Read More

PwC Announces New Fintech Accelerating Program Startup Collider

PwC announced earlier this week the opening of its new fintech accelerating program, Startup Collider, which is described as a new initiative for nurturing and promoting the Central and Eastern European start-ups. The company stated it will provide the start-ups with a workspace within PwC network,… 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

KPMG & CB Insights Report Suggest FinTech Growth is Slowing

During the first half of 2016, regulators feared that Fintech would become all too powerful.  Then, in November, they concluded that the Fintech sector was not threatening.  At the cusp of 2017, it also appears that other observers have concluded that the FIintech boom is… Read More

EstateGuru Reports: Average History Return Reaches Highest In December 2016

EstateGuru, a peer to peer lender based in Estonia, announced on Thursday its average historic return reached the level 13.4% (since December 2014), which the platform claims to be the highest return among crowdfunding platforms for secured property loans. The online lender’s founder and CEO Marek… Read More

European Online Lender Spotcap Set to Open New London Office

On Thursday, European online lender Spotcap announced it is ready to expand into the UK market and will be opening its new London office by the end of the year. Incubated by German investment company Rocket Internet, Spotcap was founded in 2014 and currently offers SMEs credit… Read More

Brief: European Money Collection Platform Leetchi Launches Services in the UK

Leetchi, a European money collection platform, announced on Thursday it is launching its services in the UK. The company, which was launched in 2009, was acquired by French bank Crédit Mutuel Arkéa last year. It has over six million users from more than 150 countries and… 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

Seedrs’ European Expansion Continues: Prepares to Open Berlin Office & Appoints Kyrill Zlobenko As New Regional Manager

On Monday, equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs announced it is continuing its European expansion by opening an office in Berlin. The location will reportedly bring the Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (DACH) deal flow to the funding portal. Speaking about the new office, Jeff Lynn, CEO and co-founder of Seedrs, stated:… Read More

Research: European Alternative Finance Jumps to €5.4 billion in 2015

  Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Publishes 2nd Annual Research Report on European Alternative Finance The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has published its 2nd report on the rapid growth of alternative finance across Europe. Entitled “Sustaining Momentum“, the CCAF research has quickly become… Read More

Invesdor Shares Employee Update: “The Team Now Comprises 17 Smart & Driven Doers”

On Tuesday, Finland-based Invesdor shared some details about its growing team. This employee info comes nearly a month after the company successfully secured €1.2 million during its self-running crowdfunding initiative. The funding portal stated: “It seems like only a couple of months ago we were just… Read More

#CF4Culture – European Project Seeks Feedback on Crowdfunding Experience

Enlisted by the European Commission to uncover empirical data on crowdfunding, Crowdfund4Culture is seeking participation in an online survey to learn about individuals and organizations experience with crowdfunding. Whether you are a business, non-profit, elected official or an individual they are trying to get as… Read More

Fintech Firm Invesdor Launches Equity Crowdfunding Round

Helsinki based Fintech firm, Invesdor, announced on Tuesday it has opened its new equity offering. The company is seeking to raise €750,000 with a max of €1.5M as it prepares to its international position. Its previous offering successfully funded in just six days and achieved  €1 million from 143 investors,… Read More

Brief: Indiegogo Success Jibo Teams Up With BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe

On Wednesday, Indiegogo alum, Jibo, Inc. announced that it has formed a partnership with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe to create a new family experience on the robot’s platform. BANDAI is known for its work on PAC-MAN.  David Aubert, MIS director and project leader of BANDAI NAMCO… Read More