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Sign of the Times: Transferwise Now Lets Users Make International Payments via Facebook Messenger

Transferwise, a leading cross-border money transfer service, has recently revealed that it has integrated its payments system with the Facebook Messenger. The integration will allow users to perform foreign exchange transactions over the widely-used chat service. While not a huge announcement it is more indicative… Read More

UK-based Fintech Firm Hastee Secures $270 Million in Equity and Debt Financing

UK-headquartered Hastee, an on-demand wages app, revealed on December 2 that it finalized  a $270 million round consisting of equity and debt financing. Umbra Capital, a newly launched modern merchant bank that makes investments in the UK’s SMEs, led the equity portion of the investment… Read More

Report: US-based VC Firms Continue to Increasingly Invest in London-headquartered Fintech Startups

According to a new report, US-based venture capital firms have been increasingly investing in London-headquartered companies this year. New data shows that UK-based Fintech firms continue to attract a large number of investors. US investors have reportedly contributed around in $4.4 billion (appr. £3.4 billion)… Read More

UK-based Fintech Thought Machine Launches Customizable Smart Contracts for Repayments

London-based Thought Machine, a Fintech firm that aims to address the banking sector’s dependence on legacy IT infrastructure, revealed on November 6 that it’s launching “Vault Rare.”  Vault Rare is a new product that will be integrated on top of Thought Machine’s cloud-native banking platform,… Read More

London-based Fintech Freetrade Raises €13.4 Million via Series A Investment Round, Receives Funding from First Capital Investor

London-based Freetrade, a challenger stockbroker that provides free share trading in smartphones, recently closed a €13.4 million (appr. $14.9 million) series A funding round in which it received investments from its first capital investor. This past summer, Freetrade closed a crowdfunding round on Crowdcube raising… Read More

London-based “Over the Top” Banking Service Curve Integrates Samsung Pay for UK-based Customers

London-based Curve, an “over the top” banking service that consolidates all bank-issued cards into a single smart card and app, has integrated Samsung Pay for UK-based clients, according to a company release. Adding support for the new payment system makes it easier for Samsung smartphone… Read More

Financial Giant Softbank Invests $655 Million into UK-based Supply Chain Firm Greensill

Tokyo-based Softbank, a multinational conglomerate holding company that provides fixed-line, mobile telephony, internet, telecommunications, and digital television products, is planning to invest $655 million into Greensill, a UK-headquartered supply chain finance company. Softbank has been a prominent investor in the Fintech sector having taken positions… Read More

UK-based Fintech Starling Bank Launches New Online Banking App for Business Clients

London-based digital bank Starling Bank has introduced a new online banking app that allows its business clients to manage their funds more efficiently, according to a release. In addition to providing a mobile banking application, Sterling Bank offers a debit card that allows users to… Read More

Overfunding: Theatre Mobile App Stagedoor Surpasses £175,000 in Funding Through Latest Seedrs Campaign

Stagedoor, a London-based theatre app startup, has successfully secured its initial £175,000 funding target on the equity crowdfunding platform, Seedrs. The company previously raised over 350,000 through its 2018 crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs and is offering 20% in offered discount. As previously reported, Stagedoor helps… Read More

Ganapati Group’s G8C Brings Blockchain to the House of Commons

Ganapati Group company, GanaEight Coin Ltd (G8C) announced earlier this week it hosted a blockchain event at the House of Commons in London’s Houses of Parliament. According to G8C, the event followed the Blockchain Expo Global event at London’s Olympia Grand on the Thursday and… Read More

Overfunding: Real Estate Source Platform Infabode Returns to Seedrs & Quickly Surpasses £100,000 Funding Target

Less than a year after securing £763,043 through its previous Seedrs round, real estate source platform, Infabode, has returned to the equity crowdfunding platform and has already surpassed its initial £100,000 funding target. As previously reported, Infabode reported that it connects its community of users… Read More

Crate Brewery & Pizzeria Surpasses £565K Mark on Crowdcube: Cheers!

As many Crowdfund Insiders know, beer campaigns have raised incredible amounts of funding over the years — who can forget BrewDog, Garage Beer, Sly Fox, BeerBods, The Bottle Shop? On Crowdcube alone, Chadlington Brewery, Crowns and Hops Brewing Co, Redwell Brewery and Crate Brewery are currently raising… Read More

Securitize Expansion: Opens New Offices in NYC & London; Announces Asia Services

Securitize, a platform that facilitates security token offerings, announced last week it has opened new offices in NYC and London, as well as expanded its services into Asia. As previously reported, Securitize describes itself as a compliance platform and protocol for issuing and managing digital… Read More

Barclays announces 2019 London Accelerator class

Barclays announced on Friday it has welcomed the ten companies that will join the 2019 London Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars class, which is the sixth London programme to date. The Barclays Accelerator reportedly provides successful applicants with a Financial Technology (FinTech) focused, 13-week programme. Each of the… Read More

Update: UK Bike Retailer Velorution Surpasses £500,000 Through Latest Seedrs Round

UK-based bicycle retailer Velorution has successfully secured more than £500,000 through its latest equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. The round, which was launched last month and originally seeking £400,000, comes just two years after Velorution raised £625,744 through its first Seedrs initiative. As previously reported, Velorution describes itself as one… Read More

Eat Square & Dandy on Seedrs: Because It’s Lunchtime Somewhere

It’s time to eat somewhere… and Seedrs has some live campaigns that will make readers stomach’s growl with hunger! Take Dandy and Seedrs’ alum Eat Square pies… In 2017, after crowdfunding £40,000 on its first Seedrs raise, Eat Square’s reportedly turnover has more than doubled in 2018…. Read More

UK Bicycle Retailer Velorution Returns to Seedrs; Now Seeking £400,000

Just two years after securing £625,744 through its first equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs, UK-based bicycle retailer Velorution has returned to the funding portal to raise an additional £400,000. As previously reported, Velorution describes itself as one of London’s leading premium urban cycling retailers. It is looking to… Read More

BBVA Forms New Partnership With Anthemis to Create Venture Studio in London

BBVA announced on Thursday it has formed a partnership with fintech venture investor and builder Anthemis Group (Anthemis) to build a venture creation studio in London. According to BBVA, this new studio will create value by deploying capital and resources to building businesses that address untapped user… Read More

iZettle Teams Up With British Fashion Council to Bring Contactless Payments at London Fashion Week

Swedish fintech iZettle announced this week it has partnered with the British Fashion Council to bring contactless payments to the London Fashion Week festival. All designer stands were reportedly equipped with iZettle readers, which allows customers to tap and pay for items using contactless and… Read More

Following Seedrs Success, Investly Opens Invoicing Marketplace

Less than six months after securing £679,085 through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs, London-based peer-to-peer lender and invoice finance provider Investly announced it has opened its platform to help partners such as banks, working capital providers, e-invoicing platforms and retail/wholesale marketplaces serve their business customers the financing they need. As… Read More

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