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Back to the Future: The Early Days of Online Trading Revisit FinTech and Crowdfunding Disruption

After reading Orchard Platform’s Bill Ullman elegantly deliberated “Is Fin-Tech History Rhyming Again?” on the platform’s blog last week and prepared for Thanksgiving, I wondered how the early days of online trading revisit fintech and crowdfunding disruption innovation.  While prepping for last week’s feast, I… Read More

CrowdfundingHub Founder Ronald Kleverlaan: Dutch Thought Leader on Alternative Finance Benchmarking Research

As reported last week in Crowdfund Insider,  The University of Cambridge has teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. This is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other… Read More

Creative England & Crowdfunder UK Join Forces to Transform Alternatie Funding

Furthering their commitment to offering alternative finance and supporting the creative industries, Creative England has invested £150k in the UK’s crowdfunding network, Crowdfunder UK. Caroline Norbury, CEO of Creative England has also joined the Crowdfunder Board, effective immediately. The news comes as a recent report from… Read More

Nesta: 44 Facts About Alternative Finance (Infographic)

Nesta and Cambridge University recently published an update on crowdfunding, peer to peer lending and all forms of alternative finance in the United Kingdom.  Crowdfund Insider reported on the complete publication but buried inside the document was an infographic gem.  The creative team at Nesta… Read More

Cambridge’s Dr. Mia Gray Clarifies Collaborative Nesta Report: UK Economic Geography Update

Dr. Mia Gray opines about the recent Nesta and University of Cambridge report.   To recap, Nesta, a UK based innovation charity and staunch proponent of entrepreneurship and creativity, recently published an update on the alternative finance industry in the United Kingdom.  Crowdfund Insider JD Alois explains, “The report notes… Read More

The Big Boys Say Crowdfunding is a Drop in the Ocean: And They’re Right

Crowdfunding ­is ‘hot & happening’. So ‘hot & happening’ in fact, that a lot of valid criticism, however badly formulated at times, is discarded. One of the points made that is taken as an outright insult, is the mention that “Crowdfunding is just a drop… Read More

Nesta: Alternative Finance More than Doubles for 2014

Nesta, a  UK based innovation charity and staunch proponent of entrepreneurship and creativity, has published an update on the alternative finance industry in the United Kingdom.  The report is a joint effort between Nesta and the University of Cambridge.  The report notes this new financial… Read More

Nesta: Crowdfunder Named As One of the 2014 New Radicals in UK

The UK’s rewards-based crowdfunding platform, Crowdfunder, is one of 50 people or projects that are being celebrated for helping to change Britain for the better and named in the 2014 New Radicals list by Nesta and The Observer. New Radicals is a search led by Nesta, the UK’s innovation… Read More

Nesta Reports on the Collaborative Economy

Nesta, an “innovation charity” that also produces some pretty interesting research reports, recently published a document addressing the UK collaborative economy.  Of course the document encompasses a good part of crowdfunding because crowdfunding is all about collaboration.  Nesta publishes some pretty solid data and perspective…. Read More

Nesta Conducts “Largest Crowdfunding Survey Ever”

Innovation charity Nesta has partnered with Cambridge University to launch the largest study ever on crowdfunding and other new forms of alternative finance.  Their research also includes the rewards based variant like Indiegogo, Kickstarter and Crowdfunder.  Nesta has the backing of Parliament, the UKCFA and Parliament – so… Read More

Community-Owned Football Club United of Manchester Raises Funds on Crowdfunder

FC United of Manchester has smashed through their ambitious £46k fundraising target on the crowdfunding website Crowdfunder. All the funds will go towards the cost of their function room and kitchen at the new Broadhurst Park ground in Moston, currently under construction. 872 pledges, along… Read More

Nesta: UK Crowdfunding Platforms Up by 50% in 2013

Nesta Estimates 87 Crowdfunding Platforms Live in the United Kingdom today. According to London based charity / research entity Nesta, the number of crowdfunding platforms operating in the UK rose by over 50% in 2013 according to their research.  Nesta releases these figures as its… Read More

Crowdfunding Innovators Gather in Scotland

Crowdfunding innovators are gathering today in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Innovation Foundation event to share their insight into how Scotland may maximize the potential of this new form of finance.  Crowdfunding is booming in the UK and around the world.  In 2013 over £200 million… Read More

Marshall Wace Buys Eaglewood P2P Firm

According to reports, the British hedge fund  Marshall Wace is purchasing Eaglewood Capital Management described as a P2P specialist.  Marshall Wace manages approximately $15.5 billion in assets.  The terms of the purchase were not disclosed. Eaglewood apparently intends on launching the worlds first listed P2P investment trust…. Read More

Crowdfunder Gets £150,000 From NESTA via Crowdcube Campaign

Only a few days before UK’s leading crowdfunding network Crowdfunder launched its own £500,000 campaign on Crowdcube, the website announced that charity NESTA is the first to pledge towards the equity fundraiser with £150,000. NESTA previously provided grand funds towards Crowdfunder as an early stage partner… Read More

Members of Parliament Set to Debate Crowdfunding at Westminister

Debate Takes Place as Consultation Period Nears End. Members of Parliament (MPs) will be debating the future of crowdfunding at Westminster tomorrow,  Wednesday, December 18, 2013.  The Westminster Hall Debate has been initiated by Barry Sheerman MP, a leading proponent of crowdfunding. Mr Sheerman, chair of… Read More

Nesta Publishes Report on UK Alternative Finance, Crowdfunding

UK Alternative Finance Said to Hit £1.6 Billion in 2014. Nesta, a UK based charity which strives to support the best and brightest ideas by providing grants and doing research, has published a report on the “Rise of Future Finance”.  This is a first ever… Read More

New Academic Study Seeks Input From UK Crowdfunding Platforms

The University of California, Berkeley, Nesta and the University of Cambridge have teamed up and plan to execute a benchmarking survey to capture the size, transaction volume and growth of the alternative finance market in the UK. The team behind the upcoming report is asking… Read More

Angel Investing Revisited: Notes from the NESTA / BBAA Report

Recently equity portal Crowdcube re-visited the NESTA – BBAA report on Angel investing in the United Kingdom.  While the research document was produced several years ago (2009 is the publish date) the theme and lessons learned remain intact.  Investing in startups is risky, but rewards… Read More

Could peer-to-peer lending plug finance gaps?

Peer-to-peer lending models are filling the gap left by banks, suggests a new report from innovation charity, NESTA. ‘Banking on Each Other’ looks at the emerging field of peer-to-peer lending to business and the processes that drive borrowers and lenders to use the platforms. Data… Read More

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