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New Zealand Financial Markets Authority Adds Karatbar International GmbH, Karabit Foundation, & Associated Companies to Warning List

The New Zealand Financial Markets Authority announced earlier this week it has added Karatbar International GmbH, Karabit Foundation, and Associated Companies to its warning list. As previously reported, Karatbars International GmbH is a German company that has been promoting a digital currency, called KaratGold Coin,… Read More

Hit by Unexpected COVID-19 Pandemic Fashion Brand Ingrid Starnes Looks to Raise Capital Online

The global pandemic has been a total shock to the world. The COVID-19 crisis has devastated many businesses around the world. In New Zealand, popular fashion retailer Ingrid Starnes was planning a significant expansion of its business. Late last year, the company signed a lease… Read More

New Zealand: Snowball Effect Launches New Debt Product

Snowball Effect, a leading investment crowdfunding platform in New Zealand, is launching new debt products as it expands it services to firms looking to move beyond equity capital. Since platform launch, Snowball Effect has helped Kiwi businesses raise over $70 million. By providing online capital… Read More

New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority Warns Public of Potential “Profit Bitcoin” Scam

New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority (FMA) announced on Monday it has concerns about the website “Profit Bitcoin” has the hallmarks of being a scam. The organization revealed it was made aware that the digital currency platform is advertising on Facebook by promoting false news about… Read More

Trend: Harmoney Winds Down Peer to Peer Lending Platform to “Free Up Resources”

Harmoney a leading online lender operating in New Zealand is winding down its peer to peer lending business. This means retail investors will no longer be able to invest in loans originated on the platform. The news was revealed earlier this month in a blog… Read More

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Introduces Real-Time Financial Market Infrastructures for Customers in Asia Pacific (APAC) Region

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand, or RBNZ, the nation’s central bank, has introduced real-time financial market infrastructures for its customers in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. The solutions have been developed by SIA, an Italian technology company. The solutions include a real-time gross settlement (RTGS)… Read More

PledgeMe Announces New CEO

Investment crowdfunding platform PledgeMe has announced a new CEO. The platform revealed its intent to select a new Chief Executive in a blog post last September. The platform was founded by Anna Guenther in 2012 and remains the only female-led crowdfunding operating in New Zealand… Read More

SME Platform Xero Integrates Payment Tech Firm Square’s Software in Australia to Enable Instant Payments for Business Invoices

Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) platform Xero has reportedly made a new technology integration with Square’s software in Australia, in order to allow users to make instant payments of small-business invoices. The new feature will allow small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) using Square’s platform to… Read More

New Zealand: Snowball Effect Distributes 2019 Recap

Snowball Effect, the top crowdfunding platform operating in New Zealand with about 70% of the market, recently distributed an update on platform progress. A highly curated marketplace, Snowball Effect was the first crowdfunding platform to launch in New  Zealand back in 2014. According to the… Read More

Interest-Free Buy Now, Pay Later Platform Laybuy Partners UK’s WHSmith to Offer Convenient Payment Plans

Laybuy, an interest-free “buy now, pay later” payment solutions provider, is teaming up with UK’s WHSmith, in order to provide users the option to buy now and pay later through the WHSmith.co.uk website. Customers will be able to buy products now, and will receive their… Read More

Liquidators File Second Report Regarding Hacked Cryptocurrency Exchange Cryptopia, $7 Million Left

Representatives from Grant Thornton have published their Liquidator’s Second Report regarding collapsed New Zealand cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia. Just prior to its dissolution in May, Cryptopia had over 2.2 million registered users worldwide and 37 employees, Grant Thornton (GT) claims. Hackers are believed to have stolen… Read More

Global Investment Crowdfunding Platform OurCrowd Wins Tender to Operate Startup Incubator in New Zealand

OurCrowd, as part of an international consortium, has won a tender to operate a startup incubator in New Zealand. The consortium of companies that participated in the bid includes Finistere Ventures, New Zealand’s food giant Fonterra and animal management leader Gallagher. The consortium was selected… Read More

New Zealand Automobile Association Partners Insurtech Firm “Greater Than” to Make Driving Safer

The New Zealand Automobile Association (AA New Zealand) is teaming up with insurance technology (Insurtech) firm Greater Than in order to make driving a lot safer. The partnership will reportedly involve the use of the insurtech company’s artificial intelligence (AI) software Enerfy to offer “real-time… Read More

Ahead of New Zealand’s 2020 Cannabis Referendum, Marijuana Startups Raise Capital on PledgeMe

In advance of a forthcoming referendum on Cannabis, over $6 million has been raised for medicinal marijuana startups in the past 18 months via investment platform PledgeMe. The New Zealand government is poised to determine whether marijuana should be legalized and regulated for recreational use…. Read More

“Lord of the Fries” Seeks $2 Million on PledgeMe

Besides having a very witty name, plant-based fast-food chain, Lord of the Fries, is planning an expansion in New Zealand by raising growth capital on PledgeMe. The company is seeking up to NZ $2 million with a minimal hurdle of $1 million. If the company… Read More

New Zealand’s Online Lending Platform Harmoney Raises $29.6 Million to Expand Company’s Operations

Auckland, New Zealand-based Harmoney, an online lending platform that connects borrowers with lenders, recently raised NZ$25 million ($15.8 million) through a Series C investment round led by two Australasia-based investors. Established in 2014, Harmoney has acquired funding from Australia-based private equity company Kirwood Capital and… Read More

“Sauvignon Blanc of Cannabis” Puro Offers 14.58% Equity Stake on PledgeMe

Medical cannabis company Puro, described as the “Sauvignon Blanc” of marijuana is raising capital on PledgeMe. The Malborogh, NZ based company is seeking NZ $2 million in equity representing a 7.9%% equity stake in the company. The minimum investment has been set at NZ $500…. Read More

Brave New Coin and BTSE Introduce New Index to Track Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) Market Performance

New Zealand-based Brave New Coin (BNC), a data and research firm focused on the blockchain and digital equities industry, has partnered with multi-currency futures exchange BTSE in order to release the BNC-BTSE Composite Index (BBCX).  According to a press release shared with Crowdfund Insider, the… Read More

On September 1st, Companies in New Zealand Can Pay Employees in Crypto

Starting September 1,  in New Zealand companies will be able to pay employees in cryptocurrencies. As Crowdfund Insider previously reported, a Tax Bulletin published by the Commissioner of Inland Revenue, the New Zealand tax authority, cryptocurrency may be used to pay employees as long as it… Read More

Australian Securities Exchange Partnership With Digital Asset & VMWare For New Distributed Ledger Technology Initiatives

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) announced on Monday it has signed a three-party memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Digital Asset (DA) and VMware to work together on distributed ledger technology (DLT) initiatives in Australia and New Zealand. ASX reported that under the new partnership it… Read More

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