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Harmonized European Crowdfunding Rules Go Into Effect

Harmonized European crowdfunding laws commence today (November 10, 2021). After years of engagement by industry leaders, largely due to the efforts of EuroCrowd, issuers may now utilize investment platforms to sell securities across all EU member states. The European Crowdfunding Service Providers Regulation (ECSPR) rules… Read More

The Current State of Crowdfunding in Europe: Report

Online capital formation is one of the earliest sectors of Fintech. Platforms exist around the world to match investors with debt, equity and other securities to raise capital to finance a  firm, back a real estate project, or simply to provide capital to those in… Read More

European Government Funds May Get Distributed by European Crowdfunding Platforms

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Recently, a report was published regarding the European Commission distributing European (ESIF) funds through European crowdfunding platforms. Obviously, if this occurs it will be a boon for both platforms and issuers. The report was written by Karsten Wenzlaff, Ana Odorovic and Ronald Kleverlaan, along with consulting… Read More

Netherlands: Dutch Approach to Crowdfunding May Compel Platforms to Operate Elsewhere in the EU

Last year, the European Union agreed upon pan-European crowdfunding rules designed to harmonize the environment for online securities offerings across all member states. Currently, each member state handles online capital formation in a different manner, regulated by national authorities thus undermining the potential for cross-border… Read More

European Securities and Markets Authority: Deadline for Comments on European Crowdfunding Service Providers Consultation Due this Week

This past February, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced a consultation on technical standards for the Europea Crowdfunding Service Providers Regulation (ECSPR). The move was part of the European Union’s announced harmonization of investment crowdfunding rules. For years, industry insiders and advocacy groups,… Read More

European Union Approves New Crowdfunding Rules that Apply to Member States, Funding Cap Set at €5 Million

Earlier today, the European Union approved crowdfunding rules that will apply to all member states thus finally offering a pan-European approach to online capital formation while removing much of the friction in the current ecosystem that suffers from regulatory fragmentation. Industry participants, along with industry… Read More

Alternative Finance Report: SMEs Raised €2.7 Billion in The Netherlands

A year-long study by Stichting MKB Financiering, a think tank covering the alternative finance market, is reporting that SMEs raised €2.7 billion in The Netherlands in non-bank financing. The group states that the data proves that alternative finance has gone beyond the experimental phase “securely positioning itself… Read More

Perspective: Should Workers Shoulder the Burden of this Crisis? Only When They Get to Share in Later Benefits

Bernhoven Hospital was on the frontlines as the first Dutch cases of COVID-19 surfaced in the southern province of Brabant. The hospital made positive headlines due to its warm relationships with staff and local residents. This is one of the main reasons the health care… Read More

Netherlands: Alternative Finance Topped €1 Billion in 2018 as Strong Growth Continues

Alternative finance surpassed € 1 billion in 2018 in the Netherlands as sector growth continues, according to a report from Stichting MKB Financiering. Ronald Kleverlaan, a representative from Stichting and note alternative finance expert, commented on the report: “The Dutch Alternative Finance market has reached… Read More

Ronald Kleverlaan, Director European Centre for Alternative Finance, Shares Insight Into European Fintech Marketplace

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Ronald Kleverlaan is a well known thought leader in the European Fintech sector. He is Director of the European Centre for Alternative Finance (ECAF) at Utrecht University in the Netherlands -a joint initiative of the University Utrecht School of Economics, CrowdfundingHub, and the Sustainable Finance Lab. ECAF… Read More

Altfinator Helps Innovative European SMEs Gain Access to Alternative Finance by Educating SME Advisors

In recent years, interesting alternative forms of financing such as crowdlending and crowdfunding have emerged to provide the underserved European SME market with debt and equity financing. However, these alternative solutions have been hampered by a missing link in their distribution: SME advisors. This missing… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Offers Last Call for European Platform Participation in Benchmarking Report

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has become the standard by which everyone measures the growth and aggregate success of the alternative finance industry. Cambridge was the first major institution to capture a snapshot, both qualitatively and quantitatively, on the emergence of crowdfunding, online… Read More

European Centre for Alternative Finance (ECAF) Crowdfunding Research Week 2017: What You Missed

From June 7-9 Utrecht School of Economics (U.S.E.) hosted the inaugural Crowdfunding research week of the European Centre for Alternative Finance (ECAF), co-organized by U.S.E., CrowdfundingHub and Sustainable Finance Lab. 37 researchers from seven European countries spanning 21 organisations contributed to the successful event. The… Read More

Investor protection vs Access to Finance: The Growth of Alternative Finance

The presentation embedded below is an interesting perspective on the growth of alternative finance, specifically in Europe. There has been a certain amount of discussion regarding the tepid growth of investment crowdfunding in the US (not including marketplace lending) and the reasons why the sector… Read More

The University of Cambridge Launches the 2016-17 European and Africa & Middle East Alternative Finance Industry Surveys

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School has launched its third European benchmarking survey and the second survey for Africa and the Middle East. The two separate research initiatives will review the emerging alternative finance markets in each… Read More

Report: Crowdfunding Potential in Nigeria

Crowdfunding is a global phenomenon but it is obviously evolving at different speeds in different countries. Africa is one region where the new form of finance can be utilized to benefit the economy.  A recent report published by the CrowdfundingHub highlights a single country in… Read More

The Rise of Equity Crowdfunding: Report by CrowdfundingHub

    The CrowdfundingHub has published a report on the rise of equity crowdfunding across Europe. The  document provides a snapshot perspective on sector growth noting that more evolved markets have gained investor trust but risks remain. Pointing to data provided by the Cambridge Centre… 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

That Italian Cool & Crowdfunding Opportunity

  The memory of Rockin1000’s spectacular performance of “Learning to Fly” and the gathering of one thousand musicians in Cesena, Italy is still fresh. Moreover, as the Biggest Rock Band on Earth pushes through with follow-up events, the spirit of collaboration – and collaborative economics… Read More

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