Tagged: uk

Zopa Reports Diminishing Loss as Revenues Rise for 2016

Zopa, the first peer to peer lender to set up shop in the UK, has filed its annual accounts for 2016, and according to their numbers business is looking better. Top line revenue improved by 61% jumping to £33.2 million for 2016. The operating loss… Read More

SME Platform Grafter Quickly Overfunds on Crowdcube

Grafter, a platform that connects SMEs with local rated labor, successfully secured its initial £150,000 funding target just days after launching its equity offering on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. Launched in June 2017 by co-founders Tom Cape and Richard Knight, Grafter manages the search process through booking… Read More

Dash Set to Host Its First Ever Global Conference in London

Dash, a payments-focused digital currency, announced on Tuesday it will host its first-ever conference, the Dash Conference, set for September 24th at the Oval Space in London, UK. According to Dash, the conference will serve as the precursor to the highly anticipated World Blockchain Forum… Read More

Crowdcube Announces Partnership With Worth Capital

On Tuesday, UK-based equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube announced its collaboration with London-based venture capital firm Worth Capital to help support, fund and grow its network of entrepreneurs on their journey to disrupt the landscape of their sectors. The funding portal revealed: “Through this relationship, our Crowdcube… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Offers Final 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

Overfunding: Money Dashboard Surpasses £1 Million During the Final Week on Crowdcube

With its equity crowdfunding campaign set to close on Crowdcube later this week, Money Dashboard, a UK-based firm that has created a personal finance management app, has successfully secured its initial £1 million funding target from more than 1300 investors. Money Dashboard’s app notably empowers more than 100,000… Read More

Seven Years Since Launch: Funding Circle has Supported the Creation of 80,000 New Jobs

Last week, Funding Circle celebrated seven years of operation. Launched in August of 2010, three friends from university concocted the concept of peer to peer lending in support of UK SMEs. That first year of operation saw a mere £2 million in loans originated. Today,… Read More

Higher Education Lending Platform Prodigy Finance Raises $240 Million For International Student Funding

On Monday, UK-based higher education lending platform, Prodigy Finance, announced it secured $240 million for international student funding. According to the online lender, the new investment includes a $40 million Series C equity round, led by international venture capital firm Index Ventures, with Balderton Capital… Read More

Funding Circle to Launch New Version of Autobid & Autosell Lending, Investors Will No Longer Be Able to Choose Single Loans

On Monday, Funding Circle announced it is set to launch a new version of its existing Autobid and Autosell lending tools. Funding Circle will be eliminating the option to manually choose which businesses an investor may lend to and which loan parts to sell will be… Read More

Israeli Crowdfunding Platform ExitValley Self Crowdfunds, Plans UK Expansion

ExitValley is leveraging its own platform to raise growth capital for the young investment crowdfunding site. According to the campaign page; “2 years after we pioneered Israel‘s first Crowdinvesting platform, new government regulations are now in place that allow everyone to invest in Start-ups. We… Read More

Report: IVC Poised to Invest in Fintech Unicorn Transferwise

IVC, one of the original venture capital firms on Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley, is poised to take a substantial stake in Fintech unicorn Transferwise. This is a according to a report by Sky News that indicated IVP would invest approximately $60 million in the… Read More

Why You Should Start Considering Socially Responsible Investing

Narrowly looking only at a company’s published financial accounts when investing in it could prove to be a costly mistake. Every company is also about people, and every company is only as good as the people who embody its mission. Quantitative assessment of a company… Read More

RateSetter Withdraws From the UK Peer to Peer Finance Association [u]

On Friday, P2P lending platform RateSetter announced it has withdrawn from the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA). This news comes less than a month after the online lender was hit with a series of significant operational challenges as several large loans have struggled. RateSetter stated; “Following our… Read More

Update: Enertor Captures 91% of £750,000 Crowdcube Funding Target & Announces Partnership With Runner’s World

With its equity crowdfunding campaign set to close on Crowdcube at the beginning of September, Enertor, an insole company that is endorsed and worn by Olympian Usain Bolt, has successfully secured more than 91% of its £750,000 funding target. Enertor previously stated that its insole… Read More

Landbay Completes Latest Seedrs Funding Round With More Than £2.4 Million in Funding

On Friday, UK-based peer-to-peer lending platform Landbay announced the completion of its latest crowdfunding round on Seedrs, which attracted a grand total of £2,440,266. Gray Stern, co-founder and chief commercial officer at Landbay, revealed to UKTN (formerly Tech City News): “This was a bridge round funded by… Read More

Crowdcube Teams Up With London’s New Sport Tech Hub

Crowdcube announced on Thursday it has formed a partnership with London’s brand new Sport Tech Hub, a hub that creates a platform for both startups and entrepreneurs within the sports tech space. The equity crowdfunding platform stated it offers Sport Tech Hub member teams the… Read More

Hybrid Estate Agent Vesper Homes Seeks £100,000 Through Equity Offering on Seedrs

Hybrid estate agent, Vesper Homes, is currently seeking a minimum of £100,000 through its equity offering on crowdfunding platform Seedrs. The company is currently offering 8% in equity, with a valuation of £1,150,800. The company stated that it offers users all of the same services… Read More

Funding Circle Set to Support UK Small Business Growth Through Strategic Partnership With Aegon

On Thursday, online lender Funding Circle announced it has formed a strategic partnership with Dutch financial services group, Aegon, to support the growth of UK small businesses. According to Funding Circle, Aegon is set to invest in loans to UK small businesses through its lending… Read More

Update: The Market Mogul Extends Crowdcube Funding Round & Launches New Section on China

On Wednesday, self-described millennial media company The Market Mogul announced it was officially extending its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. This news comes just after the company raised more than £425,000 from more than 500 investors. The Market Mogul was founded in 2013 by CEO Rav Singh Sandhu… Read More