A Record Breaking Year for Seedrs: A Discussion with CEO Jeff Lynn

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Seedrs delivered a record year of crowdfunding. In an end of the year recap, Seedrs quantified their accomplishments including: £85 million invested in 159 different deals 45,000 individual investments were made during 2016 from 65 different countries FreeAgent, a company that raised £1.2 million Seedrs… Read More

Brief: AutoGravity Inks Partnership with First Investors Financial Services Group

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First Investors Financial Services Group has inked a partnership with digital car financing platform AutoGravity, which will bring the financial institution’s 4,000 dealer partners into AutoGravity’s ecosystem announced the platform. “The world is changing; there is a whole population that really doesn’t do anything unless… Read More

Stable Growth, Multiple Awards: China Rapid Finance Named to Hurun Report

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China Rapid Finance Limited, a large Chinese consumer lending marketplace launched in 2001, added to its recent haul of awards and recognitions by being named to Hurun Report’s “2017 China New Finance Top 50.” CRF’s inclusion on the list reflects the company’s stable growth in consumer… Read More

UK Fintecher Platform Black Rebrands as Sancus Finance Limited

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UK-headquartered Platform Black Limited announced that it has rebranded as Sancus Finance Limited with immediate effect. The move comes as part of a strategic review of operations by Platform Black’s owners, GLI Finance Limited. The strategic review, designed to simplify GLI’s structure, included a transfer of its holdings… Read More

OFIXU Hits £75,000 Fundraising Goal on Seedrs

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OFIXU hit its fundraising goal on Seedrs with a goal of about £75,000 (just over $91,000) to build out its sales and marketing teams.  The campaign hit its mark well before its deadline around mid-February. OFIXU calls itself the “Airbnb for workspaces”, allowing commercial office renters to lease… Read More

P2P Lender Landbay Granted ISA Manager Status By HMRC

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Peer-to-peer lending platform Landbay announced on Monday it was granted ISA Manager Status by HMRC. This news comes less than a month after the lender received full authorization from the FCA for peer to peer lending. The Landbay team stated that status will clear the way for the… Read More

SME Lender Loan Frame Receives $2.25 Million Investment

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Loan Frame, an online lender providing access to capital in India, has raised $2.25 million. According to the India Times, the funding round was led by Parag Saxena, co-founder of Vedanta Capital and William Campbell, former chairman of Visa International. Additional investors included Toos Daruvala, co-chief executive… Read More

SuperCharger Fintech Accelerator Launches 2.0 Program At Cyberport Fintech Smart Space

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SuperCharger Fintech Accelerator announced the launch of its 2.0 program on January 9th in the newly opened Cyberport FinTech Smart Space. The accelerator welcomed the program’s eight fintech start-ups and scale-up participants, which are Bambu, Clare.ai, Entersoft, FinChat, Foris, KYC Chain, Squirro, and Xnotes Alliance. The companies… Read More

Money360 Funds $3.87 Million Loan for Alabama Retail Center Acquisition

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Commercial real estate marketplace lending platform, Money360, announced on Monday it provided financing to a commercial property owner to purchase a fully leased retail center in Mobile, Alabama. According to Money360, the $3,865,000 five-year loan is secured by the 1.61-acre, 16,710-square-foot Airport Boulevard Shops shopping center,… Read More

On Hold: Wellesley Suspends Seedrs Campaign to Attract City Investors

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Just a few weeks after launching its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs, peer-to-peer lending platform Wellesley has reportedly decided to suspend the initiative as it seeks to attract city investors. As previously reported, Wellesley sought to raise £1.5 million though the funding portal to continue operations…. Read More

H2 Ventures Receives $2 Million Loan Guarantee From Jobs For NSW to Create 400 New Jobs for 40 Fintech Startups

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Australia’s startup accelerator H2 Ventures is set to receive a $2 million loan from Jobs for NSW. The funds will reportedly give H2 Ventures access to a $4 million loan from Investec Australia, along with helping the accelerator create 400 jobs for 40 fintech startups in… Read More


Accenture Announces Fintech Innovation Lab London’s Largest Program Class

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Accenture announced on Monday that 20 startups were chosen for the 2017 Fintech Innovation Lab London’s 12-week program. This class is considered the largest class in the London Lab’s five-year history and this year’s program reported received the greatest number of applicants, with an increased… Read More

Tipalti Announces Integration Partnership With Digital Media Analytics Platform LinkTrust

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Tipalti announced on Monday it has formed an integration partnership with digital media analytics platform LinkTrust. The fintech company stated that this new integration will help its digital media clients manage payments made to their performance marketers, affiliate marketers, referral sales partners, and publishers. Sharing… Read More

Innovate Finance Set to Bring UK Fintech to the 2017 World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos

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Innovate Finance, the independent membership organization representing UK’s global fintech sector, announced on Monday it is heading to Davos, Switzerland for the 2017 World Economic Forum.  The World Economic Forum, which was established as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971 and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, aims to… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance is Conducting Three Different Fintech Surveys

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The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) is in the midst of a research push. The CCAF is in the midst of not one, but three different surveys on the alternative finance ecosystem. Late last year, the CCAF announced a unique partnership with the Financial… Read More

Dow Jones European Venture Capital Report Shows Increase in Q4

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Venture Capital investment into European companies increased in Q4 in comparison to Q3 2016 and the same quarter year prior. This is according to Dow Jones European Venture Capital Report that described Q4 as a “rebound”. Dow Jones tallied 19 European venture capital funds raising €1.60… Read More

Personal Finance App Squirrel Seeks £400,000 on SyndicateRoom

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Squirrel, a personal finance app designed to help users have more control over their money, will raise £400,000 on SyndicateRoom. The platform reported that experienced angel investor Jos Evans will be the lead investor on the funding round having committed £100,000 to Squirrel. SyndicateRoom members… Read More

Shanghai Office Vacancies Rise as P2P Lending Declines

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Apparently, the slowdown and consolidation of the Chinese peer to peer lending industry is having an impact on the real estate market. Colliers International is reporting that Shanghai Grade A office space experienced a rise in average vacancy due to the widespread withdrawal from peer to peer… Read More

White House National Economic Council Publishes Framework for Fintech

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Better late than never, the National Economic Council, part of the Obama Administration’s White House, has published a “Framework for Fintech” outlining their principles for policy on financial innovation. Adrienne Harris, a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Alex Zerden, a Presidential… Read More