Giving Small Businesses the Best Possible Chance of Succeeding when Crowdfunding


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There is no question that the proliferation of various forms of alternative finance has proven vital for Britain’s scaling businesses attempting to secure growth funding. In the UK, the alternative finance industry traded a staggering £3.2 billion worth of business in 2015, an increase of 84%… Read More

Overfunding: Child Safety App Azoomee Surpasses £450,000 Funding Goal on Crowdcube

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With less than two weeks until its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube comes to an end, child safety app Azoomee has successfully secured its initial £450,000 funding goal and is nearing £525,000 thanks to over 175 investors. As previously reported, Azoomee allows children between the ages of… Read More

Indiegogo Teams Up With General Assembly, 500 Startups, TechStars, & Rent the Runway to Present “Startup Fundraising 101”


On Friday, Indiegogo announced it has teamed up with General Assembly, 500 Startups, TechStars,, and Rent the Runway to present Startup Fundraising 101, a guide that reveals the pros and cons of finding funding. The guide will also walk readers through crowdfunding, bootstrapping, and even… Read More

JPMorgan Chase Invests in InvestCloud: Announces Partnership For Digital Wealth Management

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Last week, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) announced it has made an equity investment in California fintech firm, InvestCloud. The banking giant also confirmed it has formed a strategic partnership with InvestCloud to accelerate its development of brand new digital capabilities for individual investors… Read More

CFPB Orders LendUp to Pay-up $3.63 Million in Refunds & Penalties

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered LendUp to pay approximately $1.83 million in refunds and pay a civil penalty of $1.8 million. The enforcement action was taken as the “online lender did not help consumers build credit or access cheaper loans” as the… Read More

Pittsburgh’s Buvinger Building Nears Crowdfunding Goal on Small Change

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Small Change offers the crowd to partake in the revitalization and redevelopment of Pittsburgh real estate. Its Buvinger Building campaign launched earlier this summer is now headed toward the home stretch, closing in on its  $238,500 goal. At this writing, 85% of the funds, $203,250, have been raised by 13 investors…. Read More

Unocoin Finds Pre Series-A Pot of Gold, Raises Record Amount for Indian Currency Venture


Unocoin, a Bangalore based Bitcoin startup, has raised $1.5 million in a Pre Series-A round, the highest total raised for a digital currency venture in Indian history, said the platform. Funding was sourced from Blume Ventures, Mumbai Angels and ah! Ventures along with prominent international investors such as Digital Currency… Read More

Fintech Startup Kyriba Secures $23M During Series D Funding Round Led By Bpifrance

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California-based fintech startup Kyriba Corp. announced on Thursday it has successfully secured $23 million during its recent Series D funding round, which was led by Bpifrance. Additional investors included HSBC (NYSE: HSBC) and Daher Capital. The company stated it plans to use the funds to deepen its… Read More

Update: CityFALCON Selected to Join Octopus Labs’ Fintech Accelerator As Seedrs Initiative Nears £150,000 Funding Target


Following the launch of its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs, London startup CityFALCON has been selected to join Octopus Labs’ Fintech Accelerator program. As previously reported, CityFACLON has received awards from Twitter, Ontario, UBS, SB. The company stated it is redefining how financial news is… Read More

PledgeMusic Finalizes Acquisition & Names Matt Peterson General Manager in Austin

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On Wednesday, crowdfunding platform for music, PledgeMusic, announced it has officially finalized its acquisition of and has appointed founder and CEO of Set.Fm, Matt Peterson, as its Austin general manager.  Peterson will be reporting to PledgeMusic’s CEO Dominic Pandiscia. Launched in 2012 by Peterson, allows… Read More

Fig Announcement: Secures SEC Qualification to Issue “Psychonauts 2” Game Shares

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Fig Publishing, Inc., a crowdfunding and publishing platform that allows non-accredited investors to financially support video game development and publishing, announced on Thursday it secured SEC qualification to issue Double Fine’s Psychonauts 2 game shares. Fig stated it would be the first and only company to allow fans… Read More

Kano Returns to Kickstarter: Seeks $500,000 For New Creative Computer Systems


Earlier this week, technology startup Kano returned to crowdfunding giant Kickstarter to raise $500,000 for its new creative computer systems. The company previously secured $1,522,160 from 13,387 backers for its small, DIY Raspberry Pi-powered computer. According to Kano, the new computer sets are the following: The Camera… Read More

Brief: Kickstarter to Present The Future Fablab at World Maker Faire 2016 in New York


On Wednesday, Kickstarter announced it was set to present The Future Fablab, which is described as a collection of machines that turn digital dreams into physical reality, at World Maker Faire 2016 at the New York Hall of Science this weekend (October 1st and 2nd)…. Read More

Manulife Debuts Third Lab of Forward Thinking in Singapore

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On Thursday, international financial services group Manulife announced the opening of its third Lab of Forward Thinking (LOFT) location in Singapore. The lab is described as a global exploration and incubation capability that provides a platform for Manulife’s employees to collaborate and devise new technology… Read More

ICONOMI’s “Uberizing” Initial Coin Offering: More than $9.1M, 3K Investors & Counting


Since Monday morning, ICONOMI, the globally licensed and regulated bitcoin exchange, has quickly raised an additional $3 million through its “ICO” (Initial Coin Offering) after the “uberized fund management” platform raised to its approximately $5.8 million raised in the campaign’s first month. As of this writing, ICONOMI has now eclipsed… Read More

Canadian Marketplace Lender Vault Circle Receives New License


Canadian fintech company Lendified Holdings Inc. and its subsidiary and direct lender, Lendified Inc. announced today that their subsidiary Vault Circle Inc. has received an exempt market dealer license from the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) for its investment business. This marks the achievement of a significant milestone not… Read More

Amino Capital Closes $50M Fund II for Early-Stage Startups

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 Early-stage venture firm Amino Capital Management Company, LLC (“Amino Capital”) announced on Thursday the closing of its $50 million second fund, Amino Capital II, L.P.(formerly zPark Capital II, L.P., the “Fund”).  Amino Capital’s $50 million second fund expands investments to include not only seed-stage ventures… Read More