The European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report

The European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report

BY : Robert Wardrop, Bryan Zhang, Raghavendra Rau & Mia Gray Since the global financial crisis, alternative finance – which includes financial instruments and distributive channels that emerge outside of the traditional financial system – has thrived in the US, the UK and continental Europe. In particular, online alternative finance, from equity-based crowdfunding to peer-to-peer business lending, and from reward-based crowdfunding to debt-based securities, is supplying credit to SMEs, providing venture capital to start-ups, offering more diverse and transparent ways for consumers to invest or borrow money, fostering innovation, generating jobs and funding worthwhile social causes. Although a number of studies, including those carried out by…

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Crowdcube Expands its Team with Two Senior Appointments


CrowdFund Beat News Wire, Exeter, UK – 17 February 2015: Crowdcube, the world’s largest equity crowdfunding platform, has continued the strategic expansion of its senior team with the appointment of Dean Mayer as Head of Debt and Stuart Nicol as Growth Director. Dean will develop Crowdcube’s new debt business, including its increasingly popular mini-bond offering. Stuart will lead the growth of Crowdcube through initiatives that include attracting more institutional and public funds to invest in businesses alongside the crowd. Stuart’s new role sees him moving from being a Non-Executive to an Executive Director on the Board. Stuart Nicol            Dean Mayer Dean Mayer has over 22 years’…

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Classical Music Agency Launches Pioneering Crowdfunding Scheme

Classical Music Agency Launches Pioneering Crowdfunding Scheme

LONDON, January 7, 2015 / CrowdFund News Beat UK Pioneering classical music agency Noel Music Management is offering philanthropic music lovers world premieres, private concerts and even whole festivals held in their name as part of a new crowdfunding scheme With crowdfunding becoming increasingly popular Noel Music Management has brought the relatively new fundraising method to the classical music industry. Music lovers and philanthropists alike can give between £40 and £10,000 to receive VIP tickets and backstage access to concerts featuring the agency’s 13 professional soloists and 140 strong orchestra in venues across the UK. As a top tier Patron you can expect rewards including a…

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First Virgin Startup Entrepreneurs to Crowdfunding for their Business!

Richard Branson-backed network launches Ice Dragons platform

 CrowdFunding Beat UK, Mous Musicase integrates your headphones into an innovative, stylish case for your iPhone. November 20th, 2014 – Virgin StartUp is on a mission to change the prospects of start-ups, for good. In its first year, it has supported 1000s of businesses and helped over 350 to get a loan, get mentor and get ahead. Mous is the latest business to join Virgin StartUp and has officially launched its debut product, Mous Musicase on Kickstarter. Mous integrates your headphones into a stylish iPhone case and will be available for the iPhone 5/5s/5c and iPhone 6. “Screw it, lets do it” are words often repeated by…

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LumeJet goes into Over Funding with 14 days to go on Uk’s CrowdBnk

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CrowdFunding News Beat UK, London, 1st December 2014 – CrowdBnk announces LumeJet, the innovative print technology company, has surpassed its crowdfundraising target and gone into over funding and has raised £1,510,306.  LumeJet has developed and brought to market a new concept in light-based, inkless, digital printing which, according to experts, has the highest print quality available in the market. This photonic technology has been developed by the company’s founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Dr Trevor Elworthy, and LumeJet is developing technologies, in addition to its award-winning commercial printer – the LumeJet S200 – that is already available, for its own products and for third party solutions through its photonic print head…

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road.ccTemple Cycles hits crowdfunding target in days + videoroad.ccBristol bike brand Temple Cycles is looking for crowdfunding to grow its business, allowing it to launch a revamped range of bikes, recruit 15 new members of staff and invest in manufacturing bikes from scra »»»

Cauli Rice reaches 308% of crowdfunding targetThe Investment ObserverThe start-up has already shown considerable promise, winning awards including: The Grocer's “Product Launch of the Year” for Rice, Pasta & Noodles beating market leaders Uncle Ben's and Tilda; »»»

DEALSTREETASIAThe UK experience for Asian fintechs: Engagement through crowdinvestingDEALSTREETASIAFor the last six months, five British fintech ventures raised £6,9M from their current and potential clients via crowdinvesting (equity crowdfunding) platforms. This news were »»»

BBC NewsZTE scraps 'design our smartphone' crowdfunding campaignBBC NewsThe Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE has cancelled a crowd-funding campaign for a smartphone design based on ideas submitted by the public. With just over a day to go, 190 backers had pledged $36 »»»

The IndependentPressure group launches crowdfunding to encourage corporations to stop advertising in 'hate' mediaThe IndependentA pressure group whose aim it is to encourage corporations to stop advertising on media outlets that they say encourage hate speech and e »»»

Gizmodo UKSomeone's Crowdfunding A Dildo Selfie StickGizmodo UKLadies and gentlemen, please welcome to the Hall of Bad Ideas our latest inductee: the Sexfie Stick. Yes, that's right, it's a selfie stick with a dildo on the end, "created to photograph or f »»»

Financial TimesUK start-ups struggle to raise money as private equity deals fallFinancial TimesOne bright spot was the growth of crowdfunding platforms, which are moving from early seed capital to regularly raising £1m plus. Despite an overall decline in crowdfunding deals, »»»

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