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

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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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European alternative finance market could top €7b in 2015

European alternative finance market could top €7b in 2015

Ronald Kleverlaan Crowdfunding strategy, key-note speaker, Executive Board European Crowdfunding European alternative finance market could top €7b in 2015 The European alternative finance market grew 144% last year to €2,957m The top markets in mainland Europe by volume of alternative finance are France, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain In 2014, €201m of early-stage, growth and working capital funding was provided to European SMEs and start-ups through alternative finance platforms The European online alternative finance market grew by 144% last year to nearly €3b and could top €7b in 2015, according to the first comprehensive pan-European benchmarking of alternative finance produced by the new Centre for Alternative…

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Crowdfunding The Great British Democracy

Crowdfunding The Great British Democracy

By Jessica Ratty FRSA, The Green Party has pioneered a new path for British politics by using Crowdfunder to raise money, campaign and bring greater choice to voters in 2015. Over the last three months 60 Green Party parliamentary candidates have usedCrowdfunder, gathering the support of over 2,000 backers and raising an average of £550 a day. This money is fuelling the democratic process, bringing to life campaign material, the opportunity for individuals to stand for parliament and even rent for a constituency office. Individual campaigns have set goals of between £400 and £10,000, with the majority exceeding their initial financial target. The Greens’ first crowdfunding campaign was launched in…

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Traditional banking and securities venues are now finding crowdfunding opportunities in Europe, according to Aite Group

Traditional banking and securities venues are now finding crowdfunding opportunities in Europe, according to Aite Group

CrowdFunding Beat Media, Traditional banking and securities venues are now finding crowdfunding opportunities in Europe and the United States, according to Aite Group. Boston, January 7, 2015– Crowdfunding, now considered an alternative asset class, is growing to co-exist with traditional banking and securities, and the industry as a whole is set to raise US$93 billion by 2025 .1 Through new ideas and human connections, crowdfunding offers real opportunities for accredited investors and institutions in 2015 while helping underserved borrower and entrepreneurial markets get funds, claims Aite Group in its report, Crowdfunding: Understanding the Basics. In September and October 2014, Aite Group interviewed platform founders, product managers,…

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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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10 Predictions for Crowdfunding and Alternative Finance in 2015

10 Predictions for Crowdfunding and Alternative Finance in 2015

CrowdFunding News Beat UK, BY Crowdcube’s Luke Lang  is CMO and Co-founder of CrowdCube , we asked him to make predictions based on his knowledge of what corporations, governments and investors are expecting in 2015.  1. The banks will continue to fail SMEs. The funding void that banks have left for start-ups and growing businesses will continue to be filled by the alternative finance sector. We’ve had a lost decade of bank lending now – and this could become a lost generation the way things are going; the young budding entrepreneurs of the future are growing up thinking that ‘banks don’t lend’. 2. We’ll see crowdfunding ‘roadkill’,…

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The UK Real Estate Online CrowdFunding Market

The UK Real Estate Online CrowdFunding Market

 CrowdFunding News Beat UK, While in the United States the real estate crowdfunding business hasn’t stopped growing both in services and competition, in the newest market of the United Kingdom there are many opportunities waiting for bold entrepreneurs. Several UK online platforms offer diversified investments. Companies such as The House Crowd, Property Partner, and others, attract investors into buy-to-let properties where investors can cash profits on rentals proportional to investment as well as on the capital growth of their equity share. Other companies like Hab Housinguse the platform Crowdcube to raise money to build residential housing at affordable prices and sells environmentally friendly custom-built homes. In…

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5 REASONS THIS SMALL COUNTRY COULD WIN BIG WITH CROWDFUNDING?

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BY Rob Mitchell CrowdFunding Beat Guest Editor, Partner with Crowdfund Capital Advisors.  …and what country is it? They have ‘Kasmoni’ a rotating savings and credit system for people who don’t have access to the banking system. (a kind of traditional crowdfunding)  This country experiences the same problem we see all over the world with a lack of access to funding for small businesses and start-ups – and they want to do something about it. There is strong ties to Holland, a country that is already using debt and equity crowdfunding, to help entrepreneurs and create jobs. Entrepreneurship and small business ownership come naturally to this ethnically diverse society. There is…

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Crowdnetic Partners with Digital Look to Create Aggregated UK Equity Crowdfunding Portal

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CrowdFunding News Beat UK , By Ron Finberg, Creating an investment portal for UK based equity crowdfunding deals, Crowdnetic has partnered with with multi-asset trading and markets website Digital Portal for the launch of the new site. -  Crowdnetic, a data and research source for the financial crowdfunding industry, has partnered with Digital Look for the launch of a new crowdfunding portal. The new portal aims to aggregate data from numerous UK crowdfunding platforms to create a ‘one stop shop’ to view open deals, review financials of companies, and monitor which firms are getting funded fast. In its initial release, the portal will feature data from…

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This is MoneyCrowdfunding site Seedrs backed by Neil Woodford partners with Chinese venture capitalistsThis is MoneySeedrs, the crowdfunding site backed by star fund manager Neil Woodford, has partnered with China's InteBridge Venture Capital to co-host the UK division »»»

Crowdfund InsiderOFF3R Index: Very Strong Growth for UK P2P Lending in 2016Crowdfund InsiderThe European Parliament announced towards the end of 2016 that the Equity Crowdfunding limit for raises on platforms without an investment prospectus would increase from €5million to »»»

Crowdfund InsiderReport: Crowdfunding Delivers More Cash to Business than UK Startup Loan SchemeCrowdfund InsiderThe Crowd Data Center is out with a report stating that seed crowdfunding is more effective in delivering more money to businesses than the UK government's p »»»

Crowdfunding initiative brought Cup hero Arnold to LincolnEurosport.co.ukLincoln City's Nathan Arnold, hero of their third round FA Cup upset win over former holders Ipswich Town, would not even have been at the National League (fifth-tier) club if it was not for a crow »»»

Startups.co.ukCrowdfunding platform to support outstanding female founders goes liveStartups.co.ukFounded by Love Home Swap founder Debbie Wosskow OBE and CEO of Hearst Magazines UK Anna Jones, AllBright Crowd will help investors discover and back UK female-led businesses an »»»

BBC NewsFunerals paid for by crowdfunding are on the riseBBC NewsA spokesman for the UK Crowdfunding Association said: "What we often see is people raising money for those who would otherwise have a pauper's funeral," he said. "It can also happen where th »»»

Scottish Daily RecordScots couple launch crowdfunding campaign to raise cash for homegrown challenger to Big Six energy companiesScottish Daily RecordDavid and Karin say the idea came to them after they became “fed up” with the Big Six – British Gas, EDF Energy, Npower, EON »»»

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