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GoFundMe acquires YouCaring as charitable crowdfunding continues to consolidate

By Ingrid Lunden for TechCrunch

GoFundMe, the startup that focuses on crowdfunding for charitable causes, has made another acquisition to scale up its platform: It has acquired YouCaring, a smaller rival, creating a combined community of around 60 million donors in some 19 countries in the process. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but it comes amid a flurry of acquisitions in the space as smaller companies look to consolidate in the face of growing competition from the likes of Facebook, and, it seems, Amazon. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing

April 4, 2018

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FundedByMe: We Have Now Crowdfunded Over €50 Million Since Launch

FundedByMe, an investment crowdfunding platform based in Sweden but operating in multiple countries around the world, has surpassed a new milestone. FundedByMe is reporting having topped €50 million (SEK 500 Million) in crowdfunding since platform launch as of March 2018. The platform  continues to expand internationally hiring new employees as well as a strategic ventures in other countries. Today, FundedByMe has a local presence in Dubai, Finland, Malaysia, Poland and Singapore.

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Crowdfunding/investing

March 28, 2018

752

OurCrowd Predicts Tech Trends for 2018

OurCrowd, one of the largest investment crowdfunding platforms in the world, held their annual summit at the International  Convention Center in Jerusalem this past week. Beyond the presentations by the many cool tech startups that make up their portfolio companies,  OurCrowd took a moment to share their insight into tech trends for the coming year.

Israel, known at the “Innovation Nation,” is a hotspot for tech startups. Practically everyone in the country is either involved with a startup or a venture capitalist backing promising young firms. And that is the truth.  Last year, OurCrowd predicted the cryptocurrencies / Blockchain will be a big deal during 2017. They nailed that one.

So what does OurCrowd foresee for this coming year? On their list of the top ten tech trends for 2018 include:

  1. Construction goes digital: Digitization can reduce costs by 45% while minimizing delays
  2. Quantum computing will challenge CyberSecurity: computing performance is making incredible leaps
  3. Smart Mobility: IoT with information available everywhere – especially your smart car
  4. Artificial Intelligence attacks white collar jobs: It is not just blue collar jobs that are being revolutionized. AI is looking at you… think attorneys .. think accountants and oh so much more.
  5. Blockchain for Currency: This one may seem more obvious but OurCrowd says the “Crypto Dollar” is around the corner
  6. Vegan Meat: For dedicated omnivores this one may be tough to swallow but food engineering will allow the Vegans among us to “chow down on meat.”
  7. General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR: Privacy is important. And violating individual privacy will become expensive (especially in the EU)
  8. Prescriptions Drugs: Personalized medicine will soon become the rule, not the exception
  9. Baby Boomers are Digitally empowered: It is not just about the Millennials and GenXers. BabyBoomers will help drive new technology.
  10. Offline becomes Cool: Sure Amazon is disrupting everything but offline commerce will get smart. The digital mobile experience will penetrate the offline shopping experience.

See the OurCrowd Tech Trend slides embedded below.

https://cdn.crowdfundinsider.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/OurCrowd-Predictions-for-2018.pdf

 

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Global trends

February 6, 2018

791

OurCrowd has raised $650 million for 145 startups and will top $1 billion in 2018

By Steward Rogers for Venture Beat

Israel punches well above its weight on the world stage, especially when it comes to tech startups. As I detailed back in October 2017, while there is one trait the region could rid itself of, the DNA of the region lends itself to success. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing

January 31, 2018

797

P2P lender Funding Societies cracks S$100m in crowdfunded loans in South-east Asia

SINGAPORE peer-to-peer (P2P) lender Funding Societies said on Tuesday it has cracked the S$100 million mark in total crowdfunded SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) loans across Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing

January 23, 2018

OurCrowd Launches “Cognitiv” – a $100 Million Fund Targeting Early Stage Companies in AI, Robotics, IoT & More

OurCrowd, one of the largest crowdfunding platforms in the world, has launched a new $100 million global fund labeled “Cognitiv.” (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing

January 12, 2018

777

OurCrowd Forms New Partnership With UK Investment Firm Oxx

Israel-based crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has reportedly formed a new partnership with UK-based investment firm, Oxx. According to The Times of Israel, the new partnership will allow OurCrowd to invest in portfolio companies as they move to the growth stage. The collaboration will also provide Oxx’s investors and portfolio companies access to OurCrowd’s invest network, which is available in 110 countries throughout the world. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing

November 29, 2017

696

Monzo plans crowdfunding push to deepen ties with customers

By Hannah Murphy for Financial Times

Banking app Monzo is planning to launch one of the UK’s largest crowdfunding efforts next year to give customers in the fast-growing bank what it calls “a greater share of ownership”. Tom Blomfield, chief executive, said the start-up, which raised £71m in a private equity fundraising earlier this month, intends to make a further cash call of between £10m and £30m in 2018. (more…)

Banks, Crowdfunding/investing, Hotnews, Mobile-first banks

November 21, 2017

729

OurCrowd Expands with Office in Spain, Partners with Spanish-Israeli VC Cardumen Capital

Global crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has established a new office in Spain thus expanding its operational footprint in Europe. The additional office, located  in Madrid’s financial district of the Paseo de la Castellana, brings OurCrowd’s global locations to multiple countries with the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore and a planned expansion in the UK. OurCrowd headquarters are located in Jerusalem. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Global trends, Hotnews

October 3, 2017

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RealtyMogul Preps for MogulREIT II, MogulREIT I Has Raised $15.5 Million

By JD Alois for CWI

RealtyMogul.com has filed a new Form 1-A indicating its intent to launch a second MogulREIT using the Reg A+ securities exemption. MogulREIT II intends on raising up to $50 million to invest in multi-family residences targeting a millenial consumer, according to the current Offering Circular. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, InspirAsia

July 3, 2017

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UK Fintech Company PayBreak Secures 24.5 Million Investment Through Fundraising Round

By Samantha Hurst for Crowdfund Insider,

London-based fintech company, PayBreak, announced it raised £24.5 million during its latest fundraising round. According to the company, the round was supported by existing shareholders and saw new investors as well. Speaking about the round, managing director of PayBreak, Julia Throop stated: (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Global trends

June 20, 2017

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OurCrowd Sets Up Tech Incubator in Israel with the Backing of Motorola, Reliance Industries & Yissum

OurCrowd, a leading equity crowdfunding platform, has partnered with Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), Reliance Industries (NSE: Reliance) and Yissum Technology Transfer Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, to operate an “innovation technology incubator” that will support the growth of early stage startups in Jerusalem. (more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, Crowdfunding/investing, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

June 9, 2017

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OurCrowd & National Australia Bank Form Significant Partnership

OurCrowd, one of the largest equity crowdfunding platforms in the world, has formed an interesting partnership with The National Bank of Australia (NAB). The crowdfunding platform will now provide NAB clients with direct access to early stage investments listed on the OurCrowd site.  This is a first of its kind relationship as OurCrowd will gain a new pipeline of investors and NAB will gain access to compelling, global investments.

The Australian government has been aggressively pursuing financial innovation and OurCrowd has been a leader from day one in the equity crowdfunding space. The collaboration appears to be a solid fit between the two entities. To date, OurCrowd has raised over $440 million from more than 20,000 investors around the world. Smaller (accredited) investors can participate alongside some of the biggest names in venture capital and angel investors. OurCrowd has had thirteen exits to date including two IPO’s and eleven acquisitions.

The announcement was made by OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved at the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce Women Leaders Delegation in Israel. Executive General Manager NAB Private, Christine Yates, one of the delegates, described the collaboration as another example of NAB deepening its relationship with its clients and offering innovative solutions for a changing environment.

“We know that our clients are looking globally for investment opportunities, and OurCrowd is an established global platform which offers a full service end-to-end solution,” commented Yates. “Technology is changing the way we do business and this shows how banks need to think differently when it comes to servicing their clients. Our NAB clients will have access not available outside this collaboration.”

OurCrowd entered the Australian market in 2014 and has positioned itself as a leading provider to the local market of global alternative investment opportunities. Managing Director of OurCrowd Australia and Asia, Dan Bennett, said the collaboration provides NAB private clients a high quality globally focused product with particular scope in USA, Israel and Asia-Pacific.

“We are excited about this venture with one of Australia’s leading Private Banks and sharing the very best of global technology investment with their deeply valued clients,” he said.

NAB is a top 30 global bank and Australia’s leading business bank and employs over 34,000 people. NAB serves individuals and business customers ranging from small and medium enterprises through to Australia’s largest institutions. Outside of Australia, NAB also supports businesses across New Zealand, Asia, the UK and the US to link with the Australian market.

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals

June 6, 2017

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Claim your chance for free access to Taobao Crowdfunding for your hardware startup

By Manny Lee for TechNode

TechCrunch Shenzhen is working with Taobao Crowdfunding to help startups find a smoother way to the market. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, InspirAsia

June 5, 2017

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Blockchain-based crowdfunder Waves joins Microsoft Azure

Waves, a Russian-made crowdfunding platform, is now available in the Microsoft cloud.

By expanding the capabilities of its Blockchain as a Service, Microsoft will enable millions of developers of blockchain solutions to quickly launch crowdfunding projects. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 11, 2017

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Seedrs to launch secondary market

Today, leading equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs announced a pioneering move for the sector with the launch of a secondary market this summer. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 9, 2017

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Singapore fintech startup MatchMove partners Bonfleet to help drivers go cashless

Singapore-based e-payment startup MatchMove has announced a partnership with India-based Bonfleet. This deal will allow Bonfleet to integrate MatchMove’s e-wallet solution into its platform. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing

May 5, 2017

Crowdfunding site KitaBisa takes down campaign after campaigner used fund to buy iPhone 7, Toyota Fortuner

The campaign on KitaBisa platform was meant to fund a shelter for homeless senior citizens, but netizens questioned its transparency (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Global trends, InspirAsia

May 2, 2017

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What’s in it for Me? Real Estate Investment Technology

By Julie Muhn for Finovate

For those looking to diversify out of the stock market and into asset-backed or alternative investments, real estate has long been a popular choice. In 2014, things changed significantly for these investors; historically if they didn’t have $40,000 for a down payment on an investment property loan or $4 million to spend on commercial property development, they would be out of luck. Recently, however, we seen successful startups looking to lower the barrier to entry for novice real estate investors. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

April 18, 2017

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First secondary share trade completed on Crowdcube platform

Mettrr Technologies has become the first company to provide financial returns for its crowd investors through a secondary share sale via a crowdfunding platform. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Hotnews

April 13, 2017

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Getting The SME Crowdfunding Model Off The Ground

By PYMNTS

Regulation A+ has made a mostly quiet splash on the market. Years in the making, the regulation was born from the JOBS Act, which was signed into law in 2012, with Title IV of the act — also known as Regulation A+ — enabling average joes to invest in companies seeking capital. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, p2p/online lending, SME

April 12, 2017

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London Islamic Fintech Firm First to Gain UK Regulator Approval

By Samburaj Das for Cryptocurrency news

Britain’s endeavor to cement itself as the global Fintech hub is extending to Islamic finance as a London-based Sharia-compliant FinTech startup gains regulatory approval. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Global trends, Hotnews

April 10, 2017

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FundThis creates a ‘risk free’ crowdfunding platform

By  for Venture Beat

Fundthis is launching a new “risk-free” crowdfunding platform to enable creators to raise money for new projects, ranging from fashion ideas to tech projects.

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Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

March 23, 2017

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Tread Carefully, JD Finance

By  for Bloomberg

A week after lauding JD.com Inc.’s finance affiliate for moving into new and growing businesses (auto insurance), I should probably pause to add a caveat: tread carefully. (more…)

About, China, Credit scoring, Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Government activities, p2p/online lending

February 21, 2017

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Real Estate Crowdfunding: 3 Trends to Watch in 2017

By Forbes

Real estate crowdfunding continues to be a dynamic and ever-evolving industry, growing to an estimated $3.5 billion in 2016. By 2025, the crowdfunding industry as a whole is anticipated to be valued at more than $300 billion and online real estate marketplaces are primed to capitalize on that explosive growth. (more…)

Analytics, Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news

February 18, 2017

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Singapore’s FinTech Industry Is on the Way to Global Leadership

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

“Singapore has established an enviable position as a leading Asian financial technology center with an exciting innovation ecosystem, a great talent pool and fantastic infrastructure. It also boasts a business-friendly environment so it was therefore an obvious winner when considering locations for new headquarters for our global operations,” said, Yoshio Tomiie, Head of Commerce at Senjō Group, a privately held investment firm, at the unveiling of the company’s new global HQ in Singapore. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Blockchain, Crowdfunding/investing, Cryptocurrencies, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Hotnews, Insurance, Mobile payments/banking, p2p/online lending, Payment processors/providers/gateways, RegTech, Remittances, Security, Singapore

January 26, 2017

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Deeper into China: CoAssets invests US$145K in a Chinese product crowdfunding platform

By Anisa Menur A. Maulani for e27

Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)-listed startup CoAssets today announced that it has made a RMB1 million (US$145,000) strategic investment in Fujian-based crowdfunding startup Da Xian Bing, for 10 per cent of the company, with 60 per cent to be recouped from CoAssets’ joint venture partner Fujian Yaosheng. (more…)

China, Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news, SME

January 23, 2017

Fig Raises $7.84M in Series A Funding

By FinSMEs

figFig, a San Francisco, CA-based gaming crowdfunding platform, raised $7.84m in Series A funding.

The round was led by Spark Capital and Greycroft.

The company intends to use the funds to expand operations. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news

January 21, 2017

Crowdsurfer Raises over £1m in Funding

By FinSMEs

crowdsurfer

Crowdsurfer, a Cambridge, UK-based Crowd finance data intelligence company, raised over £1m in funding.

Backers included Mustard Seed, Peter Sands, Mike Rees, Brendan Bradley, and William Tunstall-Pedoe. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news

January 15, 2017