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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

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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

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This Taiwanese talent crowdfunding platform just raised funding to accelerate expansion

By Edison Chen for e27

hahow, an online talent crowdfunding platform based in Taiwan, announced the completion of a NTD10 million (US$316,000) angel funding from Cherubic Ventures, an early stage technology-focused venture capital firm. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news, Taiwan

January 15, 2017

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Top 10 Fintech (Startups) in Malaysia

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Striving to establish itself as a prominent fintech player, Malaysia has committed to provide clear guidance and regulation to the new, innovative products and business models entering the financial services industry. (more…)

About, Blockchain, Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Malaysia, Mobile payments/banking, Payment processors/providers/gateways

January 14, 2017

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Fintech Philippines Infographic

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Check out our newest Fintech Philippines Infographic.  Also check out separate Fintech Philippines Startup Report and our Fintech Philippines Startup List. (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain, Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p/online lending, PFM/PFP services

January 13, 2017

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Here’s how regulation crowdfunding performed in 2016

By  for VentureBeat

In May, the third and final part of the 2012 JOBS Act, Regulation Crowdfunding, went into effect and 2016 ended with much promise for entrepreneurs seeking funding and our government seeking jobs. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news, Government activities

January 12, 2017

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Crowdfunding platform CoAssets incorporates real estate subsidiary

By JACQUELYN CHEOK for The Business Times

COASSETS, a Singapore-founded startup listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, said on Tuesday that it has incorporated a wholly owned subsidiary, CoAssets Real Estate (Care), as part of the company’s growth strategy. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Singapore

January 10, 2017

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Peer-to-Peer Lending in Vietnam

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Access to and use of formal financial services is low in Vietnam compared with other countries in the region, with only 31% of all adults having formal bank accounts in 2014, according to the World Bank. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, p2p/online lending, Vietnam

December 26, 2016

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9 Fintech Solutions For SMEs In Singapore

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For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), dealing with their finances and ensuring appropriate funding can be a real struggle. The reasons are manifold: finances of SMEs are characterized by high complexity, yet are low scale. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, p2p/online lending, Payment processors/providers/gateways, Singapore, SME

December 20, 2016

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Growth Capital Ventures Receives £1.1M Investment from Maven Capital Partners

By FinSMEs

Growth Capital Ventures (GCV), a London, UK-based developer and operator of specialist online investment and capital crowdfunding platforms, connecting entrepreneurs and earlier-stage businesses to investors, received a £1.1m investment. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news, p2p/online lending

December 17, 2016

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OurCrowd an Equity Crowdfunding Opens Singapore Office and Appoints new MD

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OurCrowd, an equity crowdfunding, announced that it has opened an office in Singapore, its seventh worldwide, to serve the growing community of Asian investors interested in funding early stage high-growth companies. It has appointed Denes Ban, a successful entrepreneur and technology executive, as Managing Partner Asia and head of OurCrowd’s Singapore Management company. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Singapore

December 13, 2016

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Startup Investing for the Little Guy

By Jeff Brown for The Wall Street Journal

In the old days, an investor hoping to get in on the ground floor of the next Google orFacebook had a couple of options: have a friend or relative on the inside, or sign on with a big brokerage firm handling the startup company’s private placement—a sale of stock that hasn’t yet gone public. (more…)

About, Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Global trends

December 12, 2016

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How crowdfunding will transform inner cities

By  for VentureBeat

It’s been only six months since Regulation Crowdfunding was legalized, and it’s already proving to be highly successful funding source for new businesses. 50 percent of companies that have closed on their financing hit their minimum funding target. That 50 percent success rate is far greater than typical 3 to 10 percent success rate of bank loans or venture financing, according to the Small Business Administration. (more…)

About, Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news

December 8, 2016

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9 Fintech Providers for Higher Investment Yields in Singapore

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Investment opportunities in Singapore stand in a low yield environment and investors are increasingly turning to alternative Fintech solutions to generate a higher profit. Some options that have gained traction around the world, are Fintech companies that provide services such as peer-to-business (P2B) invoice financing, peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, real estate crowdfunding, and student loans, among others. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Global trends, p2p/online lending, Singapore

December 6, 2016

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Crowdfunding advice: 4 sage tips for a successful campaign

By Ken Mendiola for e27

While fintech in Asia continues to build momentum more broadly, crowdfunding in particular offers huge potential that remains largely untapped. In a Q3 2016 report, KPMG reveals that Asia got the largest chunk of venture capital in the fintech and cryptocurrency technology sectors. (more…)

About, Crowdfunding/investing

November 26, 2016

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ECrowd! raises more than €300K in second round of funding

By Finextra

The debt crowdfunding – also known as crowdlending- platform ECrowd!, specializing in sustainable investments, has closed an investment round of € 307,900 through the online investment platform Crowdcube (equity crowdfunding). (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news

November 26, 2016

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Indiegogo enlists MicroVentures for a new investment platform

By  for TechCrunch

For sites like Indiegogo, supporting a project generally means a pat on the back, a t-shirt, or, best case scenario, an early delivery of whatever it is that company is selling. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news

November 16, 2016

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Another Singapore crowdfunding startup gets green light: Funding Societies gets provisional CMS license

By Kevin McSpadden for e27

About four months after Funding Societies temporarily halted its crowdfunding loan terms in order to ensure it met regulations set by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the Singaporean startup announced today it has received a provisional Capital Markets Services (CMS) license from the nation’s central bank. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news, Malaysia, p2p/online lending, Singapore, SME

November 7, 2016

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EthisKapital.com – World’s First Licensed Islamic P2P/Crowdfunding Platform

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Securities Commission Malaysia has awarded 6 P2P licenses, one of which is the world’s first license for Shari’ah-compliant P2P. This license was awarded to EthisKapital.com, which will be focused on funding small businesses, and real estate development projects. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Malaysia

November 4, 2016

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Singapore’s equity crowdfunding platform Fundnel clears major MAS regulatory hurdle

By Kevin McSpadden for e27

Fundnel, a Singaporean equity crowdfunding platform, announced today it has received a provisional Capital Markets Services (CMS) license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) — clearing a major regulatory hurdle within the industry. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Singapore

November 4, 2016

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Online money pot Leetchi launches in UK

By Finextra

Leetchi.com is an easy, fast and secure money collection platform that allows anyone to create a ‘money pot’ in less than a minute and invite others to help finance projects such as group gifts for birthdays, baby showers and co-workers, as well as fundraising for projects, charities and events.
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Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news

October 21, 2016