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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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.
(more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news

October 21, 2016

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‘Rock Hall Of Famer’ Jerry Harrison Launching Red Crow Equity Crowdfund Platform

By Roger Aitken for Forbes

Angel investor and ‘Rock & Roll’ hall of famer Jerry Harrison, most widely known for his work with the Talking Heads, is set to launch equity crowd funding portal Red Crow this November, which will initially target ‘social impact’ and healthcare/medtech sectors. There are also plans to expand into other verticals including cyber security, virtual reality, machine learning and potentially “environmentally focussed” investments. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news

October 16, 2016

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iFunded Raises Seven Digit Pre-Series A Funding Round

By FinSMEs

iFunded, a Berlin, Germany-based real estate crowdinvesting platform, received a euro seven digit investment in a pre-Series A round. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing

October 11, 2016

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Milestones and achievements: Indonesia’s crowdfunding platform KitaBisa shares its story

By  Anisa Menur A. Maulani for e27

KitaBisa CEO Alfatih Timur talks about the company’s milestones, and how it managed to balance business and social impact (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Indonesia, Interviews

October 7, 2016

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Financeit’s Fresh $17 Million to Fund TD Financing Acquisition

By Julie (Schicktanz) Muhn for Finovate

Today, Financeit pulled in a $17 million venture funding round that was led by new investors Pritzker family business interests advised by The Pritzker Organization and DNS Capital. Existing investors also contributed. The new installment boosts the Canada-based company’s total funding up to more than $38 million since it was established in 2011. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, SME

October 7, 2016

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Santander Joins The Crowdfunding Revolution

By David Prosser for Forbes

Remember the days when crowdfunding platforms were the young upstarts threatening to disrupt the banks out of business? Well today, those very same platforms are signing partnership deals with the banking industry. (more…)

Banks, Crowdfunding/investing, p2p/online lending

October 5, 2016

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7 crowdlending sites in Indonesia

By Nadine Freischlad for TechInAsia

It’s a gold rush moment for fintech in Indonesia. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Indonesia, p2p/online lending

October 4, 2016

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WealthForge To Raise $2.5 Million in New Convertible Note Offering

By David Penn for Finovate

WealthForge will raise $2.5 million in new capital using the same convertible note strategy the company used last year to raise $2.2 million. Bill Robbins, who took the helm as CEO at WealthForge last December, said the funding will help WealthForge build its core business, as well as make investments in “sales, marketing, and support.” Characterizing the initial response to the convertible note offering as “extremely positive,” Robbins expects to complete the fundraising by the end of the year. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news

October 1, 2016

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Three things venture capitalists need to show their own investors

By Harry Stebbings of TechCrunch

“The table stakes for [venture capitalists] has never been higher,” says Judith Elsea,  co-founder of the fund-of-funds Weathergage Capital, in our latest interview. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing

September 28, 2016

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OurCrowd Pulls in $72 Million

By Julie Schicktanz for Finovate

OurCrowd, an equity crowdfunding platform that boasts a network of 15,000 investors to fund U.S. and Israeli startups, raised $72 million. Financial institutions, family offices, and private investors from five continents participated in the Series C round, though most of the investors remain unnamed. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing

September 22, 2016

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What does the future hold for mutant equity crowdfunding?

By Pedro Madeira for City AM

For the first time since the industry emerged in 2011, according to Beauhurst data, the number of successful equity crowdfunding campaigns fell in the first half of this year. It is therefore an appropriate moment to reassess what the sector’s future may look like. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing

September 1, 2016

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Crowdfunding: Why private equity opportunities are ever closer for investors

By Claire Madden for CityAM

Small business investment has gone mainstream – or has it? (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Global trends

June 2, 2016

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GoFundMe hits 25m donors and $2b raised on its giving platform

By Haje Jan Kamps for Techcrunch

GoFundMe seems to be everywhere these days; my social media feeds are never too many posts away from a campaign from the company raising funding for a cause or a goal. (more…)

Banks, Crowdfunding/investing

May 23, 2016

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How Blockchain Technology Can Reinvent The Power Grid

By  for the Fortune

The Internet of Things is challenging regulated utilities. (more…)

Blockchain, Crowdfunding/investing

May 17, 2016

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Meet New Union: An under-the-radar Singapore crowdfunding platform putting up mind-blowing numbers

By Kevin McSpadden for E27

New Union also has a legitimate presence in a country not often discussed in local startup media: Cambodia (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Global trends, InspirAsia, Singapore

May 12, 2016