Europe bangs the crowdfunding drum

Europe bangs the crowdfunding drum

Who would have thought it? The European Commission has just published a remarkable policy paper extolling the virtues of crowdfunding as a great way to finance small companies and stimulate growth. Indeed, the Brussels policy wonks are so gaga over the power of this means of alternative finance to transform economies that they call their communiqué Unleashing The Potential of Crowdfunding in the European Union. The EC paper, which was presented...

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SME Portal Takes Steps to Spur on Referral System

SME Portal Takes Steps to Spur on Referral System

In an effort to quicken the realization of the government’s banking referral plan, the platforms behind alternativebusinessfunding.co.uk have offered to place the portal under neutral and independent management. continue...

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What is the outlook for crowdfunding? And what does this mean for banks?

What is the outlook for crowdfunding? And what does this mean for banks?

The trend is growing rapidly, driven by the advantages of this financing method in terms of transparency and proximity. In 2013, the amount raised will likely double to USD 5 billion, according to a study by US firm Massolution. In France, crowdfunding is still limited by strict regulations that require participatory investment websites to be able to demonstrate considerable financial resources, among other things. Nonetheless, the amounts...

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New Crowdfunding Platform Takes Flight

The London Entrepreneurial Exchange (E2Exchange), headed by Sir Richard Branson, is behind the launch. The platform is called Ice Dragons – and will connect high-quality, ambitious start-ups with high net-worth investors. It is being delivered in partnership with the Welsh Innovation Centre for Enterprise (ICE). E2Exchange and ICE hope to leverage their sizeable combined network of entrepreneurs/investors to jump-start Ice Dragons into...

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