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Articles tagged with: financial services

EntrepreneurCountry hosts David & Goliath Dinner™ with the founders of Zopa, Nutmeg and Saxo Bank and the Head of Strategy for HSBC

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Friday, 14 February 2014.

Dear Friends,

Thank you for coming tonight and sharing your time and insight & observations. We managed to charge through a number of battlegrounds tonight.

Meet the crowdfunding queens: how equity crowdfunding is helping women ‘do it for themselves’

Written by Luke Lang on Wednesday, 05 February 2014.

The world of ‘traditional’ angel investing still involves stereotypes and barriers that female entrepreneurs can find off-putting or uncomfortable. According to the UK Business Angel Association, 95 per cent of angels are still male, for instance. Emma Watkinson, Hatty Fawcett and Fleur Emery all turned to equity crowdfunding to raise the finance they needed to start or grow their businesses, attracted by its accessibility for both investors and entrepreneurs.  

The Changing Landscape of Banking

Written by Alex Letts on Wednesday, 05 February 2014.

Since the 17th century, banks have successfully evolved a business model to customers with above average incomes.  But for those with average incomes or lower, it was never designed to be relevant.

Funding the Nigerian Ecosystem

Written by Jason Njoku on Tuesday, 04 February 2014.

Funding for tech-start-ups doesn’t really exist in Nigeria. The banks tend not to lend to those who aren’t wealthy already and even for those that do, interest rates are prohibitively high. Without private investment, you almost certainly will not be able to start up your own internet company; the vast majority of young people cannot even afford a decent internet connection for themselves, let alone enough bandwidth to power an office.

Top Tips for Securing Funding via Crowdfunding

Written by Richard Watts on Monday, 03 February 2014.

Today, there are countless more ways to fund the growth of SMEs than there were 12 months ago. This is great news for UK enterprise, but what does ‘alternative finance’ actually mean? And if alternative methods of funding are right for your business, how do you go about securing them?

The Rise of Bitcoin

Written by Robert Roessler on Friday, 13 December 2013.

Back in March 2013, Bitcoin reached an all-time trading high of more than £21. At that time, this was seen as a major development for the alternative currency which was launched in 2009, largely unnoticed outside the crypto-currency world.

Anti-piracy Invention Raises Over £100k on Crowdcube

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Friday, 18 October 2013.

Rail-mounted barrier stops pirates hi-jacking ships

Today Tom Hanks' film Captain Phillips releases in the UK, telling the true story of a merchant mariner taken hostage by Somali pirates in 2009. In the real world, owners of Marine & Auto Security Solutions (MASS) have gained similar accolades for their anti-piracy invention, which stops pirates boarding ships and ransoming (or killing) both crew and vessel. 

PayCorp Agrees Bright Office Payments Deal

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Wednesday, 16 October 2013.

Payments solutions business Pay Corporation, part of Boxhill Technologies PLC, has signed an agreement with CRM software business Bright Office, further extending its reach outside of the gaming and lottery sectors.

The Future of Mobile Payments

Written by Kelly Dolan on Tuesday, 17 September 2013.

entrepreneurcountry speaks to mobile services expert and entrepreneur Roy Vella

The mobile payments revolution has begun. Cheques are declining in usage, most of our banking activity has moved online and digital players such as Square, Apple’s Passbook and Google Wallet are all vying for the number one spot in mobile payments and transactions.

Lessons From Silicon Valley: An Interview with Mark Hoffman

Written by Kelly Dolan on Tuesday, 17 September 2013.

Mark Hoffman is an American-born entrepreneur who has spent most of his career founding billion dollar companies right out of the country's tech hub, Silicon Valley. He tells entrepreneurcountry what growing up in the US taught him about being an entrepreneur, why he’s now disrupting financial services with his latest start-up, Oxygen Finance, and what he thinks British businesses could learn from the US.

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