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Articles tagged with: crowdfunding

Peer-to-peer lending and financial innovation in the United Kingdom

Written by David Bholat on Tuesday, 27 September 2016.

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending — direct lending between lenders and borrowers online outside traditional financial intermediaries like banks — first emerged in the United Kingdom and the world with the launch of Zopa in 2005. Our paper provides a quantitative analysis of nearly 14 million loan agreements. We lay bare the history of P2P lending from its beginning, showing the regional geography of P2P lending in the United Kingdom. We suggest that the history of P2P lending can shed light on financial innovation in general. We base our conclusions on four semi-structured interviews with the founders of the three most significant UK P2P platforms (Zopa, RateSetter, and Funding Circle).

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Should you be crowdfunding your business?

Written by Luke Lang on Tuesday, 09 June 2015.

Luke Lang of Crowdcube, the world's first investment crowdfunding platform, gives us an overview of how businesses can reap the rewards of crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding done right. Pebble Time, Exploding Kittens, CyberGhost… you?

Written by Irina Nicoleta Scarlat on Wednesday, 25 March 2015.

Crowdfunding has evolved in the last years becoming the way to go for a lot of startups with innovative products that otherwise wouldn't have seen the light of day. The Pebble Time smartwatch and Exploding Kittens are just some of the most recent stars of the crowdfunding platforms, with more products being funded fast on a daily basis.

Where is the exit?

Written by Stuart Lucas on Friday, 30 January 2015.

Stuart Lucas, Co-founder of the online share trading platform Asset Match provides tips on providing an exit route for crowd-funders.

Entrepreneur Profile: Will Tindall, Co-Founder of Emerging Crowd

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Thursday, 11 December 2014.

Will Tindall is the Co-Founder of Emerging Crowd, a crowdfunding and investment platform that supports startups and early stage companies. Having worked in wealth management at the Arbuthnot Banking Group in London, Will relocated to Asia to explore his passion for strategic business development across emerging and frontier markets.

How to make your business stand out and attract attention amidst the madness?

Written by Bill Morrow on Wednesday, 12 November 2014.

In 2014 it has never been easier to raise capital given the plethora of angel networks and crowdfunding websites popping up everyday. Yet the downside to this is that it begins to attract a whole new bunch of people trying their luck or valuing their start ups at crazy valuations who are also looking for their cash. How to stand out amongst the mêlée?

How to crowdfund like a pro: lessons from those who have been there

Written by Sarah Shields on Wednesday, 15 October 2014.

Financing a business has traditionally meant asking a few people for large sums of money, but crowdfunding is turning this concept on its head. Today, entrepreneurs are able to fund their business ventures by asking a multitude of online funders for defined, comparatively small amounts of money in exchange for a reward, such as a small stake in the business.

The future of finance for bigger SMEs

Written by Luke Lang on Wednesday, 10 September 2014.

As banks continue to restrict business lending – despite government incentives – and venture capital industries scale back on investment, more businesses are turning to new types of decentralised, disruptive finance models. In a 2013 NESTA report, Vince Cable highlighted the increasingly important role that the alternative finance sector is playing in helping businesses access the finance they need to grow.

Entrepreneur Profile: Luke Lang, Co-founder of Crowdcube

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Thursday, 17 July 2014.

In the past few years crowdfunding has risen to prominence as an alternative financing vehicle. It has given thousands of entrepreneurs the chance to raise the funds that they desperately need in order to establish their businesses. There are hundreds of crowdfunding platforms across the globe but Crowdcube stands out from the rest. It is different to platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, offering equity rather than perks, enabling both the investors and the entrepreneurs. I spoke to co-founder Luke Lang about the rise of Crowdcube and what's next for crowdfunding.

German startups go back to their roots

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Monday, 02 June 2014.

German engineering has enjoyed near-legendary status for more than a century, and now German tech startups are looking to renew that reputation with a slew of exciting new hardware products. Bragi LLC currently stand proudly atop Kickstarter's most funded European projects, having raised $3.4m (13 times their goal) to develop 'The Dash'. These smart in-ear headphones promise an explosion of technological riches, including built-in music storage, fitness monitoring systems and even instant translation.

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