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SyndicateRoom Founder Gonçalo de Vasconcelos Plans Insurtech Startup Rnwl

Several weeks ago, the co-founder of crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom and past CEO Gonçalo de Vasconcelos announced his departure from the company. At the time, de Vasconcelos indicated his interest in pursuing another startup. He remains a non-executive director of SyndicateRoom so he is still engaged… Read More

Report: Led by Fintech, UK Tech Sector Attracts More Foreign Investment Than Year Prior, Tops US for Foreign Investment per Capita

A new report published by Tech Nation and Dealroom indicates the UK is experiencing a robust market for investment in early-stage firms. In fact, the UK is going gangbusters in comparison to the year prior. The report states that the UK tech sector has attracted… Read More

Alleged Paid Pump House ICO Rating Settles Charges with SEC with $270,000 Fine

ICO Rating, a Russia based initial coin offering and research firm, has paid a fine to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding allegations that it failed to disclose payments received from issuers for publicizing their digital asset securities offerings. According to a statement from… Read More

White Label Crowdfunding Provider CrowdEngine Adds InvestReady Accreditation Process to Platform

CrowdEngine, a white-label securities crowdfunding platform, has enlisted InvestReady to provide investor accreditation status and verification service. CrowdEngine will integrate InvestReady’s services as part of its portfolio of offerings. CrowdEngine can power online capital formation, including token offerings, both domestically and internationally. In the US,… Read More

Quote: Private capital raising is now outpacing capital raising in our public markets, yet our Main Street investors have no effective access to investments in private capital offerings

In the US, the definition of an “Accredited Investor” is an individual who earns over $200,000 a year or has $1 million in net assets minus their primary residence. If you are married, that number moves higher. Yet, as it stands today, this definition does… Read More

tZERO Crypto App Adds Ravencoin

tZero’s Crypto App has added Ravencoin (RVN) to its virtual currencies available to buy and sell. Ravencoin is the 3rd crypto added following Bitcoin and Ethereum. tZero is a subsidiary of Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK). Ravencoin currently has a market cap of around $145 million and trades… Read More

Fintech: The Reserve Bank of India Posts Framework for Regulatory Sandbox

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has published the final “Enabling Framework for Regulatory Sandbox,” as it joins a growing legion of government entities seeking to facilitate Fintech innovation in a compliant manner.  The draft Framework for the Regulatory Sandbox (RS) was published in April… Read More

Israel Capital Markets Authority Expected to Expedite Fintech Licenses to Boost Innovation

According to a report, the Capital Markets, Insurance and Savings Authority of Israel is seeking to expedite the approval of Fintech licenses including blockchain-focused firms. Calcalist reports that the Authority is “working quickly to arrange licenses for Fintech companies” as it aims to boost innovation… Read More

Chatter: Seedrs Agrees to Terms on £4.5 Million Funding Round Led by Big Investors

Last week Crowdfund Insider covered a report where it was revealed that Seedrs is in the midst of a sizable funding round. Today, we are hearing that the leading UK based crowdfunding platform has agreed to terms on a significant £4.5 million round led by institutional… Read More

Lightening Strikes Twice? Mike Cagney’s Blockchain Focused Fintech Venture Figure Reported to Raise Funding at $1 Billion Valuation

SoFi is a Fintech that claims one of the largest Fintech funding rounds in the US of all time. Founded Mike Cagney, the entrepreneur departed the firm following revelations of a corporate culture that was lacking in professionalism. Cagney took a short break from the… Read More

Crypto Exchange Edge Crowdfunds on BnkToTheFuture Led by Bitmex and Fenbushi Capital

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Edge, a “non-custodial cryptocurrency exchange and wallet platform” is raising capital from a group of industry participants as well as smaller investors. According to a release, Edge has launched a “pre-series A” round seeking $2 million hosted on BnkToTheFuture. The round is said to be… Read More

Switzerland to Heavily Promote Domestic Fintech Firms at Forthcoming Singapore Fintech Festival

Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) and the Swiss Business Hub ASEAN expect to showcase approximately 30 different Fintech firms at the upcoming Singapore Fintech Festival this coming November. A noted Asian Fintech Hub, the annual Singapore Fintech Festival has captured wide participation from Southeast Asia as… Read More

Big Exit: Crowdfunded on StartEngine Under Reg CF, Hylete Fitness Apparel Files S-1 to IPO on the NYSE

In 2017, Hylete Fitness Apparel raised $1 million on StartEngine, a leading US-based investment crowdfunding platform. Jump forward two years later and Hylete has some good news for early investors. Hylete has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) with shares expected to trade on… Read More

Global Fintech Conference LendIt Adds Latin America to List of Targeted Events

LendIt, best known for its roving events targeting the online lending industry plus other aspects of the emerging Fintech industry, has added Latin America to its list of targeted regions with a new event. FinnoSummit, taking place in Miami this coming December, is being produced… Read More

Report Says STOs in Europe Have Experienced a 17% Success Rate, Led by Switzerland

According to a report by Fintelum, a tokenization platform for primary issuance and secondary trading, 17% of security token offerings have been successful in Europe (EU + Switzerland and the UK). Granted, it is still very early in the digital asset realm so while the… Read More

SEC Settles with Blockchain based Health Care Platform SimplyVital Health in Regards to Initial Coin Offering

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed an Administrative Proceeding earlier this week regarding an initial coin offering (ICO) affiliated with SimplyVital Health – a company that pursued an ICO in late 2017 and early 2018. The SEC claims that SimplyVital sold unregistered securities. SimplyVital… Read More

Bitbond Meets with Government of Bermuda on Possible Digital Bond Issuance

Bitbond, a Germany based global peer to peer lender, is visiting Bermuda this week. Bitbond recently closed on a BaFin approved security token offering raising €2.1 million for a digital bond. Investors from 87 different countries participated in the offering (minus the US and Canada)…. Read More

Funding Circle Has Now Lent $10 Billion Since Platform Launch

Marketplace lending company Funding Circle (LSE:FCH) is out with a release announcing the platform has now lent over $10 billion since launch in 2010. Funding Circle operates in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and the US. The London based company is the first peer to… Read More

Fintech Curve Plans Crowdfunding Campaign on Crowdcube

Curve, a Fintech in the banking sector that consolidates multiple cards and accounts into one smart card, is launching a “seven-figure” crowdfunding campaign in September, according to a note from the firm. Curve will be raising capital on Crowdcube as part of its Series B… Read More

Outlier Ventures Study: $23.7 Billion Has Been Raised by Blockchain Startups Since 2013

Outlier Ventures, a venture platform that funds seed and growth stage blockchain firms, has published a report on blockchain investment. According to Outlier, since 2013 approximately 3,738 blockchain companies have raised $23.7 billion. Funding for blockchain firms in 2019 appears to be on track to… Read More

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