"I have been saying this for years: if you treat young generations as weak, they will be weak. We have to believe in them. We must encourage them to be strong, also mentally. Then we must tell them the truth: only the best will win. We have to help them get ready." (Julio Velasco)
Only companies with an urgent need for capital have been forced into a full reckoning with reality, the FT reports.
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £1.4 million in young innovators with this competition.
Crowdfunding: Pitching a project it is not just a matter of storytelling.
This year looks poised to be monumental for equity crowdfunding, which entails raising capital through specific filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, from a mix of investors that don’t have to be accredited. Over the past few years, equity crowdfunding has shed much of the stigma. But with the current fundraising climate, it is getting ready for a field day. (TechCrunch)
It is not about global profits, it is about local benefits.
Money and people. According to business scholars, these are among the main hurdles social entrepreneurs have to overcome to succeed with their projects. The web promises to provide us with a solution.
Crowdcube received a licence to operate throughout the European Union by the Spanish regulator, the Comisión Nacional del Mercados de Valores.
More equal societies are more resilient, they are more likely to invest for the many not the few, and to have robust political institutions and consistent policies. And few would disagree that a society that provides opportunity for all of its citizens is more likely to thrive than one which favours an elite, however defined. (Mark Carney, Value(s). Building a better world for all).
At a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.4% from 2021 to 2028.
Inequality is growing. But it cannot be all about taxation.
From the impact of a new COVID variant to continued inflation, governments will continue to face economic challenges in 2022. What immediate and long-term actions will be required to stabilize the global economy and ensure a sustainable and equitable recovery?
"Empirical research shows that start-ups that are more innovative tend to attract greater interest from crowd investors (Le Pendeven and Schwienbacher, 2018). This finding contrasts with reward-based crowdfunding, where Chan and Parhankangas (2017) document that the crowd has a preference to support less innovative projects, perhaps because they face a greater risk if they are not able to deliver the promised reward." (Schwienbacher, 2019)
Trying to add more backers helps, but when such backers have prior affiliations, it hurts.
"Businesses are looking to put their money where it matters – their offering to customers and their people." Jeremy Over, a partner of Moore Barlow, commented on a recent survey according to which SMEs are more likely to choose non-traditional ways of accessing capital, like crowdfunding.
For many, Kickstarter is synonym for crowdfunding and such a move shows the way for the future.
Will the global leadership of the private investment industry pass from the old continent?
A set of new rules was released earlier this week by the European Union as the European Market and Securities Authorities provided a set of new technical standards.
The leading platform announce a new programme to protect the community and partner with GoFundMe.
We are not only what we do but the intention underpinning it.
Contrary to popular belief, research is a collective effort. My notes about the 5th European Centre for Alternative Finance Research Conference.
Why we need to start innovating solutions that correspond to the challenges in the world where we live, using a holistic and coordinated approach.
The Sustainable Development Goals represent a transformational opportunity for entrepreneurs.
A group of students is organizing an event to connect with other student entrepreneurs and make things happen.
Some notes about the future of this blog.
The European crowdfunding trade body changes visual identity to signal a new phase of the industry.
“The future is in our hands as investors look with increasing interest at companies with a positive impact.”
There is despair, but also a desire to react and come together to look ahead.
But collaboration, education and research are pivotal to succeed.
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) will have an enhanced role to facilitate coordination and cooperation.
A study reveals that crowdfunding could encourage future activism in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship and thus help drive global change towards sustainability.
"Systemic shifts require collective intent - something that is still scarce in business communities across the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly changed that, and has created the necessary conditions for collective intent. The human race is at a crossroads, and the choices we make now will define future generations and their way of life."
Many companies have put a priority on pursuing purpose in recent years. Recent research indicate that so too are entrepreneurs.
Nine in ten Generation Z consumers believe that companies have a responsibility to address environmental and social issues. What are the implications for all of us?
To celebrate the beginning of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019, I reached out to one of the most influential global thought leaders in the entrepreneurial research field.
A new study shows what the age effect in entrepreneurship is and tries to explain why media, VCs and academia are getting the wrong side of the stick.
How the story of Yves Klein can inspire startuppers in establishing their brands. A guest post by Invaluable.
A fundamental question in entrepreneurial finance is what determines the amount of money raised.
Equity crowdfunding platforms keep on growing as Millennials start becoming the biggest investment cluster.
What’s the role crowdfunding can play in the era of populism? The patchwork of many overlapping processes.
Craighton Berman, a professor at University University of Illinois at Chicago, uses the creation of Kickstarter campaigns to teach his students the full process of launching a product or brand.
Bill Morrow on business angels, fintech, startups, Brexit, and why he cannot see equity crowdfunding as a sustainable model. EXCLUSIVE