The UK Crowdfunding Association has expressed alarm over the quality of supervision in the ‘innovative finance’ sector.
“‘The Numbers’ pretty clearly asks the world to not give up on reversing climate change.” (The Atlantic)
"Investment crowdfunding platforms are looking to scale by becoming broker-dealers (...). Some may offer other affiliated investment banking type services or secondary trading platforms. Digital assets issued via blockchain based platforms may streamline securities offerings, reducing both friction and cost. There is hope on the horizon." (Crowdfundinsider on Indiegogo exiting equity crowdfunding).
Leveraging big data, a new report by the biggest asset manager examines the physical risks associated with climate change.
"Responsible investment now commands a sizable share of professionally managed assets in each region, ranging from 18% in Japan to 63% in Australia and New Zealand. Clearly, sustainable investing constitutes a major force across global financial markets." Meanwhile, tighter standards are holding Europe back. (GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT ASSETS WORTH $30 TRILLION)
Talking about sustainability and impact from a cultural perspective.
Crowdfunding platforms are trying to make the most of impact investing trends whilst new data on the market open-up fresh perspectives for both investors and entrepreneurs.
"We started by issuing a Code of Conduct, then we made reporting standards mandatory for member platforms. Now, we are offering a third consumer protection tool. These three measures demonstrate how we go above and beyond legal requirements in terms of retail investors’ protection." ( Jamal El Mallouki, Chairman of the board of the German Crowdfunding Association on how they set the new "Transparency Seal", the first self regulatory scheme to protect retail investors within the European market for alternative finance)
"In the flat where I stayed in Cape Town last month, the bathtub felt like a relic of a lost civilisation. It may never be used again. Beside it was a shower containing an egg timer. The two-minute wash has been standard here since the recent three-year drought. In the city’s public bathrooms, a dribble comes out of the tap. Posters everywhere warn against wasting water. This is what adapting to climate change looks like." (FT Simon Kuper on life after climate change).
MEPs adopted their position to boost European crowdfunding platforms and protect investors.
March has been the month of the first two IPOs in the equity crowdfunding segment. At what cost?
The merger between Invesdor and Finnest signals a new phase for the whole industry.
NatWest has announced the launch of a brand new initiative supporting women contemplating starting a business throughout the UK.
Q&A with the founders of the ethical fashion brand Pantera Bianca, now live on Kickstarter.
Seedrs' co-founder Jeff Lynn goes out of beta as the platform introduces AutoInvest, a new investment bot for early-stage private companies which constitutes equity crowdfunding’s first move into automation: "This is a very exciting release for us, and for me personally, as it represents the initial realisation of a vision we have had for quite some time."
How are regulators innovating to better respond to financial innovation?
While online venturing finance grows, investment platforms are embracing the educational challenge to distrupt the startup accelerator industry.
A new study confirms the growing trend of Millennials looking for impact as the sector needs to support the new generation of investors.
The firm is using the money to install pay-as-you-go solar home systems across Kenya, Rwanda, Togo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Senegal and Guinea.