European crowdfunding platform Seedrs is planning to set up shop in Berlin, having already opened offices in Amsterdam and Lisbon within the last year.
Christian Catalini, Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, explains how venture capital investment has slowed down in many of the verticals since the end 2015. He says that if this is a trend rather than a blip, it will be a good test for the nascent market of equity crowdfunding. Many different models have emerged and platforms have adopted different types of solutions to solve for the problem of information asymmetry. Christian Catalini talks about those models and which ones are seeing the most success.
In 2014, more than US$16 billion were raised through crowdfunding worldwide, which increased to over US$34 billion in 2015 and is estimated to increase in 2016. Crowdfunding has proven itself very popular in the world in its short history. All the signs show that crowdfunding is poised to be the next big investment trend. Here are the 10 biggest fintech crowdfunding of all time.
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KPMG’s Warren Mead and University of Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance’s Robert Wardop present a joint study on alternative finance during LendIt Europe 16.
Equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube announced it has appointed former Citigroup and HSBC executive, Simon Williams, as a new chairman of its board. Williams notably has over 30 years of experience in banking and investment.
London is the best city in the world for fostering fintech, ahead of New York, Silicon Valley and Hong Kong – but it faces a run for its money from Singapore – as the industry pushes for better measures for assessing its contribution to the economy and the government’s new industrial strategy.
It has been described as ‘democratic finance’, allowing businesses and projects of all forms and sizes access to money while bypassing traditional banking institutions. It is an attractive route in economically difficult times when banks aren’t lending freely. But it isn’t all about the money.
The 2nd European Alternative Finance Industry Report