The Latest Crowdfunding News – 11/5/16

Crowdfunding News – All The Latest Updates

Hi guys welcome to our fortnightly crowdfunding news round-up. As usual we will be giving you a snapshot of the latest crowdfunding news, today’s edition is slightly different as we save our crowdfunding air miles and pretty much stay on home soil. If you missed our last crowdfunding news round-up, catch up here.


Paypal Tightens rules on crowdfunding

PayPal Crowdfunding

Paypal will stop protecting payments made to crowdfunding projects in several countries, the online money transfer platform has announced. (BBC, May 2016)

The countries affected by this new rule include The United States, Canada, Japan and Brazil. However, this does not include the UK.

The money transfer company is altering its payment protection policy and lining it with the investment risks. However, they have not stated if it would be rolled out any further.

In addition, Paypal are withdrawing protection for gambling transactions and payments made to government agencies.

The San Jose based company told the BBC : “This is consistent with the risks and uncertainties involved in contributing to crowdfunding campaigns, which do not guarantee a return for the investment made in these types of campaigns.”

Read more on the topic here.


SyndicateRoom Launches New crowdfunding Of Its Own

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The Cambridge based crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom plans to raise up to £2.3mln of new funds, via its own crowdfunding platform, as it looks to further expand its operations according to Proactive Investors.

SyndicateRoom are currently working on an aggressive growth strategy and with the help and support from equity funding it aims to increase its workforce.

The new Series A funding round opened yesterday via their own platform for investors.

SyndicateRoom’s chief executive Goncalo de Vasconcelos stated in Proactive Investors : “We now know that there is strong appetite for equity investment in the UK – for private companies and in for those in the public markets – and today’s report serves as evidence.”

The company now operates via the London Stock Exchange (as mentioned in a previous article). This new crowdfunding route for LSE listed companies means that private investors are able to participate via their crowdfunding platform in institutional placings and IPOs which would otherwise be off limits to them.


Commodore 64 Returns With Modern Tech In crowdfunding campaign

Commodore 64 Crowdfunding

One for all you retro gamers out there! The best selling computer from the 1980’s has evolved with two new machines, as well as a new desktop computer called THE 64, the Commodore 64’s (C64) innards are being re-spun into a handheld console named THE 64SX.

According to The Independent : “Both are set to come with a range of built-in titles which the maker, Retro Games, promises will include some newly-created programs.”

Before either machine can get off the ground, the company has to raise $150,000 via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo where the computer version costs $150 and the handheld version costing $170.

If this campaign sounds appealing get involved here.

Image source : Independent


Science Museum Launches Kickstarter To Recreate 1920s Robot Ahead Of Robotics Exhibition In 2017

Science Museum Robot Crowdfunding


The London Science Museum has announced that it is currently working on a new exhibition set to open next year that will celebrate 500 years of robots. The exhibition will feature an array of humanoid robots that visitors can interact with.

In addition, the Science Museum has also launched its first Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to help recreate the first robot to be built in the UK – animatron named Eric that was originally built in the late 1920’s, the idea is that Eric will deliver a talk at an engineering exhibition.

The London based museum wants to raise £35,000 to create a new version of the robot using industrial waste parts modelled on archive images of Eric collected from relatives of the robot’s original creators, and then send Eric on a tour around the world before he features in the Robots exhibition and becomes a part of the museum’s permanent collection. (IBT, May 2016).

Ben Russell, an economic historian who is lead curator of the exhibition told IBT : “I think museums using crowdfunding is a rising trend. What’s nice for us is that we get to do this amazing project, and it gets people engaged and thinking about robots before the exhibition opens. The money is always helpful for a museum in these times, but what’s very interesting is that it allows us to reach out and find like-minded people out there who might not otherwise come across us.”

Have an interest in robotics and crowdfunding? If so, get involved here.

Image source : IBT


Crowdcube Officially Opens New Manchester Office

manchester crowdfunding

Crowdfunding portal Crowdcube has officially opened its new Manchester office.

Crowdcube revealed earlier this year that they would be having an additional office in Manchester, the north west has been a key place for the crowdfunding platform as it has raised more than £1.4 million in the last two years on helping a selection of businesses in the region.

Crowdcube’s commercial director Matt Cooper told Insider Media: “We’ve already been working with businesses in the region but my view was that we needed to have a presence here. The process of raising money as an entrepreneur is not very straightforward. It’s still a process where they want to meet people to talk them through the options. We’re the only equity crowdfunding business with an office in the region and our door’s always open. We’re starting with one person in Manchester but we’re looking to build out the team if there’s demand and all the indications are that there will be.” (Crowdfund Insider, April 2016).

Unfortunately at The House Crowd we can’t help you crowdfund your company’s office BUT we can offer you some handy guides on Manchester (North and Central).



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The Latest Crowdfunding News – 31/3/16

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Hi guys hope you had a great Easter! This week we return to our fortnightly crowdfunding news updates and rather than clocking up the air miles from travelling to many places to investigate the latest goings-on in crowdfunding, we time travel in our first story back to Saxon England and travel back and end up in France for our last story of the day. If you read our property blog from last week and were wondering how much the ‘fairy tale’ castle in Manchester cost – the answer was B £2.5 million!


Online Crowdfunding Helps Build Saxon House

Crowdfunding Saxon House

Our first story of the day comes from Saxon England (ok, modern day Lincolnshire!).

Retired teachers Steve, 64, and Judith Jones, 65, have worked hard for two decades creating a Saxon house in their back garden.

They built the traditional looking Saxon house from green oak wood and used tools and construction methods from the 9th century.

The retired couple now use the Saxon house to teach youngsters from a nearby school for children with learning or behavioural problems. (Express, March, 2016)

In January, Mr and Mrs Jones noticed that the thatched roof was in need of repair – so they turned to 21st century methods and set up an online crowdfunding campaign.

Last weekend the couple from Lincolnshire reached their target meaning the roof can now be re-thatched to stop rain water flooding in to the house.

The Saxon house was finished after four years but they have continued to add to since starting the project back in the mid 90s.

The Jones family live normal 21st century lives in their home but dress up as Saxons when people are visiting them.

Mrs. Jones told the Express : “We were delighted when we reached the target because if was a type of campaign that meant you either got all of the money by a set date or you didn’t get any.”

Her husband Steve mentioned in the Express article that they have made the Saxon house as authentic as it can be and want people to walk in and look see what is in and make sense of how it would have been used and how the Saxons survived.

At The House Crowd unfortunately we can’t help you crowdfund your very own Saxon house – but if you are interested in something more “current” to invest in – why not take a sneak peak out our latest projects? Click here to view.

Image Source : Express


Crowdfunding Boosts UK Judicial Review Bids

Justice For The Crowd

Angered by the imposition of a new NHS contract, a group of junior doctors took their fight from the picket lines to the internet. (FT, March, 2016)

Dr Nadia Masood, an anaesthetics registrar, and three others wanted a judicial review on the NHS contract but needed money to pay for it. However, within a space of three days Masood and the three others involved raised £85,000 via crowdfunding site CrowdJustice (we blogged about their work back in January – click here to view).

Dr Masood mentioned in The FT : “This contract is a public issue and affects everyone, if we were not able to use crowdfunding we would not be able to do this. We cannot stand by without a proper review of the impact on patient safety of such action.”

As we mention in our “Justice For The Crowd” blog post – (as you can tell!) we love crowdfunding and the whole concept of the crowd coming together for the common good whether that be to invest in start-ups, property, or cases like this, the ability to use crowdfunding by joining forces with like-minded people to try and protect their particular interests is paramount.

If you are in a situation where you need a team of people to pool various resources together and help fund judicial reviews we strongly recommend visiting the Justice For The Crowd site.

Image Source : FT


SyndicateRoom Partners With London Stock Exchange

London Stock Exchange SyndicateRoom

Crowdfunding investment platform SyndicateRoom has gained intermediary status with the London Stock Exchange (LSE), meaning it can offer investors access to initial public offerings (IPOs) of companies listing shares on the London stock market through its online platform. (Business Insider, March, 2016)

Co-founder and CEO Goncalo de Vasconcelos mentioned in Business Insider about IPOs that they are harder to access when there is a discount on the share price and typically only institutional investors such as the likes of asset managers, and wealth managers have access to them.

He also mentions that SyndicateRoom is breaking barriers by letting ordinary investors gain access to the kind of deals that professional investors normally only get involved in.

While the Cambridge based company is the first crowdfunding platform to get intermediary status, other platforms are trying to revamp the crowdfunding model to public markets. For those of you who have a huge interest in crowdfunding, you’ll remember when Seedrs ran what was claimed as “the first-ever crowdfunding campaign for a company’s IPO” last year, in addition, Crowdcube, the London based crowdfunding platform last year partnered with stockbroker Numis Securities to develop a crowdfunding IPO platform.


Millennial Crowdfunding : A Brief Insight

millennials crowdfunding

To say millennials are a social generation is an understatement to say the least. Generation Y need to be connected to everyone, all the time.

Besides the stereotype of them being hooked on the likes of Snapchat and Facebook and wanting everything in an instant, millennials are an entrepreneurial generation, and they have socialised their professional lives as well. This is where crowdfunding has come into play and millennial entrepreneurs have found success from launching new business as a result of adopting a crowdfunding mode and are using an array of platforms to kick-start their ideas.

Their love of social media goes well with crowdfunding to help them share their great business ideas as well as look at alternative ways to invest (such as property crowdfunding) to being involved in charitable campaigns and earning recognition and social credit by being “seen” doing good online.

Going back to the investing part, millennials are taking a completely different approach from that of their parents and grandparents.Today, all it takes is literally a few clicks on an app for millennials to looks at online reviews, get advice, and even make get involved in a crowdfunded campaign or investment.

While quite a few are weary of get involved in the likes of crowdfunding projects or simply investing, the availability of social media tools is making it easier and more comfortable for this age bracket to learn how these models work.

If you’re reading this and are part of Generation Y and would like to know more about how crowdfunding works, check out our page on how the process works (view here).


Minister of Economy Gives French Crowdfunding Sector a Boost

Emmanuel Macron France

A few weeks ago we mentioned about French crowdfunding (view here) and have an update from Emmanuel Macron, the French Minister of Economy.

At a recent crowdfunding meeting, the Minister announced that he will propose several changes with regards to crowdfunding regulations in France.

He mentioned that mini bonds be managed by blockchain technology (a promise on his commitment to innovation), plus Macron proposes to raise the ceiling of equity fundraising per issuer from currently €1 million to € 2.5 million and 50% of the issuer’s value (Crowdfund Insider, March, 2016). Lenders will also have a high limit per campaign (limits will be raised to €2,000 and €5,000) currently, crowdfunders are limited to lending €1,000 for interest-bearing loans and €4,000 for interest-free loans according to Crowdfund Insider’s Therese Torris.

On the day Macron stressed that crowdfunding is part of a larger economic and cultural change and that France must seek inspiration and benchmarks from other countries that are championing crowdfunding.


What Are Your Thoughts?

Which of our chosen crowdfunding stories has interested you the most? We would love to hear from you, feel free to leave us a comment on our Facebook and Google Plus pages. If you prefer to tweet us, tweet @TheHouseCrowd.

In the meantime if you want to know more about Property Crowdfunding do register for our Information Pack which will tell you all about it. 

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