Poll: crowdfunding vs bank lending Will crowdfunding grow relevant enough to compete with bank lending in five years time? Tell us what you think. This month Real Business is putting the spotlight on crowdfunding. Since the term was first coined in 2006, allegedly by fundavlog founder Michael Sullivan, crowdfunding has developed into a serious participant in the race to disrupt the funding landscape. Platforms such as Crowdcube and BankToTheFuture.com are rising as a bridge between supply and demand of business capital, the gap between the two having widened in the turmoil of an economic crisis.
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jump on opportunities How it works Eppela is a reward based crowdfunding platform which allows you to create a project, share it with your network and obtain funding for its implementation. The target Whether you are an artist, a writer, a filmmaker, a geek, a designer, Eppela is the right place where you can make your project/idea jump, where you can create your new business and / or your successful startup. Why to choose Eppela
About : Grow VC About What is Grow VC? Grow Venture Community (Grow VC) by Grow VC Group, is the first global, transparent, community-based platform dedicated to entrepreneurs and investors. Grow VC enables great ideas and great teams to get visibility with the right investing audience, funding and support earlier. Grow VC is more than crowd funding, it’s a nurturing ecosystem where entrepreneurs can connect with experts, funders, team members, new customers and partners to realize their ideas. Why open social collaboration platforms will disrupt the enterprise market in 2013 and beyond inShare427 Guest post by Sarah Evans (PRsarahevans), chief evangelist, Tracky, social correspondent at Sarah’s Faves and author of [RE]FRAME: Little Inspirations For A Larger Purpose The majority of businesses aren’t run efficiently and employees lack the tools and equipment necessary to do their jobs.
Low rate loans - fair borrowing - from Zopa.com Zopa is the UK's leading peer-to-peer lending service. We reward savers and borrowers who are good with their money by providing lower rate loans and higher interest on savings. Since Zopa was founded in 2005 we've helped savers lend more than £512 million in peer-to-peer loans and have been voted 'Most Trusted Personal Loan Provider' in the Moneywise Customer Awards for the past 4 years. How P2P lending works Who we are About Us About friendfund was founded July 2010 with the aim of building a funding platform which would combine the two of internet’s most progressive aspects: the social web and ecommerce. Our goal is to provide the online community with financial tools which utilize the power of popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter in a fun, simple and transparent way.
Frequently Asked Questions There are many ways to promote your project. 1) First, there’s your Ulule project page: Do a good job of presenting your project and use interesting visuals to illustrate it (videos, images, portfolio...). Then, update your project blog with news on your project’s progress and/or funding, or to let people know you’ve added new visuals or rewards. 2) Spread the word through your own network: Your first donors will often be people who are close to you, who know how committed you are to your project, and who interact with you personally. And don’t hesitate to talk about it with your acquaintances and colleagues.
Projects - Bloom - Be part of the crowdfunding revolution Projects Innovative, passionate, groundbreaking, you can explore our projects here Enterprise by Christine Robertson We would like to raise funds towards hosting and marketing our new website www.swaptogs.co.uk. He... BankToTheFuture.com Community based Membership, eLearning and Training Organisation, with Network of 300 Specialists and 90 people investing in our success. Pitch Funded This pitch was funded on our beta platform. We now have regulatory permissions to offer Equity CrowdFunding & no longer offer rewards CrowdFunding. Kickstarter Sets Off $7 Million Stampede for a Watch Not Yet Made But he couldn’t even get a foot in the door, let alone secure any money for what he called the Pebble watch. So he turned to Kickstarter, a site where ordinary people back creative projects. Backers could pledge $99 and were promised a Pebble watch in return. Less than two hours after the project went up on the site, Mr.
Peer Lending Grows as Small Biz Option NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- When John Good, owner of the Bubbles Galore Car Wash in Davison, Mich., went to his local bank last year to get a $16,000 loan to expand into the self-serve dog washing business, he was denied. First Place Bank, a subsidiary of First Place Financial in Warren, Ohio, already held the note for Good's original $500,000 Small Business Administration start-up loan, but the bank required massive documentation and fees -- requirements Good felt were too costly, time consuming and frankly, annoying, given the amount. "The amount of money we were requesting didn't merit the amount of work and back-end costs," Good says. That's when Good heard about peer-to-peer lending.
Funding Circle, a Kickstarter for SMBs, Picks Up $16M From Index, Union Square Ventures Some great news for small business owners, and perhaps a sign of more crowdsourced funding coming to the U.S.: the UK-based Funding Circle — a kind of Kickstarter for lending to smaller enterprises — has just announced that it has raised a $16 million round to further build up its business of enabling non-bank lending to small enterprises. The investment included participation from existing investor Index Ventures as well as new investor Union Square Ventures — a sign of how Funding Circle may have its sights set on taking advantage of new crowdfunding laws and expanding to the U.S. This Series B round takes the total raised by Funding Circle to $21 million. Funding Circle has made some impressive strides since launching in the UK 18 months ago: it’s facilitated lending to 670 small businesses in the UK, with funds totaling £28 million ($45 million), representing annual growth of over 400 percent.
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