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New Equity Crowdfunding Site Predicts $850 Million for More than 1,200 Fundraising Campaigns in 2015

5 Jan

Credion will use the Symbid platform to connect its extensive nationwide network of investors and entrepreneurs, ensuring the most efficient access to capital for entrepreneurs

By Robert Hoskins

Rotterdam, NetherlandsSymbid Corp. (OTCQB:SBID), a new Dutch crowdfunding platform, and Credion, a leading financial advisory firm in the Dutch SME market, announced a contract to digitalize SME financing in the Netherlands through a new, online funding platform. Credion will process the funding for its 1,200 clients with an expected $850 million funding volume for 2015 via the Symbid platform. Symbid will receive monthly recurring revenue and transaction fees through the monitoring and deal-making tools available on the platform. This partnership is the first step towards creating an efficient capital market for SMEs worldwide.

Symbid is the only platform in the Netherlands where investors become shareholders via a cooperative.

Symbid is the only platform in the Netherlands where investors become shareholders via a cooperative

Credion recently celebrated its 14th anniversary, during which time the company has connected over 6,000 entrepreneurs with $9.9 billion in funding. The partnership will see Credion use the Symbid platform to connect its extensive nationwide network of investors and entrepreneurs, ensuring the most efficient access to capital for entrepreneurs and greatly improving SME data monitoring standards for investors. Credion’s expected $850 million transaction volume in 2015 will be channelled exclusively through Symbid with the B2B component creating scope for an exponential growth of the service. By combining the various types of financiers into one funding platform, a hybrid of alternative and traditional finance, Symbid is creating the go-to platform for investors and entrepreneurs.

“With our crowdfunding platform growing exponentially, this agreement validates Symbid’s tiered business model and sees our crowdfunding brand expand into online deal-making and monitoring while adding new funding options,” said Korstiaan Zandvliet, founder and CEO of Symbid. “This partnership is the keystone of our funding platform and, alongside our upcoming European roll-out, means we’re adding solid monthly recurring revenue streams. It is now possible for the first time to track the real-time performance of SME investments with high-quality financial reporting. This technology means one of the biggest risks associated with SME investing is covered by Symbid.

“Through the combination of Credion’s years of experience in financial deal-making, Symbid’s technological innovations and, of course, the crowd, we’re making safe online investment a reality for both investors and entrepreneurs.”

With this long-term agreement, SMEs logging onto Symbid will have direct access to the top-tier accredited investor clientele of Credion, consisting of banks, equity based solutions and private investors, and Symbid’s thriving community of 27,000 active investors. As Symbid leads the transition from crowdfunding to online finance, the Symbid Financial Technology platform will now facilitate both B2C and B2B deals, creating additional monthly recurring revenue via Credion’s evergreen subscription to the Symbid funding platform.

“Working together with others to identify new ways to improve access to capital is a hallmark of our company philosophy,” said Carlo van der Weg of Credion. “Streamlining the way in which entrepreneurs find that crucial investment is a goal we share with Symbid. The open funding portal we’re creating with Symbid means we can connect all our clients with the right investors while also attracting, venture capital, investment funds and other financial firms.”

According to Jacob Nammensma, commercial director of Credion, it will allow Credion to develop new SME funding products: “We will be able to service front-, mid- and backoffice for institutional investors. That’s how this partnership is revolutionizing SME financing in the Netherlands, enabling Credion to offer the most efficient access to capital for entrepreneurs on the market.”

The long-term vision of this contract is to solve the ‘equity gap’ facing SMEs by combining Credion’s network and financial expertise with Symbid’s Financial Technology product portfolio. Symbid’s cloud-based monitoring technology uses current best practices in accounting to support the ongoing monitoring of SME investments.

Zandvliet continued, “Our standardized, interactive reports enable SMEs to match the accounting standards of listed companies, improving their chances of reaching that crucial next stage of finance. Symbid is blurring the boundaries between private and public companies.”

The real synergy of this partnership lies in the merging of an established investment community with the Symbid funding platform, creating a faster and more efficient capital market for private enterprises. Symbid will refer SMEs visiting its platform to the now connected Credion’s certified financial advisors or other advisors who will connect. Entrepreneurs can then maximize their chances of finding investment through Credion’s advisory services. Meanwhile, Credion’s financial advisors will have access to all deal-making and monitoring functionalities with Symbid receiving fixed monthly recurring revenues plus transaction fees. Every deal facilitated by Credion will be processed via the Symbid funding platform.

Symbid and Credion will together provide an interactive funding network in which investors and entrepreneurs can connect, fund, and grow. This ground-breaking collaboration is the first step towards a hybrid financial system with full connectivity: a faster and more efficient capital market for SMEs worldwide.

As of December 2014, Symbid has successfully funded over 60 start-ups for a total capital sum of $7,000,000. Symbid became the first publicly listed crowdfunding platform worldwide in December 2013 (OTCQB: SBID). In 2015 the company is expected to expand its product portfolio with several new (alternative and traditional) financial services in order to develop the Symbid platform towards an online funding network.  Symbid anticipates a European rollout of its investment crowdfunding platform beginning in Q1 2015.

Credion can offer alternative financing options in addition to those of a commercial bank. This is the main advantage for Credion customer. Since the company charges a fee for its services rather than asking commission from lenders, Credion can guarantee independent advice.

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Freaker’s Founder Returns to Kickstarter to Launch $250k Crowdfunding Campaign to Fund New Line of Freaker Socks

5 Jan

When millions of people saw Freaker USA founder Zach Crain on ABC’s Shark Tank, the first thing they noticed were his zany antics, his wild beard, and his rambunctious yet business-savvy charm. What they may have missed is his commitment to keeping jobs in the US!

By Robert Hoskins

Wilmington, North Carolina – One of the wildest contestants ever on ABC’s Shark Tank, Zach Crain, founder of Freaker USA is returning to Kickstarter, where his 2011 video was hailed as “the holy grail of Kickstarter videos” by the crowdfunding site itself. Starting New Year’s Day, Freaker USA aims to raise $250,000 on Kickstarter in 40 days to begin production on Freaker Feet, the company’s high-quality line of socks that are 100% designed, sourced, and manufactured in the USA. The 6-minute video pitch is the company’s most outrageously entertaining video production yet.

Freaker Feet, the company’s high-quality line of socks that are 100% designed, sourced, and manufactured in the USA

Freaker Feet, the company’s high-quality line of socks that are 100% designed, sourced, and manufactured in the USA

Freaker USA’s quirky line of ultra-stretchy beverage insulators, called Freakers and also made in the USA, can now be found everywhere from independent gift shops and boutiques to major national retailers. The company is expanding into socks, an import-dominated industry, in order to further support manufacturing in America.

Freaker Feet’s Kickstarter page shows the anatomy of their domestically produced socks, with the names and locations of the American cotton spinners, mills, dyers, and packagers that will create them—and who will ultimately reap economic benefit from the campaign.

“Let’s team up! Let’s go after the sock industry that’s 99% overseas,” says Freaker USA founder Zach Crain. “Socks don’t need to have a 20,000 mile footprint. Let’s bring these jobs home.”

Freaker Feet will have 127 sock designs in total, including officially licensed collegiate, boutique styles, a design for each of the 50 States, and one for almost every football fan.

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New Equity Crowdfunding Platform Allows Accredited Investors to Begin Investing in Fine Art Portfolios

5 Jan

Arthena Fine Arts receives investment from Beamonte Investments to create new cooperative investment platform that focuses on providing fine arts equity crowdfunding opportunities

By Robert Hoskins

Boston, MA – Beamonte Investments, a leading private investment firm in Boston, announced it has invested in Arthena, a cooperative investment platform that focuses on crowdfunding for investments in fine arts. Operated by Arthena Fine Arts, Inc., Arthena’s goal is to lower the cost basis for investments in fine arts, aiding in the diversification of investor portfolios without the cost and commitment of research, purchase, and storage.

Beamonte Investments is a private investment firm founded in 2000 that has specialized in private equity investments and structured lending

Beamonte Investments is a private investment firm founded in 2000 that has specialized in private equity investments and structured lending and now fine art portfolios

Based in New York, NY, Arthena was founded by Madelaine D’Angelo and a team of experts from top universities in the US with backgrounds in the financial, law, art, and tech sectors. By combining access, expertise, and crowdfunding, the company seeks to give investors access to asset-class artwork with leaders from the art world through their platform. World leaders in art are able to get backing from accredited investors, yielding higher returns. Investors get access to exclusive lectures, gallery shows, and art fairs.

“It goes without saying that art is an asset class. Until now, it’s been difficult to know if you are partnered with the right advisor and have the right access to the right works. Arthena is bringing transparency to the world of art investments. Through our partnership with Beamonte, we believe that we are poised to bring art investment to the next generation of global collectors,” said D’Angelo.

“We are very excited to bring the opportunity of investment in art to the whole world. Before Arthena, the market for investment in fine art was limited to a few players with means and connections that took years to develop; Arthena allows the democratization of investing in art. Now, this excellent avenue of portfolio growth and diversification is available to investors across the globe,” added Federico Benavides, Analyst at Beamonte Investments.

Similar to AngelList Syndicates for start-up investment, Arthena helps to bring transparency to the opaque world of art investment. Arthena’s fund advisors are proven experts in their fields, and are committed to promoting the value of art. Arthena’s fund advisors expertise includes modern, contemporary, and emerging works of art.

Luis Trevino, Senior Managing Director at Beamonte Investments, commented, “It is immensely gratifying to see how the Arthena team has developed a unique product that brings access and transparency to the art industry; we are looking forward to working with Madeleine and her team, leveraging the Beamonte Investments platform.”

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