A day in the global news scene for Crowdfunding. My daily Meltwater morning report is increasingly diverse in the global origin for Crowdfunding news, in my opinion, one more indication of the growing interest worldwide for Crowdfunding. In a recent post I discussed Google Search Trends and the amazing spike in searches globally for the term “Crowdfunding”. The spike in searches for the term Crowdfunding commencing in 2011 and continuing today is as vertical as any spike I have ever seen – it is truly a reflection on global awareness and interest in the subject. (See article and Google chart here…)
Today’s Meltwater morning report points in the same direction: overall the search returns 66 hits starting with headlines from Yahoo! Finance, The Guardian (UK), Le Parisien (France), Virgin.com (UK), The Asahi Shimbun (Japan), AOL, FAZ.net (Germany), Informacion.com (Spain), EcoDiario.es (Spain), The Oregonian (US), El Confidencial (Spain), Sueddeutsche.de (Germany), International Business Times (US), Examiner.com (US), Daily Mail Online (UK), Telegraph.co.uk (UK), Depeche.fr (France), Chron.com, Portal Celulose.com, Diario do Nordeste (Brazil), O Globo (Brazil), Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil), ANBA (Brazil), Divirta-Se (Brazil), Janela Tech (Brazil), Startupi.com.br (Brazil) and Tekkie (Brazil).
In a recent article titled European Crowdfunding Network Steps Up. Elects New Board of Directors, Crowdfund Insider highlighted Crowdfunding interest diversity in Europe. The new Board of Directors of the group includes: Alex Raguet, CEO Lumo, France, Chairman; Bart Becks, CEO Angel.me, Belgium , Vice-Chairman; Paul Massey, General Counsel, Crowdcube, UK; Philippe Dardier, Alternativa, France; Yoann Nesme, CEO PPL, Portugal; Jens Glaso, Founder, Trustbuddy, Sweden/Norway; Reinhardt Willfort, CEO 1000×1000, Austria; Coenrad de Vries,Partner Oneplanetcrowd, The Netherlands; and Tero Weckroth CEO Invesdor, Finland.
Asia is off to a slower start but if history is any indication of how things will develop, Asia will leapfrog other regions and eventually be vying for the lead in Crowdfunding activity. CrowdFundingAsia has three major events coming in the next couple of months: Thailand, July 16th – 17th; Singapore, August 3rd – 4th; Indonesia, August 26th – 27th. iCrowdNewswire recently wrote about developments in Malaysia and China and it is obvious the trend is moving along at a brisk pace there as well.
In Canada, the provinces of Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia have stepped forward to provide a way for startups to raise funds via crowdfunding platforms (crowdinvesting). They have done so by providing exemptions from prospectus and dealer registration, so they are not required to seek funds in expensive stocks exchange companies while benefiting from several auditing and report requirements. The regulations are harmonized among the participating provinces, thus providing a common regulation for businesses inside those jurisdictions (read full article here…)
In simple terms, from Google search interest to media coverage, new legislation and organizations everything points to the growth of Crowdfunding globally. The key word for many of us being of course growth, after all, we would not be in an industry that did not have a large growth perspective. Crowdfunding is fast becoming a large growth opportunity around the globe and many countries represent incredible potential due to macroeconomic situations unique to their regions, countries such as Brazil which I feel will ultimately embrace and benefit from Crowdfunding. I recently wrote about this and you can see full article here…)