News

The EU IPO Report: Rebuilding IPOs in Europe; Creating jobs and growth in European capital markets

 In  March 2015, following the release of the European Commission’s Green Paper on the Capital Markets Union, the European IPO Task Force published "the EU IPO Report: Rebuilding IPOs in Europe; Creating jobs and growth in European capital markets". The …

InvestHorizon Call for Expert Coaches

 ECN is a partner of the InvestHorizon programme aiming at boosting the Investment-Readiness of SMEs and Small Micaps. As a part of this programme, 200 coaches will be involved to provide line feedback on the investment readiness of the selected startups …

European Commission Publishes Crowdfunding Guide for SMEs

 DG Growth has published a crowdfunding guide for SMEs as part of the EC’s general endeavour  to understand and  inform citizens about the potential and the risks of this new form of finance. ECN has been carrying forward a dialogue …

EC's Consultation on Prospectus Directive Aims at Facilitate Businesses' Access to Capital Markets

 The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) welcomes the public consultation of the European Commission on the Prospectus Directive. We have since long questioned its application, especially with regard to the extensive differences of member state interpretation for transactions below €5 million. …

European Banking Authority Releases Opinion Letter on Lending Based Crowdfunding

 The European Crowdfunding Network is happy to see the European Banking Authorities detailed opinion on Lending Based Crowdfunding. We support the call for clarification from the European Commission with regard to the application of existing EU laws to lending based …

Forthcoming election of ECN’s Executive Board for the period of 2015-2017

 During its annual General Assembly in June 2015 the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) will renew the composition of its Governing Body the Executive Board. The role of the Executive Board is to fulfill its statutory mandate to supervise the management …

Events

ECN CrowdCamp, 26 June 2015, Lisbon

 The ECN CrowdCamp is the major event in Europe focusing on crowdfunding as enabler of innovation. The event is designed to get innovators and entrepreneurs familiar with the concept of crowdfunding in all its forms – existing and upcoming, and …

EBAN Angel Summit, 6-8 May 2015, Eindhoven

 The Angel Summit we will be hosting both: the Open Forum on the 6th of May, with training courses for investors and entrepreneurs and pitching sessions for startups; and the EBAN Annual Congress on the 7-8th with discussion panels, Gala …

European Business Summit, 6-7 May 2015, Brussels

 European Business Summit is Europe's key annual meeting place and debating platform for business leaders and decision makers. Every year, EBS attracts more than 2 000 participants, including Members of the European Commission and of the European Parliament, Heads of State, CEOs, high-ranking individuals and about …

CrowdTuesday, 28 April 2015, Vienna

 CrowdTuesday is back in Vienna. The crowdfunding ecosystem in the capital of Austria is invited to get together at BDO Austria for a couple of hours of informal discussions and presentations on the latest developments of crowdfunding in the country. Below …

CrowdTuesday, 28 April 2015, Brussels

 CrowdTuesday in Brussels. The crowdfunding ecosystem in the area is invited to get together, for two hours of discussions about the crowdfunding industry, its news and developments. The focus theme of this event is Crowdfunding for Music and the Arts. Following …

Alternative Finance Roadshow, 23 April 2015, Leeds

 Hosted by ECN member rebuildingsociety.com, the event will provide an overview of the peer-to-business lending market. The event is for anyone planning to borrow growth capital for his own business, lend money to UK SMEs, introduce business to rebuildingsociety.com, launch his own crowdfunding …

 

Facts and Figures

ECN Review of Crowdfunding Regulation 2014

 This second edition of our Review of Crowdfunding Regulation published at the end of 2014 marks yet another milestone in the work of the European Crowdfunding Network, its members and its supporters. The paper covers the legal frameworks in 30 …

How peer-to-peer lending works

 Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending or social lending is essentially debt crowdfunding. P2P platforms bypass banks by connecting online lenders with borrowers for mostly small loans — like credit card debt — using proprietary technology to assess risk, creditworthiness and interest rates. …