News

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 …

Pan-European Report Highlights Steep Growth of Alternative Finance

 The alternative finance market could reach a value of €7b in 2015. This is one of the many interesting outcomes of the report called “Moving Mainstream: The European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report” published today by the new Centre for Alternative …

EC Launches a Public Consultation on Capital Markets Union

 As anticipated, this week the European Commission launched its landmark project to unlock funding for Europe’s businesses and to boost growth in the EU’s 28 Member States with the creation of a true single market for capital. The Capital Markets …

Internship at ECN: Are you the Right Candidate?

 Crowdfunding is a fast growing sector providing great opportunities to young people. ECN is looking for a young, motivated, Bruxelles-based graduate to include in its team for a four month internship. The internship is not remunerated but successful and dedicated …

Crowdfunding: a Fundamental Issue for the EU Capital Markets Union

 Recently, several media including the Financial Times reported the content of a leaked discussion paper on EU capital markets union. The document, co-written by EU financial services chief Jonathan Hill, sets out a timetable for the first time on a …

ECN talks about crowdfunding in EU on Crowdfundinsider

 Last, but certainly not least, ECN is the final interviewee from a participating international platform in The University of Cambridge/ Crowdfund Insider series.  Our interview follows: Erin: Why has the European Crowdfunding Network decided to participate in the Cambridge-EY European Alternative Finance Benchmarking …

Events

CrowdTuesday, 17 March 2015, Paris

 CrowdTuesday is back again to where it all started, for its monthly appointment at the Espace Startup of Bpifrance in Paris. The crowdfunding ecosystem in Paris is invited to get together for two hours of presentations, informal discussions and networking around …

Global Entrepreneruship Congress, 16-19 March 2015, Milan

 In two months, thousands of startup champions from roughly 175 countries will gather in Milan, Italy for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. Anchored by the Start+Scale Forum and theResearch+Policy Summit, the GEC includes dozens of related parallel events conducted by leading …

Roundtable on European legal perspectives on crowdfunding, 13 March 2015, Paris

 ECN will attend the event  in Paris, taking part to a roundtable on crowdfunding, with a focus on European legal perspectives. Trans Europe Experts, the organizer, intends to promote the active participation of French experts, in collaboration with colleagues and …

European Summit on Innovation for Active & Healthy Aging, 10 March 2015, Brussels

 The Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing (9 and 10 March 2015) aims to engage Europe's policy, services and market leaders to co-create a shared vision on how Europe can address the challenges and seize the opportunities arising …

CrowdTuesday, 03 March 2015, Bruxelles

 Bruxelles welcomes back  CrowdTuesday at Co-Station. The crowdfunding ecosystem in the area is invited to get together for two hours of discussions about crowdfunding industry and its news and evolution. In particular, this edition will focus on new business models and …

Workshop on Crowdfunding by DG Growth, 27 February 2015, Brussels

 Raising awareness on crowdfunding as analternative source of finance for SMEs is a workshop organized by DG Grow. The session will highlight initiatives by the EC on crowdfunding and then focus on the different forms of crowdfunding as sources of …

 

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. …