News

ESMA says investment-based crowdfunding needs EU-wide common approach

 Just days after the European Crowdfunding Network has published its milestone Review of Crowdfunding Regulation in 30 countries in association with major law firms,  the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an Opinion for National Authorties along with Advice …

The Exciting Agenda of the Upcoming ECN Crowdfunding Convention

 In the past weeks, we have been working hard on the ECN Crowdfunding Convention's agenda to make this an unmissable event for all those into crowdfunding and early stage investing. International high level speakers from different fields decided to join …

Speed UP! Europe Accelerates “Future Internet” Business Ideas

 Speed UP! Europe is an EC project aiming at accelerating “Future Internet” related business ideas, start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises active in smart cities, clean tech and agri food, by providing coaching, office space (Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Hamburg) and …

ECN seeks professional staff to expand in Brussels

 ECN is now expanding its professional reach and is looking for highly motivated, entrepreneurial staff with relevant expertise and experience. Are you interested in a dynamic and challenging position in Europe’s leading non-governmental crowdfunding association, the European Crowdfunding Network? ECN …

Events

Impact and Potential of collaborative Internet and additive manufacturing technologies, 21 January 2015, Bruxelles

 The Internet is allowing virtual communities to easily co-create digital assets and intellectual content at a very low “cooperation cost”. The ideology behind the open-source software development methodology has actually spread to new domains such as open-data, open-design and open-innovation. …

3rd ECN Crowdfunding Convention, 11-12 December 2014, Paris

 Join 300 key stakeholders in Europe's crowdfunding, innovation and early-stage investing sectors at the ECN Crowdfunding Convention on 11 - 12 December 2014 in Paris. The Crowdfunding industry is the fastest growing financing source for Small and Medium Businesses in …

CrowdTuesday, 9 December 2014, Vienna

 CrowdTuesday is back in Vienna. On the 9th of December, at BDO office, the Austrian crowdfunding ecosystem in Vienna is invited to get together for one hour and half of presentations, informal discussions and networking around drinks, during  the first CrowdTuesday …

ACCA President Debate, 2 December 2014, Brussels

 "A new course for Europe: Focusing on enhancing competitiveness and returning to sustainable growth" The results of the recent European elections and the rise of Eurosceptic parties showed that EU decision-makers need to regain the confidence of European citizens. It …

 

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. …