News

ECN & Partners Release a Joint Declaration on Capital Markets Union

 Eight years on from the global financial crisis, Europe’s economy is still recovering.  However, economic uncertainty has led to a great number of entrepreneurial initiatives and has provoked the establishment of new, innovative, collaborative methods supported by digital evolution. Through …

ECN is looking for a talented EC Project Manager

 Crowdfunding is a fast growing sector and our team keeps growing. ECN is looking for an experienced, motivated, Bruxelles-based, self-employed professional to include in its team as EC Project Manager. Are you the right candidate? Project Manager Are you interested in a …

ECN’s response to the European Commission's consultation on Capital Markets Union

 The European Crowdfunding Network welcomes the European Commission’s Green Paper on Capital Market Union (CMU) that among other objectives seeks to enable alternative forms of financing, including crowdfunding. The CMU was launched back in February, with the aim of mainly  breaking down …

ECN, UEAPME, EFAA & Leaseurope together united for SMEs in Capital Markets Union

 UEAPME, EFAA, Leaseurope and the European Crowdfunding Network are together a significant voice of SMEs in Europe, representing the SMEs themselves (UEAPME), key business and financial advisers to SMEs (EFAA), and key providers of finance in the sector (Leaseurope and ECN). In …

Spain Government Gives Green Light to Improved Crowdfunding Rules

 Only a few days after Germany approved its Small Investors Protection Act, the Spanish Government gave its approval to a legal framework for crowdfunding in the country. The approved rules, however, differ significantly from the first draft which was published …

Germany Adopts Crowdfunding Rules

 A regulation for crowdfunding has been on the agenda of Angela Merkel for a while, as a measure to foster the growth and establishment of a digital economy in Germany. The first drafts of the regulation, which were published during 2014, …

Events

ECN CrowdCamp, 26 June 2015, Lisbon | Register now!

 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 …

Conference on European Alternative Finance & Marketplace Lending, 28 May 2015, London

 The 1st Annual Conference on European Alternative Financing & Marketplace Lending will take place 28 May, 2015 at One Great George Street, London. Alternative Financing & Marketplace Lending encompasses a range of innovative and diverse financing tools and products evolving …

CrowdTuesday, 26 May 2015, Paris

 After two months break, CrowdTuesday is back in Paris, in a new, great location, the Hub Start-up of Bpifrance! The crowdfunding ecosystem in the area is invited to get together  for a couple of hours of informal discussions and presentations on the latest …

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 …

U.S.-Europe Dialogue on Making Ventures Grow, 5 May 2015, Brussels

 This event, organized by the US Mission to the European Union,  will bring together a cross-section of early-stage investors, venture capital firms, stock exchanges, international corporations, and policy makers from the United States and Europe to discuss how investors on …

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 …

 

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. …