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Hi guys this week we once again turn our attention to the latest in global crowdfunding news – you may have missed our last news round up which finished of with Britains Spookiest Street Names! Today we look at an array of stories from looking at Canada’s first crowdfunded real estate deal to looking at the Liverpool Lantern Festival crowdfunding campaign.


Canada’s First Crowdfunded Real Estate Deal Closes


Real estate crowdfunding has been going strong in the U.S. however, in Canada it is still quite a new concept.

Nexus Crowd, a Toronto based investment company mentioned recently that it has closed the country’s first online investment which is offering commercial real estate.

The commercial real estate development is a shopping mall which originally was a car dealership and is based in Mississauga.

The 238,000-square-foot two-storey mall will be anchored by a Tier 1 bank and a large supermarket according to one source.

Nexus Crowd is opening at a time when demand for real estate from everyday investors is growing, you only have to look next door in the States where crowdfunding has raised more than US$208 million over the last two years according to a recent Reuters study. In addition, crowdfunding this year  is set to climb to US$2.57 billion globally. (Financial Post, September 2015).

Crowdfunding as a whole in Canada looks to be on the increase now that security regulators in five provinces have announced a new crowdfunding regime. (Lexology, November 2015). The regime includes two components, a crowdfunding prospectus exemption and a registration framework for funding portals. The new capital raising regime will be available in the following provinces :- Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.


Crowdfunding And The Beautiful Game

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This isn’t really a recent story as it originally was first reported last year, however, a recent Copa90 video inspired me to add this story and also simply for having a passion for the beautiful game.

SD Eibar who hail from the Basque region in Spain launched a crowdfunding campaign where people can buy shares for 50 Euros each. To cut a long story short, the newly promoted La Liga side needed 1.7 million Euros to carrying on surviving and being able to play alongside La Liga giants such as Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Although the team does not have any debt (which is a rare thing for a Spanish club), the total value of its shares was very low.

According to a law known as Real Decreto 1251/1999, when teams move up from the third to second division, they are required to have dedicated capital equivalent to 25% of the average expenses in that league. (Fortune, June 2014).

Club president Alex Aranzábal mentioned last year that they want to demonstrate that in football, a small club when it handles things well can beat the powerful. As a result, through raising funds from crowdfunding they have maintained their presence in Spain’s top division. Want to know more about this inspiring crowdfunding story? Click here.

Sadly we cannot offer you any shares in City or United up here in Manchester but we have got our latest Coventry Crowdfunded Property Investment available if you would like shares in that?

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Chiltern Firehouse Chef Is Rekindling His First Restaurant By Using Crowdfunding

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Chiltern Firehouse chef Nuno Mendes has decided to rekindle his first resturant viajante. Mendes plans to raise £1.75 million and those who are hungry to invest into his restaurant project has to pay a minimum of £10, making buying into Viajante accessible for all its fans. Those with a larger appetite for investment get extra perks including guaranteed bookings, free meals, invited to free dining events, plus sneak previews.

Details about what to expect from the new restaurant are still very low key, however, Nuno has revealed that it will serve numerous courses and will bring in a wave of breathtaking tastes and textures in a setting of refined beauty and calm.

If all goes according to plan, the restaurant will be open in August 2016.

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Manchester app developer launches £500k crowdfunding campaign


We always love to hear about crowdfunding in Manchester and thought this was an ideal story to add. The company behind Karrot, a loyalty app that aims to help users slash their mobile phone bills while shopping with certain high street retailers, has embarked on a new drive to raise £500k. (Bdaily, November 2015).

Airtime Rewards Ltd which created the app is hoping raise their aimed amount through crowdfunding site Crowdcube in order to help increase its team, build its user base, and attract new retail partners.

The app which was launched last month has already attracted numerous high street brands such as Cafe Nero and H Samuel who have now partnered with the company.

Company co-founder Josh Graham mentioned that he is really excited about where the money raised could potentially lead.

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Liverpool Lantern Festival launches crowdfunding campaign

Liverpool Lantern

Staying in the north west, Liverpool Lantern Company has launched a crowdfunding initiative to help raise cash to put on a three-night festival next spring. (Liverpool Echo, October, 2015).

They are hoping to raise £10,000 during the 40 day crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo.

People who are interested in the campaign can contribute between £3-£100, once contributed, there are perks such as limited edition t-shirts to having a chance of bringing your very lantern home after the festival.

Community groups, schools, and businesses can take part in lantern workshops which will be delivered by the company itself at cost of £600.

Part of the crowdfunding idea is that the company loves community involvement and to really sustain Liverpool’s strong connection with art and culture. We put together an investment guide to Liverpool which may be of interest?


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