Italy Recognises Investors for Innovation

Equity crowdfunding goes from strength to strength in Italy and the UK, with platforms, entrepreneurs, platforms and regulators observing successes and failures and adjusting their strategies.

Italy, the first country in the world to adopt regulated equity crowdfunding,has recently adjusted the rules based on experience, and has recognised a new class of investor; "investitori a supporto dell'innovazione", or "investors who support innovation."

Another Reason Women Win In The Crowd

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Investment crowdfunding attracts a more diverse range of investors and entrepeneurs. Women feel at home in the crowd, far more than the old-school male-dominated VC communities which used to be the way to raise fund.

Today we focus on another reason women win in the crowd, with evidence taken from research conducted by two US business schools, UC Berkeley and Northwestern

IFISA Countdown - 1 Week To Go!

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With a week to go, the introduction of the Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) is proceeding with all the frenzy of a glacier sliding down a mountain. We've noticed some good news, some constructive criticism and some useful advice for investor thinking about dipping their toe in the water.

Collaboration - A Founder's Perspective

Mary McKenna is the founder of Learning Pool, a successful E-Learning company in Derry, Co. Antrim. With the business now flourishing in its eleventh year, Mary is a mentor and angel investor active in Ulster, the Republic of Ireland, and mainland UK.

Mary McKenna, Irish entrepreneur and angel investor

In the latest post on her blog Kicking Assets, she talks about the importance of collaboration when growing a business. Investors who value a strong management team, and look for longevity and sustainability in a company's talent, contracts, and relationships with  suppliers, distruptors and key partners, will find Mary's advice worthwhile reading, we're sure.

Peer-to-Peer ISA - It's Not Rocket Science!

Peer-to-peer lending appeals to smart people who are prepared to read, think and take a little bit of a risk, in order to get a higher return on their savings than a building society would offer.

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The risks aren't severe: and if you invest through the new IFISA accounts, your returns will be tax-free. So, what do you need to know before you invest?