Bankers, Bureaucrats and Benefactors

A tale about crowdfunding


n enthusiastic, mixed bag of people gathered in the European Commission’s conference room at the Charlemagne building last week.  They were there to discuss the opportunities and risks presented by the recent rapid rise of crowdfunding. The industry grew by nearly 80 percent last year and is now an important financial vehicle for startups, SMEs and cultural projects. But crowdfunding is an umbrella term that covers just about everything you can do with your money: donate it, ...

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