2nd Annual European Alternative Finance Industry Study

Collaborative Economy Center partners with the University of Cambridge and leading industry organisation on the groundbreaking study regarding alternative finance in Europe for the second time.

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School is launching the Second Annual European Alternative Finance Industry Survey with the support of 17 major European industry associations and research partners following the success of its 2015 benchmarking report – Moving Mainstream. The industry research has become a benchmark study of the fast growing internet finance sector. Prior the CCAF study, much information was anecdotal or localised. The advent of their report has quantified the importance and potential for new forms of finance as the industry quickly moves online.

The previous study generated tremendous amounts of mainstream media coverage across Europe and effectively informed policymaking and regulation on crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending at both national and supranational levels. The document has been cited perhaps hundreds of times by this publication alone.  The CCAF research is a beacon for industry leaders and important elected & appointed policy officials.

Alternative finance encompasses innovative financial instruments and distributive channels that have emerged outside of the traditional financial system, including crowdfunding and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending activities. This will be the fourth in a series of reports that the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance and its research partners have produced in 2016 to document and analyse the rapid growth of alternative finance markets in the UK, the Asia-Pacific region and the Americas.

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“Alternative finance is not a first choice for entrepreneurs in CEE yet, but no one can argue, that the biggest potential for growth in the future is among emerging markets. There is a need for such a report, because governments, corporations and entrepreneurs finally understand the power of crowds. Now they need professional knowledge to shape their strategies for further development.” -Karol Król, Co-Founder of Collaborative Economy Center

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