The University of Cambridge Launches 2nd Annual European Alternative Finance Industry Study

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.

The Second Annual European Alternative Finance Industry Survey launches on 2nd of May and is scheduled to close on the 25 May 2016. The objective is to track aggregate transaction volume, year-on-year growth and the latest trends of the alternative finance markets across Europe.

The results of the survey will be made freely available to the public in the Second Annual European Alternative Finance Industry Report, due to be published later in the year.

All findings shall be presented in aggregate form only, either by country, region or alternative finance models and no individual platform data will be divulged. All contributed data will remain anonymous.

All crowdfunding, peer-to-peer (marketplace) lending and other alternative finance platforms, operating in Europe are invited to contribute to the survey linked below. All participating platforms will be prominently acknowledged in the industry report, with their respective logos displayed.

The survey is led by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at the Cambridge Judge Business School and supported by KPMG, CME Group Foundation and 17 major crowdfunding associations and industry organisations in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, the Nordics and other European countries.

The leaders and founders of these distinguished research partners have offered their strong endorsements and support for the 2nd Annual European Alternative Finance Survey.

“Financement Participif France is happy to support this state-of-the-art report. Its highly recognized academic research offers a deep understanding of our growing industry at a European level.”

Nicolas Lesur, President of the Financement Participatif France

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