New Report highlights vitality of Asia Pacific alternative finance sector

By Tadhg Walker

The first Asia-Pacific Alternative Finance survey, Harnessing Potential, has been released. A collaborative effort between the University of Cambridge, Tsinghua University, University of Sydney Business School and KPMG has led to the first benchmarking report into Asia-Pacific’s alternative finance sector. Together with over 20 research partners, including Crowdfund Vibe, data from 503 leading alternative finance platforms in 17 different countries was collected and aggregated.

The alternative finance sector was estimated to be worth a staggering $102.81 billion USD in 2015. China makes up 98.9% of this total, registering $101.7 billion by transaction volume with year-on-year growth of 328%. The rest of the Asia Pacific region recorded a volume of $1.12 billion USD, at a marginally lower year-on-year growth rate of 313%.

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The Asia Pacific’s first Alternative Finance survey underway

By Tadhg Walker

The University of Cambridge, University of Sydney and Tsinghua University are collaborating on an inaugural Asia-Pacific alternative finance benchmark survey. The survey will primarily focus on crowdfunding and peer to peer lending activities throughout the region, creating a database to measure size and growth of the sector. Upon publication in the first quarter of 2016 the survey will be freely available to the public.

Similar surveys have been conducted in the United Kingdom and continental Europe, and have had a high impact in identifying growth trends and the size of the alternative finance sector. In the Asia-Pacific region, however, there is currently a lack of empirically based academic research into alternative finance.

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Crowdfunding: Can it revitalize university research programmes?

 By Tadhg Walker

Crowdfunding continues to shake up the traditional way many projects are funded. Universities and academics, conventionally in the firm domain of state funding, are turning to crowdfunding websites to raise money for their research activities. There are successes emerging with this new source of funding, with many research projects securing the money they need to undertake their work.

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