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The European project Altfinator launches online courses to facilitate access to Alternative Finance

The Altfinator Project funded by the European Union is launching from October 7 to October 25 its first “massive open online course”. The course will introduce the key models and approaches related to raising finance from sources alternative to bank lending: crowdfunding, invoice trading, venture capital, business angels, fintech platforms.

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This course is part of a set of activities powered by the Altfinator Project that aims to increase the capacity of the financial ecosystem and its participants for improving innovative SMEs’ access to alternative forms of finance in Europe. Thousands of start-ups, scaleups and small and medium-sized companies worldwide are increasingly finding capital and investments from new providers, besides those offered by the traditional banking sector. However, it is often difficult for stakeholders to understand how alternative finance works, what are the main differences between the various types of alternative finance services that exist and how to identify a specific Alternative Finance service that matches the specific needs of a company at the different stages of its development. With this in mind Altfinator has launch the first edition of its massive open online courses on Alternative Finance. The goal of this course is to help participants navigate the world of Alternative Finance and Fintech. The course is designed to provide both basic and advanced knowledge about a wide range of different topics: crowdfunding, invoice trading, venture capital, business angels, legal and marketing issues, risk assessment, the fintech revolution and implications for financial markets. The course is useful for a large audience. It is primarily intended for financial advisors and business consultants, but it will be also good insight for managers of funds and crowdfunding platforms, business angels and venture capitalists, incubators, business development agencies and associations, entrepreneurs and startuppers, and policymakers. The 3-weeks course will be headed by renowned stakeholders from the Alternative Finance and Fintech worlds. Ronald Kleverlaan – chairman of Stichting MKB Financiering and founder of CrowdfundingHub – is one of the 19 teachers that are going to led the training course. Check the full list of speakers, the topics and the agenda of the MOOC here: Registration is now available. For more information related to the services and tools of Altfinator go to

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