Meet The Company That’s Revolutionizing Real Estate Investing

For the second year in a row Benzinga is proud to host the Benzinga Fintech Awards, dedicated to recognizing the leading companies in the world of fintech. Ahead of the May 24 gala, meet the innovative companies that will be there.

Who they are

SeedFeed, a crowdfunding real estate investing platform.

Why SeedFeed was started

To consolidate crowdfunded real estate. It’s the fastest growing crowdfunding industry, with over 200 platforms now sourcing deals. These deals are siloed across hundreds of platforms. SeedFeed puts all these investments in one place.

What makes them unique

They have over 400 deals from various platforms, coupled with third party data to help users make their next real estate investment.

What they are looking forward to at the Benzinga Fintech Awards

Showing investors that crowdfunded real estate is a great alternative investment, and finding your next real estate investment has never been so easy.

How you can connect with SeedFeed

Sign up for a free account with SeedFeed at their website, or connect with them on Twitter.

For more information on the 2016 Benzinga Fintech Awards, submitting your company, sponsoring, or attending, go here.

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Benzinga Fintech Awards Applicant Call Levels Gets Vote Of Confidence, Funding From Lippo Group

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Benzinga Fintech Award nominee Call Levels has announced pre-Series A funding from Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group. The undisclosed amount from Lippo comes on the heels of $500,000 pre-Series A fundraising received from Silicon Valley’s 500 Startups in November, as well as investments from angels Timothy Teo and Koh Boon Hwee.

Call Levels provides financial monitoring and notification services optimized for the mobile cloud. Clients can receive instant notifications on their mobile devices as soon as any of a number of assets reaches a pre-selected price.

Call Levels has been experiencing rapid growth in recent months. According to the company, user growth has surged 400 percent in the last three months alone, and clients now set an average of 11 new alerts each second.

“With these new funds, we hope to expand our asset coverage to other financial markets, to support our users within the Asian region and beyond,” Call Levels cofounder Cynthia Siantar says. She said that reliable, instant notifications are particularly important in volatile, unpredictable markets like the ones investors have seen so far in 2016.

The app already covers more than 10,000 assets.

The investment in Call Levels marks Lippo’s first venture into the fintech space. Lippo made headlines in recent years by launching MatahariMall.com, an e-commerce site which it hopes will become the “Alibaba of Indonesia.”

Benzinga Fintech Awards: Stash CEO Talks New $3 Million Fundraising Round

Fintech startup Stash has announced the completion of a new $3 million fundraising round involving a handful of new investors, as well as additional contributions from previous investors. The new round of seed funding was led by Goodwater Capital, which specializes in early-stage consumer technology companies. Other investors include Valar Ventures and Entrée Capital.

Benzinga had the chance to speak with Stash CEO and co-founder David Ronick about what the new round of funding means for the company and what big plans Stash has for the future.

According to Ronick, the $3 million will have a major impact on the investment app’s future, not only in terms of capital, but in terms of reputation.

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“We’re doing whatever we can to build trust and credibility, so it’s important for us to have solid institutional investors behind us to show our customers and potential employees and business partners. It’s also important to have expertise around the table in consumer mobile and in FinTech and also, of course, to have the capital to help us accelerate growth,” Ronick told Benzinga.

As far as immediate goals, he explained that Stash is anticipating a major market expansion in 2016.

“One of the things that’s held us back is that we were only on the iTunes platform, but next month we will roll-out on Android, so that could open up Stash to a whole new group of people,” Ronick explained.

He added that the new funding will also help Stash continue to invest in improving the user experience and expanding the app’s investment advice and support content.

Stash has shown impressive growth numbers in a crowded market since its October 2015 launch, and Ronick attributes Stash’s early success to its balanced approach to investing advice. Stash provides enough guidance so as not to leave customers in the dark while also encouraging clients to follow their own investment intuition and beliefs.

“There’s robo-advisors, which can be great for people who don’t really want to become investors or think or learn about how to manage their money,” Ronick told Benzinga. “That’s not what we’re after. We want to empower people to take control of their own finances and investments.”

Stash’s app is aimed at making investing easy for inexperienced Millennial investors. Stash investors can start investing for as little as $5 by buying fractional shares of Stash’s select themed ETFs such as “Internet Titans” (First Trust DJ Internet Index Fund (ETF) FDN 0.19% and “Clean and Green” (iShares S&P Global Clean Energy Index Fd ICLN 0.23%). Stash doesn’t charge commission on trades, instead charging subscribers a flat $1 per month fee for accounts under $5,000 and 0.25% per year for balances greater than $5,000.

Getting To Know The Benzinga Fintech Awards: KoreConX

The second annual Benzinga Fintech Awards is coming to New York City on May 24. In anticipation of the premier gala for financial technology, we’re introducing you to the companies that will be in attendance.

For more information on submitting your company, voting for the finalists, or attending the event, click here.

In the inaugural edition of this series, Benzinga presents crowdfunding service KoreConX.

Benzinga: Why did you start KoreConX?

Oscar Jofre, President and CEO of KoreConX: I’m an entrepreneur to the core. I want to build something that changes everything, and makes the industry as a whole better. My co-founder and I saw a need in the market, and knew that the time was right for fintech, and that with equity crowdfunding beginning to gain momentum, how companies raised money and managed their shareholders had to change.

Benzinga: What do you think makes your offering unique in the fintech space? Do you have any close competition?

Oscar Jofre: There’s never been another product that ties the entire ecosystem together like we do, or that companies can use pre, during, and post capital raise.

Benzinga: What’s one thing you want users to remember your company by?

Oscar Jofre: We want them to remember us for two things really. Our knowledgeability–we’re a young company, but we’ve worked hard to become thought leaders in equity crowdfunding and alternative finance, and we want the companies on KoreConX to benefit from what we know–and how easy we made it to bring everyone together around their company and set themselves up for success. We’re helping companies build better, stronger, and more transparent relationships with their shareholders.

Benzinga: What drives you to get up every single day and work on your business?

Oscar Jofre: I can’t help it, KoreConX is my baby. I’m always thinking about the business, the market, and all the things I plan for the company. Getting up in the morning is no problem, my biggest issue is getting to sleep at night. There is no such thing as a “work-life” divide for me.

Benzinga: How do you help people make money?

Oscar Jofre: We help companies access capital. That’s the very foundation of our business and our product. We partner with equity crowdfunding portals around the world as well as broker dealers, providing companies with the ability to manage the entire application and due diligence process through a single point of entry. Meaning that should the company get turned down by one portal, they don’t need to re-enter all that information to apply to the next. We also allow companies to manage and communicate with their shareholders post-raise, helping them create close relationships that ensure their shareholders will be their best customers and their biggest advocates.

Benzinga: Do you offer investors any unique data points that can help their trading/investing decisions?

Oscar Jofre: We don’t advise investors or offer data to the public on companies in our platform, but what we do offer them is a secure, centralized platform that they can use to manage all of their holdings in any company they’re involved in, and the assurance that these companies are reporting regularly, complying, and being completely transparent. We’re giving them peace of mind.

Benzinga: What’s the biggest challenge to your company going forward, and how do you plan on overcoming it?

Oscar Jofre: Being born global. We’re a small team of 23 people based out of Toronto, Peru, Indiana, and around the world, and we’re operating globally from the start. Our platform will be launching in Mandarin and Spanish in Q1 of 2016, and we’re working hard to stay in touch with big markets around the world. We’re lucky in a way because often business is business no matter where you are, and because so much of what we do is built on equity crowdfunding. I speak at events around the world and I’m able to bring together insights from leading markets around the world.

Benzinga: What are you looking forward to most about the Benzinga Fintech Awards?

Oscar Jofre: Meeting the other contestants. So many brilliant companies are in the running, and I’d love to learn more about them.

Benzinga: How can users find and interact with your company?

Oscar Jofre: We’re all over social media. People are free to connect with me on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc, and send me any questions that they might have. They can also register here.