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US SEC to propose monumental crowdfunding rules on Wednesday

US SEC to propose monumental crowdfunding rules on Wednesday

It was supposed to take 270 days. Instead, it has taken about twice that long. On Wednesday, though, federal regulators will come one step closer to allowing people to purchase equity in start-ups through new online “crowdfunding” marketplaces. The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to formally propose rules on Wednesday authorizing companies to widely sell securities through the online portals, the agency announced late Monday. Currently, firms can offer equity crowdfunding deals only to accredited investors. Once the proposed rules are issued, the five-member board plans to vote whether to…

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ShopLocket Launches Pre-Order Platform To Help Bridge The Gap Between Crowdfunding And Shipping

ShopLocket Launches Pre-Order Platform To Help Bridge The Gap Between Crowdfunding And Shipping

There’s an increasing opportunity in helping hardware startups bring their products to market, and Toronto ecommerce startup ShopLocket has identified a key area in that process where they might be able to help out, and pick up some new business in the process. The company is introducing its new pre-order platform at the Glazed Wearable conference in San Francisco today, giving hardware startups and product-based companies a way to book sales of devices before they ever hit the production lines. Often companies like Pebble will launch on Kickstarter, bringing in…

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How to successfully Crowdfund projects: Tips from RocketHub founder Brian Meece

How to successfully Crowdfund projects: Tips from RocketHub founder Brian Meece

Now that Kickstarter is accessible in Canada, Canadian entrepreneurs can finally take to the platform and get their ideas off the ground. But what does it actually take to build a successful crowd funding project? Crowd-funding website RocketHub founder Brian Meece explained the trends he sees in crowd funding during a social media week event in Toronto on Wednesday. And, as he explained, a lot more goes into a successful campaign than you might think.   “I like to think of crowd funding as an online event,” he said. According to Meece, successful projects are built on three…

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Canadian Impact Investing Platform SVX Launches in Toronto

Canadian Impact Investing Platform SVX Launches in Toronto

Impact investing crowdfunding platform Social Venture Connexion (SVX) rang the bell last week on the Toronto Stock Exchange, thus officially launching their new platform.  The Ontario Securities Commission had issued an “exemptive relief order” earlier this year to allow the non-profit entity SVX to sell securities via their crowdfunding platform.   The platform is designed to raise capital for social or environmental “impact issues”. The platform simultaneously announced its first round of social and environmental impact issuers representing a diverse range of geographies, sectors and corporate structures. The ventures, all from…

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Equity Crowdfunding Platform SeedUps Launches in Canada

Equity Crowdfunding Platform SeedUps Launches in Canada

Crowd Capital Inc. is pleased to announce that it has signed a Partnership Agreement with SeedUps(IRE) Ltd., is re-branding as SeedUps Canada and is getting ready to launch its crowdfund investing platform where ordinary investors can invest in great companies. Using “intelligent” equity crowdfunding technologies developed by SeedUps, and compliance functionality developed by ECN – the Exempt Capital Network, SeedUps Canada will be a “first-mover” in the Canadian marketplace and move forward with its plan to present private placements to investors that have between $1K and $50K they wish to invest in…

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