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EQUITY CROWDFUNDING IN CANADA HOPES TO SPARK ITS ECONOMY

EQUITY CROWDFUNDING IN CANADA HOPES TO SPARK ITS ECONOMY

July 2, 2015— Canada has recently become another nation to pursue the viability of equity crowdfunding as a tool to finance small businesses. This past year nations from the United States to New Zealand to the European Union, enacting regulations and exemptions for equity crowdfunding. In a previous blog post we talked about how crowdfunding is set to overtake venture capital investment over the next year, doubling from $16 billion to $34.4 billion. This showcases the potential impact equity crowdfunding can have on the future of private company fund raising. In various provinces in Canada, securities…

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Ontario Releases Guidelines for P2P Lending

Ontario Releases Guidelines for P2P Lending

Peer to peer lending has been increasing rapidly in many parts of the world, such as the UK, USA and China, where the market is booming. However, in some other areas the development of P2P lending has been slower, for example in Canada. By  Irene Tordera, Many factors could contribute to why Canada’s P2P market has a slower growth than other countries, but certainly the lack of clear guidance in provinces like Ontario, has played a role. In fact, the existing Canadian P2P marketplaces have been very cautious in their…

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Crowdfunding Cultivates ‘Fail Fast’ Culture, Helps Women Raise Startup Capital

Crowdfunding Cultivates ‘Fail Fast’ Culture, Helps Women Raise Startup Capital

Crowdfunding Cultivates ‘Fail Fast’ Culture, Helps Women Raise Startup Capital by Donal Power on Jun 5, 2015 | News, Technology “Fortune Favours the Bold” was a recurring message at Enterprise Toronto’s third annual Money Forum earlier this week, which drew a diverse crowd of entrepreneurs and startup founders to City Hall to explore aspects of financing new ventures. Forum panelists repeatedly cited having a high risk tolerance and confidence in one’s vision as prerequisites for succeeding as an entrepreneur. Equally important was knowing when to reach out for support and…

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Is crowdfunding replacing fundraising?

Is crowdfunding replacing fundraising?

Ligia Mangra,  Content Writer at Squirrly There’s a lot of rumor that crowdfunding might be either making fundraising become extinct or improving it by taking away from it its face-to-face quality. The truth of the matter, I guess, is somewhere in between. Traditional fundraising involved going on streets, knocking on people’s doors and asking them to give you money, or throwing large parties for charity, in which you invited a lot of people (if possible, rich people) to help you raise money for your cause. Things change, and by crowdfunding it’s now become easier, faster…

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The most useful lessons don’t always come from successful campaigns

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Originally published on Crowdfunding in a Canadian context. Rarely do we focus on funding campaigns that did not reach their goal. They are nevertheless as common as those that do and clearly more numerous than those that actually surpass their goal. Seeing as failure can result from several factors, there are many lessons to be learned from the post-mortem of a “failed” campaign—a priceless source of information for anyone preparing to instigate a campaign, starting by putting into perspective what represents a failure and what constitutes a success. In this respect, Snoobe’s campaign…

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