Online start-ups are rallying citizens to revamp their neighbourhoods

Civic Crowdfunding

NAMES, wedding dates and declarations of love cover the Luchtsingel, a new pedestrian walkway straddling a busy main road in central Rotterdam, a Dutch city. Asked by a website to help fund the project, locals paid €25 ($32) each for the right to etch a message on one of its 17,000 wooden planks. The walkway’s length, they were warned, depended on the volume of donations. Within three months do-gooders had stumped up a third of the cash needed to build its full 350-metre span (a government award has since topped…

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Social Media Dreamfunding™, the next generation of crowdfunding, will allow you

The next generation of Crowdfunding is opening doors for women. Today launched a site dedicated to helping women use the internet, and their social media currency to start or expand a business. Bellevate uses DreamfundingSM, next generation Crowdfunding – a hot new way for entrepreneurs to raise funds through small individual contributions. It’s a way for businesses to use the Internet and their established social media networks to find the funding to launch new ideas or expand existing operations. But, women are often still getting lost in the shuffle.…

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Kentucky start-up sector prepares for opening of new small-investor marketplace


Revolutionary. A potential game-changer. The biggest change to securities law in 80 years. That’s what people in the know are saying about crowdfund investing, or CFI, a new vehicle in “marketplace” investing that capitalizes on the accessibility of the Internet to connect small businesses and potential investors like never before. It expands on already popular and increasingly common “rewards-based” crowdfunding sites like and, which invite investors to help fund start-up projects in exchange for an early prototype product or other merchandise-based “rewards” – and sometimes for nothing at…

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Leaders in technology industry discuss crowdfunding

brian Yu The Daily Illini

Leaders of the Champaign-Urbana technology industry discussed new investment opportunities Wednesday at the iHotel and Conference Center for the quarterly CU CEO Tech Roundtable. The purpose of these roundtables, sponsored by Research Park, is to bring together presidents, CEOs and founders of tech companies so they can learn from each other, share success stories and address specific subject matter, said Laura Frerichs, director of Research Park. “The businesses certainly like the opportunity to learn from each other,” Frerichs said. “It is a difficult path to be a startup entrepreneur. Being…

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