EMDA Supports OSC’s Consideration of Offering Memorandum and Equity Crowdfunding Exemptions

EMDA Supports OSC’s Consideration of Offering Memorandum and Equity Crowdfunding Exemptions

Toronto, ON, September 3, 2013 – On August 28, 2013, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) released a progress report on its review of certain prospectus exemptions to facilitate capital raising in Ontario (the OSC Progress Report) as set out in OSC Staff Consultation Paper 45-710 Considerations for New Capital Raising Prospectus Exemptions published on December 14, 2012 (the Consultation Paper). The OSC Progress Report states that after reviewing feedback from a broad range of stakeholders, the OSC has determined it will consider the following capital raising prospectus exemptions: -an offering…

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Nya Casinon On-line 2016

Nya Casinon On-line 2016

Casino freespins är en kul bonus som gör att man kan prova på många olika spelautomater och casinon utan att riskera sina egna pengar.

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As crowdfunding gathers speed, financial industry changes loom

As crowdfunding gathers speed, financial industry changes loom

Lucrative deals might be just a click away for Canada’s pension funds and other institutional investors. Unlike retail investors, the country’s institutional investors can now access a wider range of investment opportunities in a more immediate and transparent manner through institutional crowdfunding—a phenomenon that allows companies to raise capital from numerous investors via the Internet. This is thanks to the recent emergence of a Canadian online marketplace that matches institutional investors with issuers. This development could take away at least some business from investment banks, which are typically the intermediaries…

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OSC provides update on crowdfunding consultation

OSC provides update on crowdfunding consultation

The Ontario Securities Commission yesterday published a progress report on its review of potential new prospectus exemptions. The report provides an update on work completed to date, as well as a roadmap for future work. As we’ve discussed in the past, the OSC initiated a consultation process on crowdfunding late last year with the release of a consultation paper, and subsequently held a roundable discussion in June to obtain input from investors on the subject. According to the report, OSC Staff have been directed to undertake work on four new capital raising prospectus exemptions, namely: (i) a crowdfunding exemption (the report states…

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15 Simple Ways to Increase Odds of Crowdfunding Success

15 Simple Ways to Increase Odds of Crowdfunding Success

Jason Graf, CEO and Co-Founder of CrowdIt, contributed this article to BusinessNewsDaily’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Starting a new business isn’t easy, as many successful people will tell you. There are several reasons as to why, but the truth is one of the main reasons new businesses fail is because of a lack of funding. This is a problem that I have faced as an entrepreneur and I certainly won’t be the last. So what resources are available to overcome this challenge? Crowdfunding is an innovative way to gain…

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OSC considering crowd-funding prospectus exemption

OSC considering crowd-funding prospectus exemption

The Ontario Securities Commission is taking the next step toward helping make it easier for businesses to raise money using a crowd-funding model. The regulator said Wednesday it is considering a crowd-funding prospectus exemption as part of its work to help make it easier for startups as well as small and medium-sized businesses to raise money. Ordinarily, companies cannot distribute securities unless a prospectus detailing the business and the risks associated with the securities has been filed with the regulator. Other exemptions being considered are a family, friends and business…

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Canadians wary of jumping into less than crowded fundraising field

Canadians wary of jumping into less than crowded fundraising field

When Paul Dombowsky first founded Ideavibes in 2011, he was hoping to tap into something big – the power of the crowd. He envisioned his Ottawa-based startup as a place for crowdsourcing, a way of exchanging ideas by engaging the public. He also hoped it would be a portal for crowdfunding, similar to platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Branding the crowdfunding side under the name Fundchange, Mr. Dombowsky hoped it would help charities raise money from the public for important causes and campaigns. But by December 2012, Mr. Dombowsky…

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Crowdfunding Brazilians seek to finance Independent Reporters

Crowdfunding Brazilians seek to finance Independent Reporters

Publica, a non-profit investigative reporting and journalism agency in Brazil, has launched its first crowdfunding project. Publica will distribute ten grants of 6 thousand reais (2,500 US dollars) for investigative projects chosen by the public. The competition’s purpose is to expand the grants given to independent reporters and at the same time increase participation of the public, which will participate as an editorial board formed by those who contribute with crowdfunding. According to Natalia Viana, director of Publica, it is a journalist’s dream: O trabalho vai no sentido inverso dos…

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The Wisdom of Yoda takes over the 3D Printing market

The Wisdom of Yoda takes over the 3D Printing market

By: Robert Mullins, CFB Sr. Staff Writer Startups in the 3D printing space advertise their device capabilities with samples of products like smartphone cases, gears, or replicas of the Eiffel Tower, but if you want to be taken seriously as a printer maker, you’ve got to give people Yoda. “For some reason, the Yoda head is kind of the symbol of what your 3D printer can do,” said Braydon Moreno, CEO of the crowdfunded startup RoBo 3D. “Everyone across the board is saying ‘Let me see your Yoda.’” A review…

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Indiegogo Pushes Partnership with Raindance Film Festival

Indiegogo Pushes Partnership with Raindance Film Festival

Staying true to our crowdfunding roots in indie film, Indiegogo recently launched a partnership with Raindance Film Festival and Schools — to foster independent filmmakers as well as to amplify and enhance Raindance’s work. Since 1992, Raindance has organized a cutting-edge festival in London and offered filmmaking classes in major cities around the world. This isn’t their first time being mentioned in the same sentence as Indiegogo — you might remember when they funded their first, original feature on Indiegogo earlier this year. We wanted to kick-off our partnership with Raindance in a big way, so…

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Closing Hollywood’s gender gap: Women directors crowdfund film

Closing Hollywood’s gender gap: Women directors crowdfund film

Catherine Hardwicke, Julie Taymor and Julie-Anne Robinson are all celebrated directors with the same complaint: They had no role models when they started out. “I certainly didn’t know any female directors when I came to L.A.,” Hardwicke, director of “Thirteen” and “Twlight,” told TheWrap. Taymor, too, lamented “the worship of the enfant terrible — the brilliant young male.” “If woman is a maverick or an auteur, she often is labeled a bitch,” the “Frida” and “Across the Universe” director said. Robinson (left) is a Golden Globe-nominated director who has a large…

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Capital Crowdfunding in Canada: Recent developments

Capital Crowdfunding in Canada: Recent developments

The recent arrival of the KickStarter platform in Canada serves as a reminder that some interesting developments in the regulation of “crowdfunding” have been occurring in the last several months. This article focuses on the exemption granted to MaRS VX by the Ontario Securities Commission, which recently authorized the very first capital crowdfunding platform in Canada. Crowdfunding is a way of financing a project or business by pooling small financial contributions obtained through Web platforms (such as La Ruche in the Quebec City region) and making use of social media for advertising and…

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Crowdfunding for investors could prove model is effective

Crowdfunding for investors could prove model is effective

Most conversations we’ve had around crowdfunding revolve around the concept that it allows the average Joe to make an investment in a startup project. But why can’t accredited investors get in on the fun too? Our friend Shane Schick writes about a Bay Street firm, Optimize Capital Markets, about their crowdfunding portal targeted specifically at accredited investors. Most people spending time on the Web are by now familiar with the crowdfunding model put forward by Kickstarter or Indiegogo – a company or individual asks for consumers to fund their campaign…

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Crowdtilt creates customizable open-source crowdfunding platform

Crowdtilt creates customizable open-source crowdfunding platform

Thanks to the JOBS Act and the rise of Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the parade of startups that have emerged in their wake, crowdfunding has gone mainstream. However, according to the minds behind Crowdtilt — the Y Combinator-incubated platform that caters to the many types of “group fundraising” that fall outside the purview of Kickstarter — this is just Phase One. The Crowdfunding Era is just beginning. While the Kickstarters and Indiegogos continue to dominate headlines in the crowdfunding space, a growing set of niche platforms have emerged to handle the spillover from…

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Ottawa startup enlists crowdfunding to bring product to market

Ottawa startup enlists crowdfunding to bring product to market

An Ottawa startup is hoping a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign will speed commercial production of its Piper home security monitors. Piper plugs into a wall socket in a home, office or apartment, then connects to a Wi-Fi network and beams live high-definition video of that space to an application the Piper user runs on a cellphone. Users can see what’s going on at home, speak through a live, two-way microphone and speaker built into the unit, activate a high-pitched alarm, and even tie into an existing home automation system. That…

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Crowdfunding: 3 Things You Should NEVER do!

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By Matt Cooke, Founder/CEO of Crowd Fund Buzz 1. Don’t set a monetary goal higher than you actually need People who are new to crowdfunding often make the mistake of setting a monetary goal higher than what they actually need. Frequent scenario: Crowdfunder needs $50,000, but figures an extra $25,000 would be nice, too. Don’t do this. Having a high goal can cause your project to get off to a slow start. It can also cause potential backers to feel you have an unrealistic goal. This mistake is made more…

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