CanGEA launches grassroots CrowdFunding campaign

CanGEA launches grassroots CrowdFunding campaign

In likely one of the first crowdfunding campaigns by a renewable energy organization, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) has now started a campaign to raise money for the promotion and kickstarting interest in geothermal energy in Canada. In a campaign launched today, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association is asking for support by the general public. The grassroots clean energy campaign, ‘powEARTHful’ Energy, is launched to ask renewable energy supporters to help CanGEA to show the Canadian government the need for a clean energy future. With the participation from supporters CanGEA trusts…

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Crowdfunding Controversy?

Crowdfunding Controversy?

  The crowded field of crowdfunding just got more crowded and more controversial. You’ve heard about Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, GoFundMe and Razoo. Crowdfunding platforms now number in the hundreds. You can crowdfund your movie, album, hospital stay, birthday, or social good project. Now, there’s equity crowdfunding. It might just be startup heaven or startup hell. With the crowdfunding platforms you’ve heard about — like Kickstarter — contributors to a project get bragging rights, perhaps a gift, perhaps a DVD or product prototype, but absolutely no equity in the project or the company…

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Real Estate moguls get projects off the ground

Real Estate moguls get projects off the ground

Getting a real estate venture off the ground is a significant challenge. So a startup called GroundBreaker has launched a white-label crowdfunding solution that real estate entrepreneurs can use to raise money for their projects. “Our mission is to help up-and-coming, visionary real estate entrepreneurs launch their ventures,” founder Joey Jelinek told VentureBeat. “Unlike tech, there is no infrastructure to help entrepreneurs get started in real estate. By controlling the purse, institutional investors dictate what gets built. They are driven solely by yield and prefer to fund ugly boxes with…

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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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Exclusive Interview: Devin Thorpe with Deposit-A-Gift CEO Dana Ostomel

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Live Interview September 25th, 2013 @ 2:00 PM PST Dana Ostomel is currently the founder and Chief Gifting Officer of the crowdfunding website, Deposit a Gift: the most fun, flexible, hassle-free way to raise money online for anything that matters to you. DepositaGift.com launched in 2010 as a cash gift registry service for people across the globe to communicate that they would prefer cash gifts for all of life’s Big Events. Since then we’ve helped thousands of users raise millions for everything from medical bills and disaster relief, to supporting…

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CrowdFunding Spurs Growth of 3D Printing

CrowdFunding Spurs Growth of 3D Printing

CrowdFundBeat – Robert J. Mullins – Sr. Staff  Writer, San Jose, Ca. September 20, 2013 – Although 3D printing was developed as far back as 1988, it’s enjoyed rapid growth in just the last few years due, in part, to crowdfunding. The surge of growth in 3D printing was on display in San Jose, Calif., at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo held Sept. 17 and 18, drawing 3D printer makers, service providers and others in the 3D ecosystem. In just the last year, more than 100 3D printer manufacturers…

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Top 3 Most Successfully Funded Technology Campaigns on Kickstarter

Top 3 Most Successfully Funded Technology Campaigns on Kickstarter

Crowdfundbeat – Nicole Chow, Staff Writer – September 23, 2013 Recently, Ubuntu Edge, a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo has managed to raise more than $12 million dollars from a number of backers and supporters. Although it fell short of its $32 million goal, the funds collected are definitely sufficient for the company to put their smartphone into production. The crowdfunding industry has made an impact on the way we develop and market products especially in the technology industry. Since this industry is considered as one of the toughest for startups…

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Brands Are Discovering Crowdfunding as a Marketing Tool

Brands Are Discovering Crowdfunding as a Marketing Tool

Since launching in 2008, crowdfunding platform Indiegogo has become known as the provenance of creative types, scrappy startups and charitable campaigns. But now, big brands are seizing on it as a way to align themselves with popular causes. DC Entertainment’s We Can Be Heroes campaign raised more than $150,000 to tackle hunger in the Horn of Africa by enticing donors with perks like collector’s edition comic books or a meet-and-greet at San Diego’s Comic-Con. Save the Drive-In, a campaign supported by Honda, is raising money to help sustain the dwindling…

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MAC and Crowdfunding Turn Vision into Reality for Local Small Businesses in Tucson, AZ

MAC and Crowdfunding Turn Vision into Reality for Local Small Businesses in Tucson, AZ

In Tucson, Arizona, the Women’s Business Center (WBC) at the MicroBusiness Advancement Center (MAC) helps start-ups solidify their business plans through providing training and technical assistance and connecting entrepreneurs to resources they may not have realized existed. For Juliana Desmond and Olivia Darling, that meant providing a business planning course and helping them find funding to grow their businesses. Their stories are unique but their aspirations as entrepreneurs share the same spirit. Juliana has a love for sustainably-produced chocolate and sculpture. She knew that if she had the right equipment…

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Indiegogo Co-Founder – Hollywood Will Permanently Adopt Crowdfunding

Indiegogo Co-Founder – Hollywood Will Permanently Adopt Crowdfunding

Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann doesn’t think it will be long until every studio in town is taking advantage of the crowdfunding model not just to raise an audience, but also to raise money, for their their own blockbuster ambitions. “Its not that far away, actually,” Ringelmann said at TheWrap’s Media Leadership Conference, TheGrill, Tuesday at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. “What we are going to see is studios recognizing the value of unleashing a fan base early before the film comes out, as a tactic to actually identify social…

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Mega Man Creator Says Crowdfunding Changes the Industry

Mega Man Creator Says Crowdfunding Changes the Industry

Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 took Kickstarter by storm, giving him more control over his game and helping him connect to fans. The spiritual successor to Mega Man, Mighty No. 9 will be on Kickstarter accepting donations for seven more days. With an initial goal of $900,000, the project recently passed its $2.2 million stretch goal and will be released on current-gen consoles. The project has reached about $2.45 million today. The success of Mighty No. 9‘s Kickstarter campaign has prompted Keiji Inafune, creator of Mega Man and Mighty No.…

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Newly Legal: Buying Stock in Start-Ups Via Crowdsourcing

Newly Legal: Buying Stock in Start-Ups Via Crowdsourcing

Amateur investors may soon be able to use crowdsourcing to buy equity in start-ups. But should they? At least one expert–the author of a report on Kickstarter–recommends caution. Under a newly implemented provision of 2012′s “Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups Act” (JOBS Act), it became legal this week for small start-ups to solicit investments publicly, via the Internet. They can sell shares without first having to register them with the Securities and Exchange Commission. An entrepreneur in need of cash can raise up to $1 million a year, provided he or…

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ZBoard Crowdfunds San Francisco Edition Electric Skateboard

ZBoard Crowdfunds San Francisco Edition Electric Skateboard

Remember that snazzy special edition electric skateboard we saw roll out at Expand? It’s almost ready for launch: ZBoard has launched a Dragon Innovation crowdfunding campaign for its San Francisco Special. Although the limited edition ZBoard’s specs haven’t changed since earlier this year (20-mile range at 19 MPH) its facade has been given a few tweaks. In addition to wearing a brighter shade of orange, the San Francisco Special now features LED headlights, working tail lights and digitally printed grip tape with a redesigned skyline of its namesake city. Of course, getting your hands on one…

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Real estate’s new frontier: Crowdfunding

Real estate’s new frontier: Crowdfunding

It’s worked for films, political candidates and disaster relief, so why not real estate? Crowdfunding, the act of soliciting funds from the public, most recently via the Internet, is already a powerful tool, but, until today, was difficult to do in real estate. Developers were restricted from marketing projects to the public. Real estate finance was largely limited to high net worth investors and private equity firms. Today, that restriction disappears, thanks to the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS, passed in April 2012. Now developers can advertise and…

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Betaworks embraces crowdfunding with syndicate seed investment

Betaworks embraces crowdfunding with syndicate seed investment

Today, the U.S. government quietly lifted the general solicitation ban to make good on a provision of the JOBS Act. Now, it is legal to gain startup money from “crowdfunding” techniques — and Betaworks has announced in a blog post that it will seize the opportunity to make syndicate seed investments available for its Openbeta initiative. Openbeta initially opened as a transparency platform — enabling users to test out new products, leave feedback, and learn about the companies that Betaworks is building even before launch. Now, Openbeta users will also…

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Canada’s CrowdFunding on CTV

Canada’s CrowdFunding on CTV

MONTREAL — Entrepreneur Paul Chipperton aims to raise $129,000 by the end of October for marketing a technology that can suspend the arrival of distracting emails, text messages and phone calls to handheld and other devices. But he’s leaving this fundraising to online, not to the banks or venture capital. In a growing movement called crowdfunding, entrepreneurs make video pitches to consumers to help get their projects to market. It all comes down to whether the amount of donations meet the startup company’s funding target and deadline. “If you don’t…

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