Kickstart a child’s imagination: New toys encourage creativity and play

PRESS RELEASE CFB – June 26, 2013 Finally, a sword and shield strong enough to fight monsters, but safe and soft enough for sleeping Centennial, CO, June 2013: Watch out bedroom monsters! There’s a new toy to help children overcome their fears and stand up to imaginary mayhem. Forge of Honor, which debuted on Kickstarter (at http://bit.ly/forgeofhonor), offers an inventive line of plush toys that combine play, imagination and fun! Welcome to the world of the Targimals™, the legendary pint-sized warriors who live to protect children against bedtime monsters and other…

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Israeli Cardboard Bicycle Mastermind Seeks Crowdfunding for Mass Production

Israeli Cardboard Bicycle Mastermind Seeks Crowdfunding for Mass Production

An Israeli inventor who made waves with his new creation is now looking for a few good men to back its production,NoCamels.com reports. Izhar Gafni’s cardboard bicycle became a hit last year after he posted a video online. Now he and his business partner, Nimrod Elmish, are looking for $2 million dollars through crowd-funding site Indiegogo so that they can offer it to everyone. The bicycle is made primarily of cardboard (other materials include recycled tires and plastic bottles). Another bonus is its cost: it’s only $9-12 to manufacture, and…

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Finance 2.0: Anyone is a bank or an angel investor

Funding Community, Pave and Small Knot open the door to investing and lending by the crowd, despite the threat of looming regulation.   Scores of crowdfunding portals have sprung up over the past three years, enabling people to donate to everything from the latest theater production to the neighborhood bookshop. But the promise of crowdfunding has always been in the idea of financing: enabling small investors to put money into businesses in for equity, or loan money in exchange for interest payments. While last year’s JOBS Act gave the green light to such…

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tile crowdfunding a community driven device to keep track of your stuff

tile crowdfunding a community driven device to keep track of your stuff

We all lose our stuff. It’s part of life; you accidentally leave your favorite jacket at a restaurant, your wallet falls out of your pocket into a shrub, or somebody decides that they like your bike more than the fixer they’re riding. A new company, Tile, has plans for a unique way to figure out where your stuff is at all times and they’re looking for just US$20,000 in crowdsourced funding to start production. Tile’s self-named product is a tiny Bluetooth LE device that you attach to or embed in…

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Crowdfunding Platforms: What You Should Know

Crowdfunding Platforms: What You Should Know

Crowdfunding is the updated internet version of an activity that has been around for more than 500 years: collecting money from a bunch of people, the crowd, to support a project or effort, like publishing a book or helping a deserving person through hard times. Today there are hundreds, if not thousands, of crowdfunding platforms used to raise money for a dizzying variety of projects from startups to nonprofits, movies to music CDs, science research and inventions and, most visibly lately, to raise money for victims of disasters. These campaigns are…

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Crowdfunding Trends: Which Crowdfunding Sites Will Survive

According to industry estimates, there are currently over 500 active crowdfunding platforms – some sources have quoted 9,000 registered domain names related to crowdfunding. While these platforms vary along stated dimensions like form of security to investor—equity, debt, rewards, donation, industry and geography—there is another more important, often not stated, dimension that differentiates emerging platforms: quality. While the term “quality” can mean many different things, in the context of crowdfunding platforms it should come down to this: the more transparently that a platform brings together investors and entrepreneurs with the…

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Crowdfunding could offer a financial lifeline to some journalists

Crowdfunding could offer a financial lifeline to some journalists

Websites, such as Indigogo, that encourage multiple small investors to fund projects, have advantages – and some pitfalls When Daylin Paul came across the woman, he knew he had a story he had to tell. The photographer was travelling in Thailand, after leaving his staff job at a South African newspaper group. The woman, known as Maw — Paul won’t divulge her real name — is a member of the Karen tribe, living in a village in the northern mountains. She had contracted HIV-Aids, which carries a huge social stigma…

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Crowdfunding Alert: OSC Allows Equity Crowdfunding Platform For Ontario Accredited Investors

Crowdfunding Alert: OSC Allows Equity Crowdfunding Platform For Ontario Accredited Investors

In an important step towards establishing equity crowdfunding in Canada, the Ontario Securities Commission (the “OSC”) has released a significant decision which allows MaRS VX, a not-for-profit entity and a wholly-owned subsidiary of MaRS Discovery District,  to operate an online platform (the “MaRS Platform”). The MaRS Platform will facilitate “impact investing” by bringing together Ontario accredited investors and small or medium-sized ventures or funds. To qualify, ventures or funds must have less than $25 million in revenues at the time of initial access to the online platform, a prioritized mission, earned revenues…

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Crowdinvestment takes off in the Middle East: Dubai startup raises equity capital on Eureecaa

Crowdinvestment takes off in the Middle East: Dubai startup raises equity capital on Eureecaa

It’s 10am in Nabbesh’s offices in Dubai. The team is a bit speechless. “We’re at 29%,” someone says excitedly. Founder Loulou Khazen sounds surprised. Yesterday, at the same time, Nabbesh, a skill exchange platform based in Dubai, debuted the first equity crowdfunding campaign on Eureeca, an equity crowdfunding platform, since it went live last month. Crowdinvestment won’t be the startup’s only source of capital, as the startup is currently negotiating a series A round with institutional investors and business angels. Yet Khazen and her team decided to try to raise US $100,000,…

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Charity crowdfunding site launched by Toronto firm

Charity crowdfunding site launched by Toronto firm

Three Toronto-based entrepreneurs have launched a new startup crowdfunding website, Giveffect, to raise money for charities by encouraging members of the millennial generation to donate. Giveffect, which made its official debut this week, is betting charities will be willing to hand over a cut of their donations in return for access to a managed online payment and tax receipting system — and more importantly, access to a social network of donors in their teens and 20s. “As fundraisers and as organizations, we are striving and should be striving for ways…

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Crowdfunding gives b-boy documentary and other arts & film projects visibility

Crowdfunding gives b-boy documentary and other arts & film projects visibility

Canadian filmmaker Robert Pilichowski is guardedly happy about....

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Trump Comes To Vancouver: More Real Estate, ‘CrowdFunding’ And Another Run For President?

Trump. Whether you love him or want to leave him on a porch swing somewhere, the name seems to sell real estate. For years, Donald Trump has been licensing his name to real estate developers around the world. The results have paid off handsomely. Yesterday, his latest venture, this one in Canada, was announced. As if another 60 story skyscraper was not enough to heighten his ego, reports crop up about another run for the White House.  How far can a name take you? Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal points out that no new U.S.…

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Tile – Crowdfunding a community driven device to keep track of your stuff

Tile – Crowdfunding a community driven device to keep track of your stuff

We all lose our stuff. It’s part of life; you accidentally leave your favorite jacket at a restaurant, your wallet falls out of your pocket into a shrub, or somebody decides that they like your bike more than the fixer they’re riding. A new company, Tile, has plans for a unique way to figure out where your stuff is at all times and they’re looking for just US$20,000 in crowdsourced funding to start production. Tile’s self-named product is a tiny Bluetooth LE device that you attach to or embed in…

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Here Come the Crowdfunding Consultants

One sure sign of crowdfunding’s growth: The emergence of self-styled experts who, for a piece of the action, say they’ll shape a successful campaign. Lucas McNelly, a 34-year-old part-time filmmaker from Waldoboro, Maine, is part of a band of crowdfunding consultants. He handles about 10 campaigns at once—double his business a year ago—and provides services ranging from advice on advertising to running a campaign’s day-to-day operations. He gets a 5% to 13% cut from projects that meet their goals, taking home between $20,000 and $30,000 a year. Campaigners rely on…

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Tile – Crowdfunding a community driven device to keep track of your stuff

Tile – Crowdfunding a community driven device to keep track of your stuff

We all lose our stuff. It’s part of life; you accidentally leave your favorite jacket at a restaurant, your wallet falls out of your pocket into a shrub, or somebody decides that they like your bike more than the fixer they’re riding. A new company, Tile, has plans for a unique way to figure out where your stuff is at all times and they’re looking for just US$20,000 in crowdsourced funding to start production. Tile’s self-named product is a tiny Bluetooth LE device that you attach to or embed in…

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Crowdfunding Q&A with house republican on IPO’s, market liquidity, JOBS Act 2.0

Crowdfunding Q&A with house republican on IPO’s, market liquidity, JOBS Act 2.0

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — A new package of legislation that aims to provide innovative financing to small publicly traded companies at the same time as it seeks to help private companies go public may soon be under consideration on Capitol Hill. At least that’s according to Rep. David Schweikert, the chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations. Schweikert, an Arizona Republican who represents a suburban Phoenix district, sat down with MarketWatch to explain why he believes a group of small-business funding measures may be included in…

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