House GOP members already have sights set on JOBS Act 2.0

The implementation of the JOBS Act that President Barack Obama signed into law more than a year ago is far from finished, but House Republicans already have their sights set on JOBS Act 2.0. The House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday will begin setting the stage for the introduction of legislation this fall that would build on last year’s effort to make it easier for small companies and entrepreneurs to raise capital. Capital Markets Subcommittee Chairman Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) is spearheading the effort and lawmakers will start soliciting ideas from…

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Crowdfunding Could Help Cleantech Attract Institutional Investors

Crowdfunding Could Help Cleantech Attract Institutional Investors

Crowdfunding may be a natural fit for cleantech, where conventional early-stage funding has fallen off. Last year global venture capital flows to the sector plunged 33 percent, to $6.46 billion. When Pi Investments recently lent $200,000 to solar energy projects via Internet crowdfunding platform Mosaic, it saw more than an opportunity to back clean technology. The Chicago-based family office was also keen to “peek under the hood” of a new investment infrastructure, says director of impact investments Aner Ben-Ami. Through crowdfunding outfits like Oakland, California-based Mosaic, small and medium-size U.S.…

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Academic Researchers look to Crowdfunding Platforms

Academic Researchers look to Crowdfunding Platforms

When a professor from a small liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania decided to take on a massive research project two summers ago, he went through the usual, often futile, process of applying for federal and private grants. But when funds were short a year later, he went down a nontraditional route — turning to the public and the Internet for help. In 50 days, Juniata College’s Chris Grant and his research partner, Gina Lamendella, raised $10,800 through a crowdfunding website called iAMscientist. The money was used to fund an…

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Instagrad tackles student loan debt with crowdfunding platform for college

Instagrad is based in New York City with offices in Montreal. The startup has raised $200,000 from FounderFuel, an accelerator in Canada, and private angel investors. / Photo Credit: Instagrad

has surpassed $1 trillion and yet the cost of college tuition continues to rise. Instagrad launched its attempt to solve this problem today. The startup has built a crowdfunding platform to help parents pay for their kids’ college education. Parents create campaigns on Instagrad where friends and family can invest in a child’s established 529 savings plan. They can include photos, messages, and fun facts and share the campaign on social media to attract support. Instagrad has also built a template for holidays and birthdays so parents can turn these events into fundraising…

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Deloitte predicts crowdfunding portals will raise over $3 billion in 2013

Deloitte predicts crowdfunding portals will raise over $3 billion in 2013

See complete video interview and article here: Deloitte Technology Media Telecommunications Deloitte predicts that crowdfunding portals will raise $3 billion in 2013,  double the $1.5 billion raised in 2011. Crowdfunding portals are websites that enable large numbers of individuals to financially support a project or company, with each backer contributing just a small percentage (generally less than one percent) of the total funding.  A typical crowdfunded project has thousands of backers. Crowdfunding’s growth matters to TMT for two reasons.  First, some crowdfunded projects raise funds for new technological devices and…

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When should health startups turn to the crowd for cash?

When should health startups turn to the crowd for cash?

Crowdfunding in healthcare isn’t without challenges but it can still be compelling option for digital health startups — as long as you learn the ropes.

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New Stamford Firm Specializes In Crowd Funding For Companies

John Kallassy, left, and Mike McCrory, right, founders of I-Bankers in Stamford, Conn., pose for a photo in their office on Thursday, June 6, 2013. Photo: Lindsay Perry

A new Stamford-based online company is providing qualified individuals with a new way to invest in promising businesses. I-Bankers Direct, which recently opened an office at 1 Atlantic St., has launched a crowd-funding platform designed to transform the process of investing in private and public growth-stage companies. The platform, www.ibankersdirect.com, allows individuals to invest as little as $5,000 directly in selected small-cap growth businesses, pairing accredited investors with emerging companies that have investment capital needs. “It was clear to us that there are many high-net-worth individual investors in the marketplace…

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Funded Kickstarter campaign continues debate about genetically modified organisms

Funded Kickstarter campaign continues debate about genetically modified organisms

Crowdfunded US biohackers are set to make world’s first deliberate environmental release of a ‘synthetic biology’ organism Who wouldn’t want a flower that can glow in the dark? And what if it were pitched as the coming wave of a sustainable future, in which luminous plants and trees supplant light bulbs and street-lamps? You might even be tempted to buy one, right? At first glance, it’s hard not to be seduced by a new crowd-funded Kickstarter.com project to engineer and circulate glow-in-the-dark plants. Especially when the US company behind it invokes the possibility of…

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How Quickly Will Investment Crowdfunding Become a Billion Dollar Industry?

How Quickly Will Investment Crowdfunding Become a Billion Dollar Industry?

One of the biggest challenges for start-ups and entrepreneurs continues to be securing funding. Although final regulations have yet to be set by the SEC for Investment Crowdfunding , it’s hard not to get excited about the potential in capital for business and investment options to individuals that the JOBS Act will make possible. All one has to do is take a look at what is happening globally in crowdfunding. The dollars raised on crowdfunding platforms increased by 81% in 2012 totaling $2.66 billion according to a recent Massolution survey.  Of the…

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Why Crowdfunding Means Larger Loans From Alternative Lenders

From the New Entrepreneur blog to the halls of Congress, much has been made of the alternative financing startups angling to enter the market. Perhaps too much. “Alternative lending can only be a niche market,” Rohit Arora, chief executive of online lending platform Biz2Credit, told me earlier this week when I was working on a story on big banks’ credit-card lending to small businesses. “It’s high-cost, short-term money, and you can’t use it to replace long-term options.” Much more useful for most small businesses, said Arora, would be financiers that…

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Crowdcube Raises £4.4 Million in First Half of 2013 – accelerates by over 500%

Crowdcube Raises £4.4 Million in First Half of 2013 – accelerates by over 500%

The Crowd raises £4.4m in first half of 2013 versus £2.7m for whole of 2012 Exeter, UK – 5 June 2013: Crowdfunding is taking off as an alternative source of finance for British entrepreneurs judging by the acceleration in funding that the world’s first equity-based crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, is experiencing. In the first five months of 2013 it raised £4,400,000 for 20 businesses compared with £840,000 for 11 pitches in the equivalent period of 2012. Luke Lang, co-founder of Crowdcube says, “That’s a whopping 524% increase and we’re only at…

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Whitehouse Celebrates Crowdfunding “Champions of Change”

Whitehouse Celebrates Crowdfunding “Champions of Change”

Today, selected members of the two major crowdfunding professional associations were invited to attend a “Champions of Change” event honoring innovative individuals utilizing crowdfunding to better their communities. The Champions of Change program shares the stories of everyday people that have strengthened their communities through hard work and innovation. Every week, they are invited by the White House to share their insights and stories. Members of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) and the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CfIRA) participated in the event and were encouraged by the recognition by the Administration…

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Crowdfunding disrupts record labels & the music industry

Crowdfunding disrupts record labels & the music industry

The largest providers of capital in the music business, the major record labels, have been devastated over the last decade by the disruption of their core competency: selling recorded music and investing profits into the development of new talent.  Global music sales have been contracting for over a decade, falling from $27.8b in 2000 to $16.5b in 2012. 1 It doesn’t take an economist to explain the effect: there is less cash available to fund artists. Furthermore, talent development is a high-risk business. Traditionally, nine out of ten artists who are signed…

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Kickstarter Etiquette: Five Rules Every Fund-raising Filmmaker Needs to Learn

Kickstarter Etiquette: Five Rules Every Fund-raising Filmmaker Needs to Learn

“Will Crowdfunding Transform Showbiz?” asks a new Variety feature, touting Zach Braff — who recently raised over $3 million for his new directorial effortWish I Was Here — as its savvy cover subject. It’s one of those Big Questions that already seems to have been answered: Successful Kickstarter projects like Braff’s new movie and the big-screen Veronica Mars transfer have turned Hollywood’s head in a major way, and more mid-budget movies are bound to follow suit, coming to fans with an open hand. You’ve probably already noticed an uptick in friends hitting you up for their own Kickstarters,…

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Healthcare startup looks to IndieGoGo

Healthcare startup looks to IndieGoGo

Health Tech Hatch, a site launched last fall as a crowdfunding site specifically for health startups, is joining forces with one of the biggest crowdfunding platforms on the web, Indiegogo. From the beginning, the company planned to help health startups both crowdfund and beta test their products with patients and physicians. But now, founder and CEO Patricia Salber said Health Tech Hatch plans to focus more closely on the beta testing side, while working on the crowdfunding piece through Indiegogo. “We quickly learned that it’s really, really hard to raise much…

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The New “Soft” Money in Film-Financing Ecosystem

The New “Soft” Money in Film-Financing Ecosystem

They may not have realized this but more than forty-six thousand individuals – many of them ordinary Americans with no prior film industry knowledge – had a direct bearing on what has been happening this past week thousands of miles away at the Cannes Film Festival. Not so much on the rain-sodden red carpet action, as on the business dealings that went on in the makeshift offices of the French film sales company Wild Bunch just a short distance away from that nightly fusillade of flashbulbs. For it is here…

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