The State of Equity-Based Crowdfunding…Primed, Capitalized and Waiting on the SEC

National Press Club

Washington, D.C. February 18, 2013 – Leaders of the venture capital and Crowdfunding community, as well as leading small business advocacy groups, will meet with law makers, regulators and policy officials on February 19th to provide an in-depth review of preparations that the Crowdfunding and investment community have taken to prepare for the legalization of Equity-based Crowdfunding. The all-day event will begin with the State of Equity-Based Crowdfunding press conference to be held at the National Press Club on the 19th at 10am EST in the Murrow Room. Call in…

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Crowd-Funding Platforms Hope To Target Investors

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Crowdfunding has taken off. Kickstarter is the best known crowdfunding site, but there are hundreds of online platforms devoted to raising money for individuals and businesses. The sites allow entrepreneurs, artists and others to pitch an idea for a project and collect donations to finance it. But the day may not be far off when crowdfunding is open not just to donors but to investors who want a return on their money. In Vermont some crowdfunding advocates say it could bolster efforts to help small businesses and non-profits. “Put Your…

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Top Trends Entrepreneurs Should Watch This Year

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As an Internet entrepreneur, making accurate predictions for the coming year can be tricky: It’s a market space prone to rapid change and relentless innovation. However there are three areas I’m convinced will take center stage: Crowdfunding and Alternative Lending With crowdfunding estimated to hit a mind-blowing $500 billion dollars this year, we’re only going to see more alternative startup financing become accepted staples, from peer-to-peer lending and investor associations to revenue based financing and of course the impact of a growing pool of angel investors. Investment trends started by…

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Investing in our community can pay big dividends

I recently attended the North Carolina Main Street Conference in Salisbury, N.C., where speaker Todd Barman introduced us to the term “Locavesting”. He recommended a book by this title written by award-winning journalist Amy Cortese. Locavesting is a new and different term, but it’s such an interesting concept, I’d like to explain it by using ideas from Cortese’s website. Rebecca Cross: What is locavesting? According to Cortese, it’s a term she coined to describe the local investing movement taking root across the country. The idea is to earn profits while…

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Crowdfunding 101: Q&A With CircleUp CEO Ryan Caldbeck

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Venture capital firms don’t have much appetite for consumer-goods products in their portfolios. CircleUp Network Inc. Ryan Caldbeck, right, CEO of CircleUp, shown with COO Rory Eakin and an array of products from companies funded through their crowdfunding platform. According to Dow Jones VentureSource, venture firms invested a mere $116.6 million in food and beverage companies in all of 2012. By contrast, they invested $738.4 million in media and content companies during that period. CircleUp Network offers “reg-D crowdfunding” for these businesses—a form of crowdfunding that allows accredited investors to…

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Crowdfunding Animal Rescue Projects

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Conzortia Business Funding, Inc. has launched the world’s first crowdfunding website dedicated to helping to provide funding for animal rescue efforts. “Actually, a friend of ours inspired me to launch Crowdfund Critters”, Robert Dobyns, CEO of Conzortia stated. “She runs an equine rescue and her feed bills are enormous. She related what a struggle it is to provide quality care for the abused and neglected horses that she takes in and then it hit me – Conzortia can help rescuers like Lisa, all across the country, by launching this crowdfunding…

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Crowdfunding Is A Better Way To Finance Films by Patrick Shen

New Investment Platform Shekra Supports Startups in Egypt

Investment Platform Shekra

New joint investment concept “Shekra” is drawn from the Arabic phrase “sherik fekra” in Arabic, which means “share an idea.” The platform was launched in Cairo last November by seven founders who come from backgrounds in technology, aviation, investment and banking, who have pooled their resources to support Egyptian startups. The platform works by asking its network of investors to offer small amounts of capital in order to fund a startup or a specific project, thus mitigating investment risk. Unlike other crowdfunding platforms like Yomken in Egypt, or crowdsourced investment…

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U.S. Equity Crowdfunding Activity 2007-2012

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EquityNet published today a free crowdfunding industry report containing statistics and trends based on U.S. businesses that used EquityNet from 2007 to 2012 to seek equity-based crowdfunding from accredited Reg D investors. Presented in the form of an embeddable infographic, the report presents some of the first statistics available on the original form of equity crowdfunding that involves the use of funding platforms such as EquityNet by accredited investors. It provides insight into how crowdfunding will appear under the deregulating provisions of the U.S. JOBS Act in which millions of…

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Vancouver Startup Weeve Acquired by LX Ventures

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What-do-you-get when you cross a surge in crowdsourced investment funding with a software package focused on raising funds for non-profits? A prime investment opportunity, apparently. Today, Vancouver’s LX Ventures announced its acquisition of Vancouver startup Weeve Ventures Inc. for an undisclosed sum. According to LX Ventures’ COO Ray Walia (and Launch Academy Executive Director and Co-Founder), “Weeve’s crowdfunding technology is a natural fit for our FinTech market vertical. Together, we will internally innovate and deliver revolutionary funding solutions across multiple market sectors.” Since its launch in July 2012 as a…

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Crowdfunding makes its way to Broadway

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When Jeff Bowen’s off-Broadway musical “Now. Here. This.” closed last year, he and his collaborators were left with some great things — plenty of good reviews, some new fans and memories. That was great, but what they really wanted was a cast album. A recording would be both a great marketing tool and a souvenir. But “Now. Here. This.” wasn’t a blockbuster Broadway show, and it had already ended its run. Major record labels weren’t exactly beating a path to his door to get it recorded. So Bowen, who starred…

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Seedinvest Launches Equity-Based Crowdfunding Platform

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Seed Invest, an equity-based, crowd funding platform, has launched its platform that connects accredited investors to high-quality start-ups and small businesses seeking funding. Seediness’s mission is to help both entrepreneurs and investors to leverage the disruptive power of the internet to make it easier for companies to raise capital. The company provides accredited, angel investors access to high-quality, curated opportunities in a myriad of industries across the entire country. SeedInvest was founded by professional investors Ryan Feit and James Han. Both worked with The Startup Exemption, the group responsible for…

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Intergalactic Kickstarter War Escalates With X-Wing Squadron Project

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Fear not, sons and daughters of the rebellion! A new Kickstarter project promises to raise enough money to build a squadron of “proton torpedo armed X-Wing fighters” to ward off the impending construction of a crowdfunded Deathstar! At the $10,000 backer level, you’ll even get training by Yoda himself—a steal. Like most of you, I thought it was funny when folks first hijacked the White House’s petition program to ask for a functioning planet killer. I then reveled in the PR acumen displayed by Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science…

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Leaders in technology industry discuss crowdfunding

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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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Davos 2013: Benefits of ‘Crowdfunding’ – U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry

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