Crowdfunding Solar Schools In Britain

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Schools in the UK wanting to go solar but that are strapped for cash are able to participate in a new crowdfunding service. As was the case in Australia, UK schools were previously able to benefit from generous government incentives to install solar; but most of that support has now dried up and the situation is preventing many schools from accessing solar power. SolarSchools provides resources, training and staff support to help schools raise funds for a solar array. Each school is also provided with a web page on the…

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Five things Sundance can tell us about the future of film

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The deal making begins weeks before the celebrities touch down in Park City, Utah, a pop-up center of the universe for the culture industry during the ten-day run of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Open Road Films buys the Steve Jobs biopic jOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple co-founder, long before audiences clap, yawn, or both at its Sundance Closing Weekend premiere. Other movies including Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey, and No, featuring Gael García Bernal, also arrive with deals intact. The pre-fest deals, as well as decisions by filmmakers…

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Latin American Crowdfunding Platform Idea.Me Hits $1 Million In Pledges

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Over $1 million has been raised via Latin American crowdfunding platform Idea.me since its launch 18 months ago, contributing to the success of 180 creative projects, the startup announced today. As you may remember, we recently listed Idea.me as one of the 10 Latin American startups to look out for in 2013. Its model is similar to Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but its focus on Latin America represented a challenge, due to the fact that the concept of crowdfunding is still fairly new in the region. This means Idea.me had to…

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Crowdfunding portals try to get the word out as they wait for the SEC to set rules

Sites like local startup iCrowd are luring small business owners with free tools.

A local startup is looking to get a head start as it waits for the SEC to spell out rules on crowdfunding. Rye-based iCrowd, started by former Wall Street portfolio manager John Callaghan and Brad McGee, the ex-chief strategy officer of Tyco International, is one of dozens of companies lining up to get in on the crowdfunding bonanza. McGee was one of a group of Tyco employees who were handed unauthorized perks by disgraced ex-Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski, who was convicted and thrown into jail. The iCrowd co-founder, who was…

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Crowdfunding Is About Creating Jobs For The Right People

Crowdfunding is not just about creating jobs, it is about creating jobs for the right people. In April of 2012, President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law, authorizing crowdfunding of equity and debt for the sake of creating jobs. The more time I spend studying crowdfunding and working with the leaders in the crowdfund community, the clearer it becomes that not only will crowdfunding create jobs, it will create jobs in the right places. Recently, I sat down in a hidden valley near Park City, Utah with Candace Klein,…

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Crowdfunding service SliceBiz wins Apps4Africa cash prize

The SliceBiz team were one of three projects to win $10,000 as part of the annual competition

A Ghanaian start-up planning to popularise crowdfunding in Africa has been selected as one of the winners of this year’s Apps4Africa competition. SliceBiz plans to develop a service that will deliver 30-second pitches recorded by entrepreneurs to potential backers over the phone. It says investors will then be able to transfer cash into the projects they like via their mobiles. The Apps4Africa scheme is funded by the US State Department and the World Bank, It gives awards of $10,000 (£6,500) to three selected projects with the possibility of top-up funds…

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Advocates push SEC to propose crowd funding rules

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About a dozen crowd funding and venture capital representatives and small-business advocates on Tuesday urged Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Elisse Walter to propose rules for crowd funding. A type of financing that lets small investors buy equity or debt in startups over the Internet, crowd funding is among several provisions of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act — signed by President Barack Obama last April — designed to ease securities registration rules for entrepreneurs. The SEC has not yet proposed a crowd funding rule, which was due in January.…

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Will the S.E.C. Kill Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding has the potential to provide new funding options for small businesses and stimulate job growth, and yet the S.E.C. has stalled on crowdfunding Rulings. Other countries are off and running with equity crowdfunding, such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Why is the U.S. still stuck in first gear and lagging behind the pack? Aren’t we innovators and leaders in entrepreneurship? What’s going on with the S.E.C. crowdfunding Rulings, as spelled out in the JOBS Act? Why are they stalled? Will the S.E.C. abort crowdfunding before…

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

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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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