Monthly Archives: April 2014

Watch Live: Inaugural CrowdFunding USA on May 1, 2014 in Atlanta,Georgia

Watch Live: Inaugural CrowdFunding USA on May 1, 2014 in Atlanta,Georgia

CFB Exclusive: on May 1, 9:00 AM Est. The Inaugural CrowdFunding USA Atlanta, Georgia Welcome to Atlanta CrowdFunding Capital of America. The Crowdfunding USA Conference opens at the Cobb Galleria Centre will provide participants with the unique opportunity to discuss current state of the $5.1 billion crowdfunding industry, to learn from experts in venture capital, business angel and crowdfunding fields, to network and find new partnerships. Speakers include Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp and renowned crowdfunding expert Kendall Almerico. Almerico will present “Crowdfunding in Georgia: What’s Gone Right and What’s Gone Wrong” at the conference. Keynote speakers and panelists include: Dr. Richard Swart,…

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San Diego Opera’s crowdfunding campaign has strong start

San Diego Opera’s crowdfunding campaign has strong start

Mike Boehm | LA Times | April 29, 2014 – San Diego Opera announced Tuesday that its bid to make crowdfunding a key to its survival had brought in $328,475 since last Friday, nearly a third of the online and telephone campaign’s goal of raising $1 million by May 19. Opera spokesman Edward Wilensky said that 544 households had pledged that sum as of mid-afternoon Tuesday, for an average gift of $604. That leaves $671,575 to be raised in three weeks. Opera officials have said the money is crucial to mounting a 2015 season that would differ substantially from the past approach, which called for…

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CrowdFunding Platform Picks Up Momentum

CrowdFunding Platform Picks Up Momentum

4/30/2014 In just a relatively short amount of time, Israel-based equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, www.ourcrowd.com, has asserted itself as a major player in providing startups with financial assistance to get companies off the ground. Its good fortune continues as OurCrowd put the wraps on a $25 million Series B funding round, making it the largest investment round for a platform in that sector to date. According to officials, the investment will grow the company’s activities in Israel and around the world, as well as establish general partner funding participation for each deal on its Website. “This new fuel will allow the management team to continue…

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Groundfloor stretches crowd-funding’s limits

Groundfloor stretches crowd-funding’s limits

Laura Baverman | USA TODAY | April 28, 2014 – A renovated historic home near downtown Atlanta hits the market this week, an accomplishment for 39 Georgians who lent $40,000 for the project through Groundfloor, an online crowd-funding platform. In six months, the home’s renovator will pay back those individuals with 8% interest on each loan. The private investors’ money funded the project instead of a bank. While some start-ups await the Securities and Exchange Commission’s promised rules for allowing non-accredited investors to participate in crowd-funding, Raleigh, N.C.-based Groundfloor is working within existing state laws to get a head start. Today, it announces the expansion…

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We built this city: the smartest urban crowdfunding projects

Chris Michael and Elena Goodinson | The Guardian | Monday 28 April 2014 – From pedestrian bridges to city centre waterslides, sculpture parks to public pianos, here are some of the smartest and wackiest crowdfunded projects for urban improvement. … and this is an artist’s impression of what they proposed: a multiuse space that would regenerate the rundown area around the flyover, as well as saving the cost of demolition. The money has been successfully raised through crowdfunding, and all eyes are on what happens next. Photograph: Friends of the Flyover   In Bristol, artist Luke Jerram proposed a giant temporary public waterslide for city…

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Crowdfunding Expert Roy Morejon to Share Marketing Secrets at CrowdFunding World Tour Conference & Expo

Crowdfunding Expert Roy Morejon to Share Marketing Secrets at CrowdFunding World Tour Conference & Expo

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 27, 2014 – On May 1, 2014 Roy Morejon, President of Command Partners, the top crowdfunding marketing agency, will share his experiences and marketing strategies on “Reaching the Goal: How to Make it Happen” at CrowdFunding World Tour Conference & Expo, a two-day conference and expo centered around crowdfunding in Atlanta, GA. Over the past three years, Roy Morejon has helped entrepreneurs and startups raise over $5,000,000 in capital while working with some of the top, noteworthy projects on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Crowdtilt and other popular crowdfunding platforms. From day one, Morejon’s crowdfunding team knows what it takes to make a project…

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OurCrowd Closes $25M Series B Funding Round

OurCrowd Closes $25M Series B Funding Round

Jerusalem, Israel April 28, 2014: OurCrowd, the leading global equity crowdfunding platform, announced the closing of a $25 million Series B funding round. This round, according to OurCrowd and published data, is the largest investment round in the equity crowdfunding sector to date. The investment will be used both to further expand OurCrowd activities in Israel and worldwide, and to provide general partner funding participation for each OurCrowd deal on its website. Terms of the investment, and the list of participants in the round, were not disclosed. OurCrowd CEO, Jon Medved, stated: “We are delighted to have closed this major funding milestone for OurCrowd. As…

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Lendoor, Inc. Partners with BancBox

Lendoor, Inc. Partners with BancBox

New York, NY, April 25, 2014 –(PR.com)– Lendoor, an online platform for crowdfunded small business loans, is proud to announce its strategic partnership with BancBox. BancBox is a payments and compliance engine the powers 60+ crowdfunding platforms. Their customers include some of the major firms in equity, real estate and clean tech such as Rock the Post, iFunding, and Collective Sun. The partnership fortifies Lendoor’s financial processes and platform capabilities. “We chose BancBox because of their flexible and scalable solution. Their service is an elegant solution for our needs as a debt-based crowdfunding platform, which is technically more challenging due to the multiple cash payments…

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CU-Boulder to pilot crowdfunding for small projects

CU-Boulder to pilot crowdfunding for small projects

Sarah Kuta | Daily Camera | Apr 26, 2014 – The University of Colorado is attempting its own version of the latest craze in raising money — crowdfunding — to fund eight unique projects on the Boulder campus. Within the next two weeks, CU is planning to announce the crowdfunding campaigns for projects ranging from undergraduate research to departmental programs. University officials say they hope enough people will give gifts in small increments to help the projects get fully funded. Crowdfunding, or using social networks to fund a project, has become an increasingly popular tool in recent years. Companies such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo provide…

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Crowdfunding project aims to bring a forgotten space probe back to life

Crowdfunding project aims to bring a forgotten space probe back to life

MARIELLA MOON | engadget | APRIL 24TH 2014 – The International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 probe is slated to come home in August after 36 years in space, but a group of engineers wants to use it as a platform for citizen science before it does. Sadly, NASA doesn’t have the budget to reactivate a probe’s that been decommissioned since 1999 — so, the team has turned to crowdfunding to get the ball rolling. For those who’ve never heard of the ISEE-3 before, it was originally sent to space to study how the Earth’s magnetic field and solar winds interact. Thus, it has 13 different scientific…

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Crowdfunding Site Pozible Promotes Chinese Innovators

DAMON POETER | PC Mag | APRIL 24, 2014 – Kickstarter and Indiegogo have company. Pozible is a competing crowdfunding platform, but with a twist—the site targets projects and startups originating with Chinese innovators. Western-based crowdfunding sites have been a fantastic means for bringing strong ideas to market at a pace unimaginable just a few years ago, with examples ranging from the Pebble smartwatch to the Veronica Mars feature film. But Pozible co-founder and director Rick Chen thinks projects emerging from China represent a vast, untapped market for investors looking for ideas worth backing. “Most of the world equates China with mass-produced, cheap products, missing…

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Portland startup stakes claim on crowdfunding frontier with real estate play

Malia Spencer | Portland Business Journal | April 24, 2014 – The latest equity crowdfunding platform, launched this week out of Portland, has a twist. Crowdfunding has become a hot topic for startups as a way to raise capital, either through equity or through rewards of product, but with CrowdStreet, the model is being brought to commercial real estate. The platform, which has been under development for the last nine months, allows accredited investors to participate in commercial real estate deals nationwide. The company vets the deals to ensure that only high quality offerings are on the platform. Once a campaign is completed, CrowdStreet continues…

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HEADLINE NEWS

How Equity Crowdfunding is Different Than Buying StocksMotley FoolIn this clip from Industry Focus: Tech, Motley Fool analyst Dylan Lewis interviews Indiegogo founder Slava Rubin and MicroVentures founder Bill Clark -- about how investing in equity crowdfunding deals is different than [...]

Fast CompanyCan crowdfunding save DIY music spaces post-Ghost Ship?Fast CompanyBrooklyn's Shea Stadium needs some cash. The eight-year-old underground music venue took to Kickstarter today to raise money for the renovations and local permits it needs to reopen as a legally legit [...]

VentureBeatFundThis creates a 'risk free' crowdfunding platformVentureBeatFundThis is launching a new “risk-free” crowdfunding platform to enable creators to raise money for new projects, ranging from fashion ideas to tech projects. The Boca Raton, Fla.-based company is also [...]

Crowdfunding: Alternative source for SMEs financingVanguardIn Nigeria, there are no known laws that guide crowdfunding unlike in U.S, Canada, Turkey, United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe where the practice is heavily guided by legislation. Though crowdfunding is yet to be fully embr [...]

Business InsiderRevolut crowdfunding £4 million on Seedrs, launching Premium ...Business InsiderLONDON — Fast-growing fintech startup Revolut has announced plans to raise £4 million through crowdfunding at some point later this year, using the ...App bank Revolut launches £4m equity c [...]

Lexology (registration)Crowdfunding - UpdateLexology (registration)Since 1 February 2017 Crowdfunding finally has a legal framework, so, from now on, crowdfunding platforms must obtain permission from the FSMA. The Act of 18 December 2016 (hereinafter "The Act") regulating t [...]

DeadlineFan-Owned Legion M Launches New Crowdfunding Round | DeadlineDeadlineLegion M, which has had a hand in movies like the upcoming Colossal, has been approved to begin a Regulation A+ round of equity crowdfunding.Fan Funded Entertainment: Legion M Launches Qualified Reg A+ ...Cro [...]

Eater SeattleBlack and Tan Hall Making Final Push to Open With Crowdfunding ...Eater SeattleBlack and Tan Hall, an upcoming music venue/restaurant project in Hillman City that aims to unite the diverse neighborhood, is nearly open. The owners are ...and more » [...]

http://hamodia.comKnesset Approves Changes to Advance Crowdfundinghttp://hamodia.comYERUSHALAYIM - The Knesset Finance Committee has approved changes to existing statutes that will accommodate crowdfunding, allowing small companies and start-ups to issue prospectuses to potential inve [...]

Rentivo, a Vacation Rental Platform, Exceeds Crowdfunding Target by 36%Yahoo FinanceRentivo (rentivo.com), a vacation rental marketing/management software company, today announced it has successfully oversubscribed its CrowdCube.com crowdfunding campaign, raising £341K/$425K and excee [...]

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