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SEC Adopts Final Expanded Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules

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By Samuel S. Guzik, CrowdFundBeat special guest editor,  Guzik & Associate Today the SEC unanimously adopted amendments to Rule 147 and Rule 504, and adopted a new Rule 147A, intended to modernize and facilitate local offerings by companies in their home state.  The final rules are much improved from the proposed rules issued in October 2015, in response to virtually unanimous views of rule commentors. The only fly in the ointment is that most states will need to update their legislation in order to be able to take advantage on the new, relaxed rules allowing broad internet solicitation. However, sales are still limited to investors in…

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Fintech Fundings: 26 Companies Raise $270 Million

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The fintech sector attracted $266 million in new capital the second week of August. Half went to Finovate/FinDEVr alums including: $56 million to customer service specialist Interactions $52.5 million to alt-auto-title lender Finova Financial $17 million to Upguard for its cybersecurity technology $5.8 million went to Finovate alum Pindrop to further its phone-based fraud solutions $5 million to CUneXus to expand its consumer lending platform The number of deals totaled 26, slightly below the YTD average of 28 deals per week. The YTD total now stands at 895, about 400 more than last year’s 484. Total dollars raised YTD is $19.9 billion, nearly double the…

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Alternative Finance in Europe grew to €5.4 billion

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By Ronald Kleverlaan,  Crowdfunding Beat Guest post, Crowdfunding strategy, CrowdfundingHub, advisor European Commission, co-founder European Crowdfunding Network The European online alternative finance market grew 92% to €5.4 billion in 2015, according to the second annual survey by theCambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, in partnership withCrowdfundingHub, KPMG and supported by CME Group Foundation.   Total amount of funding between 2013-2015 Sustaining Momentum The report released today, entitled “Sustaining Momentum”, had the support of 17 major European industry associations and research partners, and was based on data from 367 crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other alternative finance intermediaries from 32 European countries – capturing an estimated 90 per…

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Improving Legal Documents in Crowdfunding: Get Rid of the State Legends!

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By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. I see lots of offering documents like this, with pages of state “legends.” The good news is that in Crowdfunding offerings – Title II (Rule 506(c)), Title III (Regulation Crowdfunding), and Title IV (Regulation A) – you can and should get rid of them.               The legal case is pretty simple: Before 1996, states were allowed to regulate private offerings. Every state allowed exemptions, but these exemptions often required legends, differing from state to state. The National Securities Market Improvement Act of 1996 added section 18 to the Securities…

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Understanding Reg CF: Discussing financial results

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By Sara Hanks , CrowdFundBeat  Sr.contributing Guest Editor  CEO/Founder, CrowdCheck, Inc. As we have previously discussed, the Regulation CF disclosure requirement for thefinancial condition of the issuer has the potential to get inexperienced companies in trouble. It is in this section of the disclosure that optimistic entrepreneurs may provide misleading information by not providing the full details of performance measurements, or by not including information on the assumptions underlying any financial projections. Such statements may be misleading in their own right, or may omit information necessary to make the provided information not misleading – also known as securities fraud(link is external) (see paragraph (c)). As we have…

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Crowdfunding in Emerging Markets

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CrowdFund Beat Data Center, A new report, Crowdfunding in Emerging Markets: Lessons from East African Startups, captures lessons learned from East African entrepreneurs who were among the earliest adopters of crowdfunding in the developing world. Crowdfunding is the practice of raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically online, to fund a project or venture. In the past 10 years, crowdfunding has evolved into a $16 billion market, largely concentrated in North America and Europe. In developing countries, the crowdfunding market is expected to reach $327 million this year—about 2 percent of the global total. Despite this slow adoption, crowdfunding has been heralded as…

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“REG CF” An Analysis of the First 50 Crowdfunding Offerings

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By Marc A. Leaf, Robert T. Esposito, and Abigail Luhn, The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is now accepting Form C filings from private companies seeking to sell securities through registered crowdfunding portals. We have been following the nascent crowdfunding space closely and will continue to monitor the adoption of crowdfunding as a new method of financing private companies. In this alert, we will analyze offerings conducted through crowdfunding portals, offer tips for those thinking of entering the space, and provide a summary of the SEC’s final rules and forms for equity crowdfunding (“Regulation Crowdfunding”). The Drinker Biddle Crowdfunding Report, an open data set providing…

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Managing The Risks Of Crowdfunding

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By Evan Bundschuh, RPLU  & CrowdFund Beat Guest Editor, For new ventures looking to raise capital or test their market/product, crowdfunding has proven to be the go-to solution with an ease and excitement that other methods of funding lack. With that excitement though comes challenges. As a fairly young platform with a legal landscape that has yet to develop, the risks of crowdfunding are often overlooked. While the risks may seem invisible, mistakes are inevitable, as are the lawsuits and damages that follow. The challenge is forecasting when and where the potential dangers/disasters will arise (before they do) in order to protect your business, its directors, and…

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Crowdfunding Curriculum

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INTRODUCTION Four years after Congress passed the JOBS Act, requiring the relaxing of certain rules on raising funds, equity crowdfunding for non-accredited investors finally arrived May 16. According to The National Law Review, here are some of the most important facts to know:1 Non-public US companies may raise funds on the Internet from accredited and non-accredited investors alike. Crowdfunding must be conducted through SEC approved fundraising portals that are managed by registered broker-dealers (i.e., not a company’s own website). The amount raised cannot exceed $1,000,000 in a 12 month period. Individual investors with annual income under $100,000 are limited to investing the greater of $2,000…

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FinLaw:  Who will buy your company’s stock?

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By Scott Andersen, CrowdfundBeat Guest Contributor, Principal at finLawyer.com There is a maxim used by securities professionals that “stocks are sold, not bought.”  This maxim summarizes the view that for a securities offering to be successful, it needs a broker-dealer to solicit and recommend the offering to prospective investors. Now with the JOBS Act and companies selling securities directly to investors through general solicitation (advertising), the question is raised:  who will buy your company’s stock?  Moving away from a broker-dealer to reliance on advertising alone requires careful planning for an offering to be successful.  This is difficult for a company that has not raised capital before. …

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New Book: Crowdfunding for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Ronald Kleverlaan Crowdfunding strategy, CrowdfundingHub, advisor European Com. CrowdfundBeat Guest post, Proud to announce the book “Crowdfunding for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation“. Honored to be asked to write the foreword for this high-quality academic publication with state of the art insights on crowdfunding and sustainable entrepreneurship. About the Book: “Business systems undergo a number of transitions as the needs and demands of society change. With heightened connectivity driven by the development of the Internet, new opportunities for venture development and creation have become available to business owners and entrepreneurs. Crowdfunding for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a pivotal reference source for the latest scholarly research on the…

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Five Ways that Brexit Will Complicate Cross-Border M&A

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By Jonathan B. Wilson CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Editor, Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP  Last week’s referendum in the UK and the decision for Great Britain to exit the European Union has caused turmoil in financial markets.  For M&A practitioners, however, the impact is only just beginning.  Here are five key ways in which Brexit will complicate cross-border M&A: 1. Deal Terms Will Need to Contemplate the Potential for Additional Exits If you thought the UK exit was tumultuous, just imagine the complications that might result if the Netherlands, France or another EU stalwart held a referendum that allowed its voters to possibly leave the EU.  M&A…

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HEADLINE NEWS

Telegraph.co.ukThe biggest crowdfunding failuresTelegraph.co.ukThe popularity of equity crowdfunding has exploded in the UK, with platforms such as Crowdcube and Seedrs having raised hundreds of millions from investors wanting to buy a slice of an early stage business. But such invest [...]

VentureBeatHow crowdfunding will transform inner citiesVentureBeatIt's been only six months since Regulation Crowdfunding was legalized, and it's already proving to be highly successful funding source for new businesses. 50 percent of companies that have closed on their fina [...]

Israel's Insulog launches crowdfunding campaign for smart insulin ...FierceBiotechInsulog launched a crowdfunding campaign for a connected insulin tracker for diabetics who use insulin pens.and more » [...]

ForbesThree Tips For Chinese Startups Launching In The U.S. Market Via CrowdfundingForbesEntering international markets has always been challenging, but some Asia-based companies have a found a surprising new strategy: crowdfunding. Three of the largest crowdfunding campaigns this sum [...]

Crowdfunding: A Welcome Resource For ResearchersUtah Public RadioCrowdfunding is a term you have probably heard recently. The idea is to solicit a large number of small to medium donations in order to fund some kind of project or product development, and there are many online platform [...]

wwlp.comMaking sure you're giving to trustworthy crowdfunding effortswwlp.comKNOXVILLE (WATE) – There are more than a thousand GoFundMe and other crowdfunding sites to help people who lost everything in the Gatlinburg wildfires. How do you know you're giving to someone who r [...]

SprudgeRaw Material Are Crowdfunding A Coffee Mill In ColombiaSprudgeThis is not a call-out, it's just a fact, and I include myself among the accused. If you live in a city and like going to coffee bars, chances are you spend more time thinking about what's happening inside [...]

ForbesHow Asia Is Adopting Crowdfunding From The WestForbesEntrepreneurs of the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform make a demonstration with a picture of football player Luis Figo during the Web Summit at Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon on November 8, 2016. PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Get [...]

The IndependentThe Supreme Court Brexit case only happened because of crowdfunding – and you won't have heard of the people ...The IndependentWhen you volunteer in a legal aid clinic, you see how many people aren't able to access justice because of a lack of funds. Crowdfund [...]

Cosmopolitan.com4 Women Who Prove You Don't Need to Be Rich To Start Your Own BusinessCosmopolitan.com“It's a ton of work, but the wonderful and challenging part of crowdfunding is that there's no barrier to entry,” she says. “It's open to everyone.” Brown views he [...]

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