Monthly Archives: September 2013

Crowdfunding Inside the Enterprise

Crowdfunding Inside the Enterprise

Whilst the crowdfunding market has boomed, with hundreds of platforms now offering the ability to fund and support a huge range of projects, it’s probably fair to say that the model has not made it’s way inside the enterprise. Sure, you have outliers like the idea market at Rite Solutions that offers funding for the most popular ideas via an internal stock market type arrangement, but they are very much the exception rather than the rule.  This is certainly the case as far as big companies are concerned.  So it’s pretty exciting to learn that IBM are giving internal crowdfunding a trial.  The company is…

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Invested.in launches CrowdFunding portal for institutional funds

Invested.in launches CrowdFunding portal for institutional funds

CrowdFundBeat PR News:  Crowdfunding is not just about startups raising money. Even excluding rewards-based campaigns like those offered by Kickstarter and Indiegogo, so-called equity crowdfunding, the type that represents an investment for ownership in a company or project, can span the gamut of asset classes. And frankly, that’s a good thing, because startup investing simply isn’t a good idea for all aspiring angel investors. But there are other avenues to target high returns. In the past we’ve covered real estate crowdfunding platforms, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Today, SaaS-based crowdfunding technology provider Invested.in is announcing the launch of a new invite-only…

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Live Interview With SterlingFunder Co-Founder David Lilenfeld

Live Interview With SterlingFunder Co-Founder David Lilenfeld

David Lilenfeld, an Atlanta-based attorney who helped launch SterlingFunder will join us live for an interview with CrowdFundBeat’s Devin Thorpe to discuss the Georgia crowdfunding exemption, general solicitation for accredited investors and other equity crowdfunding issues on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 8:00 AM Pacific. David Lilenfeld’s bio from SterlingFunder.com: David is an entrepreneur and intellectual property attorney who has practiced law since 1997. He has successfully launched and grown three businesses since graduating from law school in 1996. As a lawyer, investor and entrepreneur, David recognizes the seismic effect crowdfunding will have on businesses and individual investors across the country and eventually the world.…

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World record for equity crowdfunding

World record for equity crowdfunding

British television presenter Kevin McCloud’s design-led housing development firm has broken the world record for equity crowdfunding by securing investments in excess of £1.9 million from members of the public via online platform Crowdcube. Established by the presenter of television series Grand Designs to build well-designed, affordable and sustainable housing, Hab Housing Limited (HAB) closed its crowdfunding investment campaign last night having beaten the previous record of £1.5 million with pledges of £1,904,540. It is the largest amount of money raised using an online equity crowdfunding platform, where people fund a business in return for a share in the company. This differs from more well-known…

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Crowdfunding platform offers 6.5% fixed return on investment

Crowdfunding platform offers 6.5% fixed return on investment

Abundance Generation, a democratic finance crowdfunding platform, has launched its first fixed return renewable energy project. The project, SunShare Community Nottingham – is looking for investment of up to £896,000 from people with as little as £5 to invest. The project will involve refinancing the installation of already operational solar energy panels on 20 community buildings in Nottingham, each associated with children’s development, and will pay investors an effective rate of return of 6.5% over the 19-year life of the investment (or 6.65% including the ‘Pioneer Bonus’ being offered by Abundance in recognition of this being its first fixed return project). Investors in the project…

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Woodstock Film Festival: Panel sheds light on burgeoning practice

Woodstock Film Festival: Panel sheds light on burgeoning practice

Woodstock Film Festival: Crowdfunding – it isn’t a dirty word “Today, just about everyone I know is doing a crowdfunding thing,” said Meira Blaustein. It’s true. Today’s creative workers are asking their friends, and their friends – and so on, and so on – for both emotional and monetary help to finish their projects. Thanks to the internet, an emerging sense of global collaboration and a greater variety of avenues, it has become easier for creative workers to find funding opportunities. But there is still risk, and there are still issues to tackle when attempting to fund through friends, family and regular people. In the…

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CrowdFunding Film, WHAT IS MILTON’S SECRET?

CrowdFunding Film, WHAT IS MILTON’S SECRET?

WHAT IS MILTON’S SECRET? A dramatic feature film based on the book by Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Friedman. Milton’s Secretis a coming of age story about an 11-year-old boy growing up in an economically depressed suburb, and the elderquest of his grandfather. Milton’s troubles seem to be coming from every direction. His mother and father are workaholics with marital and financial problems, and he is being bullied at school. Fear and dread are everywhere. When his unconventional grandfather visits, Milton learns that rehashing bad experiences and worrying about the future are preventing him from finding true happiness in the Now. See Related Video on CrowdFunding .tv https://crowdfundbeat.com/video/?p=3816  WHAT…

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– Up to $1 million in prize funding on CrowdRise

– Up to $1 million in prize funding on CrowdRise

PALO ALTO, California, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Skoll Foundation, in partnership with The Huffington Post, is launching its first crowdfunding challenge designed to provide some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with an innovative platform to raise funds. The “Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge,” hosted on Edward Norton’s platform CrowdRise, has the potential to leverage up to $1 million in prize funding from the Skoll Foundation, including $250,000 in dedicated prize money through daily and weekly challenges and up to $750,000 in additional matching funds to be shared by all participants as fundraising thresholds are reached during the campaign. The prize funding will go to the groups that raise the most through the Challenge. The…

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Crowdfunding: What’s in It for Scientists?

Crowdfunding: What’s in It for Scientists?

It seemed like no one was willing to take a chance on Louisa Edgerly. She had been working for months to get funding for her research trip to the Republic of Congo—nothing came. Her flight was booked and her equipment ready, but she knew she couldn’t fund herself for two months in the field. In near desperation she created a project campaign on Petridish.org, a science based crowdfunding website. 50 days later, and only two days before her flight, Edgerly had raised $7,330- just over her goal of $7,000. For emerging scientists like Edgerly, crowdfunding offers more than a chance to do research. It is a…

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CrowdFunding Offers Craft Beer Enthusiasts a Chance to Brew with Evil Twin Brewing

CrowdFunding Offers Craft Beer Enthusiasts a Chance to Brew with Evil Twin Brewing

Miami, FL (PRWEB) October 01, 2013 The J Wakefield Brewing crowdfunding campaign was established to open the doors of J Wakefield Brewing in Miami. Johnathan Wakefield has been in Florida making unique craft beers since 2007. The result of the time, effort and passion that Wakefield has spent of his craft has lead to the creation of some brews that are garnering awards and causing an internet fervor. Brews that have earned a 2013 World number 1 and World number 5 ranking. In order to open the new Miami brewery, Wakefield turned to crowdfunding and began a campaign on the premier craft beer crowdfunding platform; CrowdBrewed.com. One of…

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4 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know About the JOBS Act

4 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know About the JOBS Act

For many young entrepreneurs, landing startup funding is next to impossible. Banks won’t generally look at you unless you have two years of financials, and investors want to see serious traction before they’ll sign on. So what’s a young trep to do? Enter, crowdfunding. Traditionally, donation based platforms like Kickstarter allow entrepreneurs to appeal to people at large for the capital necessary to start a project or product. In return, funders often receive tangible rewards like a T-shirt, product sample or VIP status. That model is set to change, however. Last year, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, became the law of the…

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Crowdfunding And Shipping: ShopLocket Launches Pre-Order Platform

Crowdfunding And Shipping: ShopLocket Launches Pre-Order Platform

There’s an increasing opportunity in helping hardware startups bring their products to market, and Toronto ecommerce startup ShopLocket has identified a key area in that process where they might be able to help out, and pick up some new business in the process. The company is introducing its new pre-order platform at the Glazed Wearable conference in San Francisco today, giving hardware startups and product-based companies a way to book sales of devices before they ever hit the production lines. Often companies like Pebble will launch on Kickstarter, bringing in considerable interest from an early adopter crowd during a campaign that could span a month…

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HEADLINE NEWS

U.S. News & World ReportNo Cash for Hate, Say Mainstream Crowdfunding FirmsU.S. News & World ReportThe block on mainstream crowdfunding is just the latest blow to far-right activists operating online. In the last 24 hours, neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer had its domain regi [...]

Technical.ly BaltimoreArbit took to crowdfunding to seek out investorsTechnical.ly BaltimoreThe Baltimore-based social polling company is seeking to raise a maximum of $425,000 through equity crowdfunding, a funding instrument that was first officially made available last year with re [...]

ForbesWhat Works In Equity Crowdfunding -- Insights From ResearchForbesAs we have recently celebrated the fourth anniversary of the signing of the JOBS Act into law, it is a good time to take stock of the effect that the legislature had on equity crowdfunding in the United States. It [...]

WOMEN-FOCUSED CROWDFUNDING PLATFORM IN NEWARK IS ACCEPTING ITS FIRST COHORT OF ...Brick City LiveEntries will then be evaluated by a team at iFundWomen for a spot in the crowdfunding platform's first cohort in the Greater Newark area. Businesses that are accepted into the cohort [...]

Crain's Cleveland Business'Smaller' gifts can go long way for Clinic's crowdfunding platformCrain's Cleveland BusinessFor an institution accustomed to securing multimillion-dollar donations, Cleveland Clinic's latest fundraising effort has some relatively [...]

Food & WineBrewDog's Latest Crowdfunding Effort Falls ShortFood & WineCrowdfunding—or more accurately, selling shares in its business directly to investors via the Internet—has been a major part of Scottish brewer BrewDog's business plan. To date, the company has rai [...]

MetroDeadly Premonition maker SWERY crowdfunding for new game The ...MetroSWERY is back and he's making another ultra weird-sounding game – set in a small UK village where everyone keeps turning into cats.The Good Life is a newly announced RPG by the creator of Deadly Premonition [...]

AlgemeinerIsraeli Crowdfunding Campaign Raises 1 Million Shekels for Policewoman Paralyzed in Jerusalem Terror AttackAlgemeinerAn Israeli crowdfunding campaign on behalf of a policewoman who was paralyzed by a Palestinian terrorist in Jerusalem last year has reached its goal of gather [...]

Indiana pioneers crowdfunding community projectsWTHRA downtown Greensburg mural made possible by community donations, Patronicity.com, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and other local organizations, as seen on Aug. 3, 2017. (Main Street Greensburg Photo via ... [...]

Crowdfunding Success of OYO Fitness's DoubleFlex Gym Spreads GloballyMarkets Insider16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- After becoming the second highest funded Kickstarter fitness product in history, Kansas City-based OYO Fitness has now launched their DoubleFlex Black Portable Gym on the [...]

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