Why Equity Crowdfunding Is Good News For Women

By Shereen Shermak (CEO, Launch Angels) Equity crowdfunding is in its early stages, but even at this point you can glimpse the potential. point, only accredited investors (high incomes or high net worth) can participate. However, regulations are still being defined that may loosen that restriction. Even under current restrictions, equity crowdfunding is rapidly growing. There are about 350 platforms in the US, with close to the same number around the rest of the world. According to GoGetFunding, among all the types of crowdfunding (including donation and loans), the equity crowdfunding segment grew the most from 2011-12—by an impressive 114%. And some projections show that $3-4 billion will be raised through equity crowdfunding in 2013. Just as tellingly, even as equity crowdfunding blossoms, venture firm investments are down.Equity crowdfunding is more than just a new way of raising money. It’s filling a hole in funding. You may have noticed ‘the gap’ in financing between friendsand family investments and venture capitalists. Angels (wealthy individuals who invest their own money in startups) are in the same “neighborhood” of contribution as friends and family. But they are not generally accessible, with 70% of their deals done locally (Halo Report, Angel Resource Institute.). Women-Led Companies and Women Angels on the Rise Equity crowdfunding is democratizing funding in more ways than one  Source & read more on 

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