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Vancouver Startup Weeve Acquired by LX Ventures

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What-do-you-get when you cross a surge in crowdsourced investment funding with a software package focused on raising funds for non-profits? A prime investment opportunity, apparently. Today, Vancouver’s LX Ventures announced its acquisition of Vancouver startup Weeve Ventures Inc. for an undisclosed sum. According to LX Ventures’ COO Ray Walia (and Launch Academy Executive Director and Co-Founder), “Weeve’s crowdfunding technology is a natural fit for our FinTech market vertical. Together, we will internally innovate and deliver revolutionary funding solutions across multiple market sectors.” Since its launch in July 2012 as a tool for non-profits to raise funds via socially connected, tech savvy investors, Weeve proved itself…

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Crowdfunding makes its way to Broadway

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When Jeff Bowen’s off-Broadway musical “Now. Here. This.” closed last year, he and his collaborators were left with some great things — plenty of good reviews, some new fans and memories. That was great, but what they really wanted was a cast album. A recording would be both a great marketing tool and a souvenir. But “Now. Here. This.” wasn’t a blockbuster Broadway show, and it had already ended its run. Major record labels weren’t exactly beating a path to his door to get it recorded. So Bowen, who starred in the show as well as wrote the songs and lyrics, turned to the show’s…

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Seedinvest Launches Equity-Based Crowdfunding Platform

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Seed Invest, an equity-based, crowd funding platform, has launched its platform that connects accredited investors to high-quality start-ups and small businesses seeking funding. Seediness’s mission is to help both entrepreneurs and investors to leverage the disruptive power of the internet to make it easier for companies to raise capital. The company provides accredited, angel investors access to high-quality, curated opportunities in a myriad of industries across the entire country. SeedInvest was founded by professional investors Ryan Feit and James Han. Both worked with The Startup Exemption, the group responsible for bringing the concept of investment crowdfunding to Washington DC and worked with them to get…

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Intergalactic Kickstarter War Escalates With X-Wing Squadron Project

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Fear not, sons and daughters of the rebellion! A new Kickstarter project promises to raise enough money to build a squadron of “proton torpedo armed X-Wing fighters” to ward off the impending construction of a crowdfunded Deathstar! At the $10,000 backer level, you’ll even get training by Yoda himself—a steal. Like most of you, I thought it was funny when folks first hijacked the White House’s petition program to ask for a functioning planet killer. I then reveled in the PR acumen displayed by Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, who shrewdly used…

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Leaders in technology industry discuss crowdfunding

Leaders of the Champaign-Urbana technology industry discussed new investment opportunities Wednesday at the iHotel and Conference Center for the quarterly CU CEO Tech Roundtable. The purpose of these roundtables, sponsored by Research Park, is to bring together presidents, CEOs and founders of tech companies so they can learn from each other, share success stories and address specific subject matter, said Laura Frerichs, director of Research Park. “The businesses certainly like the opportunity to learn from each other,” Frerichs said. “It is a difficult path to be a startup entrepreneur. Being able to have this peer group to be able to call upon and to be…

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With $7.7M raised via crowdfunding, Chris Roberts makes his sci-fi game in the public eye

Chris Roberts is under a lot of pressure to get Star Citizen right. The new massively multiplayer online sci-fi title from the creator of the legendary Wing Commander sci-fi spaceship combat games raised $7.7 million via crowdfunding on the promise of bringing back the glory days of science fiction combat simulations in a persistent online universe. Roberts scored the money via Kickstarter and his own web site, Roberts Space Industries, for his new company Cloud Imperium Games, where he is chief creative officer. In an interview with GamesBeat at the DICE Summit game conference, Roberts said he is now working in the public eye. And…

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Jonny Craig Starts Crowdfunding Campaign For New EP

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Oh, the places Jonny Craig will go. Former Dance Gavin Dance vocalist and drug addict/awkward criminal Jonny Craig recently released three interesting cover songs (including a song originally by Justin Timberlake) and announced a solo headlining tour. Today, he has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a new EP on Indiegogo that you can find here. Jonny is without a label now, so the crowdfunding could make or break him. In his own words, “I want to get some new music out to all of you, MY FANS, but in order to do so it’s going to cost some money. As I no longer have a…

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How To Fund Commercialization of University Research? Crowdfunding, of Course!

Crowdfunding is an ideal alternative to help accelerate successful commercialization of academic research.

Perhaps it was just a matter of time – but here’s a new development in the funding of academic research and technology commercialization. The University of Utah’s Technology Commercialization Office (TCO)—#1 in the country for startups launched by research organizations for three of the last five years—has spun off more than 150 companies in the past seven years. Recently the U’s TCO has launched a program to help build even more value in the startups they spin out. The office has entered an exclusive agreement with crowdfunding platform RocketHub of New York. Their plan is to bring crowdfunding forward for the funding of university technologies…

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New Edward Burns Hedge Fund Movie Embraces Crowdfunding

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Several months ago we spotlighted a soon-to-launch crowdfunding company that sought to bring crowdfunding to independent film. That company – Seed & Spark – has launched and now boasts an upcoming film starring Edward Burns among its list of financing projects. Largely financed by Atlantic Pictures, the film’s working title called Oliver’s Deal and stars Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen, Sidewalks of New York) as a hedge fund jock working to redeem a $1 billion debt from Peru‘s government. The film also stars Caitlin Fitzgerald (Newlyweds, It’s Complicated) and will be directed by Barney Elliot (True Colours). The decision by the filmmakers to use a…

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Dark Snow Project’s Crowdfunded Climate Science Experiment

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By: Mary Catherine O’Connor Everything is connected; a catastrophic weather event in one hemisphere can have ripple effects on the other side of the globe. That is no news to climate scientists. But last summer, as the United States was in the throes of one of its worst wildfire seasons on record, climate scientist Jason Box, who studies Greenland’s ice sheet, wondered about a direct link between those fires and the frightening speed at which the ice sheet was melting. Among the fires last summer were large tundra blazes in Alaska and Canada. Box used weather analysis and computer models to show that smoke from…

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Impact of Crowdfunding as Alternative Way to Raise Capital for Smaller Projects

For the architect, who is often the primary catalyst for new projects and construction, the crowdfunding concept holds special promise.

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Crowdfunding: New way to raise money for health needs

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — People faced with soaring healthcare costs have looked for help before. Now they’ve found another possible solution online. Thousands are sharing their stories on websites in what is known as crowdfunding. It’s the latest online evolution connecting individuals who are in need, with people who want to do good. In the past, you might have just donated to an organization. But now, you can find the actual person you want to help, like little Madden. Madden was born with a rare genetic disorder. He needs surgeries to stay alive, and the costs are overwhelming. “ER visits, medication, he’s on a special formula,”…

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The SunMum slammed for setting up crowdfunding page asking people to send cash for son's birthday instead of presentsThe SunA MUM has come under fire for setting up a crowdfunding page requesting cash instead of presents for her son's birthday. Paramita Sarkar says nine-year [...]

LeaflyCrowdfunding Site Cancels Aid to California Wildfire Victims - LeaflyLeaflyWith the most devastating wildfire in California history laying waste to its members' homes and livelihoods, the California Growers Association responded in the ...and more » [...]

Caribbean360.comCrowdfunding Has Potential for the Caribbean – Under the Right ConditionsCaribbean360.comKINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday October 19, 2017 — Crowdfunding in the Caribbean could bolster early stage capital markets, entrepreneurship, creativity, economic growth, and employmen [...]

EcoWatchKids Harmed by Portugal Fires Reach Key Crowdfunding Goal for Climate LawsuitEcoWatchThe fires, which have been linked to climate change, claimed the lives of over 60 people," the crowdfunding page states. "Tragedies like this are becoming the new norm because govern [...]

LoudwireTom DeLonge Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for SpaceshipLoudwireTom DeLonge's To the Stars Academy has launched a new crowdfunding site that includes their goals of building a spaceship to further investigate UFOs.Tom DeLonge Is Crowdfunding A Spaceship - StereogumStereog [...]

ForbesThe Recipes For Crowdfunding Success On Kickstarter -- And What To AvoidForbesConversely, how should we analyze the crowdfunding flops like the Cuppress, a coffee capsule sealing machine which is both economical and user-friendly? Too little is known about the recipes for a succ [...]

Black EnterpriseBlack Female Crowdfunding Executive On Opportunities for Black FoundersBlack EnterpriseFlorence Hardy is CEO of truCrowd Illinois, a state-level equity crowdfunding platform allowing Illinois residents to invest in startups. She is also COO of Fundanna-an equity crowdf [...]

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