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Crowdfunding Platforms: What You Should Know

Crowdfunding Platforms: What You Should Know

Crowdfunding is the updated internet version of an activity that has been around for more than 500 years: collecting money from a bunch of people, the crowd, to support a project or effort, like publishing a book or helping a deserving person through hard times. Today there are hundreds, if not thousands, of crowdfunding platforms used to raise money for a dizzying variety of projects from startups to nonprofits, movies to music CDs, science research and inventions and, most visibly lately, to raise money for victims of disasters. These campaigns are typically used for one-time projects or events to augment other types of fundraising. The term…

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Crowdinvestment takes off in the Middle East: Dubai startup raises equity capital on Eureecaa

Crowdinvestment takes off in the Middle East: Dubai startup raises equity capital on Eureecaa

It’s 10am in Nabbesh’s offices in Dubai. The team is a bit speechless. “We’re at 29%,” someone says excitedly. Founder Loulou Khazen sounds surprised. Yesterday, at the same time, Nabbesh, a skill exchange platform based in Dubai, debuted the first equity crowdfunding campaign on Eureeca, an equity crowdfunding platform, since it went live last month. Crowdinvestment won’t be the startup’s only source of capital, as the startup is currently negotiating a series A round with institutional investors and business angels. Yet Khazen and her team decided to try to raise US $100,000, for a total equity stake of 6.67%, from the crowd, as a test. “Crowdfunding was always something…

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Crowdfunding Could Help Cleantech Attract Institutional Investors

Crowdfunding Could Help Cleantech Attract Institutional Investors

Crowdfunding may be a natural fit for cleantech, where conventional early-stage funding has fallen off. Last year global venture capital flows to the sector plunged 33 percent, to $6.46 billion. When Pi Investments recently lent $200,000 to solar energy projects via Internet crowdfunding platform Mosaic, it saw more than an opportunity to back clean technology. The Chicago-based family office was also keen to “peek under the hood” of a new investment infrastructure, says director of impact investments Aner Ben-Ami. Through crowdfunding outfits like Oakland, California-based Mosaic, small and medium-size U.S. companies can offer debt and soon equity stakes to the public. “Part of the reason…

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Healthcare startup looks to IndieGoGo

Healthcare startup looks to IndieGoGo

Health Tech Hatch, a site launched last fall as a crowdfunding site specifically for health startups, is joining forces with one of the biggest crowdfunding platforms on the web, Indiegogo. From the beginning, the company planned to help health startups both crowdfund and beta test their products with patients and physicians. But now, founder and CEO Patricia Salber said Health Tech Hatch plans to focus more closely on the beta testing side, while working on the crowdfunding piece through Indiegogo. “We quickly learned that it’s really, really hard to raise much money if you’re trying to raise for a startup company [that isn’t] any of the…

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New crowdfunding platform combining investment with mentoring announced

CrowdIt to go beyond just financing to help support and develop start-ups New crowdfunding start-up CrowdIt, launching on June 4, will merge funding with an online business incubation platform. Founded by Jason Graf, Paul Freeman and Markus Pope, the site claims it will surpass just financing, incorporating advice from experts, peer review, collaboration and networking in its aim to nurture and support business ideas and entrepreneurs. Based in Missouri, US, the platform will accept international pledges and provide different forms of funding for businesses to choose from, including full or partial goals, donation or incentives and rewards. There will be a 5% fee for all…

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Online start-ups are rallying citizens to revamp their neighbourhoods

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NAMES, wedding dates and declarations of love cover the Luchtsingel, a new pedestrian walkway straddling a busy main road in central Rotterdam, a Dutch city. Asked by a website to help fund the project, locals paid €25 ($32) each for the right to etch a message on one of its 17,000 wooden planks. The walkway’s length, they were warned, depended on the volume of donations. Within three months do-gooders had stumped up a third of the cash needed to build its full 350-metre span (a government award has since topped that up). Had they left council bean-counters to plan it, says Kristian Koreman, its architect,…

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Bellevate.com, a boutique crowdfunding site for women, is born today

Social Media Dreamfunding™, the next generation of crowdfunding, will allow you

The next generation of Crowdfunding is opening doors for women. Today Bellevate.com launched a site dedicated to helping women use the internet, and their social media currency to start or expand a business. Bellevate uses DreamfundingSM, next generation Crowdfunding – a hot new way for entrepreneurs to raise funds through small individual contributions. It’s a way for businesses to use the Internet and their established social media networks to find the funding to launch new ideas or expand existing operations. But, women are often still getting lost in the shuffle. On most crowdfunding sites, businesses looking for funding are all pooled together. One artist is…

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Kentucky start-up sector prepares for opening of new small-investor marketplace

Crowdfunding

Revolutionary. A potential game-changer. The biggest change to securities law in 80 years. That’s what people in the know are saying about crowdfund investing, or CFI, a new vehicle in “marketplace” investing that capitalizes on the accessibility of the Internet to connect small businesses and potential investors like never before. It expands on already popular and increasingly common “rewards-based” crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter.com and IndieGoGo.com, which invite investors to help fund start-up projects in exchange for an early prototype product or other merchandise-based “rewards” – and sometimes for nothing at all beyond the satisfaction of boosting a good cause or idea. The new crowdfund investing…

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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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Hall alone in vote against rape kit crowdfundingRockwall County Herald Banner“Rape kit testing is far too important to rely on an undependable funding source like crowdfunding. This is a core function of government and as such it should be funded by government. Victims deserve to know [...]

Virginia Tech launches its own crowdfunding site to reach new generation of donorsRoanoke TimesOne of the first four pilot projects that went live on Jump, Tech's crowdfunding website, lets users pay for as little as one local child to attend educational programming by the Moss A [...]

Daily MailNick Clegg crowdfunding former Deputy PM appeals donationsDaily MailOn his website, there is a section which appeals for 'crowdfunding' to help bankroll the publication of thousands of Lib Dem leaflets. He's appealing for £25 donations. Yet Clegg, who has take [...]

Devon LiveCrowdfunding page set up for family of boy who died after drug use ...Devon LiveA fundraising page has been set up in memory of a 15-year-old boy who died on Friday night after taking a recreational drug at a youth disco. Yesterday Devon ...and more » [...]

New York MagazineFacebook Rolls Out Crowdfunding to EveryoneNew York MagazineDepending on your perspective, the rise in popularity of crowdfunding is either a fantastic new way that the internet lets strangers help each other out, or emblematic of the decay of institutional safeguards [...]

Android Authority (blog)Crowdfunding project of the week: BIKI is an underwater drone that looks like a fishAndroid Authority (blog)We are back with another 'Crowdfunding project of the week', where we highlight some of the hottest tech coming from websites like Kickstarter [...]

The HinduCrowdfunding healthcare costs: Where there's a bill, there's a ...The HinduDoctors are turning to crowdfunding to ensure treatment for needy patients.and more » [...]

Business InsiderCrowdfunding campaign to support the families of Manchester attack victims passes £1 million markBusiness InsiderA crowdfunding campaign to raise money to provide support for the families of those injured and killed in the Manchester terrorist attack has now raised mor [...]

TIMECrowdfunding Campaign Raises $55000 for Homeless Man who Helped Manchester Terror Attack VictimsTIMEA series of crowdfunding campaigns have raised more than £42,400 ($54,800) in support of a homeless man who said he rushed to the aid of people wounded in Monday night's suicid [...]

CurbedNew real estate crowdfunding site focuses on community developmentCurbedCrowdfunding has existed for years, and other firms, such as FundRise and Realty Mogul, have focused on property development, but the Small Change model offers a new spin for the real estate space. For years [...]

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