Topics Under Category: "Crowdfunding"

Cleantech crowdfunding

Crowdfunding Platform GridShare Focuses on Climate-Friendly Investments

Amy Cortese | June 22, 2017

This spring, millions of people poured into the streets to show their dismay with the Trump administration’s backward-looking environmental agenda, including its pullout from a global accord to combat climate change that many Americans support. Now, citizens concerned about the fate of the planet can do more than protest; they can invest in climate-friendly solutions. […]

Women You Should Fund

A New Crowdfunding Site for Women Enters the Ring

Anne Field | June 12, 2017

Women entrepreneurs tend to have a harder time raising money, but the opposite may be true online, as early crowdfunding data suggests. And new crowdfunding sites are cropping up to support women’s endeavors. The latest: Women You Should Fund, a Kickstarter-style crowdfunding platform for women and women-led, gender diverse teams. It debuted in March for […]

Investment Company Act of 1940

Crowdfunding and The Investment Company Act of 1940

Mark Roderick | May 28, 2017

One of the bugbears of investment crowdfunding is the fact that the laws do not allow special purpose vehicles—legal structures that allow investors to be pooled into a single entity, which streamlines investor communications and management. You also cannot crowdfund an investment fund. That said, there are exceptions to every rule. Real estate crowdfunding platforms […]

As Regulation Crowdfunding Turns One, Progress For Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

Locavesting Staff | May 16, 2017

As its first full year draws to a close, Regulation Crowdfunding is making progress in breaking down barriers to capital for a wide range of entrepreneurs. But the flow of capital to women, minorities and rural entrepreneurs who stand to benefit the most from the new law is still just a drop in the bucket. […]

North Carolina Intrastate Crowdfunding

North Carolina Forges Ahead With Intrastate Crowdfunding

Benji Jones | April 7, 2017

It might have seemed like an April Fool’s Day joke, but, after four years of stop and go efforts, North Carolina’s intrastate crowdfunding law finally went live on April 1st. To date, 33 states and the District of Columbia have adopted local crowdfunding rules. But North Carolina’s law breaks new ground by creating a flexible […]

crowdfunding exit

What’s a Successful Crowdfunding Exit, Anyway?

Locavesting Staff | March 21, 2017

Exits. The stuff that crowdfunding investor dreams are made of. Or not? A story we ran recently has prompted us to think more about this topic. It was about the acquisition of Scotty’s Brewhouse, a mini-chain of midwestern brewpubs that is one of the few crowdfunded companies (in this case through Indiana’s intrastate exemption) to […]

SCotty's Brewhouse crowdfunding

A Crowdfunding Exit in Indiana as Scotty’s Brewhouse is Acquired

Amy Cortese | March 15, 2017

Scotty’s Brewhouse in Indiana has become the first intrastate crowdfunding exit. After raising money through Indiana’s intrastate crowdfunding exemption in 2014, Scotty’s Brewhouse, a chain of 18 brewpubs founded 20 years ago, recently agreed to be acquired by a private equity firm for an undisclosed sum.  Scotty’s raised just a small amount of its total […]

Cheryl Clements, crowdfunding platform PieShell

PieShell Helps Food Entrepreneurs Raise Funding, Step by Step

Amy Cortese | February 27, 2017

Food and crowdfunding: a winning combo, right? Actually, many food-related campaigns fail. On Kickstarter, for example, just 25% of crowdfunding campaigns for food-related projects are successful. Food ventures can get lost on big platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, where tech gadgets, video games and art projects rule. And many food entrepreneurs are not prepared for [...]
minorities crowdfunding

Minorities Lag in Crowdfunding, Study Says

Locavesting Staff | February 20, 2017

Women and minority entrepreneurs have long been at a disadvantage when it comes to raising seed and growth capital for their ventures. That’s one reason why there was so much excitement about the JOBS Act. By cutting out the gatekeepers and allowing entrepreneurs to appeal directly to their communities and the general public, investment crowdfunding […]

Vermont intrastate crowdfunding portal Milk Money,

Intrastate Crowdfunding Portal Plugs a Gap for Early Stage Capital in Vermont

Amy Cortese | February 1, 2017

Janice Shade was trying to grow her natural products company when she met Louisa Schibli, a blogger who was intrigued by Shade’s attempts to create a community-supported enterprise. The two Vermonters hit it off and vowed to start a company together someday. When the state’s intrastate crowdfunding exemption, the Vermont Small Business Offering Exemption (VSBO), was […]