Topics Under Category: "Raising Capital"

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When it Comes to Funding, This Social Enterprise Gets Creative

Anne Field | January 27, 2017

Opening a grocery store in a food desert in West Oakland is not easy—just ask Brahm Ahmadi. Despite strong community support, he’s had to get creative to when it comes to funding and building his social enterprise. After several years, he’s finally nearing his goal, having raised money from the community and partnered with a […]

Why It’s a Great Time to Start and Grow a Product Company (Sorry, Unicorns!)

Krista Morgan | November 15, 2016

Mention the word ‘startup’ and it’s sure to conjure images of young engineers hunched over laptops, feverishly coding the next Facebook or Twitter. While tech startups tend to get all of the glory, not to mention the lion’s share of venture funding, consumer products companies are establishing a solid track record of returns—and gaining new interest […]

For Social Entrepreneurs, Measuring Impact is Key

Anne Field | September 6, 2016

Are you a social enterprise looking for impact investors? Better start measuring your impact. Good impact metrics not only help attract impact investors, they can also boost your performance and your long term viability. Those are the conclusions of The Business Value of Impact Measurement, a study published recently by the Global Impact Investing Network […]

For Crowdfunders, Revenue Sharing Can Have Benefits Over Equity

Ryan Flynn | July 20, 2016

Localstake is a sponsor of Locavesting When raising money through crowdfunding, one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs need to make is how to structure the offering. The appropriate structure will depend on a lot of factors, including the business’ stage of development, its performance to date, growth plans and the targeted capital source. But […]

Exit Strategies for DPOs and Crowdfunded Offerings

Brian Beckon | July 1, 2016

In the traditional world of finance, big companies raise capital via an IPO (initial public offering) and their shares are then traded on a stock exchange like the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ. But that process can be very expensive, so smaller companies traditionally raise capital in private placements, and their shares are not […]

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Crowdfunding Campaigns Can Help Raise Additional Outside Capital, Says Study

Locavesting Staff | June 13, 2016

Can crowdfunding help you raise outside capital from conventional sources? There are certainly examples. After being turned down by venture capitalists, the inventors of the Pebble Watch went on to smash records on Kickstarter, raising $10 million in a 2013 campaign. Then the VCs came calling, investing $15 million in the smart watch venture. And […]

A Vermont Startup Finds Its Crowdfunding Sweet Spot

Erin Pidot | April 25, 2016

When Chas Smith was looking to raise money for his Vermont-based maple beverage startup, he faced a dilemma: build community or raise lots of money fast? That’s a question being asked more and more by entrepreneurs exploring the growing range of investment crowdfunding options. Allowing your customers to invest helps to create an engaged and […]

Detroit City Futbol Club Scores Big With Local Investors

Erin Pidot | April 14, 2016

In 2010, Sean Mann helped to start the Detroit City Futbol League, a recreational co-ed soccer league organized around neighborhood teams. It was a great success. But he couldn’t help but fume at the fact that Detroit was one of the few large cities in the country without a professional soccer team. So one day […]

How We Did It: Red Wagon Creamery

Erin Pidot | April 6, 2016

When Emily and Stuart Phillips were looking to start a business in their hometown of Eugene, Oregon, ice cream was a natural choice. Emily, a former chef, had grown up making ice cream with her family in North Carolina, selling it door to door in a little red wagon. Stuart, a gregarious man who describes […]

Mission or Scale? With the Right Investment Strategy, You Can Have Both

David Brodwin | March 28, 2016

For mission-driven businesses, growth is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because growth can magnify both the social and financial return. But it’s a curse because growth usually creates a need for more capital, and bringing in new capital, if not done right, can put the mission at risk. Investors willing to […]