Topics Under Category: "Raising Capital"

Raising capital while female

Raising Capital While Female: Women Investors Offer Advice

Locavesting Staff | April 24, 2017

Raising capital while female. It comes with a unique set of challenges, not least of which is that the investors you’re pitching are likely to be white males with a certain sort of background. Given the tendency of people to invest in and generally gravitate towards others similar to them—a trait known as homophily—women and […]

Food unicorns

Dear Founder, Your Business is Not a F*&@#ng Unicorn.

Douglas Raggio | April 10, 2017

DEAR FOUNDER, YOUR BUSINESS IS NOT A FUCKING UNICORN. A unicorn is a mythical animal. You created a real business. Regardless of your company size or promise, you took a significant risk, saw something others didn’t and acted on it. I find it borderline insulting to call your business something that isn’t real (sorry 7-year-olds). […]

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 [...]
People's Community market social enterprise funding

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 […]

Blended Capital Fund Helps Small Scale Farmers in Arkansas

Anne Field | October 6, 2016

The funding world used to be fairly straightforward: there was philanthropy for nonprofits, venture capital for startups and bank loans for existing businesses. But in the age of social enterprise and impact investing, those lines are blurring. As more businesses combine a social mission with a for-profit business model, finance is adapting, giving rise to […]

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 […]

Photo: Sergey Galyonkin, Flickr

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 […]