Topics Under Tag: "Crowdfunding"

Native American crowdfunding

A Native American Brand Turns to Crowdfunding to Fulfill its Mission

Amy Cortese | August 16, 2017

When Karlene Hunter and Mark Tilsen started Native American Natural Foods in 2006, they had a vision as vast as the Great Plains themselves: to create a brand that could restore the buffalo to native lands and, in the process, regenerate the community, culture and economy of one of the Lakota people that live there. […]

Is it Time for State-Based Crowdfunding to Shine?

Locavesting Staff | August 13, 2017

What do Alaska, Florida, Texas and Vermont have in common? They’re among the 34 states that have passed state-based crowdfunding laws. When it comes to crowdinvesting, most of the attention goes to the JOBS Act, the 2012 federal legislation that gave us Regulation Crowdfunding, Regulation A+ and other provisions that make it easier for small […]

Revenue Share

Revenue Share Deals Are Few, But Potentially Profitable, Data Shows

Crowdfund Capital Advisors | August 4, 2017

As we like to remind people, “equity” crowdfunding is a misnomer. The word suggests issuing stock, but businesses raising money through investment crowdfunding may also issue debt—through convertible notes, standard loans or a variation called a revenue share agreement. In these deals, investors extend money to a business, and are paid back through a share […]

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 […]

JOBS Act progress

The JOBS Act at 5: A Progress Report

Locavesting Staff | April 5, 2017

The fifth anniversary of the signing of the JOBS Act marks a significant milestone. For the first time, we can begin to take the full measure of the law, now that all of its six provisions have gone into effect. So how is it living up to its promise to channel more capital to the […]

Three Women-Owned Startups That You Can Invest In Today

Locavesting Staff | March 10, 2017

Women entrepreneurs are at a disadvantage when it comes to raising capital for their businesses. They’re turned down more often than men and, when they do raise money, they raise smaller sums. (It’s a good thing they know how to do more with less). That’s starting to change, as new funding options that bypass the […]

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 […]

New Brunswick, Canada local investing tax incentive

Can Tax Incentives Jumpstart the JOBS Act?

Chelsea Eddy | January 24, 2017

Investing in local businesses, rather than in publicly traded corporations, is an idea generating interest globally. But until recently, that was hard to do in the U.S., thanks to federal and state laws that have impeded such investments by average citizens. The JOBS Act, passed in 2012 and fully implemented last May, has lowered many […]