Topics Under Tag: "Crowdfunding"

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 […]

crowdfunding tips

5 Tips for a Successful Regulation Crowdfunding Campaign

Locavesting Staff | January 18, 2017

Thinking of raising money through crowdfunding? Since the rules for Regulation Crowdfunding went into effect last May, 186 entrepreneurs have launched campaigns, attracting a total of $19 million in investment by year end. Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA) recently crunched the numbers to come up with some insights about what makes a successful campaign. Here are […]

Crowdfunding legislation, Regulatory Sandbox

Legislation to Buoy Crowdfunding, FinTech This Year

Amy Cortese | January 10, 2017

Are the floodgates ready to open? When the JOBS Act was signed into law in 2012, it laid the groundwork for new forms of small business capital, like crowdfunding, to take hold.  Since then, a number of bills have sought to build on that foundation, yet very few have made it into law. That could […]

Impact investing outlook

Social Impact Investing: the Outlook for 2017

Locavesting Staff | December 31, 2016

For all its faults, we may look back at 2016 as the year that impact investing was democratized. Once the exclusive domain of wealthy individuals and institutions, impact investing is now within reach of any American with $100 to invest—thanks to the passage of the JOBS Act and new investment vehicles like those offered by […]

crystal ball crowdfunding predictions

Crowdfunding: What’s in Store for 2017?

Locavesting Staff | December 29, 2016

Year-end predictions are always a dicey game, and that’s especially true as we close out a tumultuous year that turned conventional wisdom (and decorum) on its head. But there’s one thing we can say with a modicum of assurance: crowdfinance will continue to pick up steam in 2017, especially in a deregulatory environment. At Locavesting, […]

Community Capital: Impact Investing, By and For the People

Brian Beckon | December 17, 2016

There’s a refrain we’ve been hearing recently at gatherings of community organizers: “Nothing about us without us is for us.” While these words echo a centuries-old Latin slogan (“nihil de nobis, sine nobis”), they reflect a profound truth as relevant today as it has ever been. Their meaning is something like this: “Don’t try to […]