Topics Under Category: "Crowdfunding"

Groundfloor

For Real Estate Lender Groundfloor, It’s Slow and Steady and Open to All

Amy Cortese | January 12, 2018

Real estate has been one of the hottest areas of crowdfunding, although most of it is focused on wealthy “accredited” investors who put money into funds, known as REITs. (And let’s face it, accredited investors don’t lack investment options!) Just two platforms allow direct investing by unaccredited investors. One is Pittsburgh-based Small Change, which uses […]

Just in Time For The Holidays, Crowdfunding Sites Are Getting Into Ecommerce

Locavesting Staff | December 4, 2017

Crowdfunding has become an indispensable tool for entrepreneurs looking to raise seed capital for a new venture or product. Now crowdfunding sites such as Indiegogo and Kiva want to help entrepreneurs keep the momentum going long after their funding campaign is finished. Indiegogo, which pioneered the crowdfunding market back in 2007, has launched a marketplace […]

The Local Crowd

The Local Crowd: Building a Crowdfunding Ecosystem Across Rural America

Amy Cortese | October 2, 2017

Laramie, Wyoming may not be the first place you would look for an innovative experiment in digital age economic revitalization. And at first glance, Diane Wolverton and Kim Vincent might not fit the image of change agents. But the pair has been quietly building a crowdfunding ecosystem across rural America that is helping communities lift […]

Want an Intrastate Crowdfunding Law in Your State? Read This.

Locavesting Staff | September 25, 2017

Since 2011, 35 states plus the District of Columbia have passed laws that allow investment crowdfunding within their borders. At the recent ComCap conference, state leaders discussed their state laws, including what’s working and what’s not. If your state is one of the 15 or so without an intrastate crowdfunding exemption, or with one in […]

New Crowdfunding Portal Startwise to Focus on Revenue Sharing

Amy Cortese | August 27, 2017

Grace Leung Shing and Catherine Yushina were working for a venture capital fund in Silicon Valley, when they were both struck by a puzzle: why was it that venture investors were willing to shower funding on startups with no revenues or traction—sometimes little more than idea—while many perfectly solid businesses couldn’t get funding at all? […]

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 […]

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 […]