Topics Under Tag: "research"

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 […]

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Employee-Owned Companies: Where are the Impact Investors?

Anne Field | July 10, 2017

For social entrepreneurs concerned about growing income inequality in the U.S. and around the world, one way to spread the wealth is through employee ownership. With that in mind, you’d think impact investors would be clamoring to invest in such companies. But, not so much. They may be missing out. “Companies with meaningful ownership and […]

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The Social Innovator’s Dilemma: Raising Capital

Anne Field | June 30, 2017

There’s a lot of talk these days about impact investing. But ask any social entrepreneur, and they’ll tell you that raising capital is their number one challenge. Impact investors tend to regard these early-stage social enterprises as too risky, even as they complain about a lack of high quality investment opportunities. Call it the social innovators’ […]

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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 […]

Is Antitrust Policy Killing Small Business?

Locavesting Staff | August 11, 2016

It’s almost cliché to say that small businesses make up the lifeblood of the economy. But study after study underscore the truth of that old chestnut: small businesses create the bulk of new jobs, increase innovation and economic resilience, improve the health and well being of their communities and encourage a strong middle class. So […]

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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 […]

The Research is Clear: Local Business is Good for What Ails The Economy

Olivia LaVecchia | January 14, 2016

Here at Locavesting, we always perk up when we see the Hometown Advantage Bulletin land in our mailbox. Put together by Stacy Mitchell & team at the Institute for Local Self Reliance, the newsletter is always full of insightful articles and research on local economy issues. In fact, for 40 years, ILSR has been at […]