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Crowdfunding Platforms: What You Should Know

Crowdfunding Platforms: What You Should Know

Crowdfunding is the updated internet version of an activity that has been around for more than 500 years: collecting money from a bunch of people, the crowd, to support a project or effort, like publishing a book or helping a deserving person through hard times. Today there are hundreds, if not thousands, of crowdfunding platforms used to raise money for a dizzying variety of projects from startups to nonprofits, movies to music CDs, science research and inventions and, most visibly lately, to raise money for victims of disasters. These campaigns are typically used for one-time projects or…

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Crowdinvestment takes off in the Middle East: Dubai startup raises equity capital on Eureecaa

Crowdinvestment takes off in the Middle East: Dubai startup raises equity capital on Eureecaa

It’s 10am in Nabbesh’s offices in Dubai. The team is a bit speechless. “We’re at 29%,” someone says excitedly. Founder Loulou Khazen sounds surprised. Yesterday, at the same time, Nabbesh, a skill exchange platform based in Dubai, debuted the first equity crowdfunding campaign on Eureeca, an equity crowdfunding platform, since it went live last month. Crowdinvestment won’t be the startup’s only source of capital, as the startup is currently negotiating a series A round with institutional investors and business angels. Yet Khazen and her team decided to try to raise US $100,000, for a total equity stake of 6.67%, from…

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Crowdfunding Could Help Cleantech Attract Institutional Investors

Crowdfunding Could Help Cleantech Attract Institutional Investors

Crowdfunding may be a natural fit for cleantech, where conventional early-stage funding has fallen off. Last year global venture capital flows to the sector plunged 33 percent, to $6.46 billion. When Pi Investments recently lent $200,000 to solar energy projects via Internet crowdfunding platform Mosaic, it saw more than an opportunity to back clean technology. The Chicago-based family office was also keen to “peek under the hood” of a new investment infrastructure, says director of impact investments Aner Ben-Ami. Through crowdfunding outfits like Oakland, California-based Mosaic, small and medium-size U.S. companies can offer debt and soon…

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Healthcare startup looks to IndieGoGo

Healthcare startup looks to IndieGoGo

Health Tech Hatch, a site launched last fall as a crowdfunding site specifically for health startups, is joining forces with one of the biggest crowdfunding platforms on the web, Indiegogo. From the beginning, the company planned to help health startups both crowdfund and beta test their products with patients and physicians. But now, founder and CEO Patricia Salber said Health Tech Hatch plans to focus more closely on the beta testing side, while working on the crowdfunding piece through Indiegogo. “We quickly learned that it’s really, really hard to raise much money if you’re trying to raise…

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New crowdfunding platform combining investment with mentoring announced

CrowdIt to go beyond just financing to help support and develop start-ups New crowdfunding start-up CrowdIt, launching on June 4, will merge funding with an online business incubation platform. Founded by Jason Graf, Paul Freeman and Markus Pope, the site claims it will surpass just financing, incorporating advice from experts, peer review, collaboration and networking in its aim to nurture and support business ideas and entrepreneurs. Based in Missouri, US, the platform will accept international pledges and provide different forms of funding for businesses to choose from, including full or partial goals, donation or incentives and…

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Online start-ups are rallying citizens to revamp their neighbourhoods

NAMES, wedding dates and declarations of love cover the Luchtsingel, a new pedestrian walkway straddling a busy main road in central Rotterdam, a Dutch city. Asked by a website to help fund the project, locals paid €25 ($32) each for the right to etch a message on one of its 17,000 wooden planks. The walkway’s length, they were warned, depended on the volume of donations. Within three months do-gooders had stumped up a third of the cash needed to build its full 350-metre span (a government award has since topped that up). Had they left council…

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Bellevate.com, a boutique crowdfunding site for women, is born today

The next generation of Crowdfunding is opening doors for women. Today Bellevate.com launched a site dedicated to helping women use the internet, and their social media currency to start or expand a business. Bellevate uses DreamfundingSM, next generation Crowdfunding – a hot new way for entrepreneurs to raise funds through small individual contributions. It’s a way for businesses to use the Internet and their established social media networks to find the funding to launch new ideas or expand existing operations. But, women are often still getting lost in the shuffle. On most crowdfunding sites, businesses looking…

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Kentucky start-up sector prepares for opening of new small-investor marketplace

Revolutionary. A potential game-changer. The biggest change to securities law in 80 years. That’s what people in the know are saying about crowdfund investing, or CFI, a new vehicle in “marketplace” investing that capitalizes on the accessibility of the Internet to connect small businesses and potential investors like never before. It expands on already popular and increasingly common “rewards-based” crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter.com and IndieGoGo.com, which invite investors to help fund start-up projects in exchange for an early prototype product or other merchandise-based “rewards” – and sometimes for nothing at all beyond the satisfaction of boosting…

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Leaders in technology industry discuss crowdfunding

Leaders of the Champaign-Urbana technology industry discussed new investment opportunities Wednesday at the iHotel and Conference Center for the quarterly CU CEO Tech Roundtable. The purpose of these roundtables, sponsored by Research Park, is to bring together presidents, CEOs and founders of tech companies so they can learn from each other, share success stories and address specific subject matter, said Laura Frerichs, director of Research Park. “The businesses certainly like the opportunity to learn from each other,” Frerichs said. “It is a difficult path to be a startup entrepreneur. Being able to have this peer group…

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