Crowdfunding Investors

Crowdfunding is a method for raising capital whereby many individuals network and pool their funds, usually via the internet or social media. Crowdfunding methods are used in a variety of circumstances including,... more +
Crowdfunding is a method for raising capital whereby many individuals network and pool their funds, usually via the internet or social media. Crowdfunding methods are used in a variety of circumstances including, but not limited to, supporting charitable organizations, disaster relief, product development, artistic projects, and financing start-up companies. The passage of the JOBS Act of 2012 sought to broaden the use of crowdfunding in developing private capital for start-up companies by relaxing certain SEC investor registration requirements. less -
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Securities and Corporate Finance Alert: Equity Crowdfunding in Canada Q&A: What is the Current State of the Law?

There is some confusion in the Canadian financial and legal marketplace about the exact state of the law regarding equity crowdfunding. This confusion is understandable, given the fact that there have been a number of...more

Crowdfunding 101: The Four Types You Need To Know

This post was originally written by Dylan Rochon, 2015 Foley & Lardner LLP Startup Connector. The term “crowdfunding” is closely associated with websites such as and These sites provide a...more

Crowdfunding for Real Estate - Buyer Beware

Much has been made in the press lately about online crowdfunding websites that allow people to contribute money to fund business start-ups in exchange for rewards such as a copy of the finished work, a special invite to a...more

Treasury Consultation Paper – Another Step Towards Crowd-Sourced Equity Funding

On 4 August 2015, the Treasury of the Australian Government released a consultation paper, facilitating crowd-sourced equity funding and reducing compliance costs (Consultation Paper). This follows the previous discussion...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - States are Accommodating Crowdfunding Offerings While the SEC Continues to Ponder Crowdfunding Rules - The SEC first proposed rules in October 2013 for the crowdfunding exemption which was included in...more

Minnesota Adopts Crowdfunding Law

Minnesota has adopted an intrastate crowdfunding exemption referred to as “MNvest.” The legislation is meant to work in tandem with the federal exemption for intrastate offerings under Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act...more

Start-up Crowdfunding Exemption Adopted In Certain Canadian Jurisdictions

The Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) and securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the “participating jurisdictions”), announced on May 14, 2015, the...more

Crowdfunding: Tips for the Start-Up

If you are a start-up considering the crowdfunding route, let’s talk. Here are a few tips to consider: - IP: Most crowdfunding portals require extensive disclosure of the start-up’s business plans and product...more

Crowdfunding: It’s Coming to Texas

In late April, the Texas Securities Board issued proposed regulations that would allow crowdfunding in intrastate transactions in Texas. The word on the street is that the proposed regulations will become final in August...more

Crowdfunding: SEC Proposes to Exempt From Registration Internet Offerings Up to $1 Million

Late in 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules that would, if approved, authorize the use of the Internet for so-called crowdfunding campaigns seeking up to $1 million per 12-month period from...more

No Easy A: SEC Proposes Rules For Regulation A+

In the last of its major rulemaking proposals under the JOBS Act, on December 18, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to publish proposed rules to modify and develop Regulation A, the so-called (and...more

SEC to Vote on Crowdfunding Proposal to Ease Investor Verification Requirements

On October 23, 2013, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) is expected to vote on a SEC proposal that would ease investor verification requirements under the crowdfunding rule. The crowdfunding...more

The Changing Landscape of Seed Stage Financing, Part I: Choosing Your Investors

As a startup founder, you have burned through a lot of your own savings (and maxed out the proverbial credit cards), but thankfully you have an MVP (minimal viable product) or better, and now are ready to raise your first...more

Supporting Startups Will the JOBS Act expand the crowdfunding crowd?

Congress’s passage last year of the popular and bipartisan Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was met with expectations of imminent and fundamental changes to the financing environment for early-stage businesses....more

Crowdfunding: Caveat Emptor?

How different are the markets for crowdfunding—an emergent online platform for raising small sums from multiple investors—in the U.S. and the U.K? “While Title III of the JOBS Act would establish an SEC exemption for...more

€ 2.5 million guarantee for start-ups and incubators

Start-ups and incubators will be entitled to gain a guarantee from a State run fund in order to obtain loans up to € 2,500,000 as part of initiatives taken by the Italian Government to foster innovation in Italy....more

Crowdfunding And JOBS Act News Roundup – May 10, 2013

It was another week of speculation as to when the SEC might finalize or propose any JOBS Act rule. Broc Romanek of the pointed to one article which said the current JOBS Act proposal on eliminating...more

Are There Silver Hills In Other States?

In Silver Hills May Tarnish Crowdfunding, I wrote about Justice Roger J. Traynor’s alternative definition of “security” under the predecessor to the Corporate Securities Law of 1968. Silver Hills Country Club v. Sobieski, 55...more

State Regulators Release List of Top Investor Frauds

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) recently revealed its annual list of financial products and practices that pose the highest risks to investors. The list includes several new threats as well as...more

What Is Crowdfunding and Why Is It Risky for Investors?

As we mentioned yesterday, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) recently listed crowdfunding and Internet offers as the top threat to unwary investors. These risks topped the list in response to...more

Keeping Two Offerings from Being One Illegal One – Bruce E. Methven

If a company makes two securities offerings too close together, the securities regulators may consider the two offerings “integrated”, meaning two parts of a single offering. That can violate the requirements of the...more

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