Crowdfunding Startups

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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Let’s Finally Fix Crowdfunding!

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the landmark Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), for the purpose of encouraging the funding of startups and small businesses throughout the United States. Title...more

The State of Venture Capital in 2017

After three years of strong growth, venture capital financing activity slowed noticeably in 2016. According to data published by Pitchbook and the National Venture Capital Association, companies raised $69.1 Billion in 2016...more

Want to Ruin Your Relationships? Ask Family and Friends to Fund Your Startup

When you need cash to fuel your startup, it’s tempting to “think local.” The people with the strongest ties to you—relatives, friends, college roommates, running buddies, and co-workers—are the ones who believe in you. You’d...more

Newest MNvest Crowdfunding Portal To Rely on Blockchain Technology

An equity and debt based crowdfunding portal built on Blockchain technology is set to begin offering crowd-sourced financing opportunities to non-accredited investors under Minnesota’s MNvest crowdfunding legislation. Silicon...more

KISSing SAFEly or SAFEly KISSing: The New Financing Instruments for Startups

As the startup community continues to expand around the country, there is an ever-growing need to understand different ways that a company can structure early stage financing so that it can be equipped to discuss with its...more

Boston Brewpub Hopsters Raises Fastest Reg CF Crowdfunding Ever

A brew pub—Hopsters Brewery—has raised more than $600,000 in what industry insiders are calling the "fastest crowdfund offering ever." The Boston-area brew pub and eatery used the WeFunders platform to raise funds in...more

Expanding Horizons for Startup and Small Companies Raising Capital

If you are a startup or small company looking to raise funds from investors, newly amended Rule 504 should catch your eye. Effective January 20, 2017, Rule 504 of Regulation D will allow startups and small companies to sell...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - November, 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The Tough Questions You Must Discuss Before You Take the Money - VCs and the founders should get on the same page before signing on the dotted line. ...more

Minnesota’s First Crowdfunding Portal Approved, But The Question Remains: Will Anyone Actually Use It?

On November 9, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Commerce approved the first crowdfunding portal operator, VentureNear.com, under the crowdfunding legislation known as MNvest. As soon as the portal is populated with...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - November, 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Startups Are Surviving Longer Than Ever - Three new market reports caught our eye this week. First, via Fast Company, the Kauffman Foundation’s annual...more

A Window into Trump’s SEC?

Insights into an SEC composed of Trump appointees can be gleaned from Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) opening statements at a committee hearing on SEC oversight, with testimony by outgoing SEC...more

New capital raising initiatives for start-up businesses in Alberta

The Alberta Securities Commission (the ASC) has recently announced two initiatives intended to make it easier for Alberta businesses to access small levels of investment....more

[Webinar] Online Public Offerings and Everything You Need to Know - Dec. 5th, 1:00 pm EST

December 5, 2016 A live webinar presented by StartEngine's CEO Ron Miller, Command Partners' CEO Roy Morejon and Smith Anderson Partner Benji Jones. This webinar will focus on the legal, marketing and platform components to...more

ASC Adopts Crowdfunding Prospectus Exemption for Small or Start-up Alberta Businesses

Effective October 31, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) adopted Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding (MI 45-108) which provides Alberta-based issuers with a crowdfunding prospectus exemption. MI 45-108 is...more

New Capital-Raising Initiatives for Alberta-based Start-up Businesses

On July 26, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) adopted a start-up business exemption (ASC Rule 45-517 Prospectus Exemption for Start-up Businesses), which is designed to be a simpler and less costly capital raising...more

Alberta’s Prospectus Exemption For Start-Up Businesses

Alberta recently brought in a few rule changes which may be of interest: ASC Rule 45-517 Prospectus Exemption for Start-up Businesses (Start-up Business Exemption – PDF) (effective July 19, 2016) is designed to “facilitate...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - September, 2016 #3

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Long-Term Success Starts With Managing Your Startup's Runway - This week’s post is all about fundraising. Managing your startup’s money can be just as...more

The Code-Based Fund: The Future of Crowdsourced Startup Funding

For your startup business, crowdfunding campaigns can be a great way to both raise funds and validate your product market. Bridging the gap between crowdfunding and venture financing, the Decentralized Autonomous...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - July 2016

Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, One of the interesting facts that we have learned over the years is that there appears to be a correlation between the NASDAQ public market (which is heavily weighted with...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - July, 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Why You Don’t Need to Found Your Startup in Silicon Valley - Startups have the potential to thrive in places less "trendy" than California....more

It’s a Wonderful Life – Or is it? The Taxation of Crowdfunding

Every holiday season, I, like many other Americans, watch Frank Capra’s classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. While the movie has a number of iconic scenes, the most heartwarming scene occurs at the end, as the citizens of Bedford...more

Fix Crowdfunding Act and Venture Capital Bill Pass House

The Fix Crowdfunding Act (H.R. 4855) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 394 to 4. It doesn’t look much like the original bill we reported on here. As passed by the House, the bill allows special purpose...more

Technology Industry Newsletter - June 2016

For technology companies seeking investment capital, the new SEC regulations on crowdfunding that went into effect on May 16, 2016 present new funding options by expanding the pool of investors beyond the traditional funding...more

It's Okay to Venture Away: Alternative Financing Structures for Startups

When it comes to scaling your startup business, choosing your financing partners is critical. Luckily, entrepreneurs have many choices with new entrants into the market on almost a daily basis. The Kauffman Index estimates...more

Regulation Crowdfunding: What You Need to Know

Regulation Crowdfunding, new rules promulgated by the SEC to assist small issuers in raising capital, became effective May 16, 2016. To assist issuers in their crowdfunding efforts, the SEC has issued the "Regulation...more

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