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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 -

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - September, 2017 #2

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week: How Pro Rata Works in Venture Capital Deals - VC’s suffer from FOMO just like the rest of us. ...more

What Startups Need to Know About the Revised Reg D

Startups need funding, and most startups want to raise money with as little legal red tape as possible. But when a startup takes investment money, it is issuing securities, and federal securities laws generally require a...more

Using “Finders” to Find Capital: Avoiding Problems for Your Company

by Varnum LLP on

Raising money for your startup can be hard. Not every entrepreneur can walk into Silicon Valley with a business idea and walk out with multiple VC term sheets in hand. Sometimes the only path to financing your startup is...more

Raising Capital from Individual Investors Using Regulation A+

by Varnum LLP on

Raising capital is essential to startups, and a new option to fundraising allows you to raise money from individual investors through the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Regulation A+. We'll explore the different...more

SEC Extends Key JOBS Act Benefit for All IPOs and Recently Public Companies

by Fenwick & West LLP on

On June 29, 2017 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it would permit all companies registering for an initial public offering to take advantage of the confidential review process that was previously...more

Italian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises to Tap Into Equity Crowdfunding

by K&L Gates LLP on

On June 15, 2017, the Italian Senate approved the conversion into law of Law Decree No. 50, dated April 24, 2017, whereby small and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”) are given recourse to equity crowdfunding that was...more

SEC Amends Crowdfunding Rules

Under the Jumpstart our Business Startups Acts of 2012 (the “JOBS Act”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rules allowing for securities-based crowdfunding in 2015. The JOBS Act required the SEC to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - SEC Publishes Compliance and Disclosure Guidance for Regulation Crowdfunding - On April 5, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

The JOBS Act at Five: Congressional Hearing Highlights Need for Further Reform

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On March 22, the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment of the Financial Services Committee conducted a hearing entitled “The JOBS Act at Five: Examining Its Impact and Ensuring the Competitiveness of the...more

Crowdfunding or Private Placement Memorandum?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Spurred by the frenzy of mid-century modern furniture of the 1950s and 1960s returning in popularity, a growing number of collectors are investing in and holding vintage furniture. Capitalizing on that craze, N. Stile Sune’s...more

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

by McCarter & English, LLP on

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

by WilmerHale on

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

by Jackson Walker on

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

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

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

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

by WilmerHale on

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

by WilmerHale on

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

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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

by Smith Anderson on

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

by Bennett Jones LLP on

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

by Bennett Jones LLP on

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

by Field Law on

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

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