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10 Questions to Ask About Crowdfunding

"There are several factors to consider if you are thinking about using a crowdfunding model to finance a business, product, project, service, or event."

6 secrets to launching a successful Kickstarter campaign

What can you do to make sure your Kickstarter campaign succeeds? Here are six tips shared by three film producers who figured it out.

CircleUp

CircleUp is a crowdfunding marketplace connecting consumer product entrepreneurs and investors - especially ventures in food, personal care, apparel, and pet-related products. Applicant companies should have annual revenues of at least $1 million. There is no cost for entrepreneurs to post, and they offer free legal documents and tools for telling your story.

Crowd Funding Bank

"CrowdFunding Bank provides support to organizations or individuals through enlisting the cooperation, and funding from large number of angel investors or just anyone willing to support the initiative with small amount of money and/or advice."

Crowd Sourcing

This website is all about cloud and crowd sourcing. Stay up to date on legislation and other events affecting the industry.

Crowdfunding 101: The Basics

This short article provides an overview of the four different types of crowdfunding.

Go Fund Me

This is where you can raise money for YOU. Weddings, trips, causes, businesses, or anything else you need money for.

How to Launch a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

A successful pitch, regardless of how its done, can fund virtually any venture, be it a charitable cause, a research project or the development of a product. As you might guess, entrepreneurs have seen the most crowdfunding success, using the model to raise capital for any number of profitable ventures. Read on for more information on how to finance your business idea with crowdsourced funds.

Indigogo

Raise money for your business, give up no equity, and only pay if you reach your goal. The crowd funding site helps entrepreneurs get their business off the ground.

Introduction to Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs

The SBA's Office of Entrepreneurship Education provides this self-paced training exercise as an overview of crowdfunding.

JOBS Act Opens The Door To Investment Scams?

One perspective and very real possibility of the JOBS Act and how it can impact investing. This takes the perspective of the potential for an increase in scams associated with crowd funding and looser SEC regulations.

Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a crowd funding website that allows entrepreneurs to fund their business equity-free in a public forum by collecting donations from other individuals.

Micro Ventures

A website that integrates peer-to-peer funding with venture capital and brings early stage and startup business opportunities for investments. This is an atypical crowd funding website.

Onevest

Onevest is an equity crowdfunding platform. In addition, it helps investors to become advisors to startups, and it helps entrepreneurs find co-founders.

Quirky

Quirky offers designers and inventors a chance to get their product to market by creating a community of people to offer valuable feedback products they think are worth creating and developing. It costs $100 to submit ideas.

Raising Capital Online: The New Thundering Herd

"Crowdfunding is booming. A report by Massolution, a research firm, forecasts that $2.8 billion will be raised worldwide [in 2012], up from $1.5 billion in 2011 and only $530m in 2009."

SeedInvest

SeedInvest is an equity crowdfunding platform that connects investors to pre-screened start-ups and small businesses seeking funding. SeedInvest's mission is to help both entrepreneurs and investors leverage the disruptive power of the Internet to make early-stage investing and fundraising easier. To fulfill its mission, SeedInvest created an innovative, web-based platform which greatly reduces the traditional barriers for investing in private companies. SeedInvest's platform has many innovative tools that help investors improve deal flow, diligence opportunities, and execute investments.

StartEngine

StartEngine is an Reg A+ equity crowdfunding platform for startups.

Three Myths About Equity Crowdfunding Debunked

"Equity crowdfunding, where investors (accredited only for the moment) buy securities in privately owned companies, is still relatively new. The increasing appeal of investing in startups is understable for investors who are looking to diversify their portfolio, looking to get uncorrelated returns and have determined that their risk appetite is aggressive. However, there have been a number of claims about equity crowdfunding that I felt compelled to surface and address."



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