The true value of an idea is shown only through its realization. Ideas are easy. Let’s face it, they’re not found at the bottom of the deepest ocean or on the peak of the highest mountain. No, the greatest ideas come upon you as you lie in bed or sit down to eat a sandwich or are daydreaming in the shower—what could be easier than that? Canadian Startups are Shut Out of Crowdfunding Canadian Startups are Shut Out of Crowdfunding


Crowdfunding für Startups in den USA (Crowdinvesting) – Reform der Regulierung Robert K. Ranum von Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., fasst die wichtigsten Neuerungen der Reform des Crowdfunding-Rahmens in den USA zusammen und benennt den Unterschied zwischen der Version des Senats und des Abgeordnetenhauses: The House and Senate crowdfunding bills would eliminate the traditional private placement restrictions on general solicitation and the number of non-accredited investors in order to allow the offerings to be sold over the internet to a large number of investors. Under current law, private placements may not be offered by any means of “general solicitation or general advertising” which includes communications in newspapers, magazines, or broadcast over television or radio or over the internet. Current private placement rules also limit the number of investors that may purchase in the offering, although investors meeting certain financial criteria, known as “accredited investors,” are not subject to the limitation. Crowdfunding für Startups in den USA (Crowdinvesting) – Reform der Regulierung
Survey on Crowdfunding Regulation in Europe Survey on Crowdfunding Regulation in Europe Together with David Roethler, we are conducting a study about crowd-funding schemes in the cultural and creative industries sector in Europe on behalf of the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC), a network set-up by the European Commission. The study shall provide recommendations concerning the potential regulation of crowd-funding schemes at the European and the national level. In particular, we are interested in crowdfunding with financial rewards, such as through micro-investments or micro-credits. If you want to contribute to the study, please answer our survey at The deadline for responses is 22nd of August.
Don't Wait for the Crowd: Legalization of Crowdfunding Could Take a WhileChris Hurtado and Bruce Campbell, Campbell Law Group Crowdfunding — raising money online to finance something — has obvious appeal in this era of social media and rapidly expanding Internet penetration. For companies seeking to raise investment dollars, however, crowdfunding is largely unavailable as a tool to attract investors based in the U.S. Crowdfunding is currently impractical in the U.S. because all securities offered to U.S. investors must either be registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or there must be an applicable exemption from registration. Don't Wait for the Crowd: Legalization of Crowdfunding Could Take a While Don't Wait for the Crowd: Legalization of Crowdfunding Could Take a While
Crowd Funding - nearly legal? | iBusinessAngel Moves are afoot in the USA to legalise crowd funding. Senator Scott Brown wants to allow startups to raise up to $1m via crowd funding. Read the article here… Crowd Funding - nearly legal? | iBusinessAngel
Homeowners use peer lending sites such as to pay for a new deck, and artists use Kickstarter to pay for their next project. But so far, it's been difficult for business owners to use peer lending or crowdsourcing, as it's variously known, to fund their business. The reason is, people generally want to get a return on their investments. But federal law currently prohibits Joe Consumer from investing in a business startup. There are strict rules about who is an "accredited investor" for this type of high-risk investment. Right now you generally need at least $5 million in assets to qualify. Why Crowdfunding is Bad for Business (Opinion) Why Crowdfunding is Bad for Business (Opinion)
Crowdfunding: A 2012 Event? Crowdfunding: A 2012 Event? January 9‚ 2012 Crowdfunding: A 2012 Event? By Daniel I. DeWolf, Samuel Effron, and Garrett Johnston
Change Crowdfunding Law Change Crowdfunding Law McHenry JOBS Act Hearings Last week, the House Subcommittee on TARP held two hearings on JOBS Act implementation, much focused on crowdfunding. The topic is not directly related to the subcommittee’s mission of overseeing TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program, 2008) and other government bailouts, but its chair is crowdfunding advocate/hero Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), who introduced the first crowdfunding bill (HR2930).
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A motley crew of backers is pushing Congress to loosen restrictions on crowdfunding, the new capital-raising method that uses the Internet to solicit start-up investment, despite warnings about the potential for fraud. Popularized by online platforms such as Kickstarter and Kiva, crowdfunding currently relies on a donation-style model where fans of an artistic project, venture or nonprofit campaign pledge money in exchange for early product or philanthropic fulfillment. It seems in Washington, almost everyone is a fan, from conservative Republicans to grassroots liberals; a recent House bill to ease crowdfunding restrictions passed 407-to-17. Broad-based support for crowdfunding is a natural fit because it's in everyone's interest to improve the flow of money to small companies during a prolonged weak economy, said James Angel, an associate professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. Race to relax crowdfunding rules invites strange bedfellows Race to relax crowdfunding rules invites strange bedfellows
Crowdfunding is the collection of finance to sustain an initiative from a large pool of backers—the "crowd"—usually made online by means of a web platform. The initiative could be a nonprofit campaign (e.g. to raise funds for a school or social service organization), a political campaign (to support a candidate or political party), a philanthropic campaign (e.g. for emergency funds for an ill person or to produce an emerging artist), a commercial campaign (e.g. to create and sell a new product) or a financing campaign for a start-up company. Crowdfunding has its origins in the concept of crowdsourcing, which is the broader concept of an individual reaching a goal by receiving and leveraging small contributions from many parties. Crowd funding Crowd funding

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