Category Archives: Raising Capital

Crowdfunding Portal Mainvest is on a Hyperlocal Mission in Massachusetts

More than $2.7 billion in venture capital flowed into Massachusetts in the first quarter, according to the latest PriceWaterhouseCoopers survey. Yet pretty much none of that went to the kind of local businesses that anchor neighborhoods—the restaurants, cafes, yoga studios and breweries. Fortunately, those mom & pops have another option, thanks to Mainvest, an investment […]

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Why Low Minimum Funding Targets Hurt Investment Crowdfunding

Many businesses raising money under Title III of the JOBS Act are setting “target amounts” as low as $10,000. I understand the motivation, but I’d urge issuers and the platforms to think twice. Background In Title III Crowdfunding (also known as “Regulation Crowdfunding” or “Regulation CF” or simply “Reg CF”), the business (known as the […]

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Crowdfunded Companies Find Success With Follow-On Funding

Who says crowdfunding will scare off follow-on investors? Quite the contrary, it seems. Businesses are finding that a successful investment crowdfunding campaign can pave the way for follow-on  funding from angels, venture capitalists, banks and other institutional investors. The latest—and largest—example to date: Beta Bionics, the maker of a “bionic pancreas” that was among the […]

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With Acquisition, A New Chapter for Vermont’s Milk Money

Milk Money, a Vermont-only crowd investing portal, has been acquired, signaling a new phase for the platform—and perhaps the intrastate crowdfunding market as well. The two-year old intrastate crowdfunding platform’s new owner is the Vermont Innovation Commons, a regional innovation hub in Burlington combining a startup accelerator, co-working space and residential units under one roof. The […]

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A Hawaiian B Corp. Expands With the Help of Small Investors

It was concern for Hawaii’s environment, economy and farming system that inspired Brett Jacobson to launch Hawaiian Ola, a maker of healthy beverages, in 2012. Jacobson, a farmer who previously ran a biofuel company, wanted to start a business that could help Hawaii’s struggling farmers—the average farmer in makes about $15,000 a year, according to […]

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Women Founders Are Benefiting From Crowdfunding, but Where are the Women Investors?

Investment crowdfunding is beginning to fulfill its promise of democratizing investment and access to capital. While women entrepreneurs are still outnumbered by men on most crowdfunding sites, their ranks are steadily growing. At Republic, a Regulation Crowdfunding portal that emphasizes women-owned ventures, 8 out of 13 businesses currently raising capital are women-owned. And on investibule, […]

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Honeycomb Brings Crowdfunding to Pittsburgh’s Local Businesses

What happens when a sixth generation community banker and a small business entrepreneur meet in business school? They create a crowdfunding portal, naturally. But one that is laser focused on small but growing local businesses. That’s the backstory of Honeycomb Credit, the latest Regulation Crowdfunding portal to launch. We talked with Honeycomb cofounder & CFO […]

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Honeycomb Brings Crowdfunding to Pittsburgh’s Local Businesses

What happens when a sixth generation community banker and a small business entrepreneur meet in business school? They create a crowdfunding portal, naturally. But one that is laser focused on small but growing local businesses. That’s the backstory of Honeycomb Credit, the latest Regulation Crowdfunding portal to launch. We talked with Honeycomb cofounder & CFO […]

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Colorado’s Intrastate Crowdfunding Law Begins to Take Hold

Colorado is a hotbed of entrepreneurship, with a vibrant mix of startups creating everything from natural food brands to financial tech. So it’s been puzzling to see the state’s crowdfunding efforts take so long to gain traction. The Colorado Crowdfunding Act was passed in March 2015 and went into effect August 2015. It allows local […]

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Women’s Capital Collaborative Makes First Investments

Millions of women around the world marched last weekend in a show of solidarity. And they are finding other ways to support one another. In particular, more women are investing in businesses led by women. The latest example: the Women’s Capital Collaborative, a fund created by RSF Social Finance, announced its first investments totaling nearly $1 million […]

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