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Crowdfunding | Crowdsourcing

The CROWDFUND Act, signed on April 5, 2012, as part of the JOBS Act, now allows crowdfunding to be used by for-profit enterprises – so a start-up that needs money to expand its business can now turn to everyday investors.  

The National Crowd Funding Association (NLCFA) has a great primer on their website. I also recently came across this list from TheCrowdCafe.

I have listed below some of the more popular fundraising platforms - new equity based tools and their precursors.

Circle Up 
An equity-based online crowdfunding platform focused on established high-growth consumer and retail companies. 

If you’re considering crowdfunding to finance your startup or small business – the first place to start is doing your research (and we’re all about making this easier for you) so we’ve rounded up the following curated lists and step by step guides to help you execute a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Kickstarter for equity financing of startups. Founders were part of YCS12 class. 

A new site for funding later-stage healthcare startups. Created by a pair of former securities attorneys and a doctor, the platform exposes investors to a handful of companies that have been vetted by the Healthfundr team. Healthfundr allows accredited investors to easily get to know and invest in early- to growth-stage, health and medtech companies. 

Curated crowd-sourced marketplace for ideas that solve everyday problems and uncover interesting new opportunities. IdeaMarket matches ideas with talent and money to launch the companies.

Everyone should have the opportunity to raise money. Now everyone does. People all over the world use this platform to raise millions of dollars for all types of campaigns. 

Funding platform for creative projects.  Kickstarter currently supports projects in the categories of Art, Comics, Dance, Design, Fashion, Film, Food, Games, Music, Photography, Publishing, Technology, and Theater.

Crowd-Funding platform, launched in July 2012, designed for healthcare projects and companies.

MicroVentures is an investment bank for startups. They conduct due diligence on startups and then, if approved, help them raise capital from angel investors. They give angel investors the ability invest small amount of capital to crowd fund a startup raising capital. The concept is similar to peer to peer lending but instead of debt you get equity for your investment.

Poliwogg provides the opportunity for investors to invest in companies that are developing the cures and therapies for tomorrow and companies to raise, under Regulation A+, up to $50 million from accredited investors through an online marketplace.

Social fundraising tool that harnesses the power of storytelling, making it easy to raise more money. 

RocketHub is a launchpad and open international community for artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists and their fuelers.

In beta mode, Upstart lets you raise money in exchange for a small share of your income for 10 years. It's an investment in you, not your idea or your business. Pursue your dreams with guidance from backers who believe in your aspirations. You share some of your upside, but payments are capped regardless of your success. 

Investment portal with a mission to dramatically transform clinical outcomes by capitalizing breakthrough innovations. Founded and managed by Mir Imran and Andrew Farquharson, both entrepreneurs and managing directors at life sciences venture fund InCube Ventures, VH targets opportunities in medical devices, pharma, diagnostics, digital health and health services where its investors can potentially contribute at least $1 million to a deal that’s syndicated with institutional investors.

Recent graduate of Y-Combinator. Invest as little as $1000 in your favorite startups. 

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