Delaware to be Home to Nation’s First Crowdfunded “Venture” Exchange

31 Jul

DBOT seeks to create the nation’s first ever “venture” exchange, a crowdfunding exchange that will allow startups and small companies access to capital

By Robert Hoskins

Wilmington, DelawareNew Castle County Council voted to unanimously approve the Delaware Board of Trade (DBOT) resolution, allowing for the issuance of $15 million in revenue bonds to fund the construction of a new stock exchange in the City of Wilmington. The bonds will be the obligation of DBOT and will not place the County’s credit, or taxpayer money, at risk. The Resolution, proposed by County Executive Tom Gordon, was introduced by Council President Christopher Bullockand President Pro Tem Penrose Hollins, the primary sponsors on County Council.

Delaware to be Home to Nation's First Crowdfunded "Venture" Exchange

Delaware to be Home to Nation’s First Crowdfunded “Venture” Exchange

“This project may be the biggest thing to happen to Delaware since the Banking Act. Our State will not only be the best choice to incorporate a new business, but also to raise the money necessary to fund it,” said County Executive Gordon.

In May, senior County Officials, including County Executive Gordon, Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi, and Deputy CAO Samuel Guy, met with representatives of the Delaware Board of Trade to discuss their proposal, which calls for a new stock exchange aimed, in part, at modernizing the over-the-counter market (OTC) in the United States.

DBOT also seeks to create the Nation’s first ever “venture” exchange, a crowdfunding exchange that will allow startups and small companies access to capital.

New Castle County’s Comprehensive Economic Development Plan identified the State’s relative lack of access to venture capital funding as one of its biggest constraints to economic growth. Startups are not candidates for traditional bank financing and rely on venture capital funding, which has been relatively non-existent in Delaware.

Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi, who put the DBOT deal together, noted that “DBOT has the potential of offering new businesses a more attractive alternative to traditional venture capital funding. Overnight, one of our major growth constraints can become our core competitive advantage. This is big.”

“This is a game changer for the state,” said Council President Bullock. “It will be a direct job creator and provide a shot in the arm to both the state and the city of Wilmington.”

Council President Pro Tem Hollins, who sponsored the resolution, noted the economic impact of the nearby Philadelphia Stock Exchange as an indication of the project’s potential for Wilmington. “The Philadelphia Stock Exchange contributed nearly half a billion dollars per year in annual capex spending and over $100 million in annual salaries. If that were replicated in Wilmington, it would be transformational.”

Deputy CAO Samuel Guy, who work closely with the County Executive and CAO in constructing the deal said, “The Delaware Board of Trade will be operated by globally recognized leaders in the financial services industry. The new exchange will position Delaware as a first mover to directly benefit from the incentives created under the JOBS Act and corresponding SEC Regulation A+, which was recently finalized. This may lead to a rebirth of our economy.”

Members and affiliates of The Delaware Board of Trade include former NYSE CEO Richard Grasso, former UBS Financial Services CEOJoseph Grano, former Philadelphia Stock Exchange CEO John Wallace, former Cincinnati Stock Exchange CEO Richard “Nick” Niehoff, and former US Postal Service Governor and top aide to Vice President Joe Biden, Dennis Toner.

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Cadia Startup Exchange Goes Public with IPO for Unaccredited Investors in Lima, Peru to Launch Equity Crowdfunding Platform

30 Jul

Cadia Startup Exchange launches  secondary market campaign and unprecedentedly opened the market for unaccredited investors worldwide

By Robert Hoskins

Lima, Peru World’s first equity crowdfunding platform with a fully-automated 24/7 secondary market Cadia Startup Exchange began trading under the symbol CADSE with a share price of 0,47€ by offering 80 million shares. Unaccredited investors worldwide can become shareholders of the platform with voting and pre-emption rights.

Cadia Startup Exchange in Lima, Peru

Cadia Startup Exchange in Lima, Peru

Crowdfunding enthusiasts, venture capitalists, angel investors, and unaccredited investors who are in constant search of exciting new ventures and innovative projects with a high ROI have a new opportunity. The equity crowdfunding platform Cadia Startup Exchange has launched its secondary market campaign and unprecedentedly opened the market for unaccredited investors worldwide.

The company officially launched operations at the beginning of 2015 by adding to the equity crowdfunding business model a fully-automated secondary market. In this way startup projects and small businesses listed on the platform are enabled to be as close as possible to having a real IPO.

Cadia Startup Exchange puts on the table the earliest possible exit from a startup investment as investors can sell their shares any time they find a bid.

There are numerous benefits for all parties involved: creating an account is free of charge, free listing for startups, due diligence and careful project valuation, voting rights for investors, protection of investments by proficient supervisors, monthly/quarterly publishing of accounting reports, simple upload and withdrawal of money, 24/7 customer support with live chat and many more.

“This was not a one-night project,” said Jure Valant, Founder & CEO of Cadia Startup Exchange. “The idea of creating an equity crowdfunding platform with a fully-automated secondary market came up years before crowdfunding became the giant that it is today. Initially it was not a global project. I wanted to facilitate the needs of my shareholders back then by creating an online solution specifically for them in order to enable them to trade shares between each other. As you see today, the idea grew and we are doing something much more significant which can help numerous businesses worldwide gain popularity and raise capital. And most importantly, the platform is open for unaccredited investors from all over the world.”

Cadia Startup Exchange gives a lead to the rest of the world by offering its own shares on the secondary market. Non-registered website users can view basic description, equity offered, number of shares and share price. Full company information, business plan, financial projections, news and comments becomes available on creating an account.

In order to play on the secondary market investors need to go through a fast and simple verification process and upload the required minimum amount of 100€. Unaccredited investors globally can become active participants in the revolutionary growth of the phenomenon of crowdfunding and enjoy ROI from the skyrocketing financial projections for the near future. Up until today, these earnings would grow the bank accounts only of crowdfunding platform owners leaving the rest outside of the game. Today it is open for the general public. To explore the offerings register at cadiase.com.

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OurCrowd Opens Equity Crowdfunding Office for Canadian Startups in Toronto, Ontario

14 Jul

To provide local venture capital and a portfolio of management consulting services, OurCrowd has hired David Shore to head the Canadian operations and partnered with Influitive’s Advocate Hub for mobilization of its large global investor community for startups

By Robert Hoskins

Toronto, Ontario – OurCrowd announced the launch of its new Canadian equity crowdfunding operations, which will be targeting startups seeking at least a $1 million investment and will be utilizing Canadian-based Influitive, which helps companies build teams of advocates that drive sales and create buzz through often-underutilized channels such as referrals, recommendations, reviews and more.

Israel’s OurCrowd Takes Lead in Equity Crowdfunding

Israel’s OurCrowd Takes Lead in Equity Crowdfunding

The OurCrowd office in Canada office will be headed by David Shore, a well-known Canadian technology venture capital executive with over 20 years of experience.

Influitive, founded by CEO Mark Organ in 2010, helps companies build teams of advocates to drive sales and create buzz through often-underutilized channels such as referrals, recommendations, reviews and more. A pioneer in B2B advocate marketing software, Influitive is already producing segment-leading revenues from more than 200 enterprise customers, including Acquia, Atlassian, DocuSign, HireVue, Hootsuite, HP Software, Marketo, and Oracle. Mark Organ’s prior startup company, Eloqua, was acquired by Oracle in 2013 for $871M.

OurCrowd is investing in Influitive because of its own use of the Influitive AdvocateHub product for mobilization of its large global investor community on behalf of its startups. OurCrowd founder and CEO Jon Medved explained, “There is no better way to source an investment than to be a happy customer. The company and its product impressed OurCrowd, and we asked to be included as a funder. We are delighted to invest in Influitive as our first venture in Canada.”

“We are proud to be the first OurCrowd investment in Canada,” said Influitive CEO Mark Organ. “It is exciting to have an investor who came to us because they used and loved our product. This really is what advocate marketing is all about.”

OurCrowd’s new Canadian Director, David Shore, brings an impressive track record as a venture capitalist and was a top ranked equity analyst at Mackie Research, CIBC, and Desjardins. Shore will be responsible for building the Canadian investor base for OurCrowd as well as sourcing new deals for the platform.

“I am excited to be joining the OurCrowd team as it continues its growth into Canada’s burgeoning tech hub,” said David Shore, Director of Investor Relations, OurCrowd Canada. “The Canadian market presents a significant opportunity for OurCrowd since startup investing is on the rise in Canada and most investors until now have not had access to high quality deals such as those available on OurCrowd. I look forward to bringing additional trailblazers from the Canadian tech ecosystem onto the OurCrowd platform, and to opening up the global technology market to accredited Canadian investors.”

As the Managing Director of Terracap Ventures, David developed the firm’s overall corporate strategy. David also served as Head of the Technology Group for Mackie Research Capital in the Equity Research department covering Software & Media sectors. Additionally, David is consistently ranked as a leading technology analyst (software) in Canada, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Canadian Innovation Exchange.

Following a commitment made by Medved at the Canadian Crowdfunding Summit in March that OurCrowd would open an office in Canada, Hon Brad Duguid, MPP, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure said, “I’m thrilled to see OurCrowd’s landmark entrance into Ontario’s growing technology, health sciences and venture capital markets. OurCrowd is an innovative global equity crowdfunding leader, providing significant entrepreneurial and start-up opportunities to individuals and businesses. I look forward to their continued success and growth into our province, and to Ontario companies showcasing their talent and entrepreneurial skills to attract investment and strengthen our economy.”

OurCrowd is a leading global equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors to invest in Israeli and global companies. Managed by a team of well-known professionals and led by serial entrepreneur Jon Medved,

OurCrowd vets and selects opportunities, invests its own capital and brings these startups to its accredited membership. OurCrowd investors must meet stringent accreditation criteria and invest a minimum of $10,000 per deal of their choice.

OurCrowd provides post-investment support to its portfolio companies, assigning industry experts as mentors and taking board seats. OurCrowd has raised over $140 million in equity crowdfunding for its 72 portfolio companies including Borro, BillGuard, Consumer Physics (SCiO), BioCatch, Abe’s Market and ReWalk (NASDAQ: RWLK), OurCrowd’s first portfolio company to complete a successful IPO.

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TriPoint Global Equities Announces New Crowdfunding Title IV Reg A+ Platform, BANQ.co, Which Is Now Seeking Equity Issuers

14 Jul

The BANQ.co site offers access to registered public offerings, such as IPOs and secondary offerings, private placements and now Reg A+ transactions

By Robert Hoskins

New Y0rk City, NY – TriPoint Global Equities, LLC (“TriPoint”) announced that a new fin-tech trading platform BANQ.co, which is now accepting Crowdfunding Title IV Reg A+ issuers looking to raise capital.

TriPoint Global Equities Launches Banq.co Title IV Reg A+ Crowdfunding Platform

TriPoint Global Equities Launches Banq.co Title IV Reg A+ Crowdfunding Platform

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently approved the final rules to activate implementation of Regulation A+ which is Title IV of the Jumpstart our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act. The approval of Regulation A+ allows startups and small businesses to raise a maximum of $50 million under this law.

The newly approved Regulation A+ allows these funds, subject to certain limitations, to be raised from the general public. This means that startups and small businesses can now accept investment in small Initial Public Offerings from the general public, even if the investors are non accredited.

TriPoint’s new online investment banking division, BANQ.co, aims to provide individual investors with direct access to the primary and secondary equity markets. BANQ’s platform takes the entire public and private offering process online and provides instantaneous confirmation of all investment transactions.

BANQ offers access to registered public offerings, such as IPOs and secondary offerings, private placements and now Reg A+ transactions. In addition, BANQ offers low-priced trading commissions, as low as $0.99 and $3.95 per trade. By charging a low commission, BANQ is making investing even more accessible to the growing number of individual investors.

“Reg A+ potentially is the greatest innovation in capital raising since Reg D itself in early 1980s. It allows a company to raise money and create immediate liquidity for its shareholders and now thru BANQ, issuers have a platform to reach the investing community,” stated Mark Elenowitz, CEO of TriPoint Global Equities. “We are excited about Reg A+ and look forward to seeing the Small Cap IPO return.”

TriPoint provides companies of up to $500 million in revenue with access and entry to the U.S. capital markets via its specialized practices in: equity capital markets (IPOs, SDOs, private equity, venture capital, etc), specialty finance (senior and junior debt, mezzanine, etc.) and corporate advisory.

TriPoint created www.banq.co to become an electronic investment banking platform that streamlines the matching of investors with quality growth companies and alternative investment opportunities. BANQ widely markets its U.S. offerings utilizing the new general solicitation and advertising rules promulgated by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, in response to the passage of the JOBS Act of 2012.

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ENDVEST Offers Real Estate Equity Crowdfunding Investors Returns Ranging from 10% to Over 20% from Investments Starting as Low as $5,000

29 Jun

Now, non-accredited investors will profit alongside experienced financial institutions, family offices, hedge funds, and accredited investment partners

By Robert Hoskins

New York, New York  – ENDVEST launched a real estate investment and equity crowdfunding platform with a New York-based team that brings a combined eight decades of real estate experience to the site and aims to revolutionize the process of global real estate investment.

ENDVEST Real Estate Equity Crowdfunding

ENDVEST Real Estate Equity Crowdfunding

Investing via top U.S. real estate equity crowdfunding platforms has exploded since the passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in 2012. Until now, these opportunities have been available exclusively to accredited investors. To be accredited, an individual must prove individual income of over $200,000, joint spousal income of over $300,000, or a net worth exceeding $1 million, excluding a primary residence. However, Title IV of the JOBS Act has paved the way for investments from non-accredited investors as well, who may invest up to 10% of their annual income or net worth.

Many say real estate crowdfunding or real estate syndication is the evolutionary step for real estate financing, which has historically lagged in embracing disruption through technology, P2P services, and online software. Unlike many existing real estate crowdfunding platforms that have branded themselves as investment vehicles for the accredited investor, ENDVEST targets a wider scope. Now, non-accredited investors will profit alongside experienced financial institutions, family offices, hedge funds, and accredited investment partners.

Real estate crowdfunding benefits both sides of the table. Investors are attracted to the custom, direct investment process, while developers can finance projects generally overlooked by institutions because of project scale and location. By pairing developers with investors looking to make a greater return than a REIT’s typical 4% yield, ENDVEST offers investment partners returns ranging from 10% to over 20%. Investors can become partners in real estate projects around the world for as little as $5,000 on ENDVEST’s website, with live investments totaling $15.5 million. ENDVEST also claims that deals will be available for as little as $500 in the coming months.

ENDVEST sources their deals through a vast real estate professional network, sponsor partners, and inquiries passed through its website. Through a sophisticated underwriting process, projects are vetted and accepted based on merit. CEO Jack Boyajian explains the company’s transparency is demonstrated by its willingness to share every detail regarding the project to anyone. Whereas most platforms require a form of accreditation before viewing a project’s sensitive details, ENDVEST allows any registered user to access development plans, financials, and other relevant information.

Liquidity risk is a major factor in any real estate investing decision. While REITs allow investors to buy and sell at their discretion, more attractive investment opportunities typically require as much as a five-year holding period, with little to no liquidity. Unlike any other real estate crowdfunding investment platform to date, ENDVEST will soon launch ENDVEST EXCHANGE, its own integrated secondary market. The END/EX platform will allow users to place bids on past projects and match investors in those projects willing to sell.

Observing the success of real estate crowdfunding platforms, which offer online real estate investment, dozens of entrepreneurs have launched mirrored platforms with admittedly uninspiring projects. ENDVEST hopes to distinguish itself through unique, high yielding investments in cities around the world.

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Fundamental Interactions Announces Title IV, Reg A+ White Label Crowdfunding Portal and Secondary Trading Software Solution

25 Jun

Fundamental Interactions Inc. has built out its core Nano Exchange platform to bring together the vanguard participants in crowdfunding and venture exchange on a new breed of stock exchange focused on initial public offerings and secondary trading

By Robert Hoskins

New York, New York – In March of 2015 the SEC adopted final Reg. A+ rules associated with Title IV of JOBS Act, bringing into effect a sweeping set of reforms that will allow small companies to offer their equity out for sale to the public. By exempting small companies from prohibitive state by state registration, reporting and accredited investor requirements, the rules pave the way for a whole new category of initial public offering and secondary market stock trading. Fundamental Interactions empowers the emerging crowd funding and venture market with an end to end Wall Street grade exchange platform to deliver the inherent benefits of this new market.

Fundamental Interactions Inc. has built out its core Nano Exchange platform to bring together the vanguard participants in crowd funding and venture exchange on a new breed of stock exchange

Fundamental Interactions Inc. has built out its core Nano Exchange platform to bring together the vanguard participants in crowd funding and venture exchange on a new breed of stock exchange

Fundamental Interactions’ Nano Exchange allows venture exchange and crowd funding companies to customize and deploy their very own exchanges where administrators can easily create and define new securities and conduct initial public offerings.

The system supports a variety of auction types and allows continuous securities trading in ongoing price-time, price-size order books. Unlike other institutional-grade exchange platforms, Nano exchange is accessible over a web and mobile friendly architecture driving flexibility and control over trading and administration and seamless presentation alongside other related service offerings.

The JOBS Act has spawned thousands of upstart crowdfunding sites seeking to participate in the coming wave of small business capital formation. “The Nano Exchange enables firms to leapfrog the field of new entrants in this space, with an advanced electronic marketplace for trading these new securities” says Julian Jacobson, President of Fundamental Interactions. “We operate multiple market centers, and our platform is deployed at over 50 institutional trading firms across three continents. We are excited to be at the forefront of this important new development in the American economy, and to put our technology to work for bringing capital where it’s most critically needed.”

Rising to challenges and opportunities posed by regulation, technology and market structure – Fundamental Interactions Inc. engineers global, multi-asset trading appliances which deliver targeted business solutions to exchanges, broker dealers and buy side trading firms. The company’s products fall into three primary categories: Trading Appliance, Nano Exchange and FastProxy.

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Bankroll.com Launches New Equity Crowdfunding Platform Connecting Entrepreneurs and Startup Businesses with Angel Investors and Venture Capital Investment Worldwide

25 Jun

The Bankroll performs all the due diligence, financial & business checks, ensuring the site’s projects to meet stringent requirements for investors

By Robert Hoskins

Sydney, Australia – TheBankroll.com launches an equity crowdfunding platform connecting entrepreneurs and startup businesses with angel investors and venture capital investment worldwide.

The Bankroll launches an Equity Crowdfunding Platform Connecting Entrepreneurs and Startup Businesses with Angel Investors and Venture Capital Investment Worldwide

The Bankroll launches an Equity Crowdfunding Platform Connecting Entrepreneurs and Startup Businesses with Angel Investors and Venture Capital Investment Worldwide

“TheBankroll.com is a powerful equity investment forum in an unparalleled fashion as it provides access and resources to virtually any location worldwide,” says Rob Payne, Founder and Chairman of TheBankroll.com. “The Bankroll connects the right partners. It joins entrepreneurs and startup companies from all corners of the world with a global network of angel investors and venture capital funds.”

Mr. Payne continued,”It is essential to get connected with the right partners. Equity crowdfunding for companies, no matter how big or small, is the way to harness the power of the Internet to connect entrepreneurs with capital across the globe.

Equity crowdfunding has grown exponentially over the past years. In 2013 it was reported that the crowdfunding industry grew to $5.1billion worldwide. In 2014, the industry continued to grow at an incredible pace to $16.2 billion and is on course for that unprecedented rate to continue over the course of 2015.

Many crowdfunding websites are now opting to specialize in particular markets, making it even easier for both budding business owners wishing to initiate a campaign and prospective investors to find the right place to do business.

Mr. Payne added, “With more equity crowdfunding options online, TheBankroll.com stands out as the one truly global platform featuring institutional level due diligence, pre-vetted companies regardless of stage, size, sector and location. Entrepreneurs and Startups now have a viable alternative platform through which to secure the funding they need to launch their new venture, and investors’ options for portfolio expansion and increased return on their investments are significantly enhanced.”

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Crowdfundraiser Rolls Out New Regulation A+ Crowdfunding Sites to Support Equity Crowdfunding for Accredited and Non-Accredited Investors

24 Jun

The new rules for Regulation A+ of the JOBS Act allow for capital raising, with some stipulation, of up to $50,000,000 from both accredited and non-accredited investors for private companies

By Robert Hoskins

Seattle, Washington – Crowdfundraiser.com announced the official release of Regulation A+ crowdfunding kickoff pricing for new companies seeking capital. As of June 19, 2015, equity crowdfunding for both accredited and non-accredited investors is now legal.

Crowdfundraiser Readies Equity Crowdfunding Platform to Host Tier 2, Title IV, Reg A+ Mini-IPOs

Crowdfundraiser Readies Equity Crowdfunding Platform to Host Tier 2, Title IV, Reg A+ Mini-IPOs

The deals that will begin registration with the SEC in June and will take a few months to completely cycle through, but the law is now fully in place. The new rules for Regulation A+ of the JOBS Act allow for capital raising, with some stipulation, of up to $50,000,000 from both accredited and non-accredited investors for private companies.

“We are already seeing a great deal of interest from both investors looking to invest and companies seeking capital through the Reg A+ rules,” stated Jake Durrant, Crowdfundraiser’s Managing Director. “We are not expecting this interest to abate as the new tools at the disposal of small business represent one of the greatest opportunities for small business capital formation in a generation.”

Founded in 2014, Crowdfundraiser provides expert guidance for companies seeking to navigate the waters of equity crowdfunding. With a handful of in-house and experienced securities and transactional attorneys, the company has the resources to assist any company seeking access to capital through equity crowdfunding and Regulation A+.

The company includes experienced investment bankers as well as those familiar with microcap stocks, which should provide timely assistance for crowdfunded companies that need future liquidity for investors through the public markets.

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Super Angel Investors, Eduardo Shoval and Yori Nelken, Launch “OurCrowd First,” a $10 Million Global Early Stage Fund for Seed Investments

21 Jun

With an investment minimum of $50k participation for accredited investors, the OurCrowd First Fund is further democratizing the world of seed stage investment funds for accredited investors

By Robert Hoskins

Jerusalem, Israel  – With its OurCrowd First Fund, OurCrowd will leverage its established infrastructure to bring equity crowdfunding to approximately 20+ seed-stage companies providing OurCrowd investors even earlier access to promising opportunities. With an investment minimum of $50k participation for accredited investors, OurCrowd First is further democratizing the world of seed stage investment funds, since most other funds require million dollar minimum investments.

OurCrowd Equity Crowdfunding in Israel

OurCrowd Equity Crowdfunding in Israel

“We are proud to be launching our entry into the funds market with the OurCrowd First seed fund,” said Jon Medved, OurCrowd’s founder and CEO. “Our investors have asked for more access to earlier stage deals, which have been hard to do until now on OurCrowd, given the rapid growth of our platform and our average deal sizes of millions of dollars. OurCrowd First will cover the earliest stages of the startup funding journey providing up to $500,000 for a select group of companies.”

OurCrowd First will be managed by General Partners Eduardo Shoval and Yori Nelken, who both come with highly successful track records in early-stage company-building and investment. Shoval has over 25 years of experience in high tech management and as an entrepreneur, co-founding seven tech companies with five successful exits – four of them with valuations in excess of $400M and total revenues of billions of dollars. Nelken has over 18 years of leadership experience bringing startups from concept to exit, including Banter, TimeBridge, and Local Sciences.

“OurCrowd First came about following numerous requests from our 9,000-strong OurCrowd investor base to expand the platform’s reach to include seed-stage opportunities,” said OurCrowd First General Partner Eduardo Shoval. “The fund will provide our investors with a risk-balanced approach to seed-stage investment, allowing investors to build a highly diversified seed-stage portfolio, which could include the next Uber or Facebook, with as little as $50k.”

“Entrepreneurs want more than just checks, and we will roll up our sleeves and work closely with the early stage companies in our portfolio,” said General Partner Yori Nelken. “Providing money to startups is only one part of the equation. We will help each of our companies, to build their management teams, construct, explore and test go-to-market strategies and introduce them to our full ecosystem of support, mentoring and business networks. It’s our secret sauce for generating winning companies.”

The fund is launching with six early stage companies already in its portfolio representing diverse sectors, such as the Internet of Things, Energy, Mobile infrastructure, 3D Printing, and Digital Radiology. These companies include: Zebra Medical, Invertex, Turbulent, Stringify, Rimoto, and TechSee. OurCrowd First has already invested in these companies alongside leading investors, including Softbank, Khosla Ventures, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, and Artis Ventures. Two of the seed investments have already converted into larger Series A rounds of significant size.

“At OurCrowd, we see thousands of companies looking for funding every year,” said CEO and Co-founder Jon Medved. “With OurCrowd First, we are leveraging this enormous deal flow and expanding our investment offerings, enabling accredited investors to get involved in exciting companies even earlier. With venture investment at an all-time high and so many disruptive startups just getting off the ground, the potential is simply staggering. It’s just one more way OurCrowd is retooling the world of investment.”

OurCrowd is a leading global equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors to invest in Israeli and global companies. Managed by a team of well-known professionals and led by serial entrepreneur Jon Medved, OurCrowd vets and selects opportunities and invests its own capital alongside its accredited individual investors.

OurCrowd investors must meet stringent accreditation criteria and invest a minimum of $10,000 per deal of their choice. OurCrowd provides post-investment support to its portfolio companies, assigning industry experts as mentors and taking board seats.

OurCrowd has raised over $130 million in equity crowdfunding for its 70 portfolio companies including Borro, BillGuard, Consumer Physics (SCiO), BioCatch, Abe’s Market, and ReWalk (RWLK, -0.74%), OurCrowd’s first portfolio company to complete a successful IPO.

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University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School Announces 18-Month Crowdfunding Research Study that Will Explore How and Why Investors Decided to Invest in Successful Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns

21 Jun

 

Kauffman Foundation and Nesta Grants, Nir Vulkan, Associate Professor of Business Economics at Saïd Business School, funding explore the business of successful equity crowdfunding

By Robert Hoskins

Oxford, United Kingdom – The equity crowdfunding market is worth over £50 million a year in the UK, doubling in size last year as an increasing number of individuals look for an alternative place to invest their capital. Despite its size however, there is very little research into market dynamics, the success of campaigns to attract funding and the associated risks.

Seedrs makes it simple to buy into the businesses you believe in and share in their success

Seedrs makes it simple to buy into the businesses you believe in and share in their success

Nir Vulkan, Associate Professor of Business Economics at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, has been granted funding from the Kauffman Foundation and Nesta to explore the business of equity crowdfunding. Working with Thomas Åstebro from HEC Paris, the 18 month project will explore the criteria for success for crowdfunders and how investors make decisions on what projects to back.

“We are looking to find out how investors react when presented with different information about an investment,” said Nir Vulkan. “Do they respond more strongly to information about the founding team, to company milestones, existing investors, or previous sales made? We will be able to understand what generates success and what leads to failure, and this will have important implications for companies looking for investment of money and community expertise. More broadly our findings will be of great importance for regulators and governments both in the UK and internationally looking at the benefits and risks associated with the crowdfunding sector.”

The study is being conducted on Seedrs, one of Europe’s leading equity crowdfunding platforms. Seedrs matches investors with businesses seeking capital, conduct due diligence on the businesses, executes the investment transactions and acts as nominee on behalf of investors to protect their rights.

Seedrs was founded by Oxford MBA alumni Jeff Lynn and Carlos Silva, who worked on the idea for the company as part of their Entrepreneurship Project at Oxford Saïd, mentored by Vulkan, before it was launched in July 2012. On average, over £2 million is invested through Seedrs per month, and in 2013 it became the first crowdfunding platform for equity investments to allow cross-border fundraising rounds across the EU. Seedrs has made over 2.5 years of historical data, on an anonymized basis, available to Vulkan and Åstebro for the project.

Jeff Lynn, CEO and co-founder of Seedrs, said, “It’s a great honor to work with my former Oxford tutor, Nir Vulkan, along with Thomas Åstebro on this project. Equity crowdfunding is only in its infancy, and I expect their research to prove highly valuable for practitioners and observers alike as the space continues to grow rapidly in coming years.”

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