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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EquityNet Crowdfunding Site Surpasses $300 Million Raised by Equity Crowdfunding Entrepreneurs

11 Jun

EquityNet platform now includes over 16,000 listed companies and 120,000 entrepreneurs and investors, making EquityNet one of the industry’s leading business crowdfunding platforms

By Robert Hoskins

Fayetteville, Arkansas –  EquityNet announced that its  equity crowdfunding platform has surpassed $300 million in funding raised by thousands of entrepreneur members. The pioneering EquityNet platform now includes over 16,000 listed companies and 120,000 entrepreneurs and investors, making EquityNet one of the industry’s leading business crowdfunding platforms.

EquityNet Equity Crowdfunding Platform for Accredited Investors

EquityNet Equity Crowdfunding Platform for Accredited Investors

“Once again, we’re very proud to announce the continuing growth of our platform and are delighted that so many companies have achieved funding success through EquityNet,” stated Judd Hollas, founder and CEO of EquityNet. “As our membership and the crowdfunding industry as a whole continue to grow, we will continue to streamline the funding process for entrepreneurs and the due diligence process for investors. Our goal is to create a superb experience for investors and a higher funding success rate for entrepreneurs.”

EquityNet was founded in 2005 and was one of the first operating crowdfunding platforms in the world. Since its inception, it has allowed entrepreneurs from all industry sectors to connect with accredited investors to raise capital for their startups and small businesses.

Using EquityNet, these entrepreneurs have raised one of the largest amounts of equity, debt, and royalty-based business capital in the industry. Companies like Mine Shaft Brewing based in Park City, Utah, have taken full advantage of the capabilities that EquityNet has to offer.

“EquityNet’s platform provides a high-quality investor population and awesome support from their staff. We were able to raise over $650,000 within several months. When it comes to crowdfunding, EquityNet is where you need to be,” said Tim Nemeckay, CEO of Mine Shaft Brewing.

Crowdfunding has been shown to improve the capitalization of young businesses, often considered to be the most limiting factor in modern capitalism. The US JOBS Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2012, focuses on the growth of privately-held companies in the United States. In September 2013, EquityNet was the first crowdfunding platform to enable Title II of the US JOBS Act, which allows businesses to publicly advertise their need for equity funding online and take advantage of the lifting of the eighty year-old ban on general solicitation in the United States.

In addition to the ability for entrepreneurs to publicly advertise their need for funding, EquityNet provides entrepreneurs and investors the most advanced crowdfunding technologies in the global industry. EquityNet currently holds five granted crowdfunding patents and additional pending patents in the United States, covering multiple distinct inventions.

This leading technology provides innovative campaign creation and distribution abilities for entrepreneurs and is combined with the industry’s most advanced screening and due diligence technology for investors.

David Mandel, Chairman and Co-Founder of Bitvore stated, “Our success with EquityNet has been excellent. We have found investors who have provided our company with new connections, industry experience, and other strategic values.”

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Symbid and Catena Partner Up to Offer Independent Risk Scoring With Loan-based Equity Crowdfunding

10 Jun

The Funding Network by Symbid, Online Funding Platform for Small Businesses, Adds Professional Third-Party Scoring

By Robert Hoskins

Rotterdam, The NetherlandsSymbid Corp. (OTCQB: SBID) announced a partnership with Catena, spin-off of leading European treasury and risk management firm, to provide INRISC, an automated credit risk scoring and pricing service for its upcoming loan crowdfunding product. The partnership means Symbid becomes one of the first online funding platforms to use an independent third party to score investment opportunities and set objective interest rates. Using standardized accounting data and fully automated processes, it represents efficient risk management for entrepreneurs and investors.

Symbid is the only platform in the Netherlands where investors become shareholders via a cooperative.

Symbid is the only platform in the Netherlands where investors become shareholders

“We’re delighted to announce this strategic partnership with Catena Investments while The Funding Network continues to grow and mature. As our monthly transaction volume exceeds $35 million it is right that we keep pushing for more professionalism,” said Korstiaan Zandvliet, co-founder and CEO of Symbid Corp. “With Catena on board, we’re confident that our upcoming loan crowdfunding product will be the most transparent on the market. Looking ahead, instant scoring and pricing will be a cornerstone of our offering to professional investors. This is a big step forward in our mission of simplifying the way small businesses are funded.”

Catena Investments, a Zanders spin-off specialising in the development of state-of-the-art financial technology solutions, will assess the credit risk of loan propositions with its INRISC service using data provided by Monitoring by Symbid. This data is, in turn, streamed via accountant reporting systems. This automated scoring and pricing process is expected to be an improvement on the market standard. Most online funding platforms continue to operate scoring models internally that allow companies have a say in the final interest rate of a loan.

“With INRISC we mean to provide the market off-the-shelf solutions that will ultimately enable the investment industry to benefit from more transparency on risk and pricing, specifically for alternative investments such as crowdfunding,” said Marco Behling of Catena Investments. “Working together with Symbid represents a unique opportunity for us to link to the day-to-day needs of the crowd with independent and state-of-the art scoring models and adequate pricing of requested credit facilities.”

The Funding Network by Symbid is a go-to platform for start-ups and small businesses in search of funding. Through advanced investing, monitoring and data tools Symbid is connecting traditional and alternative finance in a new, online model. With over $100 million provided to small businesses via The Funding Network in its first 3 months, this partnership validates Symbid as a leading European player in financial technology. Although this funding volume does not currently equate to a significant revenue stream there is potential for a monthly recurring revenue model to be added in the near future.

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Phoenix Firm, StartCapital, Announces New Equity Crowdfunding Platform for Title IV, Reg A+ Securities Offerings

10 Jun

StartCapital exclusive investment group has deep-pocketed individuals and institutions willing to pay for the legal and accounting costs incident to a Regulation A+ crowdfunded offering

By Robert Hoskins

Phoenix, Arizona – StartCapital.com announces the launch of its new website to source alternative startup financing for pre-growth companies in Series A and B offerings. The launch of the new website coincides with the new Regulation A+ crowdfunding regulation slated to take effect in several weeks.

StartCapital Reg A+ Equity Crowdfunding Platform in Phoenix

StartCapital Plans to Offer Reg A+ Equity Crowdfunding Offerings in Phoenix, Arizona

“We’re seeing great interest in sourcing capital through Reg A+ and we expect this demand will only grow,” says Jake Durrant, Managing Director.

StartCapital.com intends on assisting with capital raising opportunities for startups, but also hopes to source funds for residential and commercial real estate with Regulation A+ crowdfunding. Startups represent an important market, but investors are typically more driven toward investment products that include very solid collateral. Real estate fits this bill very nicely.

“While startups are often very sexy, it can be difficult to sell investors on the idea that their investment is safe, particularly if nothing exists except for some intellectual property and potential in a group of entrepreneurs,” Durrant says. “It’s one of the reasons we’re seeing such a big uptick in real estate related crowdfunding transactions.”

In addition to crowdfunding, the company also provides alternative financing for small companies looking to source capital for their businesses from other non-bank sources. For instance, the company provides debt financing through partners allowing for SBA, line of credit and asset-based lending. In addition, alternative equity options are also offered through things like self-directed retirement accounts, including IRAs and 401(k)s.

Finally, Start Capital is partnered with other equity investors that can assist in writing checks of up to $1,000,000 for the right venture and team. “Our investors are looking for those diamonds in the rough,” says Durrant.

When sourcing the right deals, the Start Capital exclusive investment group also has deep-pocketed individuals and institutions willing to pay for the legal and accounting costs incident to a Regulation A+ crowdfunded offering.

“We’re most excited about our partnership with the right investment groups who’re greatly interested in sourcing and paying for the costs of Reg A+,” Durrant says. “Since June 19th marks the beginning of Reg A+, we wanted to be ready when demand for mini-IPOs really opens up.”

Start Capital is a owned and operated by Deal Capital Partners, an M&A advisory firm with partners scattered across the United States. The firm offers an interesting mix of financial advisory services, from growth capital to mergers and acquisitions. The company is positioning itself for implementation and use of some of the latest options available thanks to the JOBS Act.

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National Seed-Stage Business Accelerator for Real Estate Startups, elmspring, Prepares to Take Advantage of Illinois HB 3429 to Offer Equity Crowdfunding Deals in Chicago

8 Jun

The elmspring accelerator mentors companies such as PeerRealty, which provides a real estate equity crowdfunding platform that soon will be providing a secondary market for crowdfunded assets and private investment offerings

By Robert Hoskins

Chicago, Illinois – The elmspring accelerator applauds the Illinois state legislature for passing HB 3429, a crowdfunding state exemption bill that will allow Illinois small business owners and entrepreneurs the opportunity to raise funds through intrastate equity crowdfunding. The bill has a particular interest to elmspring program participants such as PeerRealty, because they are a real estate crowdfunding platform that will soon be providing a secondary market for crowdfunded assets and private investment offerings.

elmspring business accelerator in Chicago, Illinois

elmspring business accelerator in Chicago, Illinois

According to Elliot Richardson, CEO and President of SBAC, “The passing of HB 3429 allows Illinois to take much needed steps to funnel investment dollars back into the state. Intrastate equity crowdfunding makes it possible for small business owners and entrepreneurs to raise money from one another and invest in Illinois businesses, thus supporting the very communities they live in.”

Thomas Bretz, Co-Founder of elmspring, agreed, “We applaud the efforts of the SBAC in urging the Illinois General Assembly to pass HB 3429. The bill will immediately impact the success of our recent graduating startup, PeerRealty, but also open doors for other future participants with similar business models. Building healthy, innovative and competitive businesses is what elmspring is all about, and the SBAC fully supports that mission.”

The elmspring accelerator was founded by top real estate professionals and offers participants exclusive access to real estate connections and resources. Select start-up companies are provided with seed capital, office space and opportunities to beta test and refine sales strategies. Participants also demonstrate their products to a host of serious investors at the culmination of the three-month elmspring session. The accelerator is now accepting applications for its third Chicago session until June 19, 2015. Please visit elmspringaccelerator.com for more information.

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