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New Equity Investment Fund Setup by Launch Angels to Invest in Women-Led Startups

13 Feb

PayPal shows support for women and the crowdfunding industry by sponsoring the Finding the Bright Spots: Women & Capital Event on March 4th

By Robert Hoskins

Launch Angels, an investment platform focused on equity crowdfunding deals and based in Boston, MA, is now offering two programs programs that will allow investors to begin backing women-focused startups.

New Equity Investment Fund Setup by Launch Angels to Invest in Women-Led Startups

New Equity Investment Fund Setup by Launch Angels to Invest in Women-Led Startups

First, Launch Angels and co-sponsor PayPal are hosting Finding the Bright Spots: Women & Capital, a March 4th event on how women entrepreneurs and investors are finding “bright spots” in equity.

Second, Launch Angels is opening its Women-Led Fund to accredited investors. This is the first fund dedicated to searching equity crowdfunding platforms for investments in women-led startups.

Finding the Bright Spots features a panel on funding sources disrupting male-centric models. It will explore how women entrepreneurs and investors are succeeding empowered by crowdfunding, accelerators, angels and venture capital.

Kara Miller, host and executive editor of “Innovation Hub” (which airs on 89.7 WGBH and SiriusX) will moderate. The keynote will be delivered by Michelle Watson, CIO of First Republic Investment Management. Panelists include Daily Grommet CEO Jules Pieri, Techstars Managing Director Katie Rae and ClearSky Data CEO Ellen Rubin. The free event is set for 6:00-8:30 PM at One International Place, Boston, with reservations through EventBrite.

Launch Angels CEO Shereen Shermak will kick off the evening. Shermak observed, “I’m an entrepreneur and angel, so I’ve seen that women are underfunded and under-represented in the C-suite. But trends—including equity crowdfunding—are changing the story. Launch Angels is pleased to be part of that through this event and our Women-Led Fund. Matching angels with women-led and -focused businesses needing capital benefits women, investors and the economy.”

A good example of crowdfunding at work is the event caterer, Mei Mei. This Boston-based company recently expanded their business from a food truck to a restaurant thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. Two members of the sibling management team are female.

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PeoplesVC.com Equity Crowdfunding Platform Partners with MIT Enterprise Forum to begin Marketing High-Tech Equity Investment Deals

13 Feb

New marketing agreement strives to bring early stage, high technology equity investment deals to all Americans in the United States

For decades the The MIT Enterprise Forum, one of the preeminent organization of entrepreneurs in the global innovation economy, has been nurturing emerging technology startups into thriving businesses providing investors with prime investment opportunities.

PeoplesVC.com Equity Crowdfunding Platform Partners with MIT Enterprise Forum to begin Marketing High Technoloy Equity Investment Deals

PeoplesVC.com Equity Crowdfunding Platform Partners with MIT Enterprise Forum to begin Marketing High Technoloy Equity Investment Deals to the Average American

And for the past 80 years, 99% of Americans have been forbidden from investing in early stage, privately held companies, on the premise that such investments should be limited to the super wealthy.

But today things are changing.  Securities-based Crowdfunding, which is expected to begin in late 2014 or early 2015, will open up early stage investing to all Americans, giving them access to investment opportunities previously monopolized traditional venture capital and high net-worth investors.

PeoplesVC, an equity-based Crowdfunding Company headquartered in Peterborough, New Hampshire, is democratizing Venture Capital and early stage investing, by creating a platform that will allow all Americans to access prized deals.

Through a sponsorship with the MIT Enterprise Forum, PeoplesVC seeks to identify promising emerging high technology startups and help these companies raise capital from the general public.

“I am excited about the prospect of opening up investment opportunities in promising high technology companies to all Americans,” commented Akhil Garland, CEO of PeoplesVC, Inc, “a new wave of capital formation is coming, and it is thrilling to help create new, meaningful jobs in our country,” Garland added.

“I am delighted to welcome PeoplesVC as our newest partner in serving the needs of entrepreneurs and early stage privately held companies,” commented Lesa Lassard Pearson, Executive Director, MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge,  “PeoplesVC will bring a new perspective to the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge and I look forward to seeing how that perspective plays out in our community,” Pearson added.

Peoples Venture Capital (Peoples VC) was founded to create American jobs by harnessing the power of the Internet and social networking and serving as a catalyst for rapid change, jobs growth, and innovation.

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