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Endvest Unveils Upgraded 2.0 Equity Crowdfunding Site and New Investment Deals for Berkeley and the Philippines

9 Nov

The site was built to help investors to learn about crowdfunding, how to invest in successful deals and support deals that provide a social impact

By Robert Hoskins

New York City, New York – One of the leading global real estate crowdfunding platforms, Endvest.com, announced launched its highly anticipated and improved website: ENDVEST 2.0, which was built with the investor experience in mind every step of the way.”

ENDVEST Real Estate Equity Crowdfunding

Endvest Real Estate Equity Crowdfunding

“The site was built to help investors to learn about crowdfunding, learn how to invest in successful deals and support deals that provide a social impact on the world around them,” said David Boyajian, Endvest’s Chief Technology Officer. “To accomplish this goal Endvest now provides a comprehensive education center, a simple yet elegant investment portal, and an impact board to voice its mission of creating impactful real estate around the world.”

Endvest plans to uphold its mission by underwriting dozens of projects that create the most social and economic value for investors and communities alike. Last week, the crowdfunding portal launched a timber reforestation project in the Philippines. The company claims that this is the first in a series of projects that will showcase global responsibility while simultaneously delivering healthy profits to its investor base.

The deal involves the extraction of government-planted timber specifically for harvesting with subsequent reforestation; for every tree that is harvested, three will take its place. Additionally, Endvest will partner with an agricultural company to help provide infrastructure and increase living standards for the natives who are otherwise impoverished. With all this, investors at Endvest will receive an 18% return every year while fueling an emerging economy.

“Endvest’s unique offerings aren’t only offered abroad. Endvest also has secured a piece of a ready-to-build deal in Berkeley, California. The Class A style ground-up development benefits from both the college atmosphere of UC Berkeley and the influx of startups in the area, most recently Uber, stated Jack Boyajian, of Endvest’s CEO. “The deal has a quick built-in exit and a 23% targeted IRR with quarterly cash payments to investors. Since 95% of the equity is already secured, we only have a small target raise left, so this deal is going to close quickly.”

While these deals are available only to accredited investors, Mr. Boyajian said “That Endvest is at the forefront of bringing together options for all investors, accredited and non-accredited alike, with investment opportunities in all promising markets, both local and global.”

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-five years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
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Mr. Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
Hoskins is one of the crowdfunding industry’s foremost crowdfunding advocates and has amassed a huge social media following that is dedicated to supporting donation-, rewards- and equity-based crowdfunding campaigns. Due to the overwhelming demand from the general public for crowdfunding information, he empowers entrepreneurs with some of the internet’s most affordable ($20) online crowdfunding training classes, which provide insight to startups around the world on a 24 x 7 basis.
Hoskins adamantly believes that the crowdfunding industry will empower everyone in the United States to rediscover the possibility of living the American dream with a little hard work, a great business idea and the dedication to researching, planning and launching a well-thought-out crowdfunding campaign. He consults on a regular basis with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.

Crowdfunding Conference Planned for Berkeley in Northern California, June 9th

27 May

By Robert Hoskins

Last year crowdfunding platforms raised $2.7 billion and successfully funded more than 1 million campaigns, according to California-based research company Massolution. Business executives that want to learn about this crowdfunding phenomenon and to meet leading industry insiders should register to attend the  CrowdFunding California Conference which will be held in Berkeley on June 9th.

California Crowdfunding Conference in Berkeley, CA on June 9, 2013

California Crowdfunding Conference in Berkeley, CA on June 9, 2013

The Crowdfunding West Conference is presenting an unprecedented lineup of experts from crowdfunding platforms, legal firms, investment community and entrepreneurs who have risen (combined) almost $2,000,000 for their projects through crowdfunding.

The morning session will consist of discussions about rewards-based crowdfunding. Special panel is devoted to community programs. The afternoon session will help the entrepreneurs better understand their fundraising options, including equity crowdfunding, peer-2-peer lending, angel investments and rewards based crowdfunding. Opponents of crowdfunding movement will have a chance to present their position at the debate moderated by David Drake, well known New York investment expert and speaker.

Among the speakers are the representatives of the global leader in microcredits, Kiva, crowdfunding platforms WhenYouWish and Realty Mogul from Los Angeles, Upstart from Palo Alto, “Investment bank for startups” MicroVentures, Colorado-based portal Community Funded and CrowdIt from Missouri, world’s largest network for entrepreneurs EFactor, fundraising platform for kids PiggyBackr, investment consulting companies North Capital, Inc. and Cutting Edge Capital, payment services platform BancBox, SaaS portal VentureDocs, well known lawyer and blogger Antone Johnson, CEO of uBiome,  Jessica Richman, the creator of the fifth most successful campaign on Indiegogo Sonny Vu and the founders of  Mothership HackerMoms community from Oakland.

Crowdfunding California Conference is created by Crowdfund Productions, the organizer of investment and crowdfunding events in the USA. Other 2013 conferences will be held in Boston, MA, Charlotte, NC, Seattle, WA and Chicago, IL. On January 6th – 7th, 2014 Crowdfund Productions will be hosting Global Aspen Investment Forum in Aspen, CO.

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UC Berkeley College of Engineering Estimates U.S. Debt/Equity Crowdfunding Market Size to Be around $3.98 Billion

3 Apr

By Robert Hoskins

According to a recent crowdfunding research study, crowdfund investing, a mechanism for raising capital for businesses to start and grow, from small investors, will go live later in 2013. With the release of the proposed crowdfunding rules, a wave of small business and startup financing is expected to sweep the nation. In a first of its kind study, the Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance, at the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley released a primer on the size of market.

Professor Lee Fleming, Faculty Director of the Fung Institute, Academic Director of the Program and contributing author said, “While estimating the size of the future and currently non-existent market is a hazardous endeavor at best, we have presented a set of data, assumptions, and estimations that may prove useful. From the lenses of Angels, VCs and Small business lending we believe a market as large as $3.98B per year could rapidly evolve.”

The Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, based out of the College of Engineering’s has a mission to establish the world’s leading academic and applied research; teaching and policy regarding innovations in how entrepreneurs and small to medium sized businesses are funded. The Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance was launched in November 2012 to study the impact of new financing mechanisms such as crowdfunding.

Crowdfund investing became federal law in April 2012 with the passage of the JOBS Act. The bill itself was one of the most bi-partisan pieces of legislation to come out of Congress last year. While new regulations for crowdfund investing are expected from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) later in 2013, the new industry already has over 80 Internet crowdfund investing funding platforms being developed to apply for SEC approval.

Steve Stralser, professor of Entrepreneurship at Thunderbird School of Management in Glendale, Arizona and contributing author said, “The global potential for crowdfunding stands to be just as big if not bigger than the United States. This initial research is the jumping off point for further research.”

The excitement for crowdfunding is emerging in a number of countries. Governments are considering it as one tactic to address their nations’ most pressing socioeconomic challenges. The United Kingdom gave its seal approval with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) authorizing the first equity crowdfunding platform and Australia has had legalized crowdfunding for seven years, while the Italian parliament passed a decree legalizing crowdfunding in October 2012. The U.S. State Department, the World Bank, angel investor groups, incubators and investors in Latin America, European, Middle Eastern and African countries are exploring crowdfund investing and are seeking best practices and academic research on the topic.

UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering is recognized globally for its research and educational excellence, consistently ranking among the top three engineering colleges in the United States. The college’s 4,600 students gain leadership skills through experiential learning, research internships and study abroad. A full-time faculty of more than 200 professors advance discovery and innovation in fields ranging from energy engineering and nanomaterials to synthetic biology. The college’s Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership offers a complete range of programs for engineers and scientists seeking professional and executive careers.

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