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SEC Issues Three-Year Research Study on Title III, Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) Fundraising Campaigns

26 Jul

Leading Crowdfunding Industry Analyst Firm, Crowdfund Capital Advisors, States Now is the Time to Update the Regulation to Further Enable Capital Formation

Washington, DC – Recently the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a staff report on Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF), also known as Title III Crowdfunding.

The Commission, in the adopting rules, stated that the “staff will undertake to study and submit a research report to the Commission no later than three years following the effective date of Regulation Crowdfunding on the impact of the regulation on capital formation and investor protection.”

The report finds the size of market, while modest in comparison to the broader financial markets, is evolving and doing so without any material risk to investors. Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA) data and analysis were cited in 7 references throughout the report.

“The industry is evolving systematically and responsibly,” says CCA Principal Sherwood Neiss. “With the appropriate adjustments to the regulation we can further enable capital formation without risk to investors. The time is now for the SEC to act.”
Sherwood Neiss, Crowdfunding Capital Advisors, testifies before the SEC

Sherwood Neiss, Crowdfunding Capital Advisors, testifies at the SEC

The CCA data and references used by the SEC were attributed to analysis by CCA and published in VentureBeat as well as Crowdfund Insider. The data comes from CCA’s CCLEAR Database. CCLEAR is the leading Regulation Crowdfunding database that collects, cleans, aggregates and reports on all companies seeking funds via Regulation Crowdfunding as well as those doing parallel 506(c) offerings.

A 506(c) offering is an online accredited investor offering. A parallel offering allows an issuer to run two offerings side-by-side and group the accredited investors in one pool and the Reg CF investors in another. This type of offering is popular for issuers that seek to raise in excess of the $1.07M cap in Regulation Crowdfunding.

Issuers that seek to raise funds via Reg CF must file a Form C (a form filed by a company (issuer) with the SEC before starting to raise capital and discloses financial information for its current and prior fiscal years) as well as a Form C-U (a progress report that an issuer files that discloses total capital raised).

Data that the SEC does not collect in either of these disclosures includes information like industry, a breakdown on the cost of the offering, daily change in capital commitments, daily changes in investors and information on a company’s valuation.

CCLEAR collects all this missing data which allows for more detailed analysis of the market including which industries are most popular with the crowd, which regions of the country have the lowest/highest overall valuations, what industries the crowd is most interested in supporting, etc.

An entire section of the report titled “Cost to issuers of undertaking a crowdfunding offering” came directly from research CCA did with issuers successful with Regulation Crowdfunding.

A key finding from our research, which was highlighted in the report, was that “the total cost of creating a campaign page, issuer disclosures, film, and video, and hiring a marketing firm, a lawyer, and an accountant amounts to approximately 5.3% of the amount raised.”

This average was based on feedback from 81 issuers. “This amount is substantially less than what a typical issuer would incur in a Regulation D offering,” says CCA principal Sherwood Neiss “and is a key reason why more companies should be looking at Reg CF as an attractive pathway to raising funds.”

The report provides a detailed look at how Regulation Crowdfunding has performed through December, 2018. (For people interested in data through today’s date, you can find it on CCLEAR’s Daily Dashboard – see below for the latest data).

“Unlike opponents who said regulated crowdfunding would open the floodgates to fraud, we have yet to see fraud materialize,” says Neiss.

“This is because there are easier ways to defraud investors than to come up with an idea for a business, incorporate it under federal laws, convince a funding portal to list you, spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars trying to bring your friends, family and followers to the campaign page, and then hitting 100% of your funding target or the commitments get returned.

Add on top of this the hundreds of discerning eyes picking apart a campaign in the comments section. These types of ‘built-in investor protections don’t exist in other parts of the private capital markets.”

Multiple recommendations were included in the report on how to improve Regulation Crowdfunding. The SEC cited a US treasury Report entitled “A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities.”

The Report recommends:

  1. Allowing single-purpose crowdfunding vehicles advised by a registered investment adviser;
  2. Waiving certain crowdfunding offering limits for accredited investors;
  3. Amending certain crowdfunding investment limits by other investors;
  4. Modifying the Exchange Act’s Section 12(g) exemption;
  5. And increasing the limit on how much can be raised through crowdfunding from $1M to $5M.

CCA’s principals were interviewed and cited in the Treasury report. The Fed’s recommendations were a summary of CCA’s more detailed recommendations as requested.

“The industry is evolving systematically and responsibly,” ended Neiss. “With the appropriate adjustments to the regulation we can further enable capital formation without risk to investors. The time is now for the SEC to act.”

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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.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert 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.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding PR” to see why Mr. Hoskins is considered one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding experts that has amassed a huge social media following, which is dedicated to supporting donation-, rewards- and equity-based crowdfunding campaigns.
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SEC to Vote on Final Rules for Title III Crowdfunding this Friday, October 30, 2015!

27 Oct

Title III Crowdfunding is over 3 1/2 years late, but the United States now sits on the cusp of what Pres. Obama called a “Game Changer” for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses!

By Robert Hoskins

Washington, DC – According to Sherwood Neisss, Crowdfund Capital Advisors, “the SEC plans to vote this Friday, October 30th, on the final  Title III Crowdfunding Rules!

SEC to Vote on Final Rules for Title III Crowdfunding this Friday, October 30, 2015!

SEC to Vote on Final Rules for Title III Crowdfunding this Friday, October 30, 2015!

Woodie, Zak and I will never forget sitting in the Rose Garden of the White House and seeing President Obama sign the JOBS Act into law on April 5, 2012. There are many in our industry and in the traditional financial and legal communities that have said “Title III is dead” or “This will never happen.”

We have always believed in the inevitability of this day … and now it has arrived. On Friday, the SEC will prove them wrong. While we have at times been vocal critics of the slow speed of this process, we have always believed that this vote would happen and that crowdfunding for everyone would become law in the United States.

Friday will be a special day for us for 2 reasons. In January, 2011 we began our journey in Washington DC to do what everyone told us was impossible: to modernize 80-year-old securities laws about how private capital could be raised so that we could use the Web and social media to offer debt and equity securities to Americans.

5 years later, starting in early 2016, business owners in Eugene Oregon, Alexandria, Louisiana, Tarrytown, New York, Miami Florida or any other city or town in the United States will have the ability to raise capital from their families, customers and communities. Will all be successful in raising this money? No. But like in so many other things they will have a real opportunity to do so. That is all anyone asks for. A fair shot at their dream.

Thank you so much to ALL the people that were part of this massive effort in Washington DC (including Democrats, Republicans and Independents), across the United States and around the world for believing that this was a worthy cause and for working so hard to make it happen. The industry has been formed here in the United States and is ready to work responsibly with innovators and investors to create a transparent and efficient market.

This will also bring a great deal of curiosity by traditional investors, to a new sector of the global FinTech innovation that we have been curating and helping to build globally for the last 3 years. Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East are all poised to embrace this new form of finance and we will continue investing and working in these regions to advance the global crowdfunding agenda.

Please let us know what you are working on and if there are ways for us to support your technology solutions, policy needs or connectivity to this fast moving market.”

Onward,

Jason and Woodie
Crowdfund Capital Advisors

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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.
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


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.

The State of Equity-Based Crowdfunding…Primed, Capitalized and Waiting on the SEC

17 Feb

Capitol Hill Briefing on the
State of Equity-Based Crowdfunding

Please Join  for a Capitol Hill Briefing on:

WHO:            Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

WHAT:        The State of Equity-Based Crowdfunding
                       …Primed, Capitalized and Waiting on the SEC

WHERE:     Washington, DC – The Capitol:  HVC 201 A & B

WHEN:        Tuesday, February 19, 2012 from 12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m.

WHY:           Attend Crowdfunding Panel Discussion 

Moderator: Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO, SBE Council

Panel of Crowdfunding Subject Matter Experts:  

RSVP by February 15:   rsvp@sbecouncil.org  Please provide Full Name, Title and Association or Member/Committee Office

Purpose of Crowdfunding Briefing:

At this February 19 briefing, the nation’s principal leaders and experts on equity and debt-based financing will provide an in-depth review of the extensive build out and preparation that has taken place to help entrepreneurs’ access capital through online platforms, while protecting the investors who will finance these enterprises.  The group will touch upon the global advancement of equity-based crowdfunding, the significant challenges entrepreneurs still face in accessing capital and why it is vitally important that the SEC finalize JOBS Act rulemakings.

JOBS Act Background:

President Obama signed the Jump Start Our Businesses Start Up Act (JOBS Act) on April 5, 2012, which among other smart reforms to outdated securities laws, made equity-based crowdfunding legal.  The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), however, has missed important deadlines in issuing rules that will govern this promising and transformative marketplace for entrepreneurs.

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