Crowdfunding is one of the hottest trends right now in start-up entrepreneurial initiatives. Essentially, crowdfunding is a way for individuals to network and pool their resources in order to fund efforts initiated by others. Basically, a way for entrepreneurs to seek investments from people, not banks or venture capitalists.
This is a relatively new venture the United States. In 2012, President Barack Obama signed the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act which lifted a previous ban against public solicitation for private companies raising funds. As of yet, the Securities Exchange Commission has yet to set rules in place regarding equity crowdfunding campaigns involving unaccredited investors for private companies, but as of now it is perfectly legal.
What does this mean for the savvy and ambitious entrepreneur? You may now receive funds from almost anyone in order to help start or continue your entrepreneurial ventures. Countless websites have cropped up already offering services for both entrepreneurs and investors alike. A review from http://plantostart.com/10-crowdfunding-websites-entrepreneurs/# indicates some of the main crowdfunding websites already available. Not all of these are alike, and so care must be taken when examining which one is best suited for your unique business idea. Also it should be noted, investors expect some kind of return for their generous investments in your venture.
Personally, I have yet to choose one due to a lack of time and good research, but I am hoping in the coming week I will have my eyes set on a reliable crowdfunding website to deploy my new business venture. In case you were wondering, it’s a software company specifically targeting mobile applications and offering unique custom solutions. I will give more details in a later post, but for now please be sure to check out these websites, and if you know of any others or would like to give a review, feel free to comment!
- Crowdfunding a Business (enterprisemom.wordpress.com)
- Crowdfunding & the JOBS Act: What Does This Mean For You? (grasshopper.com)
- Start-ups to SEC: Move Faster on Crowdfunding (inc.com)
- Startups, Raising Money By Crowdfunding May Scare Off Other Investors (businessinsider.com)
- Success of Crowdfunding Puts Pressure on Entrepreneurs (InnovationToronto.com)
- Find The Best CrowdFunding Site Using Columbus Startup: StandOffer (nibletz.com)
- 14 of The Best Crowdfunding Sites For Securing Funding (alltopstartups.com)
- SEC: Unleash the crowdfunders (finance.fortune.cnn.com)
- Crowdfunding Isn’t Killing Seed Funding – It’s Helping It (pandodaily.com)
- Sprigster Expands Boost a Hero Crowdfunding for Veterans and Military… (prweb.com)