Alternative investment: Crowd funding

Integration of social networking and the capital markets

With the economic downturn causing traditional financial institutions to tighten their purses, you may need to find alternative sources of funding to get your start-up off the ground.
Are small businesses an attractive investment these days?

It depends on who you ask. The answers given by private equity and venture capital firms are likely to be different from the answers given by angel investors actively backing innovative young companies. Some private equity and venture capital investors reject the idea that there’s a lack of growth capital available for small companies, but others argue there’s a funding void that government initiatives should fix with a structural change, not just a cyclical phenomenon.

The US government, the JOBS Act

Innovation was urgently needed to provide small and emerging businesses with alternative ways to raise sums of funds outside of the traditional financing methods. In December 2011, British MP Vince Cable launched a taskforce to open fresh funding channels for small UK business.

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