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Three Years of Reg CF: 44 Funding Portals, 9 Departures, 1 Suspension & $200 Million Raised

Last week Regulation Crowdfunding, or Reg CF as it is affectionately called, celebrated its 3rd birthday. While the JOBS Act legislation that created online capital formation was signed into law in 2012, final rules for Reg CF did not become actionable into about 4 years… Read More

Reg CF 3 Year Anniversary: Republic Reports on Progress & Change as a Leading Crowdfunding Platform

Regulation Crowdfunding, commonly called Reg CF, celebrates a birthday today. On May 16, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) allowed issuers to use the securities exemption to raise capital online from both FINRA approved “funding portals” as well as broker-dealers. Part of the JOBS… Read More

Following Broker-Dealer Approval, NextSeed Lists First Reg D Offering

NextSeed, a debt-focused crowdfunding platform, has listed its first side-by-side Reg CF – Reg D offering. The news of the first parallel offering comes on the heels of the announcement that NextSeed has been approved as a FINRA regulated broker-dealer. Under Reg CF, issuers may… Read More

SEC Director of CorpFin Bill Hinman Provides Crowdfunding Update at Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Meeting

Earlier this week, the inaugural meeting of the Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee (SBCFAC) took place at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington, DC. The new Committee brings together a diverse group of small business proponents including several Fintechs. Led by Martha… Read More

Republic: Sapient Easily Hits Reg CF Max Raise of $1.07 Million without any Reg D Participation

Eco-focused company Sapient has quickly closed their crowdfunding round on Republic. According to the campaign page, Sapient hit the Reg CF ceiling raising $1.07 million from 1917 retail investors.  As we understand it, Sapient raised the money without any Reg D participation. For issuers using… Read More

NextSeed Becomes a Broker Dealer. Looks to Expand Offerings Beyond Reg CF [u]

NextSeed, a FINRA regulated funding portal issuing securities under Reg CF, has become a broker-dealer. In an email distributed to its community, NextSeed announced the change in strategy for its investment crowdfunding platform. The announcement was joined by a site re-design and the addition of… Read More

Indiegogo Has Quietly Exited Equity Crowdfunding

Indiegogo, the second largest rewards-based platform in the US, has quietly exited equity crowdfunding. Indiegogo entered the securities realm in November of 2016. The platform partnered with Microventures, a Texas-based broker-dealer, to create First Democracy VC – a FINRA approved funding portal. At the time… Read More

Chatter: Lyft Wanted to Use Reg CF to Get Shares to Drivers but Crowdfunding Exemption was Just Too Tough

Lyft is in the midst of preparing an initial public offering (IPO). This IPO is one of the most anticipated public offerings of the year. The ride-share platform is not only testament to the entrepreneurship of its founders and the creativity and risk-taking intrinsic to… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding: Inside Advice from Six Entrepreneurs Who’ve Done It

We interviewed several entrepreneurs who ran successful Reg CF campaigns – as well as two equity crowdfunding platforms – to break down the ins and outs of running a campaign. The bottom line? According to our review, you’re off base if you think equity crowdfunding… Read More

There are 46 FINRA Regulated Reg CF Portals. In 2018 $109.3 Million was Raised Using this Security Exemption

Periodically, Crowdfund Insider reviews the status of Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) the smallest crowdfunding exemption in the US. Reg CF has been in use since May of 2016. According to a recent report published by Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA), $194 million has been raised in… Read More

PhunCoin, a Subsidiary of Phunware, is Selling their Security Token on Republic Crypto

PhunCoin is a security token being issued by a subsidiary of Phunware (NASDAQ: PHUN). Beyond being a publicly traded security (December 2018), Phunware is an interesting company. Phunware is described as a “fully integrated enterprise software platform for mobile that provides companies the products, solutions,… Read More

The STATE of Investment Crowdfunding: How Intrastate Crowdfunding is Beating REG-CF on the Cost of Capital (and how to fix it)

There’s a Fintech revolution happening in Minnesota. Since passing its own version of intrastate crowdfunding legislation in 2015 and quietly opening its doors in 2016 the state has taken the regional lead in raising more money for more businesses under its “MNvest” exemption as well… Read More

Local Crowdfunding Platform Nvsted Launches Two More Reg CF Offerings

St. Louis, Missouri based crowdfunding platform Nvsted has launched two new investment campaigns. The local-focused platform is helping biotech startup Pluton Biosciences and CAD Trailer Designs raise growth capital. Nvested has positioned its platform as the “first hyper-local regulation crowdfunding portal” around. Regulation Crowdfunding, or Reg… Read More

Report: State of Regulation Crowdfunding Says No Gold Rush But an Undeniable Job Creator

Regulation Crowdfunding (or Reg CF), created by Title III of the JOBS Act, has been available for several years now. While not without its shortcomings, Reg CF has been leveraged by hundreds of issuers, typically smaller firms, raising over $100 million since May 2016. This past week, Crowdfund Capital… Read More

FINRA’s Annual Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter Targets Online Platforms Issuing Securities

Last week, FINRA issued its annual Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter for 2019. The letter is a reference point as to what FINRA expects to target in the coming year. The missive includes an opening by FINRA President and CEO, Robert Cook, who said… Read More

Reg CF Closes the Year at $161.5 Million in Crowdfunding. Total for 2018 was Flat versus Year Prior

The StartEngine Index tracking Reg CF crowdfunding issuers was published a few days ago. According to StartEngine, total successful offerings since the securities exemption was launched in May of 2016 now stands at $161.5 million. So how does 2018 compare to the year prior? Excellent question…. Read More

SBE Council Highlights Policy Agenda to Help Out the Little Guy Including Access to Capital. Will Congress Listen?

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) is out with their policy goals for the incoming Congress. SBE Council is an entity that advocates on behalf of the sector of the economy (small business) that drives most job creation and economic growth. Thus, it… Read More

Investment Crowdfunding Platform MicroVentures Eliminates All Fees for Reg CF Issuers, Expects Growing Utilization of Online Capital Formation in 2019

MicroVentures, an equity crowdfunding platform, has just announced the elimination of all fees associated with issuers using Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF). MicroVentures says “gone are the days of high commissions and equity compensation for funding portals.” A quick visit to their site and you may… Read More

Report: Wefunder Raises $1.7 Million in Series A Funding from Germany based Investor

Last week, it was picked up by Crunchbase that Wefunder, a Reg CF crowdfunding portal, has closed on a $1.7 million Series A funding round. Depending exactly how you measure it, Wefunder is a top portal providing access to capital for mainly smaller firms. Wefunder… Read More

As of January 1st, There Are 46 FINRA Approved Reg CF Crowdfunding Portals

Reg CF (or Regulation Crowdfunding as it is inconveniently called) is a securities exemption that enables companies to raise up to $1.07 million online via a regulated funding portal or broker-dealer. The concept of a funding portal was created alongside the exemption which was part… Read More

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