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MPOWER Financing Appoints Fintech Exec Christopher Zaki to Lead Capital Markets Division

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MPOWER Financing, which claims to be a mission-driven Fintech firm and the “leading” provider of education loans to “promising” international and DACA students, recently announced industry veteran Christopher Zaki “as its new Head of Capital Markets.” Zaki will identify and lead strategic partnerships “with capital… Read More

Manu Smadja: CEO at MPOWER Financing, a Fintech Firm Facilitating Educational Loans, Shares Business Strategy

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MPOWER Financing, a global education loan provider, recently secured an equity investment of $100 million. The new funding is in addition to the $60 million MPOWER raised earlier this year from Tilden Park Capital Management that also participated in the current round along with ETS… Read More

Global Digital Finance Teams Up with FS Vector to Improve Regulatory Policies for Crypto-Assets

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Global Digital Finance (GDF), an industry membership body that supports the use of best practices for crypto-assets and digital finance platforms through the development of conduct standards, has partnered with Washington DC’s FS Vector, an advisory and advocacy company. The GDF has also appointed four… Read More

Software, Hardware & Humans: Knightscope Seeks $20M on SeedInvest


It has been two weeks since Knightscope announced its “mini-IPO” Reg A+ equity crowdfunding campaign on SeedInvest where the company is seeking to raise $20 million.  Based in Mountain View, in the heart of Silicon Valley, the startup says that it is currently worth $80 million…. Read More

Shelbourne Falcon Initiates Equity Crowdfunding on EarlyShares: Washington, D.C. Hotel RL Awaits Renovation

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Shelbourne Falcon has posted a new offering on EarlyShares to give investors access to the renovation and conversion of a Hotel RL. In one of the most vibrant and desirable areas of Washington, D.C., the Hotel is within the Golden Triangle. Strong demographics and high barriers to entry create… Read More

The Puuuurfect Idea: Washington DC Resident Turns to Kickstarter For Cat Café Funds

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In an effort to help stray felines find their forever homes, Washington DC resident Kanchan Singh has launched a Kickstarter campaign for her Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Café. Sharing details about the cat situation in the US capital, Singh wrote: “Washington D.C. has a lot of… Read More

Prequel, the First DC Equity Crowdfunding Offer, Closes Fully Funded

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Prequel, a new restaurant concept raising capital on EquityEats. successfully crowdfunded $220,100 from 339 investors closing over-funded.  The original target was to raise $200,000 for 10% equity for the startup firm. The funding round was all or nothing so the funding needed to hit the… Read More

DC Real Estate Deal On Fundrise Off To Great Start, Approaches Crowdfunding Goal


Fundrise recently announced their entry into the Washington DC real estate market as a crowdfunding intermediary. If deal number three is any indication, there is certainly some interest among the non-accredited crowd even as participation remains limited to investors in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. The… Read More

Brief: Crowdfunding Campaign Launched To Keep DC Cherry Blossom Festival Free

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The Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC is almost here. The event has been celebrated for over 90 years, and the bloom is the most popular time of the year to visit DC. In the past the event has been supported by sponsors, but this… Read More

Maryland Investors Will Gain Access To Real Estate Crowdfunding Deals On Fundrise For First Time


Fundrise has slowly but surely been expanding their ability to offer shares of real estate-backed securities to non-accredited investors. The equity crowdfunding platform has just crossed a major hurdle in that fight, and it could spell a big opportunity for Maryland’s Main Street investor class…. Read More

WATCH: Two Rappers Used Kickstarter To Shoot A Music Video In North Korea

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North Korea is known as the “hermit kingdom” in part for the regime’s general disdain for western culture. So, imagine my shock when I came across this music video from two Washington DC rappers shot in North Korea. How did they do it? It started… Read More

Texas Family Crowdfunding Appeal To Stop Keystone XL Pipeline On Their Farm

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TransCanada and its American subsidiary, Keystone, are in the midst of seeking approval for a new pipeline to run from Alberta’s tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Called the Keystone XL pipeline, it is a highly controversial project that has its passionate supporters… Read More

Brief: Shark Tank To Highlight Kingonomics Conference Tonight

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ABC’s Shark Tank was definitely a big part of this year’s Kingonomics conference in Washington, DC. The conference, which took place in August of this year, is focused on helping minority-owned businesses find the resources they need to grow and succeed. The event marked the 50th… Read More

SEC Small Business Forum: Takeaways From A Crowdfunding Perspective


The SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation took place last week at the Securities and Exchange Commission Headquarters in Washington, DC. I will admit that I was very excited to attend this event. This was the first event we attended last year shortly… Read More

Is Equity Crowdfunding Legal in Washington, DC?

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Fundrise is churning a lot of attention, by  pioneering investing in real estate through the crowdfunding platform. It has empowered large numbers of average folks to pool their money and invest in local projects. Believing that everyone should have the opportunity to invest in real… Read More

Kingonomics & Crowdfunding Minority-Owned Businesses

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Rodney Sampson is a serial entrepreneur, investor and bishop from Atlanta, Georgia. He is also an author, having recently penned and released Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative Currencies for Transforming Your Business and Life Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In tandem with the release of the… Read More

VIDEO: Senator Mark Warner Speaks At CrowdCheck DC Conference

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The Senator spoke about the potential of securities crowdfunding, which would allow startup companies to make equity offerings to investors through websites and raise up to $1 million per year from investors online. The JOBS Act, which was passed in April 2012, established a legal… Read More

Investment Crowdfunding Fraud: 8 Things You Need To Know From CrowdCheck’s DC Conference

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Monday’s conference on crowdfunding fraud and regulation in Washington, DC was an event I had been looking forward to for some time. It didn’t disappoint. Organized by Virginia-based CrowdCheck, the speaking roster of this conference was distinctly and obviously set up to put all sides… Read More

In Two Hours, Crowdfunding Effort Draws $308,000 of Interest in Washington DC Building


Crowdfunding is gaining steam as a way to use the Internet to pool individual investors and Fundrise — the D.C. start-up — continues to demonstrate how to use it to locate aspiring commercial real estate investors. On Wednesday morning, 130 people logged in to the company’s Web site expressing… Read More

Takeaways from the SEC Forum on Small Business Capital Formation

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The 2012 Forum on Small Business Capital Formation is in the books. Industry leaders met with representatives from the SEC in an effort to build consensus on regulatory recommendations for crowdfunding’s implementation in the US. Although the movement has come a long way, there is… Read More

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