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Partner Event (ENET): Raising Money from CrowdFunding
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When: May 6, 2014
From 7 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Constant Contact
1601 Trapelo Rd
The Great Room, 3rd floor
Waltham, Massachusetts 
United States
Contact: Maureen Mansfield

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The first approach to crowd-funding is donation or "rewards based”. It utilizes recently developed websites – online platforms including Kickstarter, Indiegogo and RocketHub, where artists and entrepreneurs mount campaigns to seek online donations or presale products, generally offering rewards for donations but no debt or equity. These kinds of fundraising campaigns were discussed in depth at the April 17, 2013 ENET meeting including two speakers who had mounted successful kickstarter campaigns. Their slides are available in the ENET meeting archives at Our May 6th ENET meeting will focus on the second approach - "securities or equity based” crowdfunding, authorized in the U.S. by the JOBS Act of April 2012. The law would allow entrepreneurs to raise up to $1 million from small investors through registered broker dealers or newly authorized "investor portals". The contributors would receive either equity or debt securities for their investments, with the money refundable if fundraising target is not met. However, for implementation of this second approach, the SEC has to first issue regulations to implement the law to make it completely effective. To date, Title II of the JOBS Act is effective. Title II allows for much broader general solicitaions and the registration of funding portals, with funding at this stage only by accredited investors. When implemented, Title III of the JOBS Act would allow investment in start up companies by the general public within certain annual limitations based on the non-accredited investor’s income. There is expectation that SEC may issue final regulations which would implement Title III as early as this summer 2014.

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