Investment Crowdfunding News

Here’s some recent investment crowdfunding news from around the ecosystem, including from the blogs of the 104 platforms in our database of crowdfunded and alternative investment platforms.

California Expected to Attempt Intrastate Crowdfunding Legislation Once Again | Crowdfund Insider

According to a note from Small Business California (SB Cal), the group that advocates on behalf of SMEs, SB Cal will be sponsoring legislation to improve access to capital via securities crowdfunding.

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FINRA Detects ‘Unsuitable Recommendations’ to Retail Investors - NAPA Net

As part of the organization’s FINRA360 initiative, the report focuses on, among other things, suitability for retail customers, fixed income mark-up disclosure, reasonable diligence for private placements and abuse of authority.

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BREAKING: Indigo Acquires Satellite Imagery Startup TellusLabs for ‘Living Map of World’s Food Supply’

Indigo Agriculture, the microbial ag products startup-cum-agribusiness marketplace has acquired TellusLabs, a startup using satellite imagery to monitors the world's croplands. The post BREAKING: Indigo Acquires Satellite Imagery Startup TellusLabs for ‘Living Map of World’s Food Supply’ appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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BREAKING: Zymergen Raises $400m Series C in Largest Ever Upstream AgriFood Tech Deal in US

Zymergen is not wholly focused on agriculture but it’s a significant part of its business and drove early demand for its molecular products that aim to replace petroleum-based products and other environmentally-damaging ingredients with a biological alternative. The post BREAKING: Zymergen Raises $400m Series C in Largest Ever Upstream AgriFood...

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Ag Biotech Startups: Hi Fidelity Genetics & PlantResponse Raise Venture Funding Totaling $15.4m

This week, two startups using different biotechnological approaches to improve the efficiency of row crop farming, raised venture capital funding totaling $15.4 million. The post Ag Biotech Startups: Hi Fidelity Genetics & PlantResponse Raise Venture Funding Totaling $15.4m appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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AI-Powered Digital Grocer Farmstead Raises $2.2m Series A in Mission to Finally Crack Perishable E-Commerce

Farmstead claims to be the nation’s first AI-powered digital grocer that sources and delivers fresh, local food from farm to fridge in 60 minutes. The post AI-Powered Digital Grocer Farmstead Raises $2.2m Series A in Mission to Finally Crack Perishable E-Commerce appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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What are the Most Important Things New Startup Investors Should Know?

There is no doubt that startups are exciting. New ideas that have the potential to disrupt markets, impact our day-to-day, and spur innovation are appealing to novice and experienced investors alike. That said, investing in startups is high-risk, and new … Continue reading → The post What are the Most...

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How to Become Known, Liked, & Trusted in the Federal Marketplace

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates. Can’t seem to gain traction marketing to the federal government? Wondering why your federal proposals aren’t winning? See other...

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EXCLUSIVE: Singapore-based VisVires New Protein Invests in Israeli startup ViAqua to Combat Viral Infections in Aquaculture

Israeli aquaculture startup ViAqua has closed a new round of funding with Singapore-based VisVires New Protein, which is a global fund focusing exclusively on disruptive food and feed system solutions. The post EXCLUSIVE: Singapore-based VisVires New Protein Invests in Israeli startup ViAqua to Combat Viral Infections in Aquaculture appeared first...

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BREAKING: Bowery Raises $90m Series B from GV, Temasek

Bowery Farming, the New York-based indoor farming group, has closed a $90 million Series B round of funding in a round led by Google’s venture arm GV, an existing investor in the startup. The post BREAKING: Bowery Raises $90m Series B from GV, Temasek appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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Why is Europe Behind in Food Tech Investment?

European food tech startups are on course to have raised between €750 million to €1 billion in 2018, according to different estimates. That will be around a 40% decline on 2017 funding levels. The post Why is Europe Behind in Food Tech Investment? appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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Agritech Startup Spotlight: Wefarm’s 1m+ African Farmer Information Network Extends to Ag Marketplace

Wefarm is a mobile phone-based farmer network and collective for smallholders farmers in Africa that's recently launched an online marketplace for ag products. The post Agritech Startup Spotlight: Wefarm’s 1m+ African Farmer Information Network Extends to Ag Marketplace appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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The Inverted Yield Curve & Your Portfolio

On Tuesday, 12/4, the yield curve inverted and the Dow Jones Industrial Average sold off nearly 800 points. Several chief market strategists and pundits have reason to believe that this bull market, the longest in history, may soon come to an end. After a volatile few days on Wall Street,...

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The 2018 Farm Bill is a Major Victory for Hemp Growers and CBD Companies

On Monday night US Congress passed a version of the 2018 Farm Bill that includes a major win for industrial hemp growers and CBD products companies. The legislation defines hemp as a regular agricultural crop and a cannabis sativa plant that contains 0.3% or less of THC, the compound responsible...

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Report on FINRA Examination Findings Cites Private Placement Practice Concerns | Mayer Brown Free Writings + Perspectives - JDSupra

In its examinations of the practices of many broker-dealers, the report notes FINRA found instances where the diligence review undertaken in connection with private placements was not sufficient in scope or depth to be considered a “reasonable investigation of the issuer and the securities.” 

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Legacy vs. Blended Retirement System (BRS): How Your Pension is Calculated

A quick Google search on the subject of retirement readiness quickly resulted in an overarching feeling that Americans have rapidly been falling behind. For instance, one-third of Americans currently have no retirement savings, according to a recent GoBankingRates survey. So what about you? Will you have enough saved in retirement?...

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The 5 Do's of DSTs

When it comes to investing in real estate, there are a lot of vehicles to choose from. Delaware Statutory Trusts (DSTs) have become very popular for experienced and inexperienced investors alike. We thought we would give you a simple list of the things you should do when investing into a...

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5 Do's of DSTs

When it comes to investing in real estate, there are a lot of vehicles to choose from. Delaware Statutory Trusts (DSTs) have become very popular for experienced and inexperienced investors alike. We thought we would give you a simple list of the things you should do when investing into a...

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Who Is Allowed to Check Your Credit Reports?

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates. Accessing your credit information is easier now than it has been at any other point in history. Thanks to...

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PepsiCo Selects 10 Startups for First North American Food Tech Accelerator

PepsiCo Ventures has launched the North American version of its startup accelerator called Nutrition Greenhouse, a year after its inaugural European program. The CVC has been focused on finding emerging brands that offer premium yet functional products with benefits that consumers can easily understand and feel – two things the...

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The StartEngine Index: November 2018

November 2018 The following data covers Regulation Crowdfunding raises between May 16, 2016, and November 30, 2018. Data is sourced from all publicly disclosed Form C filings with the SEC, as well as public websites. Standard Analysis Index: 1567 In November, companies raised just over $5.6M via Regulation Crowdfunding, a...

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Best Time To Sell A House for Real Estate Investors

One of the most exciting parts of a house flipping business is renovating. As a property investor, your goal is not only to fix the house, but  to sell it quickly in order to minimize the costs and to use the investments tied up for your next projects. Knowing the...

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7 Debt Myths to Ditch ASAP

Some of the most common beliefs about debt are actually myths When it comes to debt, you’ll discover plenty of conventional wisdom and old wives’ tales floating around. But should you believe everything you hear? Definitely not. In fact, some of the most common beliefs about debt are actually myths....

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What is the Future of AgriFood Innovation in Southeast Asia?

Last week, the ReThink Agri-Food Innovation Week took place in Singapore for the first time. Here are the results of a survey of the event's 300 delegates. The post What is the Future of AgriFood Innovation in Southeast Asia? appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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Real Estate Education: Where to Learn Real Estate Investing

About the author: G. Brian Davis is a real estate investor who has owned dozens of investment properties over the last 15 years. He’s also the co-founder of SparkRental.com, an online resource which provides free landlord education and video series for anyone looking to build passive income from rentals. So,...

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Don’t Trust Corporate Venture Capitalists! (Or What You Need to Know First)

You will find a lot of views online on why not to take corporate venture money in your startup. However, the reality today is that corporate venture capital (CVC) is becoming an important part of the startup ecosystem, writes Amit Sridharan. The post Don’t Trust Corporate Venture Capitalists! (Or What...

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AgriFood Tech Startup Spotlight: Europe’s ViroVet is Developing Novel Livestock Vaccines

This week we spoke with Belgian animal health startup ViroVet to learn more about its mission to tackle health and wellness in the livestock industry with novel vaccine and antibiotic reduction technology. The post AgriFood Tech Startup Spotlight: Europe’s ViroVet is Developing Novel Livestock Vaccines appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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8 Social Media Marketing Strategies to Foster Your Veteran-owned Small Business 

Even for veteran small business owners who are accustomed to multi-tasking and problem-solving, the entrepreneurial quagmire is still a reality. Entrepreneurs don't want to stop creating products and enhancing their services in order to spend time marketing. Running a business is a juggling act that requires developing the product or...

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How Regulation Crowdfunding Could Change the Future

Since Title III of the JOBS Act went into effect in 2016, equity crowdfunding has offered new opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors alike. Entrepreneurs are no longer limited to traditional sources of funding, and early-stage startup investing has become more … Continue reading → The post How Regulation Crowdfunding Could...

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World Soil Day: Startups Aiming to Improve the Condition of Agricultural Soils

A growing number of stakeholders in the agricultural world have started asking more questions about whether conventional farming practices are causing irreparable harm to our soil ecosystem and whether there are any practices or technologies we can implement to reverse the damage. The post World Soil Day: Startups Aiming to...

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A List of Dairy Tech Startups and the Barriers to Adoption

There is a growing number of dairy tech startups on the market but there are challenges impacting dairy farmers’ ability and desire to adopt these innovative tools. The post A List of Dairy Tech Startups and the Barriers to Adoption appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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Our Updated Distribution Process

The New Distribution Schedule Earlier this year we introduced improved visibility into payment statuses for each investment in the “My Portfolio” page.  We are also implementing a roadmap of improvements to the asset management side of our business. And, as we continue to grow, we are committed to offering full...

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Cybelion® receives Organic Certification – PlantResponse

Cybelion has received organic certification. Our biostimulant has been approved for use in organic agriculture according to EC Regulation No. 834/2007. Source: Cybelion® receives Organic Certification – PlantResponse The post Cybelion® receives Organic Certification – PlantResponse appeared first on iSelect Fund.

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Francisco Javier García Domínguez is our new EMEA Director

PlantResponse™ announces the appointment of Francisco Javier García Domínguez as new Director for EMEA, filling out the company’s global leadership team. Source: Francisco Javier García Domínguez is our new EMEA Director The post Francisco Javier García Domínguez is our new EMEA Director appeared first on iSelect Fund.

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Rad Page and John Kruse join PlantResponse U.S. team

Rad Page and John Kruse join PlantResponse U.S. team, as chief commercial officer and director of global agronomy, respectively. Source: Rad Page and John Kruse join PlantResponse U.S. team The post Rad Page and John Kruse join PlantResponse U.S. team appeared first on iSelect Fund.

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PlantResponse and Compo Expert sign a strategic partnership

PlantResponse has signed a strategic partnership with COMPO EXPERT, an industry leader with a broad range of high-quality, innovative specialty fertilizers. Source: PlantResponse and Compo Expert sign a strategic partnership The post PlantResponse and Compo Expert sign a strategic partnership appeared first on iSelect Fund.

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2018 FLC Award Winners

  The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer congratulates the winners of its 2018 Awards. A total of 30 awards will be presented to 24 laboratories representing 10 federal agencies. Source: 2018 FLC Award Winners The post 2018 FLC Award Winners appeared first on iSelect Fund.

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Three awards for excellence in technology transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium

New solutions for cybersecurity, energy and medical research are in the hands of companies who can use them to create new products and services, thanks to efforts to transfer them from the lab to industry. The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory received three awards for excellence in technology...

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Here are the best inventions of the year from PNNL’s brain trust

PNNL in Richland takes home 7 prestigious R&D 100 awards in 2017 for inventions that detect gunshots in schools, personalize disease detection, detect toxic chemicals in the field and bring cybersecurity to older utility systems. Source: Here are the best inventions of the year from PNNL’s brain trust The post...

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MOBILion Systems Inc. Introductory Video

The post MOBILion Systems Inc. Introductory Video appeared first on iSelect Fund.

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St. Louis announces annual business awards

St. Louis and the St. Louis Development Corp. announced winners of the city’s annual business awards. Source: St. Louis announces annual business awards The post St. Louis announces annual business awards appeared first on iSelect Fund.

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Bonumose petitions FDA to add D-tagatose to list of dietary fibers

Just months after petitioning FDA to delist D-tagatose as an added sugar, Bonumose LLC is petitioning FDA to add D-tagatose to the list of carbohydrates considered dietary fibers under the revamped Nutrition Facts Panel. Source: Bonumose petitions FDA to add D-tagatose to list of dietary fibers The post Bonumose petitions...

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How Crowdfunding Is Disrupting VCs

In May this year, we celebrated the two-year anniversary of Regulation Crowdfunding. In its first year, 335 companies raised more than $40 million in capital, averaging $282,000 from 312 investors per campaign. This year the regulation has continued to gain momentum. As of December 1, 2018, there have been 1332 offerings...

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Capital Gains: Metro Washington’s Multifamily Market Gets the Popular Vote

Washington D.C.'s combination of high incomes and high turnaround are the blueprint for a frothy market in multifamily residences. The post Capital Gains: Metro Washington’s Multifamily Market Gets the Popular Vote appeared first on Sharestates.

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A European View: Real Potential at Startupbootcamp FoodTech Demo Day in Paris

We’re talking early stage, but there was real quality in the room, writes Johan Jorgensen from Sweden FoodTech. The post A European View: Real Potential at Startupbootcamp FoodTech Demo Day in Paris appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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6 Characteristics of a Responsible Business Lender

Responsible lending is a term that can get thrown around in the lending industry—it sounds great and certainly makes financial institutions look good when they use it... But practically speaking, what does it mean? And more importantly, how does it affect you as a business owner? It matters a lot,...

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What to Know Before Going Into Venture Debt

Entrepreneurs who are lucky enough to receive funding from a Venture Capital firm are eligible for a double whammy: Venture Debt. This obscure form of funding isn’t even tracked by the National Venture Capital Association, which publishes market data and statistics on venture capital. According to Maurice Werdegar, the CEO of Western...

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