Investment Crowdfunding News

Here’s some recent investment crowdfunding news from around the ecosystem, including from the blogs of the 103 platforms in our database of crowdfunded and alternative investment platforms.

How to Hire your First Employee

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. Congratulations, you're about to hire your first employee! Deciding to bring on your first employee is an exciting time....

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Dairy Quality Detection Tech Wins FoodBytes! Judges’ Choice Award as Food Waste Takes 2 Prizes

SomaDetect, an agriculture technology startup that measures milk quality from every cow at milking, won the FoodBytes! New York Judges’ Choice Award. SomaDetect uses sensors that fit into existing milking equipment to measure the fat and protein content of dairy as well as somatic cells — an indication when a...

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SafeTraces Raises Further $10m for Series A from Bunge, S2G for Food Safety and Traceability Tech

Since raising the first round of Series A funding, SafeTraces gained particular traction in tracing tropical oils to determine the sustainability of the sourcing practices, and also tracing ammonium nitrate fertilizers that can be used in explosives. The post SafeTraces Raises Further $10m for Series A from Bunge, S2G for...

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Don’t Set Unrealistic Expectations – Planning the Timeframe of House Renovations

About the author: Luke Oleenik serves as the Managing Director of XL Building, a trusted building company specializing in second story additions and custom home construction across Melbourne. If you are doing your first significant home renovation, you may be busy working out a budget, gathering inspiration, refining your scope, searching...

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Oracle Partners with World Bee Project to Monitor World’s Declining Bee Population

The World Bee Project Hive Network will start monitoring beehives using sensing technologies from two UK startups -- BuzzBox and Arnia -- which will transmit the data they collect into the cloud for analysis. The post Oracle Partners with World Bee Project to Monitor World’s Declining Bee Population appeared first...

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BREAKING: Produce Pay Raises $14m Series B to Help Farmers Get Paid

Agribusiness marketplaces are a hot trend in agrifood tech at the moment as entrepreneurs look to create more options for farmers than existing distribution channels to give them more flexibility and hopefully more money in their pockets. The post BREAKING: Produce Pay Raises $14m Series B to Help Farmers Get...

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10 Ways to Save Money on Your Energy Bill this Winter

With winter right around the corner, the fall season is the perfect time to identify smart ways to make your home more energy efficient. With a few adjustments, you can save money on your winter utility bills while staying warm and comfortable. We’ve compiled our favorite tips, many of which...

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CrowdStreet Now Raising $25 Million Through First Blended Portfolio

Commercial property investment marketplace CrowdStreet announced on Wednesday it is now raising $25 million for the company’s first CrowdStreet Blended Portfolio investment offering.

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Milk Without the Cow. Eggs Without the Chicken.

Yeast-derived “animal products” may soon be part of an environmentally balanced diet Source: Milk Without the Cow. Eggs Without the Chicken. The post Milk Without the Cow. Eggs Without the Chicken. appeared first on iSelect Fund.

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SOS! The Food System Needs a New Soil Operating System

Clearly, our food system needs to change, radically and quickly, and we have to start at its foundation: the soil, writes Victor Friedberg. The post SOS! The Food System Needs a New Soil Operating System appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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Meet the Largest Multi-State Cannabis Company You’ve Never Heard Of

Grassroots Cannabis operates in seven states and plans to add two more states to its roster by the end of the year, as a vertically integrated grower, processor and retailer of branded cannabis products. The post Meet the Largest Multi-State Cannabis Company You’ve Never Heard Of appeared first on AgFunderNews....

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BREAKING: Equinom Raises $4m to Improve Plant Proteins Using Computational Breeding, No Gene Editing

Equinom, an Israeli startup using computational biology to breed crops with improved characteristics without any genetic manipulation, has raised $4 million in a bridge funding round. The post BREAKING: Equinom Raises $4m to Improve Plant Proteins Using Computational Breeding, No Gene Editing appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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Expectations for future house flipping returns

First, the good news for house flipping: Average gross profits have risen steadily over the last few years. As the 2018 house flipping report from research firm ATTOM Data Solutions shows, completed house flips in 2017 yielded an average gross profit of $68,143, representing a 49.8% return on investment. Gross...

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It's More Than a Party: How to Have a Successful Launch

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. Anyone who has decided to start their own business knows that from that moment of inception, you never really...

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Lab-grown gelatin is the fake food of the future, one start-up believes

Geltor, a San Leandro, California-based company, produces the protein collagen used to create gelatin without animals. They began to use fermentation to produce collagen in a San Francisco lab and has  secured $2.25 million in funding in 2016. Source: Lab-grown gelatin is the fake food of the future, one start-up...

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FFAR investment in downy mildew research benefits lettuce producers and consumers

WASHINGTON — The Foundation of Food and Agriculture Research awarded Richard Michelmore, professor and director of the UC Davis Genome Center, the first research grant through the Crops of Source: FFAR investment in downy mildew research benefits lettuce producers and consumers The post FFAR investment in downy mildew research benefits...

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St. Louis company Benson Hill Biosystems raises $60 million in venture funding – Silicon Prairie News

Benson Hill Biosystems closed a $60 million series C venture funding deal on September 10, 2018. Participants in the deal include Alexandria Venture Investments, Activant Capital Group, S2G Ventures (Seed 2 Growth), Mercury Fund, iSelect Fund, Lewis and Clark Ventures, Prolog Ventures, Prelude Ventures, Tao Capital, and Fall Line Capital....

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Mars Taps Benson Hill’s Crop Design Platform to Help Protect Cacao from Climate Change

Source: Mars Taps Benson Hill’s Crop Design Platform to Help Protect Cacao from Climate Change The post Mars Taps Benson Hill’s Crop Design Platform to Help Protect Cacao from Climate Change appeared first on iSelect Fund.

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7 Tips for Investment Property Financing

Capital is king. Credit matters. Speed and points over interest. G. Brian Davis breaks down 7 tips that real estate investors should know to make more money. About the author: G. Brian Davis is a real estate investor who has owned dozens of investment properties over the last 15 years....

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Introduction to Opportunity Fund Investing

“Our bet [is] if you create a brand-new model, one that can scale as much capital as can be brought in, and there’s, by our calculation, about $6 trillion in unrealized capital gains. It could be rolled into this Opportunity Zone program, rolled over through private sector vehicles, whose Opportunity...

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Jeremy Grantham Trust Leads €3.5m Series A for Land Life Company to Reverse Land Degradation

Land Life Company is an Amsterdam, Holland-based startup using big data and technology to reverse land degradation. The post Jeremy Grantham Trust Leads €3.5m Series A for Land Life Company to Reverse Land Degradation appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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New Hydroponics Approach Draws £500k Seed Funding for Welsh Startup Phytoponics

A new deep-water approach to hydroponics has earned Welsh agtech startup, Phytoponics, $650,000 of seed funding support over the last two years. The post New Hydroponics Approach Draws £500k Seed Funding for Welsh Startup Phytoponics appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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Comparing Gross Rent Multiplier & Return on Investment

Last week we looked at capitalization rates (cap rates) and cash-on-cash returns as measurements of investment value. Today we will highlight a few other ways you might see investments evaluated. Similar to cap rates and cash-on-cash returns, the following are formulaic ways to determine an investment’s value by comparing different...

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What is Factoring?

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. In the world of small business where cash is king, a business’ cash flow is a key indicator of...

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Vermont Innovation Commons acquires equity firm Milk Money | Vermont Business Magazine

Today, Vermont Works Management Co (link is external), an independent alternative investment firm focusing on delivering both competitive financial returns and social impact in support of Vermont’s job creation and economic development, announced the Vermont Innovation Commons’ acquisition of Milk Money L3C (link is external), a Vermont based third-party equity...

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Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture

Gabe Brown is a renowned figure in Regenerative Agriculture circle, and this week released his first book – Dirt to Soil, One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture. The post Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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Looking at the Job Market by Proxy in 09/18: Quits to Separations

To us, the current numbers scream strength in the labor market. Hopefully it lasts a while.

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House Flippers: An Interesting Strategy for Finding Your Next Real Estate Investment

House flipping is more complicated than simply buying the first property you find that needs repair, giving it a cosmetic facelift, and then putting it back on the market at a higher price. As seasoned house flippers will tell you, this particular type of real estate investment requires the ability...

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SEC Expands Scrutiny of Companies That Sold ICOs to Unaccredited Investors | Crowdfund Insider

The American Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been following up on “scores” of subpoenas it sent in January to companies issuing ICOs (initial coin offerings) and is now focussing on those and “many more” that sold ICOs to unaccredited investors, Yahoo Finance reports.

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Gender Bias Appears To Boost Female Entrepreneurs Seeking Crowdfunding

“Prior research in formal venture capital settings demonstrates that investors tend to have a funding bias against women. However, in crowdfunding – wherein a ‘crowd’ of amateur investors make relatively small investments in new companies – our empirical observations reveal a funding advantage for women,”

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Online Investing in Real Estate through Crowdfunding Expected to Grow - Urban Land Magazine

While it is used for everything from charitable campaigns to launching startup businesses or paying legal fees, commercial real estate may be the largest online investment opportunity for crowdfunding to date, according to a panel at the 2018 ULI Fall Meeting in Boston.

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Credit Cards vs. Personal Loans: Which is Right for You?

Maybe you’re planning to make a big purchase, start a home improvement project, or consolidate existing debt. As you consider potential options for borrowing the funds you need, you might be wondering about credit cards vs. personal loans. Both choices are popular, but they certainly aren’t identical. Here we’ll compare...

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Farmers Edge and Global Ag Risk Partner on Data-Driven Crop Insurance for Farmers

Farmers Edge and Global Ag Risk Solutions are teaming up to combine Farmers Edge field-centric data with Global Ag’s customized insurance products to create a new data-driven insurance model for crop farmers. The post Farmers Edge and Global Ag Risk Partner on Data-Driven Crop Insurance for Farmers appeared first on...

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The StartEngine Index: September 2018

September 2018 The following data covers Regulation Crowdfunding raises between May 16, 2016, and September 30, 2018. Data is sourced from all publicly disclosed Form C filings with the SEC, as well as public websites. Standard Analysis Index: 1435 The Wheel of Time turns, and ages come and pass, leaving memories...

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Tesco’s Head of Agriculture: Controlling Water Quality is a Key Issue Noone is Innovating For

We can spend a lot of money on feed rations, but if the animal’s gut integrity is wrong because of bacteria in the water line, that nutrition is wasted and is also a welfare issue, says Barney Kay, head of agriculture at Tesco. The post Tesco’s Head of Agriculture: Controlling...

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Tesco’s Head of Agriculture: Controlling Water Quality is a Key Issue No One is Innovating For

We can spend a lot of money on feed rations, but if the animal’s gut integrity is wrong because of bacteria in the water line, that nutrition is wasted and is also a welfare issue, says Barney Kay, head of agriculture at Tesco. The post Tesco’s Head of Agriculture: Controlling...

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Key Takeaways from the 2018 NYC Food Tank Summit: Focusing on Food Loss and Food Waste

“The problem with food waste is that it’s everyone’s responsibility, so it’s no one’s responsibility,” said Chris Cochran, executive director of ReFED, the multi-stakeholder nonprofit organization committed to reducing US food waste. The post Key Takeaways from the 2018 NYC Food Tank Summit: Focusing on Food Loss and Food Waste...

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Bayer’s Percy: Agritech is Maturing as Startups Attract Senior Execs and Ag Corps Look to Collaborate

Adrian Percy is the former head of R&D at Bayer, recently stepping down and becoming the company’s technology ambassador. Ahead of his speaking slot at World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in London next week, we caught up with Percy to find out more about the role and his views on the...

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[INFOGRAPHIC] The Secrets For A Successful Transition From Military Life to Civilian Life

Preparing veterans for their return to civilian life can be just as important as training them for their service in the military. Here are some important details to know about transitioning back to civilian life. Infographic provided by Veteran Car Donations.

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How to Invest in Real Estate: 9 Ways to Get Started

9 tips from G. Brian Davis, co-founder of SparkRental.com and owner of dozens of investment properties. 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...

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Patch of Land is a Proud Sponsor of IMN's Single Family Rental Investment Forum (West)

Patch of Land is proud to be a sponsor of IMN's 7th Annual Single Family Rental Investment Forum (West). The event will be held on December 3-5, 2018 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale AZ. This industry-leading event will once again bring together key market participants including REITs, Funds, Aggregators, Fix and Flippers, Note Buyers, ABS & REIT...

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How the UK is Becoming a Global Leader in Agritech

With highly skilled talent in many disciplines from animal and plant sciences to land management, the UK has a proven ability to develop and market new technologies. The post How the UK is Becoming a Global Leader in Agritech appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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How to fix houses that you flip

Who should do the work, how to estimate cost, how much work should you do, how to find contractors, and other best practices. We’re back with another installment of our six F’s of real estate investing: Find, Finance, Fix, Fill, Flip, and, our favorite, Fun. Today, we’ll be covering the...

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Veteran-owned Re4ormed Takes First Prize at the StreetShares Foundation Veteran Small Business Awards in Orlando

Photo courtesy of Military Influencer Conference and  Semper Anticus Photography A buzz of excitement passed through the crowd at the 2018 Military Influencer Conference hosted in Orlando, late last month. The StreetShares Team was about to introduce the top three finalists of the StreetShares Foundation Veteran Small Business Award – Food...

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Is It Wise to Incorporate Industrial Properties Into Your Real Estate Investment Portfolio?

As e-commerce expands, and that includes smaller online merchants who will need to fulfill physical product orders, there will be a higher demand for fulfillment and distribution centers to meet the demand for these products. The post Is It Wise to Incorporate Industrial Properties Into Your Real Estate Investment Portfolio?...

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BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Wasteless Raises $2m Series A for In-Store Retail Tech Reducing Food Waste

Founded in June 2016, Wasteless has developed a proprietary dynamic pricing algorithm for products with a limited expiration date, allowing retailers to create and display discount prices across the demand curve. The post BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Wasteless Raises $2m Series A for In-Store Retail Tech Reducing Food Waste appeared first on...

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The Gaps and Opportunities for Agribusiness Technology in Latin America

If global agricultural production needs to grow by 60% by 2050 to meet global demand, Latin America’s production needs to grow by 80%, according to its market participation and growth potential, write Ciro Echesortu. The post The Gaps and Opportunities for Agribusiness Technology in Latin America appeared first on AgFunderNews....

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Cofactor Genomics Announces Clinical Validation of its Tumor Immune-Profiling Assay, ImmunoPrismTM

CAP/CLIA validation of ImmunoPrismTM furthers Cofactor’s mission of leveraging RNA to build unique, transformative assays informing critical clinical decisions Source: Cofactor Genomics Announces Clinical Validation of its Tumor Immune-Profiling Assay, ImmunoPrismTM The post Cofactor Genomics Announces Clinical Validation of its Tumor Immune-Profiling Assay, ImmunoPrismTM appeared first on iSelect Fund.

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St. Louis one of top 10 best U.S. cities for startups, according to Forbes

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Forbes.com listed St. Louis among cities including Philadelphia, Denver and Portland, Ore. as one of the top 10 cities in the United States for Startups in Source: St. Louis one of top 10 best U.S. cities for startups, according to Forbes The post St. Louis one...

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