Starting today, entrepreneurs have a new way to raise money.
Equity crowdfunding, whereby entrepreneurs sell a portion of their companies in exchange for cash, has historically only been available to accredited investors. As of today, however, anyone can invest in a startup through equity crowdfunding.
This rule change has been a long time coming. Industry stakeholders are eagerly anticipating the spigot for this new pipeline of capital being turned on.
However, launching a new investment vehicle is a serious undertaking and especially in the beginning, there is sure to be some agitation as this new funding mechanism launches.
For a complete explanation of what’s happening, why it matters and what each side of the financial relationship -- the entrepreneur and the investor -- should expect, have a look at our five-part feature series on this next generation of equity crowdfunding.
The overview: What’s happening and why it matters.
Starting May 16, Entrepreneurs Can Raise Money in a Whole New Way. Here's What You Need to Know.
Equity crowdfunding 2.0: What entrepreneurs need to know.
An Entrepreneur's Essential Guide to the New Wild West of Funding Opening on May 16
Equity crowdfunding 2.0: What investors need to know.
Your Guide to the High-Risk, High-Reward World of Investing in Startups When Fundamental Finance Law Changes Go Into Effect May 16
Who is this right for? A breakdown of the type of entrepreneur most likely to benefit from the new equity crowdfunding.
Which Entrepreneurs Will Benefit Most From the New Era of Crowdfunding?
The future: What challenges entrepreneurs and investors should expect going forward.
Next Generation Crowdfunding Starts May 16. Expect Opportunity and Growing Pains.Questions? Comments? Thoughts? Please engage with us! I am @CatClifford on Twitter and you can use the hashtag #CrowdfundWithCat to follow along in our conversation.