Springboards for Building Up Regional Crowdfunding Community
Equity and debt crowdfunding offerings, with retail investors, have been occurring in the U.S. since 2016. As of October 2021, over 1.2 million individuals have invested over $1 billion in startups and small businesses in all 50 states, across over 1,300 cities and towns. StartupNWA is hosting an introductory program of information sessions for both entrepreneurs/business owners and potential investors alongside Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA).
Sessions for Founding Team Members
There are two sessions, one at TheatreSquared on April 5th, 2022, and another at Brightwater Center for the Study of Food on April 6th, 2022, designed especially for entrepreneurs, and attendees will leave with answers to the following questions:
- What is equity and debt crowdfunding?
- What are the rules for me to raise money for my startup or small businesses?
- How much can I raise and what are my responsibilities to my investors after I raise the capital?
- What are a few important questions I should ask to decide if this is a good option to use to raise money for my business?
- What Web sites can I use to raise crowdfunding capital?
- If I decide this is right for me, how do I get started?
- What are some of the best practices to be successful?
Crowdfund Capital Advisors is a crowdfund investing advisory firm founded by Jason Best and Sherwood Neiss, the leaders of the crowdfunding movement. CCA provides comprehensive advisory solutions for both the public and private sector—that enable clients to achieve maximum results.
Sessions for Retail Investors
There also are two sessions, one at TheatreSquared on April 5th, 2022, and another at Brightwater Center for the Study of Food on April 6th, 2022, designed especially for investors, and attendees will leave with answers to the following questions:
- What is equity and debt crowdfunding?
- What are the rules for me to invest in startups and small businesses?
- How much can I invest?
- How do I diversify my risk in this high-risk asset class?
- What are a few important questions I should ask when evaluating a high-risk investment in a startup or small business?
- What platforms can I use to make crowdfunding investments?
- If I want to experiment, how do I get started?
Mr. Jason Best is a tech entrepreneur co-authored the policy framework used in Title III of the JOBS Act to legalize securities-based crowdfunding and co-led the 460-day campaign to change 80-year-old securities laws in the US. He provided US Congressional testimony twice, and attended the White House, Rose Garden ceremony for President Obama to sign The JOBS Act into law. Over $1B has been invested in over 5,000 startups using securities-based crowdfunding. He has worked in 45 countries to both invest in fintech founders and create Fintech regulation with The World Bank, US State Department and country governments/regulators. He co-authored the World Bank’s research “Crowdfunding’s Potential in the Developing World.” He has spoken at The White House, TEDx, South by Southwest, Aspen Institute, Brookings Institute, Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
Mr. Sherwood Neiss co-authored the Crowdfunding Exemption Framework, which became the basis of Title III of the U.S. JOBS Act to legalize securities-based crowdfunding. As the co-founder of GUARDD and Crowdfund Capital Advisors (“CCA”), he is at the forefront of the online investment industry. GUARDD is a SaaS financial disclosure tool that assists private companies in complying with state Blue Sky laws regarding secondary trading. CCA is a consulting firm serving certain governments and multi-lateral organizations, including Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and governments like Mexico, Chile, Malaysia, and Israel. Mr. Neiss co-authored the World Bank’s research report “Crowdfunding’s Potential for the Developing World,” co-authored "Crowdfund Investing for Dummies. (Wiley)," among other titles. He is the chief architect of the CCLEAR Regulation Crowdfunding Database that tracks and monitors over 5,000 pre-IPO startups across 450 industries in the USA. This data is transmitted to Bloomberg daily. He created the Online Investment Index that tracks the Top 50 Daily Regulation Crowdfunding offerings.
ICYMI: Community Capital in NW Arkansas and Tulsa –
Investing in Local Startups
“Community Capital: NWA & Tulsa – Invest in Local Startups,” co-hosted by friends WeFunder, Startup Junkie, and WeWork Labs NWA, is scheduled for March 29th, 2022. Join community members from Northwest Arkansas and Tulsa, and also engage in live investing and preview startups already raising in the community!