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Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

Monthly Archives: August 2015

SeedUps Canada Profile

This profile is part of our crowdfunding site directory. If you have used the site and have comments you’d like to share with our readers, please share them below. If you are part of the company and see an error that needs correcting, please send us an email.

About SeedUps Canada:

SeedUps Canada is a Crowdfund investing platform where ordinary investors can invest in great companies offering investments in the Exempt Market. Our platform attracts a wide range of businesses, from seed and start-up stage to more established growth and expanding companies, seeking access to growth capital and a convenient forum to connect with potential investors and other stakeholders.

RallyMe Profile

This profile is part of our crowdfunding site directory. If you have used the site and have comments you’d like to share with our readers, please share them below. If you are part of the company and see an error that needs correcting, please send us an email.

About RallyMe:

RallyMe is the industry leader in crowdfunding for athletes, teams, and athletic organizations. An exclusive partner of 15 National Governing Bodies and more than 30 national teams, RallyMe is the Gold Medal Standard in athletic crowdfunding.

Prodigy Network Profile

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About Prodigy Network:

Founded in 2003, Prodigy Network specializes in connecting its network of accredited investors with opportunities to participate in prime commercial real estate in Manhattan. With its proven crowdfunding model and use of a third-party fund administrator, Prodigy Network has shifted real estate investment opportunities and returns – that once were solely accessible to large investors – to smaller accredited investors. As the leader of the world’s largest crowdfunded skyscraper BD Bacata, Prodigy Network has raised more than $300 million from 6,200 investors globally with a projected value of over $850 million. Prodigy Network is headquartered in New York City. www.prodigynetwork.com

peerbackers Profile

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About peerbackers:

peerbackers, one of the first crowdfunding platforms for entrepreneurs, has now grown to be a premiere provider of services for the crowdfunding industry. In addition to our funding platform, we provide educational workshops across the country as well as produce video programming on topics of crowd finance for our media partners such as Thompson Reuters. We also showcase entrepreneurs who are seeking investment capital under Regulation D via our RegDTV media channel to give them exposure to investors.

Patreon Profile

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About Patreon:

Patreon lets fans support their favorite creators by becoming patrons. Unlike other fundraising services, which raise for a single big event, Patreon is for creators who create a stream of smaller works.

University Of Denver Senior Launches Environmental Crowdfunding Platform

Evan Swaak, an environmental science senior at the University of Denver, launches earthcrowdfunder.com in an effort to benefit the environment.

“Earthcrowdfunder.com is basically a crowdfunding website for environmental and sustainable projects,” Swaak says. “I’m building on the trend for private citizens and organizations to raise funds via crowdfunding, and applying it to saving our planet.”

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Users can both list their own projects as well as donate to others featured on the website, which will also include a carbon footprint calculator. The environmental or sustainable projects Earthcrowdfunder will feature include solar panel installations, school gardens, animal and land conservation efforts, and much more. Any project that benefits the planet may be funded via earthcrowdfunder.com.

“Earthcrowdfunder also gives environmental non-profits a new way to raise money,” says Swaak. “Rather than working via more traditional fundraising methods, Earthcrowdfunder opens doors to new donors and allows organizations to keep up in the 21st century.”

Earthcrowdfunder is not only for non-profits. Anyone who wants to raise money for an environmental or sustainable project can launch a project on earthcrowdfunder.com.

Fund a project. Lower your footprint. Save the planet. www.earthcrowdfunder.com

Crowdfunding Finally Goes Mobile in the US as OFF3R (Formerly Known as tendr) Launches

LONDON, August 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — ‘Addictive’ investor app hits 250,000 interactions in first eight weeks and will now be linked to Angel.co and other top US platforms.

Tendr, the mobile crowdfunding discovery platform, rebrands as OFF3R and will now offer US crowdfunding investment opportunities from Angel.co and other leading US platforms. OFF3R is backed by super angel investment club QVentures and with investors in over 42 countries.

With the global crowdfunding market predicted to reach $96 billion by 2025*, the rise of crowdfunding has been meteoric. Investors have invested an average of $3,000 in the last month with $22m raised across UK equity crowdfunding platforms that are linked to OFF3R. The crowdfunding aggregator will integrate with over 68 platforms in the coming months offering investors a broad spectrum of opportunities across equity and debt.

“Our decision to rebrand from tendr to OFF3R facilitates our global expansion plans and is in response to international demand,” commented Lex Deak, CEO at OFF3R. “Our savvy users love the app as they can keep on top of crowdfunding investment opportunities whilst on the move. Now we are offering them US investment opportunities, making our app even more compelling.”

OFF3R was launched in the UK in June of this year, under the name of tendr, and is linked to UK crowdfunding platforms Crowdcube, Seedrs, AngelList, Angels Den, Envestors, Eureeca and OurCrowd.

About OFF3R:

  • OFF3R is the first ever mobile crowdfunding aggregator.
  • OFF3R provides smart investors with key details of crowdfunding opportunities so they can make sound investment decision with a few swipes and touches of a smartphone or tablet.
  • Off3R links investors to crowdfunding platforms and has transformed the way people can invest in new ventures. Investors can also enable alerts and notifications to signal new opportunities.
  • OFF3R is available on both Android and iOs and can be downloaded from Playstore, Appstore or http://www.OFF3R.com

Note:

OFF3R is not a crowdfunding originator. OFF3R is an aggregator of publicly available information, you will need to register on each platform and agree to specific terms to access additional investment information. OFF3R is targeted towards investors who are sufficiently sophisticated to understand these risks and make their own investment decisions. Investing in early stage businesses involves risks, including illiquidity, lack of dividends, loss of investment and dilution, and it should be done only as part of a diversified portfolio.

*2013 study commissioned by the World Bank

Post Properties Hosts Duck Pluck Benefitting Special Olympics Georgia

ATLANTA (Aug. 13, 2015)Post Properties is hosting the 10th annual Duck Pluck, which benefits Special Olympics Georgia, this Friday at the Post Chastain pool. Ducks can be purchased for $5 each, and each donation goes to support athletes in the upcoming State Summer Games. $5 will feed one athlete a meal, and $30 will provide gold, silver and bronze medals for one competition.

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Prize numbers will be assigned to each yellow rubber duck. All ducks will be placed in the Post Chastain pool for a swim before the five winning ducks are plucked. Cassidy and Tingle from Star 94 will emcee the event.

Prizes for the five ducks that are plucked include a $500 Visa gift card, 16GB iPad Air, $250 Publix gift card, $150 QuikTrip gift card and a Fitbit Flex. The pluck is at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14. This event is open to the public.

Help make a difference! For more information, visit: http://www.duckrace.com/atlanta.

No real ducks were harmed in the making of this event.

ImpactFlow Raises Nearly $6M to Support Rapid Growth; Expands Streamlined Platform for Connecting Businesses and Nonprofits

Funding to support company’s foray into new markets; updated platform features intuitive dashboard, so giving back is easier than ever

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 11, 2015 – ImpactFlow, an innovative company that connects businesses and individuals with nonprofits to foster community giving, today announced it has closed $5.7 million in funding in the form of equity and options. Led by a group of angel investors based in Northern California, the funds will be used to increase ImpactFlow’s staff of sales, marketing and engineering professionals to support its rapid expansion into new markets.

“I’m humbled by the enthusiastic response we’ve received from investors who share our passion and vision in bridging the gap between nonprofits, businesses and the communities they serve,” said Tyler Foreman, chief executive officer and co-founder of ImpactFlow. “The investors leading this round of funding offer us the opportunity to empower nonprofits of all sizes to connect with businesses and individuals to deepen the impact of their efforts.”

ImpactFlow provides a ground-breaking online platform that eliminates numerous barriers in the fundraising process, so donors can contribute more effectively. Individuals and companies can discover and support nonprofits in their local community or beyond and build mutually beneficial relationships through events, sponsorships and direct giving programs.

ImpactFlow’s automated matching system connects nonprofits with businesses looking to engage in similar philanthropic areas, reducing the time nonprofits need to spend searching for funds and partners. Traditionally, many online fundraising platforms charge high transaction fees. ImpactFlow is free for nonprofits to join and offers one of the lowest processing fees in the industry. Organizations such as Community Cycling Center and the D Wright Way Foundation have already leveraged the platform to deepen the impact of their programs.

“As a local non-profit, we’re very limited in the tools and resources we have to showcase our programs and work directly with businesses in the community,” said Mia Wright, executive director of the D Wright Way Foundation. “ImpactFlow’s easy-to-use online platform provides a one-stop shop for us to connect directly with businesses and individuals that share our common interests and want to give back in a meaningful way. With ImpactFlow, we’re able to take it a step further and show how donations are really making a difference and impacting our work day in and day out, creating a long-lasting relationship with the businesses and community members that engage with us through the platform.”

ImpactFlow has recently announced several new updates to its online platform:

  • A redesigned dashboard – The updated dashboard is more intuitive for users, making it even easier to go beyond giving. From the dashboard, businesses, nonprofits or individuals can manage every aspect of their giving, providing a central location to monitor and track donations in real time.
  • Bolstered fundraising event capabilities – Now, both businesses and nonprofits can host or participate in events to raise funds for a nonprofit. And with the redesigned dashboard, supporting an event is easier than ever. In a central online location, users can manage every aspect, from monitoring ticket sales and sending invitations to lining up complementary sponsors and transferring event proceeds directly to the nonprofit.
  • Built-in social media tools and analytics – The new Impact Amplifier tools make it extremely easy to engage socially with a target audience. Nonprofits and businesses can create custom hashtags, discover and engage with influencers, share optimized messages to their networks, and track social reach over time.

ImpactFlow currently has more than 600 nonprofits in its database and has partnered with a growing number of businesses, primarily in markets such as Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and San Francisco, California. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the company is growing its workforce to keep up with demand and will soon be moving into a new 4,000 square foot space that will feature unassigned seating to create a collaborative work environment reflective of the ImpactFlow culture.

For more information about ImpactFlow, visit https://impactflow.com.

About ImpactFlow

ImpactFlow’s innovative online platform makes it easy for nonprofits, businesses and individuals to give back more effectively. Using its accessible online dashboard, individuals and businesses can discover and support nonprofits in their local community or beyond, streamlining philanthropic giving. Nonprofits leverage the platform to showcase initiatives, partner with businesses and raise money. Founded in 2013, ImpactFlow’s mission is to make giving back simple and accessible to everyone by providing the opportunities and tools needed to create meaningful change. For further information on ImpactFlow, please visit impactflow.com and follow along on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Tech Coast Angels Makes Successful Exit from Investment in MindBody

IRVINE, Calif. – August 11, 2015 Tech Coast Angels (TCA), one of the largest and most organized angel networks in the United States, today announced some of its members realized a successful exit of their investment in MindBody, a leading cloud-based business management software and payments platform for the wellness services industry.

TCA Members invested in MindBody in 2005. The company filed for Initial Private Offering (IPO) in May 2015 and its shares were listed on NASDAQ in June 2015. TCA members who invested in MindBody in 2005 realized a 42X return at IPO.

MindBody reported $24.8 million in quarterly revenue (a 49% increase from last year) in its first earnings call as a public company on August 5, 2015.

Commenting on the exit, TCA chairman Michael Green said, “While it is our mission for TCA members to provide capital and create opportunities for startups, and help these companies grow into successful market leaders, it is always a thrill when our members achieve great return on their investments, as in the case of MindBody.”

About TCA: Tech Coast Angels is one of the largest angel investment groups in the US. The group comprises over 300 angels with experience in almost every industry (not just technology) in five networks that encompass Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Barbara/Westlake and Inland Empire). TCA is the leader in providing funding, guidance, mentorship and leadership experience to early-stage, high-growth, exciting companies in Southern California. In 2014, TCA invested record numbers (over $16 million in 61 deals), and CB Insights ranked TCA ahead of all other angel groups as the strongest network in the country.

Since 1997, Tech Coast Angels have invested over $169 million in more than 275 companies and have helped attract more than $1.5 billion in additional capital/follow-on rounds, mostly from venture capital firms. These investments were in a wide range of industries including biotech, consumer products, social/mobile, IT, life sciences, media, software, environmental, and tech startups. For more information, please visit www.techcoastangels.com.

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