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The use of small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals to finance a new business venture. Crowdfunding makes use of the easy accessibility of vast networks of friends, family and colleagues through social media websites. Crowdfunding has the potential to increase entrepreneurship by expanding the pool of investors from whom funds can be raised beyond the traditional circle of owners, relatives and venture capitalists.

In the United States, crowdfunding is restricted by regulations on who is allowed to fund a new business and how much they are allowed to contribute. Similar to the restrictions on hedge fund investing, these regulations are supposed to protect unsophisticated and/or non-wealthy investors from putting too much of their savings at risk. Because so many new businesses fail, their investors face a high risk of losing their principal. The Securities and Exchange Commission has a proposal to alter existing regulations. http://www.sec.gov/rules/proposed/2013/33-9470.pdf 

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”), enacted on April 5, 2012, establishes the foundation for a regulatory structure for startups and small businesses to raise capital through securities offerings using the Internet through crowdfunding. Examples of current crowdfunding websites include: www.indiegogo.com, www.kickstarter.com, www.kiva.com and www.rockethub.com.

Additional information appears at:
10 Top Crowdfunding Websites | Entrepreneur.com
Crowdfunding Your Invention II
Crowdfunding-General Information
Crowdfunding websites

Other financing approaches include:
SBIR-The Best Kept Funding Secret
Connecticut Innovations Funding Innovations
Connecticut Innovations SBIR Grants


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