How crowdfunding is democratizing real estate investing

"Crowdfunding means democratizing access, in our case, to large-scale commercial real estate assets," says Rodrigo Niño, founder and CEO of Prodigy Network.
“Crowdfunding means democratizing access, in our case, to large-scale commercial real estate assets,” says Rodrigo Niño, founder and CEO of Prodigy Network. – TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook recently introduced a crowdfunding feature called Personal Fundraising hoping to emulate successful crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe. But crowdfunding has also become a popular source of financing for real estate developments. It exploded onto the scene since 2012 when the federal Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, changed the way individuals could invest in projects or companies. Rodrigo Niño is founder and CEO of a platform called Prodigy Network, which uses crowdfunding to build commercial real estate, like the tallest skyscraper in his home country of Colombia. Marketplace’s Molly Wood talked with Niño about crowdfunding. Below is an edited transcript of their conversation.

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How Crowdfunding Took On Private Equity And Won

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Commuters walk past cat posters at Clapham Common Underground station in south west London on September 16, 2016.Creative collective, Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (CATS), a project started by a group called Glimpse, have replaced many of the adverts in Clapham Common Underground station with posters featuring stray cats from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and Cats Protection, after raising £23,000 from almost 700 people via crowdfunding website kickstarter. / AFP / Jack TAYLOR (Photo credit should read JACK TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images)

Until very recently, anyone running a private company in the UK would have automatically turned to the private equity or venture capital sectors when looking for their first slice of equity capital. But research just published suggests this conventional route to fund-raising no longer offers the greatest prospects of success; online crowdfunding platforms are now more likely to provide the financing such companies are looking for.

Research agency Beauhurst’s analysis of investments into non-listed high-growth investments in the UK last year reveals that crowdfunding is now outperforming. The two largest platforms, Seedrs and Crowdcube, together accounted for 21 per cent of all such equity investment in the UK last year according to Beauhurst’s research.

Given that these two businesses didn’t even exist six years ago – Crowdcube launched in 2011 while Seedrs came along in 2012 – that’s remarkable. Between them, the two platforms funded more than 250 companies last year, with 45,000 investments from users in these companies’ equity.

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NextGen Announces Crowdfunding Video Awards to Recognize The Best Crowdfunding Campaign Videos | Business Wire

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NextGen Crowdfunding, the leading company that helps people explore new types of crowdfunding, announces the Crowdfunding Video Awards (CVAs). This new series of online awards programs will showcase the best videos from both rewards-based crowdfunding campaigns featured on Indiegogo, Kickstarter and other platforms, and equity crowdfunding campaigns. This contest celebrates and encourages the spirit of startups, entrepreneurship, and pursuing the dream of creating and owning a business.

“Founders throughout the world are leveraging crowdfunding as a way to pursue their passions and chase their dreams, and we want to help shine a light on their efforts.”

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The CVAs will provide entrepreneurs with new ways to promote their crowdfunding campaigns and products to backers and potential investors. The first season will debut in January 2017 with online pilot programming, as well as continuing programming through April 2017. The season will include five preliminary awards shows, and will culminate in a sixth and final seasonal awards show.nextgen-crowdfunding

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SportsEngine/NBC Sports acquires RallyMe

 

SportsEngine/NBC Sports acquires RallyMe
 

SportsEngine announced today that it has acquired RallyMe, the No. 1 platform for online sports fundraising. SportsEngine, an NBC Sports Group company, is the leading provider of Sport Life Management web software and mobile applications for youth, amateur, and professional sports.

“As costs for youth sports participation continue to rise, the need to fundraise has never been more critical,” said Bill Kerig, RallyMe Founder and CEO. “RallyMe has helped thousands of athletes, teams, and organizations raise millions. Now, by joining SportsEngine and the NBC Sports Group, we look forward to expanding our reach to help millions of hard-working athletes fund their dreams.”

SportsEngine’s acquisition rounds out the company’s whole-product solution for youth and amateur sports.

“RallyMe is the perfect fit for SportsEngine and the athletes, teams and organizations we’re serving,” said Justin Kaufenberg, co-founder and CEO at SportsEngine. “We believe that participation in sports changes lives by teaching us priceless lessons in character, commitment, leadership and discipline.”

Kerig, along with RallyMe president Whitney Childers, will continue to lead RallyMe from its Salt Lake City headquarters.

“By joining SportsEngine/NBC Sports, we will have marketing and staffing resources to increase our level of service for athletes and organizations,” said Childers. “Our goal is to ensure that no athlete ever has to quit playing their sport because of lack of funds.”

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About SportsEngine
Helping the world play smarter and live more, SportsEngine is the leading provider of Sport Life Management web software and mobile applications for youth, amateur, and professional sports. Powering more than 500,000 sports teams, leagues, clubs, and associations, SportsEngine features a complete suite of easy-to-use tools that help sports organizations manage, connect, and communicate with a diverse range of stakeholders. Founded in 2008, SportsEngine is based in Minneapolis, Minn. For more information, visit www.sportsengine.com; like the company on Facebook at Facebook.com/nbcsportsengine; or follow SportsEngine on Twitter at@nbcsportsengine.

About RallyMe
RallyMe is the No. 1 online sports fundraising platform. RallyMe has partnered with over 35 sports National Governing Bodies and top sports organizations across the globe to help athletes, teams and organizations raise the funds they need to train and compete. Thousands have raised millions on RallyMe. The platform is safe, secure and provides sophisticated tools and templates to help athletes and organizations raise funds through their personal and social media networks. CNBC called RallyMe the “Gold medal standard” for athlete crowdfunding. Learn more at http://rallyme.com.

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Jim Dahline
SportsEngine, Director of Communications
press@sportsengine.com

Whitney Childers
RallyMe, Director of Operations
support@rallyme.com

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Crowdfunding VC: Nin Desai Focuses on Investing in Tech – Crowdfund Insider

After years of working for firms like Merrill Lynch and Pacific Crest, Nin Desai decided to launch her own venture Nin.VC. Seeing opportunity in the JOBS Act of 2012 that legalized various iterations of crowdfunding, Nin launched a VC-hybrid firm that allows accredited investors access investment opportunities typically not available to just anyone. Based in Chicago, Nin.VC now has an office in San Francisco to be closer to the vibrant tech startup scene.

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The Ultimate Fundraising Course

  If you are planning to raise capital for your business, you will need all the help you can get. The fundraising game is tough!   Only 10% of founders successfully fundraise Over 65% of …

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Own Part of Red Mountain for $1,000 | POWDER

Jason Davies always dreamed of owning a ski hill. But as a small business owner the investment was always out of reach, until August 23 when BC’s Red Mountain Resort launched the first equity crowdfunding campaign (also called crowd investing) in ski industry history. Now Davies, and you too, can own a piece of a ski hill for as little at $1,000—or less than a high-end pair of planks.

“This is an opportunity for me to live my dream at an entry level,” says Davies. “The best part is, I love Red.”

The crowdfunding campaign was launched just two week after the biggest ski resort conglomerate, Vail Resorts, gobbled up the biggest resort, Whistler Blackcomb. The $1.4 billion deal is part of a consolidation trend in the industry. Red’s campaign notes that nearly 40 resorts are owned by three companies and about 75 percent of those acquisitions happened in the last 14 years. Howard Katkov, the owner of Red, thinks crowdfunding may be a way for independent resorts to resist the homogenization of skiing and continue to improve while retaining independence from big shareholders and institutions.

“Independent ski areas are an endangered species, but they’re super important to the ski industry,” says Katkov. “They’re the soul of skiing. If you suck the soul out of the industry you lose a big part of what makes skiing special.”
Read more at http://www.powder.com/stories/news/become-an-owner-at-red-mountain-for-1000/#vH8Edi4ltJ28FVzf.99

British Columbia’s Red Mountain Resort launches a crowdfunding campaign to support growth and maintain independence.

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