The crowdfunding industry is exploding with entrepreneurs, investors, portal operators, third party service providers and experts from around the world who are all jockeying for position to take advantage of a promising and brand new fundraising channel for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). (read more)
On March 20, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) published for a 90-day public comment period four new prospectus exemptions including a Crowdfunding specific exemption that would allow early stage companies such as start-ups and small-to-mid-size enterprises (SMEs) to raise up to $1.5 million of capital through the issuance of securities online while maintaining an appropriate level of investor protection.
Regulatory briefing: What are the proposed regulations, timeline and next steps?
What are the challenges of our current capital raising markets and what solutions are coming?
Are we doing enough collectively as a 360 eco-system to remain competitive in today’s global markets?
How will crowdfunding spur business and economic growth, employment and innovation?
Do these regulations provide significant protections for investors?
What are the legal issues and proposed solutions that revolve around Crowdfunding transactions?
Market pulse: what is happening on the ground in the Crowdfunding industry? (Issuers, investors, portals, and providers)
Q&A feedback on Ontario's Crowdfunding exemption proposal