The Crowdfunding Accreditation for Platform Standards (CAPS) program is an initiative by Crowdsourcing.org to promote the adoption of best practices for the operation of crowdfunding platforms globally.
Designed to protect both crowdfunders (people pledging or investing capital) and fundraisers (people raising capital), the CAPS program's mission is to foster the sustainable growth of the crowdfunding industry to provide much needed capital for projects and initiatives, start-ups and small businesses.
Supported by an advisory council of leading platform operators and industry experts, the accreditation criteria will be reviewed annually to ensure high standards for performance continue to be set as the industry develops.
Accreditation is granted based on an interview and a review process. Platforms that do not meet the qualification criteria receive feedback, and upon implementation of the recommendations, are able to reapply.
Accreditation is awarded based on passing qualification criteria in four categories of platform operation:
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CFIRA is a membership organization that includes members of the CrowdFund Investing, donation and reward-based crowdfunding community as well as representatives of related industries including angel and venture capital firms.
CFIRA will provide U.S. intermediaries with regulation, reporting, and compliance oversight and will provide investors with educational tools to help make more informed decisions about the opportunities and risks of CrowdFund Investing. CFIRA is committed to working with the SEC to create reasonable and appropriate regulations and oversight to reduce fraud and protect investors.
Crowdnetic is, through HelpersUnite and GreenUnite, dedicated to empowering the crowd. As a new and rapidly expanding industry, we must all commit to the highest standards and we are honored to help shape and contribute to the CAPS initiative.
Crowdfunder is delighted to be part of CAPS and to be part of this new industry standard. By providing a level of service that all platforms can adhere to, we are ensuring that all users and beneficiaries of these sites are secure and safe.
SterlingFunder is the nation’s first equity and debt crowdfunding portal for both accredited investors and non-accredited investors. We believe in the power of the crowd, calculated risks and well-earned rewards. Crowdfund now at SterlingFunder.com.
PleaseFund.Us are delighted to collaborate with CAPS, to provide clear and transparent industry standards. We hope that all the hard work undertaken by CAPS will secure an environment that enables the wider community to enjoy the benefits of crowdfunding.
ASSOB welcomes CAPS' initiative in providing standards to this emerging industry. The requirements were thorough and we have updated our platform to comply. Equity based crowdfunding means that investors stay active after successful fundraisings; the platform must respect this.
Scolaris.ca is a Canadian crowdfunding platform that merges the power of social media and networking with the rising popularity of crowdfunding to create custom academic scholarships. CAPS helps to strengthen our site’s mission and work as we strive to reduce the student debt crisis!
Hyperfund is proud to be an accredited crowdfunding platform according to the Crowdfunding Accreditation for Platform Standards (CAPS) program. It ensures hyperfund’s continued high standards in: Transparency, Security, Functionality, and Operational Procedures.
IPO Village is dedicated to equity crowdfunding exclusive Nasdaq IPOs. Our hosted public offerings are open to the 99%, who have until now been unable to participate in these potentially lucrative and exciting investment opportunities.
StartupValley is an equity crowdfunding portal that allows tech startups, entrepreneurs, and other technology based businesses to raise capital in exchange for equity ownership in their company. At StartupValley we are proud to be an approved portal of the CAPS program.
Piglt (pronounced 'piglet') is education’s entrepreneurial piggy bank. Our users engage the community to crowdfund their higher education & private student loan debt. Successful funding is sent directly to Academic or Vocational Institutions and Loan Originators.
ProHatch is delighted to be recognized by CAPS for achieving the industry’s highest standards of excellence. Learn how our Phase-to-Raise™ crowdfunding process can help you successfully raise funds for businesses, philanthropy & personal projects.
The mission of When You Wish is to radically change the way creative, economic, and humanitarian aspirations are funded by unlocking the power of capital for ordinary people. Our participation in the CAPS program is motivated by our bedrock principles of transparency and security for our users.
Crowdfunding deals with the fundamentals of financing entrepreneurship. Creating high standards such as CAPS is the only way to prove crowdfunding as a viable, safe and secure way for investors and entrepreneurs to connect and create economic growth.
Giving away food wont solve Our problem! Lets CrowdFund Innovative minds for Sustainable Growth! Let's JumpStart Africa together! JumpStart Africa is the first crowdfunding platform to revolutionize the way the world supports Africa by backing innovative projects developed by African entrepreneurs. We are proud to be awarded the CAPS Certification!
The JOBS Act creates new opportunities to bring a project to life, but in this ecosystem, the assurance of quality has not yet caught up. We see CAPS as an important affirmation of the quality service we provide and encourage anyone, to look for the accreditation mark when selecting funding platform.
At FundRazr, we are committed to increasing the transparency and trustworthiness of the crowdfunding industry by developing and adopting standards that protect customers and maintain market integrity. We are excited to join the CAPS initiative.
Rock The Post is a crowdfunding website designed to fund small businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits. We are proud to be part of this proactive initiative and also thankful to have an industry standard established and upheld by the CAPS program.
booomerang is thrilled to be enrolled in the CAPS program. As a Scandinavian platform with an international perspective, we are pleased to meet these international standards to ensure transparency, security and safety for all users, and we commit to the bright future of this rapidly growing industry.
ComeçAki is excited to be part of the CAPS program. We know the development of standards is necessary to give trust tools to the crowd and allow the real Crowdfunding Revolution.
Grow VC is committed to building a sustainable, efficient and transparent marketplace for startup funding. We believe that our commitment to an industry-wide accreditation program will benefit our startups and investors in this new global ecosystem.
Gambitious is the first professional crowdfunding platform dedicated to the game industry. Here to help independent game developers and publishers reach the widest audience with their proposals to attract the funding they need. Visitors can back projects via pledges or (equity) investments.
Foodstart is the leading community-financing platform for food-and-beverage companies. We are proud to have received the rigorous certification of the CAPS program.
StartMe is thrilled to be part of the much needed CAPS initiative. Transparency is crucial to crowdfunding serving its members to the full and this is a significant step in the right direction. By agreeing to this high level of service, we are ensuring the sustainability of the industry and on-going benefits of its beneficiaries.
Limoney is an Italian crowdfunding platform whose aim is to promote great Italian products all over the world. We help great designers, artists and entrepreneurs to expand beyond national boundaries to reach the widest audience possible in order to find the necessary funding to make their ideas come true.
EarlyShares is an equity crowdfunding platform that connects smart investors with unique opportunities. EarlyShares is the funding platform of the future, where small investments ignite big ideas.Founded in 2011, EarlyShares enables investors to diversify their portfolios by investing in a variety of interesting deals across a multitude of industries. In the process, investors help entrepreneurs drive progress, create jobs, and generate economic growth. For more information, go to www.earlyshares.com.
As the first equity based crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube intends to set and maintain a high standard that other platforms will emulate. Participating in the CAPS initiative enables us to do this and we are sure this program will benefit both businesses and investors.
As the #1 Title III funding portal for all (U.S. based), we are proud to satisfy the industry standards and earn the CAPS Accreditation. The moment the SEC enacts Title III we will be ready to transact securities on a federal scale. In the meantime, we will use our homegrown technology to utilize the availability of intrastate crowdfunding in various states. With truCrowd - Anyone* can invest. All* companies are listed (* - subject to very few limitations).
PPL Crowdfunding well made in Portugal supports the regulation and high standards required to establish this new industry. We are proud to uphold and promote the CAPS initiative and, based on common values, work together to unleash the power of collaborative funding, promotion and sourcing in the world.
WeTradeNet (WTN) is a reward based Crowdfunding platform. WTN sets the boundaries for crowdfunding platforms by applying to these principles: Transparency for the crowdfunders and fundraisers, high security transactions with biometric fingerprint identification and verification, transparent communication between the users and the company.
EquityNet has operated the largest business crowdfunding platform since 2005. The multi-patented EquityNet platform has been used by over 50,000 individual entrepreneurs and investors, incubators, government entities, and other members of the entrepreneurial community to plan, analyze, and capitalize privately-held businesses. EquityNet provides access to thousands of investors and has helped entrepreneurs across North America raise over $250 million in equity, debt, and royalty-based capital.
Create your crowdfunding campaign, launch your project and enjoy the success! DreamDoit boosts creators worldwide, we support a broad creative community with exciting talent and ideas we all want to see and enjoy. We are proud to be part of the CAPS program to promote the adoption of best practices for running crowdfunding worldwide.
CrowdBoarders the Worlds First Social Investing Network also introducing an Industry specific term for raising money on-line with a "CrowdBoard". Everyone can be a "CrowdBoarder" and stay connected to the Industry with their own profile via CrowdNews, create, rate, share, comment on all CrowdBoards located in easy to find specific Districts. Build your own BoardFolio and enjoy the freedom of CrowdBoarding by socially connecting with like-minded "Boarders" worldwide. We are proud to be a part of the CAPS program. Cheers!
Superior Ideas is extremely excited to be apart of the CAPS initiative. We aim to help bring university research and public service projects to life that are not normally suited for grant funding. We exist to empower both researchers and donors by providing a platform for university researchers to describe their projects to the public, and donors can express their interest and support with just the click of a mouse.
At Launchpad Investors our goal is to support entrepreneurs and protect investors. We are proud to be a part of the CAPS initiative and support its mission to foster a sustainable crowdfunding industry.
At Peoplefund.it we believe in clear and open standards within the crowdfunding industry, that’s why we’re really pleased to be assessed by the CAPS. We’re sure it will increase the take up of the sector.
First Equity Based Crowdfunding in Latin America. Early Stage, Startup, Growth, all industries. In 2013 launching Perú, followed by Colombia and México. Looking for synergies and strategic alliances.
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