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CCEMC Announces Grand Challenge First Round Winners, Prepares for Next Round
Open Innovation

Since early 2013, the Canadian Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) has been working with NineSigma, the open innovation intermediary, on an international ‘grand challenge’ to find new uses for carbon. In April, CCEMC held an awards ceremony to announce the 24 winners of the first round — four more than initially anticipated.

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Anton RootJul 24, 2014 10:08 pm GMT1041 views
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Wealth Migrate Unveils ‘World’s Global Real Estate Marketplace’ at EPIC 2014
Crowdfunding

The real estate equity crowdfunding market is growing fast in the US. A number of platforms have come online in the past year, and they are attracting both investor and issuer interest. That, in turn, has convinced VCs and angels to back the platforms, further legitimizing the young industry and fueling growth. Now, another player has joined the ranks.

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Anton RootJul 19, 2014 04:45 pm GMT2669 views
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Spotlight on How and If the Crowd Serves Your Funding Needs
Crowdfunding

Rose Spinelli, the expert when it comes to raising cash via rewards-based crowdfunding, writes in with her inaugural advice column 'Rose Recommends.' She answers questions about whether the crowdfunding field is getting too crowded, and about crowdfunding campaign guidelines. Have your own questions?

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Rose SpinelliJul 14, 2014 06:20 pm GMT1810 views
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Seedrs COO on Convertible Equity, Future Ad Labs Campaign Success
Crowdfunding

On Monday, Seedrs announced a new investment type: convertible equity. To find out more about this new investment type (Seedrs claims it's the first crowdfunding platform to offer it), and why the company decided to begin offering it to their investors, we spoke with platform president and COO Carlos Silva.

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Anton RootJul 09, 2014 08:59 pm GMT1752 views
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JumpStart Africa Hopes to Empower the Continent’s Entrepreneurs
Crowdfunding

We profile JumpStart Africa, a crowdfunding platform for creatives and entrepreneurs on the continent. Operating in a region made up of developing nations poses a unique set of challenges, find out how founder and CEO Ahmed Zrikem hopes to overcome them after the jump.

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Anton RootJun 30, 2014 10:50 pm GMT3370 views
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500 Startups Partners with SeedInvest for New Fund
Crowdfunding

500 Startups, the VC fund and accelerator, announced yesterday that it's raising $100 million for its third flagship fund. To help finance it, the company partnered up with SeedInvest, which created a custom platform for the accelerator and is helping with investor accreditation verification, as well as other services.

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Anton RootJun 27, 2014 07:00 pm GMT1992 views
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Red Rock Assets: A Crowdlending Platform for the Mining Industry
Crowdfunding

We profile Red Rock Assets, a crowdlending platform for accredited investors that wants to allow individuals and institutions to invest in mining and energy projects from around the world for as little as $5000.

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Anton RootJun 24, 2014 08:40 pm GMT1833 views
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Standing Out in the White Label Crowdfunding Space
Crowdfunding

There are a number of companies that build crowdfunding platforms for their customers. But to really stand out, the white label providers need to offer a wide range of services for their customers. We profile Crowd Fund Magic, which does just that. (Sponsored Post)

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Anton RootJun 18, 2014 05:22 pm GMT2500 views
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DesignCrowd Acquires Creative Contest Platform Worth1000
Crowd Creativity

DesignCrowd, the Australian crowdsourced design firm, announced yesterday that it has acquired Worth1000, a creative contest platform. The deal hasn't been embraced by at least a vocal minority in the Worth1000 community, though, who fear the crowdsourcing firm will shut down their site. 

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Anton RootJun 17, 2014 08:42 pm GMT2101 views
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SeedInvest Closes $4.15M Series A Round
Crowdfunding

The equity crowdfunding platform SeedInvest announced yesterday that it has closed a $4.15 million Series A round. The first $2 million came from several VC firms, including Scout Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Avenue A Ventures, Archer Gray, and Krillion Ventures. The rest came from 42 accredited investors through the crowdfunding platform’s own raise.

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Anton RootJun 12, 2014 08:13 pm GMT2285 views
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Your Next Raise: The Future of Accredited Investor Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding

Thomas Vass, owner and manager of The Private Capital Market, a fee-based subscription crowdfunding site, writes in to discuss the potential future of accredited investor crowdfunding. 

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Crowdsourcing.orgJun 11, 2014 08:54 pm GMT2846 views
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Betterific Wants to Help Brands Identify and Solve Problems
Crowd Creativity, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

We profile Betterific, a crowdsourced innovation platform that helps brands to identify and solve problems. Unlike some of the other companies doing similar work, the co-founder said, Betterific promotes an open conversation among the users and brands on the platform.

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Anton RootJun 05, 2014 08:12 pm GMT3345 views
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Kickstarter Simplifies Rules, Offers Campaigns a ‘Launch Now’ Option
Crowdfunding

Kickstarter, the leading crowdfunding platform around, announced two changes to its platform yesterday. First, it scrapped a few rules that prevented certain campaigns from coming onto the platform. And it also introduced the Launch Now feature, which is allowing campaigns to launch without approval from a company representative.

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Anton RootJun 04, 2014 08:46 pm GMT3037 views
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IgnitionDeck Acquires Fundify, CrowdPress Crowdfunding WordPress Themes
Crowdfunding

We catch up with Nathan Hangen of IgnitionDeck, which recently announced that it has acquired the crowdfunding themes Fundify and CrowdPress. Hangen shares his vision for the company's future, and gives us the scoop on some of the features IgnitionDeck is working on.

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Anton RootMay 29, 2014 07:59 pm GMT4155 views
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Malaysian Government Continues its Bid to Build a Nationwide Microsourcing Ecosystem
Cloud Labor, Crowd Creativity

In 2011, the Malaysian government planned and approved a far-reaching set of reforms aimed improving the economic standing of the country’s citizens. Digital Malaysia, as the reforms are collectively known, is a program designed to diversity the country’s economy, with the aim of having the digital economy contributing 17 percent of the gross national income by 2020 (among many other ambitious goals).

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Anton RootMay 21, 2014 07:31 pm GMT3376 views
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Salary Fairy Wants Employees to Know What They’re Actually Worth
Distributed Knowledge, Tools

Want to find out if you're getting paid a fair wage? Salary Fairy is making use of crowd wisdom to help employees get salary predictions.

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Anton RootMay 19, 2014 09:09 pm GMT3267 views
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Equity Crowdfunding Captures New Zealand’s Pioneering Spirit

Stephen Franks of the New Zealand-based equity crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect writes in to discuss the country's entrepreneurial past, and how crowdfunding can help to reinvigorate that spirit.

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Crowdsourcing.orgMay 14, 2014 05:27 pm GMT2962 views
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Crowds 2.0: New Frontiers in Crowdfunding + Crowdsourcing [Video]

Today, New York University's Center for Business Analytics is bringing together a number of well-known industry pioneers and academic thought leaders from around the country to discuss the future of both crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. Participants include CrowdFlower's Lukas Biewald, Crowdnetic's Luan Cox, Appirio's Narinder Singh, Kickstarter's Yancey Strickler, NYU Stern's Panos Ipeirotis, Harvard Business School's Karim Lakhani, UPenn Wharton's Ethan Mollick, and many others.

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Anton RootMay 09, 2014 12:30 pm GMT5084 views
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New Platform HeadFunder Focusing on the Social Aspects of Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding

We profile HeadFunder, a newly launched rewards-based platform that wants to emphasize the social aspects of crowdfunding.

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Anton RootMay 08, 2014 11:30 pm GMT169607 views
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uTest Rebrands to Applause, Announces Testhub Acquisition
Crowd Creativity, Distributed Knowledge

The rename to Applause comes with the introduction of a 360 degree app quality dashboard. This will enable clients to manage a suite of app quality tools and analytics; because its outlook is expanding, the company felt that it needed to change the name, said Applause chief marketing and strategy officer Matt Johnston.

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Anton RootMay 05, 2014 02:18 pm GMT3116 views
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