The new year is upon us, and so are the many financial resolutions lingering over the heads of millions of people around the globe.
While maintaining a tighter budget, opening an IRA, or paying down credit card debt are probably at the top of everyone's list; making smart long-term investments is also something to think about. Equity Crowdfunding is the process whereby people (i.e. the 'crowd') invest in an early-stage unlisted company (a company that is not listed on a stock market) in exchange for shares in that company. A shareholder has partial ownership of a company and stands to profit should the company do well.
Is it risky? Yes, but consider this. Some of the most innovative companies of the past 20-years have used a form of crowdfunding as their launch pad.
As many black and brown founders struggle to raise the much needed capital to nurture their ventures to the next stage, equity crowdfunding has become an attractive alternative.
However, not all crowdfunding opportunities are created equal. At the end of the day, it is still an investment in a volatile, early stage company where the probability of failure can outweigh the potential reward. It is important to understand your risk tolerance and the future prospects of the venture before diving in. Understanding the A-B-Cs of equity crowdfunding is highly recommended before reading any further.
Risk adverse or not, several black owned startups have recently launched equity crowdfunding efforts worthy of your attention. With endorsements from prominent business and media figures like Roland Martin and Black Star Fund Chairman and CEO, Kwame Anku - these equity crowdfunding campaigns may be worth considering in the year to come.
Kwame Anku and Arlan Hamilton place their bets on blockchain-based fan identity and ticket authenticity platform, Bandwagon.
Fans lose $2.3 Billion in fake tickets annually.
There's simply nothing like being there. Whether that means sitting in the stands while your favorite team wins the championship as confetti rains down or standing in the crowd as you and your friends sing along to your favorite artist’s last song at a sell out concert. Unfortunately, due to the fact that so many people want to “be there”, ticket scalping and ticket fraud are problems that fans have to deal with all across the globe. This isn’t just about sports. Nearly 5 million people a year receive fake tickets to concerts, sporting events and theme parks...and that’s just domestically.
Ultimately, with fans having dozens of options to find tickets to their favorite live events, teams and artists need to find a way to verify the authenticity of tickets regardless of where fans purchase.
BANDWAGON uses blockchain to confirm ticket authenticity. The future of ticketing isn’t exclusive partnerships or requiring fans to purchase through one specific app. The future of ticketing is increased distribution, allowing fans to buy tickets however and wherever they want. The future of ticketing is safe, simple, and secure.
BANDWAGON has already exceed it's $100K goal and the equity crowdfunding campaign is still live. Investment levels range from $150 to $50K.
PopCom Brings Advanced Technologies to Vending and Kiosks
Self-service and automation are the future of retail. But right now, it's a future without data. PopCom is aiming to change that.
PopCom is an automated retail technology company that has built a SaaS & IoT platform for vending machines and kiosks that provides deep consumer insights and engagement for machine operators. The company is seeking investment to help solidify its strong position in the industry as well as fund new development of new blockchain-enabled software that will enable consumers to securely buy government-regulated products (e.g. pharmaceuticals, cannabis, alcohol) from vending machines and ensure retailers stay complaint.
Although PopCom reached its $10K goal right before the new year, they are accepting additional investment. The company is offering Class A convertible stock at investment levels ranging from $500 - $100K.
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Roland Martin Endorses Cannabis Real Estate Venture, Transatlantic Real Estate, LLC
Transatlantic Real Estate LLC is a real estate company that specializes in the acquisition and leasing of properties that support the cannabis industry. The company aims to benefit from the exponential growth in the cannabis sector while remaining non plant touching.
Transatlantic builds tangible value through hard assets (equipment) and real estate. In this way, they claim to offer the best of both worlds. The low-risk participation in a billion dollar sector, and the retention and valuation growth of a hard asset that can be quickly and easily repositioned if needed. They position themselves as a high growth, low risk and legislation immune.
Transatlantic's equity campaign has already reached $1.3M in commitments to-date. Although the company has reached its goal, it is accepting oversubscription for the next three days. Minimum investment is $300 (the equivalent of 3 shares).
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Want to learn more about equity crowdfunding? Check out the links below.
Top 10 Equity Crowdfunding Sites for Investors & Entrepreneurs
Equity Crowdfunding May Be A Last Resort For Some Startups, Study Suggests
The 15 Best Crowdfunding Sites to Launch Your Business or Product