Georgia Residents to Invest in Equity through Online Crowdfunding

By Ed Silverstein May 17, 2013

cMEcompete, a social platform for endurance events such as triathlons, marathons or bike races, has become the first platform to issue equity through online crowdfunding to non-accredited investors. There are more than 35,000 such events in the United States each year.

The opportunity was allowed after state officials approved the Invest Georgia Exemption (IGE) in 2012, which makes it easier for companies to raise capital.

“IGE loosens restrictions on how new and small Georgia-based businesses can raise capital from the public market,” explained a recent SterlingFunder blog. “IGE permits intrastate Crowdfunding.”

As of March, Georgia and Kansas were the only U.S. states to allow such equity-based crowdfunding. Industry analysts are eager to watch what unfolds.

“I was thrilled to learn that the first online equity crowdfunding campaign allowing unaccredited investors to invest went online this week,” Alon Goren, CEO and co-founder, InvestedIn, said in a statement. “This is a big step forward, and I hope that more states will consider passing their own laws to jumpstart investment into new companies, as Georgia has done here.”

Still, it’s just a start, and Goren said it will be “a while before equity crowdfunding becomes a reality nationwide, but shining the spotlight on projects like these in states with a progressive attitude toward crowdfunding can only benefit the community.”

“These are exciting times with state law makers removing barriers for startups,” Dan Popovic, the founder of cMEcompete, added. "Now it is time for Georgians to take advantage of this opportunity by investing in new Georgia businesses and fueling the State’s economic recovery. cMEcompete is proud to be the first platform for this historic opportunity.”




Edited by Rachel Ramsey

TechZone360 Contributor

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

The NFL and Twitter Just Put Fans in Charge of the Future of Sports Viewing

By: Special Guest    5/26/2016

Ask ten people you know what the last thing they viewed live was and eight of them will tell you, a sporting event. The others may cite the occasional…

Read More

10 Tech Tools to Get You Through 2016

By: Drew Hendricks    5/24/2016

A great example of how simple tech innovations can make even the smallest things in our lives a little easier, the Oombrella, developed by Wezzoo, is …

Read More

The Bigger Picture Behind Facebook's Bias Accusations

By: Special Guest    5/23/2016

Facebook recently followed up with a stern position that there was no biased manipulation of presented topics in its 'Trending Topics' section.

Read More

Tamiami Angel Fund II Adds 10th Company to Investment Roster

By: Steve Anderson    5/19/2016

The Tamiami Angel Fund II (T2) has been busy in recent months, adding a slate of new investment targets to its roster. T2 recently added one new opera…

Read More

Artificial Intelligence is no Longer Science Fiction, It's a Reality

By: Special Guest    5/18/2016

Talend Chief Evangelist says rather than being frightened by the perceived threat of AI, it would be wise to embrace the possibilities.

Read More