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Investment Crowdfunding Overiew

Investment crowding is a funding vehicle to raise capital from your community, customers, professional investors, and other supporters of your business. Similarly to an investor working directly with a founder to invest, investment crowdfunding elevates that relationship by using the power of technology for investors to transparently view different business online in one location and determine what businesses they want to invest in based on a compelling business case. Investment crowdfunding offers the flexibility to democratize investing by using any securities exemption strategy (accredited or non-accredited investors) to facilitate the raise process in a way that is efficient and effective for both founders and the investors.

Investment crowdfunding has been used by entrepreneurs across the country. Some of the latest statistics:

  • $2.5B+ of investment capital raised since 2012
  • Out of that, over $200M has been raised from mostly non-accredited investors leveraging Regulation Crowdfunding (Ref CF) since 2016.
    • From 2016-2018: $107.9M raised
    • $121.3M raised in 2019, a 62% increase over 2018 ($75.8M)

 

Why We Exist

We find that people love to invest in companies and people they know, love and trust.  There is strong regional focus in NC, but we also appreciate cross-collaboration across the state. Leveraging the power of our regional communities, CrowdfundNC supports growing the economy in the regional southeast through investment crowdfunding. We offer a variety of programs and services to facilitate a marketplace where investors, founders and various entrepreneurial ecosystem partners can build relationships through investing.

 

Our Guiding Principles

Community: We believe that investing brings people together; we facilitate existing and new community relationships and partnerships.

 

Accessibility: We believe in democratizing investing, making it accessible to everyone. Whether you are a new investor testing the waters or a seasoned investor, we support creating a marketplace to meet those goals. For founders, we offer a complementary funding vehicle that can work with other funding vehicles you are considering to raise capital—all from your cell phone.

 

Flexibility: By partnering with a broker dealer platform, we offer founders various ways and terms (public non accredited, private, revenue share, equity stake to name a few) they can set up their investment crowdfunding campaign that focuses on their short term raise goals and long term business strategy. Investors can also determine a variety of companies they want to invest in based on their risk tolerance and interests.

Our Team

Will McGuire

Will McGuire

Chief Crowdfunding Officer (a.k.a. Head of Disruption)

Will has been a startup investor and advisor since 2016. His vision is for everyone to have greater opportunity to provide impact to their families, entrepreneurs and those most in need in the community through the returns Investment Crowdfunding unlocks.

Brinda Ramaiya

Brinda Ramaiya

Launch Director

Brinda is passionate about creating community and accessibility to investing.  She is a systems integrator with over fifteen years of experience in a variety of industries including high tech, financial services and nonprofit/benefit corporations with a focus of bringing new products and services to the marketplace.

Jeff Dayton

Jeff Dayton

CrowdfundNC Advisor, Syndicate Expert

Dayton is a seasoned senior executive, board director, board advisor, Angel Investor and leader from the Charlotte area who desires to elevate the recognition of NC’s Entrepreneurial Community. As CEO of Dayton International, Dayton is one of the world’s top executive consultants in digital transformation and modernization. 

Sumit Vohra

Sumit Vohra

CrowdfundNC Advisor, Business Builder

Sumit is the Founder, CEO & Chief Drinking Officer at Lonerider Brewing Company which operates in over 9 states & the UK and he is Chairman of Lonerider Spirits. He’s active in the NC entrepreneur ecosystem as a startup Advisor, Angel Investor, and Board Member.  In addition to distribution, logistics and operations, Sumit has an extensive technology background

Mark Easley

Mark Easley

CrowdfundNC Advisor, IoT Expert

Mark Easley has been an active advocate, advisor, and investor in the investment crowdfunding industry since 2012. Mark is a tech startup advisor and angel investor in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. He previously had a 25 year technology career in engineering, marketing, and sales in the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley. 

This Could Be You

This Could Be You

Community Growth Intern

Curious to learn the in’s and out’s of the investment industry while working directly with one of the hottest entrepreneurial communities in the country? We’re seeking a motivated, eager to learn community growth intern who can help us with one of our key
focus areas of spreading the word about the benefits of investment crowdfunding. Ready to get in the grind? Learn more.