Earlyshares Roadshow Stops in Memphis

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Local businesses and investors learn about crowdfunding in order to build or invest

EarlyShares http://www.earlyshares.com is the premier Equity Based Crowdfunding platform. In its mission to educate the nation about this revolutionary new way to fund startups, EarlyShares is hosting a 24/24 Nationwide Crowdfunding Educational Roadshow. On August 6th, the roadshow is coming to the Memphis Bioworks Conference Center from 5:30- 9 p.m. EarlyShares is introducing this new business-building and investment concept to Memphis business owners and investors. EarlyShares is an innovative start-up itself, which provides a secure, user-friendly platform that connects entrepreneurs and investors.

This free event is part of EarlyShares’ 24/24 Nationwide Crowdfunding Educational Roadshow. Founded in 2011, EarlyShares launched its national roadshow, visiting 24 cities in 24 weeks, to educate local business owners and guide investors, entrepreneurs and local media on how equity-based crowdfunding can benefit their community. The August 6th event is open to everyone looking to fund a startup and/or invest in new or growing businesses.

EarlyShares’ CEO and an equity-based crowdfunding pioneer, Maurice Lopes, will present and answer questions on how this brand new type of funding will soon build businesses and grow investment portfolios. Elizabeth Lemmonds, Chief Brand Officer at LaunchMemphis, will also speak at the event. Allan Daisley, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, will provide opening remarks. Both LaunchMemphis and the Memphis Bioworks Foundation have partnered with EarlyShares for the event. LaunchMemphis fills the need for successful entrepreneurship and innovation ventures by providing resources such as mentoring, programming, and free co-working facility usage for aspiring startups in Memphis. Memphis Bioworks Foundation is a not-for-profit organization formed to lead the collaboration among various entities to accelerate the growth of the bioscience industry in the region.

Equity Based Crowdfunding is a newly created type of investing whereby groups of people make investments online so that new and existing businesses can grow and prosper. Until recently, crowdfunding has been used to donate money for artistic and philanthropic projects and applications. Equity Based Crowdfunding uses the power of the crowd and the Web to provide capital to startup businesses in return for an investment stake. This way the new investor class, meaning every one of us, will have a stake in what they invest in! Who knows? You could be a shareholder in the next Instagram for as little as $100.

Equity Based Crowdfunding is the most talked-about part of the April 2012 Congressional JOBS Act (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr3606). Regulations under this new legislation will be finalized in early 2013. Equity Based Crowdfunding eases the regulatory burden on startups and small companies seeking to raise capital and will swiftly increase economic growth and job creation. Prior to the JOBS Act, only accredited investors could invest in start-ups; it was a “closed club”. Today, through portals like EarlyShares.com, there is no one in America who can’t get into the action with as little as $100.

“The June Jobs Report reflected a stagnant economy with only 8000 new jobs,” explained Lopes. “Fortunately with the law’s passage, Americans in the small business community have something to look forward to that will create new businesses in the economy and create more jobs and more opportunities.”

For more information on equity-based crowdfunding go to EarlyShares.com

EarlyShares 24/24 Crowdfunding Event
Monday, Aug. 6, from 5:30- 9 p.m.;
Memphis Bioworks Conference Center
20 South Dudley St, 1st Floor
Memphis, TN 38103

See the details at: http://crowdfundingmemphistn.eventbrite.com/


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