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Crowdfunding for University Start-Ups in 2014: Opportunities and Risks


By David Schwartz
Published: December 18th, 2013

Barriers to crowdfunding are falling fast, and cash-strapped university start-ups and TTOs looking to support early-stage technologies are, by all accounts, eyeing the crowdfunding landscape eagerly. With removal of the ban on general solicitation, the advent of equity crowdfunding for accredited investors, and now the SEC’s soon-to-be implemented rules that will open up equity investments to the true “crowd” – the general public – there appears to be great potential for universities to tap into this new funding option.

However, university participation in crowdfunding is not necessarily a slam-dunk. Major regulatory and practical challenges must be addressed before venturing into this new, uncharted territory. It’s vitally important for TTOs, start-ups founders, and researchers to understand exactly how the recently amended Jobs Act affects solicitation of funds from both accredited and non-accredited investors, what opportunities the proposed Regulation A+ will bring, and what the real potential for generating significant funding is. And along with the opportunities crowdfunding brings, there are also risks – compliance risk, financial risk, and risk to start-ups themselves. That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics has secured three experts to lead this cutting-edge webinar, scheduled for January 16: Crowdfunding for University Start-Ups in 2014: Opportunities and Risks. For complete faculty and program details, or to register, CLICK HERE.

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