INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: New law opens crowdfunding doors

2014-03-31T13:44:00Z 2014-03-31T17:59:12Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: New law opens crowdfunding doorsGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
March 31, 2014 1:44 pm  • 

The co-founder of Indianapolis-based Localstake says a new state law on crowdfunding will help entrepreneurs clear one of their biggest hurdles. Kevin Hitchen says the measure "enlarges the pool" of potential investors by eliminating a funding limit and allowing startups and small businesses to advertise they are raising capital. He says Localstake is already seeing a "very measurable" impact on the number and quality of companies signing up for its online crowdfunding platform.

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