FrontFundr launches to provide investors and companies access to a new capital market

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FrontFundr Release | Peter-Paul Van Hoeken | May 27, 2015

FrontFundrFrontFundr empowers regular people to act as ancillary ‘dragons’ in the private-sector investment den

VANCOUVER, BC (May 27, 2015) – May 27 will mark the launch of the much-anticipated financial technology platform, FrontFundr, which will unlock a new capital market and allow regular people to invest in private companies.

FrontFundr uses technology to enable entrepreneurs to raise money from a broad investor community. This is an opportunity for the general public to directly drive innovation and entrepreneurship. With FrontFundr, both experienced and regular investors are able to exercise positive influence on businesses they would like to support.

Previously, most Canadians were locked out from investing in young companies due to absence of an accessible market place and regulatory restrictions. On the other side, most early-stage companies looking for capital to grow their businesses had limited to no access to capital markets. This model left gaps in the growth-potential of early-stage companies, and it cut average citizens out of these investment opportunities.

“We’re giving regular people a chance to sit in the pitch seat and act as ancillary dragons,” says Peter-Paul Van Hoeken, CEO at FrontFundr. “We’re providing ordinary people with access to carefully screened investment opportunities, and entrepreneurs with access to more capital to support their growth.”

In traditional investment models entrepreneurs were limited to approaching angels and venture capital firms in hopes of finding much needed capital. This process of getting access to informal networks of a relatively small investor group requires a heavy investment of time and money.  What’s more, it taps only a fraction of the world’s willing investors. FrontFundr is disrupting private-sector investing and bridging that gap. “We are offering an open market connecting seasoned investors and retail investors with stringently screened companies and supporting the entire investment process from pitch to securities purchase. Delivering better capital and better deals to all parties,” says Van Hoeken.

Regulators around the world are adopting new rules to allow companies to raise funds from investors through crowdfunding. The US Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules this year allowing companies to sell as much as US$50 million of securities via the Internet. On May 14 2015, six provinces in Canada announced that they will allow young companies to raise up to CA$500,000 a year using a funding portal. FrontFundr is leveraging existing and new capital raising rules to offer its clients a broad range of funding and investment solutions.

FrontFundr’s investment opportunities are typically early-stage, mission-driven ventures seeking $200,000 to $2 million in capital investment. They have positive social impact and are predominantly from one of three key sectors: arts & entertainment, energy & environment, and technology. FrontFundr has already registered three businesses to raise capital through its platform, including RentMoola, InterLock, and Emergent Waste Solutions.

View:  6 Provincial Canadian Securities Regulators Adopt Crowdfunding

“We’re an innovative technology company and we work at a fast pace,” says Patrick Postrehovsky, CEO of RentMoola, a company that eases the pain of paying rent with rewards. “We’re excited to work with an exempt market dealer that operates similarly to the way we do—leveraging technology and innovation to disrupt an industry to the benefit of the public.”

FrontFundr is a fully compliant, registered exempt market dealer (EMD) and conducts stringent due diligence on all business investment deals presented to its investor community, and ensures both investors and entrepreneurs understand the risks and rewards associated with entering into a transaction. Visit FrontFundr.com to browse live investment opportunities.

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For more information or to set up an interview, contact Jeannine Bartz at jeannine@frontfundr.com or 604-306-0207.

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country.  NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 1100+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada.  Learn more About Us or visit www.ncfacanada.org.

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