SEC’s Recent Vote May Ease Operating Restrictions for Nine Finovate Alums


The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this week unanimously voted to approve the proposed rules that will govern online crowdfunding. Under these provisions, companies will be allowed to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding.

Some of these companies have been waiting since early 2012, when Obama signed the JOBS Act, for the SEC to create the regulation, which is intended to protect private, non-accredited investors. 

Investors who earn under $100,000 per year will be limited to $2,000 per year investment, or 5% of their income, and those who make over that amount will be limited to invest 10% of their income annually. However, in order to reduce burdens on the companies raising the funds, and the funding portals, the new regulation does not explicitly require them to verify the income of the individual investors.

According to the SEC’s press release, its proposed rules would require SEC-registered intermediaries (broker-dealers, funding portals) to:

    • Educate investors
    • Manage the risk of fraud
    • Provide information about the issuer and the offering
    • Furnish communication channels
    • Facilitate the offer and sale of crowdfunded investments
The proposed rules would prohibit them from:
    • Offering investment advice or making recommendations
    • Soliciting purchases, sales or offers to buy securities 
    • Restricting compensation for solicitations
    • Holding, possessing, or handling investor funds or securities

Before the rules are passed, they must go through a 90-day comment period, after which, they may be altered to reflect the comments. Once the final rules have been decided, the nine Finovate alums below will be able to solicit to non-accredited investors, subject to the SEC’s final ruling.


Founded: 2011


Founded: 2012


Founded: 2010


Founded: 2010


Founded: 2012


Founded: 2012


Founded: 2010


Founded: 2012


Founded: 2011
FinovateSpring 2012 demo

From an operational standpoint, life for these startups will be a bit easier after the SEC passes the provisions, since it will increase the number of investors on their platforms. They will, however, be faced with increased regulation, which Forbes estimates will cost more than $100,000 annually. This estimate includes procuring and offering disclosure documents, enlisting a funding portal, running background checks, and filing an annual report with the SEC.

The first provision of the JOBS Act, which allows companies to advertise to accredited investors, went into effect September 23.

Finovate Alumni News– October 24, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgFiserv to offer clients Guardian Analytics’ FraudMAP solutions.
  • Lending Club CEO, Renaud Laplanche, named a winner of Ernst & Young’s Venture Capital Award of Excellence.
  • PayPal and Blackhawk Network join forces to bring gift card services to the digital wallet.
  • Manilla User Survey: Consumers Want Bills in One Place and Banks with Bill Management.
  • Payments, Mobile, Security, Social: A Look Ahead to FinovateAsia 2013.
  • Are Utilities Ready for Mobile BillPay? Industry Leaders Weigh-in via Check Survey.
  • Locaid featured in American Express Open Forum column on attracting mobile customers with geofencing.
  • SeedInvest “thrilled” by new rules proposed for equity crowdfunding.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News– July 18, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgPennsylvania-based First National Community Bank selects a core banking system from Fiserv.
  • Check Point Software launches 13000 Appliance solution set for high-performance data center cyber security.
  • Accounting and advisory firm William Buck and Xero partner to offer clients Xero as accounting solution of choice.
  • eToro releases Stockwatch for Android.
  • StreetFight Magazine features case study of ShopKeep POS use in cupcake bakery.
  • IntelliResponse announces VAR partnership with Australia-based BolderView.
  • SeedInvest CEO Ryan Feit talks with the about the effect of fund advertising rule changes on crowdfunders.
  • Built in Chicago blogger profiles Pangea Payments and the trillion dollar remittance market.
  • 2013 Payment Hub report names ACI Worldwide “Best in Class” in payments capability.
  • InComm Launches Pre-Top to Expand Availability of Prepaid Solutions.
  • TransferWise featured in American Banker column on the growing online/mobile payments business. 
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News– July 5, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgInvestment News’ “In Tech” column features Jared Broad, co-founder and CEO of QuantConnect.
  • Crowdfundinsider reports on SeedInvest’s new feature: SeedInvest Groups.
  • Bamboo Innovator takes a look at “do-it-yourself” hedge fund site, Quantopian.
  • Monitise wins Cross-Border Deal of the Year award for acquisition of Clairmail.
  • CommunityLend launches FinanceIt iPad app for consumer financing in store or on the road.
  • Zopa CEO Giles Andrews urges banks to keep customers in mind in address at Wired Money.
  • Temenos unveils solution to make it easier for banks to integrate new technology.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Second Quarter 2013 Funding for Finovate Alumni — More than $200 Million Raised


For the second quarter of 2013, fifteen Finovate alumni raised more than $200 million. The quarterly total exceeded both that of the previous quarter as well as the same quarter last year.*

  • Q2 2013: 15 companies raised more than $200 million
  • Q1 2013: 15 companies raised more than $155 million — blog post
  • Q2 2012: 14 companies raised more than $120 million — blog post
Here’s the Q2 summary for 2013:

April — $32 million raised by two companies
May — $91.5 million raised by seven companies
June — $81.7 million raised by six companies


*While the funding over last year has increased, so has the number of Finovate alums. We’re tracking more than 100 additional companies this year compared to last year.

Note: Funding that companies received before they demonstrated at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? Email us at or

Finovate Alumni News– July 1, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgCorduro teams up with LendUp to provide loans to help pay for medical expenses.
  • Entrepreneur Handbook reports on EZBOB‘s 12-month loan for online retailers.
  • CrowdFundBeat features SeedInvest and its new feature, SeedInvest Groups.
  • TSYS announces completion of NetSpend acquisition.
  • Banking Technology takes a look at LICUOS and the company’s win of Innotribe Startup Disrupt at Next Bank Madrid.
  • SafetyPay and GlobalCollect partner to advance secure Int’l payment solutions to over 300 million consumers.
  • interviews BillGuard CEO Yaron Samid.
  • SecondMarket expands into Bitcoin.
  • Virtual Piggy teams up with Live Gamer.
  • AG Beat describes why Kabbage and other alternative lenders will remain prevalent.
  • miiCard wins award for Technology Innovation in Financial Services at the 2013 ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards in Glasgow.
  • BlinkMobile Interactive announces partner agreement with Linktech Solutions.
  • interviews CSI Enterprises CEO, Keith Stone, on recent updates to the company’s globalVcard platform.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

SeedInvest Raises $1 Million in Round Led by Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network


Crowdfunding platform SeedInvest announced that it has raised $1 million in new funding. The round was led by the Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network, and included the participation of unnamed “prominent individual investors.”

The company plans to use the additional capital to help grow the equity-based platform, and to add new features. SeedInvest helps connect accredited investors with entrepreneurs seeking capital, providing both parties with web-based tools such as a due diligence dashboard, virtual boardroom, and streamlined funds transfer.

The Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network is a private, angel group focusing on early-stage technology startups in the mid-Atlantic region. Started in 2002 and making its first investment in 2004, Jumpstart typically provides funds ranging from $200,000 to $1 million. To date, the Network has provided more than $33 million in funding for more than 50 companies.
SeedInvest was founded in January 2012 by Ryan Feit and James Han, and launched its crowdfunding platform a little over a year later in February 2013. The company is headquartered in New York City.
SeedInvest demoed its technology at FinovateSpring 2013 in San Francisco in May. Watch the company’s presentation here.

Finovate Alumni News– June 28, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCapital Access Network achieves new record of $66 million in monthly volume.
  • CoverHound names Keith Moore Chief Marketing Officer.
  • ProjectionHub and Lendio partner to help small businesses find the right loan.
  • Green Bay Press Gazette features GoBank on the heels of the company’s public launch this week.
  • Kashoo publishes interview with company “Jack of All Trades” Amrik Randhawa.
  • OneID provided to students of Sydney, Australia’s MacQuarie University.
  • Techcrunch takes a look at LendUp’s plan to provide instant online, mobile loans.
  • SeedInvest raises $1 million in round led by the Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News– June 13, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgZopa Safeguard now has 15,000 users and has had £16m lent on platform. Zopa reaches £300m in money lent to borrowers in the UK.
  • Bank Innovation reports: Cardlytics Has 33 Million Active Users at 400 Banks.
  • Inc. Magazine creates infographic of how to select the right crowdfunding platform. Bolstr and SeedInvest among choices.
  • CommunityLend’s FinanceIt partners with Pivotal Payments, a credit card payment processing company, to enable merchants to process loans directly at the POS.
  • Capital Access Network opens new facility in Lindora, Costa Rica to support growth.
  • Finect president Jennifer Openshaw talks networking for financial professionals on MarketWatch Radio.
  • Street Fight Mag includes Placecast among its “5 Tools for Point of Interest Geo-Targeting”.
  • TransferWise launches GetPaid to make it easier to get compensated when working with international clients and partners.
  • Developer Tech features Keynote Systems’ CEO Umang Gupta.
  • Point of Sale highlights Finovate alumni Flint Mobile and PayPal.
  • Social Trading Guru reviews ayondo 3.0.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

SeedInvest Helps Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors Find Small Business Futures to Fund

seedinvestlogoblack.jpgThis post is part of our live coverage of FinovateSpring 2013.

Want a piece of the action as high-quality start-ups and small businesses seek funding? SeedInvest is up next with a demonstration of their new crowdfunding platform.

“SeedInvest is demonstrating its state-of-the-art, equity-based, crowdfunding platform and a number of groundbreaking features including:
Due Diligence Dashboard
  • Virtual Diligence Session
  • Permission-based Dataroom
  • Diligence Board
Simple Invest
  • Instant Identity Check
  • Legal Docs Execution
  • Streamlined Funds Transfer
Virtual Boardroom
  • Virtual Board Meetings
  • Easy Reporting
  • Quick Signatures”
Product Launched: February 2013
HQ Location: New York, New York
Company Founded: January 2012
Twitter: @seedinvest_co
Presenting Ryan Feit (CEO & Co-Founder) and James Han (Co-Founder)


Finovate Alumni News– April 16, 2013

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  • Upstart Business Journal features SeedInvest. See them demo at FinovateSpring in San Francisco in May.
  • Experian announces acquisition of Decisioning Solutions.
  • Volunteer Federal Savings Bank and Peoples Bank of the South choose Jack Henry Banking for  enterprise-wide automation.
  • GFT Blog interviews Matthias Kroner, chairman of the Fidor management board for Fidor Bank.
  • Authentify placed in Visionaries quadrant of the Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for User Authentication.” 
  • Boku partners with Bigpoint SARL and Co to allow users to make virtual payments.
  • Kony Solutions partners with Blue Shield of CA to develop and deploy apps on the KonyOne Platform.
  • miiCard adds YubiKey Authentication to online identity proofing solution.
  • SF Gate lists Mint and Expensify as 2 of 4 services to keep tax records organized.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News– April 15, 2013

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  • INTJ Capital compares and contrasts Quantopian and QuantConnect. Join Quantopian in San Francisco for FinovateSpring.
  • MicroStrategy launches mobile app Usher, e-wallet for digital I.Ds, keys. See them demo at FinovateSpring in May.
  • Paybefore takes a look at the TSYS‘s acquisition of NetSpend and ponders “prepaid’s end game.”
  • Monitise Group Strategy Director Richard Johnson talks about trends in mobile money.
  • BancVue chooses MicroStrategy platform for business analytics.
  • CPA Practice Advisor takes a look at the new, updated iPad app from Kashoo.
  • This is Money blog looks at Zopa’s growth.
  • Yodlee awarded 50th patent for financial gadgets.
  • SoMoLend travels nationwide to teach small businesses & investors about crowdfunding.
  • Austin Business Journal considers BancVue’s inverted sales pitch.
  • Newfination hosts SoMoLend CEO, Candace Klein, who explains how the platform’s  crowdfunding capability.
  • Intelligent HQ interviews The Currency Cloud’s CEO, Michael Laven.
  • Pando Daily profiles crowdfunding pioneers like SeedInvest and SoMoLend. Join SeedInvest in May for FinovateSpring.
  • The Next Web interviews TipRanks‘s CEO and co-founder Uri Gruenbaun.
  • Chevron teams up with WattzOn to launch The Capacity Project for sustainable growth.
  • Refundo launches free iPhone app. Check out Refundo’s live demo at FinovateSpring.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.