Crowdfunding

Business Crowdfunding
5:22 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Olympia Mulls Crowdfunding Of Equity Shares In Business Startups

Crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have grown rapidly as a way to raise money for creative ventures.

Federal securities regulators recently cleared the way for small, Kickerstarter-style campaigns for startups to sell shares. But many entrepreneurs view the federal process as too cumbersome. Now, Washington state lawmakers are contemplating a state-only version to help small businesses raise capital more easily. 

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Crowdsourcing
7:30 am
Wed December 4, 2013

To Pay For More Solar Power, City Of Portland Tries Crowdsourcing

Lent Elementary School is one of many public buildings city leaders are hoping to line with solar panels through Portland's Solar Forward program.
Credit Andreas Lea/Flickr

The city of Portland is planning to build a new solar energy project on the roof of a local elementary school. But it only has about half the money needed to pay for it. To make up the difference, city leaders are trying something new: Crowdsourcing.

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Unusual Power Plant
5:07 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Unusual Funding For Unusual Proof-of-Concept Power Plant

A renewable energy consultant and the Oregon Institute of Technology have come up with an unusual financing plan for an even more unusual power plant idea.

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Science Crowdfunding
6:40 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Crowdfunding Coal Science

Scientists hope to use crowdfunding to study the impact coal trains like this one could have on the Northwest.
Credit Katie Campbell

Crowdfunding and kickstarter campaigns have become popular online tools to raise money for fledgling businesses and independent projects. Scientists are starting to use these sites to fund research as well.

State and federal agencies have begun the environmental review process for the two largest coal export terminals on the West coast. Now there are some scientists who are asking the public to chip in for studies about the impacts of exporting coal. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Equity Crowdfunding
8:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Should State Green Light Equity Crowdfunding?

Throwboy founder Roberto Hoyos
Credit Tom Banse

Crowdfunding websites have grown rapidly as a way to raise money for creative ventures... everything from movies to scientific research to clever inventions. You might have heard of Kickstarter, Indiegogo or Rockethub. It would be just a small leap to use those same platforms to sell shares in a startup. That's illegal right now, but maybe not for long. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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