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How Many Women Start Crowdfunding Portals?

Regulation Crowdfunding, which implements Title III of the JOBS Act and opens up investment crowdfunding to everyone, had its first birthday this past May. By all accounts, it’s picking up steam. There are now 29 Funding Portals regulated by FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), the agency tasked with managing this pioneering group.

We scoured the list of Funding Portals for pioneering women amongst them and found just five.

As founder and CEO of Small Change, I’m one of these women. My Funding Portal connects developers of transformational projects with investors who want to see positive change.

Denise Smith, co-founder of Indie Crowd Funder, has worked for multiple Fortune 100 and 500 companies and has a wealth of experience in finance. Her Funding Portal helps Hollywood professionals raise funds. She explains more about it here.

Claudia Ecobici has co-founded not one, but two Funding Portals. She has tons of marketing and start-up experience. Her portals are TruCrowd, which helps start-ups find investors and FundAnna, the first US Funding Portal targeting cannabis businesses.

And just a few weeks ago Grace Leung Shing and Catherine Yushina joined our ranks. They’ve taken their considerable strengths to bring us Startwise, a revenue-sharing platform which enables individuals to support businesses they believe in.

Ladies, we’re off to a smashing start. I can’t wait to see where we go next and who else joins us.

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