Equity Crowdfunding for Your Residential Construction Business

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Canada currently has four real estate specific crowdfunding portals : Brix RCR, Open Avenue , R2Crowd, and NexusCrowd.  All of them are located in Ontario.  Canadians can expect other new equity and debt real estate crowdfunding portals to emerge over the next twelve months.  In the U.S., there are over 190 active real estate crowdfunding portals by my last count (list).

NexusCrowd, Brix RCR and R2Crowd focus on investment opportunities in the commercial real estate market. Open Avenue focuses on  investment opportunities in the housing market.

All four of these real estate crowdfunding platforms are registered as exempt market dealers either directly or through a third party (R2Crowd relies on the registration of Waverly Corporate Financial Services Ltd.).

Canadian business owners (including real estate developers) can also avail themselves to debt financing through one of the new marketplace lending portals operating in Canada. FundThrough, Lendified, Lending Loop, Thinking Capital and OnDeck all offer a streamlined online alternative to bank debt financing. ATB Financial and InvestNextDoor are expected to offer further choice to small businesses in Canada in the second quarter of 2016.

On April 6, 2016, Bret Conkin and I were speakers at the Annual General Meeting of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association.  Below are our slide decks for this event.

Bret’s Slides:

You can learn more about Bret Conkin and his contact information at CrowdFund Suite.

My slides:

Thank-you to the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association for inviting Bret and I to speak at this event.  It was a great event and it was great to connect with individuals passionate about building communities in the lower mainland.

Alixe Cormick is the founder of Venture Law Corporation in Vancouver, British Columbia and a member of Commercialization Advisory Board of the Life Science Institute at the University of British Columbia, the Advisory Board of the National Crowdfunding Association and two private tech companies. She is also a member of the Pacific Northwest Keiretsu Forum, an association of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate/institutional investors, and Vantech Angel Technology Network, a Vancouver angel group. You can reach Alixe by phone at 604-659-9188, by email at acormick@venturelawcorp.com, on twitter at @AlixeCormick or on Google+ at +AlixeCormick.
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Equity Crowdfunding for Your Residential Construction Business
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Real estate crowdfunding is one of the sources to consider when raising capital (debt or equity) for your residential construction project. learn how here.
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