MIAMI, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- EarlyShares.com, the premiere Portal for Equity Based CrowdFunding, announced today that it will be going on a national roadshow by visiting 24 major cities in 24 weeks aimed to educate and raise much needed awareness about the JOBS Act and the benefits of equity based crowdfunding.
EarlyShares.com goal in each city is to bring this to the attention of the American people at the local business and entrepreneurial level in an informing, engaging and easy to understand way. They want to help everyone understand how to make this new form of investing work for them.
EarlyShares.com's roadshow begins in Chicago, Illinois on June 22nd where they are co-sponsors and participants in TechWeek, a week-long technology event. At the conference, EarlyShares is co-sponsoring TechWeek Launch, a start-up competition where one winning company will receive up to $100,000 in cash and prizes from conference sponsors. The winning company will also have the opportunity to raise an additional $250,000 on EarlyShares.com at no cost. That means simply that EarlyShares.com will waive all success fees (approx. $15,000) . Further, EarlyShares.com co-founder Maurice Lopes will also participate in a panel discussion on crowdfunding along with four other esteemed industry experts including Bill Hubbard, JD CPA, Director Chicago Chapter NLCFA (National Crowdfunding Association) who will provide a local perspective on crowdfunding; Sara Hanks, JD, Co-Chair of SEC Regulatory Committee and CEO at Crowdcheck who will cover the due diligence aspect of crowdfunding; and Douglas S Ellenoff, JD, Partner at Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP who will cover the legal aspect of crowdfunding.
"TechWeek Chicago is a great way to kick off the roadshow. The major 5-day event allows startups to gain valuable market awareness, and we're excited to be there and provide crowdfunding education," states Lopes.
Other cities currently lined up are StartUp Weekend (San Antonio, TX) on July 20, JOBS Act Investment Summit 2012 (Santa Clara, CA) on July 25, and New York City for eLuminate Network's TM Pitch CrowdFunding Conference 2012 on July 30th.
Formed in 2011, EarlyShares.com is the leading online equity crowdfunding portal. The company has created a secure, user-friendly platform to connect Entrepreneurs and the new investor class, average Americans. For entrepreneurs, EarlyShares provides a cost-effective way to fund their startups or expanding businesses. For average Americans, EarlyShares is a way to support great ideas and create new jobs by investing as little as $100 in companies they see potential in.