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Because of legislation passed by the N.C. General Assembly in July 2016, startups in North Carolina can now raise up to $2 million from average investors using their own web site or a registered funding portal. A further simplified option, called the Local Public Offering (LPO), permits raising up to $250,000 without use of a web site. Think of this as a friends-and-family round except now any North Carolina resident can back an offering. These options include various safeguards for investors while expanding fundraising avenues for startups.
A representative of the N.C. Department of the Secretary of State’s Office will cover recent developments in investment crowdfunding including:
• Data on what has worked and what has not in crowdfunding
• Why breweries, distilleries and customer-driven companies are leading the pack
• How more than 300 startups have filed for federal crowdfunding
• Why N.C.’s LPO option is unique among states