Initial Crowd Offering (ICO) is the IPO for small and emerging businesses

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Initial Crowd Offering, Inc. Announces Launch of Equity Crowdfunding Intermediary Site

HOUSTON, Texas, Jun 21, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- via PRWEB - Initial Crowd Offering, Inc. today unveiled its equity crowdfunding intermediary website, http://www.initialcrowdoffering.com .

An Initial Crowd Offering (ICO) is the IPO for small and emerging businesses. It is the newest way to invest and raise capital for small and emerging businesses.

ICO's state-of-the-art technology provides the most transparent environment for investing in small and emerging businesses, allowing direct, real-time investments in exchange for equity ownership through a secure site.

"Our goal is to open up the capital markets to small and emerging businesses which have not had a source for the capital required to manage and grow, while at the same time open up a venue for individual investors to participate in these exciting companies that were historically monopolized by venture capital institutions and wealthy investors," according to Perry West, the company's CEO.

For Investors, ICOs are the opportunity to invest, own, and participate in exciting small and emerging businesses. Before the JOBS Act was signed into law on April 5, this market was restricted to venture capitalists and high net worth individuals.

For small and emerging businesses, ICOs fill the gap left by conventional financing sources. ICOs deliver investors for companies to market their business and receive investments from "the crowd" - friends, family, contacts, and complete strangers who believe in them.

InitialCrowdOffering.com provides investors and issuers in-depth information and guidance about the relevant requirements and opportunities. The ICO CrowdCenter is the most comprehensive source for up-to-date news, legislative updates, blogs, forums, and everything to know about crowdfunding in the US. The company's experienced attorneys and finance professionals provide meaningful analysis of news, legislation and regulations. Please add the CrowdCenter to your Favorites, and visit us daily.

While the JOBS Act legalized equity crowdfunding or "crowd offerings," users will not be able to complete investments or offerings until the US Securities and Exchange Commission releases a final set of rules later this year. The company intends to register with the US Securities and Exchange Commission as a "funding portal" as defined by JOBS and CROWDFUND Acts. Until then, investors and companies can begin the process of preparing to invest or file an ICO by visiting http://www.initialcrowdoffering.com .

About Initial Crowd Offering:

An Initial Crowd Offering (ICO) is the IPO for small business.

The ICO platform connects investors with small and emerging businesses, allowing direct, real-time investments in exchange for equity ownership through a secure site.

For investors, ICOs are the opportunity to invest, own, and participate in exciting small and emerging businesses. This market was previously restricted to venture capitalists and high net worth individuals. The company's state-of-the-art technology provides the most transparent environment for investing in small and emerging businesses.

For companies, the platform delivers investors for them to market themselves and receive investments from "the crowd" - friends, family, contacts, and complete strangers who believe in the idea.

InitialCrowdOffering.com provides investors and issuers in-depth information and guidance about the relevant requirements and opportunities. The ICO CrowdCenter is the most comprehensive source for up-to-date news, legislative updates, blogs, forums, and everything to know about crowdfunding in the US. The company prepares proprietary content and draw on relevant news feeds to keep you abreast of the issues as they emerge.

Find your crowd at Initial Crowd Offering!

Crowdfunding Defined:

Crowd funding is defined as the collective effort by people who network and pool resources to finance projects, businesses and other ventures. Specifically, this involves raising capital by receiving small investments from a large cross-section of people (the Crowd) in an Internet community.

Crowdfunding is typically conducted via an Internet-based funding portal. The term "crowdfunding" includes and is sometimes referred to as crowd financing, equity crowdfunding, crowdraising, capital crowd sourcing, crowdcapital, and other similar terms.

ICO is implementing equity crowdfunding in the United States pursuant to new laws included in the CROWDFUND Act of 2012 (part of the JOBS Act), which legalized equity crowdfunding in our country. These new laws allow small and emerging businesses to raise up to $1 million by offering equity or debt investments to crowd investors.

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SOURCE: Initial Crowd Offering, Inc.

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