SOURCE: EarlyShares

EarlyShares

January 24, 2013 15:40 ET

Crowdfunding Platform EarlyShares Launches University to Educate Investors and Entrepreneurs on Best Practices

Leading Equity Based Crowdfunding Company Provides Educational Materials and Brings Expert Advice to Coach Users in Effort to Exceed SEC Crowdfunding Education Requirements

MIAMI, FL and CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Jan 24, 2013) - EarlyShares (earlyshares.com), America's premier equity-based Crowdfunding platform, is excited to announce the launch of EarlyShares University to educate investors and business owners on Crowdfunding best practices and industry trends. The company will release an unprecedented series of educational videos, white papers and infographics on equity-based Crowdfunding for investors and entrepreneurs, and plans to expand the service in the near future.

EarlyShares University will be a searchable catalog of videos and other materials that provide an engaging and interactive way for members to learn about equity-based Crowdfund investing, creating a Crowdfunding campaign, specific information on vertical market opportunities, and the rules and regulations surrounding Crowdfunding. Crowdfunding platforms will have to meet basic SEC and FINRA requirements in order to provide funding portal services. EarlyShares is proud to be at the forefront of meeting and exceeding these standards by ensuring prospective Crowdfunding investors have free and easy access to investing fundamentals prior to investing in a Crowdfunded offering.

EarlyShares members who utilize the University will have the opportunity to participate in the company's rewards program, which is still in development. Once members watch a video, they are able to gain rewards points for their training. The points can later be redeemed for various things like discounted services through the EarlyShares affiliate program.

"These courses are designed for members to learn more about us and our industry. If there is ever something that they want to be featured in an EarlyShares University course, they should let us know," said Steve Temes, co-founder and chairman of EarlyShares.

In the last few weeks, EarlyShares conducted a community database scrub to eliminate duplicates and incomplete records, and now reports more than 60,000 investors and over 2,000 entrepreneur signups. 

"With so many entrepreneur and investor signups, we take our responsibility to educate potential EarlyShares investors seriously and wanted to provide them information to assist them in making informed decisions. Launching this University is part of our commitment to assist EarlyShares investors in learning all about Crowdfunding investing," says Temes.

"Investing in a Crowdfunding company is an entirely new type of investment opportunity, so we want to take the time to make sure all of our members, both investors and entrepreneurs, have the information they need before they decide to move forward," said Heather Schwarz-Lopes, CEO of EarlyShares. "Like Congress and the SEC, we believe that education and investor protection is key for this new industry."

About EarlyShares

EarlyShares.com is a user-friendly Equity Based Crowdfunding platform launched by investment industry veterans in 2011. EarlyShares securely connects high-potential entrepreneurs seeking funding with investors looking for quality investments in early-stage companies, with minimum investment amounts as low as $100. In addition to allowing new ideas to get funded, the EarlyShares platform allows existing businesses access to much-needed capital in order to grow. To learn more, visit www.earlyshares.com.