Wefunder launches local funding events

Regulation crowdfunding platform Wefunder is hosting a series of 12 live funding events for small businesses, with the goal to connect small business owners with potential investors in their home cities and the Wefunder community.

Since Title III of the JOBS Act took effect last May, Wefunder claims approximately two-thirds of the $23 million raised under Reg CF has come via its platform.

“We’re finding that many of our portfolio companies are drawing most of their investment dollars locally — often, from people who are already customers or fans of the company,” Wefunder cofounder and CEO Nick Tommarello said. “So we decided to launch a series of in-person events designed to draw in local investors and expose them to startup investment opportunities right in their area.”

The debut event occurs in Oakland, CA on May 4 and will feature a special focus on women-founded startups. The deadline to register for that event is Apr. 14. The deadline for the other events is May 5.

Other events/themes in the series will include in the coming weeks:

  • New York City – Immigrants
  • Los Angeles – Food
  • New Orleans – Nightlife
  • Napa – Wine
  • New York City – Fashion
  • Portland, OR – Breweries
  • Denver – B Corps
  • Washington, DC – Veteran founders
  • Detroit – Makers (manufacturing)
  • Austin, TX – Music
  • Boston – Health tech