BUFFALO, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 02/05/14 -- Rand Capital Corporation (www.randcapital.com) (NASDAQ: RAND), a Buffalo, New York based Business Development Company (BDC) and Small Business Investment Company (SBIC), announced that it has partnered with SCP Buffalo Incubator Innovate NY Fund LP (Buffalo, NY) (www.z80labs.com) in a Series A financing of $437,500 for CrowdBouncer, Inc. (Buffalo, NY) (www.crowdbouncer.com).
CrowdBouncer was founded in 2012 by CEO Robert Carbone, and Keith Blakely, CEO of the InVentures Group, after studying the developing regulatory issues facing private equity fundraising as proposed by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act ("JOBS Act"). CrowdBouncer's software provides securities intermediaries with the ability to implement JOBS Act compliance controls and a multitude of services in support of private equity transactions conducted under new Rule 506(c) of Regulation D and the forthcoming Crowdfunding Exemption. The software also provides individual investors the opportunity to manage their accredited investor verification through a single platform that is connected to many broker-dealers and investment sites through CrowdBouncer's application programming interface (API).
Bob Carbone stated, "There is a tectonic shift in how capital is being raised, the impact of the JOBS Act, changes in Regulation D solicitations, and looming crowdfunding regulations will enable entrepreneurs' greater access to capital, while imposing increased compliance responsibilities and reporting to accredited, non-accredited and all other lawyers, and intermediaries involved in the capital fundraising process. CrowdBouncer simplifies this web of regulations."
Mark Zogaria, CFO of Z80 SCP Buffalo stated, "Entrepreneurs are visionaries, and can identify fundamental shifts in the way business is transacted ahead of the market. We believed in the opportunity and the entrepreneurs, and invested into the business which enabled CrowdBouncer to hire a management team, and develop its initial technology platform."
In addition to this first tranche of funding by Rand and SCP/Z80, CrowdBouncer will immediately begin a continuation of this Series A financing for interested angel and institutional investors with the funds used for sales, marketing, and continued technology development. This financing effort will be listed on Asset Alliance Corporation's accredited investor platform, CrowdAlliance, (www.crowdalliance.co)
Bruce H. Lipnick, CrowdAlliance's CEO stated, "We are pleased to partner with CrowdBouncer and see their technology platform as an efficient way for investors to manage their accredited investor status, while also assisting firms such as CrowdAlliance with their SEC compliance protocols. We selected CrowdBouncer as a servicing vendor for CrowdAlliance because their API technology is unique and critical in the compliance centric environment in which we operate."
Daniel P. Penberthy, Rand's Executive Vice President stated, "The entire way entrepreneurs raise capital and interact with investors has changed. CrowdBouncer's platform provides a service for organizations engaged in raising capital for emerging businesses; a safe medium for investors to manage their confidential data; and a better way for businesses to raise capital in a complex, highly regulated environment."
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ABOUT RAND CAPITAL
Rand Capital is a publicly held Business Development Company (BDC). Its wholly owned subsidiary is licensed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC). Rand provides capital and managerial expertise to small and medium sized private companies primarily located in the Northeast U.S. Rand is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol "RAND" and is headquartered in Buffalo, NY. www.randcapital.com
ABOUT SCP Buffalo Incubator Innovate NY Fund LP
SCP Buffalo Incubator Innovate NY Fund LP is one of a handful of investment entities participating in the Innovate NY Fund. The Innovate NY Fund, launched by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to spur innovation, job creation and entrepreneurship across New York State, is a $45 million joint venture seed stage equity fund supported by $35 million from the State and a $10 million investment from Goldman Sachs. Seven leading investment entities -- each with a regional and/or industry focus -- are participating and investing the funds across New York State. Innovate NY is expected to leverage up to $450 million in additional private investment for New York's small businesses and will invest in up over 100 new companies.
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Released February 5, 2014