This article showcases our top picks for the best Chicago based Crowdfunding companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Crowdfunding industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Chicago Crowdfunding Companies
United States Artists
United States Artists (USA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the work of living American artists. Each year, USA awards $50,000 fellowships to the country’s most accomplished and innovative artists working in the fields of Architecture & Design, Crafts, Dance, Literature, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts and Visual Arts.
USA was founded to address the lack of unrestricted funding available to artists. USA is currently funded by a broad range of philanthropic foundations and individuals committed to cultivating the vibrant character of contemporary culture in America..
Cresset Asset Management
Private equity entrepreneurs Eric Becker and Avy Stein founded Cresset Capital Management with a vision to reinvent wealth management and with a firm belief that clients deserve better. Cresset offers individuals and families access to a comprehensive suite of family office services, deeply personalized wealth management, investment advisory, planning and other services through Cresset Asset Management, an SEC registered Investment Advisor, which in 2018 surpassed $3 billion in assets under management.
Cresset Partners, our private investing group, offers clients direct access to real estate, private equity and other investment opportunities. Since Cresset’s inception in 2017, the firm has recruited more than 80 team members across six offices..
Public Good Software
Public Good works to change moments of inspiration into inspiring action. Online news, social media feeds, and mobile connectivity exponentially increase awareness of problems but leave people feeling frustrated and unable to make a difference.
Public Good solves that problem by building bridges from content to actions that support the 1.1mm nonprofits working on solutions. Our technology is now being adopted by top media companies nationwide..
PEAK6 Investments LLC
PEAK6 uses technology to find a better way of doing things. The company’s first tech-based solution was developed in 1997 to optimize options trading and, over the past two decades, the same formula has been used across a range of industries, asset classes and business stages to consistently deliver superior results.
Today, PEAK6 seeks transformational opportunities to provide capital and strategic support to entrepreneurs and forward-thinking businesses, helping to unlock potential and activate what is into what ought to be. PEAK6’s core brands include: PEAK6 Capital Management, Apex Clearing, National Flood Services and Evil Geniuses..
Located in the heart of the financial district of downtown Chicago, truCrowd is the first funding portal for non-accredited investors and the preferred equity crowdfunding source for startups, entrepreneurs and emerging businesses. Built on the belief that not all businesses and investors are alike, they pride ourselves on delivering a personalized and professional funding experience through industry-leading technology.
Their goals and objectives are two-fold and tightly intertwined. First, they aim to run the most secure and fraud-free funding platform on the market.
Second, they plan to be the most socially connected funding portal for all non-accredited investors. They believe that users will be able to provide invaluable feedback, in addition to capital, which will help entrepreneurs perfect their offerings and fulfill their dreams.
These goals provide a unified relationship for the entrepreneur and the investor while mitigating risk and creating exposure.. .
CFX Markets is the first centralized and digitized secondary market for alternative assets; a central trading platform where investors can buy and sell shares of illiquid assets in an efficient and seamless way. We provide an open and secure network to facilitate secondary market transactions of private securities in alternative assets, bringing liquidity to the investors who invest nationwide in these private securities as well as those investors that are taking part in the exploding crowdfunding industry.
In short, we make it easier and more efficient to invest.. .
DonorPath is a data insight engine that offers fundraising solutions for non-profits and funders online. They ake best-in-practice fundraising experts and technology that synchronizes with your existing fundraising software to get results.
The features of this company are designed to help fundraisers at all skill levels. DonorPath aggregate, analyze, and visualize fundraising data and match your organization with a qualified fundraising expert in an online coaching relationship that lets you efficiently and effectively raise the dollars you need to fund your mission.
They also on the large universe of small non-profit organizations that can’t afford the investment in dedicated fundraising staff but need help sustaining, growing and diversifying their sources of contributed revenue. DonorPath was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, United States..
The Innovation Factory
Creative space for designers and entrepreneurs to work together and create an innovative physical product. The Innovation Factory is a new concept in industrial design, bringing the latest technologies for design, modeling, prototyping, and alternative manufacturing to Main Street.
IF’s aim is to provide the technology, expertise and infrastructure to enable designers with fresh ideas to move quickly and seamlessly from design concept to production, in a stimulating and supportive environment where they will find encouragement, and creative input from like-minded innovators and design experts.. .
FranShares allows you to invest in a multi million dollar franchise portfolio that is diversified with recession-resistant franchises, crowdfunded and operated locally. Portfolios are accessible to both accredited and unaccredited investors for as little as $500 with no fees.
The first to market 401(k) eligible stock market alternative investors can watch grow while investing in their community.. .
Commit is a platform for young professional communities (such as MBA programs) to crowdfund social events and group trips. We believe that these events are crucial to strengthening community bonds, but too often, would-be organizers find it difficult to gather commitments to attend from members, especially if there’s a financial buy-in needed ahead of time.
In our experience, this problem leads to cancellations of events that otherwise would have been amazing, or event organizers paying out of their own pocket, ultimately negatively impacting the community fabric of a network. Commit enables organizers to capture confirmed interest from their community through financial commitment and secures in advance funds needed to make the event possible.
Beta-launched at Kellogg School of Management in January 2018 Stay tuned for updates! 1871 x IHCC Hispanic Tech Incubator: Spring 2018 cohort The Garage Incubator at Northwestern: Winter 2018 cohort. .
Greenline Financial Technologies
Provider of electronic trading technology services to financial industry. The company delivers global connectivity services for any electronic trading environment using or migrating to FIX Protocol.
It provides the services through the following products VeriFIX, CertiFIX, MagniFIX, MetriFIX and Latency Monitor.. .
Lihtec is a capital funding platform that sources directly from socially-minded investors utilizing digital marketing and distribution to lower transaction costs. The platform primarily markets interests in Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), but will also offer opportunities to provide grants in lieu of equity and hard debt.
Lihtec was founded by James Grove in March 2014 and is based in Evanston, Illinois. The company was started by executives in the real estate capital markets, technology and affordable housing industries seeking to disrupt the current investment oligarchy in affordable housing by providing transparency and accessibility to what was once reserved to banks and tax credit investment funds..
CannaFundr networks give us access to 1000s of accredited investors, many of whom have already made investments in this sector. Why spend time and money travelling around the country to pitch at conferences and events searching for key strategic investors? Pitch once on CannaFundr – and get heard around the world! CannaFundr is owned and operated by CrowdFund Connect, Inc.
(CFC), an industry leader in development and management of crowdfunding sites. CFC is a leader in equity based crowdfunding providing site development, logistics and back office support to new and existing registered broker dealers.
CFC is led by industry experts in online capital funding that know and understand the laws both federally and in each state for equity funding and the marijuana industry.. .
CrowdFranchise is a crowdfunding platform that allows communities to invest in and manage franchises they think would be successful in their areas. CrowdFranchise team chooses brands that support the community-funded franchise model to feature on the site, initially pitching growing brands and startups with fewer than 20 stores that would benefit from the community-owned model.
It evaluates the Franchisors based on their selected investment options and terms, financial strength, management team, product and service, market differentiation, and exit prospects. The portal also offers regular financial updates and earned annual distributions.
CrowdFranchise was launched in 2013 and is based in Chicago, I.L.. .
An Investment Crowdfunding Platform connecting Illinois businesses with Illinois Investors. VestLo is a marketplace where fans and customers can become investors in their favorite local businesses.
They have a passion for our message: INVEST LOCAL ILLINOIS Proudly Based in Chicago. .
TechMoola is a technology-focused, crowdfunding service for startup companies that enables technology-focused project fundraising and builds a support base through an online forum. It offers a platform for crowdfunding in the project categories, including web technology, apps, computer software and hardware, energy, communications, consumer electronics, and medical technology and sports or games.
TechMoola was founded by [Tom Kelly](https://www.crunchbase.com/person/tom-kelly-4), a serial entrepreneur and digital guru in the Chicago area with an interest in web technologies that empower people and have a social impact. It is based in Chicago, I.L..
GigFunder is a crowd-sourcing web service that supports bands raise money to tour in the cities where their fans want to see them. It provides both fans and artists a risk free method as fans are only charged if the campaign raises enough money to be brought out to a certain city and Bands only spend money if they have enough support from the campaign.
Any type of artist can register on GigFunde, including bands, comedians, magicians, DJs and speaker, making it a tremendous resource for acts that need a little extra funding before hitting the road. GigFunder was founded in 2011 by [Matt Pearson](http://www.crunchbase.com/person/matt-pearson), and it is based in Chicago I.L..
Review real estate crowdfunding opportunities across all the major platforms with the industry’s only independent, objective service that rates investments using an analytical rating model supplemented by the combined insight of the investor crowd. Our V-Score™ rating model is the culmination of a 20-year career underwriting commercial real estate debt and equity investments.
It draws inspiration from the approaches used by the rating agencies, but relies more upon the combined insights of the real estate investment community.. .
For innovative or social impact startups and backers, Backersphere is the only managed crowdfunding ecosystem that provides open access to equity and the crowd. For Startups * Find your crowd to leverage crowdsourcing, crowd-based social media marketing, and 100s or 1000s of early adopters and evangelists.
* Equity crowdfunding provides financing on exceptional terms and gives the crowd “skin in the game.” * Backersphere manages all investments directly. Tap into the crowd without chasing down 100s or 1000s of individual signatures.
For Backers * Change the world by funding and contributing your talents, social networks, and enthusiasm to startups with innovative products, services, or social impact missions. * Equity crowdfunding means backers share financially in the success they help create.
* Backersphere manages all investments directly. Get access to equity in screened and vetted startups with as little as $25 and no special knowledge, net worth, or income requirements..
Our Label is an online platform that provides online products and services to recording artists to engage and grow their fan bases. It merges the best characteristics of both record labels and crowdfunding platforms, providing independent musicians the financial means and professional backing to produce and market high-quality releases, while maintaining their complete creative freedom and copyright ownership of their works.
Our Label is the developer of StreetTeam, a platform for running online street teams and allows artists to reward their fans for completing online actions to promote the artist’s music and shows. Our Label was launched in 2012 and is based in Chicago, I.L..
Digital Stampede is a web company specializing in crowdfunding technologies. Their flagship product is [Cameesa](http://www.cameesa.com).
A crowdfunding community platform that allows artists and their supporters source and fund the production of apparel.. .
STEMfunder is a web-based crowdfunding platform for academic projects and research in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The platform works within the academic community leveraging existing alumni networks to provide ideas with funding and exposure.
Using STEMfunder, students are able to reach out to potential supporters directly. STEMfunder provides academic projects with a source of funding as well as exposure in the alumni community.
For alumni and other supporters, STEMfunder provides directness, transparency, and feedback that is lacking in conventional academic philanthropy as well as the opportunity to develop a meaningful connection with the academic community. STEMfunder was launched in 2013 in Chicago, Illinois..
Crowd Kapital is a premier peer lending platform that educates the crowd funding community through data driven analytics and research. Crowd Kapital creates a platform that advocates for both investors and borrowers or start-ups, while educating both parties through the insights of thought leaders in the space as Crowd Kapital hopes to change the way people invest in each other.
Its team is dedicated to building a platform that enhances the process and experience. Crowd Kapital is headquartered in Chicago, I.L..
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