After raising $1.8 million via the Internet for a new nursing home in Bloomington, the Carmel-based developer thinks it has found a more efficient source of fundraising for further construction.
The Indianapolis-based firm expect to boost its employment by 50 percent by the end of the year as it expands its sales and marketing nationally.
The Pacers’ revenue stream this season has increased about $42 million from where it was during the 2008-2009 season, and the team’s finances could get even brighter as the NBA negotiates a new national television package.
Mainstreet Property Group LLC plans to launch a new round of private placement fundraising on April 21 using a website run by Oregon-based CrowdStreet Inc. and a mix of traditional advertising in central Indiana.
The online investing marketplace Localstake brokered a little more than $1 million in private investments for an Indiana distillery and a solar-heating startup in 2013, through crowd-funding. Instead of receiving a T-shirt or other novelty for their money, as with typical crowd funding, contributors received an actual stake in the business.
Nationally, venture capital investments into life sciences firms totaled $4.9 billion during the first nine months of 2013, down 30 percent from the same period in 2008, according to data from Thomson Reuters and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In Indiana, life sciences firms raised $21 million during the first nine months of the year, far lower than any year since 2003.
Jim Pearson knows a thing or two about raising money from venture capitalists. And he has some advice for BioCrossroads:
Teach entrepreneurs the value of money.
The amount raised since October is in addition to the $69.9 million it received in May from three venture
firms on the coasts, in what was the third-largest venture deal in the nation during the second quarter,
according to the National Venture Capital Association.
Few commercial real estate properties are changing hands in the Indianapolis area these days, creating challenges for brokers who say it’s becoming increasingly difficult to determine the value of properties.
Call it a trickle-down effect, but not the kind President Reagan would have liked. The recession has cost most institutional
investors, such as university endowments, about a quarter of their value. As a result, venture capitalists’ primary source
of funding has dried up. The implications for Hoosier entrepreneurship are stark.
The 32-year-old developer Lauth Group Inc. likely will survive in some form if the company can find financing to get it through
a Chapter 11 reorganization and if the real estate market doesn’t take too long to turn around, experts said.