by: jouko ahvenainen
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We created Grow VC to get the funding market to work better. Now September 23 is an important date, when the US JOBS Act’s Title II removes the non-solicitation ban in the US. Grow VC Group has developed in many directions to offer solutions for a better funding market and to support companies to grow better.

SECCrowd Valley, a Grow VC Group company, now offers a platform and backoffice to many marketplaces and crowdfunding services, not only for startup funding but also to get more effective markets for all kinds of assets. Grow Advisors helps many finance companies, startup ecosystems and investors to build models that can utilize crowdfunding and p2p investing in their investing models. ChangeLab23 builds better usability and software for many growth companies. We are also working to build new co-investing models, and we have a stake in several startup companies as we help to build business for them. This means that Grow VC Group has taken an important role to build enablers and tools for growth companies around the world.

We have one more important component, Startup Commons. Startup Commons is a non-profit organization that was launched at a Kauffman Foundation event this summer. It offers tools including a platform to get startups, experts and investors together to build and develop companies, and components that each startup needs, like a Shareholders’ Agreement template. We also cooperate with other organizations, like Mobile Monday, that globally get mobile professionals together and also build new startups.

Grow VC Group also works with partners that offer tools and solutions for the same needs. One example is UK-based law services company Lawbite that especially has tailored its law services and online packages for entrepreneurs and startups. It is a good example of how the startup and growth company ecosystem needs new solutions. The old models that have worked for corporates don’t work for all companies. Funding, legal services and support communities for a growth company are good examples of those areas where new solutions are coming.

September 23 is an important milestone on this road. But we have a long road ahead us. We work ourselves and with partners to get a better environment for growth companies and make the investment market more effective and democratic. We see a future that is quite different from a few dominating corporates or mainly speculative stock markets. But most big things happen step by step, and we must be happy for each step in the right direction.


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jouko ahvenainen Jouko Ahvenainen is a serial-entrepreneur, e.g. co-founder of Grow VC Group, a pioneer in new funding solutions, including equity p2p investments. He participated in changing US finance regulation, getting the Senate and President to allow crowdfunding and has worked with EU finance regulation. Jouko started his work with crowdfunding models in 2008. Jouko has been listed Top 100 Influencer in Digital Industry and Top 100 Of The Most Influential Thought Leaders In Crowdfunding.

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