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Alex Nicholls, Rob Paton, and Jed Emerson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198703761

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703761.001.0001

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Crowdfunding in social finance

Crowdfunding in social finance

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(p.521) 16 Crowdfunding in social finance
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Social Finance
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Othmar M. Lehner

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703761.003.0017

This chapter examines crowdfunding, particularly as it relates to financing social enterprise. It suggests that crowdfunding offers a real opportunity to connect mass retail investors with social enterprise, and it highlights the significant research gaps to which this development has given rise. The chapter starts by examining various business models for crowdfunding and these are set out in detail. Then it explores debt- and equity-based models of crowdfunding in relation to social finance. Each model is considered in turn. Finally, the chapter proposes a range of future research themes and topics for scholarship concerned with crowdfunding in a social enterprise context.

Keywords:   retail investors, social enterprises, crowdfunding debt, crowdfunding equity, public policy

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