How These Baltimore Startups Are Using Equity Crowdfunding to Raise Money

Pixilated, MoeJoe Brewing, and Arbit are democratizing the investment process

By Renee Beck

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With as little as $100, you can own a part of your favorite local company. Thanks to equity crowdfunding, several Baltimore-based startups are turning to user-focused funding options to help accelerate their businesses in exchange for a portion of company ownership.

Traditionally, only accredited investors with greater amassed wealth or income could invest in private companies, but the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was created in 2012 to increase investment in small businesses after the recession. Patrick Rife and Nicolas China, co-founders of Baltimore-based photo booth and marketing technology company Pixilated, are running their first equity crowdfunding round through June 27.

"It's imperative to tap into your tribe," China says. "Our fans shout our praises and help us spread the word, so activating your customer base is crucial. Our customers validate everything that we're doing."

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