As a small business owner, you need money to make your business succeed. Raising funds can be challenging and time-consuming but we're here to help.
SparkMarket is a unique platform that allows you to borrow capital from your network in your community on your terms. Our online system allows you to set your own terms, create your own fundraising campaign and manage the entire financing, closing and, repayment process (if you elect to launch a debt offering).
It's simple: A small business sets up a SparkMarket campaign and asks its network and community to support it directly through an investment or loan. Community members pledge to invest or lend to the business using SparkMarket’s intrastate compliant offering tools. When a campaign closes successfully, the backers become lenders or investors, and either get repaid or own stock in the business. SparkMarket’s first-of-its-kind local public offerings align the interests of entrepreneurs who need capital with the loyal customers and community members who support them.
We’re lawyers who didn’t feel fulfilled doing work in the old-guard financial world. We wanted to be part of something new and something we cared about while having fun doing it. We created SparkMarket to help businesses like yours raise much needed funds leveraging a unique Georgia law known as the Invest Georgia Exemption (“IGE”), which lets Georgia businesses advertise investment offerings to everyday Georgia residents. Now that other states are following Georgia's lead, we are able to support entrepreneurs outside of Georgia, as well.
Board of Advisors
Bernie Dixon, Ken Gavranovic, and Alan Surell
Since 2011, we have been working to build the infrastructure that would make local investing a reality. We were among the first to spot the potential of the IGE, and we helped frame the rule, which places Georgia on the leading edge of the movement to legalize local crowdfunding. Today, SparkMarket is available to small businesses in both Georgia and Tennessee, with more states being added in the near future.