Connie Lawson spells out crowdfunding rules

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — There are new rules in place for business owners in Indiana who hope to use Internet crowdfunding to raise money from investors.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson spelled out the rules Tuesday morning at the Speak Easy in Broad Ripple. That’s a community center for entrepreneurs where members share ideas and strategies.

The crowdfunding rules allow a registered company to raise up to $2 million. It’s intended to help out start-ups as well as existing companies.

“Now anyone can invest up to $5,000 in an Indiana-based offer,” said Lawson. “Previously, only relative wealthy people who qualified as an accredited investor could buy shares of companies not listed on a public stock exchange.”

Indiana is one of just five states that regulate crowdfunding. A new law that takes effect Tuesday made the new rules necessary. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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