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MicroVenturesAre you finding it difficult to raise money to grow your company? A new online investment service called MicroVentures might be the answer to your credit crunch troubles.

Austin-based MicroVentures matches companies seeking capital with investors looking to invest anywhere from $250 to $5,000 or more. The online investment service gives companies access to investors across the country and to accredited investors who don’t take the large equity stakes venture capitalists typically demand.

MicroVentures helps companies by facilitating the investment – from creating the proper funding documents, to guiding the securities registration process to handling the end transaction.

To get started, interested companies complete a funding request and pay $100 for an initial review to see if MicroVentures can help raise the capital needed. If MicroVentures determines that it can help with funding, the company moves to the second stage, where a more detailed review, including due diligence, is performed. Following the detailed review, suitable companies are listed on MicroVentures for investors to view and fund.

The investment service is different from crowdfunding sites because investors get equity for their investment – they aren’t just loaning a company money. Investors fill out a questionnaire to join the service and aren’t charged any sign up fees.

For the first 100 VentureBeat readers and companies interested, MicroVentures is waiving the initial $100 fee charged to companies. Simply use “VentureBeat” as your promo code when filling out the funding request.

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