MicroVenturesHave you ever read about a start-up and were so intrigued that you wanted to invest in it? And then learned that unless you knew someone involved in the company it was nearly impossible? A new online investment service called MicroVentures might just get you in the door.

The Austin-based company matches companies seeking money with investors looking to invest anywhere from $250 to $5,000 or more. Microventures helps investors learn about companies they may never have heard of, and helps them invest smaller sums, which is virtually unheard of with traditional investing. There is no fee or obligation to invest.

Microventures is different from crowd funding sites because investors get equity for their investment – they aren’t just loaning to someone. It is also a good alternative to venture capital, where the players need to be very well heeled and require large equity stakes. As the credit crunch continues, MicroVentures is creating opportunities for new investors and companies.

To get started, interested investors can complete a questionnaire.

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