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Security Tokens / Crypto Stocks

One Token = One Share

Thanks to recent regulatory shifts and blockchain distributed ledger technology…
Backers is Canada’s 1st Digital Asset Investment Bank and Crypto LaunchPad offers a comprehensive end-to-end proprietary platform solution that enables private companies to raise capital and validate their market by selling shares or equity in their businesses to everyday retail investors using tokenized digital asset or Security Tokens / crypto stocks on the blockchain that can be bought, sold and/or traded on a secondary crypto exchange or crypto stock market.

Over the past 4 years Backers has be working to develop an end-to-end digital asset investment platform, integrating recent regulatory shifts allowing retail investors to participate in certain asset classes combined with the evolution of Blockchain and Cryptography allowing for ease of use and the ability to facilitate ongoing trading providing liquidity to investors.

The Backers digital asset investment platform will significantly improve access to capital for start-ups, entrepreneurs, and early-stage high growth private companies, while also opening the door to new investment opportunities for everyday retail investors to participate in this high potential asset class.

Stats That Matter

The evolution of Crypto and Blockchain technology is growing at an exponential rate and there are so many opportunities for entrepreneurs to use a platform like Backers to raise capital and get funding while providing a never-before-seen opportunity to engage with their communities…

Traditional Funding Doesn't Work

The existing system doesn’t work for the majority of entrepreneurs and stifles innovation… As a result, the statistics show that many will fail, while many more likely won’t even start…

Sharing Economy - Peer 2 Peer

The sharing economy is an economic model defined as a peer-to-peer (P2P) based activity of acquiring, providing, or sharing access to goods and services that is often facilitated by a community-based online platform.

Peer to Peer Finance Platform

Thanks to major technology advances and recent regulatory shifts across the globe…

Backers is a digital peer to peer funding platform that enables private companies to get funding by selling shares in their business to everyday retail investors through regulated dealers on our proprietary jurisdictionally agnostic platform built on blockchain….

Private Is the New Public

98% of the population has been restricted from investing in private companies, but that is changing thanks to a regulatory shift across the globe…

Built On Blockchain

The Backers Platform is Built on Blockchain and utilizes Blockchain technology as a transactional, distributed ledger providing a secure, trusted, transparent, and efficient system…

A security token, represents the ownership information of the investment product, recorded on a blockchain. When you invest in traditional stocks, for example, ownership information is written on a document and issued as a digital certificate (e.g. a PDF). For Security Token Offerings (STOs), it’s the same process, but recorded on a blockchain and issued as a token.

All aspects of the transaction will be automated and managed by smart contracts in a systematic workflow, dictating various aspects of a transaction from who can invest, who can hold the tokens, KYC, AML, hold periods, secondary trading, how much can be invested, banking, status updates, holdings etc…

Backers Digital Asset Wallet

The Backers Digital Asset Wallet facilitates the minting, buying, selling, trading, and holding of various digital assets, including Cryptocurrencies, Security Tokens, NFTs, and so much more…

Market Driven

The market decides who gets funding… Backers uses a proprietary AI powered onboarding and due diligence process allowing the market to decide who gets funding, while providing data driven analysis and guidance to the entrepreneurs, all while ensuring regulatory compliance…

Accessible To Everyone

Less than one per cent of the US$543 billion in venture capital offered in the U.S. between 2015 and 2019 was given to Black and African American founders. – Crunchbase.

“All people and all groups have a right to shape our world now and as we go forward. Backers helps support that right. Backers breaks down barriers to financing and helps open innovation to all people…” – Andrew Luba

Ticker Symbol

Every company/issuer of shares/equity will be given a unique and relavent Ticker Symbol to identify their security tokens…

Funding / Payout

While investors can invest using either fiat, select cryptocurrencies, or even security tokens of other companies, issuers can also choose to recieve the funds raised in fiat (Canadian Dollars CAD $) and/or in select crypto… 

Loyal Backers / Investors

It costs you five times more to acquire new customers than it does to retain current customers… Existing customers are 50% more likely to try a new product of yours as well as spend 31% more than new customers…

“Loyal customers, they don’t just come back, they don’t simply recommend you, they insist that their friends do business with you.” – Chip Bell

Projected Tokenised Market Volume by 2027 USD $24T

As of December 2019, there were 1.2 million employer businesses in Canada.

The World Economic Forum estimates that up to 10 per cent of global GDP will be stored and transacted via Distributed Ledger Technology (Blockchain) by 2027 – tokenised markets could potentially be worth as much as USD $24 trillion by 2027.

Jurisdictionally Agnostic

The ability for a company/issuer to raise capital under various applicable jurisdictions and regulatory frameworks provides increased access to capital and an increased opportunity for investors..

How Much $$$ Can Be Raised?

While there are various regulatory frameworks and/or exemptions that can be utilized in both Canada and the United States, with each coming with various regulatory requirements there really is no limit on the amount a company can raise…

For example in Canada you can raise up to $1.5M using the Startup Exemption and you can raise an unlimited amount using the Offering Memorandum (OM) Exemption… In the US there is the Reg CF, the Reg A+, and the Reg D all with varying requirements and limits…

Smart Contracts

Regulatory compliance and all transactions are facilitated by smart contracts on the blockchain, from the KYC and documentation for both Issuers and Investors to the Issuance of Security Tokens and the Secondary trading on the Exchange…

Merchant Services

Backers is a FINTRAC Registered MSB (Money Service Business) enabling us to use our proprietary payment services solutions on the platform…

The Backers Eco System

  • Issuer Onboarding / Market-Driven & AI
  • Support Services / One-Stop-Shop
  • Investment Banking / Regulatory Compliance
  • Blockchain Technology / Tokenization of Assets
  • Secondary Market / Trading

Backers Roadmap

Since the initial idea for Backers and the concept of Equity Crowdfunding was identified in 2015 by our founder Justin Fox to the concepts of blockchain being introduced in 2018, Backers continues today to be at the forefront and leading the path to integrate new and existing regulations with new technologies and will continue to do so into the future…

Secondary Market / Trading

Liquidity is a major concern for private equity and private investors… Often referred to as the liquidity trap, meaning investors are trapped and there is no real way for investors to get their investment out in a reasonable amount of time… Until now…

Currently in development is a proprietary Secondary Market or Securities Exchange upon which the Security Tokens minted during the IBO (Initial Backers Offering) process can be bought and sold, providing liquidity for investors…

Liquidity

Backers solves the so-called liquidity trap of most private equity assets, whereby investors are forced to hold the asset and cannot sell and recieve a return on investment until the asset itself is sold or liquidated which can take up to 10 years or more…

 

Liquidity refers to the efficiency or ease with which an asset or security can be converted into ready cash without affecting its market price. The most liquid asset of all is cash itself.

  • Liquidity refers to the ease with which an asset, or security, can be converted into ready cash without affecting its market price.
  • Cash is the most liquid of assets, while tangible items are less liquid. The two main types of liquidity include market liquidity and accounting liquidity.

Possible Use Cases

  • Private Equity
  • Sports Teams
  • Real-Estate
  • Social Enterprises
  • Corporations
  • Retail Businesses
  • Venture Funds
  • DAOs – Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

IBOs - Initial Backers Offering

Launched in 2018 Backers identified the opportunity to combine relatively new yet existing regulatory exemptions to allow private companies to sell equity to retail investors through what we call IBOs (Initial Backers Offerings) enabling private companies, early stage startups, and high growth potential opportunities to raise capital by selling crypto stocks or security tokens representing equity in their businesses to a large number of retail investors allowing them to benefit from the the same opportunities that many ICO and STO projects were able to by create massive waves of supporters of their business through financial investments directly into their companies.
 
Step 1. Tokenize Private Equity
Backers is able to facilitate the minting, sale to investors, issuance, and storage of regulated security tokens representing various assets of businesses and projects across Canada
Step 2. Facilitate Trading
Backers will facilitate the secondary trading of issued tokens among retail investors

Crypto - The Future Is Tokenized

A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that is secured by cryptography, which makes it nearly impossible to counterfeit or double-spend. Many cryptocurrencies are decentralized networks based on blockchain technology—a distributed ledger enforced by a disparate network of computers. A defining feature of cryptocurrencies is that they are generally not issued by any central authority, rendering them theoretically immune to government interference or manipulation.

A cryptocurrency is a form of digital asset based on a network that is distributed across a large number of computers. This decentralized structure allows them to exist outside the control of governments and central authorities.

  • Experts believe that blockchain and related technology will disrupt many industries, including finance and law.

What Can Be Tokenized

From exotic assets like artwork, sports teams and racehorses to traditional assets like bonds, real estate, venture capital funds, equities, and commodities, almost every asset class can be tokenized.

  • Real Estate
    Real Estate tokenization allows fractional ownership, which opens the doors for high capital and increased market participation. Tokenized real estate assets provide an opportunity to expand real estate investment markets.
  • Commodities
    Tokenization of commodities can offer new market opportunities across the sourcing of commodities and trading lifecycle. Converting physical assets into tradable digital assets offers improved liquidity and lesser barriers to entry in asset classes led by institutional investors individuals.
  • Private equity shares
    Currently, information about shareholders and shares of small-to-medium size companies is recorded on papers or spreadsheets. Each party manages records in its database, creating siloes which is inefficient and prone to errors. Tokenization of equity shares allows companies to interact with shareholders by providing information on a single shared and immutable ledger. Shareholders will have ownership transparency and authenticity to run trades on the secondary market.
  • Physical Goods
    Illiquid assets, including artwork, wine, ownership interests in private companies, partnership shares and more, can be tokenized to offer provenance, lending and price discovery through the blockchain’s transparency.

NFTs vs Security Tokens

Blockchain is one of the fastest-growing digital technologies in recent history, and its revolutionary decentralized model is being appropriated by industries far and wide. Part of its popularity is derived from cryptocurrency, which is now a over a decade old..

When Bitcoin was born, cryptocurrency was just that: a currency. However, the term “cryptocurrency” is now somewhat dated. The rise of initial coin offerings (ICOs) means that thousands of different cryptocurrencies are out there, with ICO-generated coins commonly referred to as ‘tokens.’

  • One special kind of cryptocurrency, the security token, is on the rise.
  • Security tokens are essentially digital, liquid contracts for fractions of any asset that already has value, like real estate, a car, or corporate stock.
  • Using security tokens means investors can expect that their ownership stake is preserved on the blockchain ledger.
  • With their ability to demonstrate value, security tokens could roil traditional financial markets in favor of the newer, more hybrid blockchain models.

NFTs - Non Fungible Tokens

What Is a Non-Fungible Token (NFT)?
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are cryptographic assets on a blockchain with unique identification codes and metadata that distinguish them from each other. Unlike cryptocurrencies, they cannot be traded or exchanged at equivalency. This differs from fungible tokens like cryptocurrencies, which are identical to each other and, therefore, can serve as a medium for commercial transactions.1

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • NFTs are unique cryptographic tokens that exist on a blockchain and cannot be replicated.
  • NFTs can represent real-world items like artwork and real estate.
  • “Tokenizing” these real-world tangible assets makes buying, selling, and trading them more efficient while reducing the probability of fraud.
  • NFTs can also function to represent individuals’ identities, property rights, and more.

DAO - Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

One of the major features of digital currencies is that they are decentralized. This means they are not controlled by a single institution like a government or central bank, but instead are divided among a variety of computers, networks, and nodes. In many cases, virtual currencies make use of this decentralized status to attain levels of privacy and security that are typically unavailable to standard currencies and their transactions.

A decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) is an entity with no central leadership. Decisions get made from the bottom-up, governed by a community organized around a specific set of rules enforced on a blockchain.

DAOs are internet-native organizations collectively owned and managed by their members. They have built-in treasuries that are only accessible with the approval of their members. Decisions are made via proposals the group votes on during a specified period.

A DAO works without hierarchical management and can have a large number of purposes. Freelancer networks where contracts pool their funds to pay for software subscriptions, charitable organizations where members approve donations and venture capital firms owned by a group are all possible with these organizations.

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