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Startup Stock Exchange

Entrepreneur: Ian Haet

Netherlands Antilles

The Startup Stock Exchange provides a fully regulated stock exchange for startups and small businesses to connect directly with global investors. The platform creates a liquid market where these businesses can sell ownership shares directly to the investors. Those shares then trade freely on the open market. beta launched in late June and has received more than 70 company listing applications from 15 countries and registered investors from 21 countries. Final regulatory licenses are being completed and live trading is scheduled to begin in late 2012.

Photo: Global Entrepreneurship Week