Net Zero Enterprises, a sustainable solutions company, has raised more than $5 million via equity crowdfunding in an offering on Return On Change. In fact, it's currently one of the top equity-crowdfunded projects in the country, according to Crowdnetic, a company that provides real-time data and analytics for the equity crowdfunding industry.
Yesterday, the project rose to the top of the CNBC Crowdfinance 50 Index, launched today by CNBC and Crowdnetic.
The index is the daily average of the largest capital commitments raised by 50 private U.S. companies listed on Crowdnetic's data platform, which collates real-time offerings on 16 equity crowdfunding sites: Alchemy Global, AngelList, Crowdfunder, CrowdStreet, EarlyShares, EquityNet, LendZoan, MicroVentures, Patch of Land, Prodigy Network, RealCrowd, RealPartner, Realty Mogul, Return on Change, SeedInvest and WeFunder.
"We want to produce green-label shrimp," he said. "It's 100 percent organic, non-GMO, harvested and produced in an environment that is self-sustained. We won't consume much water; we will produce our own energy from the waste."
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The shrimp farm still has a convertible note offering ongoing, with $180,000 left to raise from the crowd. The total project budget is $11.4 million—a blend of equity and back financing, and Forssell said they plan to break ground early this year. Investors will get 25 percent internal rate of return, plus a 25 percent yearly dividend payout on a project with an estimated $40 million enterprise value.