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Canada’s Inaugural Crowdfunding Summit is happening March 3rd

March 3, 2015



Become a part of Canada’s rapidly growing industry & learn what opportunities await you as an entrepreneur, service provider or investor. On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at MaRS Discovery in Toronto for an exclusive opportunity to learn vital content and network with industry experts gathering to highlight economic progress, regulatory updates, emerging opportunities, best practices, insights and trends impactful to the future growth of the Canadian crowdfunding industry.

The full day conference will cover all aspects of crowdfunding including equity/investment, debt/lending, rewards, pre-sale/product, causes, and emerging online models:

Hear from Crowdfunding Experts: Canadian and International speakers including:
Adam Spence, CEO, SVX

– Andrew Gardner, Founder and Chief Designer, Polar
– Andrew Graham, CEO, Borrowell
– Avi Goldfarb, Professor of Marketing, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
– Benjamin Webster, CEO/Founder, Mass Fidelity
– Brendan Dellandrea, Director, Marketing and Communications, Digital Media Zone
– Bret Conkin, Founder, CrowdfundSuite
– Brian Koscak, Partner, Cassels Brock
– Darrell Etherington, Technology Writer, Techcrunch
– Daryl Hatton, Founder and CEO, FundRazr
– Diana Yazidjian, President, DFY Consulting
– Douglas Cumming, Venture Capital Professor, York University, Schulich
– Erin Bury, Managing Director, 88 Creative
– Klever Freire, CEO, DreamQii
– Marcus New, Founder and CEO, InvestX
– Mark Evans, Principal, ME Consulting
– Peter-Paul Van Hoeken, CEO, Silver Maple Ventures
– Sean Moffit, Managing Director, Wiki-Brands
– Sean Stanleigh, Report on Small Business and Globe Drive, The Globe and Mail
– Steve Tam, Steve Tam, Hardware, Tech and Design Lead, Indiegogo Canada, Indiegogo
– Tim Jackson, Executive Vice President, Corporate and Community, MaRS
– Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder, CEO, Startup Canada

The Fintech sector is growing rapidly around the globe, playing a significant role in mobilizing capital and resources to innovative ventures and social enterprises by streamlining the process of how how organizations connect with prospective customers and investors over the internet.

Crowdfunding is helping innovative Canadian firms to launch businesses such as $1.14 million to Mass Fidelity’s wireless multi-room speakers, $1 million to DreamQii’s PlexiDrone and $820K to Vanhawk’s connected carbon fibre bicycle. The recent Lending Club $5.4 billion IPO clearly demonstrated the appetite and potential for online lending marketplaces.

The Canadian crowdfunding industry is poised for growth. On March 20, 2014, a total of six (6) provincial regulators announced two main proposals for new Crowdfunding prospectus exemptions that would allow early stage companies such as start-ups and SMEs to raise up to $1.5 million of capital online through the issuance of securities.

With favourable regulations imminent in Canada and the global crowdfunding industry experiencing explosive growth from $1.5 billion raised in 2012 to over $5.1 billion in 2013, crowdfunding has emerged as an increasingly popular source of innovation and social capital for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), new ventures, projects and cause-based organizations.

Educational Programme (Full Day)

The #CCS2015 full day educational summit will feature high profile keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, entrepreneurial ‘showcase pitches’, mentor sessions and exhibitor tables featuring leading crowdfunding platforms and service providers. The program will cover all aspects of Crowdfunding including equity, debt/lending, rewards, pre-sale/product, causes, and emerging online models such as royalty streaming.

Topical Content and Special Workshops:
– Overview of raising capital online in current markets (challenges, solutions and options)
– Regulatory briefing on the current status of equity crowdfunding regulations in Canada?
– Global and Canadian crowdfunding market data/pulse, trends, predictions
– Funding success stories (and failures) and lessons learned
– Crowdfunding for social enterprise, impact investing, charities, causes and non-profits
– Breaking down the anatomy of a successful crowdfunding campaign
– Building a crowd, working with media and campaign productivity hacking
– Preparing your company for raising capital online: Equity crowdfunding best practices and legal considerations
– Crowdfunding infrastructure for portals, provider solutions, opportunities for new entrants
– Portal landscape review, exemptions, transaction sizes, success rates
– International crowdfunding and cross-border activity
– 3 x showcasing pitch sessions w/ investor judging panel
– Mentor workshops (e.g., Mass Fidelity)


March 3, 2015
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