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NCFA Canada | Feb 15, 2018 Twelve high-growth companies have been selected from inbound applications to pitch live at the 4th annual Fintech and Funding Conference: VELOCITY (#FFCON18). These companies will be pitching in four sessions on March 5, to be led by McCarthy Tétrault, Techstars Toronto, Launch Academy and Brightspark Ventures. Congratulations to the 12 finalists! Cinchy Coder ColliderX Distributed ID FintruX JustGotThat! Inc KickCity Kodisoft Neptune Dash Technologies SENSO.AI Swiggle Voleo One winning company will be chosen from each of the four live pitching sessions at FFCON18, determined by a panel of judges and the crowd. Winning companies will receive prize packages consisting of free Lean Startup Training Programs from Launch Academy, a complementary Press Release Package for North American distribution from ACCESSWIRE, a “Front of the Line” Golden Ticket from CBC Dragon’s Den and more! These tickets will guarantee the winning companies a chance to pitch in front of the infamous dragons at any of their Season 13 upcoming auditions. The Conference, to be held from March 5-6, 2018, attracts blockchain, crypto and fintech innovators, investors, companies actively raising capital and key decision makers/stakeholders in technology and capital markets from all over Canada and around the world. Click here to view ...
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Live Pitching Finalists Announced for FFCON18: VELOCITY
BCSC Release |  Alison Walker | Feb 14, 2018 Vancouver - The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) today released a fintech notice and request for comment (the notice), summarizing the results of the BCSC's fintech outreach activities in 2017 and seeking input on potential measures to clarify or modernize B.C. securities laws for stakeholders. "We want members of the B.C. technology community to know that we value the input they've provided to date, and we're eager to work with them on new ways to support innovation in this sector," said Mark Wang, Director of Capital Markets Regulation at the BCSC. " This notice asks targeted questions to help us understand industry developments and how potential future action could impact the industry and investors." See:  Opportunity to connect with BCSC at FFCON18: VELOCITY to provide feedback directly March 5-6 Toronto The notice summarizes the BCSC's consultation activities in five key fintech areas: crowdfunding and online lending, online advisers, cryptocurrency funds, initial coin offerings and cryptocurrencies, and fintech regulation in the future. The notice also summarizes the BCSC's 2017 fintech activities, including an online tech survey of industry stakeholders, the launch of the Tech Team, participation in the Canadian Securities Administrators' Regulatory Sandbox, ...
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BCSC consults with stakeholders in financial technology sector
Innovate Finance | Feb 13, 2018 Innovate Finance’s 2017 VC FinTech investment landscape provides investors, startups and the wider FinTech ecosystem the data to understand trends and capital flows as the FinTech market evolves. Overall figures suggest that the UK has had its best year on record and was a global leader in terms of capital invested and deal volume, second only to the US. Key Findings The UK experienced its best year on record with $1.8bn of VC investment, up 153% on 2016 The UK ranked second globally in both total Capital Invested and Deal Volume, behind the United States TransferWise, OakNorth, Funding Circle, Interactive Investor and Monzo led the top 5 top UK deals in the range of $90M to $280M of investment There were 10 Innovate Finance members in the top 20 UK deals. Global FinTech attracted $14.2BN of VC investment 2017 saw 1,842 deals a 18% decrease YoY. Links you may be interested in: More venture capital invested in Montreal than any other Canadian city in Q2 Animation: Four Years of Initial Coin Offerings Download the full report --> here The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a national non-profit actively engaged ...
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Coindesk |Rachel Rose O'Leary and Alyssa Hertig | Feb 11, 2018 A look at the headlines of late may leave you with a familiar conclusion – with all the ups and downs in the market, it's just too early to take crypto seriously. And it's true, despite the best efforts of even the industry's most notable developers, the world's largest cryptocurrencies remain not just volatile, but difficult (and risky) to use, at least in a way that their creators' intended. Still, heading into 2018, enthusiasts the world over are hard at work on improvements. As such, there's optimism advances could start to compound, creating a user experience that finally starts to transcend the issues – namely, the high fees and long wait times – users of most blockchains have become all too accustomed to. In fact, in the year ahead, blockchain users could see exciting new features and scientific firsts that just might help push the industry closer to that vision: 1. Off-chain channels What if it was possible for blockchain-based transactions to avoid using the blockchain at all? That's the big idea behind off-blockchain payment channels, an idea that harkens back to 2015, but whose time may have finally come ...
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Prices Aside, Crypto's Tech Stack Is Steadily Improving
Reuters | Feb 7, 2018 BEIJING (Reuters) - Central banks should consider using digital currencies in cross-border payments that could cut transaction time and costs, researchers at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), a top government think tank, said in a report. Cryptocurrencies allow parties to transact payments directly without a central intermediary, by means of blockchain technology that uses a shared ledger that verifies, records and settles transactions in a matter of minutes. The average transmission time could be shortened to less than 1 day from 3-5 days traditionally and the cost could be reduced to 1 percent or less from about 7.2 percent, Liu Dongmin and Song Shuang at the CASS said in the report. “Moreover, as the new system becomes more open, more flexible and more inclusive, all the developing countries will get fair and easy access to these services,” the report said. The report proposed three types of digital payments systems: one led by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a second led by some countries, or a third that combines the IMF’s system with those of certain countries. It said a combined system was the most feasible. But developing digital currency payment systems could pose ...
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Central banks should consider using digital currencies: China think tank
The Globe and Mail | Clare O’Hara | Feb 1, 2018 As the price of bitcoin continues to tumble, exchange-traded fund providers are looking to the underlying blockchain for value as two more providers file plans with regulators to join the sector while Harvest Portfolios gets the green light to launch Canada's first blockchain ETF. Last month, Harvest Portfolios filed a preliminary prospectus with regulators to introduce an ETF that tracks blockchain technologies. Earlier today, the firm received approval by the Ontario Securities Commission to launch the country's first blockchain fund – Blockchain Technologies ETF. With the ticker HBLK, the fund has a management fee of 0.65 per cent and seeks to replicate the performance of the Harvest Blockchain Technologies Index; an index designed in-house to track the performance of issuers in both the large-cap blockchain segment and the emerging blockchain segment exposed to the development and implementation of blockchain technologies in North America. The fund will begin trading next week on the Toronto Stock Exchange. At the same time, two other providers are looking to access the ever-growing popular blockchain technology. Blockchain is an online digital ledger that keeps a record of recent transactions. Once a transaction is completed, ...
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OSC approves Canada’s first blockchain ETF
Crowdfund Capital Advisors | Sherwood Neiss | Jan 25, 2018 According to Crowdfund Capital Advisors, today is a historic day for online finance and Regulation Crowdfunding in particular. The industry passed a major milestone surpassing over $100 million in capital commitments. “We’ve been anxiously waiting for this milestone,” said Sherwood Neiss, Principal at Crowdfund Capital Advisors. “It proves that the model is working, capital is flowing to those companies that need it most and jobs are being created. There’s no doubt, based on the rational growth of the industry since May 2016 that Regulation Crowdfunding and online finance are here to stay and will play a significant role in funding startups and small businesses in the future.” “Regulation Crowdfunding brings a digital footprint to all offerings for the first time in 80 years. The  transparency this provides regulators and investors sheds sunlight on what was prior an opaque process.  The data and dollars show that the industry is working,” said Jason Best, Principal at Crowdfund Capital Advisors. “We expect the industry to really begin to scale at this point of inflection. Our model estimates that over $1 billion will be funded to startups and small businesses within the next 5 ...
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Regulation Crowdfunding Surpasses $100,000,000 in Capital Commitments - Signaling an Industry that is Here to Stay and Reaching $1 Billion in the next 5 years
Crowdfund Insider | JD Alois | Jan 28, 2018 This past week, True Leaf Medicine International Ltd. (CSE: MJ) (FSE: TLA) (OTCQB: TRLFF), announced it had closed on CDN $14 million in a cross border crowdfunding offer that saw participants by investors in both the US and Canada. True Leaf raised CND $10 million from US investors utilizing Reg A+ six weeks after the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) qualified the offering.  Reg A+ investors purchased 14,285,715 common shares at a price of CDN $0.70 per share, with a minimum investment of 500 shares per investor. Shares were sold to both public retail investors as well as traditional accredited and institutional investors. FlashFunders, part of Boustead Securities, listed the Reg A+ offering in the US. CrowdfundX assisted in the promotion of the offering. Approximately 339 investors participated in the Reg A+ offering  with an average investment amount of CDN $12,727 and a mean of C$29,500. Keith Moore, Chief Executive Officer of Boustead, said he always believed True Leaf had the ingredients for a successful Reg A+. The combination of a compelling product in the fast emerging Cannabis sector heightened investor interest. See:  True Leaf: Crowdfunding Legal Cannabis Products Across ...
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Canabis Company True Leaf Raises $14 Million in Cross Border US – Canada Crowdfunding Offer
BBC News | Jan 27, 2018 One of Japan's largest digital currency exchanges says it has lost some $534m (£380m) worth of virtual assets in a hacking attack on its network. Coincheck froze deposits and withdrawals for all crypto-currencies except Bitcoin as it assessed its losses in NEM, a lesser-known currency. See:  $7 Million Lost in CoinDash ICO Hack It may be unable to reimburse the funds lost on Friday, a representative told Japanese media. If the theft is confirmed, it will be the largest involving digital currency. Another Tokyo exchange, MtGox, collapsed in 2014 after admitting that $400m had been stolen from its network. The stolen Coincheck assets were said to be kept in a "hot wallet" - a part of the exchange connected to the internet. That contrasts with a cold wallet, where funds are stored securely offline. Coincheck says it has the digital address of where the assets were sent. What do we know about the hack? Hackers broke in at 02:57 on Friday (17:57 GMT Thursday), the company said in a statement, but the breach was not discovered until 11:25, nearly eight and a half hours later. Company chief operating officer Yusuke Otsuka said 523m NEMs ...
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Coincheck: World's biggest ever digital currency 'theft'
The Globe and Mail |Sean Silcoff and Jacqueline Nelson  |  Jan 29, 2018 Ontario pension giant OMERS is pushing further into the rapidly expanding cryptocurrency business through the creation of an Ethereum-focused public company that is planning to raise $50-million. Newly-formed Ethereum Capital Inc. announced Monday morning that it is launching a private placement co-led by Canaccord Genuity Corp. and CIBC Capital Markets to sell 20 million subscription receipts for $2.50 each. Its plan is to then amalgamate with publicly-listed B.C. shell company Movit Media Corp., with investors set to receive one share in Movit for each Ethereum Capital receipt after the offering's anticipated closing date of Feb. 16. The combined firm will be known as Ethereum Capital Corp. Ethereum Capital's strategy is to acquire Ether, the cryptocurrency native to the Ethereum digital platform, and by buying controlling stakes in Ethereum-based businesses. Ethereum is a token-based blockchain platform for building decentralized applications and facilitating transactions without an intermediary and Ether is the system's unit of payment. See:  FFCON18: VELOCITY Blockchain, Crypto, Alt Investing Conference (Mar 5-6, Toronto) It has been the technology of choice for many digital token creators, including Waterloo, Ont.-based instant messenger Kik Interactive, fuelling the boom for ...
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OMERS expands cryptocurrency presence with $50-million Ethereum public company offering

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SURVEY CLOSED :  Thanks for participating in our annual benchmarking of Canadian Alternative Finance Crowdfunding markets to inform all stakeholders on market activity and company and investor sentiment.  Results will be published in the 2017 annual report later this year...

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2016 Alternative Finance Crowdfunding in Canada Industry Report:  (Published Dec 2016)

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[Breaking Oct 24, 2016]:  OSC Unveils LaunchPad, a First in Canada

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[Breaking News]:  Sep 27, 2016

OSC to launch fintech hub to help companies navigate and possibly ‘tailor’ regulatory framework


June 9, 2016:  Rapid fire Crowdfunding Opps for Advisors

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Jun 1:  Summer Officially 'Kicked Off' !

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Call to Action:  Lifting the Veil on P2P Lending in Canada

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*Important for Canadian platforms or portals servicing Canadian markets

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Thanks YYC for a SOLD OUT Calgary Crowdfunding Bootcamp on Dec. 3!

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[Breaking News]: Ontario publishes final Crowdfunding rules to come in force Jan 25, 2016

OSC 3Nov 5, 2015, Toronto – The securities regulatory authorities in Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (collectively, the participating jurisdictions) today published in final form Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding, which introduces a crowdfunding prospectus exemption for issuers as well as a registration framework for funding portals.

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Canadian Alternative Finance Platforms Encouraged to Participate!

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Get VanFUNDED Sep 29!  (Equity, Debt, Rewards and Fintech)

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MPP, Hon. Brad Duguid Officially Opens the Inaugural 2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit on March 3, 2015 at MaRS Discovery to a sell out crowd. 

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[Breaking News]: Six Canadian securities regulators to adopt start-up crowdfunding exemptions

May 14, 2015:  thumbs upThe securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the "participating jurisdictions") today announced they have implemented, or expect to implement, registration and prospectus exemptions that will allow start-ups and early‑stage companies to raise capital through crowdfunding in these jurisdictions, subject to certain conditions.

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The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a national non-profit actively engaged with social and investment crowdfunding, alternative finance, fintech, peer-to-peer (P2P), initial coin offerings (ICO), and online investing stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, industry stewardship, networking opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, academia and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and online financing industry in Canada.  For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

 

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