2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit (#CCS2015)

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2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit (#CCS2015)

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015    Time: 7:30am – 7:00pm

Location: MaRS Discovery District (Auditorium) 101 College St., Toronto, ON, M5G 1L7 (map)

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  • Catherine Murray, BNN News Anchor, Summit MC

    Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015    Time: 7:30am – 6:45pm

    Location: MaRS Discovery District (Auditorium) 101 College St., Toronto, ON, M5G 1L7 (map)

    Ticketing: Member Registration is $200 / Non-members $275 / $350 at the Door

    Registration and credit card processing fees included in price, 13% HST to be added

    Registration Now Open --> Reserve Your Seat Today!

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    CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

    Join us 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 (release). 

    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
      include John Medved (CEO, OurCrowd) Daryl Hatton (CEO, FundRazr),
      Matt McGrath (CEO, Optimize Capital Markets), Adam Spence (CEO, SVX),
      Steve Tam (Indiegogo), Mark Evans (Start-Up Guru), Chris Charlesworth
      (Co-founder, HiveWire), Neil DSouza (COO & Co-founder, Mass Fidelity),
      and more!

    • Panel Discussions: topics include the impact of crowdfunding, social
      enterprise and impact investing, market trends, regulatory updates
      across Canada, the funding ecosystem, and the future of crowdfunding

    • Success Stories: come hear insights learned from the top crowdfunding
      campaigns

    • Workshops for Companies and Investors: topics include strategy,
      planning and executing a successful campaign, portal requirements,
      legal considerations,

    • Pitch Sessions: showcasing qualified promising companies


    Inaugural 2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit Highlights

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    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 (e.g., shareholders, term sheet, and intellectual property)
    • 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

    Who should attend the 2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit?

    Hundreds of delegates from across the country who are the decision makers in Canada’s fast growing and lucrative crowdfunding industry:

    • Industry participants and experts including crowdfunding portals, legal, accounting and finance professionals, regulators, dealer-brokers, consultants, marketers, technology providers and advisory groups
    • Entrepreneurial and innovation networks seeking to raise capital and commercialization ventures including incubator/accelerators, entrepreneurs, start-ups, high impact SMEs
    • Social enterprise-impact investing companies, NFPs and cause-based organizations actively seeking funding
    • Government (federal, provincial, municipal) involved in small business and innovation
    • Private angel investors and venture capital groups, fund managers and corporate investors seeking to work emerging crowdfunding companies
    • Media journalists and content creators tracking innovation, technology, small business and finance

     

    Help Shape the Future of Crowdfunding

    By attending the 2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit, you and your organization will have 'ground floor' opportunity to participate and help shape the impact (e.g., benefits) of crowdfunding industry (view Prezi):

    • Crowdfunding spurs economic growth, creates jobs, generates revenue and stimulates innovation and entrepreneurship
    • It unlocks a new source of efficient and transparent capital to fill ‘Funding Gaps’ in the Canadian economy 
    • It improves the quality and levels of risk capital funding in Canada to support the next generation of young, innovative firms. Crowdfunding also provides support for underserviced communities across verticals, geography and social economic tiers
    • It helps SMEs achieve strong growth through regional and global market diversification and helps connect scalable ventures to angel and venture capital investment groups
    • Crowdfunding accelerates the commercialization of new products, ideas and services in Canada that can compete globally and ultimately works to strengthen Canada’s entrepreneurial backbone at grassroots levels

     

    Join Our Rapidly Emerging Industry 

    • Canadian Crowdfunding markets have grown significantly across the country (see Canadian Directory) since NCFA Canada launched in 2012, and is currently experiencing rapid growth in terms of the number of operating and planned portals, total funding volume, and successful transactions (85 portals, 22 providers)
    • KPMG Best of FinTech Innovators (inaugural report; Dec 2014)
    • Globally, crowdfunding has grown to $5.1 billion in 2013, according to US-based Massolution’s industry research report and experts expect to clear $10 billion by the end of 2014
    • 2014 UK Alternative Finance Industry Report (Nov 2014)
    • The World Bank report on crowdfunding predicts that crowdfunding could blossom into $96 billion industry per year

     

    The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country.  NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 950+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada.  Learn more About Us or visit www.ncfacanada.org.

     

  • Catherine Murray, BNN News Anchor, Summit MC

    View the 2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit mobile app                  The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country.  NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 950+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada.  Learn more About Us or visit www.ncfacanada.org.   Katipult Crowdfunding Syndication Software

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  • Catherine Murray, BNN News Anchor, Summit MC

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     #CCS2015 in the News

     

    Media Passes to the 2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit

    The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) will grant passes to selected representatives of authorized media organizations to enable them to develop and publish articles and stories about the Summit, the association, and/or the industry generally.

    Eligibility

    Accredited media representatives will include the editorial staff of publications/newswire services and TV/radio crews from one or more of the following:

    1. Newspapers/magazines that are available to the public, published at least six times a year by an organization whose principal business activity is publishing, and that generally carry paid advertising.
    2. Online publications that generate a substantial amount of original news content and belong to a registered company with a verifiable non-web address and telephone number.
    3. Newswire services that provide news coverage to subscribers, including newspapers, periodicals and/or telephone networks.
    4. Broadcast media that broadcast news and information programs to the public. Independent film and video publishing companies will be accredited if officially mandated by a broadcast station via a letter of assignment.
    5. Freelance journalists if they can provide a letter of assignment from a media organization.

    Media credential requirements

    The NCFA reserves the right to request the following credentials before granting a pass to the Summit:

    1. Recognized media or press card
    2. Letter of assignment on official letterhead from an editor or bureau chief

    To apply for a media pass or if you have questions, please send an email, with your full contact details, including the name of your media outlet to sunny@ncfacanada.org. We will follow up with you to confirm your pass.

     

    The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country.  NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 950+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada.  Learn more About Us or visit www.ncfacanada.org.

  • Catherine Murray, BNN News Anchor, Summit MC

     

    Get Involved!  Summit Participation & Sponsorship Opportunities

    Chair, Speakers, Mentors, Experts, Media

    (Please contact Craig Asano:  casano@ncfacanada.org)

    Sponsors, Exhibitors, Summit Partners 

    (Lauren Linton:  lauren@ncfacanada.org)

    Marketing, Communications, Summit Registration

    (Sunny Shao:  sunny@ncfacanada.org)

    Showcasing Pitchers Application Form (Deadline Jan 31 @5PM EST)

    (Announcing the #CCS2015 Pitching & Showcase Finalists)

    (Carlos Pinto Lobos:  cpintolobo@marsdd.com)

    Seeking Experienced Volunteers (Applications full - get your ticket today)

    #CCS2015

     

    See you @7:30am for registration and breakfast!

    The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country.  NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 950+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada.  Learn more About Us or visit www.ncfacanada.org.

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    Accommodation Options (preferred Rates)

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    Kind thanks to venue and social innovation partner, MaRS Discovery District, for allowing attendees of the 2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Conference to benefit from the following preferred hotel rates:

    We recommend that you book your hotel accommodation ASAP as the first week of March 2015 is a busy time for hotels in Toronto due to many large conferences and you risk higher room rates or sold out hotels. 

    Hotel accommodations

    Visitors can take advantage of preferred rates for hotels and ground transportation services in the vicinity of MaRS. Relax in comfortable and affordable rooms located within walking distance of MaRS. Group rates are quoted separately. Note that at certain times of the year, group rates could be lower or higher than the individually negotiated rates. Additionally black-out dates could apply. Please contact each hotel for the latest applicable rates.

    PREFERRED HOTELS for the 2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit (Please note these are discounted rates negotiated through MaRS and are very limited. Book ASAP to avoid higher rates or sold out hotels):

    • The Marriott Courtyard: Rates from $139 per room/night during January, February, March, April, July, August, November and December, and $169 per room per night during May, June, September and October. All reservations for this preferred corporate rate can be made directly through the Reservation Office at 1-800-847-5075. Please request the MaRS Discovery District rate.
    • Four Seasons Hotel Toronto: Rates from $375 per room, per night. Please call the Reservation Department at 416-928-7311 or via email at reservations.toronto@fourseasons.com.
    • Eaton Chelsea Hotel: Rates from $149 per room, per night. Request the MaRS Discovery District discount rate here.
    • Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre: Rates start at $122 per room, per night. Request the MaRS Discovery District rate here or book via email at reservations@hitorontodowntown.ca or call 416-977-665. Mention “Corp ID 100303130″.
    • InterContinental Hotel Toronto: Rates from $199 during the low season and $219 during the high season. Please call the Reservation Department at 416-960-5200 or via email at reservation.torontoyorkville@ihg.com and mention “MaRS Corp ID 100303130″.

     

    The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country.  NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 950+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada.  Learn more About Us or visit www.ncfacanada.org.

  • Participate and Help shape the Future of the Canadian Crowdfunding Industry

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    The following companies will be represented at #CCS2015 (as of Mar 1):

    1708564 ontario inc
    204Homes
    88 Creative
    A Film Monkey Production Inc.
    Achilles Media
    ADLER School of Professional Studies
    Aig Insurance Company of Canada
    Ainslie Development Corporation
    Amirali Nourbakhsh
    Aon
    Arizona9
    ArtsFunding.ca
    Ashbury College
    Aum Law
    Avantix Learning
    Bank of Mexico
    Bank of Montreal
    Berkeley International Investment Group Inc.
    Berkeley International Investment Group Inc.,
    Betakit
    Better Current
    BFN Renewable Energy Dept.
    BioOn
    BLP Law Professional Corporation
    blue heron consulting
    BMO BANK OF MONTREAL
    Borrowell
    Braintree Business Development Center
    Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells, s.e.n.c.r.l.
    Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
    Centre of Social Innovation (CSI)
    CK Table
    Clarity Crowdfund Advisors
    Clausen & Associates
    Cloudfund
    CMAO
    Confluent Technologies Inc.
    Conundrum Capital Corporation
    CoPower
    Crowd Amplify
    Crowdfund Suite
    CrowdMatrix
    CST Trust Company
    C-T Wire Prep Inc.
    CWIT Capital Inc
    D2Law LLP
    Datum Graph
    Dentons
    Dentons Canada LLP
    DFY Consulting
    Direct Marketing magazine
    DreamQii
    Dynamite Network
    Extreme Venture Partners
    Farber Financial Group
    Finance for Good
    First Maximillian
    FlipGive
    Forwards
    Foundry Mortgage Capital
    Freelancer
    FundRazr
    Getcleantech
    Globe and Mail
    Gouvernement du Canada / Patrimoine Canadien
    Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
    Gowlings LLP
    GravityCentral
    Greedy Giver
    Habitat for Humanity Halton
    Hedgeview Services Inc.
    Highland Brew Co
    Highlander Brew Co
    HireQ Inc.
    HiveWire
    Humber College
    ICNorth Inc
    Ideon Media
    iFunding
    Iguana Books
    Iliumcc
    Imagine Communication Enterprises Ltd.
    INcubes
    Independent
    IndieInk Publishing
    Sea Change
    Mpower Technologies
    Industry Canada
    Innovation Initiatives Ontario North
    InteGreat Marketing PR Events Inc.
    Intelysis Corp
    Intercedent
    InvestDen
    InvestNextDoor
    InvestX
    James E. Minns
    Jumli Enterprises
    JUMP Math
    Kirco Limited
    LiveCA LLP
    Loyalty
    Luma Design Arts Inc
    MakerBloks
    Maple Leaf Angels
    Marcus & Millichap
    MaRS
    MaRS/SVX
    Mass Fidelity
    McCarthy Tetrault LLP
    ME Consulting
    Meridian Credit Union
    Metroland Media
    Microsoft
    Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
    MJS-Group
    MMET
    Mohawk Medical Growth Partners
    Nanoleaf
    NatGeo Young Explorer
    NBDA Corp
    NCFA Canada
    NCFA Volunteer
    Network for Business Sustainability
    Neumarkets
    Newstart Canada
    NexusCrowd
    Ontario Centres of Excellence
    Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
    Ontario Securities Commission
    Open Avenue
    Open Ocean Apps
    Optimize Capital Markets
    OurCrowd
    Parachute Canada
    Paterson Partners
    peHUB Canada/Thomson Reuters
    Pigeon
    Pinc VR
    PKA SoftTouch
    Polar / IndieDesign
    Powernoodle
    Public Inc.
    Public Interest Advocacy Centre
    Qoints
    Raindance
    Reactor Communications
    Real Property Association of Canada
    Revelo Electric Corp
    Robert Panasiuk
    Rockethub
    Rohan Wood Stables
    Rotman School of Management
    Round13 Capital
    Royal Bank of Canada
    Ryerson University / DMZ
    Sabeta IP
    Screenarts Incorporated
    SEE Change Magazine
    Seedups Canada
    Shibley Righton LLP
    silentvault
    Silver Maple Ventures
    SmartNet Alliance Inc.
    Snap Perfume
    Startup Canada
    Studio Y
    Summerhill Venture Partners
    Suske Capital
    Sutcliffe Consulting Inc.
    Tafelmusik
    TechnicalitiesPlus
    Techvibes
    Terracap Ventures
    Tessellate Inc
    Tessellate Inc.
    Textbooks for Change
    The Funding Portal
    The Globe and Mail
    Thomson Reuters
    Tite Racing Promotions
    Torys LLP
    Trend Financial
    Truck Sail Inc
    University of Toronto
    University of Toronto / Rotman
    Venture Law Corp
    VentureLAB
    Videotron
    Vizeeon
    Wafu
    Wakulatdhirani LLP
    Waterlution
    Waverly
    Wiki-brands
    Windsor Botanical Therapeutics Inc.
    Wipebook Corp
    Xplornet
    YEDI Institute
    York University / Schulich
    Zoo Share

    The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country.  NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 950+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada.  Learn more About Us or visit www.ncfacanada.org.

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2 Responses to 2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit (#CCS2015)

  1. Nicole says:

    Hello,

    I totally missed the submit? Can you please send info when would be the next event in Toronto or any neighbour cities?

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