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Are Overseas Portals the Next Big Thing in US Equity Crowdfunding?

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Crowdfund Insider | By | March 21, 2017

Non-resident US funding portal registration

Much excitement has been generated with the enactment of Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) and the ability of non-accredited investors to invest in startup companies in the United States. The SEC recently reported that while early capital raising efforts is still growing, Regulation Crowdfunding has provided a new mechanism for small, domestic issuers to raise capital that was previously unavailable.

There is speculation that soon, with a Republican Administration in Washington focused on deregulation, Regulation Crowdfunding may be a “huge” beneficiary, including an expansion permitting an issuer to raise $5 or perhaps even $10 million per annum, rather than the current $1 million limit. While a common complaint during its first year is that the issuers themselves must be domestic United States companies, the same does not hold true for crowdfunding portals.

Regulation Crowdfunding specifically permits “nonresident” funding portals to operate in the United States.

A nonresident funding portal is a funding portal incorporated in or organized under the laws of a jurisdiction outside of the United States, or having its principal place of business in any place not in the United States. Thus you can operate overseas and still be permitted to engage in business as a U.S. funding portal.

See:  Title III Crowdfunding For Real, Part I

Nonresident portals can quickly broaden US crowdfunding efforts to overseas, and raise foreign investor (crowd) capital for US companies. This together with the benefit that a crowdfunding portal is specifically exempt from broker-dealer registration under Exchange Act section 15(a), provides ample incentive to foreign entrepreneurs to seek to participate in US small issuer capital formation.

Nonresident funding portals share the same benefits as domestic funding portals, including the right to post offerings on their portal and receive transaction-based compensation (commission and equity) for their services. Nonresident funding portals may even have a competitive advantage in accessing capital for US crowdfunding offerings. MrCrowd.com and its CEO Allen Au, based in Hong Kong, appear to be the first nonresident funding portal to see an opportunity and become registered with FINRA.

For the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to permit nonresident funding portals to be based outside of the US, the portals must be subject to SEC and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) regulation. Registration of a nonresident portal is conditioned on an information sharing arrangement in place between the SEC and the competent regulator in the jurisdiction under the laws where the nonresident funding portal is organized or has its principal place of business.

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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 1500+ 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 at www.ncfacanada.org.

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[Montreal FrontFundr Event Mar 29]: Collecte de fonds en ligne : Votre nouvelle alternative de financement

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FrontFundr | Jill Earthy | March 22, 2017

FrontFundr event in Montreal

Raising Capital Online: The New Funding Option

Collecte de fonds en ligne : Votre nouvelle alternative de financement

Wednesday, March 29th/Mercredi 29 mars: 5:30 - 7:30 pm

McMillan LLP, 1000 Sherbooke O./W., #2700, Montréal

Register here: https://frontfundr5a7montreal.eventbrite.ca

 

Participez à notre 5@7 afin d’en apprendre davantage sur l’investissement participatif et partager un verre avec les membres de l'équipe de FrontFundr.

Cet événement est une occasion pour les entreprises, les investisseurs potentiels et tous les curieux de se rencontrer, et de parler de l'opportunité de lever du capital en ligne ainsi que de l’investissement participatif au Canada.

Venez donc rencontrer le CEO de la plateforme de Frontfundr, Peter-Paul Van Hoeken, de passage à Montréal afin d'en apprendre davantage sur la levée de capitaux en ligne. Faites vite, les places sont limitées!

Come to our 5@7 to learn more about equity investing and share a drink with members of the FrontFundr team.

This event is the occasion for companies, potential investors, and those who are simply curious to come out, network, and learn all about the opportunities of raising capital online and the equity crowdfunding landscape in Canada.

Come and meet the CEO of the Frontfundr platform, Peter-Paul Van Hoeken, to learn more about raising capital online.Please RSVP in advance, as space is limited!


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 1500+ 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 at www.ncfacanada.org.

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The crowdfunded electric sports car: Dubuc Motors courts investors

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Canadian Manufacturing | Cleantech Canada | Mar 2, 2017

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Interested individuals can own a stake in the company behind the world's first four-seater electric sports car for US$200

MENLO PARK, Cali.—You can own a stake in automotive history for as little as US$200.

Dubuc Motors Inc., the company behind the Tomahawk—the world’s first four-seater electric sports car—has announced the live offering phase of its equity crowdfunding campaign.

After gaining approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission, American automaker Dubuc Motors can now sell equity shares to accredited and unaccredited investors through its website, allowing people to invest in the U.S. and internationally. The minimum investment is $200.

“We have been pleased with the response from the crowd. It’s exciting to see a community of game changers and trendsetters jump on board as shareholders of our company early on,” said Mike Kakogiannakis, co-founder of Dubuc Motors.

The 370-mile range Tomahawk accommodates the big and tall, seating drivers up to 6’5″ comfortably. The rear seats and front and rear cargo space also provide the Tomahawk with more utility than other luxury sports cars.

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“People have embraced the idea that the Tomahawk, although an exotic sports car, can be as practical as a sedan,” said Kakogiannakis.

Dubuc’s first commercialized model is currently the only four-seater electric car on the market that goes 0-60 mph in under four seconds and sells for under $150,000.

You can own a Tomahawk for $125,000. Dubuc is currently accepting $5,000 deposits, and first deliveries are expected in 2018.

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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 1500+ 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 at www.ncfacanada.org.

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Exploration company jumps on crowdfunding bandwagon

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BIV | By March 14, 2017

Kal minerals

B.C.-based Kal Minerals is first junior miner in Canada to take advantage of platform

Though still gaining traction in Western Canada, crowdfunding is now being tapped by all types of industries as a leg up for accelerated growth.

B.C.-based junior mining company Kal Minerals Corp. has turned to Vested Technology Corp.’s online crowdfunding platform to build out its portfolio and expand the company.

“Kal Minerals is the first exploration company in Canada that is using the crowdfunding exemption offered by the British Columbia Securities Commission,” said David Patterson, chief operating officer at Vested.

Vested is a Vancouver-based startup crowdfunding platform that is not registered under Canadian securities legislation.

“The portal,” Patterson said, “allows a passageway for private companies to meet with private investors to fund small amounts of money through many investors, up to $250,000 twice a year.”

Equity crowdfunding has been legal in B.C. since May 2015, but he said this is the first time the option has been used this way in the province.

“This is definitely a milestone for junior exploration in B.C., but also for people that want to see how crowdfunding works at the grassroots level.”

See:  2017 Canadian Online Funding Directory

“Ray played football for SFU, so I’ve known him from a few different walks of life,” Patterson said. “I also played football at the school.”  Wladichuk, who played in the Canadian Football League for two years before starting Kal Minerals, studied engineering at SFU with a focus on alternative energy.  He obtained his degree in earth sciences.  His company is focused on aluminum alloys and other related metals and minerals.  “We are trying to build a portfolio of good projects,“ Wladichuk said.  That portfolio begins with the option of earning 100% interest in the Jack White property in B.C.’s New Westminster mining division, between Merritt and Hope.

“This B.C. property has great copper numbers and is in a regional scandium-high area, which is the best aluminum-strengthening alloy,” said Wladichuk. “We’ve already raised $70,000 for exploration, which is Step 1 for building this company up.”

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 1500+ 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 at www.ncfacanada.org.

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Presentation Decks from #CCS2017 (for Attendees ONLY)

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Thank you for attending the 2017 Canadian Crowdfinancing Summit (#CCS2017)!

CCS2017 Don't miss it!

 

CCS2017 Presentation Decks Available for Attendees Only (otherwise Confidential)

FEB 28:  Pre-Summit Workshops (OneEleven)

  1. FundingNomad Session:  Profit-Sharing or Royalty Deals for Investors & Issuers (download)
  2. Crowdmatrix Showcase:
  3. BrightSpark Ventures Workshop:  How to Invest in Early Stage Companies (download)
  4. R2Crowd Presentation:  How to Invest in Real Estate if You Don't have a Rich Uncle? (download)

MAR 1:  CCS2017 Summit (MaRS)

  1. Morning Keynote: Equity Crowdfinance:  Past, Present and Future by Ryan Feit, SeedInvest (download)
  2. Show me the Money: How We Raised USD $100+ Million (Art or Science?)
    by Zach Smith, Funded Today (download)
  3. Canadian and Global Alternative Finance Markets: Volume, Trends and Key Indicators by E.J. Reedy of University of Chicago - Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Alixe Cormick of Venture Law Corp and Daryl Hatton of FundRazr (download)
  4. Blockchain ICOs:  The Future of Online Investing or Regulatory Crisis? by Alan Wunsche, Blockchain Canada (download)
  5. How Online Funding Platforms Give Voice to a Shared Value Economy by Paul Allard, Impak Finance (download)
  6. Marketplace Lending:  Made for the People, By the People by Cato Pastoll, Lending Loop (download)
  7. Growing Your Business Faster with Diversity by Tabitha Creighton, iQMetrix and Eva Wong, Borrowell (download)
  8. Industry Experts and National Regulatory Perspectives: What to Expect in 2017?  by Jason Saltzman, (Gowling WLG), Pat Chaukos (OSC LaunchPad), Elliott Mak and Zach Masum (BCSC), Denise Weeres (ASC), and Gabriel Araish (AMF) (download OSC deck)
  9. LUNCH & LEARN:  Strategies to Protect Your Revenue by Securing Intellectual Property (IP) Rights before Launching by Tony Sebata, Sabeta IP (download)
  10. Regulatory Presentation and Q&A:  FINTECH & P2P/ONLINE LENDING 
    1. Part 1:  Zach Masum, BCSC (download); and
    2. Part 2:  Amy Tsai, OSC LaunchPad (download)
  11. Bootstrapping:  From Concept to Revenue Under in 9 Months for Under $4k by Timothy Jodoin, Edispin (download)
  12. Regulatory Presentation and Q&A:  EQUITY CROWDFUNDING/FINANCE by Gabriel Araish (AMF), Elliott Mak (BCSC), Gloria Tsang (OSC), and Denise Weeres (ASC) (download)
  13. Applying Design Thinking to Maximize Interaction on Your Website (Coming soon)
  14. How I Created an Automated Networking Machine to Meet Hundreds of Investors & VCs by Joshua Fetcher, Autopilot (download)
  15. Post-Crowdfunding Best Practices:  How to Deliver On Time On Budget - Everything you need to Know by Gareth Everard (Rockwell Razors), Owen MacMullin (DHL Canada), and Mary-Rose Sutton (Shopify) (download)
  16. The Future of Fintech:  Is Canada becoming a World Class Fintech Hub?  by Sue Britton (Fintech Growth Syndicate), Bilal Khan (OneEleven), Jake Hirsch-Allen (LinkedIn), Jim Orlando (Omers Ventures), Amelia Young (Upside Consulting Group) and Philippe Garneau (BWG Brand Engineering) (download)
  17. CLOSING KEYNOTE:  Transformative Strategies and Insights for Alternative Finance Market Growth by Martin Graham (Fineqia and London Stock Exchange) (download)

Live Pitching Presentation Decks (MaRS):

  1. Seedlify by Sam Kawtharani (download)
  2. Tripian by Cenan Yunusoglu (download) *Session 1 Pitch Winner
  3. XYZ Interactive (UVolt replacement) by Michael Kosic (download)
  4. Curexe by Johnathan Holland (download)
  5. Knote by Ron Glozman (download) *Session 2 Pitch Winner
  6. Zoom.ai by Roy Pereira (download)
  7. DashMD by Zack Fisch (download) *Session 3 Pitch Winner
  8. Better Current by Colin Campbell (download)
  9. CertClean by Jenise Lee (download)
  10. ShareWiz by Oz Demirel (download)
  11. Emerge by Alexandru Horghidan (download) *Session 4 Pitch Winner
  12. Triclops Technologies by Meng Xi Zhu (download)

Congratulations to the 4 live pitching companies:

Tripian (Cenan Yunusoglu), Knote (Ron Glozman), Dash MD (Zack Fisch), and Emerge (Alexandru Horghidan)!


Other links you may be interested in:

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THANK YOU TO ALL OUR #CCS2017 SPONSORS AND PARTNERS!

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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 1500+ 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 at www.ncfacanada.org.

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#CCS2017 Industry Leaders Connect at 3rd Annual NCFA Fintech & Funding Summit

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NCFA Canada | CCS2017 Committee | March 10, 2017

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NCFAs Innovation Finance Summit A Great Success!

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 1500+ 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 at www.ncfacanada.org.

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Fineqia Announces Chairman of the Board: London Stock Exchange AIM’s Ex-Head

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PRN Newswire | Fineqia International | Feb 27, 2017

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, February 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -

Fineqia International Inc. (the "Company" or "Fineqia") (CSE: FNQ) (OTCPink:FNQQF) (Frankfurt: FNQA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Graham as its new Chairman with effect from February 27, 2017.

Bundeep Singh Rangar, the Company's current Chairman, invited Mr. Graham to join Fineqia's Board given his extensive experience in transacting equity and debt securities, wealth management as well as the development and governance of stock exchanges worldwide. Mr. Rangar will step aside as Chairman and, in addition to his current role as CEO, will be appointed President of the Company.

Mr. Graham has a notable career in the financial services industry. Between 2003 and 2009, he was Director of Markets at London Stock Exchange PLC (LSE) and Head of the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) where he had direct responsibility for more than $500 million CAD of revenue and 75% of group profit. He led LSE's transformational growth strategy focused on driving market efficiency, resulting in a five-fold increase in market size between 2003 and 2008. Furthermore, Mr. Graham was instrumental in building LSE's international franchise, which significantly outperformed its main competitors.

"Martin will help steer Fineqia's growth within evolving regulation and a rapidly changing global economic and technological landscape. His common sense approach to increase financial markets inclusion and its access to the common man is invaluable to us," said Fineqia's CEO Bundeep Singh Rangar. "There is simply no substitute for cumulated wisdom garnered from years of experience in international financial markets."

Mr. Graham is currently Chairman of Aldbourne Partners Ltd., a London-based multi-family office business and wealth management consultancy. Mr. Graham has previously been on the Board of the Moscow Stock Exchange where he was Chairman of the Board's Risk Management Committee.

See:  Martin Graham to deliver Closing Keynote at 3rd Annual Canadian Crowdfinance Summit (Toronto, Mar 1):  Presenting "Adapting Lessons of the Past to Financial Market Innovations of the Future

Previously, Mr. Graham held senior positions in the global financial services sector including Head of Pan European Equities and Global Head of Equity Sales at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. He also provided specialist consultancy services to some of the world's leading General Partners in investment funds.

About Fineqia International Inc.

Fineqia's business model is to provide an online platform and associated services for the placement of debt and equity securities, initially in the UK. The platform will transparently highlight the risks and objectively outline opportunities involved.  For more information visit http://www.fineqia.com.

NEITHER THE CANADIAN SECURITIES EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATORY SERVICE PROVIDER HAS REVIEWED AND DOES NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THE CONTENT OF THIS NEWS RELEASE.

For further information:
Karolina Komarnicka
Chief Marketing Officer
T: +1-(778)-654-2324
E: info@fineqia.com
W: http://www.fineqia.com

SOURCE Fineqia International Inc. (view release)

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 1500+ 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 at www.ncfacanada.org.

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