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Chris Horlacher, Chairman & CEO, Equibit Development Corporation, Joins NCFA’s Ambassador Program

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About NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | April 4, 2017

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TORONTO, Apr 4, 2017 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) today announced that Chris Horlacher, Chairman & CEO of Equitbit Development Corporation, has joined the Association’s Ambassadors Program.

NCFA Canada Ambassadors

NCFA Canada Ambassadors are leaders, educators, supporters and advocates of an inclusive and broad-based alternative finance crowdfunding industry in communities across Canada. As experts in fintech, peer to peer, and innovation finance, ambassadors are circles of influence and ‘go to resources’ for companies, investors and the ecosystem to connect with to learn and share at locally hosted events and initiatives. They are specialists and plugged into an international network of shared resources, thought leadership, and industry professionals striving to cultivate and shape the future of financial services in Canada and beyond.

Chris Horlacher, Chairman & CEO, Equibit Development Corporation

Chris began his career as an auditor at a Big 4 firm and before the age of 30 was the CFO of a start-up stock brokerage that now manages over $4 billion in assets. He went on to found his own management consulting firm and has been instrumental in numerous successful multi-million dollar start-ups and strategic initiatives for Canada’s largest companies, SME's and non-profits.

He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada, a research and educational charity focused on the field of Austrian Economics. Possessing Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant designations, Chris is certified by the Canadian Securities Institute as a partner, director and chief financial officer.

“The digitization and future of capital markets is upon us and Canada needs to be at the forefront of innovative financial technologies.  Chris and the Equibit team recently completed one of Canada's first Initial Coin Offering (ICO) 'Crowdsales' successfully raising approx $570,000 USD in cash and coins.  We are excited to have their leadership join the NCFA Ambassador program to provide more education and awareness in the areas of blockchain and distributed ledger technology," said Craig Asano, Executive Director, NCFA Canada.

“EDC is building Equibit, a peer-to-peer network for creating, transferring, and administering securities such as equity and debt. Such services cost issuers and investors many billions each year and blockchain technology can not only eliminate most of this overhead, but take the industry from 3-day to real-time settlements while massively improving the security, efficiency and accessibility of the OTC market,” said Chris Horlacher, Chairman & CEO, EDC

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About National Crowdfunding Association of Canada

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 About Us or visit www.ncfacanada.org.

Source: NCFA Canada

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Craig Asano
NCFA Canada
Executive Director
p. (416) 618-0254
e. casano@ncfacanada.org

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Tabitha Creighton, SVP Payments, iQmetrix, Joins National Crowdfunding Association of Canada’s Advisory Board

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NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | March 28, 2017

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VANCOUVER, MAR 28, 2017 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Tabitha Creighton, SVP Payments of iQmetrix, one of the largest providers of payment solutions in North America, has joined the Association’s Advisory Board as Advisor, Diversity.

Tabitha is a veteran founder, most recently as CEO of InvestNextDoor, the first debt-securities crowdfunding platform for small business.  She continues to be a director and advisor for numerous start-ups, and is a passionate advocate for diversity in financial markets.

“We’re excited to introduce a new role at the Association to focus on the development of diversity in alternative finance and crowfunding markets in Canada.  Tabitha brings the best of both worlds:  a wealth of experience in platform development and operations and leadership in diversity.  She has been a longtime supporter of NCFA who is passionate, highly strategic and willing to roll up her sleeves to get the job done.”  Craig Asano, Executive Director, NCFA Canada

“The NCFA is the industry voice for crowdfunding and alternative capital in Canada.  Having been part of this movement for several years in the U.S., I’m excited to be back at home and part of the NCFA to bring growth and innovation to this growing industry.”  Tabitha Creighton, SVP Payments, iQmetrix

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About National Crowdfunding Association of Canada

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. For more information please visit: www.ncfacanada.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Craig Asano
casano@ncfacanada.org
416 618 0254

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Christopher Charlesworth, CEO and Co-founder of HiveWire, Joins National Crowdfunding Association of Canada’s Advisory Board

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NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | March 24, 2017

Christopher Charlesworth, Advisor, Crowdfunding

TORONTO, MAR 24, 2017 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Christopher Charlesworth, CEO and Co-founder of HiveWire, a full-service crowdfunding agency focused on platform development, data analytics and consulting, has joined the Association’s Advisory Board as Advisor, Crowdfunding.

Christopher Charlesworth holds an MBA from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, The University of Toronto, and an Honours Bachelor of Political Science from The University of Western Ontario. Christopher has worked as a management consultant in Indonesia, Canada, and the United States across several practice areas, including financial services, marketing, and social media. As Co-founder and CEO Christopher works to create value for clients by applying HiveWire’s crowdfunding tools and techniques to their strategic objectives.

“Chris is constantly creating value with every measured action.  Through his work at HiveWire, he has amassed significant experience in all aspects of crowdfunding from portal operator to infrastructure provider to campaign planning and execution.  He brings a data-driven approach to garnishing insights and implementing learnings that will benefit virtually any client project.” Craig Asano, Executive Director, NCFA Canada

“Crowdfunding presents a tremendous opportunity for Canadians to come together and fund all manner of worthy economic initiatives. It is incumbent on our government and market regulators to find ways to create a level national playing field that enhances the competitiveness of the Canadian crowdfunding industry. Unfettered investment at the individual level, regardless of physical geography, is both our present and our future. Our market regulators would do well to legitimize this behaviour and harmonize rules across geographic regions and within Canada at the very least.  Christopher Charlesworth, CEO and Co-founder, HiveWire

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About National Crowdfunding Association of Canada

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. For more information please visit: www.ncfacanada.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Craig Asano
casano@ncfacanada.org
416 618 0254

 

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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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CCS2017 Announces 12 Selected Companies for Live Pitching Showcase March 1

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TORONTO, ON — February 13, 2017

CCS2017 Pitch finalist logos

Congratulations to the following twelve (12)  Canadian companies that have been selected from inbound applications to pitch live at the 3rd annual Canadian Crowdfinance Summit from Feb 28 - March 1. Companies will be pitching to investors and mentors from Brightspark Ventures, NACO (National Angel Capital Organization), Whitecap Venture Partners, Tie Toronto, Startup Canada, MaRS and more at the 2017 Canadian Crowdfinance Summit.

Top 12 companies selected to pitch at CCS2017:

  1. Better Current
  2. Certclean
  3. Curexe
  4. DashMD
  5. EMERGE
  6. Knote
  7. Seedify
  8. ShareWiz
  9. Tripian
  10. Tricolops Technology
  11. Uvolt
  12. Zoom.ai

Each of the finalists will also have a chance to win one of four sponsored prize packages - more details coming soon!

Live Pitching sessions will be lead by:

Session 1:  Led by Startup Canada

Session 2:  Led by Tie Toronto

Session 3:  Led by NACO

Session 4:  Led by MaRS


better-current-logo-textBetter Current creates smart solar products to store electricity so everyone can benefit from clean energy - check out JENNi coming this Spring!


certclean

Certclean helps shoppers easily discover beauty and personal care products formulated without ingredients that have been recognized to cause harm to human health.


curexeCurexe’s mission is to help businesses send money around the world. We help you exchange currency and/or send money in different currencies to your suppliers, employees or partners in other countries.


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Dash MD provides hospital patients with the tools they need to manage their recovery journey. Manage your care and find the care you need with the free Dash MD app.

 


emergeEMERGE is a solution that brings patients immediate access to care by allowing them to pre-share their information to health institutions.


knote

Knote uses the power of Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence to help you work smart with documents.


seedlify

Seedlify is Canada’s first Capital as a Service provider of Revenue Based Financing for early-stage growth businesses.


sharewiz-2

shareWiz transforms your company's big data into rich visuals for you to collect and organize so you can focus on what matters to you.


tripian

Tripian offers exclusive off-the-beaten-path programs to travelers, curated by local chefs, artists, musicians, architects, food and wine experts.


tricolops

Tricolops has created a dimensioning device that can instantly measure the length, width, and height of any parcel, essentially replacing the tape measure.

 


uvoltAt Uvolt, our mission is to make clean energy accessible to anyone, anywhere through consumer products. Our first product is the Uvolt Watch, which harvests Solar Power and Wireless Energy to charge your mobile device.

 


zoom-aicmyk_1Zoom.ai is an enterprise SaaS company that uses machine learning and natural language processing to solve productivity issues for all employees inside the company.

 


The 3rd annual Canadian Crowdfinance Summit (#CCS2017) is the industry’s largest national conference providing the most comprehensive thought leadership, education, networks, funding and investment opportunities to 500+ participants in Canada’s rapidly growing internet finance and fintech crowdfunding industry.  The Summit, to be held from Feb 28 - March 1, 2017, attracts investors, service providers and alternative finance leaders from Canada and around the world.

Don't miss this once a year opportunity to attend!  Register Today! 

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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Thrice is Nice as NCFA Canada kicks off Annual Canadian Crowdfinance Summit

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 NCFA Canada | Feb 8, 2017

Focus on “Innovation Finance” set to draw Fintech Trailblazers from across the country

TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2017 /CNW/ – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) today kicked off its third annual Canadian Crowdfinance Summit (CCS2017), taking place in Toronto, February 28 and March 1, 2017.

The Summit is Canada’s largest national event covering online funding, fintech, and alternative finance markets. The gathering provides the most comprehensive thought leadership, education, networks, funding and investment opportunities to over 500 participants in Canada’s rapidly growing fintech crowdfinance industry.

“The Summit has grown significantly each year since launching in 2015 and provides an international platform where delegates can really network at deep levels with industry leaders, strategic partners, investors, regulators and vendors,” said Craig Asano, Founder and Executive Director of NCFA Canada. “Collectively, these emerging markets are going to have an increasingly important role in financial services and impact on the Canadian tech, small business and innovation economy.”

This impact is already evident: Canadian markets reported a total funding volume of $133 million in 2015, and when the numbers are all in, are predicted to have grown to $190 million in 2016. Despite these increases, Canada is still punching below its weight compared to international markets. A recently published study benchmarked the online alternative finance industry in the U.S. at $36 billion in 2015.

See:  75 Fintech crowdfinance and Alternative Finance leaders heading to Toronto for CCS2017

“Canada’s numbers are significant, but as we can see from international comparators, the potential is practically limitless in this space,” said Asano. “These innovators are not only helping to grow the economy; they’re creating jobs, spurring growth in start-ups and scale-ups, and providing investment opportunities for those who were previously shut out from such ventures. We’re witnessing the dawn of a new economic phenomenon that is rapidly changing how consumers and businesses aggregate, transfer, store and invest capital privately.”

CCS2017 Trailblazers

CCS2017 aims to accelerate this phenomenon with an expanded event; due to substantial growth and enthusiastic participant feedback, this year’s conference will be expanding to add an additional half day program for fintech platforms to showcase and demo services to investors. Day two will feature the annual full-day thought leadership and pitching showcase Summit with all the keynotes and ‘bells and whistles’ that participants have come to expect.

The summit will be comprised of 75 of the foremost leaders in the fintech crowdfinance industry, including prominent speakers from UK, US and Hong Kong, on stage in front of over 500 entrepreneurs, growth companies, investors, tech providers, media, regulators and other key stakeholders. Collectively, the industry is striving to accelerate the commercialization and value of these new technologies in the Canadian economy.

This is a not to be missed Summit focused on fintech & funding….Want to be part of the future? Register at crowdfundingsummit.ca.

About the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada
The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a national 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. For more information please visit ncfacanada.org.

SOURCE: National Crowdfunding Association of Canada

To request a media pass to the Canadian Crowdfinance Summit, please click here.

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