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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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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)!


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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.


dash-md

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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3rd annual Canadian Crowdfinance Summit (Feb 28 – March 1, 2017)

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3rd annual Canadian Crowdfinance Summit Feb 28 - March 1, 2017           Toronto, Canada The 3rd annual 2017 Canadian Crowdfinance Summit (#CCS2017) is Canada’s largest national event covering fintech, crowdfunding, internet finance, venture funding and alternative fina read more

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Relentless Pursuit Partners 2016 in Review: With A Splash, Craft Beer & Shout Outs From “The Hill”

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Relentless Pursuit Partners | Brenda Irwin | Jan 2017

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Keeping It Real With the Occasional Glimpse Behind The Scenes

We aren’t bragging about the B.C. weather at the moment – the ‘holiday deep freeze’ lingered well into 2017 – however, we would like to shine the light on a few moments from the final months of 2016 that made us proud.  To start … what a SPLASH by TritonWear as 2016 came to a close.

SQW to Tristan Lehari, CEO of TritonWear:  

“Oh, what I could have done if I had this technology when I was consumed by mastery.”

It is one thing when we have enthusiasm for what our portfolio companies are developing – it is altogether a new level of special when there is a national spotlight put on their products.

TritonWear Technology Is Making A Splash

TritonWear was featured at a special event linked to a national innovation strategy and identified by the federal Minister of Small Business and Tourism, and Waterloo MP, the Honorable Bardish Chagger, who had this to say at the event:

TritonWear Team CIX

TritonWear at CIX: John Crosson, Brenda, Tristan Lehari, Alex Murie

 

“TritonWear is about making Canadian swimmers more competitive so that they can outperform the world. Our government has a similar plan for the whole nation. By supporting and promoting innovative companies such as this, we are fostering the growth our economy needs.”

In addition to government recognition and accolades for TritonWear, the company received recognition from the Canadian technology industry.

In October, TritonWear was inducted into the annual Canadian Innovation Exchange’s coveted Top 20 list.


BDO Annual General Meeting Keynote

In September, Simon delivered the keynote for BDO Canada‘s AGM. He tapped into his wealth of athletic experience as both an individual and team member.

Simon shared bold examples of innovation within the sport of triathlon, his journey as a leader in the sport, how he challenged assumptions and emphasized how much he had to tap into courage to shift the paradigm.

BDO AGM SQW

NCFA Fireside Chat

Another Q4 highlight was when Simon and I hit the “speakers’ stage” together for the first time at the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada conference. The moment was amplified by having one of our portfolio founders (Louis-Victor Jadavji, co-founder of Wiivv) join us as well for a key part of the conversation.

Simon, Brenda, LV and Craig Asano (NCFA Executive Director)

Simon, Brenda, LV and Craig Asano (NCFA Executive Director).        Photo courtesy of NCFA

We shared the investors’ perspective on rewards-based crowdfunding as either a financing or product launch strategy. LV shared his lessons learned and rationale for using a crowdfunding platform to fuel a commercial product launch. Here are a few of our key messages:

#1 Lesson Learned – Private or Public?

A public crowdfunding campaign eliminates a private start-up’s ability to iterate, learn, grow, recover, and restart privately, and on a timeline that works for a company versus a consumer’s desire. Be mindful of this reality.

#2 Opportunity Realized – The Impact of the Network!

Leveraging existing networks facilitates a successful crowdfunding launch. PERIOD. By tapping into the mailing lists of your investors, accelerator, strategic and industry partners can create powerful early momentum in a campaign. Don’t be shy about “the ask.” Don’t overlook this incredible resource.

#3 Insider Investor Tip Under promise and OVER DELIVER

When defining a crowdfunding campaign sales goal, select a number that demonstrates persuasive customer adoption while having a high probability of execution. Delays in uptake or low percentage goal achievement could delay timing on your next fundraising, or negatively affect your business valuation due to perceived absence of campaign success.

The NCFA recently published a thorough industry report (including a Relentless cameo of course). Click here to access and download:

2016 Alternative Finance Crowdfunding in Canada

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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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