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BLOCKCHAIN, CRYPTOCURRENCY, ALT INVESTING – FFCON18: VELOCITY Conference (Mar 5-6, Toronto)

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FFCON18: VELOCITY

Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Alternative Investing

Join Canada's leading financial technology and funding conference

Immerse yourself in blockchain, cryptocurrency, funding and fintech innovation through world-class education, workshops, and networking

Date:  March 5-6, 2018

Day 1:  Full day at the historic Design Exchange (234 Bay Street, Toronto)

Day 2:  Half day at Dentons Canada LLP (77 King Street West, Suite 400, Toronto)

Tickets:  $50 – $450

BLOCKCHAIN, CRYPTOCURRENCY and ALTERNATIVE INVESTING   The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) is proud to present FFCON18: VELOCITY (2018 Fintech and Funding Conference), an expanded 4th Annual of Canada’s leading financial technology and funding conference.   As Cryptocurrencies dominate the media scene, and the ICO frenzy is in full fledge can the Blockchain live up to the massive demand to deliver real life use cases and value to the customer, and can Fintech and Funding catch up with the changing landscape of the industry.

The theme is all about speed, efficiency and reducing friction: VELOCITY.  Accelerating the speed of blockchain and capital innovation, disruption, integration and adoption.   If you are a blockchain, crypto or fintech innovator, investor or a company actively raising capital or key decision maker/stakeholder in technology and capital markets innovation initiatives and programs, FFCON18 is a must attend event delivering the most comprehensive thought leadership, education, networks, investment and pitching opportunities to global participants.

If you are a fintech investor, a company actively raising capital or key decision maker/stakeholder in technology and capital markets innovation initiatives and programs, FFCON18 is a must attend event featuring immersive content, pitching, networking, workshops and meeting exchanges over 2 days.  Are you ready for the VELOCITY Blockchain speed?

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Exclusive Presenting Partner:

Platinum Partners:

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Lou Kerner: Co-founder and Partner, CryptoOracle.io

Keynote: The Future of Bitcoin and Crypto

 

Diana Adachi: CEO, Pegasus Fintech Inc.

Keynote: Exponential Value Inherent in Blockchain and Its Transformative Potential

 

Anthony Diiorio: CEO & Founder Decentral & Jaxx, Co-founder Ethereum

Keynote: Can Canada Remain at the Forefront of Blockchain Globally?

 

Sheldon Pollack: Chairman, Ov2 Capital

Keynote Interview: Scaling Fast and Defining New Industries

 

 

Brady Fletcher: Managing Director, TSX Venture Exchange at TMX Group

Keynote Interview: Scaling Fast and Defining New Industries

 

Eric So: Co-Founder, Managing Director and CSO, Globalive

Keynote: The Future of Distributed Ledger Technology and Machine Learning

 

 

Brittany Whitmore, CEO and Founder, Exvera Communications Inc.

FFCON18:  VELOCITY  Master of Ceremonies

 

Education +  Workshops + Innovation + Prime Networking

5 Streams, 50+ Speakers, 40 Sessions, 12 Pitching, 1x1 Mentoring

 Pitching Companies at FFCON18

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!

  1. Cinchy
  2. Coder
  3. ColliderX
  4. Distributed ID
  5. FintruX
  6. Homewise
  7. JustGotThat! Inc
  8. KickCity
  9. Neptune Dash Technologies
  10. SENSO.AI
  11. Swiggle
  12. 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 the full program.

Cinchy is the next evolution in database technology. Tier-1 banks are already using Cinchy as a smart alternative to application databases, saving millions and building enterprise systems 2-10x faster.
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Founded in 2015, Coder has built a decentralized venture development platform, aggregating the technology, strategy and growth resources required to execute on the delivery of new technology products.
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ColliderX is the world’s first open-source, crowdsourced, and crowdfunded blockchain research and development hub. This is a unique model for unbiased, ground-breaking R&D that bridges the gap between industry problems and pure academic or corporate research.
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DIID is the neighbourhood watch for fraud management. Monitor customer behaviour across all channels to enrich the tools your business uses to fight fraud.
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FintruX Network is a blockchain-based peer-to-peer lending ecosystem connecting borrowers, lenders, and rated service agencies. FintruX Network makes it easy for small businesses to quickly secure affordable loans with no collateral, in any currency.
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Homewise is a modern mortgage provider that brings a classic process online. Homewise is simple, transparent and sets the goal of getting our users the best mortgage.
JustGotThat! is a curated marketplace for everyday maintenance and repair services. Our customers are able to confidently find, book and pay for the services they need, when they need them.
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Decentralized Event Management & Marketing Protocol on Blockchain: imagine Eventbrite & Meetup.com on blockchain with an awesome reward system that enables effective marketing.
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Neptune Dash runs infrastructure for the Dash cryptocurrency network, specifically dedicated servers known as masternodes. We also build innovative technology that pushes the Dash currency to the next level.  TSX-V: DASH
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SENSO.AI is an enterprise SaaS Customer Experience Management (CXM) platform, which predicts mortgage churn for financial institutions. Our loan and geographic level visualizations provide retention and marketing teams with recommendations on how to increase retention, lifetime value, and the size and quality of their mortgage portfolios.  
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Swiggle automatically gets you money back when prices drop after you shop at retailers across the U.S. and Canada. We itemize your receipts, constantly search for lower prices and automatically get you the refund you’re owed.  
Voleo develops trading platforms for stock and cryptocurrency investment. Voleo’s namesake social trading app is live for US residents and available for white-label to financial institutions worldwide, while Cryptoleo will be launching for Canadians in 2018!  

 

Investors

Discover new blockchain, crypto and startup/scale-up deal flow opportunities and investment strategies. Gain access to high grow start-ups and leading-edge insights.

Professionals

Lawyer, accountant, marketing specialist or tech guru? Get access to emerging early stage companies, deal flow and partners through new financial instruments to generate revenue and leads for your practice.

Companies

Network and pitch your venture to investors, customers and partners. Learn about the latest funding strategies and options.

Enterprise

Connect with leading capital markets innovators, consultants, fintech and blockchain leaders to develop an internal sandbox, rapidly iterate, test, deploy a nextgen global solution.

Fintech Leaders

Celebrate the transformation of digital finance with fintech peers and share how you are unbundling and enhancing financial services, mint your brand while fostering global opportunities.

Policy Makers

Discuss and learn how emerging digital technologies will impact the future of financial transactions and services globally and what it means for existing regulatory cultures and policies.

Platforms & Ecosystems

Gain valuable industry insight and make new connections with customers, partners, investors, entrepreneurs and innovators.

Innovators

Join 500+ investors, entrepreneurs, hackers, and industry experts to learn, network and be inspired by leading-edge content and the power of co-creation, innovation, tech and the crowd!

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4 Important Source of Funding for the SME Industry in Canada

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NCFA guest Post | December 20, 2017

Running an SME is riddled with many challenging pitfalls. One of the biggest challenges that entrepreneurs and small business owners face in their line of business relates to business financing and funding. A small business, irrespective of whether it is a startup, sole proprietorship, or partnership will occasional run into situations when it has less money than it needs. Running a business is hard; getting the funds to keep the business afloat doesn’t have to unnecessarily difficult. This piece provides insight into four sources of funding for Canadian entrepreneurs.

Government grants and loans

The Canadian government is playing a commendable role in supporting the funding of the SME industry in the forms of grants and loans. The Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP) for instance provides financing for startups or existing businesses who don't have more than $10 million in annual revenue.

However, you'll be required to provide documentation such as a business plan, accounted audited financial statements, and a proper tax record among others. In addition, the kind of SME funding available from the government might vary from one province to the other; yet, government funding for SME (either grants or loans) still remains the cheapest form of funding that you'll find.

Peer to peer lending

Banks have largely dominated the Canadian lending market and businesses or ventures that they deem not to be desirable customers might find it somewhat to obtain funding from conventional sources. P2P lenders are however passive investors and they don't see the personal information of borrowers; hence, you'll find it easier to get financing from social lending platforms if you satisfy creditworthiness requirements.

See:  Lending Loop Surpasses $10M in Loans to Small Businesses Across Canada

Canadians generally seem to have some reservations about getting involved in the peer-to-peer (P2P) lending industry, because the industry is yet to be properly regulated. Of course, borrowers don't have problems with borrowing money from peers, but lenders seem to be wary of taking such risks. Nonetheless, a number of startups and existing financial companies are pushing for the growth of the P2P ecosystem.

Online lenders

Online lenders are gradually making inroads into the Canadian financial markets as the fintech industry continues to drive change. Online lending service, which are already popular in the U.S. and the EU provide individual and businesses an alternative source of funding on the pillars of speed, convenience, efficiency and value.

OnDeck Capital is one of the major online lending platforms available to small businesses in Canada. The firm provides small businesses with term loans of up to $250,000 and Lines of Credit of up to $50,000; yet, you can get a decision on your loan application in a matter of minutes. You may want to read some ondeck reviews online to have a feel of the experience of other business owners that have used the platform in the past.

Crowdfunding

Startups, innovative small businesses, and creatives may want to consider the possibility of raising funds via crowdfunding platforms. Crowdfunding allows you to sell your idea to a diverse audience who in turn supports you financially if they buy into your vision. The good thing about crowdfunding is that the money you raise is not necessarily a loan – you can choose to send some incentive to your backers after your project kicks off.

However, you need to understand the operations of different crowdfunding platforms so that you can make educated decisions. Some platforms have an all-or-nothing model where you must reach your funding goals otherwise the funds raised will be returned to your backers.  Some platforms offer a flexible plan where they charge an amount if you reach your goal or charge a relatively higher fee if you don't reach the goal.

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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, alternative finance, fintech, P2P, ICO, and online investing stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, industry stewardship, and networking opportunities to over 1600+ 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

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Nov 20, 2017: NCFA Canada Welcomes Competition Bureau’s recommendations to encourage competition and innovation in Canada’s financial services sector

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NCFA Canada | Robin Ford | Nov 20, 2017

Competition Bureau request for public comments on draft study:  Technology-led innovation and emerging services in the Canadian financial services sector

The Competition Bureau recently announced a draft report and issued a request for public consultation regarding technology-led innovation and emerging services in the Canadian financial services sector.  The consultation took place between November 6 and November 20, 2017 (11:59 pm Pacific time). and interested parties including NCFA Canada were invited to provide their feedback on the draft report no later than November 20, 2017.

Visit this link to learn more about the Competition Bureau and the scope and the premise of the study/report:  http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/04315.html

NCFA Canada's submitted response:

  1. NCFA welcomes this report and its recommendations to encourage competition and innovation in Canada’s financial services sector.
  2. We agree that " competition is good for both business and consumers—and regulation should be minimally intrusive on market forces". We also agree that SMEs "are key drivers of economic growth—and their success is crucial to Canada's long‑term prosperity".
  3. We agree with the barriers to entry listed in the draft report (paragraphs in the report are not numbered) but would add to the list: inadequate incentives and assistance by governments, public funders, and regulators compared to other jurisdictions (eg, tax incentives, start-up loans or guarantees, grants, collaboration on data collection and analysis, educational programs for investors and start-ups, help with regulatory compliance, etc).As the draft report mentions, the UK has been very assertive in supporting start-ups and fintech. HM Treasury recently announced that small businesses struggling to access finance from the banks have found funds via government requirements that the biggest banks pass on the details of small businesses they have rejected for finance to alternative finance platforms - Funding Xchange, Business Finance Compared, Alternative Business Funding, and Funding Option. <https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/designation-of-banks-and-finance-platforms-for-finance-platforms-regulations>4. With respect to barriers caused by regulation, we add only that regulatory burden also tends to favour larger incumbent firms.5. Regulatory arbitrage is not necessarily a bad thing, as the report appears to suggest.6. We support all the recommendations in the report, in particular the recommendation for a FinTech policy lead in this complex and fast moving area.7. We would like to see an additional recommendation for more transparency in regulatory analysis. It has been very difficult in the past to respond to regulators' proposals because the published analyses have not been clear or complete. The problem proposed to be solved by regulation is rarely defined, the reasons for concluding that a regulatory intervention is needed are rarely set out, alternative solutions are not described with the reason(s) why one solution has been chosen rather than another, and (published) cost benefit analysis or impact assessment is rare. This means that stakeholders must infer much of the analysis and often do not have the data they need to respond. We would like to see a more transparent regulatory approach to reduce the risk of unnecessary or incorrect regulation and to enhance collaboration.

    We would also like to see the encouragement of fintech advisory groups to governments and regulators with strong representation from the businesses themselves.

    8. The statements in the following paragraph are contestable - some are highly contestable.

    "The large financial institutions in this country did not fail, largely due to Canada’s strong regulatory regime and the sound business practices of those institutions. Because our financial institutions did not fail, demand for P2P lending and equity crowdfunding is significantly lower in Canada than in jurisdictions where the financial crisis had a greater impact or where regulatory regimes were insufficient to prevent widespread bank failure. In those jurisdictions, regulators responded by strengthening restraints on financial institutions, effectively causing a contraction in available SME credit. As a result, demand for P2P lending and equity crowdfunding increased significantly faster than in Canada."

    We suggest that references to support these conclusions be added.

    9. We are not sure why, in the description of the UK's regulatory framework for P2P, the word "forces" rather than simply "requires" is used.

    10. We do not agree that "in the UK, [a] renewed focus on competition has led to the establishment of the "twin peaks" of regulatory structure: the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the FCA." Rather, it was the other way round. As HM Treasury's consultation document of July 2010 states -

    "1.4 The UK’s ‘tripartite’ regulatory system made three authorities – the Bank of England (the Bank), the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and the Treasury – collectively responsible for financial stability, and, as a result, this system failed in a number of important ways."

    "1.6 Perhaps the most obvious failing of the UK system, however, is the fact that no single institution has the responsibility, authority or powers to monitor the system as a whole, identify potentially destabilising trends, and respond to them with concerted action." [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/81389/consult_financial_regulation_condoc.pdf]

    The UK Government's decision to change the regulatory structure led to a renewed focus on (among other things) the competition objective of the regulator and (after strenuous debates in Parliament) a stronger competition objective was added to the legislation.

    11. We suggest that "risk" be defined. For most risk professionals, it simply means "uncertainty". With uncertainly comes both threat and opportunity. And of course risk does not exist in a vacuum, it is always 'risk to what?' (to competition? to regulatory objectives?).

    Thank you for the opportunity to comment.


 

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding, alternative finance, fintech, P2P, ICO, and online investing stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, industry stewardship, and networking opportunities to over 1600+ 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

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BCSC sponsors British Columbia’s first Regtech Hackathon

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British Columbia Securities Commission Release | Nov 16, 2017

VANCOUVER, Nov. 16, 2017 /CNW/ - The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) today announced its sponsorship of the first ever Regtech Hackathon held in British Columbia. The one-day Hackathon will challenge participants to create innovative solutions to help industry meet its regulatory requirements more efficiently and effectively, and improve regulatory quality and competitiveness.

"The BCSC is a strong supporter of industry-led innovations and solutions," said Mark Wang, Director, Capital Markets Regulation, BCSC. "We are excited to be a part of this event, because we believe it has the potential to generate some truly novel and exciting ideas to help advance regulatory technologies."

The Regtech Hackathon is part of the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada's (NCFA) VanFUNDING 2017 Conference on Tuesday, November 28. Teams of three to six people will select a problem statement to solve and work throughout the day on their pitch with help from experienced mentors, including some BCSC staff members.

The full problem statements are available on the VanFUNDING Conference's website, and address the following five areas of focus:

  • Blockchain, Crowdfunding, and Smart Contracts
  • Capital Markets Innovation
  • Know Your Client (KYC)
  • Investor Protection and Investment Literacy
  • Registration and Compliance (Tracking)

"We are thankful to the BCSC and other industry partners for their support," said Craig Asano, NCFA Founder and CEO. "This collaborative approach is the basis for developing creative and innovative regtech solutions. We encourage entrepreneurs and regulatory experts, innovators, data analysts, designers, and developers to join us in helping discover and launch some amazing B.C. regtech-focused projects."

The winning team will have an opportunity to present their pitch to the VanFUNDING Conference, as well as a chance to win prizes valued at over $20,000. Submissions will be judged on innovation, user experience, pitch, and viability.

The Regtech Hackathon will take place at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue located at 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C. More information on the Hackathon, including how to register, can be found on the VanFUNDING Conference website.

About the British Columbia Securities Commission (www.bcsc.bc.ca)

The British Columbia Securities Commission is the independent provincial government agency responsible for regulating capital markets in British Columbia through the administration of the Securities Act. Our mission is to protect and promote the public interest by fostering:

  • A securities market that is fair and warrants public confidence
  • A dynamic and competitive securities industry that provides investment opportunities and access to capital

Learn how to protect yourself and become a more informed investor at www.investright.org

SOURCE British Columbia Securities Commission

For further information: Media Contact: Alison Walker, 604-899-6713; Public inquiries: 604-899-6854 or 1-800-373-6393 (toll free), inquiries@bcsc.bc.ca

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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, alternative finance, fintech, P2P, ICO, and online investing stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, industry stewardship, and networking opportunities to over 1600+ 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

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VanFUNDING 2017 Brings Over 50+ Leading Blockchain, Fintech & Capital Innovation Experts to Vancouver NOV 28 @Morris Wosk Centre

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NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | Nov 15, 2017

Looking for world class education, funding, partnerships and growth within the blockchain and financial tech sector?

VanFUNDING 2017 GOING MAINSTREAM is the premier West Coast conference dedicated to connecting people looking to form long-lasting partnerships, investment and business opportunities.

In less than 2 weeks, VanFUNDING2017 Blockchain, Fintech & Funding Conference and Regtech Hackathon  descends on Vancouver November 28th, 8am-6pm at the Morris Wosk Centre for Advanced Dialogue. There is also a VIP networking event on November 27 from 530-8pm at the Diamond cocktail lounge where you can meet the biggest names in Fintech.

VanFUNDING 2017 offers world class program and education delivered via keynotes, TEDx-style presentations, panels and workshops covering Blockchain, Fintech, Regtech, and Innovation Finance topics from a diverse range of perspectives including technology, finance, legal, global innovation and humanity.

The title sponsor is Raymond James, with Gowling WLG, Victory Square Technologies, Blockchain Intelligence Group, and Etherparty as platinum partners.

“We are proud to sponsor The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada,” says Sean Martin, Managing Director, Investment Banking at Raymond James Ltd.  “There has been an explosion of blockchain technology that has proven 2017 to be the tipping point of financial innovation.”

The conference features over 50+ expert speakers and mentors from companies and organizations such as Microsoft, IBM, TSX Venture Exchange, Blockchain Intelligence Group, RightMesh, Grow VC, AIBB.io, CoinPayments, Pegasus Fintech and TokenFunder. They will be covering ground-breaking topics such as Blockchain smart contacts, Initial Coin Offerings, emerging regulations, and opportunities in PeerToPeer crowdfinancing, investment opportunities, cryptocurriences, intelligence applications and global financial marketplaces.

"Vancouver is quickly establishing itself as a prominent market for blockchain innovation on the global scene. Victory Square has always supported events that facilitate discussion and collaboration on disruptive new technologies and the VanFUNDING conference falls in line with this mandate. We look forward to an excellent event that will allow our local tech community access to some of the global thought leaders in the blockchain space," said Shafin Diamond Tejani, CEO of Victory Square Technologies.

"We look forward to a great conference & BCs first ever Regtech Hackathon and would like to thank everyone involved from organizers, volunteers, sponsors, community partners and of course our awesome speaking roster!  Special thanks to the BC Securities Commission for their support, and a growing list of Regtech Hackathon partners such as Vancity, Supirio and Launch Academy who all recognize the need for a collaborative approach to developing innovative Regtech solutions.

While Regtech is new in Canada, its gaining significant traction globally, and firms are gaining a competitive advantage.  Participation in the hackathon is inclusive and we encourage entrepreneurs and regulatory experts, innovators, data analysts, designers and developers to all join us in helping discover and launch some amazing BC Regtech-focused projects", said Craig Asano, CEO VanFUNDING.

VanFUNDING 2017 brings together start-ups and leading industry professionals in a unique venue, selected to promote interactive dialogue and discussion. Combined with workshops and a Regtech Hackathon co-hosted with the BC Securities Commission where $20,000 is up for grabs in cash and prizes, this is a not to be missed event that provides opportunities for all types of businesses in the blockchain and financial technology sector to innovate, learn and network.

 

For more information about VanFUNDING 2017, please visit:  http://vanfundingconf.ca/

 


The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding, alternative finance, fintech, P2P, ICO, and online investing stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, industry stewardship, and networking opportunities to over 1600+ 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

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New matchmaking service for small businesses looking for finance

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Wired Gov UK Release | Nov 1, 2017

Small businesses struggling to access finance from big banks will be matched with alternative finance options, under a new government scheme

From today (1 November 2016) 9 of the UK’s biggest banks will pass on the details of small businesses they have rejected for finance to three finance platforms - Funding Xchange, Business Finance Compared and Funding Options.

Update: Alternative Business Funding Ltd. added to the list of designated finance platforms on 1 November 2017.

These platforms will then share these details with alternative finance providers and go on to facilitate a conversation between the business and any provider who expresses an interest in supplying finance to them.

These new rules make it easier for businesses to access finance when they have been turned down by traditional lenders.

RBS, Lloyds, HSBC, Barclays, Santander, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, Bank of Ireland, Danske Bank and First Trust Bank, will all have to offer access to these finance platforms, with small business having to give their permission before their details are shared.

Research shows that 71% of businesses seeking finance only ask one lender and, if rejected for finance, many simply give up on investment rather than seek alternative options.

See:  Feds to consider expanded services from banks, fintechs

Last year 324,000 small and medium sized business sought a loan or overdraft, 26% of these were initially declined by their bank and only 3% of those declined were referred to other sources of help.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond said:

Small- and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of Britain’s economy and it is right they have access to a wide range of sources of finance.

A refusal from a big bank should not be the end of the line for a small business and, thanks to the finance platforms being launched today, now it won’t be.

We are determined to maintain the prosperity of our business sector and to support an environment where small businesses can grow and thrive.

Keith Morgan, CEO of the British Business Bank said:

This new government initiative, supported by the British Business Bank, has the potential to make a real difference to smaller business finance markets in the UK. It gives businesses additional opportunities to secure funding, alternative providers access to a bigger market of potential clients, and major banks an extra service to offer their business clients when they cannot themselves provide finance.

Mike Cherry, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, said:

Small firms struggling to access finance will now automatically have a new way to get the support they need to invest and grow. FSB pushed hard for these reforms, and today’s announcement is good news as the government delivers on them. This change will boost alternative lenders, bringing more competition and choice in the market beyond the big banks.

The alternative finance platforms scheme is the latest measure from the government designed to help small businesses access the finance they need to invest and grow.

In April, the government introduced the SME credit data sharing scheme which requires banks and credit reference agencies to share SME credit information equally with all providers. This increases competition in business lending by making it easier for challenger banks and other lenders to make good credit decisions on businesses to help them get the funding they need.

View source release:  here


The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding, alternative finance, fintech, P2P, ICO, and online investing stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, industry stewardship, and networking opportunities to over 1600+ 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

 

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How to Take Advantage of the New Trends in Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Financial Technology

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VanFUNDING 2017 | November 6, 2017 | Morris Wosk Centre for Advanced Dialogue, Vancouver

In just 3 weeks timing, on Nov 28 the 3rd VanFUNDING 2017 (#VF2017) takes place in downtown Vancouver at the Morris Wosk Centre for Advanced Dialogue, an immersive financial innovation forum and premiere hackathon dedicated to connecting people looking for leading education, funding, investment opportunities and partnerships within the financial tech sector.

Hosted by the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada in partnership with Raymond James, Gowling WLG and Blockchain Intelligence Group, VanFUNDING is back for a third year. This year’s theme is “Financing Infrastructure Eruption – Going Mainstream” and features:

  • Nov 27:  Pre-event networking on November 27 from 5:30 – 8:00pm at the Diamond Cocktail Lounge
  • Nov 28:  First ever BC ‘Regtech Sandbox Hackathon’ co-hosted by the BC Securities Commission, with $20,000 value of cash and prizes for winners on November 28
  • Nov 28:  Full-day interactive conference including keynotes, panel discussions, workshops and a facilitated Town Hall on November 28

VanFUNDING showcases an amazing lineup of speakers from leading blockchain, fintech and crytocurrency experts from Raymond James, Gowling WLG, Blockchain Intelligence Group, Launch Academy, Robocoder, Sweetbridge, Responsive.AI, Katipult, LendingLoop, Blocksale, NewsBTC, PrivacyShell, RightMesh, Digital Futures, Frontfundr, Venture Law, Grow VC Group, Pegasus Fintech and many more, with 40+ speakers / 30 sessions discussing ground-breaking topics such as:

  • 2017 Fintech Disruption and the Future of Money
  • The Explosive Nature of Bitcoin and Investing in Crypto Assets
  • The ICO Revolution and Global Token Economy
  • The Potential of Distributed Ledger Technologies to De-risk Unsecured Loans (for the masses)
  • GOING MAINSTREAM: Scaling Opportunities & Challenges of Global Finance: Blockchain, Regtech, AI, Crypto, P2P and Fintech
  • How to spot a fraudulent ICO
  • SAFTs do they protect investors or entrepreneurs?
  • Workshop:  Public Initial Blockchain Offering (PIBCO) - The process and benefits for your business
  • Best Practices of Raising Capital Online
  • Why the Benefits of Fintech Partnerships May Outweigh Competing
  • Regulatory Perspectives: Can Canada Unlock its Blockchain and Fintech Potential?
  • Regulation of Tokens Offerings and the Value of Self-regulating Code of Conduct
  • Transacting in a Global Digital World: What P2P Technology Can do for Humanity

#VF2017 is a not-to-be missed BLOCKCHAIN and FINTECH FUNDING conference that pushes boundaries to discuss the latest developments, educate, inspire, and connect leading innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, thought leaders and policy makers in the quickly emerging sectors of fintech, P2P, crowdfinance, blockchain ICOs, digital currencies and alternative finance.  Learn more at:  vanfundingconf.ca

 

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The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both investment and social crowdfunding, blockchain ICO, alternative finance, fintech, P2P and online investing stakeholders across the country.  NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support, and networking opportunities to over 1600+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative online financing industry in Canada.  Learn more About Us or visit www.ncfacanada.org.

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