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FrontFundr / Keiretsu Forum Release | Nov 17, 2017 SEATTLE / VANCOUVER, November 15th, 2017 – The world’s largest angel network, Keiretsu Forum, and its affiliate Keiretsu Capital announced a partnership with FrontFundr, Canada’s leading online investment and funding platform. Keiretsu and FrontFundr will collaborate in the areas of deal syndication, due diligence and build out the investor community in Canada. The partnership enables Keiretsu members and the wider investor community in Canada to invest online in companies whom are both based in Canada and the United States. Nathan McDonald, President of Keiretsu Forum Northwest and CEO of Keiretsu Capital: “Our collaboration with FrontFundr allows us to accomplish one of our key objectives to extend access to our Keiretsu global network and to open up co-investment opportunities to a wider investor community provide follow-on funding”. Keiretsu members who may not have time to actively participate Keiretsu pitch meetings or who are looking to invest in smaller amounts can now invest in the online FrontFundr platform. It also enables non-Keiretsu members to invest alongside Keiretsu investors. “We are extremely excited about our partnership with Keiretsu”, says Peter-Paul Van Hoeken, Founder & CEO of FrontFundr. “This partnership helps us address the lack ...
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Keiretsu Forum and Keiretsu Capital Partners with Online Investment Platform FrontFundr
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 ...
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BCSC sponsors British Columbia's first Regtech Hackathon
Reuters UK | Steve Slater | Nov 14, 2017 LONDON, Nov 14 (IFR) - Banks are facing seismic changes from the impact of new technology that is likely to see many collapse - akin to the near-death of Kodak from its failure to move with the times, a former boss of Barclays has warned. ”Banks are structurally uneconomic in their current format,“ said Antony Jenkins, the former chief executive of Barclays. ”The only solution for banks is to massively automate themselves so they can succeed in this new world. “But the problem with large financial institutions is they are like museums of technology,” Jenkins said, referring to the massive legacy systems firms are still running. “There is frankly no other industry like it in the world.” See:  Can Canadian Banks Survive the Latest Onslaught? Bitcoin is making banks nervous. Here’s why Jenkins, now CEO of fintech group 10X Future Technologies, likened the challenges faced by banks to Kodak, the photo giant that helped invent the digital camera but was slow to embrace the technology and filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012, and Blockbuster, the video rental firm that went bankrupt in 2010. “Will banks go out of business like Blockbuster? ...
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Banks face "Kodak moment" as fintech disruption builds
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 ...
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VanFUNDING 2017 Brings Over 50+ Leading Blockchain, Fintech & Capital Innovation Experts to Vancouver NOV 28 @Morris Wosk Centre
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 ...
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New matchmaking service for small businesses looking for finance
Rogers Small Business | Robin Roberts | Nov 10, 2017 How to launch a successful campaign for the funds you need Now that seven provinces (B.C., Sask., Man., Ont., Que., N.S. and N.B.) have legalized crowdfunding for businesses – which involves collecting small contributions from a large group of people – Canadian entrepreneurs have amassed between $250 million and $300 million in the last year alone to start up and scale up their businesses. But successful crowdfunding is not just about posting a pitch on Facebook and expecting the cash to roll in. Craig Asano, founder and CEO of the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA), offers some tips and tools for launching a winning campaign. Choose your model There are many types of crowdfunding, but for entrepreneurs, there are really only two models: investment/equity and donation/rewards. Investment/equity models allow an investor to either buy shares or securities in your venture, or to receive a profit from your product. The equity option is the most successful, according to the NCFA, but tends to work better for established companies looking to expand, rather than bootstrapping startups. The donation/rewards model, on the other hand, allows people to give money without getting anything in ...
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Crowdfunding 101
Medium post | Brenan Isabelle | Nov 7, 2017 Here in Canada the weather has turned cold, but our many blockchain stocks are sizzling. It is no secret that Canada leads the world as the go-to jurisdiction for blockchain companies raising capital on the public markets. The TSX Venture Exchange and the Canadian Securities Exchange are home to many such companies whose market caps soared in October. ICOs and VC deals have dominated 2017 in terms of dollars raised, but institutional and retail investors are also piling into blockchain equities at a record pace. Lately I have spoken to leading startups from the United States, UK, Europe, and India who are all keen to understand how they can go public here in Canada. My journey into the crypto world began in June with a visit to Fidelity Labs in Boston. There I met fellow Canadian Hadley Stern, who is working on the cutting edge of blockchain for the asset management industry. It was obvious that something big was going on in this space, and I wanted to learn more, so I registered for an Introduction to Digital Currencies, the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Digital Currencies globally. Along ...
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Canada’s Blockchain Stocks Roar into Q4
The Globe and Mail | Justin Giovannetti | Nov 8,  2017 Ontario is opening up some of its regulations to give financial startups more opportunities to test new products and services in a bid by the province to boost the fast-growing financial technology sector. Finance Minister Charles Sousa laid out his strategy for the so-called fintech sector before a business crowd in Toronto on Tuesday. He said the government will create a "regulatory super sandbox" (a set of rules that exempts firms from some requirements so they can experiment with new business models and products). It will also launch an agency known as the Ontario FinTech Accelerator Office to help startups get established. "We have the evolution, the convergence of IT and financial services. We see it happening all over the world, and Ontario has become an attraction for this because we have strong talent," Mr. Sousa said. "It's about seizing the opportunities." With an increasing number of Ontarians moving away from bricks-and-mortar financial institutions to online services that offer everything from investing advice to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Mr. Sousa said government regulators will work with businesses to design regulations that best serve the emerging industry. New rules, implemented ...
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Ontario to ease regulations on financial startups
Press Release | Competition Bureau | Nov 6, 2017 November 6, 2017 – OTTAWA, ON – Competition Bureau As part of its commitment to engage with Canadians on emerging issues, the Competition Bureau has published a draft report on its market study concerning technology‑led innovation in the Canadian financial services (FinTech) sector. The financial services sector is a pillar of the Canadian economy. From consumers buying groceries to businesses making investments that create the jobs of tomorrow, practically everything we do relies on this sector. Recently, there has been a wave of new, innovative, and technology-based means for Canadians to access financial services. The introduction of innovative products is an opportunity to inject greater competition in the sector. When there is more competition, we generally see lower prices, more choice and convenience for consumers, as well as higher levels of innovation. “The future is now. Let’s get it right by providing policymakers with the information they need to nurture a competitive environment that allows Canada’s FinTech companies to innovate and grow globally.” -John Pecman, Commissioner of Competition However, innovative products are often challenged by the rules associated with the old ways of doing business. The draft report contains a number ...
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Competition Bureau invites feedback on draft FinTech report
Betakit | By Aeman Ansari  | Nov 6, 2017 On the latest episode of BNN’s The Disruptors, Anthony Di Iorio, CEO and founder of Decentral and Jaxx, discusses the growing appetite for Bitcoin and the technology behind it— blockchain. “We are moving from the age of information to the age of value.” – Anthony Di Iorio Di Iorio is an expert in the decentralized tech world, having co-founded Ethereum, an open-source, public, blockchain-based distributed computing platform currently becoming a force in the cryptocurrency space. He also created the most popular cryptocurrency wallets in use today, Jaxx. For Di Iorio, Jaxx is a browser for new technology, allowing people to manage their digital assets, to move them, and store them. See:  Nov 16 - Toronto: New Frontiers in Capital Innovation:  Initial Coin Offerings (>80% SOLD) Nov 28 - Vancouver: VanFUNDING 2017 Financing Infrastructure Eruption:  GOING MAINSTREAM “If you think about what the browser did for the Internet, it really unlocked the masses, information,” Di Iorio says. “Without the browser, you wouldn’t have any idea about what to do with Internet. Now we are moving from the age of information to the age of value. You can now easily move value instantly globally from one ...
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Ethereum co-founder Anthony Di Iorio says crypto wallets are the new browsers

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[Breaking Oct 24, 2016]:  OSC Unveils LaunchPad, a First in Canada


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OSC to launch fintech hub to help companies navigate and possibly ‘tailor’ regulatory framework

June 9, 2016:  Rapid fire Crowdfunding Opps for Advisors

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[Breaking News]: Ontario publishes final Crowdfunding rules to come in force Jan 25, 2016

OSC 3Nov 5, 2015, Toronto – The securities regulatory authorities in Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (collectively, the participating jurisdictions) today published in final form Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding, which introduces a crowdfunding prospectus exemption for issuers as well as a registration framework for funding portals.

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MPP, Hon. Brad Duguid Officially Opens the Inaugural 2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit on March 3, 2015 at MaRS Discovery to a sell out crowd. 

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[Breaking News]: Six Canadian securities regulators to adopt start-up crowdfunding exemptions

May 14, 2015:  thumbs upThe securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the "participating jurisdictions") today announced they have implemented, or expect to implement, registration and prospectus exemptions that will allow start-ups and early‑stage companies to raise capital through crowdfunding in these jurisdictions, subject to certain conditions.

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CF2015 Industry Report

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Report Forecasts Total Global Crowdfunding to Reach $34.4 Billion in 2015

North America Remaining the Largest Market and Asia, Outpacing Europe in 2014, in Second Place

After collecting data on 1,250 active crowdfunding platforms (CFPs) worldwide and undertaking significant further research, the results reveal that CFPs raised $16.2 billion in 2014, a 167% increase over the $6.1 billion raised in 2013. North America still accounts for the largest market but 2014 saw Asia overtake Europe, by a small margin. With exponential growth in Asia, Massolution forecasts this lead will increase significantly in 2015 with the delta between Asia and Europe increasing to over $4 Billion. We predict that Europe’s 20.1% of market share in 2014 will decline slightly in 2015 when Europe will account for 18.8% of the worldwide market.

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2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Directory

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This is an ever evolving and growing directory of active (or beta) Canadian Crowdfunding platforms, alternative finance funding portals and service providers.  To request to be listed in the directory please email us directly at and we'll do our best to make updates periodically. To become a NCFA member, please click here.

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New “Start-up” Crowdfunding Exemptions Adopted in Some Canadian Jurisdictions

AUM Law | Paul Hayward | June 5, 2015

AUM lawThis is the second of our nutshell series on regulatory developments affecting crowdfunding and other online financing portals.

On May 14, 2015, the securities regulatory authorities of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the participating jurisdictions) announced that they were adopting substantially harmonized registration and prospectus exemptions (the start-up crowdfunding exemptions) to allow start-up and early-stage companies in these jurisdictions to raise up to $500,000 per calendar year through online funding portals.

As explained in the related notice, Multilateral CSA Notice 45-316 Start-up Crowdfunding Registration and Prospectus Exemptions, the exemptions are being implemented by way of local blanket orders on or shortly after the publication of the CSA notice, and will be in effect until May 13, 2020.

The start-up crowdfunding exemptions consist of an exemption from the prospectus requirement (the start- up prospectus exemption) and an exemption from the dealer registration requirement (the start -up registration exemption).

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