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NASAA | May 21, 2018 Borg: “The actions announced today are just the tip of the iceberg.” WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2018) – The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) today announced one of the largest coordinated series of enforcement actions by state and provincial securities regulators in the United States and Canada to crack down on fraudulent Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), cryptocurrency-related investment products, and those behind them. NASAA members from more than 40 jurisdictions throughout North America participated in “Operation Cryptosweep,” which to date has resulted in nearly 70 inquiries and investigations and 35 pending or completed enforcement actions related to ICOs or cryptocurrencies since the beginning of May. NASAA members are conducting additional investigations into potentially fraudulent conduct that may result in additional enforcement actions. These actions are in addition to more than a dozen enforcement actions previously undertaken by NASAA members regarding these types of products. Many NASAA members also are conducting public outreach initiatives to warn investors in their jurisdictions of the risks associated with ICOs and cryptocurrencies. See:  Plowing Ahead: Bermuda Continues Crypto-Friendly Push With Digital ID Partnership “The persistently expanding exploitation of the crypto ecosystem by fraudsters is a significant threat to Main Street ...
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Bloomberg | By Gerrit De Vynck | May 14, 2018 Canada’s tech scene is heating up, and one of Silicon Valley’s oldest financial institutions wants a piece. Silicon Valley Bank, the 35-year-old lender focused on tech startups and venture capital firms, plans to hire more than a dozen bankers in Canada with the goal of eventually banking 40 percent of the country’s tech and life science companies. It’s received authorization from Canada’s finance minister to open and is waiting on final regulatory approvals to begin lending. Canada’s tech scene is thriving. Startups are proliferating, fueled by increased local investment and the presence of big-name U.S. venture firms like Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital. Internet giants including Inc. and Google are hiring thousands of engineers in Vancouver and Toronto and home-grown success stories like Shopify Inc. are taking off. See:  PayPal is going after the big banks With all that activity comes opportunity for banks willing to lend to small, unproven startups, said Barbara Dirks, Silicon Valley Bank’s recent hired head of Canada. Canadian banks have a long-standing and concrete view of risk that might make it difficult for them to dive into earlier-stage tech, said Dirks, a veteran of ...
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Silicon Valley Bank Is Coming for Canada’s Burgeoning Tech Scene
OSC Release | May 18, 2018 TORONTO – The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is warning investors about BTCReal, BitSerial, Hypercube Ventures LP, CabinCoin OÜ, and BaapPay Inc. These firms appear to be involved in schemes that target Ontario investors and encourage them to trade or invest in cryptocurrencies. BTCReal, BitSerial, Hypercube Ventures LP, CabinCoin OÜ, and BaapPay Inc. are not registered in Ontario to solicit investments or provide advice on investing in, buying or selling securities. BTCReal manages the website, where it claims to provide full investment services for cryptocurrency-related investments and forex. BTCReal claims it can provide investors with high returns in short periods of time. BitSerial operates the website, which claims to offer opportunities to invest in “BTE Tokens.” BitSerial’s website also encourages investors to participate in a lending program where they can exchange Bitcoin, Litecoin, or Ethereum for BTE Tokens that are “lent out” for high returns. See:  CSA Staff Notice 46-307: Cryptocurrency Offerings Hypercube Ventures LP manages the websites,, and, which encourage investors to buy “emission pools” for the purpose of generating “VNN cryptocurrency.” CabinCoin OÜ operates the websites and, and is currently advertising an unregistered token sale ...
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OSC Investor Alert: BTCReal, BitSerial, Hypercube Ventures LP, CabinCoin OÜ, and BaapPay Inc.
NCFA Guest post | May 18, 2018 You can also find more infographics at Visualistan The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with cryptocurrency, blockchain, crowdfunding, alternative finance, fintech, P2P, ICO, and online investing stakeholders globally. NCFA Canada provides education, research, industry stewardship, services, and networking opportunities to over 1700+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding and fintech industry.  Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE!  Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: ...
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How to Explain Bitcoin to your Grandparents #infographic
NCFA Guest post | Laura Buckler | May 18, 2018 2017 was a big year for cryptocurrency, and we’re still witnessing the power of this trend. Cryptocurrencies and digital assets are arguably one of the most liberating and transformative fintech innovations of our time, attracting a growing number of retail and institutional investors yet they challenge the status quo and are difficult to regulate. Olaf Carlson-Wee, founder of cryptocurrency hedge, said it well: “We are seeing more managed money and, to an extent, institutional money entering the space. Anecdotally speaking, I know of many people who are working at hedge funds or other investment managers who are trading cryptocurrency personally, the question is, when do people start doing it with their firms and funds?” It’s a good question, and it’s only a matter of time before we see that happening on a large scale. Cryptocurrency will irreversibly change the course of our society’s development. This is what most people are wondering about: is cryptocurrency the investment opportunity of a lifetime? People are rushing to get in before it’s too late, so are they doing the right thing? The answer is more complex than a simple yes or no. The Positive ...
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Could Cryptocurrency Be the Investment Opportunity of a Lifetime?
NCFA Canada | May 17, 2018 A Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Global Blockchain Technologies Partnership Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Global Blockchain would like to invite you to attend the unveiling of... Stratus Marketplace June 4, 2018 2 to 5 p.m. EDT At the Adelaide Hotel Nominate your organization to participate in a proof of concept use of the Stratus Marketplace and learn how it will lead the next major internet evolution. The website and whitepaper will be available to all subscribers. Come for the open bar and free Photon Cryptocurrency giveaways! This event is sponsored by Global Blockchain Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. NCFA is happy to be a community partner for this event. Register for this event --> Now The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with cryptocurrency, blockchain, crowdfunding, alternative finance, fintech, P2P, ICO, and online investing stakeholders globally. NCFA Canada provides education, research, industry stewardship, services, and networking opportunities to thousands of members and subscribers and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding and fintech industry.  Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE!  Or become a contributing member and get perks ...
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Toronto Launch event (Jun 4):  Stratus Marketplace
Decentral Release | May 17, 2018 Next phase of global digital wallet Jaxx will create customizable digital ecosystem for users TORONTO, May 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Decentral Inc., Canada's leading blockchain company and the creator of the multi-platform, multi-currency digital wallet Jaxx, has announced its next phase: Decentral Project, which was three years in the making. The company also unveiled the first three of the project's many initiatives: Jaxx Liberty, the single, gamified interface for everyone to experience the blockchain ecosystem; a native token Decentral Unity, which will reward users for engaging with Decentral's partners on Jaxx Liberty; as well as other exciting announcements, including two new hardware pieces. The details of Decentral Project were revealed to 1,000 partners and friends of Decentral aboard a yacht cruise called "United By Decentral," the official after-party of major crypto conference Consensus 2018. Founded in 2014, Decentral was created with the goal of fostering the next generation of disruptive and decentralized technologies. In just four years, Decentral has created a community of hundreds of partner projects, most notably spawning leading blockchain Ethereum, and developing Jaxx, which actively engages more than 750,000 global monthly users without collecting user information or holding customer funds. With the ...
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Leading Blockchain Firm Decentral Announces Launch of Jaxx Liberty & Decentral Unity
NCFA Guest post | May 17, 2018 As a small business owner, having an online presence is important, and at the center of that is creating high quality, visually impressive and easy to navigate website. If you are unfamiliar with website design, then creating a new business website can prove difficult and frustrating; But don’t panic, it is not as impossible a task as it seems. Once you know where to start, and which basic elements to include, the process doesn’t seem nearly as daunting. If you are looking to create a new business site, then here are a few tips which you might find helpful to get you set up. Find a host platform To set up a website, you will first need to choose which host platform you would like to use. As you are first starting out, ideally you will either want to find a site that is easy to navigate personally, so that you can construct the site yourself or a host site which will help you with your design. If you are looking for a well-priced host site, with a range of packages and good technical support, then there are various services offering options to ...
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The Globe and Mail | Patricia Meredith and James Darroch | May 15, 2018 Patricia Meredith and James L. Darroch are the authors of Stumbling Giants: Transforming Canada’s Banks for the Information Age, the winner of the 2017/18 Donner Prize. Most businesses fail to respond to the challenge of disruptive technology. But disruptive technologies, including mobile devices, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, blockchain and social networking, are transforming financial services. So it is perhaps not surprising that, far from embracing creative destruction, the protected oligopoly of Canadian banks and their counterparts in many other parts of the world have chosen to lobby in favour of the status quo. The response of global financial regulators, in the form of Basel II and III, has reinforced the old business model, making it more difficult for banks to adapt. Unfortunately, as we describe in our book, Stumbling Giants: Transforming Canada’s Banks for the Information Age, the forces of change are far more powerful than the bankers and regulators are. See:  Plowing Ahead: Bermuda Continues Crypto-Friendly Push With Digital ID Partnership As Bill Gates said more than 20 years ago: “We will always need banking, we won’t always need banks.” The functions of banking – ...
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The forces of change are trumping banks and regulators
Forbes | Aaron Stanley | May 16, 2018 Bermuda’s transition from crypto-nobody to jurisdiction du jour in the space continued to plow ahead Tuesday with the inking of a deal with Shyft, the Toronto-based digital identity provider. Announced at Consensus 2018, the partnership builds upon the array of new blockchain and initial coin offering-friendly legislation, which was passed recently and awaits the governor’s signature, by laying the groundwork for a progressive ecosystem rooted in sound Know Your Customer practices, which are seen as a critical ingredient to the industry's continued growth. “The Government of Bermuda has decided to lead the way and build interoperability into the government legislation [to], in essence, approach regulatory frameworks with exportability in mind,” Premier David Burt explained at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. See:  Canadian governments must double-down to foster tech boom here, end brain drain to U.S. Burt continued: “This is our Bermuda jurisdiction as a service, the high level of exportability ‘stack’ that includes technology, regulation, process and protocol that we have built with assistance and commitment of modern companies like Shyft with expertise in handling KYC and anti-money laundering compliance.” Shyft is building a decentralized identity solution designed to collate all of ...
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Plowing Ahead: Bermuda Continues Crypto-Friendly Push With Digital ID Partnership




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4 years of Token Sales Visualized in One Graphic



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Crowdfunding + Blockchain = ICOs in Focus


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2017 'Fintech & Funding'Networking Event (Jun 22 @Spoke Club)

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MAR 13:  NCFA Submission to Finance Canada

Urgent NEED for Regulatory Changes and Support

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SURVEY CLOSED :  Thanks for participating in our annual benchmarking of Canadian Alternative Finance Crowdfunding markets to inform all stakeholders on market activity and company and investor sentiment.  Results will be published in the 2017 annual report later this year...

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3rd Annual CCS2017 'Fintech & Funding' Conference

A Great Success!  Thanks for everyone's support! 

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2016 Alternative Finance Crowdfunding in Canada Industry Report:  (Published Dec 2016)

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


Thanks to all partners, organizers, attendees and volunteers for making the 2nd Annual VanFUNDING Fintech Crowdfunding Conference a Success!


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[Breaking News]:  Sep 27, 2016

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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Regulators providing Guidelines on How to Register as a Funding Portal (more photos)


Jun 1:  Summer Officially 'Kicked Off' !

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NCFA Fintech Crowdfunding Community 2016


Call to Action:  Lifting the Veil on P2P Lending in Canada

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For making CCS2016 another SELL OUT SUCCESS! 

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CCS2016 - March 3 2nd Annual Canadian Crowdfunding Summit





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Thanks YYC for a SOLD OUT Calgary Crowdfunding Bootcamp on Dec. 3!

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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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Open letter to PM-designate Trudeau

Canadian Alternative Finance Platforms Encouraged to Participate!

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Get VanFUNDED Sep 29!  (Equity, Debt, Rewards and Fintech)

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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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May 28 Summer Kickoff Networking

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The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a national non-profit actively engaged with social and investment crowdfunding, alternative finance, fintech, peer-to-peer (P2P), initial coin offerings (ICO), and online investing stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, industry stewardship, networking opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, academia and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and online financing industry in Canada.  For more information, please visit: