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Fintech in Canada: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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CrowdfunInsider | JD Alois | Mar 14, 2018

Last week during the National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association of Canada’s annual event, FFCON2018, there was a single presentation that provided a state of Fintech in Canada. Professor Michael King,  from the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab @ Ivey Business School, delivered an excellent synopsis of what’s working and what’s not.

Entitled “the Current State of Fintech in Canada: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” King’s deck bulleted out both the high and the low.

So what is working out well up North?

Canada is growing Fintech startups. There is more than 800 today which is pretty respectable for a smaller country.

Areas of prominence include Blockchain, AI, Payments, peer to peer and more.

See: CSE aims to be Canada’s first blockchain platform for trade clearing and settlement

There is an increasing number of incubators and accelerators to promote sector growth, plus recognition by universities and other support sectors that Fintech is of strategic importance.

What is not so good, or perhaps kind of bad?

Traditional financial institutions have been slow to adopt Fintech innovation or partner with emerging disruptive financial firms. King provided a painful, but probably not a unique example, where a traditional bank required 120+ signatures to partner with Fintech firm.

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The National Crowdfunding & Fintech 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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Heard in Toronto at #FFCON18: Blockchain is the Future, Alternative Finance is Now

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This past week, the National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association of Canada(NCFA) held its annual event in Toronto that saw over 500 participants join to discuss Fintech from around the world. FFCON18 Velocity covered the wide-ranging spectrum of current topics in the realm of alternative finance including Blockchain, cryptocurrency and other forms of financial innovation. The event was appropriately held in the Design Exchange in downtown Toronto – the former home of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The NCFA always puts on a good event bringing together a diverse group of industry participants including investors, entrepreneurs, platforms and public officials – including provincial regulators. Crowdfund Insider was pleased to be involved in the annual event. Today, we are sharing just a few of the interesting quotes we heard while participating in FFCON18.

 

“Nobody knows anything. We are at the very beginning. It is going to be different from anything anyone is thinking right now.”

“Bitcoin has lost the race to be a currency but it is going to be a great store of value. A better gold.”

“I am a believer in utility tokens but security tokens are going to be bigger.”

“Regulators have two options: Regulators can roll out the red tape or roll out the red carpet. The genie is already out of the bottle.” – Lou Kerner, CryptoOracle

 

“When Ripple got started they were not exactly sure where to apply their technology.” – Diana Adachi, CEO of Pegasus Fintech

See: 

CSE aims to be Canada’s first blockchain platform for trade clearing and settlement

OSC approves Canada’s first blockchain ETF

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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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Public and Private Capital Markets Converge with Canada’s Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Fintech Leaders at FFCON18: VELOCITY on March 5-6 in Toronto

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FFCON18 | February 28, 2018

The 4th Annual 2018 Fintech and Funding Conference Explores the Accelerating Speed and Adoption of Blockchain Technologies, Cryptocurrency and Alternative Investing Markets

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / February 28, 2018 / Hosted by the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA) with presenting partner Nikola Tesla Unite, FFCON18: VELOCITY will be held next week at the Design Exchange in Toronto. Planned announcements, thought leadership content and product launches on Monday, March 5:

  • Hear regulatory updates from participating CSA members from BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, and The Competition Bureau
  • Global product launch of a blockchain-enabled biometric validation platform from Crypto KABN
  • Critical updates on layer zero protocol and how TCP/IP can evolve to scale blockchains
  • Is traditional venture capital dead? Debate on how ICOs are changing the funding game moderated by Andrew McCreath, BNN
  • Which financial technologies will push Canada to the forefront of blockchain innovation globally?
  • 50+ speakers featuring keynotes on blockchain's transformative potential and roadmap, future of bitcoin, decentralized future and machine learning: CryptoOracle, Pegasus Fintech, Globalive Technology Partners, Decentral/Jaxx and Ethereum, Ov2 Capital and TSX Venture Exchange
  • Insights from Canada's fastest growing crypto, digital asset and payment ventures: U.CASH, CoinPayments, Coinsquare and TokenFunder, Ontario's first regulated ICO

These are exciting times - we are witnessing a transformation of technology and society. With new opportunities come hurdles that must be overcome to realize inherent potential. The conference program highlights challenges while celebrating innovative achievements and Canadian milestones.

FFCON18 brings together fintech leaders, investors and emerging innovators from start-ups to scale-ups to government regulatory bodies and agencies who have a vision for the future of finance. A must-attend event for fintech investors, companies raising capital and decision-makers in technology, finance and digital media.

Tickets are selling fast. Check out the conference website and register at: FintechandFunding.com (Event hashtag: #FFCON18) NCFA Members get 20% off with code NCFA_MEMBER_DEAL


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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Live Pitching Finalists Announced for FFCON18: VELOCITY

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NCFA Canada | Feb 15, 2018

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. JustGotThat! Inc
  7. KickCity
  8. Kodisoft
  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.

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.

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.

DIID is the neighbourhood watch for fraud management. Monitor customer behaviour across all channels to enrich the tools your business uses to fight fraud.

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.

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.


Decentralized Event Management & Marketing Protocol on Blockchain: imagine Eventbrite & Meetup.com on blockchain with an awesome reward system that enables effective marketing.

 

Kodisoft’s world-leading interactive smart table and touch sensor technology has already been championed by partnering companies like Microsoft and Intel. With 4 million consumers using the platform already, Kodisoft is disrupting unchanged practices in restaurants and offering a more lucrative business model for operators. As a global Internet of Things company, Kodisoft has an eye to revolutionizing industries including education, health care, retail, business productivity and eventually, even at-home consumption. Technology leaders have compared the development of smart table and touch display industry to the early days of the Personal Computer (PC) market!  


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.  TSV-V: DASH


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.  

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!  

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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:

Diamond Partner:

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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Verified students get a special deal (email: info@ncfacanada.org)

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FFCON18: VELOCITY Blockchain, Crypto & Alt Investing Conference: Meet one of the Volunteers (Janni Hjorth)

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NCFA Canada | Jan 8, 2017

With FFCON18:  VELOCITY.  Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Alternative Investing Conference fast approaching March 5-6 in Toronto at the Design Exchange, we thought it would be great to feature some of the volunteers this year.  Meet Janni Hjorth.  A new comer to Canada from Denmark (4 months in Toronto) who has been volunteering and working on her own business and funding campaign.

Why did you choose to volunteer for FFCON18 and the NCFA?

Volunteering is a great way for communities to grow, for individuals to acquire new skills and to support those around us. But for me it’s also a part of my strategy to establish and grow my network in a globalized world, and the upcoming Fintech & Funding 2018 Conference - FFCON18:  VELOCITY and 'all things' Crowd & Crypto is a perfect fit.  We're looking to raise capital for our business, meet investors, movers ad shakers and expand our network in the fintech arena.

See:  FFCON18:  VELOCITY - Join Canada's leading financial technology and funding conference March 5-6 Toronto

I have travelled my whole life both for personal and professional reasons. The first time I moved to another country as an 18 year old, I realized that in order to become established and to accomplish my goals I needed to form fundamental networks. Those that come more natural to you when you live in the country you were born. I started understanding the importance of tapping into local communities and connecting with local organizations by volunteering for them. Ever since then I have practiced this no matter where I go, and so far I have lived in 7 countries. At the moment I am doing the same here in Toronto, volunteering has been an important part of my strategy to establish a network, getting to know the local culture and getting involved. The NCFA was a great place for me to offer my assistance, as they play an important role in the Canadian Crowdfunding and Fintech industry which I have a personal interest in.

Why crowdfunding?

It’s an excellent way for communities to come together to support causes and businesses that they believe in. It’s an invaluable strategy for startups. I have recently experienced this first hand as I had my own crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Last year I co-founded a company in order to bring a travel footrest to market that required me to establish funding for the first production run. We utilized crowdfunding to enable this.

Where do you see the most value in crowdfunding events?

For a startup like mine crowdfunding has been about more than “just” establishing funding. It’s also been about creating awareness about my project and an avenue to connect with key individuals that have been willing to share their experiences and best practices with me. Especially as a newcomer, getting these connections is a key for success.

Tell us about your campaign:

My product is a travel footrest called HÄNGAR. We launched it on Kickstarter and reached our funding goal of $5000 within the two first weeks.  To date 9464 CAD has been raised from 118 backers (189% over target - we're so excited).

Where did the idea come from?

I initially came up with the concept of HÄNGAR on a flight where I was very uncomfortable. I had knee and leg pain and to relief the pain I tied my scarf around the seat in front of me and rested my legs in the hammock the scarf created. Based on this I created the first simple prototype, however it wasn’t until I reached out to my network and got involved with other entrepreneurs and startups through crowdfunding that I actually understood how to tackle this as a business venture. Without the knowledge exchange that comes along with crowdfunding, I would still be flying with a scarf. Events like the FFCON18:  VELOCITY is therefore an important forum where startups can grow in a face to face setting and of course seek the funding they need to move forward.

Will you be bringing your travel footrest to the FFCON18:  VELOCITY?

I am very excited to be participating as a volunteer and I will definitely be binging HÄNGAR along.

Volunteer Profile:
Janni Hjorth Kristensen

Origin Denmark
MSc in Events Management
Co-founder of HÄNGAR Travel

Crowdfunding experience: Kickstarter  campaign December 12th 2017 – January 12th 2018

Website: www.hangartravel.com

Check out the Campaign: http://kck.st/2jS1KvV

 


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: www.ncfacanada.org

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[Nov 28 Wrap-up]: VanFUNDING 2017 GOING MAINSTREAM Blockchain & Capital Conference & Regtech Hackathon

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NCFA Canada | December 22, 2017

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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