Event Toronto (March 5, 2013): Crowdfunding Experts Discussion Series @ Rotman

Rotman School of Business  |  via Christopher Charlesworth

Rotman School of Management - Event Toronto (March 5, 2013):  Crowdfunding Experts Discussion Series @ Rotman



SESSION SPONSOR:  India Innovation Institute at the University of Toronto

Event Details

Speaker Series


Tuesday March 05, 2013 | 05:00 PM - 06:15 PM

Speaker(s): Christopher Charlesworth (Rotman MBA 07), Cofounder, HiveWire Inc.
Murray Metcalfe, Professor - Globalization, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, U of Toronto
Tonya Surman, Cofounder and CEO, The Centre for Social Innovation
Verki Tunteng, Associate, Heenan Blaikie LLPMODERATOR: Dilip Soman, Corus Chair in Communications Strategy and Professor of Marketing, Rotman
Topic: Crowdfunding – Implications and Opportunities
Venue: Event Hall (2nd floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3E6
Location: Toronto
Cost: $20 per person (includes HST) per person


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SYNOPSIS:  Crowdfunding is the aggregation of small amounts of capital from a large number of people, usually over the internet, directed to specific projects or companies. With greater than $2.8Bn (2012 projected) being raised globally through crowdfunding (source: Massolution report 2012), this emerging area is poised to have a significant and disruptive effect on start-up financing.  In addition, it is possible that debt and equity based crowdfunding will be legalized in some form in a Canadian securities jurisdiction within 2013/2014.  This panel will discuss the implications and opportunities of this rapidly growing sector from an industry insider perspective. Topics will include current trends, legal issues, and key industry facts and figures. The Centre for Social Innovation is a global leader within the social enterprise space, and successfully utilized a community bond structure to finance its expansion.  Increasingly crowdfunding is being used to enable social enterprises, and the Centre for Social Innovation has partnered with HiveWire Inc. to create a rewards-based crowdfunding platform that supports these organizations. HiveWire is(a Canadian-based crowdfunding solutions provider. Heenan Blaikie is one of Canada’s premier  law firms and provides extensive legal services to businesses, including advising on crowdfunding in support of this effort.


Resources and Links:
India Innovation Institute, University of Toronto
Center of Social Innovation
Heenan Blaikie