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    Recorded live on Jul 28, 2015
    Total Length: 2 hrs 35 min
    File format: stream online or download MPEG-4

    Full videos of the workshop content:

    1. Angel and VC Investment Perspectives, Funding Options (29 mins 40s)

    2. Active Issuer: Coupgon Presentation (11 mins 2s)

    3. Equity Crowdfunding Platform: The OCMX Presentation (13 mins 31s)

    4. Regulations, legal and compliance in Canada and US (37 mins 26s)

    5. Risks & challenges (what not to do) | Best Practices (what to do) (20 mins 38s)

    6. Accounting, Tax, Financial planning (29 mins 49s)



    Workshop Overview:

    This workshop covers essential equity crowdfunding education for issuers, investors and all other parties interested in understanding equity crowdfunding rules, transactions, international best practices and investment perspectives.

    Learn from and interact with active practitioners in crowdfunding markets including platforms (dealers), investors, attorneys, accountants and marketing experts. Click here to view the highlights.


    Angel and VC Investment Perspectives, Government Funding Options

    • Moderator: Sean Stanleigh, Managing Editor, Globe & Mail
    • Sunil Sharma, Managing Partner, Extreme Venture Partners
    • Yuri Navarro, Executive Director, NACO
    • Marc Kaipio, Capital Markets, The Funding Portal


    Raising Capital on an Equity Crowdfunding Platform

    • Frank Sinopoli, CEO, Coupgon
    • Matthew McGrath, CEO, Optimize Capital Markets


    Regulations, Legal and Compliance in Canada and the U.S.

    • Jason Saltzman, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
    • Marc Mandel, Senior Managing Associate, Dentons US LLP


    Equity Crowdfunding Risks & Challenges vs. Best Practices

    • Carlos Pinto Lobo, Chief Compliance Officer, The SVX
    • David Shore, Director of Investor Relations, OurCrowd


    Accounting, Tax, and Financial Planning

    • Alexandra Hardy, CPA, CA, Partner, BDO Canada
    • Dan Nagle, CPA, CA, BDO Canada
    • Nicole Boucek, CPA, CA, BDO Canada


    Expert Panel Discussion Equity Crowdfunding and Global Trends - Products and Services

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    Recorded live on Feb 21, 2014
    Total Length: 52mins 27 secs
    File format: MPEG-4

    Craig Asano, Founder & Executive Director, NCFA Canada
    Daryl Hatton, CEO/Founder, FundRazr
    Alixe Cormick, Founder, Venture Law Corporation
    Christopher Charlesworth, Co-founder, HiveWire
    Myles Harding, CEO/President, Inline Reference Check
    Lyn Blanchard, Founder, Creekstone Consulting Inc.


    Webinar Overview:

    Ever since the Jobs Act was announced in 2010, equity crowdfunding has gained interest from all industries – so much in fact that “crowdfunding” searches on Google recently outnumbered that of “venture capital”. We’ve seen the success of well-known campaigns such as the Pebble Watch and the economic benefits in terms of GDP; however, where is this exciting movement/industry/trend heading? Join NCFA Canada and special guests as we discuss growing trends and the future outlook for global crowdfunding in 2014, including discussion topics as:

    • Market Updates: How is crowdfunding disrupting traditional sources of funding in industries including venture capital, social enterprise and government?
    • How have technological trends such as social media, mobile, and cloud computing impacted the growth of crowdfunding? (i.e. FundRazr’s cFaaST Technology)
    • The evolution of debt and equity crowdfunding in the US, including title II and title III models
    • Emerging equity crowdfunding regulations in Canada and future outlook

    Who Should Attend?

    This is an educational webinar for those interested in staying current with financial trends, market updates/innovations and equity crowdfunding regulations targeting portals, SMEs, startups, angel investors, VCs, accountants, lawyers and other industry providers.

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    Recorded live on March 21, 2014
    Total Length: 59mins 39 secs
    File format: MPEG-4

    Crowdfunding is a growing global phenomenon that has allowed entrepreneurs and not-for-profits to raise $5.1 billion globally in 2013 to start new ventures and launch new products. It is an essential arrow in the entrepreneur’s capital raising efforts and should not be ignored.

    Join Lyn Blanchard, crowdfunding expert, NCFA Ambassador and President of Creekstone Consulting, who delivers this information packed webinar titled “Learn the Secrets to Reward-based Crowdfunding Success”.

    This webinar covers the following topics and content:

    • 4S Framework of Capital Raising
    • Crowdsourcing vs Crowdfunding
    • Staircases to Capital
    • Types of Crowdfunding
    • Benefits of Crowdfunding
    • Is Crowdfunding Right for you?
    • Crowdfunding Cycles (pre-launch, launch, post)
    • Tour of a Crowdfunding Campaign
    • Rewards and Perks
    • Crowdfunding platforms
    • Automation and outsourcing
    • 6 Ways to Increase Your Capital by 8x
    • Resources


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    Money Magnet
    by Jacoline Loewen
    Learn from VC and private equity experts - where to find them, what they want, and how to get them to invest in you.
    Crowdfund it!
    by Anna Maguire
    Absorb Anna's passion for crowdfunding and get acquainted with top notch crowdfunding platforms at the same time.
    The Crowdfunding Revolution
    by Kevin Lawton & Dan Marom
    Mandatory reading if you're active in the industry or planning to be.
    by Amy Cortese
    Meet impact investing pioneers and explore socially productive financial alternatives.

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    How Fast-Growing Companies Can Embrace the Power of Story-Driven Marketing.



    NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | December 13, 2016

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    TORONTO, ON December 13, 2016 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) and partners are pleased to release this ground-breaking report on the state of the alternative finance crowdfunding industry in Canada.  Crowdfunding is on its way to being an integral part of the capital raising ecosystem in Canada and around the globe. With innovative and emerging fintech infrastructure, a growing number of funding portals and licensed dealer-brokers on both buy and sell sides can service a steady flow of start-ups and scale-ups interested in raising up to $5M of capital online to launch, grow, and commercialize ventures.

    The 2016 Alternative Finance Crowdfunding in Canada is the inaugural report of NCFA’s annual exercise in providing Canadian benchmarks for market size, platform characteristics and funding transactions, as well as an overview of legal considerations, the regulatory environment and emerging market trends and developments in what is arguably one of the most innovative financing tools of our generation. Crowdfunding combines technology, the internet and the power of the ‘crowd’ to streamline the process of raising capital from a full spectrum of investors while filling an under-serviced funding gap in venture markets.

    Free Download Canada's first comprehensive report benchmarking platform and market activity:

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    Hi-res:  NCFA 2016 Alternative Finance Crowdfunding in Canada (PDF 41.4MB)

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    Market volume:  Crowdfunding volumes in Canada grew 48% from 2013 to 2015 and reached $133 million in 2015 confirming that it is a genuine source of seed and growth capital for companies seeking funding with the market predicted to reach $190 million in 2016.  Canadian markets are growing much slower than leading international comparators such as the U.S. and U.K. where online alternative financing volumes are reported at USD 36 billion and  GBP 3.2 billion, respectively.

    NCFA June 1 Summer Kickoff Networking 2016 150x150 - Products and ServicesMarket formation trends based on survey response data indicate that the industry is evolving with larger platforms emerging and an increasing number of issuers and backers entering the market. Industry niches such as real estate are growing rapidly in the U.S. ($3 billion in 2015) and are beginning to gain attention here in Canada.  There was an increase in the percentage of platforms having more than 2,500 investors per year with 60% of the portals reporting between 1001-5000 investors on their platform in 2015.

    emerging trends 150x150 - Products and ServicesEmerging Trends and Developments:  The industry is diverse, encompassing many positive trends and emerging developments such as the growth of P2P / marketplace lenders, mainstream adoption of crowdsourced platforms (eg., Airbnb) and increasing popularity of blockchain powered 'Crowdsales' (or Initial Coin Offerings), as well as the launch of OSCs Fintech Launchpad initiative.

    Puzzle 150x150 - Products and ServicesRisks to market formation:  Canada has a complex web of regulatory prospectus exemptions that are available for raising capital online.  For regulated crowdfunding markets to efficiently develop, regulators are encouraged to adopt uniform and competitive regulations while avoiding stifling the market.  There is need for more education and awareness, transparency, standards and market confidence.



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