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Special Event Toronto (Oct 10, 2013): How Crowdfunding is Transforming Canada: Stories from the Edge

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NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | October 1, 2013

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Host: NCFA Canada

Venue: CSI Catalyst

Beverage: Mill Street Brewery




Twaterfall:  Support: ¬ HTML Toronto

Videographer:  Yaw Attuah




Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (EST)

Where: Centre of Social Innovation (CSI) - Annex  720 Bathurst Street, Toronto (map)


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Join NCFA Canada in Celebrating Our First Anniversary Party!

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In early October of 2012, NCFA Canada launched with the objective to advance crowdfunding movement in Canada focusing on education, advocacy and providing networking opportunities for members. Over the past year, we’ve worked hard to advance the industry, share quality information, provide a leading voice and connect with crowdfunding hubs, leaders, government, academia and stakeholders across the country.

We’ve been blown away by the support we’ve received towards our cause and the potential ‘power of the crowd’. The crowdfunding movement is inspiring a new generation of thinking and people who are collaborating to develop an ecosystem, network and shared values to mobilize self-sufficiency, catalyze entrepreneurship and solve the world’s smallest or greatest problems. Please join us and help us celebrate our first anniversary party in style.

It's our chance to say 'thank you' to our board, advisors, sponsors, partners, 'friendlies' and members, as we drive forward collectively with our vision to build Canada's crowdfunding industry.


NCFA Launches Innovative Book Project -100% Crowdsourced and Crowdfunded!

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In celebration of our 1st year anniversary and all things crowdfunding, NCFA Canada has been inspired to launch an exciting crowdsourced and crowdfunded book project in collaboration with Indie Ink Publishing to “take the conversation to the next level” and illustrate to the masses how crowdfunding is transforming this great country, one story at a time.

This is a unique opportunity for you to share your crowdfunding story and help shape Canadian crowdfunding history and propel the industry forward. The book's contents will be written and funded entirely by the crowd. (more details to come...)


This is a Crowdsourced Event: Tell Your Crowdfunding Story at this Social Networking Event!

This is a dynamic and interactive Crowdsourced Event for NCFA advisors, members, partners, supporters, crowdunders, experts, innovators, makers, and project backers/investors. We invite you to celebrate our journey with us and share your story with our growing NCFA Canada Crowd (#NCFACrowd)! We'll make sure it gets across the country 🙂

Share your story and get in NCFA's video: We're looking to capture some really cool live video at this event that will be used for NCFA Canada's crowdfunding book launch campaign page.

Note: Get your best story telling vocals out! In line with our crowdsourced principles, we'll have the crowd vote on the BEST STORY and INSPIRATION of the night (for a prize)!

Ticket Types

Member - Campaign Pitchers and Students with ID ($10)
Member - Early Bird ($15)
Member - Crowd Building ($20)
Non-Member ($30)

*  All ticket prices are NET HST.  Limited number of tickets for this industry update and special social networking event! All ticket types include drinks and delicious food prepared by CSI Coffee Pub caterer.



6:00 – 6:30  Networking the Crowd
6:30 - 6:45   Welcome Introduction
Hosts:  NCFA Canada Team and Sponsors


Session 1: Crowdsourced: Stories from the Edge

6:45 – 7:30 Crowdsourced stories from the edge

Inspiring stories of how Crowdfunding is driving innovation, job creation and at the hub of social and economic change at a grass roots level across Canada. Learn first-hand experience from successful and unsuccessful crowdfunding insiders, experts and peers. Uncover the secrets to not only taking that first crucial step to launching your own campaign but listen to insightful stories that took a life and shape of their own.

Learn about the latest industry updates and 'inside stories' from:

-- Craig Asano, NCFA Canada, Founder and Executive Director

-- Brian Koscak, EMDA - Exempt Market Dealers Association (Chair), and Cassels Brock (Partner)

-- Adam Spence, SVX - Social Venture Exchange (Lead), and MaRS (Associate Director)

-- Suzanne Paschall via Skype, Indie Ink Publishing, CEO & Creative Opportunity Catalyst


Session 2: Crowdsourced: Crowdfunding pitches for NCFA Promotional Packages and potential TV Spot

7:30 – 8:15 Are you launching a Canadian crowdfunding campaign in the near future?

If so, deliver your elevator pitch to the crowd (5mins max per presenter) for a chance to win an NCFA Promotional Package and a potential TV spot on a new national daytime talk show.   The Crowd will vote on the top business, product idea, or project.  Two winning pitches will receive an NCFA marketing package consisting of campaign support and promotion. In addition, the winning pitches will be presented to a national television producer for show consideration. They are looking for bright, energetic individuals who could sell a ketchup popsicle to someone in white gloves.   This is for crowdfunders that are planning to launch a campaign in the near future or are mid-campaign.

Moderated by Sunny Shao, Schulich MBA Candidate and NCFA Advisor


1.  'The Crowd' will vote YES or NO that they would contribute funds to each campaign

2. Also, a Panel of Crowdfunding Experts will provide feedback and also indicate YES/NO for each campaign including:

-- John Wires, Startup legal advisor (Wires Law)

-- Rajen Sanghvi, Crowdfunding products/hardware expert (Shoplocket)

-- Christopher Charlesworth, Social Impact Crowdfunding Expert (HiveWire)

-- James Cooper, Director, Author and Successful Crowdfunder (Kickstarter for Filmmakers)


Networking Party

8:15 – 9:00 Celebrate NCFA Canada’s 1st Year Anniversary!

Plenty of time for networking in the main CSI Annex Lounge area and catered by CSI Coffee Pub

9:00 – late After party (up to the ‘Crowd’)



* LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE for this Special NCFA Canada Event

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The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada crowdfunding hub providing education, advocacy and networking opportunities in the rapidly evolving crowdfunding industry. NCFA Canada is a community-based, membership-driven entity that was formed at the grass roots level to fill a national need in the market place. Join our growing network of industry stakeholders, fundraisers and investors. Increase your organization’s profile and gain access to a dynamic group of industry front runners. Learn more eBrochure | Prezi or contact us at

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