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Rewards or Equity Crowdfunding: Can you do it? How to do it?

  • Oct 26, 2012 · 5:30 PM
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Empowering anyone to raise funds anytime, anywhere!





Are you an entrepreneur seeking seed capital? Are you an artist seeking money and traction for your creative projects? Whatever your pursuits are, doers, thinkers and dreamers, come and learn crowdfunding as an alternative solution to your typical early stage fundraising challenge.


October 26 (Friday), “Launch it in NYC” Meetup Group, along with Columbia Entrepreneur Organization Club, Columbia Business School Lab and Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs invite you to join an interactive panel discussion with industry experts and entrepreneurs, and explore topics such as:


·         What is the current crowdfunding landscape for startups and emerging companies in the U.S. and overseas? What is JOBS Act and what opportunities will it create to early stage companies?  

·         What does it take to run a successful crowdfunding campaign , what are the best practices, and how to effectively mobilize social networks and general public ?


·         What are the main differences between Crowdfund investing, Crowdfunding, and typical micro-cap investing? 


Panel Details:

Date and Time: Oct. 26, 2012, [5:30-8:30PM]


5:30 - 6:00PM – Registration

6:00 - 7:30PM – Panel Discussion and Q&A

8:00 - 8:30PM –Food and Networking (Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.)

Admission: Absolutely Free.


Speakers and Bios:

Brian Meece, CEO,Rockethub

Brian Meece plays a mean ukulele and is the CEO of RocketHub, one of the world's top crowdfundingplatforms. He has lectured on crowdsourced funding at SXSW, TEDxBrooklyn, Columbia University, Makers Faire, among other colleges, conferences and institutions. His goal? To teach entrepreneurs how to leverage the crowd for funding their endeavors.


Sasha AblovatskiyCo-Founder, AlumVest; Attorney, Gottbetter & Partners, LLP

Sasha Ablovatskiy is the Co-Founder of AlumVest, a reward and equity based crowdfunding platform and an attorney at Gottbetter & Partners, LLP. Sasha has advised public companies on a variety of securities offerings, securities laws compliance and corporate governance. His key legal practice areas include Corporate and Securities Transactions, Mergers and Acquisitions, Public and Private Offerings, Start-ups and Crowdfunding.


Sang Lee, CEO/Founder, Return on Change

Sang Lee is the CEO of Return on Change, an equity crowdfunding helping high impact startups that are bent on changing the world.  His previous experiences as an investment banker in the energy field provides him with a wealth of expertise in financial regulation as well as business and financial structuring to develop. Sang was previously a founding board member of the NLCFA (National Crowdfunding Assocation).


Benjamin Samuel, Co-Editor, Electric Literature

Benjamin Samuel is the Co-Editor of Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, a free weekly magazine featuring fiction curated by extraordinary writers, editors, and indie publishers. He ran campaign for Electric Literature and successfully raised $18,872 on Kickstarer in May 2012.


Sponsoring organizations:

Launch IT in NYC Meetup Group - Organization (CEO) –EntrepreneurColumbia
Columbia business Lab (CBL) –
Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs (CORE) -

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