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#BayArea Inaugural FinTech Seminar - Crowdfunding: an update

NB. This event starts at 5pm SF time, we're working on handling different time zones . Please ignore any emails from Meetup saying it's ended prematurely

Hi Everyone,

I hope you'll join us at our Inaugural Bay Area FinTech Seminar on Crowdfunding. Please note that we'll be running a similar Seminar in New York earlier in the same week on the 4th.

This Seminar follows on from our recent UK Crowdfunding Seminar, our objective for this Seminar is to address the US Crowdfunding scene and cross-pollenate ideas and business models from both sides of the pond.

You're probably already aware that Title II of the JOBS Act, designed to open up more investment capabilities and stimulate the new startup economy, is now in effect. You're now allowed to tell people that you're raising money. This will open up the market for Crowdfunding sites to the benefit of Entrepreneurs looking to raise funding. With significant successes already in the Rewards segment, see Kickstarter, it seems likely that Crowdfunding sites, albeit providing a more complex process than rewards, will provide an essential funding option to many new businesses and ventures. This Seminar will explore the themes around this new opportunity.

The session includes a Free Guide to Crowdfunding in the US which digs deeper into the main players and identifies opportunities for FinTech Entrepreneurs. All of our Seminar guides are available to download for FREE here. It's also worth checking out our FREE Guide to Crowdfunding in the UK and the Videos from our UK Crowdfunding Seminar before the session too.

We'll be videoing the session as usual for those of you who are unable to attend. You may click here to watch the videos from our previous seminars and here to see the photos.

Students - we currently have a number of free tickets available for students, please join the group using your academic email and then message an Organiser if you'd like one.


Please be aware that the agenda is updated on a regular basis

5:00pm - Networking opportunities

A buffet and refreshments will be provided courtesy of our Partners

6:00pm - Welcome address

Eddie George, Organiser, NewFinance

6:05pm - Presentations

Guillaume Lebleu, Co-Founder at Clearbon. Clearbon’s Community Finance Platform allows small businesses to raise funding and get more business from their customer community. Current pilots include Bernal Bucks and Credibles.

David Brown, CEO of FundOurCommunity, created to help people invest in their communities in a way that helps them create ownership, local knowledge, friendship and caring for their neighbour that has often disappeared in America. 

Nav Athwal, Co-founder & CEO of RealtyShares, Crowdfunding for Real Estate. RealtyShares allows you to both create and manage an online property portfolio and to raise capital for your property investments through Crowdfunding.

                         --- Refreshments Break ---

7:30pm - Panel discussion

This will be an open question and answer session around Crowdfunding

8:00pm - Seminar ends

Closing address and Shout-outs

8:01pm - After-party drinks

At the Mikkeller Bar, 34 Mason St, San Francisco, 42 taps and a specialized bottle selection from the best breweries in the world, just around the corner from WeWork

Please join our Delegates, the NewFinance team and myself for follow-on drinks if you'd like to continue networking

                                Event Partners

Hotwire PR is an integrated PR and communications agency. Their global team is dedicated to breaking boundaries, helping forward-looking organisations to manage reputations and cut through the noise in the rapidly evolving media landscape. 

WeWork the physical social network, coworking for small businesses. WeWork empowers entrepreneurs and small businesses to succeed by providing beautiful workspace, a collaborative community, accessible services and benefits

I look forward to meeting you all, please support our first Seminar in the Bay Area


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  • Annette

    Great success - lots of energy around FinTech and crowdfunding in SF!

    November 9, 2013

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