Crowdfunding has been making headlines in the business world globally. One of many Gen Y buzzwords, it is a beguilingly simple idea – everyday people coming together to finance the dreams of other people. The term has been catapulted to prominence after successes such as Adopt-a-Classroom, Star Citizen & Pebble Watch. With over 450 platforms and estimates of a whopping $5.1 billion raised in 2013 alone, crowdfunding has proven to be a viable addition to the budding entrepreneur’s fundraising toolkit.
Join us at the KITE Campus at 6pm on the 29th of January to hear a compelling webcast on the advantages of using Crowdfunding to bolster your entrepreneurial ventures. The event is free and open to the public.
Jason Best, Co-Founder, Crowdfund Capital Advisors.
Jason has co-founded two leading global crowdfunding associations: Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) and the CrowdFunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA). In his current position he works with professional investors, governments, development organizations, professional services firms and entrepreneurs globally to create policy and business strategies to fully leverage the power of crowdfund investing.
Luan Cox, Co-Founder & CEO, Crowdnetic.
Luan has deep financial data and applications experience and has previously served as the General Manager and Vice President of Interactive Data Managed Solutions - Americas, Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Stockpoint and as the Executive Director of Partner Solutions for Quote.com. She is also a proud alumna of the elite Springboard Accelerator program (class of 2013) comprised of the world’s leading women-led media and technology companies.
Amr Saleh, Co-Founder & CEO, Integreight.
Amr is the Co-Founder and CEO of Integreight & develops novel products for electronic hobbyists and the education market. He has a BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Helwan University. An IEEE GOLD Egypt volunteer, Amr also serves as a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Egypt board committee. He is a veteran CrowdFunder, having recently raised more than $85,000 through a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. LinkedIn
For nearly twenty years Karen's leadership and advocacy have helped foster U.S. entrepreneurship and global small business growth. Kerrigan has been called America’s “entrepreneurial envoy” and “small business ambassador” for her extensive work overseas. She is a founding member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, and is a board member and former chair of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). In 2013, 2012 and 2011 she was a Top 100 Champion Small Business Influencer. She was recently named a Top Power Woman in U.S. Crowdfunding by CEO World magazine.