Monday, February 2, 2015

WRALTechwire to Host Investment Crowdfunding Event on February 17th

WRALTechwire will host an investment crowdfunding event on Tuesday February 17th called Executive Exchange: Crowdfunding in 2015. The educational event is about the investment crowdfunding opportunity in North Carolina and will feature a keynote address by NC Commerce Secretary John Skvarla talking about the importance of crowdfunding as a new way to finance startups and small businesses and create new jobs in North Carolina. Passage of a crowdfunding bill in this session of the legislature is a key part of the Commerce Department's Innovation to Jobs Initiatives. Other speakers will address ways that crowdfunding can be used to raise funds. This event will be of interest to entrepreneurs, investors, and startup community members who want to learn more about investment crowdfunding. The event will be held at the NC State University Club, and begin with a buffet breakfast, followed by speaker and panel presentations. Click here to register.

Executive Exchange: Crowdfunding in 2015
Tuesday Feb. 17th 8:00am to 10:30am
NC State University Club
4200 Hillsborough St, Raleigh


•8 a.m.: Breakfast and networking
•8:30 a.m.: Opening remarks from WRAL TechWire Editor Rick Smith and sponsors
•8:35 a.m.: Investor Mark Easley, “2015 Can be the Year for Investment Crowdfunding in North Carolina,” including an introduction to the new NC JOBS Act for the 2015 session. Easley also will discuss other funding opportunities such as angels and angel list.
•9 a.m.: The Money Hunt - Entrepreneurs on the hunt for funding; how NCSU and the state is already helping. (John Hardin, Department of Commerce, head of Science and Technology grant program; entrepreneurs Justin Miller of WedPics, who has raised money from non-traditional sources and VCs, and John McDonald, who is seeking backers for his barbecue sauce; Lewis Sheats, director of NCSU Entrepreneurship Clinic.) Moderator: John Hardin. Q&A, time permitting.
•9:35 a.m.: Keynote - Commerce Secretary Jon Skvarla discusses “NC Commerce Department Innovation to Jobs Initiatives” with an emphasis on the importance of the investment crowdfunding initiative to startups and small business plus Q&A.
•9:55 a.m.: The Legal View - Panel discussion from attorneys on the legal challenges of crowdfunding; What's happening at the federal level; the SEC's impact on crowdfunding in N.C. Panelists: Jim Verdonik of Ward and Smith, Mitel Patel of Wyrick & Robbins, and Benji Jones of Smith Anderson Law. Moderator: Mark Easley.
•10:15 a.m.: The Rising Importance of Alternative Funding - The Council for Entrepreneurial Development's Joan Siefert Rose recaps findings in recent CED study about where all startup funding comes from.

The Buffet:

A breakfast buffet will be served including: scrambled eggs, raspberry-Nutella stuffed french toast, home fries, turkey sausage patties, peach-strawberry salad and mini-cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing.

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