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Crowdfunding in Ontario

July 16, 2012 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Centre for Social Innovation Annex
720 Bathurst Street, Toronto
By donation
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On Monday July 16th from 1-4:00 the Centre for Social Innovation, as a part of our ongoing policy work - is collaborating with Cdling ( to host Sherwood Neiss - one of the team that drove the crowdfunding legislation in the US - to brief us on what they did, how they did it and what we might do to make it happen here in Ontario.  We will also hear from local experts on where we are at in moving the crowdfunding agenda forward in Canada.

So if you are keen on crowds - this is a must attend event.  RSVP today:

Let's Kick Start


A Quality Conversation about Crowdfunding in Ontario

Who Should Come:

  • MPPs from all parties interested in job creation, funding small business & investor protection,
  • Startups: small tech companies, social innovators, small business owners,
  • Members of the OSC Small and Medium Enterprises Committee.
  • Angel investors, Venture Capitalists, incubators, acclerators, investment bankers, lawyers and startup advisors.
  • Government, NGO and Academic employees concerned with innovation in Ontario.
  • Traditional media and bloggers who want to help bring crowdfunding into focus for Ontario.
  • You should. If you want to learn about crowdfunding and the state of innovation in Ontario.

Check our OPEN RSVP and learn more about who in Ontario is on top of the game changing emergence of crowdfunding and what they are doing to about it.

Here is what we will discuss:

  • The JOBSAct in the USA, that President signed into law, legalizing crowdfunding south of the border.
  • What does the emergence of crowd funding in the US mean for Canada?
  • What are the different types of crowd funding: definitions, platforms and methods.
  • How can we protect investors from fraud and the inherent risk of startups?
  • Who is for and who is against legal crowdfunding in Ontario and why?

Guest Speaker: Sherwood Neiss,

Sherwood Neiss

Sherwood Neiss, one of three entrepeneurs who led a 579 day campaign that included authoring the original crowdfunding framework that was ultimately signed into law by President Obama with the JOBSAct.  

Donation Optional:  This event is organised for entrepeneurs by entrepeneurs.  There are real, hard costs involved in making it happen and we would be grateful for your financial support.  All donations greater than $100 will be recognized. Feel free to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.