Metropole Capital Group in Association with Variety to hold the Next Gen Entrepreneurship & Global Crowdfunding Forum, Nov 16th, 2012, Los Angeles, CA

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Metropole Capital Group, in association with Variety, announced a first of its kind business forum to take place on November 16, 2012 in Santa Monica, California at the JW Marriott Hotel. The first annual Next Generation Entrepreneurship & Global Crowdfunding Forum is a full day event which convenes an unprecedented and exclusive mix of influential entrepreneurs, active angel investors, VCs, accelerators, and crowdfunding experts and advocates. This dynamic and high-powered group will discuss current and future trends on capital formation for emerging growth companies.For registration and access to the full list of speakers, sponsors, partners and agenda please visit http://www.metropoleglobal.com. For more information, please call (310) 464 1575 or email at info(at)metropolecapital(dot)com.

Victoria Silchenko, CEO and Founder of Metropole Capital Group, a Los Angeles based corporate advisory firm with strategic links in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC), is the Forum’s organizer and producer. According to Victoria, “The main goal of the Forum is to present participants, particularly capital-starved new ventures, with realistic financing solutions that can be used immediately or in the near future. We all would like to see how the innovative crowdfunding model fits into the well-established system of capital formation options including VCs, accelerators, and incubators.”

“Such conference is needed to boost our economy and educate the most vital economic driver: early stage startups”, said a prominent leader of the entrepreneurial community, Ash Kumra, DreamItAlive.com Co-Founder and Public Speaker.

One of the distinguished speakers, Eric M. Jackson, CEO of CapLinked, a business transaction platform for managing capital raises, asset sales, and M&A deals, elaborated by saying, "Early-stage financing is undergoing a sea change. Startups in high growth industries continue to have an ever-increasing number of options for funding their companies, including friends and family, angels, seed funds, and even crowdfunding. Understanding where to go for funding and how to structure your financing round is more critical than ever."

David Carter, a prominent guest speaker, is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who is the co-founder of Amplify, a leading accelerator in Los Angeles. He is also one of the investors of CapLinked. Carter envisions the future of all of these trends, both local and global, stating, “Crowdfunding will fundamentally change small business finance as we know it. The Next Generation Entrepreneurship & Global Crowdfunding Forum provides a great opportunity to join industry leaders in discussing the current state of crowdfunding and its future benefits for all of us.”

Another highly anticipated guest speaker, Larry Namer, co-founder of E! Entertainment, and now the President of Metan Development Group, a premier China-focused media, entertainment and technology company, offers a global perspective to the Forum. “Chinese investors are very interested in the EB-5 programs,” says Namer, who conducts business extensively in the PRC. “These provide a green card if they meet the criteria. They are also interested in investing in US companies that can help them become global players as opposed to China-centric players.”

New tech-driven networking platforms are quickly ushering in this next generation of entrepreneurs and investors, according to Colin Mangham, CEO & Founder of Daily Brand Group, a leading innovation consultancy. “We’re seeing a lot more of these participatory funding models … people ‘voting with their wallets’ for companies they believe in, similar to how you might ‘like’ something on Facebook, and almost as easy to do,” said Mangham. “This is opening up opportunities on both sides of the transaction to a broader and often impassioned audience, especially for impact investments in which performance is measured not just financially but also as a function of societal impact.”

Principal Sponsors of the event include Metropole Capital Group, Variety, Daily Brand Group, Marcum, Silicon Valley Bank, Wells Fargo; supporting partners are Start-Up California, Crowdsourcing.org, CrowdFund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA), Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Pasadena Angels, Innovation Economy Konnect, Dream It Alive, The California Stock Xchange, Consulate General of Canada (LA office), Consulate General and Promotion Center of the Argentine Republic, Slavic American Chamber, FrankfurtRhineMain Corp, Bank To The Future, Marchmont Innovation News, Start Engine, Bridges to Italy and Global Entrepreneurship Week. The forum is hosted by Sandro Monetti – an internationally acclaimed journalist, author, performer and BBC contributor.

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