Crowd Investing Innovation Forum Will Connect Entrepreneurs & Investors, August 8th-9th

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Will be viewable online via UStream pay-per-view; former Nasdaq Vice Chairman David Weild will kick off conference with a morning keynote: Jumpstarting America: The Future of Capital Formation.


“The Securities and Exchange Commission’s new rules are a game-changer for the U.S. economy,” says Maurice Lopes, founder of

The Crowdfunding Professional Association’s 2nd Annual Crowd Investing Innovation Forum will convene top crowdfunding pioneers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and investors in Orlando on August 8-9 to address the most urgent issues in capital formation and job creation, corporate and entrepreneurial crowdfunding initiatives.

Just three weeks ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission gave startups access to a new source of capital, crowd-funded investment platforms. Following the July 11th rule change, the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act of 2012 now allows for private companies to actively solicit investment in the media and online, giving accredited investors easy access to private equity deals.

The crowdfunding industry is coming together here for the first time since the rule change. The conference is timed to spark innovation and frank discussion on how investors and emerging companies both can take advantage of new crowdfunding opportunities.

“The new rules are a game-changer for the U.S. economy,” says Maurice Lopes, founder of, a two-year old equity-based crowdfunding platform and governing board member of the Crowdfunding Professional Organization. “For the first time, the ban has been lifted on general solicitation, so accredited investors will now be able to see deals in a new, transparent and democratic way.”

Speakers and panelists will address the current legal and regulatory issues, the link between crowdfunding, Wall Street, venture capital and angel investing, and also introduce new technologies and innovative social media strategies for getting a crowd-funded business off the ground.

David Weild, head of Capital Markets Thought Leadership at Grant Thornton, former vice chairman of Nasdaq and founder of Weild & Co., will kick off the conference on Thursday, August 8th, with a morning keynote at 8:30am.

The complete agenda is online at .

All Crowdfunding Professional Association conference events will take place at the Caribe Royale Resort at 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821. The entire conference will be streamed online at

For more information or to register for a press pass, contact Carolina Braunschweig at (305) 496-6069.

Carolina Braunschweig, RaspberryPR
(305) 496-6069

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