Industry Leaders Launch CrowdU, the Crowdfunding College to Create the First “Certified Crowdfunding Professional” Program in the Nation.

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Crowdfunding College by CrowdU launches the nation’s first certification program for lawyers, accountants and brokers who want to help businesses raise capital via equity and debt crowdfunding.

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We are excited to offer the first JOBS Act training program for lawyers, accountants, brokers and other professionals who will help businesses raise capital and create jobs via equity and debt crowdfunding

CrowdU, the Crowdfunding College ( is proud to announce the nation’s first certification program to train the future professional advisors who want to help businesses raise capital via equity and debt crowdfunding.

The educational program, created by securities crowdfunding industry pioneers Scott Purcell and Ruth Hedges is targeted to accountants, lawyers, brokers, ad agencies, and business consultants as well as funding portal operators, financial advisors, government officials, continuing education instructors and university professors. The coursework immerses CCFP candidates in all aspects of securities crowdfunding under the JOBS Act, including both the 506(c) and 4(a)(6) exemptions, including rules, regulations, processes, and methodologies. Professionals can then demonstrate their knowledge by taking a 3 hour, 125 question examination. With a passing grade of at least 80% they become Certified Crowdfunding Professionals (“CCFP”); ready to assist businesses and investors in securities crowdfunding.

As is standard across all disciplines, people need to know that they are getting advice and assistance from knowledgeable and credible professionals who have a deep and current understanding of the rules and who can help with the creation, marketing, compliance and success of their fundraising.

Crowdfunding College was founded to provide an educational service and a solid foundation for industry professionals and other stakeholders who realize the importance of getting businesses funded and jobs created by means of recent changes to the status quo of antiquated, 80 year old securities laws.

Crowdfunding offers an exceptional new way to raise capital by means of issuing debt or equity securities to investors in private companies. It is intended for both start-ups and existing small businesses who need capital to grow, create jobs and become successful. But it is “securities”, which means it is a highly regulated activity. Education is critical to knowing who can do what as they become involved with guiding others. Surprising to many, brokers can’t do everything. Nor can lawyers, accountants, banks or angels. Everyone has a role to play in the ecosystem of capital formation.

“Training and education for professionals who understand the fundamentals of how to execute these new fundraising tools is the key to democratizing access to capital, growing successful companies and creating jobs” say’s CEO Ruth Hedges. The "CCFP" credentials and education will open doors for those who want to be a part of this new industry."

The "Certified Crowdfunding Professional" program is the definitive education for securities based crowdfunding for everyone looking to participate as professional advisors and educators, and we believe it will become a prerequisite for many new positions going forward. The “CCFP” credentials will help screen out those who pretend to be experts and could harm the success of securities based crowdfunding before it even gets off the ground. Participants of the program will be required to pass an exam to get their certification.

For more information and to sign up for the exam to become a Certified Crowdfunding Professional please go to

About The Crowdfunding College
Our mission is to provide the education and certification for people to confidently and professionally assist businesses in raising capital and creating jobs by leveraging the new rules issued pursuant to Title II "506(c)" and Title III "4(a)(6)" of the JOBS Act. Crowdfunding is the democratization of capital, it may have taken 80 years to get here but it will quickly change the world of business finance.

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