The first ever Crowd Invest Summit in the US will debut December 7-8, 2016 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, California.
The summit will feature a robust agenda spanning a variety of equity crowdfunding themes including investment analysis, marketing strategies, trends and insights from industry experts. Early bird discounted tickets are available for $99 for a limited time via the summit’s website.
Founded by three equity crowdfunding industry pioneers, Josef Holm, Darren Marble and Alon Goren, the Crowd Invest Summit was developed with the vision that every American – whether accredited or not – can now be a venture capitalist.
The summit will bring together every facet of the equity crowdfunding industry including angel investors, venture capital investors, real estate investors, retail investors, startups/entrepreneurs, issuers, funding portals, broker-dealers, marketing and PR firms, crowdfunding service providers, FinTech service providers and members of the media.
According to the Summit founders an unprecedented development in the US compliance environment has paved the way for the industry's development.
In in March of 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ruled on Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (also known as the JOBS Act).
This enabled private companies to raise up to $50 million from both accredited and unaccredited investors. This ruling is known as 'Reg A+' and is expected by many to be pivotal in the future of popular investments in America.
"Effective in May of 2016, regulation Crowdfunding under Title III of the JOBS Act allows private companies to raise up to $1 million annually from both accredited and unaccredited investors," explains Holm who is also the founder and CEO of crowdfunding marketing and PR software firm Krowdster. .
"Given the groundswell of interest in both Reg A+ and Title III opportunities, the Crowd Invest Summit agenda will explore both categories," he says.
Holm says as the first event of its kind in the United States, the Crowd Invest Summit will connect retail investors and top crowdfunded investment opportunities."
“We created this event to be inclusive of all types of investors to reflect the recent shifts in the equity crowdfunding industry," he says .
"Our first summit will take place in Silicon Beach and we’re already exploring a series of domestic and international events to follow.”
Marble, who is CEO of crowdfunding agency CrowdfundX adds the majority of crowdfunding conferences are way too technical.
“They are filled with attorneys, accountants and platforms – who are all important resources – but the industry is desperate for a conference that caters to the everyday Americans," he says.
"These are the retail investors who will ultimately fuel the growth of the industry."
Goren who is CEO of enterprise crowdfunding software company InvestedIn.com and monthly Ventura/Santa Barbara area event 805 Startups says the summit will be the largest crowd investing event to date.
“For years, all three of us have been pioneers an industry with promise and excitement for a world where anyone could invest in any company, regardless of economic or social status," he says.
"We've now built that world, and we expect to unite more companies and investors than ever before."
He adds until now, crowdfunding events have been predominantly focused on debating the potential rules and laws that are now finally in place and available.
"In contrast, this will be the first large-scale event in the crowdfunding sector focused on companies and investors raising real money and closing actual deals. We want all Americans to know that any of them can become venture capitalists now."