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7/17/2013 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Presented by American Express OPEN Forum and supported by Nokia@Work, CROWDFUNDx is a one-day conference and challenge event focused on crowdfunding for businesses, geared towards entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals interested in learning how their work and business will be affected by crowdfunding.

Produced by Crowdcentric, the company behind Social Media Week, and in partnership with Crowdfunder, the mission is to provide a stage for thought leaders in crowdfunding, entrepreneurship and early-stage investment to build more awareness around the benefits that crowdfunding will offer businesses and entrepreneurs in the future.

Participants will hear from a wide range of speakers on the differences between rewards, donation, and equity-based crowdfunding models, as well as entrepreneur and investor perspectives from some of the leading practitioners in this space. The day will also feature a group workshop component and networking lunch. Plus the first 50 people to purchase their tickets will also receive a free copy of Sherwood Ness’ new book Crowdfund Investing For Dummies at the event.

CROWDFUNDx NYC will also conclude with a separate evening challenge event, starting at 7 PM and featuring the finalists of the challenge for small businesses, startups, and social enterprises, all of whom will be competing to win a $25,000 cash prize.

Speakers Include:

Sherwood Neiss

Crowdfund Capital Advisors

David S. Rose

Rose Tech Ventures

Jalak Jobanputra

FuturePerfect Ventures

Matt Brimer

General Assembly

Amy Cortese


Tim Morgan

Mint Digital / Projecteo

Sharon Chang


Amy Vernon

Internet Media Labs

Charlie O'Donnell

Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Jessica O. Matthews

UnCharted Play

Jonathan Sandlund

The Crowd Cafe

Kelly Keenan Trumpour

See Jane Invest

Chance Barnett


Jessica Jackley

KIVA, Collaborative Fund

Miki Agrawal


Alexandro Cremades

Rock The Post

J. Skyler Fernandes

Centripetal Capital Partners

Josh Abramson

BustedTees / TeePublic

Ron Williams

Phoebe Espiritu

HackStars / Parsons MFA Professor

Conference Agenda:

8:30am: DOORS OPEN // Breakfast+Coffee Served

9:00am: The Crowdfunding Tidalwave: How Equity-Based Platforms Can Open Up Business - Fireside Chat with Sherwood Neiss, Crowdfund Capital Advisors, and Chance Barnett, Crowdfunder

10:00am: Entrepreneurs and Business in the Age of Digital Empowerment

11:00am: Keynote: David S. Rose, Investment and the Social Web

11:15am: Bridging the Investment Gap: Understanding the Risks and Goals of Equity

12:00pm: Networking Lunch

1:00pm: Keynote: Jessica O. Matthews, from Idea to Enterprise

1:15 pm: Art of the Pitch and Running a Business: How to Present Your Ideas and Deliver

2:00 pm:

Design Your Day: Productivity & Time Management Workshop for Entrepreneurs

2:30 pm: Interview: Josh Abramson, Why Businesses Need A Crowd

3:00 pm: Social Proof: Building Community and Gaining Trust

4:00 pm: Conference Ends

6:30 pm: DOORS OPEN for Challenge Event

7:00 - 9:00pm: CROWDFUNDx NYC Challenge Event

CROWDFUNDx NYC Challenge (7pm - 9pm)

Founded by business crowdfunding platform, Crowdfunder, CROWDFUNDx Challenge is a competition open to small businesses, social enterprises and startups in NYC with a grand prize of $25K available for the winning company, plus in-kind services by supporting sponsors and board members, investment opportunities from local angel investors and funds. It will provide a way for companies to gain visibility in their community, unlock access to capital, prize money and provide exposure to potential future investors.

Finalists will be announced on July 1st and will be given the opportunity to present to an illustrious panel of judges as part of a one-day conference taking place July 17. Startups, social enterprises and small businesses can enter the CROWDFUNDx Challenge until June 25th here.


1 Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the Category winners and will receive $25,000.

3 Category Winners will each receive:

automatic greenlight for an investment campaign with crowdfunder.

private investor meeting with each of our Capital Partners

vouchers from Skype providing you with 12 months of access to Skype Premium, which includes group video calling, group screen sharing and unlimited calls in the U.S. and Canada.

1 year-long subscriptions to Shutterstock’s photo imaging service worth $3k.

1 free class from General Assembly ($50 or less).

15 Finalists will each receive:

3-month subscriptions to Shutterstock’s photo imaging service worth $750.

2 free rides (up to $50 off each) from Uber.


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