Hard statistical evidence on why emerging ventures will have to rely on crowdfunding is given in a new Huffington Post article written by Victoria Silchenko, CEO and Founder of Metropole Capital Group. Meanwhile the topic of current and new financing strategies for start-ups and emerging small businesses will be kicked around at an upcoming global business forum presented by Metropole Capital Group, in association with lead sponsor Variety. The first annual Next Generation Entrepreneurship & Global Crowdfunding Forum is a full day event on November 16, 2012 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Santa Monica, California which convenes an unprecedented, exclusive mix of world-class entrepreneurs, active angel investors, VCs, accelerators, and crowdfunding experts and advocates. This dynamic and high-powered group will focus on finding realistic financing solutions that can advance emerging growth ventures capable of leading an economic comeback.
Among the distinguished speakers is Larry Namer, co-founder of E! Entertainment; Adam Chapnick, principal at IndieGoGo & CEO of Distribber.com; Eric M. Jackson, CEO of CapLinked; Chance Barnett, Co-Founder & CEO of Crowdfunder.com; David Carter, serial entrepreneur and angel investor, a co-founder of Amplify, a leading accelerator in Los Angeles; Carl Esposti, founder of Crowdsourcing.org, Howard J. Leonhardt, serial entrepreneur, inventor and the Startup California state spokesperson on the JOBS ACT and Crowdfunding; Monica Dodi, co–founder and Managing Director of The Women’s Venture Capital Fund, Ash Kumra, co-founder of DreamItAlive.com, Chairman of Tech Coast Venture Network; Igor Taber, Director at Intel Capital (Russian office) and many other prominent leaders in the entrepreneurial and investment ecosystems.
The Forum’s founder and producer, Metropole Capital Group, is a Los Angeles based corporate advisory for start-ups and emerging ventures with strategic links in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC). As Victoria Silchenko explains “For one full day we’ve created a setting that allows us to have an open dialogue and share insights of how we can engage our financial, innovative and human capital via financing tools so together we will be able to contribute to jobs creation and economic prosperity and capitalize on the growth in the most secure and socially responsible way. Making money and doing good should not be in two different equations.”
Principal Sponsors of the event include Metropole Capital Group, Variety, Daily Brand Group, Consulate General and Promotional Center of Argentine Republic, Ambrose, Marcum, Wells Fargo, Silicon Valley Bank, InvestedIn, Hong Kong Development Trade Centre (HKTDC), and Amplify. Supporting and strategic partners are Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA), Start-Up California, Crowdsourcing.org, CrowdFund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Innovation Economy Konnect, Dream It Alive, The California Stock Xchange, Consulate General of Canada, Slavic American Chamber, FrankfurtRhineMain Corp, Bank To The Future (endorsed by Richard Branson), Marchmont Innovation News, Global Entrepreneurship Week, Bridges to Italy, StartEngine, WellnessPro, and The Crowd Cafe.
The forum is hosted by Sandro Monetti – an internationally acclaimed journalist, author, performer and BBC contributor.