CrowdTuesday, a periodic gathering of members of the crowdfunding scene, had their inaugural gathering in Paris this past month. The group is not targeting the novice sector of the industry but is focused on bringing together industry experts to review and discuss the nascent form of capital allocation. While the initial meetings will be held in France, organizers intend on broadening the reach to other cities across Europe.
The first event was organized by Alex Raguet from Lumo – an energy crowdfunding platform. Raguet is a member of the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) the organizers of CrowdTuesday. The event, held at Espace Startup, involved members of WiSeed, MangoPay, FABERNOVEL, FPF, Bpifrance and more. Mr. Raguet was quoted on the event stating;
“CrowdTuesday, with its informal and friendly atmosphere, provides a perfect chance to form and strengthen a local crowdfunding ecosystem. The fact that the space for frontal presentations is very limited and that attendees have to stand up makes it a perfect occasion for networking.”
The intimate atmosphere wants to assist in consolidating the crowdfunding ecosystem at both the regional and European level.
Recently France has opened up their regulatory approach to investment crowdfunding known as “financement participatif”. France may have found an ally in the crowdfunding cause with Fleur Pellerin the minister in charge of small and medium businesses.
The next CrowdTuesday event is scheduled for May 20th where discussion topics include promoting transparency and self regulation.