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Crowdfunding Texas Forum

1/8/2013 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Crowdfund investing is America's next-generation investment platform - building bridges between investors and a larger population of investors. Come join with other leaders in the crowdfunding movement in Texas and participate in a documentary about crowdfunding.

Crowdfund Investing – Funding 3.0

is America’s Next-Generation Social Investment Platform — Building Bridges between Entrepreneurs and a Larger Population of Investors

ABOUT

Welcome to the Revolution of America’s Private Equity Industry

“The growth of Crowdfunding (made possible by the JOBS Act passed in April of 2012) will bring a spring of new capital to small businesses, the engine of the American economy. If every American family gave just one percent of their investable assets to Crowdfunding,” said Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures Managing Partner, “approximately $300 billion – or ten times the current amount invested in the sector –will come barreling into the venture capital marketplace.” (Source: What Crowdfunding means for the VC business, GIGAOM.com, May, 8, 2012) With small businesses having such limited access to capital, but creating 50% of the jobs in the U.S., imagine what moving the needle just a small amount will do for the U.S. economy.

THE IMPACT OF CROWDFUNDING ON VENTURE CAPITAL

For the Venture Community crowdfund investing will mean high quality vetted deal flow, a market for “crowd-vetting” and additional access to capital for portfolio companies. Crowdfund Texas will bring the leaders of the financial and entrepreneurial community together for in-depth solo and panel discussions on how the venture and private equity community can benefit from this new financial vehicle.

As part of the financial infrastructure of Texas and the U.S. as a whole, we are inviting you to join us to learn how to help America deploy this new finance tool for entrepreneurs, startups and existing businesses? As veterans in the financial industry you know the challenges facing small businesses and are also vested in their success. We encourage you to join us in launching this dramatic revolution—funding 3.0 the merge of social, financial and entrepreneurial, by building bridges between new and existing capital, markets and entrepreneurs who are desperately seeking startup capital to fund what America does best: invent new technologies and start new businesses to put Americans back to work.

CROWDFUND TEXAS– A NATURAL FIT FOR A PREIMINENT CROWDFUNDING CONFERENCE

Texas has an eco-system that is conducive to growth, with no personal state income tax, business-friendly laws, and a highly educated workforce, crowdfunding will flourish and prosper in Texas. When looking back at the story of crowdfunding, five years from now we believe Texas will be at the root of the story. Austin is thriving and has a dynamic business ecosystem that has provided consistent growth for some of the world's most successful companies. The region is home to 4,000 technology companies developing and delivering thousands of cutting edge technologies throughout the world. And there are thousands of more opportunities for investors to help create new successful companies both inside and outside of Austin.

Resources to foster and grow area entrepreneurs remain key, and business investors have incredible support in Austin. From the Austin Technology Incubator, Austin Ventures, The Greater Austin Tech Partnership, Capital Factory, TexChange, Startup Texas, TechRanch, and IC2 to name just a handful, there is no lack of support for a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Austin that are ensuring the success of businesses in Texas. This ecosystem of support is the cornerstone of crowdfunding.

In addition to this support, what sets the city apart from others and makes it so conducive to business success is the collaborative spirit that is unlike any other successful American city. This rare atmosphere is just one of the many reasons that the area is a hotbed of talented startups, positioned to thrive with the help of crowdfunding.

JUMPSTART OUR BUSINESS STARTUPS (THE 2012 JOBS ACT)

The Texas Crowdfunding Conference will provide a detailed history of what led to the creation and development of a critical piece of new legislation called the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012. As the name implies, the bipartisan political movement will provide entrepreneurs, start-ups, and existing businesses with a monumental new funding mechanism that will make it a great deal easier to access a larger pool of potential financial investors by loosening the regulations for private investment via online Crowdfunding portals.

SEC CROWDFUNDING GUIDELINES

The main focus of the Texas Crowdfunding Conference will be to layout the final rules and regulations that will govern the JOB Act’s final legal investment guidelines, which are currently being drafted by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and scheduled to be formally unveiled in January 2013. We will discuss among other issues, anticipated legal structures and capitalization tables.

PARADIGM SHIFT FOR VENTURE CAPITAL

Crowdfunding represents a fundamental shift towards a new trend that is being branded as a “social investment platform” because it utilizes a blend of social media, digital marketing and publicity tools that make it easy for entrepreneurs market their simple business plans via online portals and allow almost anyone to become an Angel Investor and gain access to equity financial positions prior to an a company’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) without being an “accredited” investor.

NEW JOBS ACT RULES AND REGULATIONS

Current regulations and requirements previously had capped the number of Angel Investors in the United States to approximately 60,000 investors out of a population of 313 million people. Soon the simplification and streamlined Crowdfunding rules of the JOBS Act are expected to increase that number to around 60 million new angel investors in the U.S. alone. If Americans shift just one-percent of the $30 trillion they hold in long-term investments to small business investments, it would amount to more than ten times the venture capital invested in all of 2011. This represents a true paradigm shift in the method and ease of providing venture capital to startups that will radically expand the financial capital markets for a wide diversity of industries ranging from high technology to the performing arts.

While returns are important we know investors deploy capital for a number of reasons. In a recent survey from the Crowdfunding Professional Association it was revealed that 41 percent of responders had a desire to help companies get capital where they couldn’t before, 44 percent wanted to be part of something bigger than themselves, and 35 percent wanted to make a difference in the life of an entrepreneur. Crowdfunding achieves these goals while democratizing access to capital to underserved communities for people who otherwise would not have known where to turn for investment.

EMBRACING THE NEXT GENERATION OF SOCIAL INVESTORS

The Texas Crowdfunding Conference will be held at the Omni Hotel in Austin, Texas on January 8, 2013 at 8:30 am. The event will be hosted by a Texas entrepreneur and angel investor turned Crowdfunding documentarian, Chris Camillo, who has partnered with The Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) and Startup Texas (Start-up America Partnership) to introduce white papers, research reports, financial forecasts, legal counsel, panel discussions, tutorials and training programs that will serve as a roadmap for anyone that wants to get involved in building a dynamic new financial investment industry that just may save the United States of America from going bankrupt.

The conference is geared towards the leaders in the community to build a solid network for small business owners. We welcome entrepreneurs, investors, incubators, accelerators, vendors, consultants, financial advisors, legal counselors and academic leaders that want to advance their understanding of crowdfund investing by attending this full-day of educational sessions that will be hosted by the world’s leading Crowdfunding subject matter experts.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn how to leverage Crowdfunding social investment platforms and network with Crowdfunding pioneers and industry leaders as well as meet the legislative representatives who are engineering the next generation of financial investment opportunities for entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing businesses that need investment capital to grow their businesses and create new jobs for America.

As the event’s organizer, Crowd of Angels will be filming speakers and conducting attendee interviews with leaders in the start-up and investment community for their documentary that will follow the implementation of the JOBS Act through the eyes of the men and women who led the fight to legalize crowdfunding in the U.S.

As many of the attendee tickets will be reserved by-invitation-only, open tickets available for purchase will be extremely limited. Select sponsor opportunities exist for approved crowd funding industry vendors - for more information please email sponsors@crowdfundtx.com.

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