Building a Crowdfunding Strategy

  • Crowdfunding allows for the first time companies to aggregate investors in early stage companies on Internet portals. Created to increase the flow of capital, it creates an entirely new dynamic that enables average investors become venture capitalists and gamble on new companies. Experts believe crowdfunding may be another asset to help bridge the funding gap for EGCs. However, many questions remain which companies must answer before embarking on this strategy, including:

    • How will crowdfunding portals work? How will these portals be regulated?
    • Can crowdfunding be used after earlier rounds of financing, and as bridge financing? Can access to $1MM – $2MM/year short-term justify an inability for future raisings in that year?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages to significantly increasing number of investors for short-term capital? What are some logistical headaches executives must reconcile?
    • What does a crowdfunding round do to previous shareholder liquidity?
    • Will later-stage investors and larger investors embrace companies that have crowdfunded
    • Will companies have the luxury to be selective in choosing investors? What will this investor population look like? Will they participate in future rounds?
  • Conference Info:

     

    Date: June 26-27, 2013
    Location: The Metropolitan Club, New York City


    Audience: Institutional investors, high net worth individual investors, family offices, business development executives throughout the US and Europe building and financing high growth medical technology, health care and life science companies.

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