Canada at Crowdfunding Tipping Point - VanFUNDING 2016 happens Oct. 18th

2nd Annual Fintech & Crowdfunding Conference helps ventures raise capital

VANCOUVER, Sept. 20, 2016 /CNW/ - In one month, the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA) will host the 2nd annual VanFUNDING 2016, expanded this year to an interactive full day format and being held at The Imperial in downtown Vancouver.

#VanFUNDING 2016 is all about igniting online and alternative venture funding markets in Canada providing opportunities for startups and scaleups seeking to accelerate access to private capital markets, investors, and partners to expand their networks.  The agenda covers hot topics in global crowdfunding, fresh fintech research, and venture investing via an immersive format of storytelling, expert panels, pitches and networking. 

Apply to Pitch your Startup or Growth Venture Today – Deadline Sept. 25th!  Showcase your business to investors, enablers and the crowd to fundraise, network and scale. 

Globally, crowdfunding markets more than doubled in 2015 to $34B.  Building off this explosive growth and last year's sold-out event, VanFUNDING 2016 will feature success stories, key players, best practices, new developments and international thought leaders like Sherwood (Woody) Neiss of Crowdfund Capital Advisors and many other alternative finance experts

VanFUNDING 2016 will feature a prominent UK financier and keynote speaker, Bundeep Rangar, CEO of Finequia, an international platform for financing debt securities who noted, "The convergence of technology with shareholder-based finance in the form of equity and debt crowdfunding will propel the economic dominance of the early adopters. Will others, such as Canada, follow quickly or risk being left out of this undeniable fintech-led transformation of private and public markets?"

As a co-founder of the Crowdfund Investing movement, Woody commented, "Canada may be at a tipping point for securities-based crowdfunding.  I'm excited to be part of this conference where I will be sharing key global data analysis and trends in crowdfunding. Let's make sure Canada isn't left out of the jobs and innovation engine of the future!"  

Still, this tipping point requires the education, connections and advocacy that VanFUNDING 2016 offers participants.  As NCFA Canada Executive Director Craig Asano points out, "While the Canadian crowdfunding industry grew to over $130 million in 2015, nationally, it's crucial for the entire financial ecosystem to support and collaborate with emerging alternative finance markets.  Otherwise, we run the risk of falling further behind other nations who are successfully developing a new funding framework that has proven itself internationally."

Early bird registration tickets are open now (limited quantity)

Other vital fintech topics will cover rewards, debt and equity crowdfunding; blockchain; new financial technology innovations; impact investing; market provisioning and infrastructure; legal and financial considerations and crowdfunding's impact on angel investment and venture capital funds. 

Get involved in VanFUNDING 2016! 

  • Are you the next Fintech rock star?  Qualified fintech crowdfunding industry leaders, or successful crowdfunders, apply to speak here; or
  • Build your brand's profile, gain access and help shape the industry (view Partnership Opportunities); or
  • Help make the event day outstanding, apply to volunteer here; or
  • Media passes available here for accredited media representatives.

For an evolving list of 50+ conference participants, speakers and event schedule visit the VanFUNDING 2016 conference website

About the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada
The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country.  NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 1300+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, and community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada. For more information please visit:

SOURCE National Crowdfunding Association of Canada

Image with caption: "VanFUNDING 2016 IS BACK FOR ITS 2ND YEAR! Accelerate access to capital and emerging fintech markets: VanFUNDING 2016 is a not to be missed full day fintech crowdfunding conference that will provide unparalleled industry access, education, networking and funding opportunities to over 300 attendees in Canada'’s rapidly growing alternative finance industry. (CNW Group/National Crowdfunding Association of Canada)". Image available at:

For further information: Media Contact: Craig Asano, Executive Director,, 416 618 0254, @NCFACanada

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