Join the 1st ECN training "Demystifying Alternative Finance: From Crowdfunding to Cryptocurrencies"


May 22-23, 2018


LOCATION: Brussels, Belgium (Exact location to be confirmed).

Within the last years, early-stage funding has witnessed a small revolution that has the potential to fully change the financial world as we have come to know it.


It started some years back, when the first crowdfunding platforms were launched, when innovators, inventors, socially-oriented organizations, NGOs, startups, individuals, realized that their dreams and ideas, could not only be tested but could find proper funding to jump-start and kick-off. This led to the launch of more than 500 crowdfunding platforms in Europe only which work on different basis and methodologies (Equity-based, peer-to-peer lending, reward-based) and in many different domains (from purely financial, start-up purposed to civic and not-for-profit oriented, just to name a few).


Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies represent another more recent revolution that has the potential to disrupt the financial world, making it easier to mint money and secure online transactions by enabling unprecedented trust protocols... However fascinating (and complicated) this revolution has the potential to completely change the way transactions are made and the accessibility of funding.


What until today has been labelled Alternative Finance has now a chance of becoming a mainstream funding opportunity, capable of unleashing innovation, products, services and projects as never seen before.


Understanding all this is nowadays imperative.


Hence, the European Crowdfunding Network invites you to participate in its 2-day training workshop aimed at demystifying alternative finance and to update you and your organization on the latest trends of the industry. Through a mix of practice and theory, you will learn about the revolutions that have struck the financial world in the recent years and about the implications these will have in the future.


This training calls for a wide and diverse audience as it interests anyone who is thinking of using alternative finance to fund a project, such as professionals and executives from public and private institutions, entrepreneurs, employees responsible for innovation and business development, product managers, consultants and trainers in the field of innovation and alternative finance.



  • Why should/could I  crowdfund my project?
    • The "must-haves" of a project for crowdfunding viability
    • The advantages and the associated risks of crowdfunding
  • Navigating the platforms
    • The different types of crowdfunding platforms
    • A panorama within the European crowdfunding platforms
  • Crowd-testing your project
    • The value of crowdfunding isn't just in the money
  • How to set-up and run a crowdfunding campaign
    • From ideation to realization to follow-up
  • What happens next?
    • Funding the next steps (if any)
14:30 - 17:30 CROWDFUNDING - PRACTICE Whether you are an SME, a startup, an NGO, a representative of a local government or an individual, crowdfunding can help you launch your project. Within the afternoon you will receive hands-on support from our coaches in developing your project and getting it ready for launch.  


  • Demystifying the blockchain
    • What is a blockchain and why is it so disruptive?
    • How does a blockchain work and what good can it do to my organization?
  • Demystifying cryptocurrencies
    • What is Bitcoin and how does it work?
    • How can cryptocurrencies help my organization?
    • How to launch an Initial Coin Offering (ICO)?
14:30 - 17:30 CRYPTOCURRENCIES - PRACTICE Is your project suitable for an ICO? Can the establishment of a new cryptocurrency be the alternative way in which you can find funding for your project? Maybe! Stick around with our coaches to learn whether you should/could pursue this option!



The training offers 3 different packages: 1st-day pass (€395), 2nd-day pass (€395) and full training pass (€632). Choose what works best for you!

ECN Members benefit from a 40% discount. Ask for the coupon code

Everyone who registers for the training will receive a free access to the ECN's webinar "Demystifying Alternative Finance: From Crowdfunding to Cryptocurrencies" which was held on 13th of April.


The European Crowdfunding Network AISBL (ECN), founded in 2011 as an interest group and formally established in 2013, is a professional network promoting adequate transparency, (self) regulation and governance while offering a combined voice in policy discussion and public opinion building.

ECN executes initiatives aimed at innovating, representing, promoting and protecting the European crowdfunding industry as a key aspect of innovation within alternative finance and financial technology.

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