The 8th ECN Crowdfunding Convention: Scaling up the Industry
24-25 October 2019
The 8th ECN Crowdfunding Convention will explore the future of crowdfunding within a harmonised European market, looking at technological advances, market consolidation and requirements for up- and down-scaling. We will seek open discourse elaborating strategies, best practices and failure. The Convention will take place on the 24-25 October 2019.
With the proposed regulation “European Crowdfunding Service Providers (ECSP) for business” covering both, lending-based crowdfunding and investment-based crowdfunding, in its final stages, we believe looking at the future is needed. In a market that soon will be regulated to ensure transparency, customer protection and platform operations across Europe, which is aimed to boost capital formation and investment opportunity across Europe, how can the industry act to ensure sustainable growth and outreach of its own operations? What challenges lie ahead in a maturing market, competition from new technologies and yet, an overall lack of scale?
In this perspective, this year’s ECN CrowdCon will also focus on how training and education can support the creation of a favourable crowdfunding ecosystem in different contexts, drawing from the recent experience developed by ECNs joint venture in the Italian market and providing insights on how to replicate activities and methodologies.
WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
1. Join the discussion on how to bring crowdfunding into the mainstream of EU policies
2. Get to grip of how to foster strong national crowdfunding ecosystems in Europe
3. Take advantage of 3+ networking hours across the two days and make your mark on 160 attendees
4. Meet pan-European industry peers, policymakers and stakeholders and contribute shaping the future of alternative finance
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
1. How market consolidation, from up- and down-scaling to M&A across Europe, will shape the sector in future
2. How new technologies will opening up collaboration beyond borders
3. The latest opinions and activities of EU policymakers on online access to finance under the Capital Market Union and the Fintech Action Plan
4. Insights and opportunities for future investing in crowdfunding, alternative finance and digital assets
Agenda 24 October 2019
ECN FinTech Research Network
Invitation only, 9.00-13.30, the ECN-FinTech Research Network is being established with a number of leading European Research Institutes and Universities. It follows the activities of the former ECN Scientific Work Group, which published the first comprehensive academic compendium on Crowdfunding with Springer Science.
DAY 1 | 8th ECN Crowdfunding Convention
TRACK 1 – Fostering strong national crowdfunding ecosystems in Europe
14.15 KEYNOTE Strengthening National Ecosystems
14:30 KEYNOTE Impact of the Italian Strategic Group (ISG)
14.45 PANEL 1 Reaching a European crowd: The relevance of a European standard reference framework for education on crowdfunding.
15.30 COFFEE BREAK
TRACK 2 – Mainstreaming crowdfunding into EU policies
16:00 INSIGHT 1 – Investing in the EU health industry
16.15 INSIGHT 2 – Crowdfunding platforms as financial intermediaries
16.30 PANEL 2 Going pan-European: how to bring together different stakeholders towards a common aim? Which benefits, opportunities and obstacles lie ahead?
17:30 NETWORKING DRINKS
Agenda 25 October 2019
DAY 2 | 8th ECN Crowdfunding Convention
TRACK 3 Market consolidation: From up- and down-scaling to M&A across
9.45 OPENING BY HOST
10.00 KEYNOTE ECSP view from Brussels
10:15 PANEL 3 Implementing the changes: how the European crowdfunding industry will be remodelled by ECSP
11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11.30 INSIGHT 1 Corporate venturing in CF platforms
11.45 INSIGHT 2 Institutional co-investment
12.00 INSIGHT 3 M&A, Venture Capital
12.15 INSIGHT 4 Loan Guarantee schemes, Operational Grants
12.30 PANEL 4 Opening up: how crowdfunding platforms will seek to scale. Pro and cons of raising equity, exploiting M&A and venture or corporate investments
13:15 LUNCH BREAK
TRACK 4 – Blockchain/DLT – Collaboration beyond borders
14.45 PANEL 5 Opening up: Is Blockchain/DLT equipped to exploit and support crowdfunding in order to increase European competitiveness?
15.30 INSIGHT 1 Practical impact of DLT in Finance
15.45 INSIGHT 2 Challenges to support innovation in compliance with regulation
16.00 COFFEE BREAK
16:45 PANEL 6 Regulatory and policy aspects of Blockchain/DLT for alternative finance.
17:30 NETWORKING DRINKS
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.