Along with partners Conjunctured, Austin’s first co-working space, and the Business and Community Lenders of Texas, the organizers present a panel event on how crowd-based funding and New Funding Models are changing the way we invest in and run companies in an exciting new ecosystem to support start-ups. Panelists and speakers include both experts on the local market and global experts on crowd funding.
The Mitte Carriage House is located at 1008C West Avenue at the corner of West Avenue and 11th Street in downtown Austin (78701), situated behind the Mitte Foundation Offices and accessible from 11th Street. Map and directions to Mitte.
There are six free parking spots provided by the Mitte Foundation within the gates of the facility. Additional metered parking can be found on the surrounding streets. Please note Greenlights has no control over the rates and availability of street parking. More information about street parking can be found on The Official Web site of the City of Austin.
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With the Internet democratizing access to information, a wave of democratization is at work in the private placements and securities market, allowing ‘ordinary people’ with access to new investment opportunities that have been out of reach.
Since 2008, it has been particularly difficult to raise money from VC funds. VCs have also shifted their focus to later stage investments. Raising capital by VC funds has also been increasingly difficult, shadowed by poor returns. At the same time capital efficiency has increased dramatically: creating companies is cheaper and easier than ever. Many governments and local stakeholders want to create better local startup ecosystems and create more efficient funding frameworks. Crowdfunding and open marketplaces are emerging. There are also more and more local business angel networks and local stakeholders, but the issue persists: how to get these diverse entities to work together?
Markus Lampinen, CEO of Crowd Valley, will introduce crowd-based funding as a global phenomenon, give background on the emergence of crowdfunding, some applications of crowdfunding (such as early-stage companies, oil and gas properties, real estate, real assets, etc.) and highlight some trends that are happening in the funding market. As a special guest, Jouko Ahvenainen, Chairman of the Grow VC Group and participant in the Transatlantic Economic Forums SME Finance council for the White House and European Commission, will also highlight valuable insights from the global industry.
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Internationally awarded entrepreneur, active in pioneering new securities models worldwide at the intersection of the Internet and the securities markets.
Markus serves as the CEO of Crowd Valley Inc, a US-based crowdfunding marketplace platform provider and a spinoff from the Grow VC Group. He is also a global investor and Senior Partner at the Grow VC Group. During his tenure as COO of Grow VC, he recruited over 120 individuals, built up a global team on six continents and expanded operations to over 150 countries. In his earlier businesses, he served in diverse roles, taking on the responsibilities of CFO and increasing sales growth of over 270% per year over several subsequent years. Markus holds an M.S. and a B.A. in Economics.
Markus has pioneered new funding models in the US and Europe, advised policy makers worldwide—including the SEC, the European Commission and Italian regulator CONSOB—for more effective markets, and worked with visionary organizations such as the World Bank and the Kauffman Foundation to improve frameworks for new funding models, including crowdfunding, cross-border investments and private placements. He serves as a frequent public speaker on related themes. He is married and constantly bringing presents from his travels to his two children.