Last Saturday, the second edition of Crowdfuture, one of the largest crowdfunding events in Europe, took place in Rome. Organized by the Italian Crowdfunding Network (ICN) and Nois3lab, the conference had a broad program and interesting national and international speakers.
The event kicked off with a plenary session in a crowded room where investors and lawyers wearing black ties were sitting together with young startuppers with colored t-shirts.
Is Regulation for Crowdfunding Needed?
While the most popular track was, without any doubt, the one on the Legal Aspects of Crowdfunding in Italy, the most international one was the EU Regulation track. In fact, the latter hosted both national and international panelists, such as members of the European Crowdfunding Network, of UK Crowdfunding, of the Italian Ministry of Economy and several other lawyers and crowdfunding experts from Europe. The debate in the session touched upon several aspects of the Italian regulation for equity crowdfunding and, more in general, on the regulatory efforts of the different European countries. The opinions were diverse with some convinced that every country should adopt a regulation for crowdfunding and others, instead, in favor of deregulation; some saying that CONSOB’s regulation is too restrictive and others stating the contrary.
The heated discussion brought to the shared conclusion that it is important for each European country to look at what its neighbor States are doing to ease the development of the crowdfunding market and that the EU shall play a crucial role in facilitating this process.
During her studies, she co-founded an online community for sportspeople and worked in marketing positions at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising and at the European Business Angel Network, in Brussels. She is a passionate blogger about crowdfunding and the startup ecosystem.