Second Annual Academic Symposium on CrowdFunding Sept.11, 12, 2014

CrowdFundBeat News Wire,  The University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering, in to held the second international academic conference on crowdfunding  is scheduled to take place on September 11th and 12th, 2014.  We invite submissions for our second annual academic symposium on crowdfunding (CF), sponsored by the Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, UC Berkeley College of Engineering, on September 11th and 12th, 2014.  Like the first conference, this second gathering will bring together academics, practitioners, and policy makers. We welcome submissions from a wide array of scholars, including those in the social sciences, policy, law, economics as well as traditional business, entrepreneurship and innovation scholars.

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This symposium will take a global look at the developing phenomena of social finance for SMEs and Innovation  – whether strictly “crowdfunding” or more broadly the application of social finance mechanisms including Peer-to-Peer lending, Peer-to-Business lending, and all other forms of crowdfunding and crowdfund investing.  Since our 2013 conference, the number of platforms has more than doubled, and despite significant delays in enacting rules to allow equity crowdfunding in the United States, many nations have adopted laws and rules to allow crowdfunding.


There has also been significant interest from NGOs, Foundations, Philanthropic groups, universities, and other groups in the application of crowdfunding mechanisms to solve both complex global challenges as well as fund hyper-local programs.




The conference will begin with lunch on Thursday, September 11th and includes dinner that evening.  It concludes in the afternoon of September 12th.  Consistent with our model from last year, we are inviting distinguished scholars to present their views during moderated panels, as well as top thought leaders internationally. This format allows for the exchange of best practices, questions and research insights from leaders in the international community.

The following list of questions may serve as a guide for submissions, but we welcome research papers that fit broadly within the discussion of crowdfunding and how it is evolving. Send proposals to Hazel Palaski – by July 15th, 2014.

• Funding Mechanisms and Patterns
• Consumer Behavior, Online Consumer Finance
• Public Policy Issues from Online Consumer Finance and Syndicated Lending and Investing
• Legal Issues Surrounding General Solicitation and Investor Protection
• Crowdfunding for International Development
• Crowdfunding by Corporations, the Rise of Crowdfunded Innovation
• Mutilnational Crowdfunding – Policy, Legal Issues, and Impact on Capital Flows
• Geography of Crowdfunding, Clustering, Industry Concentration
• Disintermediation or Alternative Intermediation: The Role of Lending Portals
• Culture, Religion and Crowdfunding
• Crowdfunding and Angel, VC investing
• Motivations of Investors, Differences in Crowdfunding Investing
• Crowdfunding by NGOs and Non-Profits



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