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June 28, 2016

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

1:00 PM - 6:30 PM FinTech Forum: Crowdfunding & Data Standards

About the Program

Join the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity, the CFA Institute and XBRL.US for this half-day form on crowdfunding and data standards.  Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a company or initiative by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, through Internet-based funding portals. Crowdfunding programs can take the form of rewards, donations, or financing through debt or equity.  The program aims to help regulators, small businesses and financial intermediaries plan for the sector’s emerging importance to the financial markets.

Speakers will discuss the basics of Crowdfunding, examine existing and anticipated programs and portals and identify the role data standards can play in facilitating transparency and accountability in these exchanges.  They will also address Regulation Crowdfunding, a 2015 ruling by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), based on Title III of the JOBS Act, which provides a framework for the regulation of registered funding portals and broker-dealers that serve as intermediaries in the offer and sale of securities.

Preliminary Agenda

Opening Remarks – 1:00 PM

Campbell Pryde, President and CEO, XBRL US

Crowdfunding 101 - 1:15 PM

How does it work? What are the different types of crowdfunding? What is the landscape for business’ providing crowdfunding portals and services today?

Luan Cox, Founder and CEO, Crowdnetic

Implications of Regulation Crowdfunding - 2:00 PM

Learn the specifics on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule that permits crowdfunding for certain types of securities offerings. Learn from FINRA about their role managing funding portals and from the country’s top crowdfunding attorney about the implications for business’ looking for investments, crowdfunding portals and how this will change the market for offerings. Hear a discussion about the current rule, crowdfunding rules in other global markets and what’s ahead.

Kendall Almerico, CEO, Bankroll Ventures LLC

Sandra Clarke, Associate Director of FINRA’s Membership Application Program Group

Vladimir I. Ivanov, Ph.D. , Senior Financial Economist, Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Blockchain Technology and Crowdfunding - 3:00 PM

Crowdfunding offers funding opportunities for small businesses looking for amounts from as high as $50 million to as low as $100,000. At these levels, the fees associated with obtaining funds can eclipse the value that the funds actually bring. Blockchain is digital distributed ledger technology that has been proposed to support crowdfunding efforts significantly more economically than traditional crowdfunding. This session will cover how blockchain technology works and how it might provide a cost-effective mechanism.

Jeff Billingham, VP, Markit

Paul Conn, President, Computershare Global Capital Markets

Break - 3:45 PM

Data Standards to Support Funding Portals - 4:00 PM

New SEC rules require financial disclosures from companies seeking funding through crowdfunding portals. The portals themselves must evaluate companies seeking funding to guard against fraud and ensure investor protection. This session will address how data standards are needed to improve efficiency and provide an effective, low-cost mechanism for financial reporting.

Campbell Pryde, President and CEO, XBRL US

Debt and Equity Crowdfunding in Action - 4:45 PM

Find out how crowdfunding initiatives driven by the new SEC regulation translate into actual funding and investing opportunities.

Scott Purcell, CEO & Founder, FundAmerica

Cocktail Reception - 5:30 PM

Co-sponsored by

XBRL USXBRL US is the non-profit consortium for XBRL business reporting standards in the U.S. and it represents the business information supply chain. Its mission is to support the implementation of XBRL business reporting standards through the development of taxonomies for use by U.S. public and private sectors, with a goal of interoperability between sectors, and by promoting XBRL adoption through marketplace collaboration. XBRL US has developed taxonomies for U.S. GAAP, credit rating and mutual fund reporting under contract with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and has developed a taxonomy for corporate actions. Learn more at

CFA InstituteCFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has more than 138,000 members in 148 countries and territories, including 131,199 CFA charterholders, and 146 member societies. For more information, visit


Complimentary pre-registration is required to attend this program. Register online, by phone or e-mail:

  1. Complete the online registration form
  2. Call us at 646-312-3231
  3. E-mail us at

6:15 PM - 8:45 PM GMAT & GRE Courses at Baruch College!

GMAT & GRE Test Prep courses begin on Wednesday, July 6 at Baruch College.

There are still spots available in our Summer classes! Go to our GMAT/GRE web site to check out the details of the schedule and to register:

Make sure to take advantage of our $100 discount by registering for both Math and Verbal sections at the same time!

Register in the Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS) office in the Vertical Campus Building in room 116, by calling 646-312-5000, or visit our webpage for more information:

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