Meet others who challenge and advance your ideas
A Conversation Event
Tuesday, August 26, 7pm to 9pm, Brentwood
Crowdfunding Your Project: Promise, Progress and Peril
This month Innovation SoCal takes a look at crowdfunding and its potential to accelerate your projects and new ventures. We are familiar with Kickstarter and other platforms for funding creative and technical projects. Since 2009, Kickstarter alone has found over $1 trillion for over 67 thousand projects from over 2 million backers. The JOBS Act of 2012 brings similar promise for equity funding new ventures. This year, hundreds of equity crowdfunding platforms are expected to raise a total of over $700 million for early-stage companies. But until the final regulations are approved, some recommend caution due to the restrictions and reporting burden they may place on funded ventures.
Please join us for an evening of quiet but intense conversation about these new ways of advancing your projects and new ventues.
FEATURED GUEST. Rania Nasis, MD, MBA is Managing Director at Poliwogg, a financial services firm with an online crowdfunding platform for funding early-stage healthcare companies. She is also a founder and current Chair of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE), a non-profit global biomedical and healthcare innovation network. Previously she was General Manager at California Stem Cell, Inc., a stem cell therapeutics company now part of Neostem, Inc. Dr. Nasis holds an MD from New Jersey Medical School, an MBA from UCI and BS from Drexel University.
WHERE. The Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and the 405 Freeway.
PRICING CHANGE. To secure dedicated meeting space we now charge $10.00 per person for online registration by 08/22, $15.00 for online registration by 08/25 and $20 for online registration by noon on 08/26 or by check at the door. Two-hours free valet parking with a bar validation.
BRING A GUEST. Enrich the conversation. Your interested associates are welcome.
WARM-UP DINNER. As you may know, several of us meet at 5pm for a casual, no-host dinner at a nearby restaurant. This provides an opportunity for deeper conversation and can ease the traffic burden. All are welcome, but space is limited. If you plan to join us for dinner, please make an online reservation. The first twelve who register are assured a seat. Additional seating is on a first come/first serve basis.
EVENT SPONSOR. Cooley, LLP ,an international law firm, opened its Santa Monica office in 2012 to serve the converging technology, media and venture capital companies in greater Los Angeles.
Innovation SoCal is a group of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and investors interested in accelerating the economic and social value of new science and technology. At our events, learn about new science and technology and how it can be brought to market. We share discoveries, challenge ideas and find others who can work with us on new projects and opportunities. Founded by alumni of MIT, Stanford, Harvard and UCLA, we are affiliated with the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Network.
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