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Crowdfunding: Impact on Higher Education & Main Street

CrowdfundingCampuses + Phabriq Development + The Soho Loft

Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EST)

Crowdfunding: Impact on Higher Education & Main Street

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Educators, Administrators, & School Staff Ended Free $0.00
Students & Alumni   more info Ended Free $0.00
TWO EVENTS: Higher Ed. Symposium + SME Conference following Ended $20.00 $2.09

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Crowdfunding the American Dream

The American economy is failing higher education in many of the same ways it's failing Main Street.

This first-of-its-kind Crowdfunding practicum/symposium focuses on addressing the three main problems facing Higher Education.

1. Slow economic recovery continues to strain funding and resources

  • fewer available grants, shrinking alumni donations, online & international education competition, pressure on unions, few internships, and outdated curriculum

2. Student debt is outpacing earning potential 

  • developing innovative entrepreneurship curriculum helps students pay down their debt while still in school

3. Shrinking Job Placement rates limit career paths

  • by implementing successful work/study programs and by forging hands-on internship relationships with local businesses and mentors, relevant skills development will lead to fulfilling jobs after graduation

On December 15th, Crowdfunding Campuses & Phabriq Development will go deep with representatives from institutions of higher learning in order to share exclusive insight into the explosive Crowd (funding & sourcing) industry that is rapidly changing our business culture and placing new demands on educators, administrators and students alike. 

The Crowdfunding & Higher Education Symposium is a gathering where pioneering thought leaders and principals of the most active Crowd portals collaborate in practical exercises with progressive educators and administrators all aimed at helping scholastic communities unlock the remarkable opportunities taking place in crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, microfinance, and alternative capital raise markets.

Featured speakers at our event are noted pioneers in crowdfunding, finance and regulation: Brian Meece, CEO of, who has lectured on crowdsourced funding at SXSW, TEDxBrooklyn, Columbia University, Makers Faire, among other conferences, universities, and institutions; Paul Spinrad, whose proposal to the SEC, the first for a crowdfunding exemption to securities law, formed the base of what included in the JOBS Act. Paul is also a founding executive board member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association and industry journalist with over 10 years experience writing at MAKE and WIRED magazines.

Speakers & Panelists include:

• Paul Spinrad – industry journalist, pioneer of the Startup Exemption
• Maurice Lopes – CEO - EarlyShares
• Scott Popma & Elizabeth Shah – Crowdfunding IP specialists - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
• Larry Baker – Investment professional, entrepreneur, co-founder –
• Chance Barnett – Journalist, author, co-founder –
• Brian Meece – Entrepreneur, musician, founder –
• Kim Wales – Change Agent, writer, CEO - Epitome Global Services
• Daryl Bryant: CEO -
• Scott McIntyre – Venture Catalyst, Managing Director - Phabriq Development
• Kevin Provost – Entrepreneur, founder – Crowdfunding Campuses

Throughout the symposium our panelists will deep-dive into the financial and resource roadblocks preventing academic institutions from excelling on a global scale. Topics covered will include integration of emerging business strategies into curriculum, the rising cost of tuition, shrinking traditional funding sources, the burden of personal debt that college graduates endure, and the declining job-placement rates. During numerous “Break-In” sessions before the main address, educators will divide into numerous multi-school groups. Our presenters and speakers will then lead educators and administrators in discussion of the specific problem areas they each face in order to identify opportunities they see coming to improve the scholastic landscape. Speakers and panelists during the main event will then share the resulting consensus and how crowdsourcing human and financial resources can lead to long-term fiscal prosperity in the institutional ecosystem and positive changes in the job market. 

The symposium is focused on providing higher education representatives with innovative strategies and complimentary business models that can be used in real-time to fuel creativity, encourage and actively support entrepreneurship, and promote financial affluence at an accelerated pace through open-source collaboration and nontraditional funding methods.

The Crowdfunding & Higher Education Symposium was co-promoted by The Soho Loft, and we thank them for their contribution. Our event was funded to offer free admission for all scholastic representatives and students. Other attendees are asked to donate $20 for the day-long events.

We are pleased to offer sponsorship opportunities to organizations that have similar interests in higher-education, entrepreneurship, open-innovation, capital formation, high technology and finance. Sponsor brands and messages may appear in numerous locations and instances before, during and after the event in lead-up materials, event collateral and signage and in ongoing web media depending on the level of sponsorship sought. Interested sponsors please contact us ASAP at to discuss available packages.

If you are interested in speaking at the symposium, please write to us at and tell us what subjects you'd like to cover. We will do our best to weave you into the program.

Have questions about Crowdfunding: Impact on Higher Education & Main Street? Contact CrowdfundingCampuses + Phabriq Development + The Soho Loft

When & Where

Pennsylvania Convention Center - Downtown Philadelphia
1101 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EST)

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CrowdfundingCampuses + Phabriq Development + The Soho Loft

The inaugural Crowdfunding + Higher Education Symposium is presented by CrowdfundingCampuses and Phabriq Development.

Phabriq Development is a niche media and business development consultancy leading the Crowdfunding industry in gathering and implementing best practices to the benefit of creative portals, schools, accelerator programs and venture incubators. Our programs heighten client and partner competitiveness by employing state-of-the-art marketing and business development strategies introduced at industry showcase events where noted global leaders actively moderate real-time discussions interactively with participants.

Crowdfunding Campuses is a PA-based startup bringing Crowdfunding industry solutions to higher education through showcase events, and by instituting curriculum planning workshops, and establishing student entrepreneurship incubator/accelerator programs at leading institutions.

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