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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
EARLY BIRD: CFx Conference and Evening Challenge Event
All-day conference with speaker sessions and workshops. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. Ticket also includes admission to the evening Challenge Event. EARLY BIRD TICKETS END JULY 1st.
Ended $99.00 $0.00
STANDARD ADMISSION: CFx Conference and Evening Challenge Event
All-day conference with speaker sessions and workshops. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. Ticket also includes admission to the evening Challenge Event.
Ended $149.00 $0.00
CFx Challenge Event (7 to 9 PM)
Featuring evening presentations by startups, social enterprises, and small businesses competing for a $25,000 prize, plus an Open Bar. Attendance is on a first come basis.
Ended $25.00 $0.00

Event Details



Presented by American Express OPEN Forum and supported by Nokia@Work, CROWDFUNDx is a one-day conference and challenge event focused on crowdfunding for businesses, geared towards entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals interested in learning how their work and business will be affected by crowdfunding.

Produced by Crowdcentric, the company behind Social Media Week, and in partnership with Crowdfunder, the mission is to provide a stage for thought leaders in crowdfunding, entrepreneurship and early-stage investment to build more awareness around the benefits that crowdfunding will offer businesses and entrepreneurs in the future.

Participants will hear from a wide range of speakers on the differences between rewards, donation, and equity-based crowdfunding models, as well as entrepreneur and investor perspectives from some of the leading practitioners in this space. The day will also feature a group workshop component and networking lunch. Plus the first 50 people to purchase their tickets will also receive a free copy of Sherwood Ness’ new book Crowdfund Investing For Dummies at the event.

CROWDFUNDx NYC will also conclude with a separate evening challenge event, starting at 7 PM and featuring the finalists of the challenge for small businesses, startups, and social enterprises, all of whom will be competing to win a $25,000 cash prize.


Speakers Include:


Sherwood Neiss
Crowdfund Capital Advisors

David S. Rose
Rose Tech Ventures

Jalak Jobanputra
FuturePerfect Ventures

Matt Brimer
General Assembly

Amy Cortese

Tim Morgan
Mint Digital / Projecteo

Sharon Chang

Amy Vernon
Internet Media Labs

Charlie O'Donnell
Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Jessica O. Matthews
UnCharted Play

Jonathan Sandlund
The Crowd Cafe

Kelly Keenan Trumpour
See Jane Invest

Chance Barnett

Jessica Jackley
KIVA, Collaborative Fund

Miki Agrawal

Alexandro Cremades
Rock The Post

J. Skyler Fernandes
Centripetal Capital Partners

Josh Abramson
BustedTees / TeePublic

Ron Williams

John Foley

Antony Mayfield
Brilliant Noise

Gerard Grech
Nokia Growth Partners

Eric Markowitz
Inc. Magazine

Jack Hidary
NYC Mayoral Candidate

Conference Agenda:


8:30am: DOORS OPEN // Breakfast+Coffee Served
9:00am: The Crowdfunding Tidalwave: How Equity-Based Platforms Can Open Up Business - Fireside Chat with Sherwood Neiss, Crowdfund Capital Advisors, and Chance Barnett, Crowdfunder
9:50am: Why New Investment Models Are Needed for Small Businesses - SPEAKER: Alejandro Cremades
10:00am: Entrepreneurs and Business in the Age of Digital Empowerment - SPEAKERS: Miki Agrawal, Matt Brimer, Tim Morgan, Mike Norman, Sharon Chang
11:00am: Keynote: David S. Rose, Investment and the Social Web
11:15am: Bridging the Investment Gap: Understanding the Risks and Goals of Equity - SPEAKERS: Jalak Jobanputra, J. Sky Fernandes, Jessica Jackley, Amy Cortese, Eric Markowitz.
12:00pm: Lunch: OPEN Forum Live, powered by AMEX
1:00pm: Keynote: Jessica O. Matthews, from Idea to Enterprise
1:15 pm: Art of the Pitch and Running a Business: How to Present Your Ideas and Deliver - SPEAKERS: Steve Rosenbaum, Kelly Keenan Trumpbour, Jessica O. Matthews, Chance Barnett
2:00 pm:

Design Your Day: Productivity & Time Management Workshop for Entrepreneurs - SPEAKERS: Antony Mayfield, Gerard Grech

2:30 pm: Why Businesses Need A Crowd - SPEAKERS: Josh Abramson, John Foley, Toby Daniels
3:00 pm: Social Proof: Building Community and Gaining Trust - SPEAKERS: Scott Roen, Charlie O'Donnell, Amy Vernon, Ron Williams, Jonathan Sandlund
4:00 pm: Closing Keynote: Jack Hidary, NYC Mayoral Candidate
4:00 pm: Conference Ends (Happy Hour at The Jade Hotel from 4:30 to 6:30 PM)
6:30 pm: DOORS OPEN for Challenge Event
7:00 pm: CROWDFUNDx NYC Challenge Event
9:00 pm: Challenge Event Ends

CROWDFUNDx NYC Challenge (7pm - 9pm)



Founded by business crowdfunding platform, Crowdfunder, CROWDFUNDx Challenge is a competition open to small businesses, social enterprises and startups in NYC with a grand prize of $25K available for the winning company, plus in-kind services by supporting sponsors and board members, investment opportunities from local angel investors and funds. It will provide a way for companies to gain visibility in their community, unlock access to capital, prize money and provide exposure to potential future investors.

Finalists will be announced on July 1st and will be given the opportunity to present to an illustrious panel of judges as part of a one-day conference taking place July 17. Startups, social enterprises and small businesses can enter the CROWDFUNDx Challenge until June 25th here.

NOTE: Attendance to the Challenge event is on a first come basis, due to limited capacity.



1 Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the Category winners and will receive $25,000.

3 Category Winners will each receive:

  • automatic greenlight for an investment campaign with crowdfunder.
  • private investor meeting with each of our Capital Partners
  • vouchers from Skype providing you with 12 months of access to Skype Premium, which includes group video calling, group screen sharing and unlimited calls in the U.S. and Canada.
  • 1 year-long subscriptions to Shutterstock’s photo imaging service worth $3k.
  • 1 free class from General Assembly ($50 or less).

15 Finalists will each receive:

  • 3-month subscriptions to Shutterstock’s photo imaging service worth $750.
  • 2 free rides (up to $50 off each) from Uber.



Startups.............................. Small Business........................... Social Enterprise....................
 Dash  The Sill  Charity Miles
 SolarList  Made in the Lower East Side  THINX 
 RentHackr  NOOKA Inc.  Borne Digital
 Swishu  LoveThyBeast  Addicaid
 Waspit    WeDidIt


Challenge Judges


Rick Webb
Writer, Entrepreneur and Investor / Tumblr, Secret Clubhouse

Deanna Zandt
Co-Founder & Partner / Lux Digital

Andew Rasiej
Founder / Personal Democracy Media

Jalak Jobanputra
Managing Partner / FuturePerfect Ventures

Amy Cortese
Journalist & Author / Locavesting

Craig Hepburn
Global Director, Digital & Social Media / Nokia

Sharon Chang
Founder / Yoxi

Graham Hill
Founder / Life Edited

Matt Cohen
Partner / City Light Capital

Sonny Caberwal
CEO / Sher Singh

Steve Schlafman
Partner / Lerer Ventures

Jerri Chou
Founder / The Feast Social Innovation Conference

Judith Clegg
Investor, CEO / Takeout

Jessica Lawrence
Executive Director / NY Tech Meetup

Ben Branham
EVP, Chief of Staff / NYC Econ Dev Corp

Mike Albanese
President / Observer Media Group

Scott Roen
American Express

Shana Dressler
Social Innovators Collective

Sponsors & Partners


Supporting Sponsor .................................................Media Partner


Prize Partners



Community Partners

Liquor Partner

Event Partner

The New School, a leading progressive university in New York City was founded in 1919 as a center of intellectual and artistic freedom. Today The New School is still in the vanguard of innovation and experimentation in higher education, with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management and public policy, the arts, and media, and in hundreds of continuing education courses. Committed to public engagement, The New School welcomes thousands of New Yorkers yearly to its celebrated public programs and maintains a global presence through its online learning programs, research institutes, and international partnerships. Learn more at


Have questions about CROWDFUNDx NYC? Contact Bloomberg and Barbarian Group

When & Where

The New School - Theresa Lang Center
55 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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