The OpEn Era: Is Capitalism Rebooting?




Change is in the air. The open, digital revolution is happening - just not as we'd imagined it.

This is for you - it's for us all. It's time to take the initiative, take the lead. Start something.

People and organisations across the UK are using Crowdfunding to hit 'reset' and start afresh, independent of all the gatekeepers, banks and state support.

At the first Deep Impact conference we made the case that it was time for Crowdfunding to go mainstream. It has.

At Deep Impact 2 on 1st November you'll hear from those at the forefront of this revolution. Some of the world's leading thinkers and pioneers of this new, open, finance will explain how you, your City, Town, Region, University or organisation can tap into this whole new way to fund startups, business expansion & social ventures.

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It's time to grasp this huge, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take Crowdfunding to your crowd. To hit RESET at business, community, town and city, regional and national levels. To get stuff funded and get things done. These pioneers will show you HOW with penetrating insights, case studies and how-tos.

We'll also reveal how this gives you more options and greater access to traditional angel and VC finance - not less. How it's set to, paradoxically enough, transform traditional finance by solving it's biggest, most frustrating, problem.

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What people said about the last conference...

"Congratulations on hosting such a fantastic, thought provoking, event. It was a great line up of speakers and I am sure that you and the team were delighted with the outcome."

Adam Ross, Private Wealth Director at Jonathanfry PLC

"Well done - it was such a great event, with some stellar speakers, and a really great audience."

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Warren Cass, Founder, Business Scene

"Well done on a fine event again."

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"Fabulous day at #DeepImpact. It's fair to say the UK's first national #crowdfunding conference was a huge success. Well done all!"

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"Excellent workshop on #crowdfunding courtesy of @TheTSF team. Found a few more bio-businesses on new equity and reward platforms raising capital"

Patrick McCarthy, Director, CGPL Consulting

"I congratulate you on a really interesting and information packed conference yesterday. The speakers were a good choice especially the way they tackled the issues and the way forward should/will be Crowd Funding/Peer to Peer Lending."

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Speakers and Panelists

 

February's Deep Impact conference exceeded all expectation, opening the debate and lifting Crowdfunding into the UK mainstream. This time it's about expansion - the many changes coming and those already taking place. We'll give you the insights and information, the contacts and access to the know-how to excel in this fast opening new territory that's expanding into so many new areas and opening so many opportunities.

Keynotes and Panelists Include

  • Bill Morrow
    CEO at Angels Den
  • Maggie Pagano
    The Independent, Columnist and erstwhile Business Editor and Special Correspondent for TheCrowdfundingCentre
  • Oliver Rothschild
    Corporate strategist active in a variety of business arenas
  • Kate Drane
    Hardware Category Lead at Indiegogo
  • Julian Barrell
    Director of Fundraising at The Prince's Trust.
  • Barry Sheerman MP
    Chairman of the Westminster Crowdfunding Forum
  • Richard Swart, PhD
    Research Director in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Social Finance, UC Berkeley and Partner at Crowdfund Capital Advisors
  • Emanuela Vartolomei
    Founder of All Street and experienced financial services professional
  • David Drake
    Managing Partner at The Soho Loft and Chairman, LDJ Capital
  • Guy Fraser-Sampson
    Senior Fellow, Cass Business School and author of ‘The Mess We’re in - and Why Politicians Can’t Fix It’
  • Phil Geraghty
    Managing Director at Crowdfunder.co.uk
  • Jonathan May
    Founder of Sponsorcraft
  • Goncalo de Vasconcelos
    CEO and co-founder of SyndicateRoom
  • Julia Groves
    Chair of UKCFA and advocate of regulation
  • Simon Krystman
    Founder of CrowdPatch
  • Lorraine Allman
    Author and founder of Enterprising Child, working with parents and educators to develop entrepreneurial potential in young people.
  • Thomas Power
    Social Media / Digital Age Pioneer and Thought Leader, Founder of Ecademy
  • Professor Alan Barrell
    Entrepreneur in Residence for Entrepreneurial Learning at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  • Toyubur Rahman
    Project Manager at Association of Town & City Management
  • Oliver Reichardt
    Director of Fellowship at The RSA
  • Barry Hedley
    Chairman at Dialectyx and Associate in Advanced Strategy at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  • Julie Meyer
    Entrepreneur, Businessperson, Investor & Business Commentator
  • Hushpreet Dhaliwal
    Chief Executive at NACUE
  • Simon Dixon
    Co-founder and CEO of BankToTheFuture. Steering group member, The Westminster Crowdfunding Forum.
  • Nick Sireau
    Chairman of the AKU Society
  • Barry James
    Britain's leading commentator on all things Crowdfunding and Founder of the conference. Steering group member, The Westminster Crowdfunding Forum.
  • Amanda J Boyle
    Founder and CEO, Bloom VC. Steering group member, The Westminster Crowdfunding Forum.
  • Stephen Hazell-Smith
    Small company activist and co-architect of AIM and PLUS markets. Steering group member, The Westminster Crowdfunding Forum.
  • Karen Darby
    Founder of CrowdMission
  • Daniel Rajkumar
    Founder & Managing Director at rebuildingsociety.com
  • Bryan Zhang
    PhD Researcher in Crowdfunding at Cambridge

PROGRAMME TICKETS

Rebooting: The Programme


Crowdfunding is a paradigm shift but how will itreboot our nation and our economy? The key players in each arena debate what's the impact now - and what comes next?

Rebooting Startups, Entrepreneurs and Investing

Crowdfunding can turn traditional funding models upside, transforming them, and open the doors to self-reliance and innovation - reshaping both entrepreneurialism and investing. The key players debate what's happening and what's next?

Rebooting: Universities, Education & Jobs

Crowdfunding has a huge contribution to make in the re-making of not just entrepreneur education but well beyond that changing the nature of both education itself and jobs, encouraging self reliance and a whole new 'jobs' market. The key players debate what's happening now and what comes next.

Rebooting: Towns, Cities & Communities across the UK

Crowdfunding not only empowers and offers hope to communities but also holds the key to a real renaissance for community and entrepreneurship - both social and commercial - in our regions, towns and cities. The key players debate what's happening now and what comes next.

Rebooting: Regulation - Getting to the Right Legal Framework

Regulation is the hot topic right now - will it kill or cure? We'll have the very latest from the key players at the battlefronts and reveal what's really happening behind the scenes in the City and with 'stealth' regulation. We'll compare and debate the latest with key advocates from the UK and USA and ask what comes next - will it be open, inclusive and supportive or closed and controlling?



  • Registration 8.45 - 9.15am
  • Introduction: Barry James, Conference Curator & Chair

    Rebooting Capitalism - It's time to press the reset


    Those who understand enough to become leaders of this new, open, digital economy will not only benefit themselves, their own businesses and organisations but will help regenerate our whole economy at community, city, regional and national level. Crowdfunding has proven it's power to empower. It's time to take it to your crowd.
  • Keynote
  • Capitalism Rebooting? World Bank Report

    Richard Swart PhD
    Research Director in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Social Finance, UC Berkeley and Partner at Crowdfund Capital Advisors
  • Rebooting Startups, Entrepreneurs and Investing
  • Crowdfunding turns traditional funding models upside down opening the doors to self-reliance and innovate and reshaping both entrepreneurialism and investing.

    Topics will include:
    • Crowdfunding turns VC funding on it head - yet is it's ideal compliment
    • How you get Crowdfunded.
    • Crowdfunding as a gateway to traditional funding from Angels and VCs
    • Why Real Crowdfunding is simply a better model for most startups than equity or loan Crowdfunding - or anything that's gone before.
    • Rebooting Angel's Den - and Angel investing?
    • How Crowdfunding re-shapes the entrepreneurial journey from one laden with rejection into a more positive model.
      Starting a business without a gatekeeper or a business plan...
    • People Centred Finance - The New DNA
      Why Financial Innovation is, by it's nature, centred on people not corporates (and Goliath must now dance with David)

    Speakers:
    • Could crowdfunding power an explosion of Entrepreneur Country?

      Julie Meyer - Entrepreneur, Businessperson, Investor & Business Commentator
    • Rebooting: AngelsDen and Angel Investing in the UK and beyond

      Bill Morrow - Founder and CEO Angel's Den
    • Open, Inclusive & Supportive - The DNA of the New Digital Economy

      Thomas Power - Social Media / Digital Age Pioneer and Thought Leader, Founder of Ecademy
    • Of this and other Revolutions

      Professor Alan Barrell - ex VC, Author and Entrepreneur-in-residence at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

    Panelists Include:
    • Kate Drane - Hardware Category Lead at Indiegogo
    • Goncalo de Vasconcelos - CEO and co-founder of SyndicateRoom
    • Oliver Rothschild - Corporate strategist active in a variety of business arenas

  • REFRESHMENT BREAK - APPROX 11.15 AM
  • Rebooting: Universities, Education & Jobs
  • Universities and business schools - as well as their entrepreneur societies and organisations - across the UK are waking up to the huge potential of Crowdfunding to empower entrepreneurs as well as re-engage with their alumni community. Within the year most Universities will have their own Crowdfunding platform - or will be affiliated to one. But is this just the beginning?

    Topics will include:
    • Reshaping the entrepreneur's journey.
    • Open access to funding
    • The opportunity to innovate
    • Rolling your own role - a new birthright?
    • Crowdfunding Acumen - How more than 1,001 UK entrepreneurs will benefit from revolutionary immersive technology expanding their acumen rather than just knowledge, transforming entrepreneur education
    • Crowdfunding - What next? Crowdfunding is hybridising and the technology is already being commoditised How can this new model and technology be used to transform and empower existing organisations?

    Speaker:
    • Rebooting: Education - Educating entrepreneurs?

      Maggie Pagano - The Independent, Columnist and erstwhile Business Editor
    • Transforming & empowering existing organisations

      Jonathan May - Founder of Sponsorcraft. Passionate about the potential for Crowdfunding to transform education and it's funding
    • Expanding Your Crowdfunding Acumen - Revolutionary immersive and scalable

      Barry Hedley - Chairman at Dialectyx and Associate in Advanced Strategy at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
    • Entreprenurialism Reshaped - A whole new journey

      Amanda J Boyle - Founder and CEO at Bloom VC. Steering group member, The Westminster Crowdfunding Forum.

    Panelists include:
    • Hushpreet Dhaliwal - Chief Executive at NACUE
    • Julian Barrell - Director of Fundraising at The Prince's Trust
    • Simon Dixon - Co-founder and CEO at BankToTheFuture. Steering group member, The Westminster Crowdfunding Forum.
    • Lorraine Allman - Author and founder of Enterprising Child, working with parents and educators to develop entrepreneurial potential in young people.
  • #UKCrowdfundingDay SPECIAL ITEMS


    • A Global Crowdfund - Hope: A whole new model for conservation
    • The Wensleydale Award - A surprise award
    • Royal College of Art - Best Pitch: Redesigning The Future
    • RSA Pitch - Lisa Oulton - Hope: For High Streets

  • LUNCH BREAK - APPROX 1PM
  • Keynote
  • Rebooting: A Nation of Inventors & Entrepreneurs


    Barry Sheerman MP
  • Rebooting: Towns, Cities & Communities across the UK
  • Crowdfunding not only empowers and offers hope to communities but also holds the key to a real renaissance for entrepreneurship - both social and commercial - in our regions, towns and cities. The experts debate the story so far, how it can be done and the huge potential for real change

    Topics will include:
    • Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing are transforming campaigning & journalism - what next?
    • Social Good v Commercial Value
      Can a company do good? or Never the twain? Is Crowdfunding blurring the lines - should it be encouraged or put a stop to?
    • Mapping The New Finance
      Crowdfunding is the spearhead of a widening circle of new funding options for startups and expanding businesses

    Speakers:
    • The potential for Crowdfunding to reshape our Towns & Cities, their centres and communities

      Toyubur Rahman - Project Manager at ATCM (Association of Town & City Management)
    • The power of local - Crowdunding is as local as it is global

      Simon Krystman - Founder, CrowdPatch
    • Crowdfunding our future communities - How crowdfunding is bringing business, charity and communities together, for the better.

      Phil Geraghty - Managing Director Crowdfunder.co.uk

    Panelists include:
    • Oliver Reichardt - Director of Fellowship at The RSA
    • Emanuela Vartolomei - Founder of AllStreet
    • Daniel Rajkumar - Founder & Managing Director at rebuildingsociety.com
    • Karen Darby - Founder of CrowdMission
  • Crowdfunding Case Study
  • A Breakthrough Funding Model for 'rare' diseases?
    With Nick Sireau - Chairman of the AKU Society
  • Rebooting: Regulation - Getting to the Right Legal Framework
  • Topics will include:
    • What is the right legal framework for each kind of Crowdfunding (equity, rewards etc)
    • The true costs of regulation.
    • The role of openness.
    • The FCA
    • How and Why the UK has world leadership in Crowdfunding - and how we could lose it!
    • Regulation: Kill or Cure - What's the malady?
      We ask the experts to explain what the malady is and how the FCA propose to 'treat' it - without crippling or killing the patient

    Speakers:
    • The right legal framework and our fascination with regulation

      Stephen Hazell-Smith - Small company activist and co-achitech of AIM and PLUS markets. Steering group member, The Westminster Crowdfunding Forum.
    • Insights from the Word Bank Report and the USA

      Richard Swart - Research Director in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Social Finance, UC Berkeley
    • The true costs of regulation

      Guy Fraser-Sampson - Senior Fellow, Cass Business School and author of ‘The Mess We’re in - and Why Politicians Can’t Fix It’

    Panelists include:
    • Amanda J Boyle - Founder and CEO at Bloom VC. Steering group member, The Westminster Crowdfunding Forum.
    • David Drake - Managing Partner at The Soho Loft
    • Julia Groves - Chair of UKCFA and advocate of regulation
  • Conclusions & Next Steps: Barry E James

    Crowdonomics: Rebooting Your Crowd. Rebooting the nation.

  • Close and Networking 4pm - 5pm


TICKETS

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Friday 1st NovEmber 2013

At the Royal Geographic Centre, Kensington Gore, London

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Networking and Close: 4 - 5pm

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THE GREAT DEBATE

ADDITIONAL PM ONLY PLACES (FREE ENTRY)

 

On Thursday 24th October the FCA published their consultation paper...
... which makes it 100% clear that they still intend to restrict equity Crowdfunding to: sophisticated investors with a wide portfolio taking formal advice from someone registered by them.

This would, of course, make equity crowdfunding, as we know it, practically impossible. It would remove, by law, without cause or evidence, the fast growing opportunities for citizen investors to back UK businesses to the extent they decide is appropriate. The World Bank's report also out this week says that, allowed to flourish, this could almost triple the amount of venture funding available in the coming years.

WE OPENING UP THE DEBATE - ADDITIONAL PM PLACES NOW AVAILABLE - PLEASE TELL YOUR CROWD!
With additional places available (from 2pm, after lunch - Registration from 1.30pm)


APPG Co-Chair Barry Sheerman, MP will open the debate from 2pm when we first look at the potential Crowdfunding has to transform our regions, towns and cities across the UK unleashing a renaissance of entrepreneurialism.

Followed by THE GREAT DEBATE where all the key protagonists engage in an open debate about Crowdfunding and the future of non-bank finance!

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Capitalism Rebooting - It's time to reach for the reset button!


It must have happened to you? Something on your computer crashed and now it's running so slow it's impossible to get anything done. It's time for a reboot.

Capitalism Rebooting: This time it's PERSONAL
Crowdfunding is capitalism - but not as we've known it. It's personal. Already thousands of people are being equipped to roll their own role - create a job for themselves and others by hitting the Crowdfunding switch. Resetting to what noted thinker and VC Julie Meyer calls individual capitalism. Capitalism on it's head - without all the 'barriers to entry' and the 'gatekeepers'.

Capitalism Rebooting: This time it's DIGITAL
This time it's digital, democratic and hyperconnected. We've all known that the digital revolution holds the key to a new age. That hyperconnectivity can create a new, very different digital, economy. It's here, it's started. These massive paradigm shifts rarely happen in the ways expected or predicted by governments - or anyone else. What seemed a minority interest on closer examination reveals that this really is the new democratic, digital economy in action. Will the UK again throw away world it's world leadership position?

Capitalism Rebooting: This time it's OPEN
The World Wide Web has proved beyond any doubt the economic and social power of openness and 'the network effect'. Crowdfunding builds on the hyperconnected, social, world it has now created to bring that openness to individual capitalists. It's no longer just about the 'goliath' factory owners and gatekeepers running massive VC funds. It's open and everyone can participate - start something, support something or spread the word.

It's time to reboot: nationally, regionally, locally. To regenerate our towns & cities. Communities and people, led by entrepreneurs motivated to deliver what people actually need and want - not just a fatter bottom line, regardless of the consequences.

Come and find out how!

Capitalism Rebooting - It's time to reach for YOUR reset button!

It's up to you to: Start something, support something, spread the word.


Introduction Tickets

Entrepreneurs and Business Owners


Change is in the air. With disruptive change come new challenges, new opportunities. Since the first Deep Impact conference Crowdfunding has, as we predicted, become mainstream. Opening up opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses everywhere.

New, better routes to funding. New, better kinds of funding Crowdfunding has changed the very nature of entrepreneurialism, removed the ‘gatekeepers’ their fixed forms and agenda and opened up immediate access to people, markets and funding.

For entrepreneurs and artists, social entrepreneurs and all ‘the makers’ Crowdfunding, and the innovations following in it’s wake, mean that any energetic, truly committed entrepreneur can now get the funding they need to get started and to grow their business – without the hurdles and distortions of the gatekeepers, their rake-offs and agendas.

On 1st Nov. at The Royal Geographical Society we will be mapping this new landscape led by the pioneers from Crowdfunding and the investment community, as well as the key entrepreneurs who are making some of the biggest waves. Including…

Professor Alan Barrell, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge has helped thousands of entrepreneurs in the UK and across the world find the funding to get started and to grow a business. An ex VC and Angel investor he will explain why Crowdfunding changes everything. Not just giving entrepreneurs access to finance, without the gatekeepers, but how the Open Era transforms the entrepreneur’s journey

Bill Morrow, Founder and CEO of Angel's Den, will be explaining how Crowdfunding is not replacing but is transforming as well as supporting traditional Angel and VC investing, why they've launched their own Crowdfunding platform and how he sees this transformation affecting opportunities for entrepreneurs as well as investors. The day will provide a golden opportunity to understand how to access new funding to grow a business or start a new one, as well as hear from and meet leading investors face to face.


Briefing Tickets

Investors, Angels and VCs


Change is in the air. With disruptive change comes both new challenges and new opportunities. Since the first Deep Impact conference Crowdfunding has, as we predicted, become part of the mainstream.

The challenges have grown, and crystallised. So have the opportunities.

Crowdfunding is changing the very nature of entrepreneurialism from the ground up. New opportunities for investors and investment strategies are abundant.

On 1st Nov. at The Royal Geographical Society we will be mapping this new landscape led by the pioneers from Crowdfunding and the investment community, as well as the key entrepreneurs who are making some of the biggest waves. Including…

Bill Morrow, Founder and CEO of Angel's Den, will be explaining how Crowdfunding is not replacing but is transforming as well as supporting traditional Angel and VC investing, why they've launched their own Crowdfunding platform and how he sees this transformation affecting the entire industry

Angel and erstwhile VC Professor Alan Barrell, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge will be explaining why the Open Era is so different, why Crowdfunding ‘starts in a completely different place’ and why this is a good thing – for investors as well as everyone else. He’ll help us explore the implications for the future of Venture Capital, early stage investing, and entrepreneurship. The day will provide a golden opportunity to understand this new wave - including the impact of openness, Open Data and


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Academia, Coaches, Mentors and Professional Advisors


Change is in the air. With disruptive change comes both new challenges and new opportunities. Since the first Deep Impact conference Crowdfunding has, as we predicted, become part of the mainstream. The challenges have grown, and crystallised. So have the opportunities.

Crowdfunding is changing the very nature of entrepreneurialism - from the ground up. For entrepreneurs and artists, social entrepreneurs and ‘the makers’ Crowdfunding and the financial innovations following in it’s wake mean that any competent entrepreneur can now get the funding they need to get started and to grow. Without hurdles and distortions of the gatekeepers, their ‘rents’ and agendas.

On 1st Nov. at The Royal Geographical Society we will be mapping this new landscape led by the pioneers from Crowdfunding and the investment community, as well as the key entrepreneurs who are making some of the biggest waves. Including…

Professor Alan Barrell, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge will explain why the Open Era is so different, why Crowdfunding ‘starts in a completely different place’ and why this is a good thing – for entrepreneurs and investors. He’ll explore the implications for the future of Venture Capital, early stage investing & entrepreneurship.

Bill Morrow, Founder and CEO of Angel's Den, will be explaining how Crowdfunding is not replacing but is transforming as well as supporting traditional Angel and VC investing, why they've launched their own Crowdfunding platform and how he sees this transformation affecting the entire industry The day will provide a golden opportunity to understand this new wave - including the impact of openness, Open Data and Big Data as well as open funding - and how it will affect investing in the coming months and years.


Briefing Tickets