Crowdfunding Institute of Australia Announces Keynote Speakers, TEDx-Style Agenda for Annual Conference

Crowdfunding has quickly become one of the most innovative ways to do business. Startups swear by it, and even well-established brands have given it a try. If you want to raise funds, invest funds or build a business within the crowdfunding industry itself, Sydney, Australia is the place to be on Dec. 2.

The Crowdfunding Institute of Australia (CFIA) will host its annual conference at the University of Technology Sydney, with the theme “Shepherding Popularity Into Reality.”

The high-energy conference will be modeled after TEDx, with mostly 20-minute, short sessions by dynamic speakers such as: Christopher Mulcahy, founder and CEO of Enablr, an online fundraising platform for charities; and Alan Crabbe, co-founder and director of Pozible, who introduced crowdfunding to Australia and Asia Pacific. Robert Inglis, co-founder of the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL), will conclude the conference with his session titled “Where To From Here.”

Conference-goers can expect to learn more about new developments in Donation, Rewards, Equity, Debt and Property Crowdfunding, said Andrew Ward, Independent Director at CFIA. Confirmed attendees include those in ASIC, ATO, Treasury and most of the platform CEOs in Australia.

“It’s ironic that the crowdfunding industry only gets together as a crowd at this event each year. However, that’s what makes it so important to attend,” said CFIA Chairman Matthew Pinter.

The conference will address the diversity of crowdfunding developments with a four-part conference agenda:

Session 1: Global and Local Conditions

• Dean McEvoy, Tech Sydney

• Dr. Danielle Logue, UTS

• Tom Nockolds, Community Power Agency

• Jack Quigley, CrowdFundUp

Session 2: Campaigners

• Dr. Dion Klein, iPledg

• Chris Mulcahy, Enablr

• Panel: Matthew Pinter (CFIA), Lester Miller (IPSolved), Aaron LePoidevin (PwC) and Gary Shapiro (Rimon)

Session 3: Platforms

• Anna Harper, Society One

• Alan Crabbe, Pozible

• Stuart Thornton, WorldPay

• Sean Gordon, Kids Give

Session 4: Investors

• Will Leitch, ASSOB

• Sunil Aranha, ThinCats

• Chris Gilbert, Equitise

• Rob Inglis, VC Veteran

For more information, contact Andrew Ward, Independent Director at CFIA, at or 0417446658.


CFIA Annual Conference

Friday, 2 December, 2016

8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. AEDT

University of Technology Sydney

Tickets: $105-$168

About CFIA

The CFIA is Australia’s peak body for the Donations, Rewards, Property, Debt and Equity Crowdfunding industry. CFIA includes more than 5,000 members comprised of crowdfunding issuers, intermediaries and investors.

As the first industry association for crowdfunding professionals in Australia, the CFIA has been instrumental in lobbying the government for crowdfunding reforms, increasing public awareness and creating a more cohesive industry structure.

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Company Name: Crowdfunding Institute of Australia
Contact Person: Andrew Ward
Phone: 0417446658
City: Sydney
State: New South Wales
Country: Australia