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We are thrilled to invite you to join us for the third annual gathering of leading investors, entrepreneurs, crowdfunders and lenders to explore the wide range of funding options available for new businesses and creative projects. Be ready for a very dynamic day, meet word-class experts and learn the most up to date information on equity crowdfunding, EB-5 capital, bitcoin, angel investing, venture capital and much more.

When: Friday, November 21, 2014
8AM - 6PM
Where: Century Plaza Hotel
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, California  90067
United States
Presenter: Victoria Silchenko, Ph.D.
Contact: Victoria Silchenko, Ph.D.

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Agenda 2014

08:30 – 09:00am: Check-In/Morning Networking

09:00 – 09:15am: Opening Remarks presented by the event’s Hosts:

Sandro Monetti – internationally acclaimed journalist, author, BBC broadcaster, BAFTA director and TV host

Victoria Silchenko, Ph.D. - Founder & CEO of Metropole Capital Group, creator and producer of the Alternative Founding Forum

09:15 – 09:30am: Speaker TBC

9:30 – 10:15am: Best Kept Secret in the Art of Funding: EB-5 financing as the most efficient tool to reach out to overseas angel investors

Moderator: Gunjan Bagla – Entrepreneur, fundraiser and author of Doing Business in 21st Century India


10:15 – 11:15am: The Loan Arrangers: first-hand guide to financing your business idea with lines of credit

Moderator: Brian Deagon, Investor’s Business Daily


  • Stephen Hughes – Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank
  • David Josephson – Managing Director at Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Jeff Carmody – Managing Partner, Agility Capital
  • Eric Speer – VP at Wellington Financial, a leading finance firm in providing operating lines of credit

11:15 – 11:30am: Networking Break

11:30 – 11:45 am: Confessions of a Venture Capitalist: why you should look for alternative ways to fund your businesses

Presenter: William Quigley – co-founder of Clearstone Venture Partners and an active investor in the Bitcoin and alternative currency eco-system

11:45 – 12:45pm: The Bitcoin panel. The rise and rise of an alternative digital currency, how to use Bitcoin to fund your startup and what’s next

ModeratorMichael Terpin – Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor; recently co-founded BitAngels, the first angel network for virtual currency startups


  • Mark Jeffrey – an award-winning serial entrepreneur, the founder of Bitcoin America & author of “Bitcoin explained simply”
  • Reeve Collins – Co-Founder & CEO at Realcoin
  • Secil Baysal – Investor & Entrepreneur, COO at FastPay, the leading next generation lender & payments company
  • Joel Dietz – Serial entrepreneur, Founder at Swarm, a ground-breaking on-line incubator to fund business ideas

12:45 – 1:45pm: Networking Break

1:45 – 2:45pm: Go Fund Yourself: entrepreneurs and crowdfunders reveal their secrets for raising capital

Moderator: Gyan Parida – Social entrepreneur and an investor, a founder of The Silicon Alley Entrepreneurs Club (SAEC)


  • Steve Newman – Investor and serial entrepreneur; founder of and
  • Chris Herbert – Entrepreneur, raised over $1.2M on Indiegogo
  • Alex Capecelatro – Serial Entrepreneur, founder At The Pool
  • Denis Koci – Serial entrepreneur & inventor
  • Josef Holm – Founder & CEO at TubeStart, a crowdfunding platform to monetize a YouTube content

2:45 – 3:45 pm: How to raise equity online: what the legitimate platforms are, the new SEC rules on advertising your investment offers, latest JOBS Act developments and what to expect in 2015

Moderator: Kati Suominen, Ph.D. – Founder and CEO, TradeUp Capital Fund, a leading crowd-investment platform


3:45 – 4:00pm: Networking Break

4:00 – 4:45 pm: Hooray for Hollywood: Film, TV & creative projects financing & crowdfunding – spotting investors in China, US and your own neighborhood

ModeratorSandro Monetti – internationally acclaimed journalist, author, BBC broadcaster, BAFTA director and TV host


  • Larry Namer – Co-Founder of E! Entertainment, Founder & CEO at Metan Development Group (China – US)
  • Huston Huddleston – The founder of Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum, raised over $150K on Kickstarter
  • Donald Haber – Executive Director & COO at British Academy of Film & Television Arts/Los Angeles
  • Michael Berk – BAYWATCH Producer
  • Brett Leonard – PRODUCER/DIRECTOR

4:45 – 5:30pm: Keep Calm and Carry On Funding – Business grants or venture capital funding – what would work best for your business

Moderator: TBC


5:30 – 5:45pm: Closing remarks


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