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Global Alternative Funding Forum

JL Law

This year's 2016 Global Alternative Funding Forum will be held on November 11th at The Skirball Center in Los Angeles. http://metropoleglobalforum.com/

THE FUTURE IS NOW – ACCESS TO CAPITAL, REDEFINED
Exclusive thought-leadership annual gathering with a think-tank theme: made by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. ONE DAY ONLY EVENT.

Key Topics 2016:


• Artificial Intelligence in finance and investing
• Top investing platforms for accredited investors
• New regulatory landscape: rules enforced under the JOBS ACT
• Equity crowdfunding for non-accredited investors: Reg A+ & Title III
• Royalty based financing and royalty crowdfunding
• Peer-to-peer lending platforms for growth capital
• Alternative venture exchanges and secondary markets for small businesses
• Alternative currencies as a new funding source
• Next generation VC funds, micro-funds and angel investors’ syndicates
• EB-5 financing programs to attract foreign investors
• Bridge financing for small businesses
• Business grants, SBA loans and government funding programs
• New financing alternatives for TV, Media & Entertainment projects

 For sponsorship opportunities you can contactinfo@metropolecapital.com

Conference Agenda: 

Plenary Sessions and Discussions*

November 11th, Friday, 2016, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

8:00 – 8:45 Am

Registration/Morning Networking

Opening

8:45 – 9:00 Am

Opening Remarks presented by Host and MC

Capital Formation for Entrepreneurial Ventures and Small Businesses – Charting the Way Forward

9:00 – 10:10 Am

Opening Plenary: Shaking up the Wall Street – Redefining Securities Distribution through Crowdfinance

KEY QUESTIONS

·         Accessing private equity and debt via online platforms: rules, issues & future trends

·         Satisfying the investor’s demand for growth, yield and transparency

·         Call for alternative venture exchanges and liquidity

·         How crowdfinance is re-engaging the retail investor

·         Unleashing the $14 trillion retirement industry as the next generation funding source

10:15 – 11:10 Am

Plenary Session: Alternative Funding Tools, Access to Liquidity and Venture Exchanges

KEY QUESTIONS

·         Venture financing redefined: community capital, equipment financing and asset backed

·         New IPO models for small businesses and early stage companies: rules, costs and platforms

·         Liquidity resolved: venture exchanges, liquidity for employees, regulations, tools and who is in the game

11:10 – 11:20 Am

Networking Break

11:20 – 12:30 Pm

Plenary Session: Modern Financing Tools Under the JOBS Act: Building Brand Loyalty via Stock-Ownership

KEY QUESTIONS

·         Post-JOBS Act regulatory fundraising landscape for private equity: Reg A+, Title III vs traditional options under 506c and 506b

·         Pros and cons: estimated costs, marketing, advertising and regulatory compliance

·         Current leaders and incumbents to work with

·         How to achieve liquidity for crowdfunded ventures

·         Foreseeable trends, issues and an impact

12:30 – 1:30 Pm

Networking Lunch Break

1:30 – 1:50 Pm

Special Educational Presentation: Royalties as the alternative way for both investing in/ financing of entrepreneurial ventures and projects

KEY QUESTIONS

·         Fundamentals of royalty finance

·         Equity retention versus cash flows

·         Revenue share investing

·         Tax implications

·         Exchange traded royalties

·         Complimentary tools and websites

1:50 – 2:50 Pm

Sessions in a TED-Style Talk: Federal, Corporate and Non-traditional Financing Programs in support of SMB

SESSION A: ABOUT GOLDMAN SACHS 10,000 SMALL BUSINESSES INITIATIVE: $500 MILLION INVESTMENT PROGRAM

 SESSION B:  RAISING CAPITAL VIA CROWDFUNDING; SBA & LURING MARK CUBAN TO INVEST ON “SHARK-TANK”

SESSION C: OBTAINING FOREIGN CAPITAL THROUGH INVESTMENT VISAS

SESSION D:  FEDERAL GRANTS, LOANS AND OTHER FINANCING TOOLS

SESSION E: TODAY’S VENTURE MARKET – AN ANGELLIST DATASET

2:50 – 3:20 Pm

Q & A Session: Beyond the Hype: Artificial Intelligence and the Rise of Robotics in Financial Services

KEY QUESTIONS

·         Fundamentals and trends to watch for in 2017

·         Robo-advisers: friends or foes for entrepreneurial ventures and innovation?

·         Automation is here: risk management and interaction tools for fundraising

3:20 – 3:30 Pm

Networking Break

3:30 – 4:15 Pm

Plenary Session: The Changing Face of Angel Investors

KEY QUESTIONS

·         Modern types: head angels, sweat-equity angels, corporate angels, micromanagement angels and inexperienced angels/crowdfunders

·         Finding the angel: angel groups, syndicates and top equity crowdfunding platforms

·         How does diversification apply to angel investing?

·         Angel Investors motivations, investment criteria and the future outlook

·         Angels for impact and social entrepreneurship

4:15 – 5:00 Pm

Plenary Session: Venture Capitalists on the Future of Venture Capital

KEY QUESTIONS

·         The changing venture capital landscape: old school VCs vs new incumbents

·         The emergence of Micro -VCs, Corporate VCs, “Non-VCs” and on-line VC funds

·         What VCs are really looking for – and what they avoid

·         Future trends and predictions

5:00 – 5:45 Pm

Plenary: How Blockchain is transforming venture financing industry and entrepreneurial projects

KEY QUESTIONS

·         Blockchain adoption across industries

·         The emerging ecosystem of alternate assets

·         Why governments & Central Banks are now funding Blockchain research

·         How to invest in Blockchain technology

·         Bitcoin: friend or foe?

5:45 – 6:00 Pm

CLOSING REMARKS