Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding (August 22, 2014)

One of the newest ways for entrepreneurs to raise money – equity crowdfunding – will be explained by a panel of experts in Orlando, 8 - 10:30 a.m., Sept. 2, at Werner Auditorium, 601 E. Rollins St.

Crowdfunding is investment in a company or project by a large number of people at small values. It has been growing in popularity for years, but platforms like Kickstarter were limited to contributions in exchange for a product or commitment from the company. New federal regulations are expected soon to allow crowdfunding in exchange for equity, or ownership shares, in an company.

GrowFL, and economic development organization, is sponsoring the new event to educate entrepreneurs. Attendees can register online at $15 per person including breakfast.

The panelists are:

-- Seth Joseph, moderator, attorney in the Miami office of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt.

--Rick Wassel, executive director and general manager for Florida Hospital’s Health Village in Orlando.

--Elton Rivas, co-founder of Jacksonville-based One Spark crowdfunding festival.

--Heather Schwarz-Lopes, chief strategy officer and co-founder of Miami-based EarlyShares.

--Robert Tatum, senior partner at Fort Lauderdale-based Financial Partners Network.