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Igniting Entrepreneurship & Capital Flow in BC: Equity Crowdfunding

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Vancouver, British Columbia

The crowdfunding industry is exploding with entrepreneurs, investors, portal operators, third party service providers and experts from around the world who are all jockeying for position to take advantage of a promising and brand new fundraising channel for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).  

On March 20, 2014, the BC Securities Commission (BCSC) published for a 90-day public comment period a new prospectus exemption – The Startup Exemption – modeled on regulations introduced in Saskatchewan Dec. 2013.  This Crowdfunding specific exemption would allow early stage companies such as start-ups and small-to-mid-size enterprises (SMEs) to raise up to $300,000 of capital annually through the issuance of securities online while maintaining an appropriate level of investor protection.  How does crowdfunding apply to other exemptions like OM or the proposed one for Existing Securities Holders?  We have assembled a premier panel of industry, legal, investment and regulatory experts to bring forth and highlight key views and insights.

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