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6 Months On: Equity Crowdfunding Rules and You

November 9, 2016 - November 10, 2016


The Capital Network and Venture Cafe are hosting a conversation on the SEC’s new Equity Crowdfunding Rules on November 10th from 5:30-6:30pm with experts on this new tool for startups.
6 months on from the May 16 Equity Crowdfunding New Guidelines - There is a new wave of opportunity for investing - now ANYONE from the accredited investor to your grandma can invest in the next big thing, but what does this really mean?

Investor? Entrepreneur? Average Joe/Jane? Join us for this FREE event to listen to the experts and add your voice as we discuss the benefits and potential downsides from the viewpoints of  startups and investors.


stephen catanzanoEquity Crowdfunding Platform Founder – Stephen Catanzano is the CEO, President and co-founder of Jumpstart Micro, one of the first Crowdfunding Portals enabling entrepreneurs and investors to take advantage of new regulations under Title III of the JOBS Act. Stephen has over 18 years of experience in early stage companies including specific experience in technology, regulatory and financial management.  This includes running a limited Broker Dealer, becoming one of the first Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLEC) offering DSL based on the Telecom Act of ‘96 and developing email archiving software and services to address regulatory and compliance requirements.

cecilia-lenk Investor in NetCapital - Cecilia Lenk is an Angel Investor with Launchpad Ventures, Boston’s largest Angel Group and a Creative Strategist for FableVision, a Boston-based studio that creates animations, games, websites, apps, videos, and more. Cecilia is also a Town Councilor for the town of Watertown.



Ben LittauerInvestor in Wefunder.com - Ben Littauer is a business and technology management consultant with expertise in Internet and communications technologies, as well as healthcare IT and is an active angel investor, member of Walnut Venture Associates & Boston Harbor Angels. Ben was Technology Strategist for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he defined the architecture for PatientSite, a system that allows patients to communicate securely with their healthcare team and view their own medical records. He also was a consultant to the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium on healthcare data security projects. Ben is also an investor in Equity Crowdfunding site Wefunder.com


Jess McLearInvestor – Jessica McLear is an Angel Investor with Launchpad Ventures, Boston’s largest Angel Group and an Industry Champion and mentor at MassChallenge. Jessica is also a mentor for LearnLaunch, an Ed Tech Accelerator in Boston and a COO for KnipBio, a clean bio-tech aquaculture startup. On the board of a few companies - she’s both an experienced entrepreneur and investor.



Jerry OConnor

Lawyer – Jerry O’Connor - The Founder of O’Connor Law Office which provides comprehensive transactional legal counsel to entrepreneurs and business ventures at all stages of their life cycles in many industries including: software and technology, life science, medical device, manufacturing, cleantech, including storage, solar and wind technology, waste-to-energy and fuel cell, professional services, franchising…
Areas of practice include: Start-Up and Early Stage, General Counsel and Exits and Transitions.


kevin-wiantModerated by Kevin Wiant, Executive Director of the Venture Cafe Foundation.

Attendees must also register at the Venture Cafe Kiosk on the 5th floor when arriving and follow the event guidelines.



November 9, 2016
November 10, 2016
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