Exploring the 2014 Global Crowdfunding Convention and Bootcamp

Speakers and Highlights of the 3rd Annual Crowdfunding Event

global crowdfunding convention westin lake las vegasWidely renowned as the premier crowdfunding event in the world, the Global Crowdfunding Convention and Bootcamp (GCCB) is happening right now at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Yes, we all wish we were there. Founded and produced by crowdfunding legend Ruth Hedges, the three day event offers a variety of speakers, workshops, networking events and a whole lot more. Unlike traditional and boring business conventions, the GCCB is designed to engage each attendee and focus more on fun and enlightenment than the dull and dreary. Event Producer Ruth Hedges agrees:

“Whether you’re new to the concept of crowdfunding or have been involved in the industry for years, you can benefit by attending this one of a kind Crowdfunding All-star convention. It’s not your typical boring business event and there will also be spectacular parties and lots of great entertainment that you won’t want to miss.”

Before we get into the details of this year’s event, I will provide a little history of the Global Crowdfunding Convention and Bootcamp. Founded in 2012 by the well-known JOBS Act pioneer Ruth Hedges, the GCCB is a must-attend for anyone in the crowdfunding industry. The annual event is packed with entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, government officials, brokers, lawyers, creative artists and other experts from over 15 countries. The collaborative energy that is created with so many industry professionals in one place results in invaluable networking, strategic insights and an overall boom for the global crowdfunding industry.

This year’s event will be extra special because it will be the first time the GCCB includes the Annual Worldwide Council of Global Crowdfunding. To learn more about the 13 named members of the Worldwide Council, including links to their LinkedIn pages, please click here.

The two keynote speakers will be Kevin Harrington and Scott McKain. To all my “Shark Tank” fans, you may recognize Kevin Harrington as one of the original Sharks from Season 1. He rose to entrepreneurial fame as the co-founder of FundHub.biz and is respected as the pioneer of the infomercial industry. Harrington has been instrumental in 500 product launches netting over $4 billion in worldwide sales and 20 products with over $100 million in individual sales. He is confident that crowdfunding is the future of product development and business funding and will undoubtedly give an influential and optimistic speech.

gccb 2014Scott McKain is a best-selling author, international expert on distinction and Hall of Fame speaker. Social Media Marketing Magazine named McKain one of the Top 25 marketing experts to follow on Twitter and his views have been quoted in the New York Times, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. McKain has spoken in 17 countries, all 50 states, at the White House with the President in attendance and is a member of the elite, 20 person invitation-only “Speakers Roundtable.”

As for the agenda, I found a great GCCB press release and another source that detail a variety of events. Here are some of the speech topics and events the guests can enjoy:

  •         Live Google Hangout Pitch to Investors

Crowdfunding experts will demonstrate how to execute a live interview with virtual investors. This type of interview is believed to be more common for equity crowdfunding when Title III is enacted.

  •         Social Media Marketing for Different Forms of Crowdfunding

Guests will enjoy demonstrations and discussions about the importance duties involved with pre-launch, how to craft a compelling media pitch, the difference between bloggers and mainstream media, how to make the best video for your campaign and more.

  •         The Impact of Baby Boomers and the Longevity Economy on Entrepreneurship and Crowdfunding

There are 106 million Americans over the age of 50. This age group accounts for at least $7.1 trillion in annual economic activity and their population is growing every year. Learn how these longer working, productive people directly affect the economy and crowdfunding.

  •         Great isn’t Good Enough for Crowdfunding Campaigns

To succeed you must “create distinction” to stand out to the crowd and ultimately be the campaign they chose to support. If you don’t create distinction, you will blend in with all of your competitors and never reach your full potential.

  •         Intrastate Crowdfunding

Is intrastate crowdfunding more or less attractive than Title III federal crowdfunding? Over 21 states have either active or pending legislation.

  •         Learn How to Become a Crowdfunding All-Star

Do you want to be among the best in the business? The industry’s top experts offer panel discussions on how to become an All-Star in both rewards and equity-based crowdfunding.

  •         Crowdfunding Master Classes

Professionals and entrepreneurs, attend the Crowdfunding College and become a “CCFP” (Certified Crowdfunding Professional). The classes include a “Success with Crowdfunding” course led by Sherwood Neiss, Jason Best and Robert Mitchell from Crowdfund Capital Advisors.

  •         Situation Room

For the first time ever, guests can sit down face-to-face with the most intelligent and influential speakers in the world for 15 minutes. Ask them anything related to your own career, your startup or the crowdfunding industry.

When all the “important stuff” is done, the GCCB really knows how to let its hair down. Attendees can go boating on the lake, make s’mores on an open fire in the sand, exchange business cards during the speed networking session or watch a Rewards vs. Equity basketball game. The Global Crowdfunding Convention and Bootcamp is also known for its legendary cocktail parties filled with music, and of course, live crowdfunding.

Ruth Hedges offered another quote about the fun side of the GCCB:

“We plan hard all year round to deliver a healthy dose of fun because we know that nobody enjoys boring business conferences, including us! That’s why we’ve carefully crafted an environment that encourages both the highest level of education in the crowdfunding industry as well as fun-filled entertainment”.

It is definitely inspiring to see how quickly the global crowdfunding community has come together and organized such a large and constructive event. There are many positive predictions for the future of crowdfunding, and the Global Crowdfunding Convention and Bootcamp is solid proof that crowdfunding is primed for a glorious future.

Thank you for reading and please leave your comments below!

Posted in crowdfunding, Crowdfunding Advice, Entrepreneurs, Equity Crowdfunding, Intrastate Crowdfunding, Investment Advice, Investors, JOBS Act, Social Media, Start-ups, Title III, Uncategorized

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