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November 17 - 18 | Los Angeles, CA



November 17 & 18, 2017

*Subject to change


  • 7:30 – 8:45 am

    Registration starts

  • 8:45 – 9:00 am

    Sandro MonettiSandro MonettiMaster of Ceremonies & Spokesperson/BBC & CNN contributor
    Victoria SilchenkoVictoria Silchenko, PhDThe Creator & Producer of the World Funding Summit

    Opening remarks by hosts

    Welcoming delegates and acknowledging sponsors and partners while setting out the mission of the summit: shaping the future of finance together to find how we can eliminate inequality in access to capital and incentivize the most impactful ventures. 



  • 9:00 – 10:00 am

     ANDREW KYZYKAndrew Kyzyk Vice President & Head of Advisor Relations at OTC Markets Group
    Irena Chaushevska Head Organizer of "NASA Space Apps Challenge" in Silicon Valley, Co-Founder at Next Billionaires Capital
    Gabrielle Katsnelson Gabrielle KatsnelsonCEO & Co-Founder at The SMBX (The Small & Medium Business Exchange)
    Nicolas MorganPartner @Paul Hastings


     KIM KASELIONISKim Kaselionis Managing Partner at Breakaway Funding LLC

    Liquidity wanted: call for alternative venture exchanges and blockchain enabled platforms

    The notoriously low liquidity of early stage companies remains one of the main obstacles for attracting experienced investors and equity crowdfunders who are understandably cautious when an IPO or a buyout is not on the horizon.

    Key discussion points:

    • Accessing private equity and debt via online platforms: rules, issues & top platforms
    • What types of companies are best positioned to take advantage of RegA+ aka “mini-IPOs”?
    • What are the novel emerging venture exchange platforms and how they are different from the OTC Markets Group, the leading and the oldest venture exchange in the U.S.?
    • How cryptocurrency exchanges and tokenization of digital assets will be changing the existing financing landscape in the U.S. and internationally?
    • What can we expect on the regulatory side in 2018-2020?

  • 10:00 – 10:15 am


  • 10:15 – 11:15 am

    David Koepsell PhD, CEO & Founder of Encrypgen: blockchain genomics via the Gene-Chain
     ALAN YONGAlan Yong Co-Founder of DNotes, digital currency and peer-to-peer payment system
     EKATERINA DOROZHKINAEkaterina Dorozhkina Entrepreneur & Financier, Raised $5M via ICO
     VALENTIN PREOBRAZHENSKIYValentin Preobrazhenskiy Founder & CEO of LAToken
    William FanWilliam FanManaging Partner @Zero-One Capital


    Adam ChapnickSerial entrepreneur/ ICO Investor.tv

    ICO & Cryptocurrency Introductory Track: Here Comes the Future

    It is official – the amount raised via Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) has surpassed earliest-stage venture capital so far in 2017. The current venture financing system is extremely complex and a new decentralized financial system is set to remove layers of intermediation while rewarding those new ventures which are fully capable of leveraging their network effects. Will the system mature to serve as a reliable financing tool while eliminating bad actors?

    Key discussion points (debate):

    • Basics: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Token Crowdfunding, Smart Contracts, DAO, ICO
    • What kind of companies/industries might think of staging ICOs?
    • How to evaluate risks in investing in ICOs and cryptocurrencies and spot bad actors?
    •Who is who in the new emerging industry: main players, platforms and service providers
    • Legal landscape, rules in the U.S./world and what’s next

  • 11:15 – 12:15 pm

    Rick SmitchRick Smith Venture Capitalist, Co-founder and Managing Director at CrossCut
    Kevin ZhangKevin Zhang Venture Capitalist, Partner at Upfront Ventures
    David LeeDavid Lee VC, Managing partner at Refactor
    erin shipleyErin Shipley Venture Capitalist, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at The Helm
    Greg GilmanCo-Founder of Science Founder of Science Blockchain


     GREG BOHLENGreg Bohlen Managing General Partner at Union Grove Venture Partners

    Confessions of Venture Capitalists: the truth about the venture capital model and how it might be different in the new digital era

    Historically, only fewer than 1% of companies have raised capital from VCs and today non-VC sources of financing are growing rapidly. However, capital issued by a VC firm remains the most desirable and celebrated among entrepreneurs who trust the VC firm brings much more than just money to the table but also expertise and guidance.

    Confessions points:

    • What kind of teams & industries are likely capable of providing the financial returns we are looking for?
    • What are our typical terms and how do we collaborate or compete with other funds and investors?
    • The truth about valuation, exits and should startups really worry about profitability?
    • What we think about the rise of AI as well as crowdfunding, cryptocurrencies and ICOs?
    • What future trends and potential disruptions we might expect in the world of venture capitalists and how we are going to adapt?

  • 12:15 – 12:40 am


  • 12:40 – 1:00 pm

     ARTHUR LIPPERArthur Lipper World renowned financier, author, FinTech inventor, and philanthropist

    Royalties as the alternative way for both investing in / financing of ventures and projects

    Exclusive Presentation for World Funding Summit


    • Fundamentals of royalty finance
    • Equity retention versus cash flows
    • Revenue share investing
    • Tax implications
    • Exchange traded royalties
    • Complimentary tools and websites

  • 1:00 – 1:30 pm


     RUPERT SCOFIELDRupert Scofield President and CEO of FINCA International
     SANDRO MONETTISandro Monetti Master of Ceremonies & Spokesperson/BBC & CNN contributor

    Microfinance transforming lives: from the third world to the new world

    Fireside chat interview with Rupert Scofield, micro-finance legend who grew his company from a single village bank to an organization with 10,000 employees and over 1.6 million clients across five continents

  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm

     MANIE EAGARManie Eagar Chairman at Blockchain Association of Canada (BAC) (Canada)
     RICHARD KIVELRichard Kivel Managing Director of GrayBella Capital, MIT Enterprise Forum Global
     LAURENT RUBENLaurent Ruben Founder & General Manager at French Accelerator (France-US)
     JOUKO AHVENAINENJouko Ahvenainen Founder and Executive Chairman @Grow VC Group Global (Finland- US)
    AZIZ ALNASSIRIAziz AlnassiriCEO, Founder at RiTS & Noah’s Ark.


     BARRY E JAMESBarry E James Co-founder & CEO of TheCrowdfundingCenter.com & CrowdDataCenter.com (UK)

    Fintech connecting the world: meet your global partners

    Financial technology and blockchain have become the greatest driver for small business capital formation in a generation and are connecting the world in new ways.

    Key discussion points:

    • Global fundraising landscape for private equity: traditional options vs alternative
    • What works best: estimated costs, marketing, and regulatory compliance
    • Leading platforms, family offices and other incumbents to work with on a global scale
    • Liquidity for crowdfunded ventures: world best practices and examples
    • Foreseeable trends, issues and impact

  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm

     PAUL SCANLANPaul Scanlan Angel Investor, Emmy Winning Tech and Media Entrepreneur, Cofounder & CEO Legion M Entertainment, Inc., the world’s first fan-owned media company (raised over$3,8M on WeFunder)
     JOSH MAHERJosh Maher Angel Investor & Author of “Startup Wealth: How the Best Angel Investors Make Money in Startups”
     MICHAEL HUGHESMichael Hughes senior director, equity crowdfunding, Indiegogo
     ERIC BUNTINGEric Bunting Early-stage investor, Founder & Managing Partner at Overbrook Capital


     JOR LAWJor Law Co-founder at Homeier Law PC & VerifyInvestor.com

    Finding an angel or becoming one: angel investing redefined

    Angel investors and crowdfunders remain as one of the most valuable and often the only source of capital early stage companies can count on.

    Key discussion points:

    • Finding the angel: what are the most active angel groups, syndicates and leading platforms
    • Veteran angels vs inexperienced angels aka crowdfunders: motivations, investment criteria and favorite platforms
    • How does a portfolio approach apply to crowdinvesting
    • Corporate angels for impact and social entrepreneurship
    • Future trends and predictions

  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm

    Four sessions of TED Style Talks:

    Venture Financing Redefined – War Stories and Invaluable Insights From Top Financiers and Entrepreneurs

  •  MONA DEFRAWIMona DeFrawi Founder of InsideVenture (acquired by SecondMarket) and RADIVATE MEDIA, Inc.

    Session A:

    IPO Interrupted: Liquidity Evolution and Future Paths to Success

  •  VIVIAN SHIMOYAMAVivian Shimoyama Regional Director, SoCal, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

    Session B:

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses initiative: $500 million investment program

  • Michael G. HomeierMichael G. Homeier EB-5 & equity crowdfunding attorney, Founder at Homeier & Law, P.C.

    Session C:

    Obtaining foreign capital through investment visas/EB-5 programs

  •  KEVIN LAMBKevin Lamb Entrepreneur and Financier of 14 successful films, CEO at Advanced Tissue

    Session D:

    Film financing: how I found the winning formula

  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm

     ROBERT LEWISRobert Lewis Founder & President at Black Cooperative Investment Fund (BCIF)
     XIAOCHEH ZHANGXiaocheh Zhang President at FinTech4Good
     KIM FOLSOMKim Folsom Founder of LIFT Development Enterprises, Inc and Co-Founder and CEO of Founders First Capital Partners, LLC
    Smita BaglaSmita Bagla Women’s Initiative Network, Southern California
    Erin Shipley Venture Capitalist, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at The Helm


     DELILAH PANIODelilah Panio Founder & CEO at Fortuna

    Capital for Underserved Markets and Communities

    Non-tech entrepreneurs with impactful businesses but no visible exit strategy, scientists with projects in need of long-term “patient” finance, and founders with a limited capital network have been experiencing recurring problems with attracting investors. Learn from those who are resolving the problem.

  • 5:30 – 5:45 pm

    Special Dance Performance by Sergio Bessonovs & Nataliya Kravets

  • 5:45 – 6:00 pm

    Paul BlanchardManaging Director of Right Angles
    Dr. Samir DamaniCEO & Director

    Exclusive presentations

    PAUL BLANCHARD: Modern PR for Modern Founders: the Inconvenient Truth and What Really Works


    DR. SAMIR DAMANI: Blockchain: Changing Health Care Through Patient Empowerment

  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm



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