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Seminar on Crowdfunding Set for Aug. 1

July 27, 2012

A seminar on crowdfunding, co-hosted by the office of U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, is now set for 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 1 at Epicentral Coworking, 409 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, Colo. The seminar was originally scheduled for June 28, but was delayed because of the Waldo Canyon fire.

An amendment pushed by Bennet and signed into law by President Barack Obama in April as part of the JOBS Act eases regulatory and financial hurdles in securing capital. The measure allows companies to raise up to $1 million annually from non-accredited investors through crowdfunding on registered websites.

The seminar will feature two panels, with local entrepreneurs and business owners, legal experts and representatives from traditional investment firms. Among the panelists will be Paul Lizer, who used crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to bring his invention of the Devium Dash, which blends a smartphone and a car stereo, to market; Robin Roberts, president of Pikes Peak National Bank; Jeff Thomas, founder of Invertual; and Ric Denton, president of the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator.

In addition to Bennet's office, the seminar is hosted by Epicentral Coworking, which provides space for professionals to work together; Startup Colorado Springs, which encourages entrepreneurship; and the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center, which advises startups. There is no cost, but space is limited; register at http://bit.ly/M8EhCq.



Source: (c)2012 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Distributed by MCT Information Services


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