Poland: Crowdfunding Fair in Sopot

The first Crowdfunding Fair in Poland will take place on March 22 on the management department of Gdańsk University in Sopot.

The Fair is directed to everyone who is looking for alternative forms of financing for their enterprise or simply want to know what’s Crowdfunding, such as schools in need of funds to implement innovative educational projects, students who lack funds to carry out research or participate in a prestigious international competition or people with passion and ideas, looking for a way to implement them.  Foundation/municipal institution in need of funds for the implementation of innovative activities, an investor seeking innovative ventures or just someone who want to become “business angel” by simply supporting selected ideas.

During the Fair, participants will have a chance to learn what crowdfunding is and where to start preparing a new campaign and the possibility to see successful projects and their originators. The answer how city dwellers can contribute to the creation of their immediate environment and learn new investment opportunities with small capital and the latest trends in crowdfunding, and among others – blockchain and ICO.

For this purpose, many experts were invited to explain what are the types of crowdfunding and how to best use the potential hidden in them: 20 stands, lectures, pitchings of Exhibitors, “speed dating” with experts, workshops for projects that took part in crowdfunding campaigns, round table for stakeholders, on which we will present the “Action plan” and platforms – exchange of good practices in Crowd-Fund-Port project.

 

National Round Table Poland

The polish national roundtable took place on the 7th September in Gdańsk. Gdańsk Entrepreneurial Foundation in Incubator STARTER hosted key local, regional and national stakeholders in crowdfunding: Jakub Sobczak from polish crowdfunding platform polakpotrafi.pl, Karol Król from crowdfunding.pl and Michał Gromek from Stockholm School of Economics. The meeting was also attended by representatives of higher education institutions (Gdańsk University), municipal and regional institutions (Gdansk and Gdynia City Hall, Marshal’s Office, Voivodship Office) and SMEs with and without experience in crowdfunding.


The main aim of the Round Table was to integrate various stakeholders interested in promoting good crowdfunding practices in the region and to discuss how to promote crowdfunding as a viable alternative financial tool.

The main conclusions of the roundtable are as follows:

  • From the perspective of the local government, crowdfunding may be an excellent tool to complement the financing of social initiatives;
  • The key to increasing interest in crowdfunding is proper education;
  • Through the activities of platforms that do not set any requirements, the quality of projects that apply for crowdfunding platforms drops, and due to the lack of reliability of some entities trust in the phenomenon of crowdfunding also drops;
  • There is no law on crowd investing or crowdfunding in Poland, but there are other very clear regulations that define this activity. There is no need for excessive regulation.

#PARKOWISKO: SOUND OF GENERATION Festival in Gdańsk

#PARKOWISKO is a family project, during which children, parents, seniors, friends, artists, musicians, and all people with passion and heads full of ideas, will share positive energy, exchange experiences and have fun together in one of the of the district parks in Gdańsk. This meeting aims to integrate generations and exchange intergenerational experiences. Every month from May to September, we visit a different park together. Always looking for new sounds, bands, enthusiasts, beats, DJs and human passions to be able to get to know them and share them with others regardless of age – generations.

The idea is to take blankets, picnic baskets, whole families, and take the opportunity to spend all day on fresh air, together, and with great music in the background. Various thematic zones, such as the Kidzone, Activezone or Foodzone etc, make everyone find something for themselves.

The project is already being implemented from June 2018, but funds collected in this campaign will be intended for the SOUND OF GENERATION Festival at the end of the season.

Polish Traditional Songs

Traditional songs surprise with their timelessness, enjoying the growing interest in various corners of the globe. By entering this trend, the project goes back to Polish roots, promoting traditional songs in modernized arrangements and performing white-song workshops.

Polish folk

At the source of songs #2

Is’s a fresh look at the traditional Polish songs, singing workshops with the best specialists in Poland and incredible concerts in the heart of Gdansk. It is the second edition of the project which has placed in 2017. Five fantastic concerts performed last year by Percival, Żywiołak, Mosaik, Sutari, and Annutara. This year they want to invite Lautari and Jacek Hałas, Joanna Słowińska with the band, Same Suki, Orchestra of St. Nicholas, Ania Broda and Makaruk! Also, experts from various corners of the country will come to Gdańsk to lead workshops of traditional songs and singing “in an open voice” based on song material collected during years of field research in many regions of Poland.

This years edition needs support, the crowdfunding campaign implemented by Crowd-Fund-Port started 08.08.2018 and their goal is stretched from at least 7 800PLN to 38 500PLN (1 900 – 9200€ ). The number of concerts and workshops depends on which goal will be reached. Check the campaign page: U źródeł pieśni #2.

We hope that the campaign will be successful and the project will start in full splendor :).

 

 

How to fund a theatre project through crowdfunding: steps to go and main Italian platforms

In times when it is hard to raise funds for arts it becomes crucial to develop organizational and economic processes to make theatre projects sustainable and productive. In order to reach this goal it is important to create a crowd of fans as well as to act as a catalyst for emotions for them. An effective crowd funding campaign can help to increase the crowd of supporters thus helping tickets sells out and granting the success of a theatre projects. The message to spread is simple and strong: we are a community, we know each other and we do recognize ourselves. Moreover the message has to be launched before the mise en place of the dramatic project through sympathetic promotional and marketing activities. In this sense the main goal of a C.F. campaign may not only be to raise funds but also to build and increase the group of supporters which will follow you on your next adventures.

Steps to set a successful C.F. campaign out:
• To create a community on social networks and to define a social media strategy
• To create a landing page before the launch
• To select the best – for- the aim platform depending on tis functions and main features
• To define legal and tax aspects
• To define the main targets of the campaign
• To define the communication and main message of the campaign
• To define the calendar of all the activities to implement
• To define an economic goal
• To shoot a presentation video to tell the story of the project
• To define the rewards for supporters

The main platforms used in Italy for theatre projects are: Eppela, DeREv, Produzioni dal Basso, Be Crowdy, Crowd Arts.
One of the most effective and successful crowd funding campaigns launched in Italy in the last years for a theatre project is the campaign “I need Money” by Fanny and Alexander that set up a “spettacolo per azioni” (limited play) in which any of the supporter and funder can play a part by writing a part of it thus including any of us into the creative process and making a specific comparison with the financial market and the share market. https://www.derev.com/we-need-money-uno-spettacolo-partecipativo-dentro-e-fuori-dai-teatri. As they say: you think art is priceless. from now on art does have a price.

National Round Table Italy

The Metropolitan City of Bologna held its national round table in the frame of the 3rd ECN CrowdCamp “The European Dimension of Civic Crowdfunding”.

The event took place on June, the 29th at the National Research Council (CNR) in Bologna, Italy.

The agenda of the round table included some of the most prominent names of the national crowdfunding scene. They shared with more than 30 participants their knowledge on the most relevant topics in this field.

 

 

 

 

 

Main arguments of the national round table were:

  • crowdfunding state of art in Italy, presented by Mr. Rindone, founder of Produzioni dal Basso, one of the most significant crowdfunding platform in this country;
  • the current situation on crowdinvesting in Italy, with the speech of Professor Butticè from the Crowdinvesting Observatory of the Politecnico di Milano School of Management;
  • the study on legal systems of Central Europe countries on crowdfunding;
  • the possible contents of the crowdfunding fair, which will take place in 2019;
  • the path towards the creation of the European crowdfunding hub.

Furthermore, economic actors, representatives of public bodies and experts in crowdfunding and foundraising participated actively in the discussion, in a fruitful exchange of opinions and proposals.

More information about the event are available here: https://eurocrowd.org/3rd-ecn-crowdcamp-european-dimension-civic-crowdfunding/

National Round Table Croatia

The national round table “Crowdfunding in Croatia and in the EU” took place on June 27th in Zagreb. Project partner Brodoto hosted key stakeholders in crowdfunding, such as representatives of national government (Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds), business support institutions (Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments (HAMAG-BICRO) and Development Agency Zagreb (RAZA)), crowdfunding platforms (Funderbeam SEE), financial institutions – banks and stock exchange market representatives (ERSTE bank and Zagreb Stock Exchange), and SMEs with experience in crowdfunding (STEMI).

Such a wide array of sectors and stakeholders made it possible to open a wider discussion on the following questions relevant to the EU policy on crowdfunding:

  1. Drivers and fears of society related to crowdfunding;
  2. Investors’ rights and obligations related to different types of crowdfunding;
  3. Presentation of different platforms;
  4. Topics related to Report of EC, Crowdfunding Regulation in Europe* additional (March 2018).

In addition, it tackled a 5th issue, which is very relevant for the national context, as it was pointed out during the key stakeholders meeting that took place earlier on the same day:

  1. introduction of equity-based crowdfunding to the Croatian market.

90-minute discussion yielded many arguments related to these topics, and the main conclusions of the round table are as follows:

  • The main fear is related to underdeveloped “culture of investing” and much needed development of investment community. Crowdfunding must become a priority in the realm of national policies and laws, if we want to develop a sound transnational crowdfunding ecosystem, especially related to equity-based crowdfunding. We need a “top-down” approach, and the British example is set as an example of good practice.
  • When it comes to investors’ rights and obligations, the discussion yielded a conclusion that transparency of platforms is of key importance, as well as their quality control procedures. On the other hand, the investors must not manipulate on secondary markets, all of them want to be a part of a good story, apart from the fact that the money is at stake.
  • Indiegogo, Kickstarter, Funderbeam SEE platforms were presented and discussed, having in mind specificities of each of them. Attendees agreed that the biggest potential for SMEs lays in Funderbeam SEE, a newly established equity-based platform.
  • The last topic in the frame of EU has tackled the recent legal ramifications for crowdfunding platforms operating transnationally. This question did not result in any clear conclusions since the present stakeholders did not feel they have sufficient knowledge on the topic.
  • Last topic has concluded with a notion that equity-based crowdfunding made a huge progress in only one year of existence of Funderbeam SEE, making half of all the funds gathered in 2017 in Croatia. This marks a new and exciting trend in the national context, with the biggest risk of success stemming from absence of venture capital.

We would like to thank all the attendees for this fruitful discussion, which opens a public discussion and offers a clearer picture of crowdfunding in Croatia and its relation to the issues relevant for the EU.

Round Table Slovakia – Conclusions

As part of the Crowd-Fund-Port initiative we have held a Round Table meeting organised together with our colleagues from the Technical University of Košice (TUKE) involved in the Crowd Stream project.

The aim of the event was to bring together crowdfunding professionals, local government authorities, and other relevant stake holders in order to open up a debate about crowdfunding and its potential in Slovakia.

The discussion revolved primarily around the following topics:

  1. The state of crowdfunding in Slovakia
  2. Developing crowdfunding as a tool for participatory budgeting of public funds
  3. The initiatives of the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic
  4. The programmes Crowd-Fund-Port from Interreg Central Europe and Crowd Stream from Interreg Danube Programme

 

Here are the main conclusions of our fruitful debate:

  1. As there is a relevant group of people who use crowdfunding in Slovakia, discussing crowdfunding is worthwhile.
  2. When analysing crowdfunding and its legislative environment, it is important to look at crowdfunding through the lens of its basic forms.
  3. It is worthwhile to inform about good practice in the area of civic crowdfunding, as well as crowdfunding as a tool for participatory budgeting of public funds (a means of combining public and private funds) and to lead a discussion about these forms of crowdfunding.
  4. The Centre for Financial Innovations of The Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic has announced a new initiative, aim of which is to map the situation in Slovakia, to produce of a working terminology, and to analyse the need for tools to support fintech tools, including legislative solutions.
  5. Creative Industry Forum and TUKE will assist in the process of creating a communication platform for sharing information with the purpose to popularise crowdfunding, identify problems, and looking for solutions.

 

Lastly, we would like to thank TASR and TV JOJ (nation-wide commercial broadcasting company) for their coverage of the event.

 

Crowd Dialog Europe- Meeting the european crowd experts

We were part of the Crowddiolog Europe 2017 on 21st of September in Athen.

It was a pleasure to joining experts and enthusiasts alike at CrowdDialog Europe 2017 where we’ll unite to discuss crowdsourcing, innovation and blockchain technology on crowdfunding.

Spyros Arsenis:
A great cutting edge conference: Crowd Dialog. After one year of preparations and great collaborations we are really proud of the result and really happy for the synergies and the meetup events we have created.

Michael Gebert:
Samson Williams made a great talk on “Going Grey – the wild west of ICOs and crowdsales”
It has also been a blast hearing from Kevin Allen Director at the African Crowdfunding Association about the emergence of Africa-Based Crowdfunding Platforms and how Europe can collaborate.

Nancy Routzouni:
A great conference, a great audience today in Crowd Dialog. Crowd funding, crowd sourcing, crowd innovation.
We also discussed how governments can apply crowd based approaches to empower the public. To involve the citizens and all interested parties in the formulation of public policies and the decision making process.

Zagreb Crowdfunding Convention – Group of Experts for Insider Tipps

The third edition of the Zagreb Crowdfunding Convention takes place on the 11th of October 2017. Prepare to be enlightened with valuable insights!

This year is dedicated to the Start-Up scene. What to expect: not only interesting presentations, but also a closed workshop. If you’re interested in innovative Crowdfunding Models and on supporting Start-Up-Founder, this Workshop might be something for you. There’s only a limited number of participants, so be sure to reserve your space right now. The keynote speakters of the open presentations are covering a diverse field of topics: How can Institutions of local economy support Crowdfunding? There will also be a closer look on well-known platforms as “Kickstarter”.

Participants will be able to ask their questions and everything they would like to know about the latest forms of financing in the evening of the day of the convention.

If you would like to know who is going to attend and what subjects will be discussed – visit http://www.crowdfundingconvention.eu and get your ticket.