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.

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/