International Guests USAAustraliaUKCanadaNetherlands

Several crowdfunding experts from England, Australia and Netherland have been invited to participate in the conference and to share their ideas and experiences related to this industry. We will post more information about the speakers in the coming days, after final confirmations.

If you are interested to participate in this conference and living out of the US, please call 001 415 879 1500

Press passes are available for members of international media outlets. Press passes will be issued by invitation only. To receive an invitation, please call 001 415 879 1500, or send email to:

International Panel click on images for more information
Barry E. James

Barry E James

Barry E. James Barry is a serial tech entrepreneur, writer, columnist for & Entrepreneur Country, award winning innovator with technology patents granted in the UK, USA & internationally. He's a frequent keynote speaker and visiting lecturer on Crowdfunding entrepreneurship, and innovation as well as an experienced conference chair and organiser.

He’s a prominent advocate of Crowdfunding in the UK having established the UK’s first national Crowdfunding Conference – Crowdfunding: Deep Impact - which led to the formation of the Westminster Crowdfunding Forum within the UK parliament which he helps to steer and facilitate.

He is founder and CEO of AngelRevolutions, his technology company which creates leading edge cloud services which blend the latest in social media with mobile apps and smartphone technology.

He builds on a 30 year career in systems design which ranges through sectors from banking and telecommunications to health and the NHS - where as well as pioneering electronic messaging for GPs and laboratories through the 1990s he created and chaired a leading conference supporting NHS innovators.

He holds a degree in Psychology and Mathematics from Lancaster University and his interest include 'disruption' and the increasing co-evolution of the Internet with society globally and in the UK.

His lifelong interest in the major tectonic shifts which result from the interplay of technology and society, and how they can be understood and harnessed for the common good, has led to the formation of The Social Foundation, a social enterprise formed late in 2012 in support of entrepreneurs and the new, collaborative, economy.
Jeff Lynn

Jeff Lynn

Jeff Lynn Jeff Lynn is CEO and co-founder of Seedrs, the fastest-growing equity crowdfunding platform in Europe (and the first to receive regulatory approval anywhere in the world). Since launching in July 2012, Seedrs has funded 17 companies, with over £700,000 invested through the platform. Seedrs allows startups to raise up to £150,000 in equity capital, and investors may invest anything from £10 to the full amount the startup is seeking.

Jeff began his career as a corporate lawyer, practicing with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and London. In addition to his work with Seedrs, he serves as a non-executive director of Companies House, the UK’s central registry for all corporate filings, as well as founding Chairman of The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), which lobbies on behalf of digital startups and SMEs.
Bryan Zhang

Bryan Zhang

Bryan Zhang Bryan Zhang is a PhD researcher in crowdfunding at the University of Cambridge. His research examines the economic geography of crowdfunding in the context of international political economy. He is currently an academic advisor to the Social Foundation (UK) and the (USA). Bryan also has extensive experience in the third sector, having worked as a corporate research executive for Oxfam and served on its governing board for six years as an associate. Bryan is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a postgraduate fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He holds a BA from Cambridge and a MSc in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford.

Barry James   Jeff Lynn   Bryan Zhang
deep impact   Seedrs   Cambridge
Perry Niro

Perry Niro, M.Sc

Perry Niro Président & CEO at Groupe AVEA
Senior manager, 25 years of experience in economic development, association management, health industry, environmental industry, publishing, innovation policy and business development., CEO, Quebec Environmental Business Association, 2010-2012, CEO BIOQuebec (Quebec Biotech Association) (2000-2007), Director Public Affairs, Association of Industrial Research (1999), Publisher founder Envirotech Magazine (1993-1997), Political Advisor, the Minister of Environment (1990-1993).
Member of the Council on Science and Technology of Quebec (since 2004-2011), Member of the Board of Directors of the Association de la recherche industrielle du Québec (2007-2010),Co-Owner, MANN Grooming for men and MBIOSPA (Delta Hotel SPA)

Specialties:Governement Relations, Executive management, Business Start-Up, Environment Industry, Health and Wellness industry, Public relations, Event ideation and management, Magazine Publisher, Fundraising for not profit organization
Daniel Rajkumar

Daniel Rajkumar [UK]

Daniel Rajkumar
A firm believer in a UK economy driven by enterprise and productivity, Daniel is passionate about providing a funding solution for businesses he feels have been let down by the banks.
His own frustrating experience of applying for funding through traditional channels convinced him that he could start and establish a credible facilitator of business loans funded by individuals, resulting in
A serial entrepreneur, Daniel is the owner of several web-based businesses including and Web Translations, a business he has owned for 12 years that helps companies to trade in international markets by translating and promoting websites.

Julia Groves

Julia Groves

Julia Groves
Julia is an experienced founder and director of early-stage digital and renewable energy (wind and solar) businesses. She joined Trillion Fund from Engensa, a leading UK domestic solar installer. Prior to Engensa, Julia spent five years building a wind turbine business (, which designed and built turbines for the Olympic Park. Her interest in digital business began in 1994, when she co-founded Julia is an investor in and non-executive director of a small portfolio of early-stage businesses including Loco2, the European rail booking engine, and recently joined the board of Move Your Money. She gained an MBA from Nottingham University in the same year as coxing its Lightweight VIII to victory at the National Championships and is a whole-hearted YIMBY.
Perry Niro, M.Sc   Daniel Rajkumar  
Julia Groves
  UK Crowdfunding  
Trillion Fund
Brian Koscak

Brian Koscak

Brian Koscak Brian Koscak is a Partner at the law firm of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP located in Toronto, Ontario and practices in the area of corporate and securities law. Brian is the Chair of the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (formerly, the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada), a national not-for-profit organization representing exempt market dealers, issuers and compliance professionals across Canada. Brian is also the Co-Chair of the Equity Crowdfunding Alliance of Canada and a member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Exempt Market Advisory Committee which is considering new ways to raise capital in Ontario, including through equity crowdfunding. Brian is one of Canada’s leading authorities on equity crowdfunding. He has spoken at numerous conferences, events and webinars about developing a viable equity crowdfunding framework for Canada. He has had various articles published about equity crowdfunding and been mentioned in the media. Brian regularly consults with securities regulatory authorities in Canada about equity crowdfunding as well as advises a number of clients seeking to engage in equity crowdfunding, including exempt market dealers, funding portals and crowdfunding industry associations.
Kati Suominen

Kati Suominen

Kati Suominen Kati Suominen is Founder and CEO of TradeUp, LLC, a new equity crowdfunding platform for globalizing companies. She is also Founder and CEO of Nextrade Group, LLC, a consulting firm on leading-edge issues in world trade, Adjunct Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a leading think-tank.
Kati has deep expertise in international trade, economics, and finance. In 2010-12, she was awarded a fellowship in the Economics Program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. In 2004-2010, she served as International Trade Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington. She has recently worked with such leading institutions as the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Brookings Institution, Carana Corporation, USAID, and AusAID. At CSIS, she is currently leading an eBay-sponsored project to catalyze U.S. online SME exporters and expand the digital economy across emerging markets.
She is also the chair of a 25-member global expert committee on regional trade agreements for the E15 Initiative convened by the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and World Economic Forum, and the idea woman behind the “RTA Exchange”, a new global clearing house and dialogue forum on free trade agreements sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank Institute, and ICTSD that Nextrade Group is building into a Beta version in 2014.
Kati has authored over 70 articles and published 9 books on trade and economics with leading academic presses, and is now authoring her 10th, on the future of trade. She has spoken in 20 countries and at such venues as the World Trade Organization, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. International Trade Commission, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, United Nations, European Commission, and Asian Development Bank, and provided commentary in such media as Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CSPAN, CNN, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, AFP, Politico, USA Today, Time, U.S. News and World Report, and Investor’s Business Daily.
Kati is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and American Assembly’s Next Generation Fellow year 2010, and member of Women in International Trade. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D. in Political Economy and International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego; M.A. in International Relations from Boston University; and B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she also held a full tennis scholarship and captained an NCAA Division I team.
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Jouko Ahvenainen

Jouko Ahvenainen

Jouko AhvenainenJouko has worked in teams to close several VC deals (from 150k USD to 15M USD), and also closed many large customer deals and been responsible for 40M USD annual revenue. He started his first own software business when he was 16 years old. Jouko has been a Certified Adviser for the NasdaqOMX First North lists stock exchanges. Jouko is on the boards of various start-up companies, and is a co-founder or seed investor in 11 companies.

Earlier he co-founded data analytics businesses. Before his serial entrepreneur career Jouko held senior positions at technology firms including Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young, Powerwave Technologies Inc. and Nokia. Jouko has vast experience of international business in Asia, Europe, and North America; he has lived and worked in the UK, the US, Finland, Malaysia and run business in Hong Kong. Jouko regularly speaks about innovative finance models and digital business in conferences including SXSW, Mobile World Congress, Next Conference, Crowdfunding World Summit and The Peter Drucker Forum around Europe, Asia, and the US. In 2013 he was listed Top 100 Influencers in Digital Industry.

Jouko holds an MBA from Helsinki School of Economics / McCombs School of Business, at the University of Texas, Austin and a M.Sc.(Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology.
Brian Koscak   Kati Suominen   Jouko Ahvenainen
Cassel Brock   TradeUp   GrowVC Group