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Alternative Finance Workshop – Changing Hearts and Minds

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Ulster University Business School, Belfast Campus

York Street

Belfast

BT15 1ED

United Kingdom

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This half-day event provides an insight into crowdfunding from the perspective of the main stakeholders: the platform, the investors and the borrowers. Contributions from both InvestNI and the banking sector provide additional insight into the world of SME finance.

Equity crowdfunding is a nascent industry and, to date, there have only been a couple of exits from businesses that have raised money through such platforms. As the sector continues to develop and mature, the truly successful crowdfunded companies that have the potential to flourish will do so, and investors that have backed those businesses will see the consequent returns.

Our view would be that the crowdfunding market in Northern Ireland is currently small and concentrated in the greater Belfast area.

8.30 Registration, Light Breakfast, Networking

Chair: Dr Tony Gandy (London Institute of Banking & Finance)

9.00 Session 1

Overview of Alternative Finance Mike Pogue
InvestNI – Access to Finance
Crowdfunding Platform Michael Faulker (CoFunderNI)
Case Studies

10.30 Coffee Break, Networking

11.00 Session 2

Venture Capital Colin Walsh (Crescent Capital)
Small company finance Judith Totten (Upstream)
Start-ups (Halo)
Bank Referral Act Ian Jordan

12.30 Concluding Thoughts & Next Steps

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Ulster University Business School, Belfast Campus

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BT15 1ED

United Kingdom

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