Final Programme – Wellington 2013

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Here is the final programme

This event will be discussion focused and interactive. Our aim is to have as much involvement as we can from all participants in the Symposium. We will do this through facilitated sessions that bring out an exchange of views. We also aim to have some fun & inject some humour as that makes for a better learning environment.

Session & Subject Speakers/Panellists Time
Welcome &
Introduction to Crowdfunding

  • What it is
  • History
  • How it works
  • Overview of forms
  • World survey
  • Keynote

Anna Guenther

COO & founder Pledgeme (Rewards-based crowdfunding platform)

Markus Lampinen

CEO Crowdvalley (Crowdfunding infrastructure website – Part of the Grow VC group) via video link

Crowdfunding in detail

  • Donation for charity/causes
  • Rewards-based
  • Equity

Nathalie Whitaker

Service manager & founder Givealittle (Donation crowdfunding platform for charity and other causes)

Simon Bowden

Executive Director Arts Foundation Boosted (Donation based crowdfunding platform for raising funds for the Arts)

David Tomlinson

Managing Director Thrillcapital (Sport capital crowdfunding platform) & Thrillpledge (Rewards-based crowdfunding platform)


10.00 -11.00
Crowdfunding as a source of finance 

  • for business startups & social enterprises
  • role of crowdfunding compared with other forms of start-up finance
  • Economic benefits & opportunities


Cheyne Gillooly

Director Capital Services NZ Trade & Enterprise (Government business development agency)

Tui Te Hau

Programme Director CreativeHQ (Business incubator)

Professor Morris Altman

Professor & Head, School of Economics & Finance
Victoria University of Wellington (Tertiary education institution)

Sacha Judd

Partner Buddle Findlay (Law firm), start-up supporter & angel investor

Getting the message out

  • The role of communications & social media in crowdfunding

Gary Mersham

Associate Professor of Communication Open Polytechnic (Tertiary education institution)

Anna Guenther

COO Pledgeme (Rewards based Crowdfunding platform)

12.15 -12.45
Lunch 12.45-1.30
Special session: Crowdfunding & Crowdinvesting Sector Risk Identification Workshop

Geraint Bermingham

Director Navigatus Consulting (Risk consultancy firm) & Chair NZ Society for Risk Management

Crowdfunding Equity & Loans Workshop session

  • Issues and Risks
  • Regulatory issues
  • draft Financial Markets Conduct Regulations on crowd funding services and peer to peer lending services

Jason Le Vaillant

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (Government agency)


Financial Markets Authority (NZ Financial services regulator)

Brad Kitt (not Pitt!)

Partner Chapman Tripp (Law firm)

Chris Holland

Senior Associate Buddle Findlay (Law firm)

Wrap up of the day 4.15-4.30
Initiate the Crowd Celebration: Friday Night Drinks 5.00-6.30


Links to our archive pages for this event