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Crowdfunding for Social Good

Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

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This category includes articles that apply to crowdfunding in general and may include policy, practice and other stories relevant to everyone.

Devin Thorpe To Keynote Kickercon, Focus On Mission-Driven Entrepreneurship

Author of Crowdfunding for Social Good will clarify investment crowdfunding, its challenges and opportunities and explain how entrepreneurs can increase their odds of success by solving big problems.

July 5, 2014 – Author Devin Thorpe will deliver a keynote address at Kickercon in Houston on August 28 to 30, 2014. He will focus on using investment crowdfunding for social impact and greater success.

“Crowdfunding is driving a tremendous social change in the world by providing women and minorities, people who have traditionally been excluded from entrepreneurial capital sources, with startup financing,” said Devin Thorpe. “We are going to see a global revolution in small business as enterprising people of all sorts finally gain access to the money they need to start successful companies.”

Devin Thorpe by Cole Wilson

The Kickercon web site describes the keynote address as follows:

Devin Thorpe will cut through the hype to tell you exactly how investment crowdfunding is already changing the world for the better. He will explain the challenges in the JOBS Act and explain how you will be able to take full advantage of crowdfunding. Finally, he will explain how adding a social mission to your profit mission could make your launch even more successful.

Other speakers at the event will include Bill Baker, who raised $435,000 on Fundable for Celebrity Webchefs; Lisa Qui, who raised $586,000 on Kickstarter for Nomiku; Joy Schoffler of Leverage PR; and Chris Tyrell of OfferBoard.

Kickercon is the first major educational and networking crowdfunding event ever held in Texas! It’s designed specifically for those who love “all things crowdfunding”: crowdfunding enthusiasts, dreamers, inventors, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and developers from the worlds of technology, non-profits, education, film, music, economic development, and others. The conference will be held at the Hilton Americas Hotel in downtown Houston. Learn more at kickercon.com.

Devin Thorpe, founder of the Your Mark on the World Center, calls himself a champion of social good. He writes about, advocates for and advises those who are doing good. He travels extensively to share his message as a keynote speaker, emcee and trainer. As a Forbes Contributor he covers social entrepreneurship and impact investing. His books on personal finance and crowdfunding draw on his entrepreneurial finance experience as an investment banker, CFO, treasurer, and mortgage broker helping people use financial resources to do good. Previously he worked on the U.S. Senate Banking committee staff and earned an MBA at Cornell. Visit DevinThorpe.com to learn more.

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Deal Forum at Conference to Give Social Entrepreneurs Access to Impact Investors

Social entrepreneurs attending the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference can qualify in advance for an opportunity to be mentored in developing their pitch to the Investor Panel at this special Deal Forum by the Wayne Brown Institute.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – May 27, 2014 – Mission-driven entrepreneurs attending the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference now have the opportunity to apply for two slots to pitch accredited impact investors at the conference. The special Deal Forum will be run by the Wayne Brown Institute.

Entrepreneurs interested in pitching investors at the conference are invited to visit www.waynebrowninstitute.org/deal-forum-application/ to apply for the program, which will include being placed with aDeal Maker Team from the Institute for the selected entrepreneurs to be mentored in preparing for the pitch. Nonprofit leaders are also invited to attend the conference.

“Entrepreneurial companies that have completed our program in the past have gone on to raise billions of dollars,” said Brad Bertoch, President of the Wayne Brown Institute. “We’re excited to apply our proven mentoring process and proprietary Deal Forum model to the social impact space at the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference.”

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“We’re thrilled to give entrepreneurs at our conference an opportunity to access professional investors who can coach them on their capital raises live,” said Devin Thorpe, conference host and “Champion of Social Good” at the Your Mark on the World Center. “All conference goers will have the chance to hear both selected companies pitch and receive feedback from the investor panel.”

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About the Wayne Brown Institute: For over three decades, the Wayne Brown Institute (WBI), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, has been a premier resource for both entrepreneurs seeking funding and for investors who want to help promising young companies achieve their potential. WBI has become the most efficient, cost effective, economic development organization in the country. For more information visit www.venturecapital.org.

About the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference: The Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference 2014 (SECFC14) will be held September 26, 2014 at Snowbird, Utah. Expert speakers, philanthropists, venture capitals and other impact investors from across the country will join us. To register or for more information visit www.secfc.co.

About the Your Mark on the World Center: The Your Mark on the World Center champions social good by writing about, advocating for and advising those who do good in the world. Founder Devin Thorpe writes for Forbes, covering social entrepreneurship and impact investing. For more information visit www.YourMarkOnTheWorld.com.

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Community Foundation of Utah Offers Micro Grants at Upcoming Conference

Social entrepreneurs may now apply to pitch at the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference on September 26, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — June 2, 2014 — Nonprofit innovators and other social entrepreneurs may now register for the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference on September 26, 2014 and apply to pitch for a micro grant being offered by the Community Foundation of Utah.

Applications are being accepted online through the conference website at secfc.co/grant. Any entrepreneurial organization that is addressing a social problem whether or not it is organized as a nonprofit is eligible to apply for the opportunity to pitch to an Investment Committee at the conference.

The finalists who are invited to pitch at the conference will also participate in a one-day crowdfunding event concurrent with the conference. The pitch to the investors for the micro grants will serve as a platform to drive conference attendees to back the campaigns that have the most appeal, creating a dual opportunity for raising money.

The Foundation has committed a minimum of $1,000 to qualifying organizations. There is no strict upper limit on the number of grants or the amount of grants that may be made at the conference.

“We are focused on making investments that will drive social impact and create financially self-sustaining projects or that will help organizations to become more financially sustainable,” said Fraser Nelson, Executive Director of the Foundation. “We are working to create the most innovative and financially self-sufficient community of nonprofits in the country here in Utah.”

“We are thrilled to have the Community Foundation of Utah put its resources to work at our conference,” said Devin Thorpe, a “champion of social good” at the Your Mark on the World Center, which is organizing the conference. “It will be a one-of-a-kind event where conference participants can actually do crowdfunding while learning how to use it to scale their impact for good.”

About the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference: The Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference 2014 (SECFC14) will be held September 26, 2014 at Snowbird, Utah. Expert speakers, philanthropists, venture capitals and other impact investors from across the country will join us. To register or for more information visit www.secfc.co.

About the Your Mark on the World Center: The Your Mark on the World Center champions social good by writing about, advocating for and advising those who do good in the world. Founder Devin Thorpe writes for Forbes, covering social entrepreneurship and impact investing. For more information visit www.YourMarkOnTheWorld.com.

For more information about the Community Foundation of Utah visit www.utahcf.org.

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Direct Public Offerings: Legal Investment Crowdfunding – Without The Wait

This is a guest post from Jenny Kassan, the CEO of Cutting Edge Capital and an attorney at Katovich & Kassan Law Group.

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Jenny Kassan

Can’t wait for the new crowdfunding securities exemption created under the JOBS Act?

It may be awhile before the SEC and FINRA finalize the regulations for Title III, the section of the JOBS Act that allows companies to use crowdfunding campaigns to offer investment opportunities to both accredited (wealthy) and non-accredited investors.

What many startups and investors may not know is that the new crowdfunding exemption is not the only way – or even the best way – to legally raise investment capital from the crowd. Just ask Ben & Jerry’s, Annie’s Homegrown and Real Goods, three companies that successfully raised capital from the crowd using a tool called a Direct Public Offering (DPO).

A DPO allows companies to self-underwrite and self-administer public securities offerings to both accredited and non-accredited investors in one or more states. A company can market and advertise its offering publicly by any means it chooses – through advertising in newspapers and magazines; at public events and private meetings; and on the internet and through social media channels. Sounds a lot like crowdfunding right? That’s because it is.

There are several legal compliance pathways that can be used to conduct a Direct Public Offering. Depending on various factors, a company or nonprofit organization can use a DPO to raise up to $1 million per year and in some cases more.

While start-ups wait in anticipation of the SEC and FINRA to finalize crowdfunding exemption rules, companies across the country are raising much-needed capital using DPOs:

  • Farm Fresh to You in California’s Yolo County, has raised over $1 million from its customers and is continuing to raise capital on an ongoing basis. Interest on the notes purchased by investors is paid in credits toward organic produce rather than cash.
  • Greenfield, MA-based Real Pickles reached its goal of $500,000 in just two months by offering non-voting preferred stock to investors in Vermont and Massachusetts and converted to a worker-owned co-op.
  • People’s Community Market in West Oakland has raised almost $1.2 million and will open a neighborhood grocery store that helps West Oakland families thrive by offering quality fresh foods, affordable groceries, health services, and a place for community building and recreation.
  • Quimper Mercantile in Port Townsend, Washington, raised about $750,000 by selling common stock to Washington residents and opened for business, ensuring that local residents could continue to buy essentials in their own community.

No matter what happens with the JOBS Act, Direct Public Offerings will continue to be an increasingly popular tool for raising capital, and in many cases may be a better option for many businesses. Here’s why:

  • Issuers may be able to Raise More than $1 Million Using a Direct Public Offering: Under the new crowdfunding exemption, issuers can only raise $1 million in any 12-month period, whereas a DPO allows companies, in many cases, to raise more than $1 million.
  • No Investor Caps with DPOs: The new crowdfunding exemption caps investments at 5% of an individual’s net worth or income. Direct Public Offerings have no such limit, thereby allowing a broad range of investment sizes.
  • Single State Offerings are More Appropriate for Community-Based Businesses: Many small businesses simply do not need to conduct an offering in all 50 states. Community-based companies looking to raise capital can find investors in their own back yard, within their local community and state. Ben and Jerry’s, for instance, raised capital for its first ice cream plant from Vermonters who knew and loved their Health Bar Crunch.
  • Unrestricted Marketing Efforts for Issuers: With DPOs, there are no required middlemen and there are no restrictions on marketing activities for issuers. Contrast that with JOBS Act restrictions that prohibit companies from advertising the terms of the offering “except for notices which direct investors to the funding portal or broker,” and prohibit direct communication with potential investors.
  • No Reviewed or Audited Financials: The crowdfunding exemption requires reviewed or audited financials for offerings over $100,000 – an expense that can be prohibitive for small businesses with minimal operating capital. On the other hand, most states don’t require financials for a DPO, and of those that do, many allow companies to waive the requirement under certain circumstances.
  • State Reviews Provide a Safety Net: The JOBS Act intends to make offerings easier by eliminating regulatory review, but the fact that state securities regulators must review each Direct Public Offering can provide investors with much more comfort and assurance, knowing that a regulatory body has vetted the offering prospectus.

Ultimately, the new crowdfunding exemption (when it becomes legal) will provide companies with another option for accessing securities-based capital from the crowd. In the meantime, the original crowdfunding model, the DPO, continues to provide companies with an effective way to conduct a self-underwritten and self-administered public securities offering.

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The Women of Crowdfunding

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

While tech entrepreneurship continues to be dominated by men (see Cheryl Snapp Conner’s piece), women appear to be playing a larger role in the crowdfunding ecosystem.

Note that Sally Outlaw, included in this article, is one of my clients.

There is a growing list of influential women leading the crowdfunding industry. Sara Hanks, CEO of CrowdCheck, Jilliene Helman, CEO of Realty Mogul, Jenny Kassan, CEO of Cutting Edge Capital, Lesley Mansford, CEO of Razoo, Sally Outlaw, CEO of Peerbackers, Danae Ringelmann, Co-founder of Indiegogo, Joy Schoffler, CEO of Leverage PR, and Joanna Schwartz, CEO of EarlyShares will all join me for a live discussion about the crowdfunding industry.

The live discussion will occur at 2:00 PM Eastern on May 14, 2014. Tune in here then to watch the discussion.

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Hanks’ bio:

Sara Hanks, co-founder and CEO of CrowdCheck, is an attorney with over 30 years of experience in the corporate and securities field. Sara’s most recent position was General Counsel of the Congressional Oversight Panel, the overseer of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Prior to that, Sara spent many years as a partner of Clifford Chance, one of the world’s largest law firms. Sara began her career in London and later joined the Securities and Exchange Commission and as Chief of the Office of International Corporate Finance led the team drafting regulations that put into place a new generation of rules governing the capital-raising process.

Sara received her law degree from Oxford University and is a member of the New York and DC bars and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Helman’s bio:

Jilliene Helman is the Founder and CEO of RealtyMogul.com. Realty Mogul is crowdfunding for real estate, the largest online marketplace for investors to pool money and buy shares of pre-vetted real estate investments.

Jilliene is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and operation of the business.

Previously Jilliene was a Vice President at Union Bank, where the majority of her time was spent in Private Wealth Management working with the broker-dealer, registered investment advisor, real estate lenders and wealth planners. Jilliene is a Certified Wealth Strategist, holds Series 7 and Series 63 securities licenses and earned a degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University. She has been featured in countless publications including Forbes, Entrepreneur, NYT and Bloomberg , and is a frequent speaker on the subjects of crowdfunding, real estate finance and entrepreneurship.

Kassan’s bio:

Jenny has over eighteen years of experience as an attorney for and creator of social enterprises. She is the CEO of Cutting Edge Capital, a consulting firm that helps social ventures raise capital in alignment with their goals and values. Jenny is also an attorney at Katovich & Kassan Law Group, a law firm that serves social enterprise. Her legal practice areas include small business start-up and financing, securities regulation, nonprofit law, and cooperatives.

Jenny earned a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and earned her J.D. from Yale Law School. She worked for eleven years at the Unity Council, a nonprofit community development corporation in Oakland, where she served as staff attorney and managed community economic development projects including the formation and management of several social ventures designed to employ and create business ownership opportunities for low-income community residents.

Jenny is the President of Community Ventures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the economic and social development of communities. She also co-founded the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a nonprofit that provides legal information to support sustainable economies. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Post Carbon Institute.

Mansford’s bio:

Lesley Mansford is the CEO of Razoo, a leading crowdfunding platform for causes, with over $220M raised for nonprofits. Mansford is a seasoned CEO, marketer and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in interactive entertainment with companies like Electronic Arts. She was co-founder and COO of pogo.com, the largest online casual games community acquired by EA in 2001. In the same year she received the Superstar award from Ad Age. She speaks regularly on the power of online to democratize philanthropy. She is a powerful advocate around issues like women’s entrepreneurship and child sex trafficking in the US. Her board positions have included The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Leadership Institute for the Ecology and the Economy and Women’s Initiative for Self Employment.

Outlaw’s bio:

As co-founder and CEO of peerbackers.com, Sally has helped thousands of entrepreneurs reach their crowdfunding goals. Sally is a seasoned entrepreneur having run her own businesses for the last twenty five years. Her media and business ventures took her across the globe – including ten years of conducting business in Russia. Sally is a speaker on the topic of small business financing at various universities, business incubators, and entrepreneurial events and has been a repeated source on the topic of crowdfunding for national media outlets. Her book, “Cash from the Crowd” on how to successfully crowdfund, was published fall 2013 by Entrepreneur Press.

Ringelmann’s bio:

Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo in 2008 with a mission to democratize fundraising and has since helped to propel the company into the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. Today, as Indiegogo’s Chief Development Officer, Danae is focused on driving total customer satisfaction and steering the company’s employee culture and value initiatives.

Prior to Indiegogo, Danae was a securities analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered publicly traded entertainment companies including Pixar, Lionsgate, Disney and Electronic Arts. Danae also focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele while at JPMorgan’s Investment Bank and Private Bank.

Danae was listed on Fast Company’s “Top 50 Women Innovators in Technology” in 2011 and was named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40″ in September 2013. Danae frequently speaks at conferences around the world, including TEDx, Le Web and CeBIT. Danae also testified before the United States House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations on “Financing America’s Small Businesses: Innovative Ideas for Raising Capital” in June 2013.

Danae is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Danae graduated with a B.A. in Humanities from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar and varsity rower. She currently resides in San Francisco.

Schoffler’s bio:

Joy Schoffler, Principal of Leverage PR, is a nationally recognized author and speaker, overseeing day-to-day operations and directing strategy for all of Leverage’s public relations accounts.

Prior to launching Leverage PR, Joy consulted and worked with a number of growth-phase firms, including serving as Director of Acquisitions for the two-time Inc. Award-winning investment firm, The PPA Group. Companies Joy has worked with have been acquired, raised large amounts of capital, secured Fortune 500 accounts (from startup phase) and experienced tremendous growth through creative messaging and dynamic media strategies.

Joy has shared her knowledge in several outlets, including: Entrepreneur.com, Social Media Monthly, MO.com, The Glass Heel and MarketingProfs. She has also been a featured speaker for a number of events and conferences, such as Crowdfunding BootCamp, Startup America, Kingonomics, SV Crowdfund, Execsense, SXSW and the Crowdfunding Professional Association’s annual conference. She has additionally done behind-the-scenes work for high-profile events: Crowdfund Texas, The Crowdfunding BootCamp and a crowdfunding summit in Washington D.C. titled “The State of Equity-Based Crowdfunding,” which included a press conference held at the National Press Club, a luncheon on Capitol Hill, a White House meeting and a meeting with SEC officials responsible for Titles II & III of the JOBS Act.

In 2014, Joy’s efforts were truly recognized, as she became a Stiletto Woman in Business Awards Finalist, an Austin Under 40 Finalist and won the Women Communicators of Austin Outstanding Austin Communicator Award.

Outside of the private sector, Joy served as a Finance Officer for six years in the U.S. Army Reserves and three years as a Public Relations Officer for the Texas State Guard. Her service included a year on active duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she led a 16-man team of finance soldiers and interned at the Pentagon. Joy sits on the board for Athletes for Change – an organization of NFL players dedicated to helping foster kids –the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CfIRA) – the main lobbying organization for the crowdfunding industry that works directly with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), to help establish industry standards and best practices.

Schwartz’s bio:

Joanna Schwartz is an accomplished senior executive and entrepreneur with 18 years of experience founding and leading financial services, technology, consumer product, and e-commerce businesses. Joanna is CEO of EarlyShares, a leading funding platform that connects smart investors with unique opportunities. By enabling individuals and companies to leverage the opportunities created by the JOBS Act, EarlyShares helps small investments ignite big ideas. Prior to joining EarlyShares, Joanna served as Managing Director of small-balance commercial lender Silver Hill Financial, leading the company from inception to over $1 billion in annual volume.

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SECFC14 Is Going To Be Big – Don’t Miss It

The Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference, SECFC14, on September 26, 2014 at Snowbird is going to be the single most important event of the year at the intersection of social entrepreneurship and crowdfunding. 

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Professional impact investors and philanthropists will be there to hear pitches from nonprofits and social entrepreneurs. This event isn’t just talking heads, though we’ll have some of the world’s experts on stage, we’ll be doing deals in the hallways.

Our roster of 30 amazing speakers will include:

  • Doug Ellenoff of Ellenoff Grossman and Schole, the leading law firm in investment crowdfunding
  • Francis Battista, co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society, the leading organization helping communities reach “no kill” status
  • Ken Marienau, CEO of Mission Markets, a crowdfunding site for impact investments
  • Rodney Sampson, author of Kingonomics, articulating the economic vision of Martin Luther King
  • Eric Weinberg, CEO of Impact Capital Strategies, advisor to the world’s leading impact investors
  • Fraser Nelson, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Utah, which is driving social entrepreneurship 
  • Cheryl Snapp Conner, Forbes Contributor and founder of Snapp Conner PR, a leading PR firm

The Wayne Brown Institute will conduct a Social Deal Forum, giving two companies the opportunity to pitch professional investors during the conference and to receive constructive feedback about the pitch from those investors. Any social entrepreneur may apply to present after registering for the conference.

The Community Foundation of Utah will hear five finalists pitch for micro grants of $1,000. While the Foundation won’t guarantee that anyone will receive a grant, they promise that if all five make great pitches, they will all receive grants. Any nonprofit may apply for the micro grant program after registering for the conference.

Registration for the conference before September 1, 2014 is just $60 for the full day, including a continental breakfast and a delicious lunch. A VIP ticket that includes an exclusive reception and dinner with the speakers and sponsors costs just $113.

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Rodney Sampson Using Equity Crowdfunding For Opportunity Hub Coworking Space

Bishop Rodney Sampson, serial entrepreneur, community leader, author of Kingonomics, and a good friend of mine, is using Georgia’s unique crowdfunding exemption to sell financial interests in an entrepreneurial coworking space in downtown Atlanta called the Opportunity Hub. He and his team have plans to roll out the model in other cities in the around the Southeast.

Rodney was also gracious enough to write the foreword to Crowdfunding for Social Good.

Rodney will also be speaking at the upcoming Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference (SECFC14) on September 26, 2014 at Snowbird.

On Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 3:00 Eastern, Rodney will join me to talk about the offering. Tune in right here then to watch the interview.

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes.

Rodney’s bio:

Rodney Sampson is a social innovator, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, published author, and consecrated bishop. Via his Episcopal affiliations with the Old Holy Catholic Church (International Bishops Conference) and Kingdom Manifestation, Sampson shapes innovative economic policy and opportunities throughout society and culture. As a serial entrepreneur, Sampson co-founded Multicast Media Networks (Streamingfaith.com) in 2000 (sold in 2010), a live and on-demand streaming platform that laid the foundation for companies like YouTube and Ustream. Not stopping there, Sampson co-founded Intellectual Currency (an integrated marketing and business development firm) in 2002, Intellect Inspire (a digital publishing imprint of Audible) in 2006, and Legacy Opportunity Fund in 2007 with private equity investments in technology, the social graph and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. He also serves on the boards of a learning company (a publishing imprint of Pearson Education), a New York-based merchant investment bank, a trucking and logistics company and a community development corporation (CDC).

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Sampson is passionate about reducing our nation’s poverty and wealth gap by advancing the cause of entrepreneurship, investment and Crowdfunding as a way of life for all communities. To advance this definitive cause, he created the diversity and inclusion initiatives at One Three Media, a joint venture between Mark Burnett Productions and Hearst. One Three executive produces The Voice, Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice, ABC’s Shark Tank, Richard Branson’s “Space Race”, The Bible Series &Son of God. He is also the Founder of opportunity.UP // unleashing private equity, the nation’s leading conference and learning platform learning for minorities and under-served communities to learn, navigate and master the entrepreneurial and investment ecosystem. opportunity.UP conferences attract over 1,000 entrepreneurs, 500 teenagers and 100 accredited investors and mentors.  On the ground, he is the co-founder of the opportunity.HUB a coworking space, knowledge repository and accelerator located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. opportunity.HUB is home to opportunity.VENTURES, a new seed and early stage fund focused on making investments in consumer goods, consumer web and technology based companies that impact culture and beyond.

Sampson is also an advocate and respected expert on the JOBS Act (debt and equity based crowdfunding) and State of Georgia’s “Invest Georgia Exemption” legislation. Always meditating, thinking, networking and connecting to disrupt economic culture, Sampson is innovating what he has branded as an  “ecosystem funding platform” designed to integrate the capital markets of the African American owned banks, churches, business associations and historical black colleges and universities. The platform will allow underserved and under-represented communities to learn, engage and invest in the investment ecosystem by providing access to relevant investment opportunities traditionally reserved for accredited and institutional investors. The long-term outcome will result in job creation, wealth creation and a better society for all.

Published Works

Vetted with intuitive and experiential wisdom, Sampson is regularly called upon to advise and speak to nations, businesses, universities, and bishops who employ thousands and lead millions of constituents and communities around the world. Sampson’s published works include Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative “Currencies” for Transforming Your Business and Your Life, Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Your Manifest Destiny: 7.5 Words to Transform Your Future; Yes We Will: Solutions for Realizing Your Personal Power in an Obama Era; and Black Trillions: Introducing Symbiotic Economics. His audio works include Any Day Now: Genesis of Divine Manifestation and Your Manifest Destiny: 15 Audio Meditations to Transform Your Future.

Education

Sampson earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tulane University in 1995 and a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2001. He also studied in the Doctorate of Medicine program at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine from 1995 to 1999. For his dedication and commitment to definitive social causes at such a young age, Sampson received an honorary Doctorate of Ministry from the I.G.F. Theological Seminary in 1998.

Philanthropy

A strong believer in global reinvestment, Sampson has been a friend of Africa. He has worked closely with the republics of Namibia, Gabon, and Uganda in the areas of trade and development, business development, leadership development, and public affairs. For his contributions to humanity, Sampson was awarded the Phoenix Award—the City of Atlanta’s highest honor—by Mayor Shirley Franklin in 2004. In direct support of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sampson, his wife, and a group of influencers in 2007 donated more than $50,000 to the King Papers Project, a capital campaign established to ensure that Dr. King’s papers would remain in the city of Atlanta at Morehouse College for generations to come.

Family

Sampson and his wife reside in Atlanta, their native home, with their children.

Highlights

  • Serial innovator, parallel entrepreneur & angel investor
  • Co-founded Multicast Media (StreamingFaith.com) in 2000, a live and on-demand streaming platform that laid the foundation for companies like YouTube and ustream. Sold in 2010.
  • Recognized as a national expert on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) ACT a/ka #crowdfunding
  • Served as 1st Executive -in- Charge of Diversity and Inclusion, One Three Media / Mark Burnett Productions (Producer of Shark Tank, The Voice, Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice, Richard Branson’s “Space Race”, The Bible Series & Son of God)
  • Co-Founder of Opportunity Hub (OHUB), a co-working space and accelerator located at 200 Peachtree in Downtown Atlanta, http://www.ohub200.com
  • Co-Founder of the opportunity.UP // unleashing private equity conference (formerly known as Kingonomics)
  • Co-Founder of opportunity.VENTURES with Jerry Hicks & Paul Judge
  • Sampson’s Intellectual Currency Agency provided high level advisory, integrated marketing and business development for The Bible Series (Mark Burnett Productions), Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ (Icon Pictures); Walden Media’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Disney); and Keith Beauchamp’s The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (Think Film).
  • Author of four best selling books, including Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative Currencies For Transforming Your Business & Life: Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Consecrated bishop in The International Bishop’s Conference, the North American branch of The Old Holy Catholic Church
  • Launched Kingdom Manifestation, a marketplace ministry
  • Mentored by Dr. John C. Maxwell from 2004-2006; Trained more than 32,000 leaders in Namibia, Africa
  • Speaks and advises nations, corporations, universities and churches
  • Advised three African Heads of State (Namibia, Gabon, Uganda)
  • Sampson’s definitive purpose is to disrupt poverty and facilitate the reduction of the wealth gap in America and beyond via innovation, entrepreneurship and investment

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Real Estate Crowdfunding Builds Communities

AdaPia d’Errico, Chief Marketing Officer of the real estate crowdfunding portal Patch of Land, will be speaking at the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference (SECFC14) on September 26, 2014 at Snowbird, Utah.

On July 3, 2014 at 2:00 Eastern, AdaPia will join me for a live discussion about the critical role that real estate plays in a community and how crowdfunding for real estate can have a positive impact on a neighborhood.

More about Patch of Land:

Patch of Land is a marketplace lending platform that connects borrowers who require short term funding for their real estate projects with accredited and institutional investors seeking uncorrelated returns from passive income real estate investments.

Patch of Land is a privately owned company based in Los Angeles, CA providing accredited and institutional investors easier access to short-term, asset collateralized, fixed income securities through its proprietary P2RE “Peer-to-Real-Estate” lending marketplace. Patch of Land is the online marketplace solution to inefficient, slow, fragmented and obscure short- term real estate lending, providing a fast, efficient, transparent and consistent service to real estate borrowers and professionals, who may not qualify for traditional financing.

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AdaPia’s bio:

AdaPia d’Errico is an entrepreneur, investor, and mentor with broad experience across retail banking, financial planning, international finance and capital markets, strategic brand and intellectual property development, crowdfunding and online community building. As Chief Marketing Officer at Patch of Land, she leads strategic partnerships, and drives brand awareness while positioning the company at the forefront of P2P real estate lending and debt crowdfinancing. She has co-founded two businesses with women partners, coached female entrepreneurs, taught and mentored business students, and frequently speaks on Women 2.0 topics in crowdfunding, entrepreneurship, and fundraising for start-ups. AdaPia has a BBA from the University of British Columbia.

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