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Alternative Finance Workshop – Changing Hearts and Minds

08:30 to 13:00
Belfast campus

Conor Lecture Theatre


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 initial proposal is to hold a half day conference involving the main stakeholders involved in the crowdfunding environment.

Outline Content 

8.30am - Registration, Light Breakfast, Networking

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

9.00am SESSION 1

Overview of Alternative Finance (Mike Pogue)

InvestNI – Access to Finance

Crowdfunding Platform (Michael Faulker, CoFunderNI)

Case Studies (Possibly two)

10.30am  Coffee Break, Networking

11.00am SESSION 2

Venture Capital (Colin Walsh, Crescent Capital)

Small company finance (Judith Totten, Upstream)

Start-ups (Halo)

Bank Referral Act (Ian Jordan)

12.30pm Concluding Thoughts & Next Steps