by: Vinay Dora K
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IIS-April05The first anniversary of US President Barack Obama signing the JOBS Act will see Grow VC Group Chairman Jouko Ahvenainen and other top crowdfunding platform leaders at Thomson Reuters’ Innovative Investing Symposium 2013.

Jouko Ahvenainen will chair a panel discussion “Ecosystems Embracing Crowd Funding”, a topic of interest especially for Fund Managers, Broker Dealers, Asset Managers, University Alumni & Researchers, as well as Angel Networks, Incubators and Technology Transfer Offices.

The event will witness the sharing of best practices and success stories from key speakers, with the discussion focus on how equity crowdfunding works together with other investing, lending and funding models.

Sharing some of his insights in the run-up to the event, Mr Ahvenainen emphasized on how crowdfunding cannot be an isolated island, and that it’s crucial to link it to the existing funding ecosystem. Citing an example, he said in an early phase startup crowdfunding, this would mean cooperation with VCs, business angels, alongside incubators and other parties supporting startups. He further said in such an early phase scenario, it’s not only about the money, but to get all components needed to build a successful company.

The Grow VC Group sees the JOBS Act as having a lot of influence on the investing and funding market even outside the early phase startups, especially on the broker dealer market. It will basically open more new and effective online models for many investment services.

The Group itself is actively pioneering market initiatives in different ways, from offering platforms to operate their own crowdfunding infrastructure and platform development, to investment banking services to facilitate crowdfunding, P2P investing rounds and developing co-investment models.

The event has publications and film crews coming in for interviews, besides several confirmed media organizations covering it.

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Vinay Dora K A digital native, Vinay has seen web technology and its business development from close quarters through his experience with startups and corporations like Yahoo! Inc. A learner for life, Vinay is active in the student community circles with recent stints at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm School of Economics, Peking University China and as a media panel delegate at Harvard University's HPAIR conference. Follow Vinay on Google, Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn

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