TORONTO, Jan. 12, 2015 /CNW/ – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) today announced the 2nd Annual 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit (CCS2016) is to be held on Thursday, March 3, 2016, the foremost destination for leaders in the quickly emerging Canadian crowdfunding economy.

CCS2016 is the Canadian crowdfunding industry’s leading edge and innovative national conference aimed at stimulating business transactions, collaborative partnerships and engagement for crowdfunding, alternative finance and fintech markets.

The overarching theme of this year’s conference is ‘The Future Is Now’: 2016 is anticipated to be the year of crowdfunding, with the majority of provincial securities regulators having adopted new exemptions. These exemptions would allow start-ups and early stage companies to utilize securities crowdfunding by the general public through online portals, validating the need to modernize the capital raising process of private ventures. Globally, crowdfunding grew by 167% to raise $16.2 billion in 2014, and was projected to double (again) in size to over $30 billion in 2015.

The summit will take place at MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto with a comprehensive program of over 30 sessions, delivering a full day of education and networking featuring high profile keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, entrepreneurial pitches, mentor sessions, and a trade show showcasing Canada’s most forefront crowdfunding platforms and service providers.

NCFA Canada and partners are also hosting a VIP networking reception on March 2 to provide prime networking opportunities and accommodate out of town guests. Companies that are actively seeking to raise capital from crowdfunding markets are encouraged to apply to pitch to CCS2016 by Feb 5th end of day.

“There is still time to get involved with the conference” said Craig Asano, Founder and Executive Director of NCFA Canada. This is an open call to all entrepreneurs, investors, expert speakers and conference partners to jump on board to advance the Canadian crowdfunding industry, a key driver to the early stage financing ecosystem.”

NCFA Canada expects the Summit to attract over 500 delegates from across the country this year, varying from crowdfunding industry leaders such as portals, accounting and legal professionals, dealer-brokers, marketers, private angel investors and venture capital funds, social enterprise impact investing companies, government, academia, media journalists and entrepreneurial networks.

Conference organizers promise that, “CCS2016 will be even bigger and better than the inaugural summit – there has been a lot more interest from international markets in the Canadian crowdfunding industry this past year, especially with the new regulations. 2016 will be a milestone year as crowdfunding continues to grow exponentially around the world.”

Register for CCS2016 today!