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Crowd funding “Green” Educational Institutions

The Soho Loft founder and Chairman, David Drake, is to make the first presentation on crowd funding to educational institutions in Eastern Europe

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PRLog (Press Release) - Oct. 12, 2012 - October 7, 2012 - On October 13, 2012, The Soho Loft founder and Chairman David Drake will give a groundbreaking presentation on crowd funding for equity to education leaders at an international conference in Moscow, Russia.

Mr Drake’s presentation, “Crowdfunding as an Alternative Financial Support of University Innovation”, at Green Enterprising and University Innovation for a Sustainable Future will be the first time anyone has presented on this topic in Eastern Europe.  

The Green Enterprising and University Innovation for a Sustainable Future conference will be held at Lomonosov Moscow State University on October 13-14 .  The conference has been organised by Stockholm University, Moscow State University and Bauman Technical University and supported by the Swedish Institute.  In attendance will be participants from 27 eastern European universities.

Mr Drake will present to academia, researchers and university students on the intricacies of and unique developments in the JOBS Act which was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012 and which has spurred the dynamic growth of the crowd funding phenomenon in the USA. He had the privilege to witness this happen all over the nation as he worked with other thought leaders in this space, in particular as one of the founding members of CFIRA (CrowdFund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates) and CfPA (Crowdfund Professional Association). Globally, David Drake has taken great strides in partnering with various prestigious international groups for sharing of best practice.  In particular, he was part of the delegation to the US-Europe Transatlantic Economic Council, or TEC Forum, in Rome and Brussels last July 10-13 led by the US Ambassador Miriam Sapiro.

The issues of Green Enterprising and University Innovation for a Sustainable Future are relevant now-days for universities in terms of financial management, in particular, cost-sharing and income generation. Due to globalization and uneven world demography, universities have to compete for domestic and foreign students, as well as for highly qualified staff, to ensure more income for operational expenses and development. They have to be more entrepreneurial, visible and accommodating and Green Enterprising is a potential strategic innovation for finance and management.  Universities are large entities where large economies of scale to become “Greener” are possible as are innovations for sustainable development. This is because of the high number of staff and the use of a lot of space, infrastructure and facilities.

Of the Moscow conference, David Drake has said, “This will be an amazing opportunity to educate researchers and other members of academia in eastern Europe, bringing the best of our current developments in the crowd funding for equity marketplace while also learning from and establishing collaborative partnerships with new colleagues.”

“We must start with education to understand how the crowd can commercialize the concept of IP and start ups while also offering support groups and angels to better vet and assure IP and start up viability.  Let the crowd in crowd funding check the viability of IP and products and also cross research but, as we are moving to do in the US, also allow the non-accredited to invest and finance new IP.”

“Crowd funding is one of many capital creation solutions for SMEs we cover in our presentations.  While in Moscow, I would love to discuss EU - US Finance policy and compare it to Russian policy and similar programs,” said David Drake.

“I have not been in Russia for 20 years when I first visited St Petersburg and Moscow.  I am very eager to see how the country has evolved since I was there last.”
The goal of The Soho Loft is to promote and advance crowd fund investing for start-up entrepreneurs and SMEs so they will optimize their opportunities to grow their business, innovate their products and services and thus create more jobs for others in their communities. The outcome of all of these actions is the creation of a new path to economic prosperity for local and global communities. With the theme of the Moscow conference in mind, The Soho Loft's presentation will provide avenues for capital formation and access to funds for entrepreneurship plans and activities aimed in creating green opportunities and building a sustainable future.

A conference document describes Green Enterprising and University Innovation for a Sustainable Future as “a forum for broadening the discussion on university education and research in the environmental area by integrating knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurship in general and entrepreneurially driven environmental solutions in particular. We would like, also, to share with a wider audience project experiences and results from our ongoing international project on the conference topic as well as further expand our project network.”

ABOUT US

The Soho Loft Capital Creation Events ("TSL") is a global event platform that strives to promote and advance strategic and diligent mainstream and alternative investing for start-up entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises. TSL seeks to provide relevant education and visionary leadership training in the areas of capital formation, crowd funding, angel networking, non-conventional funding, eb5 green card programs, micro-finance, venture capital, private equity and hedge funds. All creative investing solutions are focused in allowing the start-ups and SMEs to optimize all opportunities to grow their business through product/service/market/human resource innovation while seeking to do so in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. All of which are directed to creating a new path to socio-economic prosperity.

David Drake, founder and Chairman of TSL, a subsidiary of LDJ Capital, has founded the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) to further these goals. He was also a representative in the U.S. Commerce delegation to Brussels and Rome to meet with European Ministers and legislators at the Transatlantic Economic Council forum in July 2012. Overall, TSL's mission is to educate about and develop infrastructure to facilitate capital formation, innovation and job creation. As such, The Soho Loft operates as the leading global corporate strategy advisory.

For Press inquiries, contact donna@LDJCapital.com

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