Crowdfunding spotlighted in Cornell University’s Entrepreneurship Seminar Series

"It’s time to liberate capital. Crowdfunding is a democratization of capital that is happening quickly all around the world.” – David Drake
By: The Soho Loft
Jan. 31, 2013 - PRLog -- CORNELL UNIVERSITY’S The Entrepreneurship Seminar Series continues to focus on meaningful topics that give participants practical takeaways as it links with The Soho Loft this February 7, 4:30 pm (EST) at the Sage Hall of its Ithaca Campus in NY.

There’s no better place to learn more about entrepreneurship and its very core than in universities. It is where students of life come face to face with the realities of the world’s challenges. Challenges that can be turned into opportunities to create changes that will impact society. The needs of society provide all the reasons for anyone to be enterprising and entrepreneurial. However, to get to the very core, that is the calling of a true-blue entrepreneur.  

The diligence and thoughtfulness that go into this journey of becoming a true-blue entrepreneur is the very discipline that is honed and sharpened within the hallowed halls of the universities, colleges and institutions of learning.

Under the Johnson Graduate School of Management, the Entrepreneurship Seminar Series is a practical educational program which provides guidance to students, staff, faculty, local residents and alumni on business-themed issues like business formation, operation, intellectual property, team building and the like.  In its continuing effort to provide relevant networking opportunities, the series will feature the US JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) and crowdfunding with the industry pioneer and expert himself, David Drake, Chairman and Founder of LDJ Capital and The Soho Loft.

“There is a growing relevance in crowdfunding platforms and a great need to stress key wisdom in entrepreneurship around the world through crowdfunding,” says David Drake.  Crowdfunding is an emerging financial tool which is poised to support capital requirements for early-stage start-up businesses and growth stage companies together with traditional investment sources.

Awareness on crowdfunding and its benefits strengthened after David Drake saw the passing of the US JOBS Act which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in April last year. Mr. Drake will also discuss the ongoing process of implementation of the JOBS Act which he expects to inject “a much-needed zing on small and medium industries and on the emerging crowdfunding sector in the US and around the globe” with the addition of equity-based crowdfunding.

Drake says, “The US is the first country in the world taking the leadership position in crowdfunding with the JOBS Act. It will create a momentous change in how capital flows and will enable millions of businesses to get the capital they need to grow enterprises, sustain innovation and create jobs.”

Mr. Drake is also a founder of two major organizations that passionately supported the JOBS Act Law -- the US Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and US CrowdFunding Professional Association (CfPA). His endeavors have taken him abroad where he has collaborated with several renowned international groups to share best practices in capital creation one of which is at the 2012 Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) Forum in Rome and Brussels.

Learn more about creative and impact entrepreneurship as discussions delve deeper into the many intricacies of the JOBS Act and crowdfunding.  Mr Drake  will elaborate on how these laws and other innovative practices can reform capital creation and access this February 7, 2013 at Cornell University’s Entrepreneurship Seminar Series.

Event details may be found at http://us-jobs-act-crowdfunding-cornell-newyork.eventbrit... . For attendance inquiries please email

About The Soho Loft (

The Soho Loft Capital Creation Events (”TSL”) is a corporate strategy  and advisory services company specializing in financial innovation and economic sustainability. Through its global events and media platform it advances diligent mainstream and alternative investing for start-up entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises. TSL provides visionary leadership and relevant education in the areas of capital formation, crowdfunding, angel networking, non-conventional funding, eb5 green card programs, micro-finance, venture capital, private equity and hedge funds.

TSL is a subsidiary of LDJ Capital based in New York USA. Its founder and Chairman, David Drake, is a founding member of Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and of Crowdfunding Professional Association (CFPA). He played a key role in the passing of the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) in the United States. His advocacy for financial innovation has taken him to the global stage when he joined the U.S Commerce Department’s delegation to Brussels and Rome at the Transatlantic Economic Forum for SME Policy last July 2012 where he met with European ministers and national legislators. He is an international speaker and prolific writer on these topics.

Overall, TSL’s mission is to bring global awareness and develop infrastructure to facilitate innovative capital formation and access and spur job creation. As such, The Soho Loft operates as the leading global corporate strategy adviser on financial and economic policy.

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