Crowdfunding Symposium Explores Platform and Policy Issues of Social Finance

The 3rd Annual Crowdfunding Symposium will be held on September 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 100 Blum Hall, UC Berkeley, to present stimulating future work on this topic to its academic audience, and also to help inform practitioners, policymakers, and students. This year, the academic symposium will focus on global crowdfunding issues such as platform design, startup funding, and equity crowdfunding.

See symposium agenda.

The symposium is sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, the Clausen Center that unites researchers from the Haas School of Business and the Department of Economics, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Adair Morse, assistant professor of finance at Berkeley-Haas, and Lee Fleming, faculty director at the Fung Institute, are the symposium’s lead organizers.

In April 2015, UC Berkeley business and engineering academics launched CrowdBerkeley, a partnership focused on teaching and learning about the power of crowdfunding. Morse is researching crowdfunding’s new role in finance and also teaches Berkeley-Haas’ New Venture Finance class to help MBA students better understand the future of finance by taking into account the roles of policy, regulation, and technology.