Crowdfunding, whether peer-to-peer crowdfunding or equity crowdfunding, has continued to grow over the past year, and is now considered a viable method for raising funds by more and more entrepreneurs and business owners.

As this industry has grown, so has the wealth of information and insight surrounding it. To that effect, many crowdfunding conferences have popped up in recent years. These conferences have provided fantastic places to meet industry influencers, network with experts and gain a wealth of knowledge pertaining to raising money through crowdfunding.

Whether you are an investor, crowdfunding marketer or project creator, it is important to stay smart on changes in the crowdfunding industry. Here are some of the top crowdfunding conferences happening all over the world within the next year.

Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Conference
May 4-5 2017, Mountain View, California

Entitled “The Rise of Alternative Finance”, this conference will explore new methods of finance, from peer-to-peer lending, to crowdfunded small business and real estate finance. There are also opportunities to review existing and developing legal considerations and international initiatives. This conference is limited to 300 attendees and brings together many industry thought-leaders, making it sure to offer unique and valuable insights to this growing industry in an intimate atmosphere.

One Spark
TBD 2017, Jacksonville, FL

Technically dubbed a “festival” and not a “conference,” One Spark is a five day event titled “the world’s largest crowdfunding festival” and is topped off with a one day speaker summit. Over the five days, creators from six categories (Art, Education, Health & Science, Music, Social Good and Technology) showcase their projects to a crowd of over 250,000 people and experience crowdfunding in-person. Attendees contribute to creator crowdfunding campaigns and vote to distribute $150,000 of a guaranteed $350,000 in awards at One Spark. Plus, all participants can enjoy free live entertainment, a food village featuring some of the best chefs and food trucks in the region, music stages and an incredible, jam-packed festival atmosphere.

Crowdfunding USA Conference and Expo
May 4-5 2017, Washington DC

Convening at the National Press Club, a select group of thought leaders, industry leaders, and policy makers will gather to consider the future of alternative finance. The conference plans to bring together traditional private investors and crowdfunders. Crowdfunding USA provides participants with the unique opportunity to discuss current state of the industry, to learn from experts in venture capital, business angel and crowdfunding fields, to network and to find new partnerships. Attendees will hear from people who implement crowdfunding as a part of their current fundraising and marketing strategies and from those who work with SEC to make the equity crowdfunding legal in the United States.

The Crowdfunding Forum for Real Estate
March 9 2017, New York, NY

The newest, most exciting area in real estate is crowdfunding, and IMN’s “Crowdfunding for Real Estate” conference is the first conference solely dedicated to real estate developers and RIAs. Each program is conducted by real estate developers and RIAs themselves as experts in the new real estate crowdfunding field.

Crowd Invest Summit
September 6-7 2017, Los Angeles, CA

Crowd Invest Summit is a crowdfunding conference and expo with a mission to educate and bring together accredited and non-accredited investors with startups, issuers and real estate investment opportunities. Investors meet investment opportunities under the new crowdfunding regulations. There is also a focus on introducing investors to crowdfunding startups, companies, and real estate investment opportunities. Top keynote speakers and panels cover all types of crowdfunding and investing (Title II, Title  III, Regulation A+).

Global Crowdfunding Convention
October 23-24 2017, Las Vegas, NV

This is the biggest global crowdfunding event in the world. The GCC conference showcases the best and brightest, with topics covering all aspects of the amazing and exciting crowdfunding and crowd financing industry. You’ll benefit from the most engaging and highest level of crowdfunding education and also get the chance to network with fellow entrepreneurs, investors and top global crowdfunding thought leaders.

If you’re looking for great crowdfunding advice but can’t find the time or money to make it to one of these events, check out our crowdfunding blog series or contact us to learn how we can bring your idea to life.