A center dedicated exclusively to the alternative financing mechanism is set to open in Amsterdam in 2016.Lea Weitekamp
Known as the Crowdfunding Hub, a European knowledge center for crowdfunding will launch in Amsterdam in spring 2016 according to a report by Tech.eu . The project is being initiated by Ronald Kleverlaan, a Dutch crowdfunding expert who advises the European Commission on crowd investing. He is also co-founder of Eurocrowd , the European Crowdfunding Network.
As a network of thought leaders, the Crowdfunding HUB aims to bring together knowledge and experience whilst injecting new impetus into the use of crowdfunding and crowd investing. As well as organizing a series of related events and workshops, specific research projects will be undertaken to define existing crowdfunding practices more clearly, along with their advantages and risks.
The initiative is certainly welcome, with crowdfunding proving increasingly popular in recent years as an alternative form of finance for start-ups. To date, there has not been enough in-depth academic research on the topic. This is where the new European think tank can help to provide transparency and legal certainty that will ultimately benefit founders and investors alike.
The Crowdfunding HUB will be launched at the end of March 2016 as part of the European Commission's Innovative Enterprise event, which is all about financing business ideas in Europe. To stay informed, sign up for the newsletter on the Crowdfunding Hub website .
This coming March, Hall 11 at CeBIT will also be focusing on these types of finance options. Scale11, Europe's biggest platform for all parts of the start-up ecosystem, will see finance experts discussing issues around current forms of financing.