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Crowdfunding: Setting the Research Agenda, Oct 17

We are seeking submissions for a research conference on crowdfunding, sponsored by the Coleman Fung Institute of Engineering Leadership, UC Berkeley College of Engineering, October 17 and 18, 2013. Given last April’s passage of the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act), and delay in the issuance of clear regulatory guidelines, the research agenda remains unclear. As such, we seek a very wide array of submissions from all disciplines. We encourage scholars to think deeply about what we should study and to distill crisp research questions, such that we can collectively put forth an effective and coherent research agenda. While the focus will be equity crowdfunding, we will consider research on all versions of the phenomenon. If you have any preliminary research results to share, they would be appreciated, however, we also welcome thoughtful expositions and research designs.

Please send proposals by Aug. 1, 2013, to Hazel Palaski: hpalaski@berkeley.edu. We hope to have in attendance the legislators who sponsored crowdfunding reform in the U.S. Congress. Policy representatives from the SEC will also attend.

Please see attached document for further details.