VanFUNDING 2017 Conference: Going Mainstream with Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Join Canada’s leading fintech, blockchain and crowd finance experts for a full day of panels, pitching and networking

  • VanFUNDING will be held on November 28th, 8am-6pm at the Morris Wosk Centre for Advanced Dialogue in Vancouver, BC
  • Conference will host the first-ever BC Regtech Hackathon with over $20,000 in prizes to be won
  • Covering ground-breaking topics such as blockchain smart contacts, Initial Coin Offerings, emerging regulations, and more

Cryptocurrency has made headlines in the investment community in the last few months — for good reason. Stemming from the fact that the currency is decentralized and digital cryptocurrency is pioneering an innovative approach to navigating the business, intelligence, and financial sectors. As a result of this, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) recently announced the first registration of an investment fund manager in Canada solely dedicated to cryptocurrency investments. This first registration allows access to bitcoin investments, while providing the BCSC with unique mechanisms to monitor operations in a rapidly developing area.

This makes sense when taking a look at the rise of prices in cryptocurrencies lately, especially Bitcoin. The digital currency’s price soared to its record high above $7,000 at the beginning of November. This significant growth is believed to be caused by a paradigm shift in the finance industry, whereas more people are looking to decentralized systems for peer-to-peer transactions without government control or oversight.

Moreover, fintech has also garnered the attention of many in the financial services industry. Fintech, like crowdfunding, is revolutionizing the way small businesses start up and accept payments. In fact, this past summer the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) launched a regulatory sandbox to support financial technology businesses seeking to offer innovative products, services and applications in Canada. This regulatory sandbox allows firms to obtain exemptive relief from the securities laws requirements that may be an impediment to their innovative business models, provided that investor protection is not compromised. Within the same time frame, the CSA also published a Cryptocurrency Offerings Notice to help financial technology businesses understand what obligations may apply to them under securities laws.

In response to the rising interest in cryptocurrency’s uses and opportunities, VanFUNDING’s 2017 conference and first ever BC Regtech Hackathon will feature over 50 expert speakers from companies such as Microsoft and IBM to discuss the groundbreaking effect of cryptocurrency and investment opportunities affecting the intelligence and financial marketplaces. This year’s premier sponsors are Raymond James, Victory Square Technologies, BC Securities Commission, Growling WLG, Blockchain Intelligence Group and Etherparty. A full list can be found on the website at

The conference is run by the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA), a non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding, alternative finance, fintech, and P2P. It will be taking place at the Morris Wosk Centre for Dialogue, where a full day of education via keynotes, TEDx-style presentations, panels and workshops covering blockchain, fintech, regtech, and innovation finance topics is on the agenda. As well, VanFUNDING has prepared an arsenal of talented and experienced keynote speakers from the investing and intelligence communities including Brady Fletcher from the TSX Venture Exchange, Eric Maino from Microsoft, and many more.

The VanFUNDING conference is a great opportunity to network and learn more about cryptocurrency and fintech, as it brings together many industry professionals to promote interactive dialogue and discussion. Tickets start at $75. For registration and more information, click here.