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Equity crowdfunding - OXEPR 2016

The 2nd annual OXEPR (May 20, 2016) hosted in Cooperation with the Public Policy Forum of the Quebec City Conference and Bruegel.


  • Gilles Duruflé (Public Policy Forum, Quebec City Conference)
  • Thomas Hellmann (Saïd Business School, University of Oxford)
  • Karen Wilson (Senior Fellow at Bruegel, Brussels & Affiliate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford)

The concept of 'crowdfunding' (using online platforms to enable large numbers of people to invest small amounts in new ventures) has increasingly drawn attention, most recently for its possible role in providing equity funding to start-ups. According to industry estimates, crowdfunding experienced a steep market growth from USD 6.1bn in 2013 to USD 16.2bn in 2014 and is expected to have reached USD 34.4bn in 2015. To date, Europe has been the leader in equity crowdfunding.

This roundtable brings together selected academics, policy makers and practitioners to discuss the role that equity crowdfunding can play in the seed and early stage financing market. It will include interactive discussions on models and types of platforms that are emerging and the implications for regulatory authorities and public policy.

Published papers relating to discussions at this event

Equity Crowdfunding in the UK British Business Bank
Improving the Role of Equity Crowdfunding in Europe's Capital Markets Breugel
Understanding Alternative Finance

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

Where are they now? Equity Crowdfunding in the UK AltFiData
Crowdfunding Explained European Commission
The European Alternative Financial Benchmarking Report

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

Equity Crowdfunding - A new phenomenon Vulkan et al
Equity Crowdfunding Estrin and Khavul
The 2015 UK Alternative Finance Industry Report

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

Crowdfunding Crossing Borders Research Report CrowdFundingHub
Current State of Crowdfunding in Europe CrowdFundingHub
Crowfunding in EU Capital Markets Union European Commission
Ministry of Finance Crowdfunding Act (Finland) Ministry of Finance, Finland
Crowdfunding Potential for the Developing World The World Bank
Creating a Crowdfunding Ecosystem in Chile Inter-American Development Bank

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