Participation of Ms Madi Sharma as Keynote speaker at the “CrowdNexus” event focus on crowdfunding

May 28 2015
Participation of Ms Madi Sharma as Keynote speaker at the “CrowdNexus” event focus on crowdfunding

Subject: Participation of Ms Madi Sharma as Keynote speaker at the "CrowdNexus" event focus on crowdfunding

To celebrate the success of Chris Buckingham's latest title, Crowdfunding Intelligence, (more information here on the 28th May in Central London, LID Publishing hosted CrowdNexus, a full day of engaging thought leadership, thought provoking panel discussions and interactive workshops. Participants had the unique opportunity to learn from and network with, the very best thinkers in the crowdfunding world, discuss their own campaigns, and walk away with some valuable insights and practical applications.

Following my presentation at the ECCN event in Paris in December, I was invited you to speak as an entrepreneur and UK member of EESC on how crowdfunding changes people's lives. They wanted to learn more about the work of the EESC, and its role in promoting entrepreneurship and funding mechanisms for start ups and innovation.

During the conference I spoke on the heritage of crowdfunding from family friends and fools and how now society was collectively supporting those ideas that they believed would make the change. In effect society was taking responsibility and at the same time not allowing the banks to control the people or prevent ideas from reaching their potential. My blogs on the subject can be found on

During my speech I promoted the INT/519 Report on Entrepreneurship to exit the crisis, and the Opinion SOC/446 on female entrepreneurship.

Several keynote speakers from Crowdfunding platforms and innovation agencies such as Roland Harwood from 100 % Open and Babou Olengha-Aaby from Mums Mean Business gave a series of inspiring presentations on crowdfunding campaigns.

Guests also had the opportunity to explore their knowledge on crowdfunding in interactive workshops run by Chris Buckingham and Henry Freeman, CEO of Crowdshed. Two panel discussions were held where guests could consult the experts on advice for their individual projects and hear more about the principles of a successful campaign.

LID Publishing also welcomed the Mediterranean catering company Humus Bros, and well-known ice cream manufacturer, Ben and Jerry's, both of which have used crowdfunding initiatives. Guests had the chance to hear all about Ben and Jerry's Join Our Core program in a presentation by Ben and Jerry's Project Manager Alex Watson.

Crowdnexus was a celebration of knowledge, entrepreneurial innovation and the success of Crowdfunding's impact on businesses worldwide.

This was a great opportunity for me to transfer my experiences as a Member of the EESC on the important work that the EESC is doing with regard to Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for any further information

Thank you for this great opportunity to introduce the EESC’s initiatives the field of Entrepreneurship and innovation.


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