Zagreb Crowdfunding Convention is the first event in region which gathers crowdfunding enthusiasts with the aim of exchanging experiences and develop crowdfunding market. Since 2015. until 2017. we organized three conferences, hosted numerous experts from Europe and spread crowdfunding fever through regional and local media.
We organized the first crowdfunding convention in Zagreb in autumn 2015. Panels and workshops covered campaign building, crowdfunding for social good and crowdfunding legal regulation, while giving the perspective on topics from some of today’s most important leaders in the world of crowdfunding - Indiegogo's Liz Wald and Anastasia Emmanuel, Gote's Marie G. Parulero, the famous European crowdfunding expert Karsten Wenzlaff, and many others. The broad public interest generated by the event, and the possibility of exchanging experiences with some of the most active actors in crowdfunding, encouraged us to organize the second convention.
Zagreb Crowdfunding Convention 2016 focused on the experiences of the regional crowdfunding platforms, initiatives and campaign implementors. The event hosted representatives of the ideaFunder$ platform from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatian platforms Croenergy and Čini pravu stvar, and Slovenian platform ADRIfund, and the famous musicians Rambo Amadeus and group Laibach presented their successful campaigns. European crowdfunding experts Ronald Kleverlaan (CrowdfundingHub), Tim Wright (twintangibles) and Karsten Wenzlaff (ikosom) presented their views on the possibilities of the regional crowdfunding market, and the event attracted representatives of numerous Croatian institutions, such as the Croatian Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts. Read more about the Zagreb Crowdfunding Convention 2016 on our blog.
Main theme of the third Zagreb Crowdfunding Convention was regional development of crowdfunding which was presented through series od interesting lectures, a workshop and a panel. The Convention was organized by the agency Brodoto and with the help and support of HAMAG-BICRO, Swedish embassy, Crowd-Fund-Port and Lavazza.
Speakers talked about trends in crowdfunding, equity crowdfunding, practical examples and take-aways of the record-breaking campaigns in the field of entrepreneurship. Participants had the opportunity to listen to financial technology researcher Michal Gromek from the Stockholm School of Economics, Armando Melone from the European Commission, Jasminka Keser from the Croatian Ministry of Economy, Nenad Bakić from the STEM Revolution, Žiga Berce from eBerce, Karsten Wenzlaff from Ikosom and many other esteemed guests. This years edition gathered over 130 crowdfunding experts and enthusiasts from the region and Europe.
Gromek announced that a lot of novelties from the world of crowdfunding await, such as crowdfunding loans, crowdfunding properties and crowdfunding insurance.
Agency Brodoto presented the results of the research that showed 450% increase in regional crowdfunding campaigns. Still, less than 0.5% of the population supported the campaign which indicates that crowdfunding must be promoted and developed even more in the area. In the period from 2012 to 2016, through crowdfunding campaigns, it has been collected only 9 million euros through 2200 campaigns.
Regional trends show that crowdfunding became not only important tool for gathering financial resources, but also people and ideas.