Vancouver Enterprise Forum

Crowdfunding - Another Option For Start-ups, Charities & Education, May 28th

  • 28 May 2013
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC)
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Crowdfunding - our panel will discuss this rapidly growing way of raising capital which is expected to generate $2.8 billion in 2013 according to Massolution. Our panel will include both crowdfunding companies and those who have used these companies to raise capital as well as an angel investor at the forefront of equity crowdfunding. Topics the panellists will discuss include; 

• How significant is crowdfunding as a means of raising capital 
• What are the different types of crowdfunding 
• What factors maximize crowdfunding success  
• What are the opportunities and risks involved 
• What does the future look like – especially with regards to equity crowdfunding

Panelists include:

Daryl Hatton, Founder & CEO of FundRazr
Mike Volker, Director of WUTIF Capital (VCC)
Jay Giraud, Founder & CEO of Mojio
David Geertz, Founder of SoKap
Jayesh Parmar, Co-Founder & CEO of Picatic

Daryl Hatton, Founder & CEO at, Canada's largest crowdfunding platform, has 30 years of industry experience and a passion for building companies from the ground up. 

One of his earliest ventures had a successful NASDAQ IPO in 1999. Over $200 million in software and services have been sold so far from products directly related to Daryl's vision. 

He serves as a board member and mentor to a number of start-ups and works as a social media product advisor to PayPal. FundRazr, his current passion, has been named as a finalist for Most Promising Startup at the BCTIA Technology Impact Awards.

When Daryl is not in front of his computer screen (writing code and managing business) he can be found behind the bench coaching and managing games of lacrosse with his son.

Mike Volker, Director at SFU-Innovation Office and Director for WUTIF Capital (VCC) is an Entrepreneur active in the development of new high technology ventures. A University of Waterloo Engineering grad, Mike started his own company (Volker-Craig Ltd) in 1973. He sold this company in 1981 and then decided to work with entrepreneurs in building new companies. 

He is presently the director of Simon Fraser University's Innovation Office. Check out his latest two projects: Greenangel Energy Corp, [GAE.V] a public company that invests in green technologies and WUTIF - the Western Universities Technology Innovation Fund - an "angel" fund for start-ups. 

To further encourage tech entrepreneurship, Mike runs the Vancouver Angel Network, VANTEC and he's also quite active with New Ventures BC - an annual business competition. Mike was also chairman of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum for several years.

Jay Giraud, Founder & CEO of Mojio and a passionate entrepreneur who believes in making the world a better place through technology products for everyday people.

Prior to founding mojio in 2012, Jay led a team that built the world's leading vehicle-to-grid management system for electric vehicles with customers including the US Army, Chrysler and Burlington Hydro. Today, Jay is building on his vision of bringing the Internet of Cars to market on an open platform called mojio.

A former world traveling professional snowboarder, Jay is also a seasoned speaker and has spoken at events including Techonomy (2010), Globe (2010), Resource Point (2011), and Deloitte Cleantech (2011).

David Geertz, founder of Sokap, a next generation crowdfunding platform that creates simple social enterprises. SoKap is the first platform to allow a backer to make a financial return without the company owner selling equity, or taking on debt within the transaction. SoKap works primarily within the digital and tangible consumer goods space.

Dave is also a partner in Binoir Media, a diversified holding company that has a focus in the disrupting and innovating of the content and financial sectors.

Prior to Sokap, Dave ran PixelToys, a premium encoding, authoring and replication facility for people in the DVD market. Clients included Warner Music, Warren Miller Films, Nettwerk and Fox Loriber.

Dave lives in White Rock, BC, collects vinyl, makes mustard, and is not a vegan.

Jayesh Parmar, Co-Founder & CEO of Picatic

Jayesh Parmar, Co-Founder and CEO at, North America’s event ticketing and crowdfunding platform, has over 15 years of industry experience and a passion for building companies from the ground up.

Jayesh doesn’t separate his personal life from his professional life as the two go hand in hand. He started his first company in 1998 and has been building companies ever since. Jayesh’s job is to oversee product, strategy and overall company vision and then to stay out of the proverbial kitchen and let his team get the job done!

Jayesh has received exceptional mentoring from The Canadian Technology Accelerators in San Francisco and New York City and was part of the 2012 Extreme Startup Cohort in Toronto. Being emerged in Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley and Toronto’s startup scene has provided Jayesh a diverse understanding of what it means to be a part of the startup community.

Cultivating an environment that focuses on cross pollination, a pay it forward attitude and a culture that invites the new is what Jayesh is currently striving for. He’s always looking to change the “status quo” and push the edge.

When Jayesh is not managing his businesses he can be found playing hockey and getting beat on a squash court.

Richard Mockett, Senior Manager, Assurance and Advisory Business Services

Richard has worked for Ernst & Young for 12 years and provides accounting, audit and advisory services to a range of clients with a technology focus. He has worked with some of the largest technology companies including Hewlett-Packard,, Oracle and closer to home, Crystal Decisions as well as many start-up and emerging technology companies. 

He started his finance career in investor relations with a Vancouver-based wireless software company, Infowave. 

Richard has been a head coach of a Dunbar boys soccer team for the past four years and has recently joined the Operations Committee of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum.

The Vancouver Enterprise Forum (VEF) is the premier networking forum for technology entrepreneurs. The VEF holds eight events each year - usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Participation at a VEF event provides attendees with personal connections, assistance with the identification of industry partnerships, academic faculty, management talent, financial agencies/investors and educational resources for developing and growing enterprises in British Columbia.

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