The Future of Startup Finance: A Symposium on "Investment Crowdfunding"

Tags: Entrepreneurship

This symposium will mark the launch of Investment Crowdfunding (Oxford University Press 2023), the debut book by University of Colorado Law Professor and Fulbright Scholar Andrew A. Schwartz. Investment crowdfunding is a new form of online venture capital market, open to the public, that was legally authorized less than a decade ago; it’s like Kickstarter, except you get a share of stock. Professor Schwartz will introduce the book and thought leaders from across the country, including Todd Zywicki (George Mason University) and Allison Herren Lee (former SEC commissioner), will offer comments and discussion on the book, over the course of two panels moderated by Colorado Law faculty.

A More Inclusive Form of Startup Finance: Chatting with Professor Schwartz about his new book ‘Investment Crowdfunding’

The Colorado Technology Law Journal (CTLJ), a student-run technology law and policy journal at the University of Colorado Law School, is proud to partner with Silicon Flatirons and Professor Schwartz to bring this symposium to the Colorado Law community. CTLJ will be publishing reviews of Investment Crowdfunding in its forthcoming publication, Colorado Technology Law Journal, Volume 22, Issue 2. The issue will be published in May 2024 and will be available on the CTLJ website.


Confirmed registrants will receive a 30% off discount code toward the purchase of Investment Crowdfunding.


09/08/23 9:00am - 10:00am
Check In & Breakfast

@ Wolf Law Building: Foyer and Boettcher Hall

Attendees are welcome to check-in and enjoy a continental breakfast buffet before the day’s programming gets underway.
09/08/23 10:00am - 10:10am
Call to Order

@ Wolf Law Building, Wittemyer Courtroom

  • Brad Bernthal
    Executive Director | Entrepreneurship Initiative Director, Silicon Flatirons
Brad Bernthal
09/08/23 10:10am - 10:45am
Prof. Schwartz will give a short talk on the law and regulation of investment crowdfunding, including the JOBS Act and Regulation Crowdfunding.
Andrew Schwartz
09/08/23 10:45am - 11:00am
Dean Lolita Buckner Inniss
09/08/23 11:00am - 12:00pm
Law Panel
  • Mark Loewenstein — Moderator
    Professor, University of Colorado Law School
  • Abe Cable — Panelist
    Professor, University of California Law, San Francisco
  • Douglas Cumming — Panelist
    DeSantis Distinguished Professor, College of Business Florida Atlantic University
  • Mirit Eyal-Cohen — Panelist
    Professor of Law, University of Alabama
Panelists will discuss the law and regulation of investment crowdfunding and the legal reforms for which Prof. Schwartz advocates in the book.
Mark Loewenstein
Abraham Cable
Douglas Cumming
Mirit Eyal-Cohen
09/08/23 12:00pm - 1:15pm

@ Wolf Law Building, Boettcher Hall

A catered lunch will be provided onsite.
09/08/23 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Finance Panel
  • Rabea Benhalim — Moderator
    Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School
  • Sanjai Bhagat — Panelist
    Professor of Finance, University of Colorado
  • Allison Herren Lee — Panelist
    Senior Research Fellow/Adjunct Professor, New York University Law
  • Jonny Price — Panelist
    VP of Fundraising, Wefunder
  • Todd Zywicki — Panelist
    Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy, University of Colorado Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Panelists will discuss the regulatory and business aspects of investment crowdfunding in response to Prof. Schwartz’s discussion of the same in the book.
Rabea Benhalim
Sanjai Bhagat
Allison Herren Lee
Jonny Price
Todd Zywicki
09/08/23 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Prof. Schwartz responds to points raised by panelists throughout the day and responds to audience questions (time permitting).
09/08/23 2:50pm - 3:00pm
  • Brad Bernthal
    Executive Director | Entrepreneurship Initiative Director, Silicon Flatirons
09/08/23 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Book Signing & Dessert Reception

After the conference concludes, attendees are invited to Boettcher Hall for dessert, refreshments, and conversation. Copies of Investment Crowdfunding will be made available for purchase by Boulder Bookstore and Prof. Schwartz will be on hand to sign copies.

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