EarlyShares Events

Get involved with EarlyShares! We host informative webinars, Q&A sessions, and podcasts throughout the year and speak at many exciting conferences and other events.

Browse this section to learn of our upcoming events or view our archived webcasts on-demand.

Upcoming Events



Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 10:00 am ET

Location: Main Library Conference Center -302 N Main Street - Jacksonville, Fl

For five days in April, Creators from all over the world will light up downtown with projects in art, innovation, music, science and technology. They’ll showcase their best ideas for a chance to access $310,000 in crowdfunds and cash awards, 3.25 million dollars in capital investments and direct contributions from more than 150,000 attendees and backers around the globe. Catch Joanna Schwartz (our CEO) and learn about the new opportunities Equity Crowdfunding presents for artists and entrepreneurs.


The Impact Conference – 2014

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 1:15 pm ET

Location: Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami FL

The Impact Conference @Sustainatopia was founded by sustainability consultants DVK, Inc. and is part of Sustainatopia (www.sustainatopia.com), one of the largest events in the world for financial, social and environmental sustainability. The Impact Conference @Sustainatopia is being actively supported by many important global leaders of social, financial, and environmental sustainability around the world. Join the Breakout Session: INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS + REGULATION WITHIN CROWDFUNDING & CAPITAL RAISES — FEATURING: Luis Ortiz, IDEA.ME / Joanna Schwartz, EARLYSHARES / Jeff Finkelman, SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBIA)/Sherwood Neiss, CROWDFUND CAPITAL ADVISORS

Previous Events

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Start-Up City Miami

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Location: New World Center - 500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Join Y Combinator President, Google Earth Co-Founder, 500 StartUps Co-Founder, and 8tracks Founder as they light up the stage with their disruptive ideas at this year’s Start-Up City: Miami. Our CEO, Joanna Schwartz will speaking. Start-Up City: Miami will explore the key components of a successful urban tech hub, with a particular focus on the vibrant entrepreneurial activity underway in Miami and the South Florida region. In recent years, business incubators, angel investors, and a passionate community of entrepreneurs have transformed Miami into a city brimming with creative energy and innovation. While the high concentration of new ventures is promising, now is the critical time to make smart investments that will secure South Florida’s long-term prospects for competition. Purchase your tickets here and use discount code: Schwartz49

Title III Decoded: Watch EarlyShares’ Webinar on the JOBS Act Crowdfunding Rules

November 6, 2013

Location: Webinar

The SEC released the proposed rules for equity crowdfunding under Title III of the JOBS Act on October 24. The long-awaited rules will help democratize access to capital for startups and small businesses by allowing all investors – regardless of wealth – to gain equity in private companies. But at a whopping 585 pages, not everyone in the crowdfunding community has had time to digest the SEC’s guidelines. In an EarlyShares webinar November 5, we took a closer look at the proposed rules to take some of the mystery out of Title III. Click below to access an archive of the presentation from Joanna Schwartz, CEO of EarlyShares, and Sara Hanks, CEO of CrowdCheck.

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In case you missed it: EarlyShares.com at SXSW V2V August 2013

August 2013

Joanna Schwartz is the CEO of a pioneer equity-based Crowdfund investing platform in the U.S.; EarlyShares.com, which has worked to make equity Crowdfunding a reality prior to and since the passage of the JOBS Act in April 2012. EarlyShares has amassed a roster of more than 60,000 potential investors and 2,000 businesses and startups that are waiting to participate in equity-based Crowdfunding once the SEC finalizes its rules. There are still many misconceptions and questions both entrepreneurs and investors have when it comes to equity Crowdfunding. How much money can you raise? What safeguards are there against fraud? What are the ingredients to a successful Crowdfunding campaign? Joanna's talk will focus on PASSIONOMICS (the platform's adage), advances the industry has made since the passage of the JOBS Act over a year ago, details of how to launch a winning Crowdfunding campaign and the key differences between donation- and equity-based Crowdfunding.

EarlyShares.com at SXSW V2V August 2013 from EarlyShares on Vimeo.

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Equity Crowdfunding Comes of Age: Learn the New Rules for Success

Tuesday, Sep 24th, 2013 at 2:00 pm EDT

With the ban lifted on general solicitation, the SEC's new rules advance 80-year-old securities laws to take advantage of technology and modern capabilities, setting the stage for Equity Crowdfunding. Now, the game-changing possibilities unlocked by the JOBS Act enable start-ups, small businesses and entrepreneurs to raise capital in an entirely new way. Learn what the new rules mean for businesses and investors, along with the important regulation updates you need to know about Equity Crowdfunding. Discover what steps to take next, the available investment vehicles, how the accreditation process works – and the benefits of an online platform that puts it all together. Hear from industry and legal experts who have been at the forefront of the discussion and progress in Equity Crowdfunding.

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Crowdfund Texas Conference

January 8, 2013

The conference brings investors, start-ups, incubators, accelerators, and academic leaders in entrepreneurship together for a full day of interactive educational sessions from leading crowdfunding industry thought leaders.