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Programme 2024

Day 1 – 26th of september

Registration & Morning Coffee
Welcome Address
  • Philipp Kriependorf, Executive Board Member @ DLA
  • Oliver Gajda, Chairman @ ECN
Keynote: EU Capital Markets Union – Strategies to Improve Regulatory Agility and Supervisory Consistency

The Capital Markets Union is not really making progress. This is hampering innovation, investments and growth. In its position paper from May 2024, ESMA made a number of proposals on how the tide could be successfully turned.

  • Speaker’s name coming soon
Panel: Open Finance – The Key to Eliminate the Funding Gap of European SMEs?

Taking out loans remains a major pain point for SMEs. Digital risk technology has paved the way to enhance product diversity and financial inclusion. This interdisciplinary panel of experts will discuss how Open Finance may contribute to a better access to loans. What does the perfect API look like when it comes to link traditional and alternative lenders? Where are opportunities and risks lurking?


  • Dr. Anna Izzo-Wagner, Partner @ ANNERTON (Moderator)
  • Loubna Bazine, CEO & Co-Founder @ planky
  • Yulia Yaroslavtseva, CEO & Co-Founder @ Montold Asset Management / Pulsproject
  • Last two speakers‘ names coming soon
Networking Coffee
Panel: Tokenization – „Securitization Done on Steroids“?

This is exactly what Jenny Johnson, CEO of Franklin Templeton, purported in October 2023. In fact, it is not only neatly regulated securitization that is playing an increasingly important role in Digital Lending. Now tokenization through blockchain creates additional appealing financing and investment options as well as ways to manage risk efficiently. The development is in the best interest of product diversity and the EU Capital Markets Union. But what technological risks are associated with this change? Do we run in danger of undermining financial stability by tokenizing illiquid assets what may creates the illusion of liquidity where it does not actually exist? Is there after all a need to regulate digital financial steroids more strictly?


  • Paul Péporté, Partner @ Allen & Overy Shearman (Moderator)
  • Daniel Maier, Co-Founder & CEO @ Chartered Investment
  • Marco Hinz, CEO @ CrossLend
  • Jan-Peter Hülbert, Managing Director @ True Sale International
  • Darren Nesbitt, CEO @ EuroABS
  • Last speaker’s name coming soon
Fireside Chat: Access to Finance – What Role shall Data and AI Play in Mitigating Disparities??

By using modern credit technology Digital Lenders have been able to go beyond. Additional risk data and more recently AI allow to serve the unserved among consumers – who might otherwise have been overlooked. Thus, Fintechs do their bit for the supply of credit in Europe. But how deep is it worth to drill into the customer at all? Which role plays data quality? Can a fair line be determined where potential harm outweighs benefits?


  • Constantin Fabricius, Managing Director @ DLA (Moderator)
  • Maik Taro Wehmeyer, CEO & Co-Founder @ taktile


Keynote: European Innovation Council – A Long Distance Run

Discover how the EIC supports innovation across Europe, empowering entrepreneurs and fostering groundbreaking projects. Gain insights into navigating EIC funding mechanisms and leveraging resources for long-term success in the innovation landscape.

  • Bart Becks, Board Member @ European Innovation Council & SME Executive Agency
Panel: A Review – Three years of ECSPR in Praxis

A review of the first three years of the European Crowdfunding Service Providers Regulation (ECSPR) in practice. Experts from various platforms will analyze the regulation’s impact on the crowdfunding landscape, share success stories, and discuss the challenges faced by service providers, business and investors.


  • Oliver Gajda, Chairman @ ECN (Moderator)
  • Christopher Grätz, Co-Founder & CEO @ INVESDOR
  • Marta Lozano, CEO @ Crowdcube
  • Nuno Jorge, CEO @ Parity
Breakout Session: Jumping the Gun – Fintechs between Regulatory Overload, Supervisory Arbitrage and the Cost Dilemma

The level of granularity in European financial regulation skyrocketed from the first market frameworks, e.g. the Investment Services Directive in 1993, to holistic and directly applicable rulebooks such as MiCAR in 2023. The inevitable trend in European financial market policy towards maximum-harmonizing regulations has long-since become reality, contrasting a regulatory overload the industry must cope with. Innovative business models struggle to overcome entry barriers. Once in the market, regulatory transition and maintenance costs are pressurizing. No easy way out? What can become key?


  • David Eckner, Counsel @ Chartered Investment
Networking Coffee
Fireside Chat: Non Bank Financial Intermediation – What’s Next?

Explore the future of non-bank financial intermediation and discuss the evolving landscape of non-bank financial services, emerging trends, regulatory challenges, and opportunities for innovation. This session will delve into how non-bank financial intermediaries are adapting to changing market dynamics and their role in the broader financial ecosystem.


  • Oliver Gajda, Chairman @ EuroCrowd
  • Diego Valiante, Senior Officer & Team Leader Non-Bank Financial Intermediation @ European Commission/DG FISMA
Fireside Chat: State of Play Between ECSPR, AIFMD & ELTIFR

Delve into the intricate interplay between the European Crowdfunding Service Providers Regulation (ECSPR), the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), and the European Long-Term Investment Funds Regulation (ELTIFR) in this engaging fireside chat. Discuss how these regulatory frameworks intersect, the synergies and conflicts they present, and their collective impact on investment opportunities and market practices.


  • Constantin Fabricius, Managing Director @ DLA
  • Thorsten Seeger, COO @ October
  • Patrick Stäuble, CEO & Co-Founder @ Teylor
Keynote: Crowdfunding in the EU Retail Investment Strategy

Explore the pivotal role of crowdfunding within the EU Retail Investment Strategy in this compelling keynote address. This session is essential for understanding how crowdfunding is integrated into the broader EU strategy to democratize investment and stimulate economic growth.

  • Dirk Zetsche, Professor in Financial Law, ADA Chair in Financial Law and Inclusive Finance, University of Luxembourg (confirmation requested)
  • Julia Sinnig, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg (confirmation requested)
Fireside Chat: The Final Frontier – is it too Early to Think Global?

Explore whether it is premature to consider global expansion in the crowdfunding sector. Lets discuss the potential benefits and challenges of taking crowdfunding platforms to an international level. This session aims to provide a forward-looking perspective on the opportunities and risks of thinking beyond borders in the evolving crowdfunding landscape.


  • Oliver Gajda, Chairman @ EuroCrowd
  • Ian Lowe, CEO @ Dacxi Chain
Reception & Drinks
Day 1 Ends

Day 2 – 27th of september

Registration & Morning Coffee
Keynote: tba


  • Speaker’s name coming soon
Panel: Whats next? Crypto Assets, DLT & Securitization in Crowdfunding

How is the future of crowdfunding linked to crypto assets, distributed ledger technology (DLT), and securitization? Discuss how these innovations are reshaping the crowdfunding landscape, offering new opportunities for investors and fundraisers alike. Gain insights into the regulatory implications, technological advancements, and potential risks.

  • Reid Feldman, Partner @ Kramer Levin (Moderator)
  • Speakers‘ names coming soon
Technical Session: Navigating CSPs Double Sourcing Challenge with Account-Based Marketing

Gain insights into addressing the double-sourcing challenges CSPs through Account-Based Marketing and explore techniques for targeting key accounts, optimizing marketing resources, and aligning efforts with sales strategies to improve sourcing efficiency.

  • Speakers‘ names coming soon
Networking Coffee
Panel: Best Ways of how to use SPVs

The role of Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) in structuring investments, managing risk, and enhancing transparency for both investors and fundraisers. Learn best practices for setting up and operating SPVs and how they can be leveraged to facilitate complex funding arrangements.

  • Umberto Piatelli, Partner @ LCA Studio Legale
  • Anna Raschi, General Manager @ Opstart
  • Randal McDonald, Managing Director Europe @ Seedrs
Technical Session: Data Management and Analysis

Exploring best practices in data manipulation, integration, and real-time analytics, focusing on leveraging data for strategic decision-making and operational efficiency.

  • Speakers‘ names coming soon


Panel: Synergies in Crowdfunding with Public Funds

Synergies between crowdfunding and public funding from a decade of crowdfunding initiatives in Emilia Romagna. Hear about the impact of government support mechanisms on crowdfunding success, showcasing how strategic collaboration can amplify funding opportunities for social and economic projects.

  • Speakers‘ names coming soon
Panel: Crowdfunding for Impact and Society

Leveraging crowdfunding to support impact driven business, social enterprises, non-profits, and community projects. Learn about the unique challenges and opportunities in crowdfunding, including engaging public funding, building trust, and driving impact.

  • Speakers‘ names coming soon


  • Constantin Fabricius, Managing Director @ DLA
  • Oliver Gajder, Chairman @ ECN
Day 2 Ends


This year we are going to celebrate the event in the famous INTO THE WOODS in Brussels, Belgium. It is easy to find and is located centrally in the city center. Please have a look here to get an impression of the great venue and your way to us.

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