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Subject: Sean Burke joins Silver Maple
(Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 03:51PM by Peter Paul Van Hoeken) Tags:
We are delighted to announce that Sean Burke has joined the Silver Maple team as of April 1 in the position of Chief Financial Officer.

For the five prior years, Sean was working at Pricewaterhousecoopers (PwC). He was relocated to work in New York for a year and half where he advised the world’s largest banks in the banking and capital markets sector. He was named the 2013 CA Most Exemplary Young Professional, an award given to one CA in Western Canada. In 2012 he was awarded the PwC National CEO award, the highest honour for PwC Canada employees.

Beyond Finance, Sean will be working in key areas such as analysis and due diligence of Issuer companies and business development.
Subject: Green Light from Regulator to launch Online Investment Portal
(Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 09:24PM by Peter Paul Van Hoeken) Tags:
Today Silver Maple Ventures Inc. obtained final approval from the Director Capital Markets Regulation of the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) to proceed with launch of its online funding and investment platform to the public. 

This is a major milestone for the company and reconfirms its position as a front runner in the digital funding and investment space in Canada.

Silver Maple plans to launch its platform in May 2015.
Subject: Silver Maple closes strategic partnership with 360 Capital
(Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 10:52AM by Peter Paul Van Hoeken) Tags:
Silver Maple closes previously announced strategic partnership with 360 Capital

On August 29th, Silver Maple Ventures Inc. and 360 Capital Financial Services Group Inc. closed the previously announced strategic partnership between both companies together with an initial investment by 360 Capital in Silver Maple.

360 Capital is in the business of developing, growing and operating insurance and financial services businesses and distribution in Canada and Asia Pacific. 360 Capital is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE). Ticker symbol: TSZ.

360 Capital’s team, financial services capabilities and international business network will greatly support Silver Maple in building its online venture funding and investment business across Canada and internationally.

This partnership enables us to provide funding and financial services solutions to start-ups and growth ventures throughout their different development stages.

Silver Maple actively pursues strategic partnerships across Canada and internationally as part of its goal to build a new venture capital market, an ecosystem consisting of young ventures looking to raise funds, the broader (international) investor community and specialized service providers.


See also: www.360capitalfinancial.com



Subject: Silver Maple Ventures Inc. forms strategic partnership with 360 Capital Financial Services Group Inc.
(Posted on Aug 9, 2014 at 06:33PM by Steven Arsenault) Tags:
Silver Maple Ventures Inc. forms strategic partnership with 360 Capital Financial Services Group Inc.

We are delighted to announce that Silver Maple and 360 Capital signed a Letter of Intent for a strategic partnership between both companies together with an investment by 360 Capital in Silver Maple.

360 Capital is in the business of developing, growing and operating insurance and financial services businesses and distribution in Canada and Asia Pacific. 360 Capital is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE). Ticker symbol: TSZ.

360 Capital’s team, financial services capabilities and international business network will greatly support Silver Maple in building its online venture funding and investment business across Canada and internationally.

This partnership enables us to provide funding and financial services solutions to start-ups and growth ventures throughout their different development stages.

See also: www.360capitalfinancial.com

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Subject: Tomb Raider Director To Crowdfund Next Film
(Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 04:57PM by Peter Paul Van Hoeken) Tags:
Tomb Raider Director To Crowdfund Next Film

This is the first investment-based crowdfunding transaction in the film industry. British investors will have the opportunity to help fund the project with minimum investments starting at £1000.

Entertainment is an excellent industry for raising money from the larger investor community, the audience and fans, through investment crowdfunding.  Fans become investors and investors become fans.

Silver Maple is working on the first real investment crowd-funded film production in North America funded by Canadian and international investors and fans.


See more on:

http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2014/07/45632-tomb-raider-director-sells-equity-film-crowdfunding-site-syndicateroom/

http://news.sky.com/story/1309826/tomb-raider-director-to-crowdfund-next-film
Subject: Equity Crowdfunding: Creating a new Venture Finance Market
(Posted on Jul 26, 2014 at 04:55PM by Peter Paul Van Hoeken) Tags:
Equity Crowdfunding: Creating a new Venture Finance Market



On May 29th, the Equity Crowd Funding Alliance (Canada),the ECFA hosted the 2014 Equity Crowdfunding Event in Vancouver of which I was honoured to be the lead-organizer.
It was a lively and interactive event where attendants learned more and shared their thoughts about equity crowdfunding and its potential to contribute to a healthy venture finance market place in Canada. One that connects startups and small and medium enterprises with the larger investor community, creates jobs and economic growth.

The event was also an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how equity crowdfunding is fundamentally different to other forms of crowdfunding, such as donations and rewards, in that equity crowdfunding is subject to securities legislation. While often referred to as 'equity' crowdfunding, it is actually not only equity, i.e. shares, but may also be debt notes, convertible notes and hybrid forms of equity/debt, even partnership units qualify as security. Opinions on the level of regulation may differ, but evidenced by recent proposals on crowdfunding, the regulators across Canada recognize the importance of investment crowdfunding and want to ensure they are standing on the right side of progress.

Investment crowdfunding has the potential to fundamentally reshape the venture finance space. But: all participants must fully understand the risks & rewards (potential returns) which can only be realized through an educational and transparent crowdfunding environment.

The conference also included a panel discussion with Angels & VCs. There is an important role for the existing investors in venture financing. Equity crowdfunding will not replace Angels and VCs. On the contrary, Angels and VCs are vital in building a healthy and sustainable equity crowdfunding environment. It will be a symbiotic relationship.

There seems to be increasing consensus that equity crowdfunding is not just the latest hype but a trend, an emerging industry still in its infancy. It is an alternative for funding companies and projects via and with the aid of modern internet technologies. It will increasingly go viral and become established driven by the accelerating penetration of the digital economy.

For more highlights of the event:

Democratizing Investing: Canada's Emerging Equity Crowdfunding Landscape

Crowdfunding Experts Interview with Brian Koscak, Co-Chair ECFA Canada
Subject: Silver Maple registered as Exempt Market Dealer
(Posted on Jul 26, 2014 at 11:02AM by Peter Paul Van Hoeken) Tags:
Silver Maple Ventures Inc. registered as Exempt Market Dealer in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario
 
On April 30th, 2014 the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) approved Silver Maple Ventures Inc. as Exempt Market Dealer in BC. 

On June 19th 2014 the company obtained registration in Alberta and Ontario under the Passport System.


This is an important milestone for Silver Maple in developing its funding and investment services connecting startups and young ventures with the wider investor community.