August Educational 2016


We invite you to join us on Wednesday, August 3rd from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. for a one of a kind Educational Schmoozer at Concordia University, 1530 Concordia, Irvine, CA 92612 in the Grimm Hall Conference Center. This event is sponsored by Concordia University and dbbmckennon. Parking is free and Complimentary food and beverages will be provided with schmoozing before and after the 1-hour panel. While this event is free, we are asking for members and attendees to bring any and all kinds of gift cards (gift cards to grocery stores, gas cards to help get them to and from treatment, etc.) to benefit our charity partner the Breast Cancer Angels.

About the Event

The Equity Crowdfunding Revolution

If you want to start a business and will need capital, this is a can’t miss event.  If you want to access and invest in the next potential “unicorn,” this is a can’t miss event.

Join The Elite OC, dbbmckennon, StartEngine, CrowdfundX, and Youngry for a discussion on equity crowdfunding, and hear from four of the nation’s leading experts on strategies for success and potential investment opportunities in equity crowdfunding for a new generation that is tired of a system that works against them rather than for them.

Equity crowdfunding became legal in the US in 2015 with Reg A+, a mini-IPO process that allows emerging growth companies to raise up to $50M.  In May 2016 Regulation Crowdfunding became legal which allows startup companies to raise up to $1M with reduced regulation.   These new funding and investing mechanisms are the most significant change in the way a new generation will fund businesses and invest and changed 80 years of existing laws. 

This event is one of few nationwide that will bring these top experts together.  Learn from the team that led the effort to raise money for Elio Motors, THE MOST successful equity crowdfunding raise in history. 


Meet the Speakers


Darren Marble – CrowdfundX

Darren’s company is the #1 marketing agency in the US for equity crowdfunding.  He did the marketing for the largest equity crowdfunding deal in history.
Prior to CrowdfundX, he spent ten years as a business development executive in the Oracle partner community, most recently as a Regional Vice President of Sales with OSI Consulting, working directly with decision-makers at Fortune 500 companies on a range of software and services projects.


Josh Amster – StartEngine 
Josh is the Director of Business Development for StartEngine.  They are one of the premier Equity Crowdfunding portals in the US and were the portal for the largest equity crowdfunding deal in history, helping Elio Motors raise $17M from over 6,500 investors.



David Gosselin – dbbmckennon
 David is a Partner at dbbmckennon who has more Regulation Crowdfunding clients than any firm in the country.  
David is one of the top CPA’s in the country for equity crowdfunding. He has been at the forefront the JOBS Act as it relates to the accounting requirements, including Regulation A (Reg A+) offerings through Tier IV of the JOBS Act and Tier III crowdfunding.  


Ash Kumra – Youngry, LLC
Ash Kumra is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, public speaker and talk show host recognized twice by the White House as an entrepreneur making an impact. He is also an authority on entrepreneurship, social media & branding by authoring the book series "Confessions from an Entrepreneur", spoken to over 10,000 people and has been cited in 100's of articles including Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post, American Express Forum, Entrepreneur Magazine, Startup America/Up Global, LA Times, OC Register, Tedx & The White House.


Andrew Bermudez - Digsy
With a background in commercial real estate, Andrew founded Digsy, a tech-enabled butler service that helps business owners find commercial space free of charge.



6:00 p.m. - Welcome Reception and Appetizers

6:30 p.m. - Presentation

7:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Schmoozing


Year of the Entrepreneur

2016 is the "Year of the Entrepreneur." This is about doing what's best for you, taking control of your career and creating new opportunities that didn't exist before.  All of our members are doing big things: achieving huge goals, positively impacting the community in many different ways, innovating new lines of business and are at the forefront of what the future holds. At the Elite OC, we're proud to cultivate an entrepreneurial environment and want to celebrate our members' and supporters' entrepreneurial spirits! 

August Charity Partner


Breast Cancer Angels helps to address the ancillary needs of those who are currently in treatment for breast cancer. They help to provide over 600 people with food, supplies, gas, other day-to-day items, pro-bono legal services and much more. While this event is free, we are asking for members and attendees to bring any and all kinds of gift cards (gift cards to grocery stores, gas cards to help get them to and from treatment, etc.).









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August 03, 2016 at 6pm - 9pm
Concordia University, 1530 Concordia, Irvine, CA 92612
Brittani Saint Corina Geyer David Gosselin Carrie Wojciechowski christina krause Zelma Banuelos Samantha Kruse Chris Trudeau Arthur Alderete Aaron Kopelson Jacob Vandenburg

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