News & Events



Upcoming March Events

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA) will be holding their inaugural Crowdfunding Summit (#CCS20150) on March 3.  I’m thrilled to be moderating a panel discussion called “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees: Crowdfunding Strategy and Planning”, on March 3. With over 40 expert speakers confirmed this is going to be an exciting event. You can get a full lineup here.  It will be held at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto , Canada.  To register, go here. Media Inquiries: Craig Asano, 416-618-0254,; Sponsorship Inquiries: Lauren Linton, 416-569-4349,



I’m proud to be partnering with the Information Management Network (IMN), which will be holding its 2nd Crowdfunding Forum For Real Estate, March 9-10, 2015 at The Union League Club, New York, NY Go here for ticket information and  get a 10% Discount Code =TCF

One the Agenda:

·  Regulations allowing Crowdfunding to the unaccredited investor and for deals of up to $5million are expected to pass 1st quarter of 2015
·  Collectively, real estate crowdfunding firms had raised $135 million in debt and equity

The newest, most exciting area in real estate is crowdfunding and IMN’s Crowdfunding for Real Estate conference is the first conference to be for Real Estate Developers and RIAs, by Real Estate Developers and RIAs with speakers from these fields.

IMN’s inaugural Real Estate Crowdfunding Forum had 400+ participants, 275+ Owner/Developers and RIAs/Financial Advisors.  For the 2015 forum IMN has updated its program developing new sessions like:

> Raising Funds for Institutional-Quality Projects
> Which Products/Asset Types Work in a Crowdfunding Environment?
> How Much Interface with Customers Is Really Necessary?
> Success Stories… A Panel of Developers that Went Through the Cycle Once
> Courting Institutional Investors, Family Offices, RIAs, Financial Advisors & Pension Funds; Marketing to Clients…

See full agenda here. logo_imn


Upcoming February Events

Self Employment in the Arts Please join me for this important annual event where I’ll be a featured speaker, presenting a soup-to-nuts Overview of the Crowdfunding Industry and focus on best practices and the latest innovations within the industry you need to know  as an artist in order succeed at crowdfunding (Saturday, 10:30 – 11:30am). Later that day I’ll lead a roundtable discussion called Marketing for Crowdfunding (Saturday, 1 – 2PM). 2015 Annual Self-Employed Artists (SEA) conference, Hilton Hotel, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, Illinois. Parking is free! It’s a two-day event, February 20 and 21st. For registration information, please go here and for the full program, go here.






Successful Chicago Crowdfunders: A Panel Discussion. I’m excited to return to the Digital Professional Institute for another accelerated evening of crowdfunding education. This time I’ll be moderating a panel of stellar crowdfunding project creators whose processes, including finding backers, challenges they faced, and tips for anyone planning to start their own project, they are willing to share with us. It’s free but you can RSVP hereDPI_Logo_Red





Join me at the Digital Professional Institute in Chicago for Kickstart Your Crowdfunding: An Overview.


This workshop and discussion that will cover topics including:

  • What’s a good crowdfunding idea?
  • Common mistakes that lead to failure
  • How to engage your target audience
  • Crowdfunding misconceptions
  • Types of crowdfunding models
  • And more!

Find out details and register here!



The Crowdfundamentals is pleased to be presenting at Kickercon, The Entrepreneurial Conference For Disruptive Innovators. My talk called “Pitch Development,” also known as Storytelling for Crowdfunding Entrepreneurs, will be held at Friday, 9:30 – 10:00Am. Followed by “Press Relations Training,” 10:40 – 11:10AM, in which I will be a panelist. Hilton Conference Center, Houston, Texas, August 28 – 30. Register here. It will be enlightening.




The Crowdfundamentals is honored to participate in the 2014 National Conference, National Association of Resource Conservation and Development. Located in Mobile, Alabama, I will present a crowdfunding webinar to member on June 3, 10:30 EST. It’s another great opportunity to share the benefits of crowdfunding to a new group of eager students!




The Crowdfundamentals will once again be joining forces with Tribeca Flashpoint  Media Arts Academy, Chicago. This time we’ll be presenting a crowdfunding workshop in order to prepare students for their bi-yearly Production In Action (PIA), a collaborative competition involving first year students from across all disciplines. Teams will be raising funds via crowdfunding for endangered species. A panel of judges, including myself, will award an additional $5000 cash, provided by the school and given to the wildlife charity corresponding to the winner’s animal(s). Crowdfunding training, May 13. Show and awards, May 29. Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, 28 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL.




The Crowdfundmentals is excited to be a panelist at the Grand Rapids Film Festival “Crowd Funding Panel.”

program-cover1Co-panelists includeKelley Baker, author of The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide: Making the Extreme No Budget Film. Michael Zervos, a Grand Valley State University graduate with degrees in both Business Management and Fiction Film Making, Zervos worked for Anonymous Content and The Cimarron Group in Hollywood and established Mother and Midwife Pictures, a feature film company based out of Detroit, Michigan. His current feature, Papou (2014), is set to premiere this year at film festivals worldwide. KCAD Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, 17 Pearl St NW – Grand RapidsSaturday, April 12, 3 – 4:15 pm. For more information: Free to public!



The Crowdfundamentals will present an overview of crowdfunding in a free webinar hosted by Hands On Chicago, on March 25, 2014 at noon. Here’s the Everbrite link to sign up.


I’m thrilled to be interviewed on School for Startups School Radio with the illustrious Jim Beach.  Tune in on March 18 at 6pm Eastern time and click on Liberty Express Radio.

….And later that same month: If you missed it, here’s a brief snapshot of the conversation. It was great fun.




The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE) is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. Their 28th Annual Conference: “Cowboys, Culture, and Creativity.” I will be presenting my crowdfunding curriculum as a panelist on:”Crowdsourcing/Funding, the JOBS Act and Related Impacts on Entrepreneurship.”  Friday, January 10, 9:45am. Renaissance – The Worthington Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas January 9 – 12, 2014




The Crowdfundamentals goes international. Please join me at Yes Montreal for an event called “New Spotlight on Financing: The Crowdfunding Edition.” The evening is hosted by Diana Yazidjian, Principal Consultant, DFY Consulting. In this workshop Diana will present  possibilities for financing  start-up  projects, and I will be discussing the importance of Storytelling to achieve crowdfunding success. This is a live event that anyone can access online.  Wednesday, November 26, 6:30pm – 8:30pm EST. Cost is $20. For more information go here, or register by phone: 514-878-9788.


Midwest Crowdfunding Conference So excited to be participating in a local crowdfunding conference. Chicagoans, please consider joining me the  where more than  twenty experts from five states will gather. I will be presenting on “The Art of Storytelling For the Success of Your Crowdfunding Campaign” and also moderating a panel of veteran crowdfunders called “Lessons from Success Stories.” Location: One Financial Place, 440 S. LaSalle st. Chicago, IL 60605 (Second Floor) For additional information and press passes visit the conference website and contact Elena Mikhaylova at



I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at the 2nd Annual Global Crowdfunding Roadmap Convention and Bootcamp The most exciting crowdfunding event of the year and most important gathering of the pioneers and leaders of the crowdfunding industry to date. Panelist: “Building Social Capital,” October 14, 11:10am – 12pm; Panelist: “The Secret Ingredient to Successful Crowdfunding,” October 16, 11:15an – 12:30pm.  The M Resort Spa & Casino, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89044. October 14 – 16. For more information, go here.



“2nd Annual Crowd Investing Innovation Forum.” I’ll be moderating a panel discussion called “New Roadmap for Investor Relations” on August 9,  11-11:45AM. Caribe Royale Resort, 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL, 32821. August 8 & 9, 2013  For more information go here.


July 28, 2013 – “Working the Crowd.” Join me for a live presentation on crowdfunding fundamentals. I’ll cover the basics from how to know if you’re a good candidate to how to choose a platform. Sunset Hill Farm, Program Center, 775 Meridian Rd, Valparaiso, IN, 46385, Sunday,  2 -4pm. $40.00. For more information call Matthew Hunter, 219-776-6202.

July 25, 2013 – “Learn How to Use Crowdfunding to Finance Your Creativity.” This session will be an overview lecture on crowdfunding. Panera Bread, 1700 Sherman, Evanston, IL 7 – 9PM Central time.


June 20, 2013 – “Learn How to Use Crowdfunding to Finance Your Creativity.” This time we’ll focus on one project to help the creators troubleshoot common mistakes. It will be totally immersive and fun! Panera Bread, 1700 Sherman, Evanston, IL 6 – 8PM Central time.


May 21, 2012“Building and Preparing Your Network for a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign” webinar. I will be discussing How to Get Press Coverage, along with my co-panelists Joy Schoffler (discussing Community-building and PR) and Alon Goren (How to Raise Pre-sale and Charity Dollars)  BrightTalk, 1 – 2PM Eastern Time.

May 16, 2013 – “Learn How to Use Crowdfunding to Finance Your Creativity.” This time we’ll focus on one project to help the creators troubleshoot common mistakes. It will be totally immersive and fun! Panera Bread, 1700 Sherman, Evanston, IL 6 – 8PM Central time.

May 2, 2013 – “Learn How to Use Crowdfunding to Finance Your Creativity.” Our bi-monthly meetups take a team approach to perfecting your crowdfunding project. Sign up here to join and to submit your own project for consideration.  6 – 8PM Central time.


April 27, 2013 – I’ll be speaking on a panel called “Crowdfund Your Work: A Writer’s Guide to Indiegogo and More” at the American Society of Journalists and Authors 2013 writer’s conference. Roosevelt Hotel Grand Ballroom, 45 E. 45th St., New York 3:45PM.

April 17, 2013 – Join me at the Conscious Business Network as me and my co-speaker Shayan Nahrvar of discuss “Leading Edge Funding Models for the New Capitalism: For Profit or Not?” Roosevelt University, 425 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL. 6-8:30PM.


April 9, 2013 – Tune in to @BiblioCrunch for an #IndieChat with me, @TCFrose. We’ll be talking about how writers can use crowdfunding to raise capital for their projects. Bibliocrunch.com8-9PM Central Time


I joined OurCrowd‘s Zack Miller and David Stark, hosts of This Week in Crowdfunding, A podcast series covering the latest news in crowdfunding. I’ll be selecting some current campaigns and we’ll have fun deconstructing them! Enjoy the podcast!


Check out the Summer issue of Advancing Philanthropy in which I was interviewed by Mary Ellen Collins in an article enttitled  JOIN THE CROWD: How crowdfunding helps engage donors you wouldn’t attract in other ways

School for Startups Radio – March 18, 2014, host Jim Beach and I discussed crowdfunding and I offer some tips not only his listeners but to Jim, who is running a crowdfunding campaign of his own. You can hear it here.


Rose Spinelli is named among the “100 Thought Leaders in Crowdfunding Today.” Check it out here.
our-croud-logo-300x51b – November 13, 2013 “Crowdfunding Online Courses Aims to Help Newbies Fundraise. Read it here.

Crowdfunding Website Reviews by Howard Orloff – “Learn Crowdfunding from a Pro: Working the Crowd with Rose Spinelli” Please read my site review here.

Matthew Lesko Interview – November 1, 2013


Marianna Lead, Ph.D at and I talk about storytelling


BrightTalk Webinar – May 20, 2013Building and Preparing Your Network for a Successful Crowdfunding campaign.” Listen to it here.

Funding the Dream – December 17, 2012 – Listen to the podcast.The Importance of Story to Your Crowdfunding Campaign, – October 2, 2012 – Read the two-part interview  in which I discuss my philosophy. Part I and Part II.