Raising capital by pre-selling products to the public on Kickstarter and Indiegogo lets startups judge demand for their creations and raise the funding to build them out. Recent law changes now also allow startups to raise capital by selling an equity stake to the public. Come learn about the federal crowdfunding rules taking effect later in May and about our state's own MNVest crowdfunding initiative.
Your panel is two of Minnesota's best and most-connected startup attorneys:
Jeffrey C. Robbins
See bio below.
Zachary J. Robins
Zach is a securities attorney in the Corporate & Transactions practice group at Winthrop & Weinstine. He counsels clients in the areas of general corporate, M&A, private equity raises and debt financings. Zach co-drafted Minnesota’s intrastate investment crowdfunding law, MNvest, and advises issuers, portal operators, investors, banks, and service providers on the nuances of state and federal crowdfunding laws, amongst other securities issues.
Jeff is an attorney and shareholder in the business services practice group at Messerli | Kramer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For 35 years, he has represented entrepreneurs who start and grow technology-based enterprises and angel and venture investors who target those companies. He is a serial entrepreneur himself, having founded two companies in the entertainment ticketing industry. Jeff represents high-growth, high-potential private enterprises and publicly traded companies. In 2011, he founded AngelPolleNation, a networking organization for investors that holds quarterly events in the Twin Cities. He has served as an advisory service member to the Minnesota Angel Network and serves as an advisory board member to Gopher Angels, a Minneapolis-based investor network. Jeff is also a judge for the annual statewide Minnesota Cup business plan competition. He is a board member of Venture Academy, a new Minneapolis charter school focused on developing entrepreneurial leadership skills for its students, and of the Minnesota Jewish Theater Company. Jeff was named in 2011 as one of “200 Minnesotans You Should Know” by Twin Cities Business magazine.