Crowdnetic and UC Berkeley Announce Partnership on Breakthrough Crowdfunding Research Study

Industry: Financial Services

Crowdnetic and UC Berkeley to partner on innovative research aimed at studying the development of crowdfunding and other forms of social finance.

New York, NY and Berkeley, CA (PRUnderground) July 29th, 2014

Over a year ago, Crowdnetic and UC Berkeley began collaborating on the launch of UC Berkeley’s groundbreaking Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance, headed by Richard Swart, who serves as its Director of Research at the Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership.  Through this role, Dr. Swart heads efforts to study policies, best practices and innovation in entrepreneurial finance, including crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending.

Today, Crowdnetic, the leading provider of technology and market data solutions to the crowdfinance industry, is proud to officially announce its partnership with the program at UC Berkeley by sharing the data that it has collected on companies choosing to publicly solicit for funding through the 506(c) exemption under Title II of the JOBS Act, which was implemented on September 23, 2013.  This collaboration promotes UC Berkeley’s position as the world’s top research center and trusted resource for platforms, investors and policy makers.

Dr. Swart says, “Crowdnetic has been on the forefront of data technology in the crowdfunding industry since the implementation of Title II.  We look forward to utilizing this partnership in our ongoing efforts to examine crowdfunding as it emerges as a competitive alternative to traditional finance.”

Crowdnetic aggregates and normalizes data from leading equity crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending platforms, which it has been incorporating into data research reports since January of this year.  The data shared with UC Berkeley will enable researchers to better understand and describe various data points including geographic distribution, business sectors, industries, age, race and gender as well as how the data changes over time.

“We are beyond thrilled about this partnership with UC Berkeley,” says Crowdnetic CEO and co-founder, Luan Cox.  “We have followed Dr. Swart’s work and have seen him emerge as a crowdfunding expert in academia.  We are excited to contribute to his research and could not be more pleased about the opportunity to work with him.”

About Richard Swart

Dr. Swart holds a PhD in information systems from Utah State University and studied at the University of Utah and Stanford University. He has more than 20 years of experience extending throughout the fields of finance, entrepreneurship, education and government. Following the passage of the JOBS Act, Swart assisted administration officials to coordinate several educational events throughout the United States. He consults with professional investors, corporations, governments and foundation worldwide and is an active advisor or board member to several startup companies.

About Crowdnetic

With offices in New York City and London, Crowdnetic Corporation is a leading provider of technology and market data solutions to the crowdfunded-equities and marketplace-lending industries. Through its real-time data services, in-depth research reports and industry-leading conferences, the company provides education and transparency for the global crowdfinance marketplace. Crowdnetic’s data and technology solutions are used by hedge funds, family offices, asset managers, venture capitalists and investment banks. Find us online at:,, and

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