LAS VEGAS and LOS ANGELES, The Global Crowdfunding Convention (GCC), the world’s premier annual event where people gather to network and learn about #crowdfunding, today announced that its 5th Annual event, which expects to see over 1,200 participants, is taking place October 15-17, 2016 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Equally, GCC announces that The LaunchPad Agency, a leading PR, digital marketing and crowdfunding firm, is now a minority owner of the convention and will be helping spearhead efforts to market, grow attendance and deliver a top-notch, highly educational and fully interactive experience for attendees, #sponsors, #startups, #entrepreneurs and crowdfunding #all-stars alike.

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GCC, which features multiple two-day comprehensive interactive tracks with top crowdfunding experts, focuses on teaching attendees how to raise money in equity-, rewards- and donation-based crowdfunding and on what to look for to be a successful investor under the new regulation crowdfunding rules of the Jobs Act. For “newbies” and those familiar with crowdfunding, these classes will help them gain the knowledge, connections, tools and information on new technologies used to achieve success and raise the capital or funding they need.

“It is estimated that crowdfunding will add at least $65 billion into the global economy in 2016, and with its current growth rate, at least $3.2 trillion by 2020,” said Ruth E. Hedges, executive producer, GCC. “As the first and longest running crowdfunding convention in the world, we have had a very big impact on the growth of this booming industry, and by joining forces with The LaunchPad Agency, we are now set to provide an even better experience for attendees wanting to learn from and network with top crowdfunding industry professionals!”

As part of the experience, GCC will feature an exciting, interactive 15,000 sq.ft. Expo and Crowdfunding Marketplace that showcases top industry service providers and the year’s top crowdfunded products, offering attendees and investors alike the opportunity to meet the All-Stars who made them happen. The interactive expo will be broken down into the following fun areas:

Fashion Alley: a Runway to show off successfully crowdfunded clothing

Music on Stage: hear successfully crowdfunded music

Gamers Play Area: see and play crowdfunded videogames and board games

Open Mic stage: check out startups launching live rewards campaigns

Video Presentations: startups showcase their crowdfunding videos and do a Q&A with people seated around that stage.

Artists Alley: a full section dedicated to successfully crowdfunded artworks, comics and published books.

“We have been a big part of the crowdfunding ecosystem for many years and are very happy to be partnered with Ruth and now owners of the Global Crowdfunding Convention,” said James Little, CEO, The LaunchPad Agency. “Together, and through this amazing event, we will be taking big steps towards helping shape the future of this quickly growing industry.”

About The Global Crowdfunding Convention

The Global Crowdfunding Convention (GCC) is the flagship event for the crowdfunding industry. Founded by Ruth E. Hedges, one the world’s foremost authorities on crowdfunding and one of the original pioneers of the crowdfunding legislation (Title III) that was signed into the JOBS Act on April 5, 2012, the GCC features startups, entrepreneurs, founders, investors, government officials, lawyers, accountants, brokers, non-profit organizations, creative artists and many others converging in Las Vegas, NV to benefit from a unique blend of deep content, unbeatable parties and networking in a collaborative, fun and exciting environment. For more information, visit www.thegccworld.com.

About The LaunchPad Agency

The LaunchPad Agency is a PR & Digital Marketing firm committed to helping build credibility, growing brand awareness and delivering impactful results for its clients. The Agency creates and implements fully integrated strategic campaigns through a wide range of marketing communications services including public relations, brand marketing, social media engagement and crowdfunding. For more info, visit www.launchpadagency.com