Recipes for Restaurant Success | Crowdfunding For Restaurants: Getting More Cooks in the Kitchen
Join us for "Crowdfunding For Restaurants: Getting More Cooks in the Kitchen," a breakfast program to discuss how crowdfunding is changing the way restaurant owners and investors are raising cash to launch new ventures. Hosted by Michele L. Stumpe and Mark I. Sanders, this intimate group discussion will focus on the key elements of:
- What is Crowdfunding?
- Different Types of Crowdfunding
- Using Crowdfunding to Develop Passionate Customers and Supporters
- How Crowdfunding Can Convert Customers into Advocates
Johann Moonesinghe is the founder and CEO of EquityEats, a leading platform connecting restaurants with passionate investors. Mr. Moonesinghe developed his vision for EquityEats out of his experience as an investor in two bars and 13 restaurants. EquityEats also operates Prequel, an 18,000 square feet restaurant space in Washington, DC, that is the country's first ever crowdfunded restaurant. EquityEats marks his third technology startup. madKast, a 2007 TechStars Boulder company, was acquired by industry-leader ShareThis in 2008. Mr. Moonesinghe has a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jonathan B. Wilson
Taylor English Duma LLP
Jonathan B. Wilson is a seasoned corporate and securities partner at Taylor English. Mr. Wilson works with both start-ups and established firms on corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions and strategic transactions. He is a frequent author and speaker on crowdfunding and helped to close the first-ever crowdfund offering under Georgia’s intrastate crowdfunding rule. Mr. Wilson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of William and Mary and earned his law degree at George Washington University.