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The path to your next funding round: Equity crowdfunding

TechCrunch was proud to host DealMaker at Disrupt 2023 in San Francisco. Here’s an overview of their partner session on the Breakout Stage.

Crowdfunding, an incredibly powerful alternative to institutional lending, lets founders raise capital by leveraging regulation crowdfunding exemptions. At TechCrunch Disrupt 2023, DealMaker co-founder and CEO Rebecca Kacaba explained the exemptions and discussed next steps to determine whether crowdfunding’s a viable option for your startup. Attendees walked away with a foundational understanding of timelines, parameters and minimum requirements for raising funds by offering equity to the general public.


Rebecca Kacaba, Co-founder and CEO, DealMaker

Rebecca is the CEO and co-founder of DealMaker, winner of Lexpert’s Top 40 Under 40, named one of North America’s most innovative lawyers by the Financial Times, a finalist for 2022’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year and one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. After a decade of practicing securities law, she took an ambitious leap from her partnership at the world’s largest law firm and founded DealMaker to build a system that would combat the costly inefficiencies that plague the traditional capital raise process. She is the force behind building DealMaker into Canada’s third fastest growing company and Fast Company’s second place Best Workplaces for Innovators. With her vision and drive, Rebecca has become a leader and trailblazer in the intersection of the capital markets and tech and is committed to driving change and doing business the right way. In only five years, DealMaker has powered over $1.84 billion USD in capital raised, more than double any leading U.S. counterpart in less than half the operating history. Rebecca currently serves as a board member for the Crowdfunding Professionals Association (CfPA) to help shape the future of this new and emerging segment of the capital markets.