SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Silicon Valley Angel Investor, Manny Fernandez was named “Silicon Valley Equity CrowdFunding Pioneer” by Menlo College at Wednesday night’s event, The Future of Investing: How Equity CrowdFunding is Shaping the American Dream.
On May 16th, 2016 for the first time in 83 years, billions of dollars of capital will be opened up for investment in startups and small businesses by ordinary Americans via FINRA & SEC approved funding portals. With many visionaries emerging in this new market, the award honors an individual who is paving the way for the advancement of equity crowdfunding as a viable alternative to traditional investment approaches. The Silicon Valley Equity CrowdFunding Pioneer Award recognizes innovation by enabling the next generation of creative entrepreneurs to access funding capital.
In 2014, Fernandez was the recipient of the Equity CrowdFunding Leadership award as well as San Francisco Angel Investor of the Year accolade.
Menlo College Professor of Finance, Soumendra De who presented Fernandez with the award Wednesday night on behalf of the Menlo Finance Club said of Fernandez, “One name has been synonymous with equity crowdfunding in Silicon Valley and that name is Manny Fernandez, co-founder and CEO of DreamFunded.com,” He continued, “Their involvement in equity crowdfunding is shaping the way people can invest into private companies and helping tech employees get the liquidity they have worked hard for.”
“It’s easy to see why he received the award,” said an attending startup entrepreneur, “His candid nature, obvious enthusiasm for helping entrepreneurs, and his vast knowledge has motivated me to turn my startup dream into a reality.”
After appearing on CNBC’s Squawk Box for the second time and CNN Latino earlier this year, Fernandez was excited to be back at Menlo College, “I have always loved speaking at Menlo College, they really cultivate a unique entrepreneurial spirit in their students that you don’t find elsewhere. In fact, I actually met my DreamFunded co-founder, Rexford Hibbs, while speaking here a few years ago.”
Fernandez will be a panelist at an upcoming equity crowdfunding panel for the Angel Capital Association (ACA) Summit. The panel, Syndication: Accredited Platforms and Angel Groups will be held in Philadelphia, PA. on May 11th.