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  1. Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient icrowdinvestments www.icrowdinvestments.com April 2013 Investor Proposal Crowdfunding: The Future of Equity Finance

  2. Introduction “Crowdfunding is a game-changing financial innovation that will pave the way of the next generation of equity and debt funding for emerging companies worldwide” • Crowdfunding is a business designed to capitalize on this new phenomena by creating an online marketplace where entrepreneurs and investors meet • These new platforms have given investors the ability to invest in unique and potentially lucrative business opportunities and has given entrepreneurs a new venue through which to raise capital • ICrowdInvestments aims to take crowd funding to the next level with new crowd funding concepts, social funding concepts, social shopping and buying concepts and at the same time creating a crowd brand which the social crowd will themselves build, sell and buy. • The brand is unlimited from electrical goods, food goods, bars and restaurants, clothing, music, reality TV, the options are unlimited. Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  3. Introduction to Crowdfunding • The ability to raise money through relatively small contributions from a large number of people with the aim of building a international “crowd “ brand portfolio Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  4. Crowdfunding Industry • The crowdfunding industry is fragmented and highly opportunistic • Crowdfunding hit new milestones in 2012 and is expected to hit $6 billion in asset raised internationally in 2013 • “Estimates for annual crowdfunding transactions go as high as $500 billion annually compared to 2011’s $1.5 billion (anticipated to be $3 billion in 2012). If crowdfunding even begins to approach that scale, it will completely change the landscape for start-up financing.” - Devon Thorpe, Oct 15, 2012 - Forbes Magazine • New legislation in the European Union embracing crowd funding and in the United States the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act and JOBS Act will create unprecedented growth to this new approach of equity capital sourcing • The United States raises more capital in the private and public equity markets than the rest of the world combined indicating the untapped growth potential for the equity crowd funding industry Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  5. Mission Statement The mission of iCrowdInvestments is to establish a qualified team through acquisition or joint venture that will create and expand a successful platform and establish a dominant position within the emerging crowdfunding space in but with unique crowd funding, business and brand building concept ,becoming part of the largest equity and debt financing market in the world, as well as building brands internationally. Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  6. Introduction Searching for the next great company? iCrowdInvestments Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  7. Solving the Challenge • Conventional funding is extremely difficult to access for most start-ups and small businesses • Funding channels are limited to larger transactions and burdened with registration restrictions, high cost and long delays • Debt finance and traditional banking sources are not accessible to most innovative early stage/start-up companies • Capital access for smaller companies is limited • Difficult for general public to access investments in private companies • Brand building is extremely difficult, but with a crowd investing, selling and buying, iCrowdInvestments, with their portfolio of sites and investment ideas will break mould of the traditional brand building difficulties . • ICrowdInvestments will build its brands using the social trend of financing, buying and shopping. Investing in the brand automatically means that you will want to support that brand and share in the profits of the brand. • ICrowdInvestments will become the first and the worlds leading social brand Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  8. Opportunity The estimated equity Crowdfunding market size is in the billions $30 trillion in total U.S. Savings • “Just a 1% Shift to startups & SMBs = $300 Billion” – Fred Wilson • Friends and family investing will shift to Crowdfundings • Gartner estimated market size in 2013 $60 billion in friends and family $6.2 billion Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  9. Opportunity • For the first time, entrepreneurs will be empowered to post their business plans on the Crowdfunding platform and leverage social media to invite friends, family, customers and everyone else to invest in their companies • Existing customers will want to become investors in their favorite small businesses, and new investors will want to support their investments by becoming customer Spreading the message: Traditional Communication Channel Crowd funding Through an Interconnected Network You You Family Family Friends Crowd funding Platform Co-workers Friends Investors Co-workers Customers Celebrities Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  10. What People Are Saying Empowering the Masses Social Innovative Game Changer Disruptive Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  11. Crowdfunding Process • iCrowdInvestments Global (“ICG”) will provide emerging growth companies and brands the ability to submit their ideas for review and potential funding on the ICG web portal (and other joint venture, linked portals) • Business plans will be reviewed by a due diligence and compliance team and submitted to the Advisory Board for approval • In addition to executive management, the Advisory Board will be comprised of industry experts who specialize in various fields related to targeted funding opportunities • Once business plans are approved, the transaction team will negotiate fees and equity stakes in return for services Emerging Businesses, Startups & Projects Submission on iCA Crowdfunding Portal Idea Funded from Investor Crowd For illustrative purposes online. May not apply to all deals. Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  12. FINRA Member Access • FINRA, FSA and other country regulatory body member access is a potential revenue strategy • ICG will provide an opportunity to other FINRA, SEC members to participate in the iCG’s portal • FINRA, FSA and other members will be subject to an initial licensing and monthly membership fee to access the web portal(there are approximately 5000 FINRA members in the U.S.) • FINRA , FSA and other members can become sponsors for each ICG deal posted or independently submit business proposals of their own for funding Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  13. Affiliate Partnership Program • Dedicated partner portal makes it easier than ever for organizations, networks, communities or groups to partner with ICG • Partners will have the ability to • have your own dedicated co-branded website • list businesses you know on your own site • earn additional revenue with our revenue share agreement • build you own online crowd funding brand community • Affiliation Program • Become an affiliate by referring entrepreneurs who are seeking business financing • Our platform with vet the business, liaise with the entrepreneur and manage the pitch • Fees will be split with the affiliate once investment target has been reached Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  14. Organization Structure Crowd2IPO iCrowdInvestments Crowdfunding LLC Outside Investors TBD%Ownership 100%Ownership Other Sites and Developers iCrowdInvestments(FINRA Registered Broker-Dealer) TBD%Ownership Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  15. Sales Strategy • Focus on development of core business • Partnerships, via Partner Portal • Future partnerships will be developed to help in the sales, mergers and/or IPO’s of the crowdfunded companies • Areas of focus • Agricultural production and value addition • Restaurants, bars and clubs Industry • Media and Entertainment • Technology • Real Estate • Retail and Consumer Goods • Premium investor accounts • FINRA, FSA and other regulatory bodies member expansion • Partnership discussions in US, UK, HK, Dubai with other regulatory members • Vertical crowdfunding sites • Reward based • Secured lending Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  16. Introduction • iCrowd Investments Group (“ICG”) is an investment management and financial services group of companies founded in 2012 • ICG and its affiliates currently has several hundred millions of assets under management and advisement • ICIG focuses on a unique “private equity approach or reward approach” to investing in financial service and investment companies • ICG has an experienced team of professionals that provides its affiliates with value-added turn-key services including capital raising, marketing and distribution, product development, operational, accounting and technology support Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  17. Marketing Strategy Marketing Tactics Direct: • PR / PA • Spokesperson • Sponsorship • Sales Promotion • Events • Advertising • Social Media Indirect: • Partnerships • Referrals • Entrepreneurs Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  18. Press Crowdfunding Set to Explode with Passage of Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act Crowdfunding Set to Transform How Startups Raise Money Crowdfunding Will Make 2013 The Year Of The Gold Rush The Crowdfunding Crowd is Anxious Crowdfunding Is About to Get More Crowded Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

  19. Rules and Regulations • The JOBS ACT passed in May of 2012 • Crowdfunding rules are expected to be finalized by US regulators and enacted in Q3 2013 • We expect to begin with social funding ,individual investors and progress to accredited investors, project funding, and secured lending, before the rules applicable to non-accredited investors are passed Proprietary and Confidential: Not for Distribution to any Individual other than Recipient

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