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31 MARCH 2017: The boss of Australia’s biggest crowdfunder will share finance insights with farmers at the national Farming Together forum in June.

Alan Crabbe, co-founder and CEO of Pozible, will be a mainstage speaker at the forum held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Tuesday, June 6.

The Farming Together project has been helping farmers across the country form into groups to gain marketplace strength. Now some of these groups are using crowdfunding.

Farming Together project director Lorraine Gordon said: “Our farmer-partners are looking for clever ways to access investment. These innovators are flexible thinkers; they are looking beyond the traditional bank finance model to alternative capital-raising structures.

“Like them, Pozible was once a start-up. There’s a lot to be learned from its story.”

Since it was launched in Melbourne in 2011, Pozible has hosted more than 13,000 projects, raising more than $53m. It trades in 22 global currencies and has offices in the US, China and Singapore.

Alan, who holds a BSc in business information technology from Queens College Belfast, said: “At Pozible we believe in the power of business as a force for social good. We’ve supported grassroots campaigns that make real change in the world and established long-term partnerships with other organisations with the same values we admire.” Farmers from across Australia are expected to attend the Farming Together forum. They will be hearing from farmers who have used the program to form or expand co-operatives and collaborations as well as experts, such as Alan, offering practical ‘how-to’ advice. Free farmer registrations for the Adelaide conference are now open at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017adelaideforum