The University of California, Berkeley announced the appointment of Dr. Richard Swart as Director of Research overseeing the policies, best practices and innovation in entrepreneurial finance, including crowdfunding. The Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance, directed under the College of Engineering’s Fung Institute, seeks to examine the evolution of crowdfunding and other social-finance models.
“The Fung Institute is pleased to welcome an individual of Dr. Swart’s caliber,” said Dr. Lee Fleming, Academic Director of the Fung Institute. “His wealth of entrepreneurial experience and attention to the academic process will ensure that Berkeley becomes a center of rigorous, peer-reviewed and non-partisan research on Crowdfunding. Dr. Swart will also lead efforts to incorporate this research into the entrepreneurship curriculum, both here at Cal and at other institutions.”