The European Crowdfunding Network AISBL (ECN) is a professional network promoting adequate transparency, (self) regulation and governance, while offering a combined voice in policy discussion and public opinion building. Founded in 2011 as an interest group, we formally incorporated as an international not-for-profit organization in Brussels, Belgium in 2013. We support our members in carrying out initiatives aimed at innovating, representing, promoting and protecting the European crowdfunding industry. We aim to increase the understanding of the key roles that crowdfunding can play in supporting entrepreneurship of all types, and its role in funding the creation and protection of jobs, the enrichment of European society, culture and economy, and the protection of our environment. In that capacity, we help develop professional standards, conduct industry research, and provide professional networking opportunities in order to facilitate interaction between our members and key industry participants. On behalf of our members, the ECN will maintain a dialogue with public institutions and stakeholders as well as the media at European, international and national levels.