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May 3, 2024 | 4 Min Read

What Fees are Charged by Crowdfunding Websites?

What Fees are Charged by Crowdfunding Websites?

Crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular way for entrepreneurs and small businesses to raise capital in recent years. As the industry has grown, so too have the number of crowdfunding platforms available to investors and issuers. However, with this growth has come a proliferation of fees charged by these platforms, which can be confusing and opaque to those unfamiliar with the space.

In this blog post, we’ll take a deep dive into the various fees associated with crowdfunding and explore how they can impact both investors and issuers. We’ll also provide some insights into the current state of the private securities marketplace and how crowdfunding fits into the broader landscape.

Crowdfunding Platform Fees

The most significant fees associated with crowdfunding are typically those charged by the platforms themselves. These can vary widely depending on the platform, the type of crowdfunding being used (e.g., equity, debt, or rewards-based), and the specific features or services offered.

In our experience, the common platform fee for equity crowdfunding campaigns in the United States is around 5-10% of the total amount raised.  This fee is typically deducted from the funds raised before they are disbursed to the issuer.

In addition to the platform fee, some crowdfunding platforms may also charge other fees, such as:

  • Transaction fees: These are fees may be charged for each individual investment or contribution made through the platform, typically ranging from 2-5%.
  • Withdrawal fees: Some platforms may charge a fee for issuers to withdraw the funds they’ve raised, often in the range of 1-3%.
  • Subscription or membership fees: Some platforms require issuers to pay a recurring fee to maintain their presence on the platform, which can range from $100 to $1,000 per month or more.

It’s important for both investors and issuers to carefully review the fee structure of any crowdfunding platform they’re considering using, as these fees can have a significant impact on the overall cost of raising or investing in a particular campaign.

The Private Securities Marketplace

Crowdfunding is just one part of the broader private securities marketplace, which has seen significant growth in recent years.Within this market, equity crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular option for small businesses and startups looking to raise capital. 

However, it’s important to note that the private securities marketplace is subject to a complex regulatory environment, with a variety of rules and requirements that must be adhered to. Issuers and investors alike must be aware of these regulations, which can include restrictions on the types of securities that can be offered, disclosure requirements, and limits on the amount of capital that can be raised.

Compliance Considerations

When it comes to crowdfunding, compliance with FINRA and SEC regulations is of paramount importance. Issuers must ensure that their campaigns are structured in a way that complies with all relevant rules and regulations, including those pertaining to disclosure, investor eligibility, and the use of proceeds.

Failure to comply with these regulations can result in significant penalties and legal consequences, so it’s crucial that issuers work closely with experienced legal and financial professionals to ensure that their crowdfunding campaigns are fully compliant.

In addition, investors must also be aware of the compliance requirements associated with crowdfunding, as they may be subject to certain restrictions or eligibility criteria depending on the type of investment they’re making.

Conclusion

Crowdfunding has become an increasingly important part of the private securities marketplace, offering entrepreneurs and small businesses a new way to raise capital. However, the fees associated with crowdfunding can be complex and varied, and issuers and investors alike must be aware of the compliance requirements that come with this type of fundraising.

By understanding the fees charged by crowdfunding platforms, as well as the broader trends and regulations in the private securities marketplace, issuers and investors can make more informed decisions and ensure that their crowdfunding campaigns are successful and compliant.

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