Equity crowdfunding lets startups and private businesses raise capital from the crowd. Everyone can be an investor, not just VCs and private equity firms.
On StartEngine, people can invest in startups that they believe in. Equity crowdfunding allows startups and private companies to raise capital from the crowd through the sale of securities like equity, debt, revenue share and more.
Anyone, regardless of wealth, can invest in private businesses, not just the ones trading on stock exchanges, and they can do so online.
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Equity crowdfunding was created when President Barack Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) in 2012, and the Act allows companies to raise money through a few different regulations:
Read more about the differences between Regulation Crowdfunding and Regulation A+ here. To learn more about the growth of Regulation Crowdfunding, read national statistics in our monthly StartEngine Index. Companies can also raise capital on StartEngine through Regulation D 506(c), through which companies can raise an unlimited amount of money, but only from accredited investors.
Traditionally, angel investors, venture capitalists, and accredited investors could invest in private companies and often were the only ones with access to those opportunities.
Accredited investors are individuals with a networth of greater than $1M (excluding their primary residence) or an annual income exceeding $200K per year for two years ($300K if combined with a spouse). In other words, these opportunities were often limited to the wealthy.
Now, nearly anyone can invest in startups through equity crowdfunding. Investors have to be at least 18 years old, and StartEngine does not accept investment from Canadian and UK investors due to the securities laws in those countries. Otherwise, anyone can invest in companies raising capital on StartEngine.
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