The StartEngine offering is now closed and is no longer accepting investments.

StartEngine

The future of investing is here.

StartEngine

The future of investing is here.

Los Angeles, CA
StartEngine helps everyday people invest and buy shares in startups and early growth companies. We believe in creating access: that everyone should be able to invest in the ideas that could become the great businesses of tomorrow and that entrepreneurs should be able to raise money from the public and those that believe most in them.

$18,949,702

raised
12,097
Investors
$221M
Valuation
$13.00
Price per Share
$506.25
Min. Investment
Common
Shares Offered
Equity
Offering Type
$41M
Offering Max
0
Days Left

$18,949,702

raised
12,097
Investors
$221M
Valuation
$13.00
Price per Share
$506.25
Min. Investment
Common
Shares Offered
Equity
Offering Type
$41M
Offering Max
0
Days Left
This offering ended on October 02, 2020 and is no longer accepting investments.

Bonus Rewards

Get rewarded for investing more into StartEngine

$500+
Investment
Owner's Discount
StartEngine shareholders who invested in any of our previous rounds of funding are eligible for a 20% discount on the share price of this offering. See below for details.
$1,000+
Investment
StartEngine Owner's Bonus
When you invest $1,000 or more, you receive the Owner's Bonus for one year and can earn 10% more when making other investments in participating campaigns on StartEngine. See below for the full list of benefits.

Updates

Our Funding Round Closes in 40 minutes at 1pm PT!

20 days ago

Our funding round closes in 40 minutes at 1pm PT today, and this is your last opportunity to invest in StartEngine’s current offering. Here are a few more things you should know about us:

  • Crowd-Funded: we drink our own Kool-Aid and raise funding from the crowd too. It helps us relate to the companies raising on our platform, and of course, it strengthens our bond with you, our investor community. To date, we’ve raised over $30M from the crowd across three Regulation A+ offerings and numerous Regulation Crowdfunding offerings, and we have over 18,000 shareholders on our cap table.

  • Trading: we plan to launch our investor trading marketplace StartEngine Secondary in October, and StartEngine itself will be the first company available to trade. We hope this will give our shareholders an opportunity to access liquidity and trade.

Be a part of our story and join StartEngine’s mission to help other entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. 

What Investors Are Saying About StartEngine

“Great webinar StartEngine just had on next steps from here. It has made me even more pumped to be an investor and the insights Howard and Kevin gave made me see the extraordinary future in store for StartEngine. I imagine that webinar will be posted on the StartEngine YouTube page and I highly recommend anyone who missed it to check it out. Especially if you are still debating on investing because there are only a few hours left to invest in StartEngine and join this amazing journey with the StartEngine team and investors.” - Robert

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

These testimonials may not be representative of the experience of other customers. These testimonials are no guarantee of future performance or success.

The StartEngine secondary market is still currently under development. Furthermore, once development is completed, if a company is qualified to list its securities on the market, there is no guarantee that demand for these securities will exist. Even if a company does meet the requirements for listing its securities, we do not know the extent to which investor interest will lead to the development and maintenance of a liquid trading market. You should assume that you may not be able to liquidate your investments for some time or be able to pledge these shares as collateral, if at all.

Watch a Recording of This Morning’s Webinar

20 days ago

Over 650 people RSVP’d to the webinar with our CEO Howard Marks and Mr. Wonderful this morning, and we received so many amazing questions. Thank you to everyone who tuned in!

If you missed it, you can watch a recording of the webinar to listen to Howard’s conversation with Kevin O’Leary. We had to remove the Q&A portion at the end for compliance review, but you can watch the first half of the webinar here:


If you have any final questions, please leave us a comment on our campaign page! We will be answering as many questions as we can until our offering closes at 1pm PT today!

P.S. if you were wondering what the amount “$XXX” in our last update was (sorry, it happens when you publish writing before having coffee), we have raised $4,639,271 in the past 7 days!

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

Kevin O’Leary is a paid spokesperson for StartEngine. Read the 17-B disclosure at https://www.startengine.com/17b

The StartEngine secondary market is still currently under development. Furthermore, once development is completed, if a company is qualified to list its securities on the market, there is no guarantee that demand for these securities will exist. Even if a company does meet the requirements for listing its securities, we do not know the extent to which investor interest will lead to the development and maintenance of a liquid trading market. You should assume that you may not be able to liquidate your investments for some time or be able to pledge these shares as collateral, if at all.

Our Funding Round Closes Today!

20 days ago

Thank you so much for the support we’ve seen in the final days of our raise. We’ve raised over $XXX in our final week. We’ve received so many words of encouragement in the comments, in email, in phone conversations, and we are grateful to have a community that is so supportive and excited about StartEngine’s mission. We don’t take it for granted.

Our funding round ends today at 1pm PT, and these are your final few hours to invest in this offering!

If you want to hear from our CEO Howard Marks before the close of this raise, don’t forget to RSVP here to our webinar with Mr. Wonderful this morning at 9am PT. The two will have a conversation about our growth to date and what’s in store for our future.

If you’re new to StartEngine, here are some things you should know about us:

  • Owner’s Bonus: if you invest $1,000 or more in this offering (or are an existing StartEngine shareholder and make a subsequent investment in StartEngine), you will earn the Owner’s Bonus for one year and get access to 3 great perks: earning 10% bonus shares when investing in participating campaigns, receiving email notifications when new bonus-eligible companies launch and skipping the waitlist on oversubscribed campaigns.

  • Investor Base: StartEngine’s user base comprises over 100,000 active investors, nearly half of whom have made more than one investment. In 2019, the number of first-time investors more than doubled from 2018.

What Investors Are Saying About StartEngine

“The success of your company’s concept, continued growth, opportunities for investors and the invested alike, and your overall transparent presentations make it an easy decision to be a part of.” - Sara

“A friend recommended StartEngine to me, and I like the idea of investing in small businesses that are the backbone of our US economy.” - Robert

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

These testimonials may not be representative of the experience of other customers. These testimonials are no guarantee of future performance or success.

Kevin O’Leary is a paid spokesperson for StartEngine. Read the 17-B disclosure at https://www.startengine.com/17b

24 Hours Left to Invest: RSVP to Our Last Webinar with Mr. Wonderful Tomorrow

21 days ago

Our funding round closes in 24 hours! This is your final day to invest in this offering and join 11,420 other investors.

Want to hear StartEngine’s Co-Founder & CEO Howard Marks talk about StartEngine and the future of our platform with Mr. Wonderful? Tomorrow, Friday October 2nd, at 9am PT, we will be hosting a final webinar with Howard and Kevin O’Leary, and you can RSVP here to listen to their conversation.

Howard is our fearless leader and has founded multiple businesses over the course of his career. In the ‘90s, he co-founded video game company Activision, which today has a multibillion-dollar market cap. He was also the founder & CEO of Acclaim Games, a publisher of online games that was later sold and is part of The Walt Disney Company. Howard is also bilingual and a triple national of the United States, United Kingdom, and France.

This is a great opportunity to see what our CEO is like in the final hours of our funding round, so RSVP here to attend!

What Investors Are Saying About StartEngine

“We've all had that feeling that says "I wish I was around when "x" started up." That feeling that you wanted to be in on the true ground floor of a great idea. The thought process that everyone hasn't quite grasped yet so it hasn't exploded but the momentum is amazing. Well, here we are, with an existing "product", in an expanding field, in an innovative time period for the product with a proven, successful leadership team. I could think of a million reasons to talk myself out of investing in StartEngine using standard metrics, regular valuations, assets, liabilities, and all the other run of the mill considerations. Why? What a great opportunity, vision, and potential this company has. I've invested modestly three times in StartEngine and in 14 other opportunities on the platform. I'm a very small fish. I'm really looking forward to watching what happens and I'm sitting here wondering if this is how the people around Bogle and Schwab felt early on. We'll see I guess. Good luck all.” - Mark

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

These testimonials may not be representative of the experience of other customers. These testimonials are no guarantee of future performance or success.

Kevin O’Leary is a paid spokesperson for StartEngine. Read the 17-B disclosure at https://www.startengine.com/17b

We Are Extending Our Raise to This Friday! RSVP to Our Last Webinar

22 days ago

Due to overwhelming demand, we’ve decided to extend the close of our raise to Friday October 2nd at 1pm PT! We are so grateful for the support—we have raised over $3.68M in the past week, and more than 1,800 people have invested in us in the final days of our campaign.

We want to make sure that everyone who wants to invest in this offering has the opportunity to do so, and that our Investor Services team is able to help those who need assistance trying to invest in this offering.

To that end, you now have two more days to invest in StartEngine’s current funding round

On Friday at 9am PT, we will be hosting a final webinar with our CEO Howard Marks and Mr. Wonderful and the two will discuss the close of this funding round and what’s next for StartEngine. RSVP for that webinar here to tune in and hear an exciting announcement about StartEngine’s future!

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

Kevin O’Leary is a paid spokesperson for StartEngine. Read the 17-B disclosure at https://www.startengine.com/17b

1 Day Left: Over 10,000 Investors Have Participated So Far!

22 days ago

We are in the final stretch of our funding round, and we can’t believe the support we’ve received in the final days! Over 10,000 people have invested so far in this funding round, and in the past 24 hours, we’ve raised $410K alone!

If you are new to StartEngine, here are a few things you should know about us:

  • Amount Raised: Since we launched in 2015, companies have raised over $200M on StartEngine, and over $100M of that total was raised in 2020 alone!

  • Proven Leadership: Our Co-Founder & CEO Howard Marks previously co-founded Activision, a video game company with a multi-billion dollar market cap. Renowned businessman and investor Kevin O’Leary, aka “Mr. Wonderful”, is our Strategic Advisor and a StartEngine investor.

  • Accelerating Growth: according to the 2020 Inc. 5000 Series, we are the 10th fastest-growing private company in California! In the first 6 months of 2020, we generated more revenue than we did in all of 2019. We increased our revenue 188% YoY compared to the first six months of 2019 and generated $5,422,592 in the first six months of 2020.

P.S. Last Friday, September 25th, we hosted our first ever pitch competition with renowned businessman and Shark Kevin O’Leary, and the event was a smashing success. We had 1,280 people tune in to watch 5 companies pitch their business live to Mr. Wonderful for a chance to win $10K. Learn more about the event here to find out who won!


What Investors Are Saying About StartEngine

“Love what StartEngine is doing and think it is going to be the ETrade of startup investing” - Nicholas

“StartEngine’s platform is easy to use and the access they provide to both startups and small investors is needed now more than ever to recharge our economy and create new job opportunities.” - Jeff

“I invested in StartEngine because this is a platform that will be the future of investing for the little guy. Plus the Owner’s Bonus is a nice touch.” - Mark

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

These testimonials may not be representative of the experience of other customers. These testimonials are no guarantee of future performance or success.

2 Days Left to Invest

24 days ago

There are just two days left to invest in StartEngine’s current funding round! Thank you to the 9,943 investors who have helped us raise over $15M in this offering. Don’t wait to invest in a leading equity crowdfunding platform in a growing industry.

In fact, a new report by Crowdfund Capital Advisors and the Small Business Entrepreneurship Council breaks down the success of Regulation Crowdfunding to date. Here are some industry-wide stats illustrating the growth of Reg CF since it began on May 16, 2016:

  • 700,000 retail investors from around the world have participated in diverse offerings across the United States.

  • Over $500M has been raised for over 2,600 companies.

  • Companies that have used Reg CF came from over 450 industries and across 850 cities.

  • The funding raised from Reg CF has supported over 100,000 jobs.

StartEngine is one of the equity crowdfunding platforms at the center of this activity. We have helped over 375 companies raise over $200M, and we have a community of 275,000 prospective investors. For just two more days, you have the opportunity to invest in our current funding round and invest in a leading platform in this emerging space. What are you waiting for?

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

Missed Our Webinar Covering Our 2020 Financials? Watch the Recap

26 days ago

There are only 4 days left to invest in StartEngine’s current offering, so don’t wait to invest and become a StartEngine Owner! We’ve seen amazing growth so far in 2020.

In fact, in the first six months of 2020, we generated more revenue than we did in all of 2019, and we hosted a webinar led by our CEO Howard Marks to talk about it.

Howard walked through our company mission, as well as the 6 values that we hold everyone on our team to, before walking through our unaudited financials of the first six months of 2020 ended June 30th.

He then answered questions from attendees for 40 minutes! Thank you to everyone who attended and asked such great questions! If you missed the webinar, you can watch a recording here.

Here’s what a few attendees had to say about the webinar:

“Thank you for hosting these events for investors. It’s great to hear from Howard directly, and I’m glad to hear the positive news about the growth of StartEngine. Keep up the good work.”

“Thanks for the webcast and for the clear answers. I love your long term outlook. Howard gives confidence about the future of StartEngine. Excellent business model. Great job.”

These testimonials may not be representative of the experience of other customers. These testimonials are no guarantee of future performance or success.

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

The StartEngine secondary market is still currently under development. Furthermore, once development is completed, if a company is qualified to list its securities on the market, there is no guarantee that demand for these securities will exist. Even if a company does meet the requirements for listing its securities, we do not know the extent to which investor interest will lead to the development and maintenance of a liquid trading market. You should assume that you may not be able to liquidate your investments for some time or be able to pledge these shares as collateral, if at all.

Our Financials for the First Half of 2020 & Upcoming Webinar

about 1 month ago

We’ve just published our unaudited financials for the first six months of 2020 up to June 30th, and we are excited to share those financials with you in the final days of our current funding round. In the first six months of 2020, we generated more revenue than we did in all of 2019.

Here are some highlights:

  • Revenue: In the six months ended June 30, we generated $5,395,824 in revenue, an increase of $3,514,514 from revenue in the same period in 2019, a YoY increase of 186%.

  • Cost of revenue: Our cost of revenues during the six months ended June 30, 2020 were $1,518,632, an increase of $606,305 from the costs during the same period in 2019. That cost primarily increased due to the increase in the underlying revenue activity. We also improved our gross margins to 72% as compared to 52% in 2019.

  • Operating expense: Our total operating expenses in the first six months of 2020 were $4,165,840, an increase of $1,251,173 from the expense in the same period of 2019.

  • Net loss: We reduced our net loss from $1,933,735 in the first six months of 2019 to $371,883 for the first six months of 2020.

We believe we have the cash, assets, revenue, and access to funding that will be sufficient to fund operations until StartEngine starts generating positive cash flows from normal operations!

We’ve been talking about our momentum and growth with you for a while, and we are excited to finally be able to put that growth into perspective with actual numbers and show our revenue growth.

You can read our full Form 1-SA here to learn more about our unaudited financials for the six months ended June 30, 2020, and we will also be hosting a webinar on Thursday, September 24th at 11am PT where our CEO Howard Marks will walk attendees through those financials. There will be a Q&A at the end where you can ask questions directly to Howard about StartEngine as our current offering comes to a close. RSVP here!

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

Over $10M Raised

about 1 month ago

In our last update, we noted that StartEngine raised the most capital for companies via Regulation Crowdfunding in the month of August. We decided to go back and crunch the numbers for the entire year. Here are the top 3 funding portals based on amount raised* via Reg CF since January 1st.

StartEngine has raised $40,786,372 (!).

Wefunder has raised $31,888,357.

Republic has raised $22,314,035.

We are proud to be a market leader so far in 2020 and help guide this emerging marketplace and gear up for the launch of our trading platform StartEngine Secondary in October.

We have raised over $1.2M in each of the past two weeks for StartEngine itself in our current offering, and we have welcomed over 1,700 new StartEngine Owners to our community. We are thrilled by our momentum. Let’s keep it up for the next XX days until our raise closes!

What Owners Are Saying About StartEngine

“It feels crucial to support entrepreneurs in a changing environment where Great Ideas need access to expertise for raising funds and supporting Brand Ambassadors that can help companies grow.” - Richard, a StartEngine Owner

*The data for amount raised was taken by tallying up KingsCrowd’s reports.

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

The StartEngine secondary market is still currently under development. Furthermore, once development is completed, if a company is qualified to list its securities on the market, there is no guarantee that a demand for these securities will exist. Even if a company does meet the requirements for listing its securities, we do not know the extent to which investor interest will lead to the development and maintenance of a liquid trading market. You should assume that you may not be able to liquidate your investments for some time or be able to pledge these shares as collateral, if at all.

We Plan to Launch Our Trading Marketplace in October

about 1 month ago

After years of hard work, the time has finally come: subject to regulatory requirements, we plan to launch our trading platform StartEngine Secondary in October!

When this trading marketplace launches in October, there will only be one company trading to start: StartEngine itself will be the first company available to trade on Secondary.

This is our way of saying thank you to our 15,000 shareholders, some of whom have been StartEngine Owners for years. Many have asked about their options for liquidity and how they can have a chance to see a return on their investment, and we hope this may give them an opportunity to access that liquidity.

Sample Screenshot Not Representative of the Actual Trading Platform

StartEngine Secondary will be one of the first public trading marketplaces in the US for companies that have raised capital via Regulation A+ and Regulation Crowdfunding. Today if you invest in a company on StartEngine, typically you can't exit your investment until that company experiences a liquidity event, such as being acquired by another business or an IPO. Those events can take anywhere from 5-10 years to occur, if they occur at all.

We hope to change that in October. We plan to become a platform where you can not only invest in startups but also trade those startup investments on our public marketplace if available. We are excited to be pioneers in the equity crowdfunding space and bring potential liquidity to our community, and we hope to add more companies to StartEngine Secondary in the coming months.

In order to be one of the first users trading in October, you need to open an Investment Account*. Open your Investment Account here to be a part of StartEngine history, and stay tuned for a launch day announcement soon.

*All funds and assets in your Investment Account are held with our banking partner, Prime Trust.

The StartEngine secondary market is still currently under development. Furthermore, once development is completed, if a company is qualified to list its securities on the market, there is no guarantee that a demand for these securities will exist. Even if a company does meets the requirements for listing its securities, we do not know the extent to which investor interest will lead to the development and maintenance of a liquid trading market. You should assume that you may not be able to liquidate your investments for some time or be able to pledge these shares as collateral, if at all.

Over $9M Raised!

about 2 months ago

We’ve raised over $9M in our current Regulation A+ offering, officially making this StartEngine’s biggest own crowdfunding campaign of all time! Thank you to the 6,675 people who have invested in this round and made our growth possible!

Equity crowdfunding analytics platform KingsCrowd released their August funding report for Regulation Crowdfunding, and across the Reg CF industry, platforms like StartEngine raised a combined total of $20.4M!

StartEngine itself raised 39% of that total and was the #1 platform for amount raised in Regulation Crowdfunding for the month of August, making us the #1 platform in 6 of the 8 months so far in 2020!

There are only 26 days left to invest in StartEngine, so don’t wait to become a StartEngine Owner and be a part of our momentum!

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

Celebrating Over $200M Raised on StartEngine

about 2 months ago

We are thrilled to announce that companies on StartEngine have now raised over $200M on our platform! Those funds have gone to 439 campaigns for companies in 53 different industries.

What excites us most about this milestone is how much our recent momentum plays a part in that $200M.  Let's break that figure down to show you what we mean:

Amount Raised Over Time on StartEngine

It took 1,743 days to raise our first $100M. Our second $100M took only 396 days.

Another way to think about it is this. Between November 10th, 2015 and July 28th, 2019, we raised funds at an average of $55.60 per minute. Between July 28th and now, we’ve raised an average of $175.36 per minute, and we have raised over $85M so far in 2020 alone.

As StartEngine grows, we will continue to work towards our company mission to help entrepreneurs achieve their dreams, launch more campaigns, and bring new and exciting investment opportunities to you. Thank you for being part of our journey so far.

Read more about this $200M milestone here.

Breaking Down Our Perks: Explaining the Owner’s Discount

2 months ago

Can you believe that StartEngine itself has raised over $20M from equity crowdfunding alone? This is our 3rd Regulation A+ offering to date, and we’ve done a handful of Regulation Crowdfunding offerings over the years as well.

We’ve welcomed over 5,000 investors in this current offering, bringing the total number of StartEngine Owners to over 13,000. We wanted to include a perk in this offering that rewards the investors who have been with us for the long haul and have been StartEngine Owners prior to this offering.

What is the Owner’s Discount? In essence, it gives our previous shareholders a 20% discount on the share price of this offering.  So instead of paying $11.25 per share, your discounted price per share is $9.00. This discount will take the form of bonus shares

So, if you invested in one of our previous funding rounds and decide to make an additional investment in this offering, you will receive one bonus share for each four shares purchased. For example, if you purchase 100 shares, you will receive 25 bonus shares. Therefore, you will receive 125 shares for the price of 100 shares, effectively a 20% discount.

The only people who are eligible for the Owner’s Discount are those who have invested in one of our previous funding rounds. In other words, they were StartEngine Owners prior to May 29th, 2020, when this current raise went live.

This perk is our way of saying thank you to those of you who have been with us from the beginning. We are so grateful for your support!

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

Announcing Our Pitch Competition with Kevin O'Leary

2 months ago

Want to watch founders pitch their business to Mr. Wonderful? StartEngine* is hosting a live pitch competition on September 25th with renowned host of Shark Tank and pitch judge—Kevin O'Leary. Five companies will pitch, one company will walk away with a $10,000 grant from Mr. Wonderful.

The event is free to attend for anyone who wants to watch the event, and if you are an entrepreneur, this could be a great opportunity to pitch your company live and promote your brand in front of StartEngine's community!

Use this link below to sign up to attend the event or pitch your company. The deadline for all pitch applications is September 18th at 5pm PDT.

https://www.startengine.com/startengine-pitch-competition

We look forward to seeing you at the Pitch Competition!

*Competition hosted by StartEngine Crowdfunding, Inc.

Any finalist that chooses to pitch live will be subject to a six-month cooling-off period before being eligible to launch an offering on the StartEngine funding portal.

Kevin O'Leary is StartEngine’s Strategic Advisor, a StartEngine shareholder and a paid spokesperson, for more information, see: https://www.startengine.com/17b

Our Offering Is Now Open to Florida Investors!

3 months ago

Our Regulation A+ offering can now accept investors from Florida! If you have wanted to invest in this offering, but were unable to because you lived in Florida now you can!

This is the first time we have ever been able to accept Florida investors in one of our Regulation A+ offerings, and we have partnered with Dalmor, a third-party broker-dealer,  to make it happen.

Welcome Florida investors! Read through our campaign, and when you’re ready, become a StartEngine Owner.

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

We Are Running Our First Ever TV Ads!

3 months ago

We are excited to share the news that we are running our first-ever StartEngine ads on television! Beginning this week, you can see StartEngine on Bloomberg and CNBC, and we may add other networks in the coming weeks.

The ads feature Mr. Wonderful talking about how anyone can discover startup investments on our platform, and we hope they bring in new investors to our community!

If you want to watch live, here are a few times our ads are running this week:

  • Bloomberg: later today, you can see our ad at 12:19pm PT, and tomorrow August 6th, you can watch our ads at 8:12am and 12:43pm PT

  • CNBC: today our ad is airing at 2:24pm and 3:52pm PT, and tomorrow August 6th, you can watch it live at 1:04pm and 3:08pm PT.

If you miss those times, you can see our whole ad schedule for the rest of the week here.

If you want to check out the ads, you can also watch our 30-second spot here and our 15-second spot here on our YouTube channel!

Earlier today, our ad aired next to a Geico commercial, and we’re excited to boost our brand awareness alongside established companies. Hopefully, StartEngine becomes a household name like Geico in the near future!

If you see us on TV, take a picture and share it on social media! Tag us and add a #startengineowner hashtag.

StartEngine in the News & Around the Web!

3 months ago

We wanted to share some exciting StartEngine mentions that we’ve gotten in the past week!

First, our Strategic Advisor Kevin O’Leary wrote a post about the strengths of equity crowdfunding for the blog Hacker Noon. In the post, Kevin describes the pitfalls of VC funding for entrepreneurs and why he believes equity crowdfunding is a great alternative for founders seeking to raise funding. Read it here!

Second, on the Prof G Show, a popular podcast hosted by entrepreneur, NYU professor, and best-selling author Scott Galloway, Scott answered a question on equity crowdfunding and gave StartEngine a shoutout! Check it out at 43 minutes and 23 seconds into the episode here.

As we continue growing, we hope to see more StartEngine mentions around the web as our brand awareness grows. Speaking of brand awareness, stay tuned for an exciting update next week!

StartEngine’s Biggest Raise of All Time!

3 months ago

This week, we set a new sitewide record: Knightscope officially became the largest raise of all time on StartEngine! They raised over $24.3M on StartEngine.

Knightscope was the first offering we launched through our wholly-owned broker-dealer subsidiary StartEngine Primary back in July 2019, and we are thrilled by their success. We hope Knightscope is able to use what they’ve raised to achieve their dream: making America the safest country in the world. 

We formed StartEngine Primary in 2019 with the goal of launching larger raises on the platform, and we hope Knightscope’s success shows that StartEngine is here to help companies raise all rounds of funding, from pre-seed to Series A and beyond. As we continue to launch more Regulation A+ offerings through StartEngine Primary, we are excited to bring you, our shareholders and our community, new investment opportunities.

Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!

Over $4M Raised!

3 months ago

We’ve raised over $4M in our raise so far! Thank you to all of the investors who have supported us so far in this offering. We’ve been live for a little over 7 weeks, and we have already raised more than half of what we raised in our previous Reg A+ offering. Here’s what some of our investors are saying:

“It's an awesome platform for investors to diversify and support businesses whose products and services align with their values. It's also a great way to support entrepreneurs and emerging businesses whose technologies will shape the 21st Century!” - David, a recent StartEngine investor

“You are doing great things for folks that may not be able to invest in startup companies as well as helping entrepreneurs [find] a way to raise money. I want to be a part of that.” - Don, a recent StartEngine investor

Join David, Don and the 3,434 StartEngine shareholders who have participated in this funding round so far!

These testimonials may not be representative of the experience of other customers. These testimonials are no guarantee of future performance or success.

StartEngine Is the Biggest Funding Portal in Q2, Raising $17M via Reg CF

3 months ago

As we pass the halfway point of 2020, we have been through some of the most turbulent months in recent memory. The stock market has shown dizzying volatility, and that volatility led to record numbers of growth for companies like E-Trade and TD Ameritrade, and that growth was also seen in the world of equity crowdfunding and StartEngine.

Companies raised $48.2M in Q2 this year, a 44.7% increase in investment compared to the $33.3M raised in Q1 this year. StartEngine accounted for more investment volume than any of our competitors, with $17M coming from our site. 

 Amount Raised Via Reg CF in Q2 by Portal

As the economic shutdown continues, investor activity has increased in the equity crowdfunding space, and our data shows this increased activity across all 10 of the largest funding portals.

As we published in our last update, StartEngine has already raised over $50M for companies so far in 2020, which is more than the $43M we raised in all of 2019! Through the rest of the year, we aim to launch more great investment opportunities for you and continue to solidify our place as the leader in equity crowdfunding in the US.

Read more Q2 statistics in the StartEngine Index and then invest in the largest funding portal by investment volume in Q2!

Companies Have Raised Over $50M on StartEngine in 2020

4 months ago


So far in 2020, companies have already raised more than $50M! Here are some fun facts about that figure:

  • Those funds went to 132 different companies from 26 states.

  • The $50M was composed of over 80,000 investments, from 130 different countries.

  • StartEngine's shareholders alone accounted for $22.8M of that $50M.

  • Companies on StartEngine raised $4M in the last week alone.

With so much investor activity on the platform, it's never been a better time to raise on StartEngine. In fact, StartEngine helped companies raise more capital via Reg CF in June than any other equity crowdfunding platform, per KingsCrowd, and that was also the case in May, April, February, and January this year.

We are thrilled by our momentum in 2020, and with your help, we plan to keep it up!

Calling All Entrepreneurs: RSVP to StartEngine’s Free Webinar Tomorrow

4 months ago


Traditionally, startups raise capital in multiple funding rounds, large injections of capital raised every 18 months to three years. During that fundraising process, the business can suffer as the founders focus on networking and securing the next round of investment.

But why does it have to work like that?

At StartEngine, we believe in the philosophy Always Be Raising. Instead of raising capital in large amounts when the company is desperate for it, have a raise open at all times, so that you can constantly bring in new capital and new investors that can spread the word about your business.

Tomorrow at 9am PT, we are hosting a webinar called "Fuel Your Growth With a Simple Principle: Don't Stop Fundraising" to discuss this very idea. We'll walk through the concept of Always Be Raising and how it works in practice. We'll also be joined by Jet Token, who has raised over $4M from more than 13,000 investors across a Regulation Crowdfunding and a Regulation A+ campaign.

RSVP below to learn how you can always be raising and ask questions directly to the StartEngine team and the founder of Jet Token: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ViG7Ula7T3yecXlQHXIKhw

If you know an entrepreneur looking for capital, share this update with them, so they can learn more about StartEngine too!

StartEngine’s New Regulation A+ Campaign Is Live!

5 months ago

If you haven’t noticed yet, our next Regulation A+ campaign has been qualified by the SEC! We are live once again and raising capital in our third Regulation A+ offering to date. 

We’ve got a brand new campaign page to showcase our growth and progress in the past year, including new developments such as:

  • Raising over $150M for companies on StartEngine

  • Establishing our broker-dealer subsidiary StartEngine Primary LLC

  • Forming a partnership with renowned businessman and investor Kevin O’Leary

In fact, we were featured in Benzinga this week! In an interview with our CEO Howard Marks and Kevin O’Leary, Benzinga wrote,

“The financial markets experienced a historic liquidation as investors withdrew their appetite for risk in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The tightening of business conditions couldn’t come at a worse time as emerging companies look to continue funding their innovation. In search of viable alternatives, entrepreneurs and small businesses have taken interest in equity crowdfunding, a method of gathering funds directly from the general public.”

We’ve also got a brand new perk to reward those who have been with us for the long haul. If you invested in one of StartEngine’s previous rounds of funding, you are eligible for the Owner’s Discount, which gives you a 20% discount on the share price of this offering! This discount will be distributed in the form of bonus shares. So if you invest $1,125 at the original price of $11.25, your discount price per share will be $9, meaning you will receive 125 shares instead of 100.

Thanks for your support. It’s a difficult time for businesses across the country, and we are standing strong by our mission to help entrepreneurs, from any and every background, achieve their dreams.

This Reg A+ offering is made available through StartEngine Crowdfunding, Inc. This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

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