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$500.00 minimum investment

StartEngine

Your chance to fund the future.

Large OPO
Los Angeles, CA
Financial Services
Accepting International Investment
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Own the Future of Finance

StartEngine exists to provide access. Now, we're offering unprecedented access to our company—on our own site.
You can now view our offering circular, and invest.

$500 Minimum Investment| $65M pre-money valuation

Perks* | $1,000  — up to 10% off participating offerings on StartEngine.
$2,000 — bonus shares in offerings for eligible users of StartEngine.
$5,000+ — a yearly invitation to our owners summit in Los Angeles.

*Please see full details of investment perks at the end of this page.

Join in the Expansion of Entrepreneurship 

Change the ways entrepreneurs fund their dreams.

Every day an entrepreneur comes to StartEngine with a business unlike any we've seen before. 


If on Monday we meet a clean energy innovator, on Tuesday we're talking to a swimsuit disruptor. If on Wednesday we meet the mind behind a new urban transit system, on Thursday we're hearing about a new social media platform. By Friday, it's a car, a truck, a car that looks like a truck or runs like a bike, a restaurant, a satchel, or an app that helps you turn off all your other apps. 


There's always an idea out there that needs funding. And to date, we've helped companies raise over $35 million from the public.

To say nothing surprises us anymore just wouldn't be true. We're always surprised. The newness is what keeps us up at night, and gets us out of bed in the morning. We feel lucky to help so many entrepreneurs get closer to seeing their companies take off. There are nearly 6 million small businesses in the U.S., and just about all need more working capital. And some days it feels like we're watching a runaway train, on which the caboose just never shows up. 


StartEngine is fueled by a simple belief: funds for a new business should come from the exact people who will eventually reap its benefits—the public. We believe that great societal change can come from democratized access. Equal access to housing can make our communities safer. Equal access to education can help to develop some of tomorrow's greatest innovators. And now, equal access to capital can help businesses grow in the U.S.

StartEngine helps entrepreneurs raise capital from the public thanks to a radical piece of U.S. legislation called the JOBS Act (2012). Shorthand for the Jumpstart Our Business  Startups Act, the bipartisan initiative destroys common barriers that growing U.S. businesses have faced for decades.


At StartEngine, we leverage two sections of the JOBS Act to help companies source capital: Regulation Crowdfunding and Regulation A+. Both sections introduce new legislation that allows companies to offer equity, debt, revenue shares, or royalties through crowdfunding.


We're not venture capitalists, and we assume you aren't either. That shouldn't exclude either of us from being a part of something truly revolutionary. Glad you're here.

Democratize Capital for Business Owners

The crowd provides what VCs don't.

StartEngine was founded by two serial entrepreneurs, Howard Marks and Ron Miller, who knew, all too well, the fundraising challenges that face today's creative class. Unless you went to Stanford and are producing the next great SaaS app, it's going to be hard to raise from VCs.


Hundreds of entrepreneurs have told us how hard it is to raise capital through traditional means. We've heard too many stories of good ideas suffocating due to the cost of growth; Entrepreneurs have become used to hearing "no."


StartEngine allows entrepreneurs to raise large capital sums across large groups of people. This opportunity is truly game-changing for entrepreneurs of all types. For female founders, minority founders, or anyone with a nontraditional business pitch, equity crowdfunding is the great equalizer.

CEOs Explain...

Why Raising Money Is Hard

What It's Like to Find Investors in the Crowd

Why They Chose StartEngine

"Indiegogo helped me launch, but StartEngine changed everything."

-Storm Sondors, CEO of SONDORS Electric Car

How StartEngine Makes Money

Small Online Public Offerings

StartEngine charges 6% of total capital raised for Small OPOs. This amount is charged to the company raising capital, and can sometimes vary depending on the investment (international and credit cards investment are charged more). This 6% fee is only applicable to raises through Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF).

Large Online Public Offerings

StartEngine charges companies either $50/unique investor + warrants or a $20,000/month + warrants hosting fee for all Large OPOs.

Full Service Support

StartEngine charges companies $5,000/campaign to those who elect to have full on-boarding, consulting, and creative services.

Investor Management

StartEngine charges $3,000/year to companies who wish to enroll in our investor management system.

Coming Soon...

Sell Shares — Our platform will allow investors to sell and buy securities after the raise has ended.

ICOs — Our newest service will be helping businesses raise capital through registering their Initial Coin Offerings with the SEC.
The StartEngine Index — We will continue to track intricate data about equity crowdfunding, publish our findings and distribute through publications like the LA Business Journal.

Expand Access for Investors

It's like Shark Tank, except you're the shark.

Over 100,000 people use StartEngine to discover new companies in which they want to invest.


People who use StartEngine to invest in startups and early growth companies come from all different backgrounds. Both accredited and non-accredited investors are welcome to invest on the platform—and very often we have first time investors. We even accept credit cards.


Owning shares in new, private companies had been fairly exclusive for a long time: To get shares you either had to work for a stellar startup, or fund one with a large investment. But now, thanks to new legislation, people of all types can get in on these companies at relatively low minimums.

Over 95% of investors on StartEngine are non-accredited.

Food for thought: Accredited investors make up only 8% of the population but hold over 70% of the nation's wealth.

Photo: Early Adopter Meeting Washington D.C.

Investors on StartEngine come from every U.S. state, and 86 countries. 

Food for thought: In 2016, over 40% of all VC investments came only from San Francisco. 

Photo: Early Adopter Meeting Charlotte, NC

Over 35% of campaigns are for minority-led or female-led companies.

Food for thought: In 2016, only 4% of deals in Silicon Valley went to women, and <1% went to black founders.

Photo: Santa Monica Beach with CEO Angela Lee

"I already have a finance guy, and it's all too stuffy. I'd been talking to friends about getting more involved in my investing and StartEngine seemed like the ideal opportunity. It's more personal, and you get in on the ground floor."

- Jin, Investor in Companies on StartEngine

Our Investor Community

Entrepreneur Q&As

"Sunset with StartEngine"

April 2017

Demo Parties

"A Night with Golfboard"

May 2017

Community Forums

"The Women in the Crowd"

June 2017

Create Jobs

Because growth capital impacts at every level.

It's no coincidence that the legislation is called JOBS Act. By providing entrepreneurs with more access to capital funding, we're all able to  provide businesses with more means to hire and grow. 


According to Capital Crowdfunding Advisors, companies who successfully raised in Regulation Crowdfunding in its inaugural year added an average of 2.7 jobs to their companies. Overall, it accounted for a 35% employment growth. 


It's our mission to fund over 5,000 companies in the next five years. In doing so, we hope to spawn the creation of tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Pioneer FinTech

The OPO is the new IPO.

We coined the term "Online Public Offering" (OPO) because we are confident that the future of investing in startups will...

  1. take place online.
  2. be available to the entire public.
  3. be for private companies.

In so, we've built a platform that can accommodate all phases of the Online Public Offering:

  • The Campaign Editor allows companies to tell their stories dynamically and effectively.
  • The Investor Page allows investors to track all of their investments, to comment and ask questions directly of CEOs, and eventually to post their investments for sale.
  • Manage allows companies to effectively communicate with their new investors after a capital raise and handle some regulatory filings.
  • Sell/Buy investments (COMING SOON!) will allow investors to post their securities for sale and buy securities from other investors.

Revolutionize Crowdfunding

In just over a year, over $52M has been raised through Small OPOs.

Capital Raised via Small OPOs Since May 2016

Every month, StartEngine publishes The StartEngine Index—a report on equity crowdfunding in the U.S. We've found that over $52M has been raised in Small OPOs in the U.S. since May 2016.


And that's only for Small OPOs.


The other regulation under which StartEngine companies raise, Large OPOs, has accounted for over $400M in investments.


Momentum is building on the number of companies taking part as well. There were 3X campaigns launched on StartEngine in July 2017 than there were in January 2017.



And just as crowdfunding is on the rise, venture capital firms have seen a decrease in investments over the past three years. Though the billion dollar numbers still eclipse equity crowdfunding in the U.S., we believe the tides are shifting. Sources: Pitchbook and National Venture Capital Association. VentureBeatBizJournals.


If you add money brought in through ICOs, many estimates indicate that "crowdfunding" outperformed Venture Capital in August 2017.  



Total VC Capital Invested in the U.S.

Fund the Future

This isn't backing projects; this is building industries.

$2.21M+ raised

$19.30M+ raised

$1.17M raised

$1.62M+ raised

$5.41M raised so far

$316K raised

$1.17M+ raised

$217K raised

$608K+ raised

$543K+ raised

$1.26M+ raised

$1.18M raised

And Be A Part of What's Next

The Trading Platform

The most frequent question we get is, "Can investors trade their shares?"

In the next quarter, the answer will be an emphatic "YES!" Investors will be able to sell shares bought via Large or Small OPOs. For those bought as Small OPOs, investors must wait one year before posting and selling.

ICOs

The second most frequent question we get is, "Can you do ICOs?"

We can. In August, we announced that we'll become the first U.S. platform to offer SEC-registered ICOs. It only makes sense as ICOs accounted for $1.3 billion in 2017 alone.

The StartEngine Index

Our Index is an entity of its own, which we hope to grow extensively in the next six months.

We intend to expand print publication to cities across the U.S. including San Diego, Chicago, and New York.

Our Plans for Your Investment

1. Build brand awareness for StartEngine via marketing and advertising efforts.

2. Make our product easier to use for investors and companies alike.

3. Hire top talent who will help us expand while delivering excellent service.

Marketing Expansion

To make all of our dreams (and the dreams of entrepreneurs across the country) come true, we need to get the word out there more than ever before. Our primary use of proceeds from this raise will be to market the StartEngine brand, and equity crowdfunding at scale. We intend to engage in robust digital marketing, television, radio, and print advertising. We are looking to hire more team members, and make our system more and more accessible to the public. After all—if nearly everyone can invest, shouldn't everyone know about StartEngine?

Facebook Advertising

Marketing Team Expansion

Print Advertising

Television

Our Team

We don't come from finance. We're just here to disrupt it.

Become an Owner Today

To view our Offering Circular, please click HERE.

Details About Investment Perks*

$1,000  The 10% Bonus

Receive up to 10% off participating Reg CF offerings on StartEngine within a 24-hour window of their campaign launches. This means you will have a monetary bonus for any shares you purchase on participating campaigns. For example, if you buy 100 shares at $1 / share in a company, you will receive 10 bonus shares, meaning you'll hold 110 shares for $100. This discount is valid for one year from the time you receive your countersigned subscription agreement. As a reminder, your countersigned subscription agreement could take a few weeks to arrive after the time you invest.

$2,000  The StartEngine Bonus Shares

In addition to the 10% bonus on other campaigns, StartEngine is offering “bonus shares” in its own campaign to qualifying investors. The following investors will receive the following bonus shares in their StartEngine investment: ·

  • 5% (or 5 additional shares for each 100 shares purchased) for registered users of our technology platforms. (If you're investing, you're registered).
  • 8% (or 8 additional shares for each 100 shares purchased) for investors who have previously made an investment using our platforms.
  • 10% (or 10 additional shares for each 100 shares purchased) for investors who have made three or more investments on our platforms.


$5,000+  The Owners' Summit Invitation

In addition to The 10% Bonus, and the StartEngine Bonus Shares (if you're a qualifying investor), you will receive a yearly invitation to our owners' summit in Los Angeles. This does not include lodging or travel expenses.


Registered users and investments made will be based on those that have already registered and/or invested on offerings, as relevant, prior to the beginning of the StartEngine live offering. Fractional shares will not be distributed and share bonuses will be determined by rounding down to the nearest whole share.

NO MONEY OR OTHER CONSIDERATION IS BEING SOLICITED, AND IF SENT IN RESPONSE, WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

NO OFFER TO BUY THE SECURITIES CAN BE ACCEPTED AND NO PART OF THE PURCHASE PRICE CAN BE RECEIVED UNTIL THE OFFERING STATEMENT FILED BY THE COMPANY WITH THE SEC HAS BEEN QUALIFIED BY THE SEC. ANY SUCH OFFER MAY BE WITHDRAWN OR REVOKED, WITHOUT OBLIGATION OR COMMITMENT OF ANY KIND, AT ANY TIME BEFORE NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE GIVEN AFTER THE DATE OF QUALIFICATION.

AN INDICATION OF INTEREST INVOLVES NO OBLIGATION OR COMMITMENT OF ANY KIND. AN OFFERING STATEMENT REGARDING THIS OFFERING HAS BEEN FILED WITH THE SEC. THE PRELIMINARY OFFERING CIRCULAR THAT IS PART OF THAT OFFERING STATEMENT CAN BE FOUND HERE.

THE OFFERING MATERIALS MAY CONTAIN FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION RELATING TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE COMPANY, ITS BUSINESS PLAN AND STRATEGY, AND ITS INDUSTRY.  THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE BASED ON THE BELIEFS OF, ASSUMPTIONS MADE BY, AND INFORMATION CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO THE COMPANY’S MANAGEMENT.  WHEN USED IN THE OFFERING MATERIALS, THE WORDS “ESTIMATE,” “PROJECT,” “BELIEVE,” “ANTICIPATE,” “INTEND,” “EXPECT” AND SIMILAR EXPRESSIONS ARE INTENDED TO IDENTIFY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, WHICH CONSTITUTE FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS. THESE STATEMENTS REFLECT MANAGEMENT’S CURRENT VIEWS WITH RESPECT TO FUTURE EVENTS AND ARE SUBJECT TO RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES THAT COULD CAUSE THE COMPANY’S ACTUAL RESULTS TO DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE CONTAINED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS.  INVESTORS ARE CAUTIONED NOT TO PLACE UNDUE RELIANCE ON THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, WHICH SPEAK ONLY AS OF THE DATE ON WHICH THEY ARE MADE.  THE COMPANY DOES NOT UNDERTAKE ANY OBLIGATION TO REVISE OR UPDATE THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS TO REFLECT EVENTS OR CIRCUMSTANCES AFTER SUCH DATE OR TO REFLECT THE OCCURRENCE OF UNANTICIPATED EVENTS.

A Brief StartEngine History

In the Press

New Crowdfunding Rules Let the Small Fry Swim With Sharks
May 14, 2016

If you’ve always dreamed of being Mr. Wonderful from “Shark Tank,” now is your chance.

Is This the Proposal That Can Save Crowdfunding?
June 1, 2016

These are not risquée fly-by-night enterprises; they’re part of the crop of startups that have joined StartEngine, one of the first approved equity crowdfunding portals. Thanks to Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which went into effect in mid-May, they can now raise money by soliciting small-time investors who want to purchase shares.

Equity Crowdfunding Platforms Go Live, One Deal at a Time
May 16, 2016

Anybody with a little bit of pocket money to invest could log onto StartEngine and buy shares in the first U.S. companies seeking to raise money under Title III of the Jobs Act, a Santa Monica-based outfit called Gigmor and Bloomery Investment Holdings, which is actually a distillery in West Virginia.

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