December 9, 2015
CircleUp is a leading equity-based crowdfunding platform where accredited investors have free access to direct investments in high-growth consumer product and retail private companies that were previously difficult to identify and access. The platform has enabled an online transaction capability to make investments. For retail and consumer product entrepreneurs, CircleUp offers an efficient way to access a network of sophisticated investors as well as value-added partners. Accredited investors have free access to the site. Companies pay a commission to Fundme Securities LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of CircleUp Network, Inc., if the investment round successfully closes. In case the minimum in not raised, investments are returned to investors. The company is valued at $147 million with $135 million in transaction volume last year.
Launched in 2005, EquityNet is a multi-patented platform that includes over 100,000 individual entrepreneurs and investors, incubators, government support entities, and other members of the entrepreneurial community to plan, analyze and capitalize privately-held businesses. As stated on the official website, the company has helped businesses raise $200 million from private investors. EquityNet has positioned itself as a leading business crowdfunding platform with platform populations and marketplace activity growing at rates of 200% to 500% per year, according to the company. Among EquityNet’s notable partners are Microsoft BizSpark, Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence, North Capital, National Business Incubation Association, CrunchBase and others.
Fundable is a crowdfunding platform that offers both rewards-based and equity-based campaigns for small businesses. The company charges a fee of $179/month for services. Fund raised are not charged with fees, but transaction fees apply. The platform offers tools for assisting a successful campaign. Startups using the platform can offer investors either a reward or equity in return to invested funds. If the goal is not reached, investments are returned. According to the official website, the funding committed through Fundable stands at $218 million.
MicroVentures is an equity crowdfunding website offering investments in early-stage companies. MicroVentures connects accredited investors with startups, businesses and services looking to raise funds or participate in select secondary market opportunities. The company is valued at $3 million with $70 million in transactional value. MicroVentures has raised almost half a million in total funding. MicroVentures charges a commission fee of 5% from investors and 5% commission from startups.
Onevest provides an investing platform that connects early-stage tech companies with accredited investors. Onevest charges a 7.5% commission fee on funds raised through its investor network. Additional fees are incurred for due diligence, marketing and legal. The company is valued at more than $1 million with $3.3 million in funding from investors like Mid-Atlantic Angel Group, Robin Hood Ventures, Talent Equity Ventures, SOL ventures and others. Onevest counts more than 72,000 entrepreneurs and has helped startups raise more than $23 million.
SeedInvest is an equity crowdfunding platform that connects investors with startups. Startup accumulated more than $1 million in funding from Avenue A Ventures, Krillion Ventures, Scout Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital and others. 500 Startups is SeedInvest's main client. SeedInvest charges $250 per month technology fee and 7.5% fee for successful campaigns. In addition, the company takes up to $3,500 in due diligence, escrow and legal fees for successful campaigns. The platform has a strict screening process and startups should expect to invest time before they are approved or rejected.
FundersClub is an online venture capital firm that provides online financial matchmaking services. About 10% of the money that investor members invest is set aside within a fund to cover legal and accounting costs as an administrative fee. The company is valued at $43 million with investments from Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), Plug & Play Ventures, Y Combinator, SV Angel, General Catalyst Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Intel Capital, Spark Capital and others. The platform counts 12,000 accredited investors and is extremely selective with a focus on only the highest-promise, technology-enabled startups from Silicon Valley and beyond.
Wefunder is a crowd-investing platform that offers capital-raising services. The company is valued at $3.5 million with $10 million in transactional value. More than 238 investors have invested almost $4 million in Wefunder among which are Andreessen Horowitz, Maverick Capital, Y Combinator and others. The platform connects more than 48,000 investors that have funded 106 startups with over $14.5 million. Wefunder lets anyone to invest as little as $100 in 30 seconds. The platform is globally accessible for international accredited and unaccredited investors, but with limits on investments depending on income level.
The platform allows professional investors to co-invest in best-in-class technology startups. Platform members can access early-stage venture investment opportunities to pick the startups they wish to invest in. Launched by the team behind NEST, a Hong Kong-based incubator, the platform encourages startups to look for investors who can also serve as mentors and advisers. The platform is available on an invite-only basis for investors.
Crowdcube Crowdcube is one of the leading investment crowdfunding platforms from the UK. The company enables anyone to invest alongside professional investors in startup, early-stage and growth businesses through equity, debt and investment fund options. The platform has more than 235,000 registered users looking for interesting investments. It’s free, quick and has no obligations. More than $180 million has been invested through the platform across 330 startups.