Anyone over the age of 18 can invest on Republic. There are no net worth or income minimums, but U.S. law does limit how much you can invest. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to invest. How crowd investing works »
Companies incorporated in the United States are eligible to raise money on Republic. We look for companies that are impact-driven, have a diverse team, and leverage technology to accomplish their mission. Learn more »
Payments can be made securely using any bank card or account. After your account is debited, funds are held in escrow until the offering deadline. If the company reaches their funding goal, your investment will be finalized. If the company doesn't reach their goal your investment will be refunded.
You earn a return if the company you invested in is acquired or becomes a publicly traded company (a process called an IPO) at a higher price than you paid. Some offerings may include additional ways of getting a return, such as profit-sharing.
If the company fails, or fails to be acquired or go public, you do not receive your money back or a return.
Until then, you can expect that you'll need to hold on to your investment. You can't transfer your investment for the first year (with few exceptions), and even after that there may be no market to resell your investment. Learn more »
Unlike donation-based crowdfunding, when you commit money to a company on Republic you receive a security.
It's up to the company to decide what type of security to offer, but companies on Republic typically use a Crowd Safe. Some companies may choose to also offer perks based on the amount you invest.
The Crowd Safe is a financial instrument offered by most companies on Republic.
Having hundreds or thousands of shareholders can slow a company down. If a Crowd Safe converts, you will get the same financial outcome as a shareholder, but without the voting and information rights; this allows a startup to operate more efficiently.
A Crowd Safe is like other convertible instruments, in the fact that it will only convert to an equity stake in the company if certain trigger events occur. A triggering event many never occur, leading to no equity stake materializing.
Investors can receive significant upside if the company succeeds, and can lose all invested capital if the company fails.
Unlike some convertible notes, the Crowd Safe does not have a maturity date or interest rate. The primary parameters of a Crowd Safe are the valuation cap and discount. These parameters determine the value of a Crowd Safe if and when it coverts.Learn more about the Crowd Safe
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