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Crowdfunding is not new, but until recently, “crowdfunding” in the U.S. meant buying a product or donating money. Separately, only wealthy people were allowed to invest in early stage private companies. Thanks to Republic and newly adopted laws, you can now be an angel investor in startups, no matter who you are or where you live.
The law requires that before you invest, you first understand the risks and the rules of investing. At the very least, please review the educational materials we provide and consult additional resources at your discretion.
When you invest on Republic you receive a financial stake in the company in the form of a security. Most startups on Republic opt to use a security called the Crowd Safe. In addition, most companies choose to give out perks as a reward for your investment.
Startup investing can be fulfilling beyond the potential monetary return. Not only are you joining founders on their exciting journey, you’re betting on a company’s future and gaining a chance to aid in their success.
Startup investing is risky and there are no guarantees of a return: many startups fail, and investments are lost. But some startups will succeed, and if they get acquired or IPO at a valuation higher than the one at the time of your investment, you will earn a return.
Additionally, if the company has another financing round, it can decide to issue Shadow Shares to you, with economic rights that provide a return.
Crowdfunding-specific limitations and rules you should know about:
You can only invest up to a certain limit per rolling 12 months across all equity crowdfunding campaigns (not limited to those on Republic). Your limit is automatically calculated based on your income and net worth when you create an investor profile on Republic.
The securities (in most cases, the Crowd Safes) you get when you invest have limitations of transfer for the first year following the investment. You can only transfer (gift or sell) the securities:
Republic does not verify information provided by companies on this Portal and makes no assurance as to the completeness or accuracy of any such information. Additional information about companies fundraising on the Portal can be found by searching the EDGAR database.