StartEngine is one of the first platforms in the market, and their CEO and co-founder Howard Marks has been one of the key spokesmen for equity crowdfunding in the US. Today they are one of the largest equity crowdfunding platforms in the US market, with various investment opportunities listed on their platforms, some open to all investors and some for accredited investors only. Having launched the first ever equity crowdfunding campaign in the US on their platform in 2015, they have a strong track record of more than 300 companies they’ve helped fund.

StartEngine Overview

Year Founded2011
Primary LocationLos Angeles, CA, USA
SectorsSector Agnostic

StartEngine for Investors

Non-accredited investors Accepted?Yes
International investors accepted?Yes
Cost to InvestorsNone, though for a small number of listings a 3.5% processing fee may apply
Min Investment$99
Secondary Market / Other liquidity solutionNo
Curated PortfolioYes

StartEngine for Entrepreneurs

Cost to Entrepreneurs7% + 2% in equity for successful campaigns, as well as $10K in deferred revenue
International StartupsUS based only

StartEngine Highlights

Notable partners/investorsKevin O’Leary
Success storiesMany funded successfully. No notable exit mentioned on the website.
Anything Else?The first equity crowdfunding platform operating in the US. They plan on launching a secondary market for their investors in the near future.
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