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A first-time investor’s guide to equity crowdfunding

“Despite the headlines, if you don’t meet the wealth requirements to qualify as an “accredited investor,” you still can’t invest in the majority of opportunities. That’s because a startup raising money from everyone and not just from accredited investors will have to follow a different set of rules, like limiting their raise to $1 million. This has bifurcated equity crowdfunding platforms into two classes.

Established platforms like AngeList and CircleUp remain exclusive to accredited investors, while upstart platforms like Republic, WeFunder, Indiegogo, and Fig are open to everyone. SeedInvest serves both accredited and non-accredited investors.”

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A first-time investor’s guide to equity crowdfunding