Invest in High Growth Startup Companies
In many countries there are laws and restrictions, based upon wealth requirements, to invest in early stage high growth companies. We believe in open access. In the USA qualifying as an accredited investor requires a net worth of $1 million excluding a primary residence, or $200,000 annual income if single, $300,000 if married, for the past 2 years. If you hit one of the thresholds you would qualify according to the SEC. Historically that was the only way to invest in these offerings without a 1st connection to the founders, but that has recently changed with several regulations like the JOBS Act Title III. The innovative Equity Crowdfunding sites or platforms below bring everyone access.
Friends and Family
Other ways non accredited investors gained access to these investments were if they were friends and family of the team raising capital which allows for a limited set of unaccredited investors. If you qualify as a friend or family member of an entrepreneur you can invest in their company. There is a limit on the entrepreneur to only allowing 35 nonaccredited investors. Massachussets limits this to only 10. New York, Massachusetts, and California have a blue sky law that does not require the founder to file expensive legal paperwork, while other states this is a requirement for the firm raising.
How much am I allowed to invest?
An Accredited Investor has no limits. If you are not accredited, the amount you may invest each year in startup private equity offerings, will be between 5% and 10% of your income. In order to understand the amount you can investment there are a few steps. One choose either your net income or net worth, whichever is higher. If the higher number is over $100,000, you are allowed to invest 10% of it each year. If it below $100k you only invest 5%. For instance, if your income is $82,000 and your net worth $120,000, you'd be legally allowed to invest $12,000 per year in startups. We suggest consulting with a lawyer to ensure you are complying with the law.