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Add Startups To Your Investment Portfolio

Many startups fail, though some make it big and provide meaningful returns to investors. Over the last 30 years, early-stage venture capital returned 22.65% compared to 9.93% for the S&P 500.  

Through SeedInvest Auto Invest, every investor can now easily incorporate diversified exposure to the venture capital asset class into their traditional portfolios of stocks and bonds.

Data from Cambridge Associates LLC March 31, 2016 U.S. Venture Capital Index® and Selected Benchmark Statistics Report. The Early Stage Index includes pooled end-to-end returns, net of fees, expenses, and carried interest. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns. 30-year period includes at least two sub-periods of unusually large returns: the 1990s and the most recent few years. Indices are unmanaged and an investor cannot invest directly in an index. Index returns do not reflect the cost of investing in an index. These indexes are not necessarily representative of the companies listed on SeedInvest and do not reflect projected returns.

While early-stage venture capital has historically generated larger returns than both the S&P 500 and Barclays Credit Bond Index over the last 30 years, past performance is no guarantee of future returns. In addition, early-stage venture capital investing has a higher rate of failure, volatility, and less liquidity. Only those prepared for extreme volatility, a lack of liquidity, and the risk of losing their entire investment should invest in early-stage venture capital.


Hassle-Free Diversification

Historically, building a larger portfolio of early-stage startup investments has been correlated with an increased likelihood of generating higher returns. This is because individual startups have high failure rates. In fact, according to a recent Angel Resource Institute Study, 10% of startups have historically accounted for 85% of angel investor returns.

So if you want to add venture capital to your investment portfolio, one of the most important things you can do is diversify. With SeedInvest Auto Invest you can easily build a portfolio of up to 25 highly vetted, early-stage startups.


Curated by SeedInvest

The SeedInvest team is comprised of former investment professionals who helped manage billions of dollars in private investment funds. We conduct multi-tiered, independent due diligence on every opportunity before potentially allowing it to list on our platform. In fact, since inception we at SeedInvest have looked at over 10,000 startup prospects seeking to list on SeedInvest and have historically accepted only ~1%.

SeedInvest’s selection criteria does not suggest higher quality investment opportunities nor does it imply that investors will generate positive returns in investment opportunities on SeedInvest. Learn more about due diligence in the SeedInvest Academy and our vetting process in our FAQs.

Watch Your VC Portfolio Grow with SeedInvest Auto Invest


Automated to make your job easier

When a pre-vetted startup listed on the SeedInvest platform becomes eligible to receive Auto Invest investments, you will automatically opt-in to deals in which you are legally allowed to invest.

Lower investment minimums

With SeedInvest Auto Invest, building a diversified portfolio is easier than ever before. Enjoy investment minimums starting as low as $200 per startup, available only through SeedInvest Auto Invest.

You are always in control

Be as active or as passive as you’d like with SeedInvest Auto Invest. While you will automatically opt-in to offerings that you are eligible to invest in, you can also opt-out of any investment you choose through your Auto Invest Management page.

How SeedInvest Auto Invest Works

  Determine your target portfolio size

Choose how much you’d like to allocate to startup investments and tell us a little bit about yourself. Based on that information, we will help you build a portfolio of 10-25 startups.

  Set up your account

If you are accepted to participate in SeedInvest Auto Invest you will be asked to set up your account. The account creation process takes place entirely online.

  Build your portfolio

Once your SeedInvest Auto Invest account is set up, you will be notified as soon as startups become eligible to receive Auto Invest investments and will begin to automatically build your startup portfolio.

Sound interesting?

Frequently Asked Questions

How does SeedInvest Auto Invest work?

You will be asked to set up and deposit funds into an account managed by New Direction IRA, Inc. (“NDIRA”). NDIRA is being used to create custodial trust accounts on your behalf to manage your SeedInvest Auto Invest assets. Your account with NDIRA will not be an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and hence will not affect your regular IRA contribution limits.

You can deposit or withdraw cash from this account at any time.

When a startup listed on the SeedInvest platform becomes eligible to receive Auto Invest investments, you will automatically opt-in to deals in which you are legally allowed to invest in accordance with regulatory rules and restrictions.

You will automatically be notified of each investment and can opt-out of any such investment you choose through your Auto Invest Management page provided the investment has not formally closed.

When does a startup become eligible to receive Auto Invest investments?

Startups conducting their raises under the Reg D or Reg CF offering exemptions must raise at least $250K before they can receive Auto Invest investments. These companies are typically smaller, more early-stage, and are seeking to raise relatively smaller amounts of capital.

Startups conducting their raises under the Reg A+ offering exemption must raise at least $2M before they can receive Auto Invest investments. These companies are typically a bit more developed and seeking to raise at least $3M-$5M.

What if I change my mind and don't want to use SeedInvest Auto Invest?

You can pause or restart SeedInvest Auto Invest at any time through your Auto Invest Management page.

Can I change the amount allocated to my SeedInvest Auto Invest account? If so, how frequently?

You can change the amount allocated to your account at any time and as often as you’d like via your Auto Invest Management page. Please note: there may be regulatory restrictions regarding how much you can invest into startups based on your financial situation.

Will I miss out on investment opportunities by not being first money in?

While this is a possibility, SeedInvest typically secures allocations (i.e. the portion of a company’s raise that must be reserved for investors in the SeedInvest network) that are large enough to accommodate Auto Invest investments. However, if there is a specific company that you don’t want to miss out on or increase your exposure to you can make an investment via the normal investment process (subject to deal-specific investment minimums).