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Our investor returns are 1.5x greater than comparable Venture Capital returns.

Investors on SeedInvest generated an unrealized Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 17.4% since SeedInvest's inception in 2013. This number is 1.5x greater than the 11.7% median return calculated by research firm Cambridge Associates for U.S. venture capital funds of the same vintage.

*Median returns for U.C. VC funds with a 2013 inception date. Cambridge Associates, “US Venture Capital Index and Selected Benchmark Statistics”, September 30, 2017. **N=14,394 investors

The top 10% of investors have a median net unrealized IRR of 77%.

Although startup investing is much riskier than investing in stocks and bonds, there are few asset classes that offer the same “home run potential" that venture investments do. As a result, many SeedInvest investors have generated meaningful unrealized returns thus far, compared to relatively minor losses for the worst performing investors. For example, the top 10% of investors have generated a median net unrealized IRR of 77%, compared to -7% for the bottom 10% of investors.

*N=14,394 investors, A note about our calculations: SeedInvest calculated its investors' returns by aggregating individual investments made through the platform from its inception in 2013 through the end of the 2017 calendar year, inclusive of transaction fees.

Invest in Highly Vetted Startups

Only 1.3% of investors who invested in 3+ companies generated negative unrealized IRRs.

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.

Consequently, one of the most important things investors looking to add venture capital to their investment portfolios can do is to diversify. SeedInvest makes it easy for individual investors build a portfolio of highly vetted, early-stage startups. As a result, only 1.3% of SeedInvest investors who have invested in three or more companies have generated negative unrealized IRRs.

We feature just 1% of the companies who apply.

Over the past five years, SeedInvest has had over 25,000 startups apply to raise capital and has only featured just ~1% of those companies on the platform. In order to be selected, startups must successfully pass SeedInvest’s multi-tiered vetting process that includes internal business due diligence, as well as outsourced legal and confirmatory due diligence.

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Have a look at a few of our live deals below.

Accepting Investments

Black Point Seafood, LLC

Fresh Maine Lobster and Seafood from theDock 2 Doorstep(TM)

  • Over $6.5M in revenue during 2016 and 2017. Since inception we have...
  • 30% of people that order from us once, order a second time. Once we...
  • $381,550 Raised
  • 4 Days Left
Closing Soon506(c) & Reg CFVetted

286% Funded

Digital Brands Group

A curated group of digital-first lifestyle brands that is redefining retail and the customer experience through a shared resources model.

  • $15mm+ Lifetime Sales
  • 149% Compounded Annual Growth Rate; 79% YoY Sales Growth
  • $1,144,740 Raised
Reg AVetted

585% Funded

20/20 GeneSystems

Early-stage cancer detection

  • Introducing OneTest™ this year — what we believe is the first multi...
  • Backed by Ping An Ventures, the strategic investment arm of one of ...
  • $2,631,923 Raised
Reg AVetted

122% Funded

HyperSciences, Inc

Harnessing the power of extreme velocity

  • Entered into $1mm research partnership with Shell who provided fund...
  • Accomplished CEO who has a Masters Degree from Stanford University ...
  • $3,042,382 Raised
Reg AVetted
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this page meant to provide investment, legal, and/or tax advice?
No, this page is for information purposes only. Nothing contained herein constitutes investment, legal, tax or other advice nor is it to be relied on in making an investment or other decision. This presentation should not be viewed as a current or past recommendation or a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any securities or to adopt any investment strategy. Past performance is no guarantee of future results, and there can be no assurance that an investment strategy will be successful or that the historical performance of an investment, portfolio or asset class will have a direct correlation with its future performance. The investment strategy and themes discussed herein may be unsuitable for investors depending on their specific investment objectives and financial situation.


Is this supposed to be a prediction of future performance?
Generally, nothing contained herein is intended to predict the performance of any investment. However, any discussions contained within this report regarding the market or market conditions represent the view of either the source cited or SeedInvest. Further, there can be no assurance that actual outcomes will match the assumptions or that actual returns will match any expected returns.

To the extent information in this report contains projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events, targets or expectations regarding market conditions or the strategies described herein, there is no assurance that such events or targets will be achieved. In addition, the information in this report, including statements concerning financial market trends, is based on current market conditions, which will fluctuate and may be superseded by subsequent market events or for other reasons, all of which may cause it to be significantly different from that shown here.

The information contained herein is as of December 31, 2017 unless otherwise indicated, is subject to change, and SeedInvest assumes no obligation to update the information herein.


Is the risk profile of the Cambridge Associates US VC Index similar to companies on SeedInvest?
The risk/return profile of the Cambridge Associates US Venture Capital Index (the “Index”) is materially different from that of any one early-stage company. The Index is not used or selected by SeedInvest as an appropriate benchmark to compare relative performance of any SeedInvest product or service, but rather is included herein solely because it is a well-known and widely-recognized index. Investments cannot be made directly in an index.

How are these returns calculated?
The performance data included herein includes all companies that successfully completed a fundraising round on the SeedInvest platform and raised at least $100,000 (for deals prior to 2016) or $250,000 (for deals in 2016 or later). Performance may have been lower if all companies were included. Returns presented herein are unrealized returns generated by SeedInvest investors, and not by SeedInvest itself. Actual realized return of these unrealized investments may differ materially from the returns indicated herein. The actual realized returns on such unrealized investments will depend on, among other factors, future operating results, the value of the assets, and market conditions at the time of disposition, any related transaction costs, and the timing and manner of sale, all of which may differ from the assumptions on which the valuations used in the prior performance data contained herein are based.

Returns are based on valuations of each company determined by SeedInvest by comparing the initial valuation of the company at closing of its funding on SeedInvest with the valuation of such company as of its most recent funding round, calculated pursuant to SeedInvest’s established methodology. Additional information about such methodology is available upon request. SeedInvest calculated valuations using data provided by the companies or gathered from public sources and believed to be reliable; however, SeedInvest has not independently verified such information.


Anything else I should know?
Equity crowdfunding investments in private placements, and start-up investments in particular, are speculative and involve a high degree of risk and those investors who cannot afford to lose their entire investment should not invest in start-ups. Investors may receive illiquid and/or restricted stock that may be subject to holding period requirements and/or liquidity concerns. Investments in startups are highly illiquid and those investors who cannot hold an investment for the long term (at least 5-7 years) should not invest. Please refer to a detailed discussion of the risks of startup investing on our website at https://www.seedinvest.com/academy/startup-investing-risks