SeedInvest provides high quality startup opportunities to investors who haven't previously had access to them. We make investing in startups as easy as buying a share of stock and built a rapidly growing marketplace.
Ryan and James both left positions at multi-billion dollar private-equity firms because they wanted to start their own ventures, but neither had the right startup concept at the time. Instead, they both hoped the right idea would hit them while getting their MBAs at Wharton. They met first semester in Entrepreneurship class while collaborating on a business plan for one of Ryan's many stupid startup ideas.
A year later, while finishing up their MBAs, they caught wind of an emerging movement to change 80-year-old U.S. securities laws in order to increase entrepreneurs access to capital and were immediately drawn to it. As a very active members of the Wharton entrepreneurial community, they experienced the problem first-hand; although there were a lot of promising entrepreneurs, access to capital was extremely limited.
They reached out to the creator of the framework for equity crowdfunding, Woodie Neiss and offered their support. From that point until April 5th, we worked to support him and Jason Best at Startup Exemption to generate support for HR2930, the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act which turned into the JOBS Act.
The passage of the JOBS Act was a huge step towards repairing our economy; but it was just a start. Ryan and James decided to found SeedInvest in order to ensure that the bill successfully reaches its full potential of creating millions of new companies and jobs. Since then they were fortunate enough to have Harshil, Homan, Kiran, Aaron and Ameet join their journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
When you complete your investment on SeedInvest, your money will be transferred to an escrow account where an independent escrow agent will watch over your investment until it is accepted by SeedInvest. Once SeedInvest accepts your investment, and certain regulatory procedures are completed, your money will be transferred from the escrow account to SeedInvest in exchange for your shares. At that point, you will be a proud owner in SeedInvest.
Preferred equity is usually issued to outside investors and carries rights and conditions that are different from that of common stock. For example, preferred equity may include rights that prevent or minimize the effects of dilution or grants special privileges in situations when the company is sold.
A convertible note is a unique form of debt that converts into equity, usually in conjunction with a future financing round. The investor effectively loans money to a startup with the expectation that they will receive equity in the company in the future at a discounted price per share when the company raises its next round of financing.
To learn more about startup investment types check out “How to Choose a Startup Investment” in our academy.
To make an investment, you will need the following information readily available:
- Personal information such as your current address and phone number
- Employment and employer information
- Net worth and income information
- Social Security Number or government-issued identification
- ABA bank routing number and checking account number (typically found on a personal check or bank statement)
Because SeedInvest is offering its securities under Rule 506(c) of Regulation D, your status as an Accredited Investor will also need to be verified and you will be asked to provide documentation supporting your income, net worth, revenue, or net assets or a letter from a qualified advisor such as a Registered Investment Advisor, Registered Broker Dealer, Lawyer, or CPA.
Until a closing occurs, you may cancel your investment at any time, for any reason. You will receive an email when the closing occurs and your shares have been issued. If you have already funded your investment and your funds are in escrow, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, please go to your portfolio page.
Currently there is no market or liquidity for these shares. Right now SeedInvest does not plan to list these shares on a national exchange or another secondary market. At some point SeedInvest may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a “liquidation event” occurs. A “liquidation event” is when SeedInvest either lists their shares on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
You can return to SeedInvest at any time to view your portfolio of investments and obtain a summary statement.
This is SeedInvest's fundraising profile page, where you can find information that may be helpful for you to make an investment decision in their company. The information on this page includes the company overview, team bios, and the risks and disclosures related to this investment opportunity.
This investment is highly speculative and should not be made by anyone who cannot afford to risk the entire investment amount. In addition to these risks, you should carefully consider the specific information and risks disclosed in SeedInvest’s profile.