A New Equity Crowdfunding Heavyweight? StartEngine Acquires Competitor SeedInvest

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Already one of the largest retail investment platforms for startups in the U.S., StartEngine has agreed to acquire a major competitor SeedInvest.* The move will add SeedInvest’s community of 700,000 prospective investors to StartEngine’s 1 million and could make the combined platform the dominant player in the equity crowdfunding space.

With an impressive roster of more than 250 successful funding rounds – many of which have topped eight figures – SeedInvest has raised over $470 million in its 10-year run.

StartEngine itself has raised over $650 million for startups since launching in 2015.** Together, the two platforms will command more than $1 billion in overall funding and a robust pipeline of some of the top fundraising companies. A prime example: NowRX raised over $20 million on SeedInvest in 2020 alone.

Under the terms of the offer, SeedInvest’s current parent company Circle (the global digital asset firm, best known as the issuer of USD coin) will become a minor shareholder in StartEngine. The agreement from a major financial institution may constitute a huge vote of confidence for StartEngine, and as CEO Howard Marks notes, “having the right backers can make all the difference.”

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StartEngine Excels Despite A Slowing Market 

The post-pandemic world brought an investment boom and soaring tech valuations, but for many founders, the era of easy access to capital has come to an abrupt end. Funding for startups fell 23% worldwide in the first two quarters of 2022 as venture capital firms drew down their portfolios. By contrast, equity crowdfunding’s democratic model has proven relatively resilient. Case in point: this year, StartEngine was inducted into Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5000 fastest growing companies in the country.

Against the backdrop of ongoing market volatility, StartEngine believes the consolidation could signal a new era, in which equity crowdfunding overtakes venture firms as a primary source of capital for early-stage businesses. The company has now opened its fifth funding round of capital to the public – building on the $65 million it’s already raised from the crowd – in order to make that new era a reality.

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This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. *Completion of the acquisition is subject to closing conditions and regulatory approval.  See additional information here. **Total raised includes StartEngine’s own raises and is inclusive of investments that have been closed on, investments that are received but not yet closed on, and investments that have been submitted but not yet received. Reg A+ offering made available through StartEngine Crowdfunding, Inc. No broker-dealer or intermediary involved in offering. This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment. Please see the most recent Supplement, Offering Circular and Related Risks for more information.

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