[Worldkings] Top ideas organizations in the world (P. 76) Wefunder (USA): A fundraising platform for potential startups


(Worldkings.org) Wefunder is a crowdfunding service which connects startups with investors online. Wefunder uses a provision in the 2012 JOBS Act which allows unaccredited investors to purchase equity in early stage private companies.

Founded in 2011, Wefunder is a San Francisco, California-based crowd-investing platform. Wefunder caters to an array of industries including technology, food and beverages, hardware, software, entertainment, retail, energy, financial services, consumer services, business services, and infrastructure among others.


Wefunder says it was built by founders for founders. The equity crowdfunding platform offers fundraising opportunities for startups, and it gives everyone (including both accredited and non-accredited investors) access to a market that was formerly reserved for high-net-worth investors and institutions.

Wefunder is predicated upon the idea that anyone, regardless of wealth, should be able to invest in a company. Dates to 2016, thanks to a new law called Regulation Crowdfunding, it became legal for everyone to invest small amounts of money in the startups they believed in.  Since then, the platform has helped startups raise over $500 million purely through crowdfunding.

Wefunder brings private equity investment to the masses. Investors can peruse startups, dig into performance, scroll an Instagram-esque news feed for updates from startup founders, and more. But unlike some other fundraising platforms, investors have the chance to see a return on their investment, either through repaid debt, equity, dividends or other investment structures. However, as in traditional private equity, investors should plan to invest for the long-term — at least five years, possibly even 10 or more.


Wefunder says that it is the largest funding portal for crowdsourced investing as measured by number of investments, investment volume and investor returns. But Wefunder aims to be about more than just returns. In the company’s words, it is inviting investors to “join the movement to fix capitalism” by letting anyone invest small amounts (over $100) in early-stage startups that may otherwise never receive funding.

Headed by founder and CEO Nick Tommarello, Wefunder says investors have contributed more than $5 billion to startups after the companies were first funded on the platform. The investing platform has more than 997,000 investors.

Wefunder is best for:

  • Investors looking for local investment opportunities.
  • Investors who want to invest in startups but have limited capital.
  • Risk-tolerant investors.
  • Investors with a very long time horizon.


Source: Internet

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