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What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity Crowdfunding has only been around since May 2016 for Regulation Crowdfunding (also called "Reg CF", for non-accredited investors), and a few years prior for Regulation D (accredited investors).

Despite its relative youth, funding platforms where you can invest in startup deals - like WeFunder, StartEngine, and others - are already seeing unrealized annual returns as high as 41% on Regulation D (accredited investor) offerings. While the performance of Reg CF is still to be seen, with some much-needed changes to Regulation Crowdfunding legislation, the hope is that Reg CF offerings will soon see the same quality of offerings and potential returns as the Reg D offerings.

Although startup investing is one of the highest risk and highest potential return investments you can make, we at CrowdWise believe that it can be an intelligent addition to the right investors' portfolios if done correctly.

What does that involve? It means being wise and practicing diversification, asset allocation, understanding power law investing, and some of the other crucial concepts that we cover in our free courses.

The CrowdWise Mission

Through CrowdWise, I plan to help non-accredited investors in the United States gain the tools, training, and resources they need to start investing in startups through equity crowdfunding.

We have created many resources for investors, including:

Read more about CrowdWise, and me (Brian), by heading on over to our About page.

Free Investor Courses

Are you looking for alternative investments to add to your portfolio? Perhaps something outside of traditional stocks, real estate, or bonds, that might be a little more risky, but with a higher potential return?

Do you have some excess cash that you are looking to invest, but you are short on time or not sure where to start?

Learn how to invest in startups below with some of the best investor courses on equity crowdfunding - completely free.

I've spent literally thousands of hours reading relevant investing books, taking Angel Investing and Venture Capital courses, reading articles, talking to others, and investing in Reg CF and Reg A+ deals with my own money.

I've boiled down the key lessons I've learned and absorbed the most relevant content from Angel and VC investing that applies to equity crowdfund investing.

I've started putting that content into organized - and what I hope to be of some of the highest quality - investing courses on equity crowdfunding. The best part? I want to help others in the same situation that I was in while learning, and make this information available to anyone, so the courses are completely free.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Because equity crowdfunding is so new and is opening up the startup asset class to a whole new group of investors (i.e. "non-accredited", or those investors who aren't extremely wealthy), it is highly likely that you have many questions, just as I did when starting out.

Some of your questions may include:

If you have any burning questions not listed above or would like us to prioritize a certain blog post, please head over to our Contact Us page and let us know!


I am not (nor do I play) a financial adviser, tax adviser, legal adviser, or any other type of professional. I have made CrowdWise for informational purposes only.

I will aim to provide references, perspectives, and education to give non-accredited investors the tools they require to invest in equity crowdfunding. All opinions and views are solely my own personal thoughts and nothing should be construed as investment advice, tax advice, or any other type of advice.

In the end, every investor is unique. You will have to determine if you will invest in startups, and if so, how and where.

These are very exciting times since this asset class has not been available to non-accredited investors for over 90 years since the 1930s. I simply hope to be able to bring clarity, transparency, community, and education to help all the US non-accredited investors get started.

After all, more investors means more capital for startups, and that leads to more innovation for a better future.

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