StartEngine

Invest, Trade, and Build Your Startup Portfolio

StartEngine

Invest, Trade, and Build Your Startup Portfolio

Los Angeles, CA
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Now you can invest in startups and early growth companies just like Mr. Wonderful. Discover highly curated investments across all kinds of industries and trade with other investors on our secondary marketplace. We’re taking startup investing public. Welcome to the future of investing.

$19,029,236

raised
$31,486,978
previously crowdfunded
11,169
Investors
$786M
Valuation
$13.50
Price per Share
$500.00
Min. Investment
Common
Shares Offered
Equity
Offering Type
$55M
Offering Max
12
Days Left

$19,029,236

raised
$31,486,978
previously crowdfunded
11,169
Investors
$786M
Valuation
$13.50
Price per Share
$500.00
Min. Investment
Common
Shares Offered
Equity
Offering Type
$55M
Offering Max
12
Days Left

Rewards

Get rewarded for investing more into StartEngine:

$515+
Investment
StartEngine Owner’s Bonus
Investors with the StartEngine Owner's Bonus will earn 10% bonus shares in this offering. This bonus stacks with the TTW Reservation Bonus (for a total of 20% bonus shares), if applicable.




This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment


 

 

Reasons to Invest



  • Established CEO: In just a few short years, our CEO Howard Marks has guided StartEngine to be the largest equity crowdfunding platform in terms of total funds raised. Howard previously co-founded video game giant Activision, which today has a multi-billion dollar market cap.
  • $400M raised: Companies have raised over $400M on StartEngine, $200M+ of which was raised in the past 12 months alone.
  • 190% YoY growth: We generated $12.5M in revenues in 2020, representing 190% YoY growth compared to our 2019 revenues of $4.3M. And in the first six months of 2021, we did more revenue ($13.3M) than we did in all of 2020.
  • Trading platform: StartEngine has launched an alternative trading system (ATS) to trade startup investments, one of the first of its kind for Reg CF and Reg A offerings in the US.  
  • 20,000 StartEngine shareholders: We have already raised $30M+ for StartEngine itself from over 20,000 shareholders.
  • 500K strong: Over half a million people have joined our community of investors.
  • Shark approved: Renowned businessman and investor Kevin O’Leary, aka “Mr. Wonderful”, is StartEngine’s Strategic Advisor, an investor, and a paid spokesperson.

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Now You Can Invest Like Mr. Wonderful



Leading the Industry: $200M Raised in Last 12 Months 

This graph is sourced from StartEngine’s records of funding commitments received across all offerings on the platform.

 


In just a few short years, our CEO Howard Marks has guided StartEngine to be an industry trailblazer and the largest equity crowdfunding platform in 2020 in terms of funds raised.


To help us meet demand, we are scaling our team. StartEngine is now more than 80 people strong, and we have doubled our team in the last 12 months. We are just getting started.


StartEngine's Vision



Providing Liquidity to Our Shareholders


Historically, there is no place to trade startup investments. To see a return on your investment, you’d have to wait until the company paid dividends, was acquired or if the company IPO’d and went public. Those processes could often take anywhere from 5 to 10 years, if ever.


We are changing that. Last year, we launched our investor trading marketplace StartEngine Secondary, so that users can not only invest in companies on StartEngine, but also trade with other investors.


With this marketplace, we’ve created one of the first trading platforms in the US for Regulation A+ and Regulation Crowdfunding offerings.


StartEngine itself was the first company to quote its shares on StartEngine Secondary, and since launch, over $1,478,978 worth of shares has been traded between 1,200 investors.


We believe our trading platform will unlock StartEngine’s full potential.

StartEngine’s valuation in our Regulation A+ offerings


March 2021: New Regulations to Accelerate Our Growth

On March 15th, 2021, new rule changes from the SEC went into effect that significantly change how the StartEngine platform operates. Those changes include:


These changes mean companies can raise more capital, and investors can invest more money. We believe those changes mean StartEngine can grow faster, and our growth in 2021 validates that claim.


In the first six months of 2021, we increased our revenues year-over-year by 146% to $13.36M, more revenue than we did in all of 2020. And we successfully transitioned from operating at a loss to producing operating income of $2.13M.


How StartEngine Makes Money

Success Fee

We make money when companies raise money. We charge companies a percentage of what they raise.

Equity

We take equity in StartEngine alumni, at the same terms as the investors on our platform.

Service Fees

We charge fees for providing companies with a range of services to help them onboard and launch their campaign.

Trading Fees

We charge a selling fee on our trading platform StartEngine Secondary. 

Owner’s Bonus

We sell the Owner’s Bonus as an annual subscription that gives unique perks to investors on our platform.

Meet Our Team

Before launching StartEngine, Howard co-founded video game giant Activision and turned the company into the multi billion market cap video game industry leader. Howard was also the Founder and CEO of Acclaim Games, a publisher of online games that was later sold and is part of The Walt Disney company. Howard is the Treasure of Los Angeles award recipient in 2015 and is a triple national of the United States, United Kingdom, and France.

Kevin founded SoftKey, a computer software company, that he led to a $4B exit. After the acquisition, Kevin eventually found himself on television, quickly becoming a sought-after host and personality on a range of shows – including Discovery’s Project Earth, CBC’s Dragons’ Den, and ABC’s Shark Tank. Kevin O’Leary is StartEngine’s Strategic Advisor, a StartEngine shareholder and a paid spokesperson to help bring awareness to equity crowdfunding and StartEngine's platform.


What's changed between your last offering and now?


We raised over $18.8M at a $221M valuation in our last Regulation A+ offering, which closed in October 2020. Since then, we launched our trading platform StartEngine Secondary, one of the first marketplaces of its kind in the US, and announced our 2020 growth. In 2020, we:


  • Increased our revenue by 190% YoY
  • Increased the amount raised on StartEngine by 236% YoY
  • Increased the number of new investors by 256% YoY
  • Increased the size of the StartEngine team by 154%

Last year accelerated our growth, and as of March 2021, new regulatory changes that allow companies to raise more and investors to invest more will accelerate our growth further.


In the first six months of 2021, we became a profitable company, successfully producing operating income of $2.13M.


We issued a forward 3 to 1 stock split prior to this offering. As a result, the share price in this offering is $13.50, and investors prior to this round now own three times as many shares. We believe this decision will improve liquidity for StartEngine shares on our secondary market.


The funds we raise in this round will help us tackle a few key initiatives in the coming months, including improving our secondary marketplace, launching a mobile app, hiring new team members, and bringing new alternative assets and investment opportunities to our community.



Disclaimers

AN OFFERING STATEMENT REGARDING THIS OFFERING HAS BEEN FILED WITH THE SEC. THE SEC HAS QUALIFIED THAT OFFERING STATEMENT, WHICH ONLY MEANS THAT THE COMPANY MAY MAKE SALES OF THE SECURITIES DESCRIBED BY THE OFFERING STATEMENT. IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE SEC HAS APPROVED, PASSED UPON THE MERITS OR PASSED UPON THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE INFORMATION IN THE OFFERING STATEMENT.


THE OFFERING CIRCULAR THAT IS PART OF THAT OFFERING STATEMENT CAN BE FOUND HERE.


THE OFFERING MATERIALS MAY CONTAIN FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION RELATING TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE COMPANY, ITS BUSINESS PLAN AND STRATEGY, AND ITS INDUSTRY.  THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE BASED ON THE BELIEFS OF, ASSUMPTIONS MADE BY, AND INFORMATION CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO THE COMPANY’S MANAGEMENT.  WHEN USED IN THE OFFERING MATERIALS, THE WORDS “ESTIMATE,” “PROJECT,” “BELIEVE,” “ANTICIPATE,” “INTEND,” “EXPECT” AND SIMILAR EXPRESSIONS ARE INTENDED TO IDENTIFY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, WHICH CONSTITUTE FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS. THESE STATEMENTS REFLECT MANAGEMENT’S CURRENT VIEWS WITH RESPECT TO FUTURE EVENTS AND ARE SUBJECT TO RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES THAT COULD CAUSE THE COMPANY’S ACTUAL RESULTS TO DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE CONTAINED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS.  INVESTORS ARE CAUTIONED NOT TO PLACE UNDUE RELIANCE ON THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, WHICH SPEAK ONLY AS OF THE DATE ON WHICH THEY ARE MADE.  THE COMPANY DOES NOT UNDERTAKE ANY OBLIGATION TO REVISE OR UPDATE THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS TO REFLECT EVENTS OR CIRCUMSTANCES AFTER SUCH DATE OR TO REFLECT THE OCCURRENCE OF UNANTICIPATED EVENTS.


KEVIN O'LEARY IS A PAID SPOKESPERSON FOR STARTENGINE. READ THE 17-B DISCLOSURE HERE


A COMPANY WHICH INTENDS TO APPLY TO LIST ITS SECURITIES ON STARTENGINE SECONDARY WILL BE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS WHICH IT MAY OR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SATISFY IN A TIMELY MANNER. EVEN IF A COMPANY IS QUALIFIED TO LIST ITS SECURITIES ON THE MARKET, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT A DEMAND FOR THESE SECURITIES WILL EXIST. EVEN IF A COMPANY DOES MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR LISTING ITS SECURITIES, WE DO NOT KNOW THE EXTENT TO WHICH INVESTOR INTEREST WILL LEAD TO THE DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF A LIQUID TRADING MARKET. YOU SHOULD ASSUME THAT YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO LIQUIDATE YOUR INVESTMENT FOR SOME TIME OR BE ABLE TO PLEDGE THESE SHARES AS COLLATERAL.


FOR ANY SERIES OF STARTENGINE COLLECTIBLES FUND I LLC FOR WHICH THE OFFERING STATEMENT FOR THAT OFFERING HAS NOT YET BEEN QUALIFIED BY THE SEC:


NO MONEY OR OTHER CONSIDERATION IS BEING SOLICITED, AND IF SENT IN RESPONSE, WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


NO OFFER TO BUY THE SECURITIES CAN BE ACCEPTED AND NO PART OF THE PURCHASE PRICE CAN BE RECEIVED UNTIL THE OFFERING STATEMENT FILED BY THE COMPANY WITH THE SEC HAS BEEN QUALIFIED BY THE SEC. ANY SUCH OFFER MAY BE WITHDRAWN OR REVOKED, WITHOUT OBLIGATION OR COMMITMENT OF ANY KIND, AT ANY TIME BEFORE NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE GIVEN AFTER THE DATE OF QUALIFICATION.


AN INDICATION OF INTEREST INVOLVES NO OBLIGATION OR COMMITMENT OF ANY KIND.


AN OFFERING STATEMENT REGARDING THIS OFFERING HAS BEEN FILED WITH THE SEC. YOU MAY OBTAIN A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY OFFERING CIRCULAR THAT IS PART OF THAT OFFERING STATEMENT FROM HERE.

Updates

StartEngine Collectibles: Invest in a Warhol

3 days ago


We are excited to announce the launch of an Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe on StartEngine.

This artwork is part of our expansion in StartEngine Collectibles. Collectibles works by democratizing alternative asset classes to all investors, through issuance of shares. Investors can gain access to the potential returns of these asset classes, by investing in a percentage, rather than having to buy the entire investment outright. The process is very similar to investing in shares of a business, except the underlying value of the asset is based on supply and demand. Collectibles rise in value as scarcity and demand create upward pricing pressure on the asset itself. 

Done in 1967, this painting is one of only two hundred and fifty Marilyn based works that Warhol made after the famous star’s death. Own Bonus holders have priority access for the first week of all collectibles launches. You can invest here.

This Reg A+ offering is made available through StartEngine Collectibles Fund I LLC. No broker-dealer or other intermediary is involved in this offering. This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment. For more information about this offering, please view the Warhol's offering circular and risks associated with this offering.

10,000+ Investors in Our Latest Round

5 days ago


StartEngine officially has more than 10,000 investors in its current funding round. We could not be more thankful for all of our investors helping us take crowdfunding mainstream. It is also a testament to the potential of equity crowdfunding in general, and why we chose to use the crowd, bringing in all of you as owners, rather than pursuing the more typical routes for raising capital. 

Owner’s Survey: We Want Your Input!

10 days ago


StartEngine is growing fast! As our Owners and followers, we would love your feedback on a few things. Here you will find a quick 10 question survey pertaining to StartEngine, and how we can improve our growth efforts. We’re interested in your take on newsletters, where you read about investments, favorite podcasts, what kind of investments you’re most interested in, and more!

Happy Thanksgiving!

12 days ago

We want to wish our family of 600,000+ investors, all of the companies that have raised equity with us, our employees, and everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Our community is what sets us apart, and is one of our greatest strengths. We’ve crossed over $17 million raised in our current funding round, and couldn’t be more thankful for StartEngine’s continued success, which you have all been a part of. We also couldn’t be more excited for the future. Our growth has been phenomenal this year, and we’re just getting started!

Our current equity raise is ending on December 19th. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a shareholder in StartEngine.  

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.


How StartEngine Makes Money: Cap Table Management & Advertising

14 days ago

We also offer additional services to companies that drive revenue for StartEngine, including:

  • StartEngine Secure: we offer cap table management & transfer agent services to companies for an annual fee.

  • StartEngine Promote: for a percentage of net investments attributable to ads, we help companies design and create digital ads, purchase those ads, and optimize the campaigns including, but not limited to, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter, and Google Adwords.

These two services accounted for $313,427 and $227,045 respectively in revenues for the first six months of 2021.

These services accounted for 4% of our total revenues in the first half of 2021 and round out the core of our business, our success fee. StartEngine Secure and StartEngine Promote provide companies with a suite of services that can help them raise funding on StartEngine.

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

30 Days Left To Invest In StartEngine!

18 days ago

There are only 30 days left to invest in StartEngine’s equity raise. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a shareholder. We’ve had a record breaking year, and couldn’t be more thankful to all the investors helping take crowdfunding mainstream. 

This Reg A+ offering is made available through StartEngine Crowdfunding, Inc. This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment. For more information about this offering, please view StartEngine Crowdfunding, Inc’s offering circular (link) and see the selected risks (link). In addition, as described in the Offering Circular, the Company retains the right to continue the offering beyond the Termination Date, at its sole discretion.

Kevin O’Leary is a paid spokesperson for StartEngine. Read the 17-B disclosure: Kevin O'Leary 17b Disclosure - StartEngine "

How StartEngine Makes Money: Trading

19 days ago

We also earn revenue from our trading marketplace StartEngine Secondary. We take a 5% selling fee when investors sell shares through our marketplace.

We are still in the early days of our marketplace: through the first half of 2021, only StartEngine itself quoted shares on our trading platform. As we quote more companies on StartEngine Secondary, we believe this will become a larger driver of revenue and become a core pillar of StartEngine’s business.

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

How StartEngine Makes Money: Owner’s Bonus

25 days ago

StartEngine earns revenue through the StartEngine Owner’s Bonus program. This is an annual subscription that investors can purchase for $275/year that gives them access to 5 exclusive perks, including earning bonus shares when investing in participating campaigns, discounts on StartEngine Secondary, and more.

We introduced the Owner’s Bonus as a standalone subscription in October 2020. Previously, the Owner’s Bonus was a perk associated with StartEngine’s funding rounds on StartEngine.

Since we made this available to purchase for $275/year, the Owner’s Bonus has grown into a significant revenue driver for the company.

For the first six months of 2021, StartEngine did $1,561,713 in revenues from other services, which includes the Owner’s Bonus and revenues from StartEngine Secondary (more on trading in a future update). This figure represents just 11.6% of our total revenue for that time period.

However, revenues from other services grew 671% year over year compared to the first six months of 2020 (in which we did $202,551 in revenues, accounting for 3.7% of our revenues from that period). That growth was in large part due to the Owner’s Bonus.

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

How StartEngine Makes Money: Equity

27 days ago

We are investors in the majority of StartEngine alumni. With some exceptions, we take approximately 2% of what companies raise in the securities offered to investors. So, if a company raises $100,000 selling common stock to investors, StartEngine would take $2,000 in common stock at the same terms as the investors on our platform.

To the degree that any StartEngine alumni become successful in the future and are acquired or go public, this gives StartEngine additional assets that we can use to fuel our growth.

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

Our Funding Round Closes December 19th!

about 1 month ago

We are ending this offering on December 19th to bring 2021 to a close. This has been such a record-breaking year for StartEngine’s growth, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without the strength of our community.

There are only 46 days left to invest in StartEngine through this offering. What are you waiting for?

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

RSVP to a Q&A with StartEngine’s CEO Howard Marks on November 3rd!

about 1 month ago

This coming Wednesday, November 3rd, at 9am PT, StartEngine’s CEO & Co-Founder Howard Marks will be doing a live Q&A. Are you considering an investment in StartEngine but want to ask a few questions first? Ask them to our CEO directly!

What are StartEngine’s plans for the future? What is Howard’s favorite cuisine? Hint: it’s French. All questions are fair game. RSVP here. See you there!

How StartEngine Makes Money: Success Fee

about 1 month ago

Over the next few weeks, we are going to break down how StartEngine makes money in a series of updates. First up: our success fee.

TL;DR: we make money when companies raise money.

We generally charge companies 6-10% of what they raise for StartEngine’s platform fee. This fee can fluctuate based on the investor’s payment method (there are additional fees for credit cards, for example).

This fee structure aligns StartEngine with our customers. We are only successful to the degree that the companies on our platform are successful too.

And we care a lot about helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams: platform fees make up the bulk of our revenue. In 2020, platform fees accounted for $10.5M in revenues, 84% of our total annual revenues!

Helping companies raise more funding was the biggest contributor to our revenue growth last year. The revenue we earned in 2020 from platform fees ($10.5M) increased 248% year-over-year compared to 2019 ($3M).

This increase was primarily due to higher average raise amounts for Regulation Crowdfunding offerings and our transition in 2019 to becoming a broker-dealer and the commissions we received for our Regulation A services (meaning we could charge a platform fee for Reg A offerings instead of a flat fee per investor or per month).

Today, we are the leading platform for Regulation A+ offerings in terms of amount raised, and we are attracting more and more StartEngine alumni to return for subsequent rounds of funding. We are just getting started.

Stay tuned for more updates where we will break down the other ways StartEngine makes money.

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

$184M Raised on StartEngine So Far in 2021

about 1 month ago

Companies on StartEngine’s platform raised $60.6M in Q3, bringing the total raised for the year on our platform to $184M.

In 2020, StartEngine raised $147 million. This year, we have already passed that by 25.17%, with a full quarter left to go. Here are some more highlights from StartEngine's Q3:

  • 92 companies launched a raise on StartEngine in Q3, a 58% increase compared to the previous quarter.

  • We hit several important milestones in Q3, including $400M raised on StartEngine, 600K users, and 500K investments made on the platform.

  • 4 companies started trading on StartEngine Secondary, the first alumni to launch on our investor marketplace.

Among our competitors, we have outpaced Wefunder by 41.5%, and are ahead of Republic by 49.6%, in terms of amount raised in the first 3 quarters of 2021 via Regulation Crowdfunding and Regulation A+. 

Learn more about Q3 in the latest edition of the StartEngine Index on our blog!

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

500,000 Investments Made on StartEngine!

about 2 months ago

We just hit the 500,000th investment on StartEngine! Half a million investments. We’re so incredibly excited by our momentum this year. 

Last week, we also reached 600,000 users! In the past few months, we’ve announced so many important milestones for us, including:

  • Raising $400M for companies

  • Surpassing our 2020 revenues in the first six months of 2021

  • Launching the first assets through StartEngine Collectibles

We’re on pace to have a record-breaking year for StartEngine. Want to join us for the ride?

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

Watch 5 Founders Pitch to Mr. Wonderful in StartEngine’s Shark Pitch This Friday!

about 2 months ago

This coming Friday, at 9am PT, 5 entrepreneurs will pitch their business to Kevin O'Leary LIVE, and you can watch Mr. Wonderful himself react to business pitches in real time.

The stakes are high: the winning pitch will take home a $25,000 grant from Mr. Wonderful, along with prizes from our sponsors.

Do you have the same takeaways from each pitch as Mr. Wonderful? Would you ask the same follow-up questions? Tune in Friday to find out.

RSVP here.

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

Watch a Recording of Our Webinar Announcing Our 2021 Financials

2 months ago

Last week, our CEO & Co-Founder Howard Marks hosted a webinar to discuss our unaudited 2021 financials for the first half of the year.

He walked through the highlights, including the fact that StartEngine did more revenue in the first 6 months of 2021 than we did in all of 2020.

Howard also discussed recent trends including:

  1. Launching assets & collectibles: “We launched our first assets. We launched a REIT...and we launched wine,” Howard said. “That was very well received by our investors. It sold out quickly. We have a lot more coming. We are excited that this is something our investors are interested in.”

  2. Team growth & remote first hiring: “We hired 61 people since the beginning of the year. That’s quite a lot of people. It’s great to see this growth. Growing a company is hard. Hiring is hard. It’s a very competitive market today.”

In case you missed it, please find a recording of our webinar below!


Note: we realize some graphs in this recording are not to scale, and we apologize for any confusion!

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

Announcing a New Perk for the StartEngine Owner’s Bonus!

2 months ago

We are excited to announce a new perk for the StartEngine Owner's Bonus!

Investors with the Owner's Bonus now have exclusive access to new launches from StartEngine Collectibles for the first 7 days of launch.

StartEngine Collectibles is a new Regulation A+ offering that gives investors access to a host of alternative asset investment opportunities like wine, with memorabilia and more to come. The first 5 wines from StartEngine Collectibles each sold out within a few hours of their announcement.

This new perk means that only Owner's Bonus holders will be able to invest for the first 7 days of launch in new collectibles, increasing their chances of being able to invest in these assets as we launch them.

We hope you enjoy this new perk with the Owner’s Bonus program, as well as the 4 other unique perks you can access, including:

  • Earning 10% bonus shares on participating campaigns

  • Learning about new bonus-eligible launches via email notifications

  • Getting a 20% discount on the selling fee on our trading platform StartEngine Secondary

  • Receiving priority on the waitlist when investing in participating oversubscribed campaigns

Ready to get your bonus?

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

Financial Results for the First Half of 2021: $13.36M in Revenues!

2 months ago

We just published our financial results for the first half of the year, and our top line revenue growth went up 146% year-over-year to $13.36M for the first half of 2021. For context, our revenues during the same period in 2020 were $5.4M, and our revenues for all of 2020 were $12.5M.

In other words, we did more revenue in the first 6 months of 2021 that we did in all of 2020.

Here are some other highlights from our financials:

  • We successfully transitioned from operating at a loss to producing operating income of $2.13M.

  • We improved our gross profit to $11.1M for the first half of the year, up from $3.9M during the same period in 2020.

  • We increased our total assets to $31.7M, which includes $21.9M in cash.

That cash will allow us to hire more staff, deploy a marketing budget to spread awareness, and improve our product. We have a lot of exciting initiatives in store for the rest of 2021, and we can’t wait to share them with you.

Learn more about our unaudited financials for the first half of the year here.

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

Announcing StartEngine’s Unaudited 2021 Financials LIVE

2 months ago

This coming Tuesday, StartEngine’s CEO Howard Marks will announce our unaudited financials for the first half of 2021 live! Tune in to the webinar to learn more about:

  • StartEngine’s growth so far this year

  • Our current funding round

  • Our plans for the future and where StartEngine goes from here

RSVP here to attend our webinar this Tuesday at 9am PT. There will be a Q&A, and you will have the opportunity to ask your questions directly to Howard!

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

We Launched a New Campaign Video!

2 months ago

We’re embarking on a new phase of StartEngine, and the only way to kick off a new era is with fresh creative. We have released a new campaign video for our page!

From Script to Screen With Mr. Wonderful

Just like any other business, working on set takes planning, skill and lots of hustle.

We included the real storyboards we used to make this video so you could see how an idea turns into reality just like when you invest in startups. 

Watch our new video above!

More than ever before, the public has a voice in the future’s direction. Your investment has a say in which businesses grow, which products get built, and which visionaries influence the future.

Use your voice alongside 500,000 other people and change the world.

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

StartEngine Scouts Have Earned Over $200,000!

3 months ago

We believe that StartEngine’s “x factor” is our community. Why do we think our platform will win the marketplace? Our community. What is accelerating our growth fastest? Our community. Why do we believe we can change the world? Our community.

It all comes down to our users, our investors and our shareholders, that are helping us achieve new heights. You are StartEngine’s unique strength that other businesses don’t have. Most companies have a handful of shareholders. We have over 20,000.

We are constantly blown away by how much you help us (and we can’t possibly tell you how much we appreciate it). The latest case in point?

We want to meet entrepreneurs, and we’ve asked for your help to meet them. To date, 4,056 people have become StartEngine Scouts to refer companies to StartEngine. Through our Scout Program, users can receive $5,000 when they refer companies to StartEngine, and we have already paid over $200,000 to our Scouts.

To make referring companies even easier, now every user with a StartEngine account has a unique Scout URL that they can access on the Scout page. Share your URL with founders, and any founders that apply with your link will count as a referral for you, making you eligible to receive $5K if they launch on StartEngine. You can also continue to refer founders directly through the Scout page too.

Ready to become a Scout? Get started here.

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

First 5 Wines From StartEngine Collectibles Already Sold Out - What Assets Do You Want to See Next?

3 months ago

We want to bring investors more ways to diversify their portfolio on StartEngine, which is why we launched StartEngine Collectibles. This offering will give investors access to investments in a wide range of different collectibles. We launched 5 different fine wines as the first 5 series from StartEngine Collectibles, and all 5 have already sold out!

What assets do you want to see next from StartEngine Collectibles? Take this quick three-question survey and let us know what you want to invest in!

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

Kevin O'Leary is a paid spokesperson for StartEngine. Please read the 17(b) disclosure here.

$6M Raised! Don’t Miss Out on Your Reservation Bonus

3 months ago

Thank you to the 3,600+ investors who have already helped us raise $6.3M in our new funding round. If you reserved an investment during our test the waters stage, don’t forget to convert your investment to redeem your 10% reservation bonus.

In order to redeem your reservation bonus, all you need to do is click “Invest Now” on our campaign page. Your reservation bonus is already associated with your StartEngine account and will be automatically applied at checkout!

Your reservation will not automatically convert into an investment.

Need a reason to invest in StartEngine? Here are a few highlights:

  • Team growth: we’ve doubled our team in the last year to scale operations, and our hiring is not slowing down. We are hiring top talent around the country to launch more companies on StartEngine, improve our product, and deliver better customer service to the investors on our platform.

  • First company to trade: StartEngine itself was the first company to trade on StartEngine Secondary, our investor marketplace. To date, over $1,478,978 worth of StartEngine shares have been traded between 1,200 investors.

After this offering ends, we intend to quote our shares on our trading platform again. Don’t wait to invest in StartEngine and become a shareholder in the leading equity crowdfunding platform!

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

While the company has signed a quotation agreement to trade the securities offered on StartEngine Secondary’s new alternative trading system (the “ATS”), a company which intends to be quoted on the marketplace will be subject to certain requirements which the company may or may not be able to satisfy in a timely manner. Even if a company is qualified to quote its securities on the market, there is no guarantee an active trading market for the securities will ever develop, or if developed, be maintained. You should assume that you may not be able to liquidate your investment for some time or be able to pledge these shares as collateral.

Over $4M Invested in the First 4 Days of Our Raise!

3 months ago

We’re overwhelmed by all the support we’ve received in the first few days of our new funding round. Thank you to the 2,477 investors who have participated so far!

We’ve seen tremendous growth in the past year, and StartEngine would not be where it is today without the support of over 20,000 shareholders.

So far in 2021, we’ve already raised more than $150M, surpassing the $147M we raised in 2020 with 4 more months still to go! Let’s keep the momentum going!

This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

StartEngine’s New Raise Is Now Live!

3 months ago

We’re thrilled to announce that our latest offering is now live, and you can invest in StartEngine!

Thank you to the 20,000 shareholders who have supported us so far. We are excited to begin StartEngine’s next chapter with your support behind us.

In August alone, we’ve launched our new funding round, the first StartEngine alumni have launched on our trading platform StartEngine Secondary, and we reached $400M raised on StartEngine, a new platform milestone. There’s more to come. Stay tuned...

Last Chance to Get 10% Bonus Shares Through a Reservation in This Offering

3 months ago

We are launching our next Regulation A+ offering tomorrow morning at 9am PT. These are your final hours to reserve an investment in StartEngine and get 10% bonus shares through your reservation, if and when you convert that reservation into an investment in this offering.

Why invest in StartEngine? Here are a few reasons:

  1. 190% YoY growth: We generated $12.5M in revenues in 2020, representing 190% YoY growth compared to our 2019 revenues of $4.3M.

  2. $400M raised: companies have raised over $400M on StartEngine, more than $200M of which has been raised in the past 12 months alone.

  3. Access to liquidity: StartEngine was the first company to quote its shares on StartEngine, and to date over $1.5M worth of StartEngine shares has been traded between 1,200 investors.

Join 20,000+ StartEngine shareholders and reserve your investment in StartEngine!

"RESERVING" SHARES IS SIMPLY AN INDICATION OF INTEREST. AN INDICATION OF INTEREST INVOLVES NO OBLIGATION OR COMMITMENT OF ANY KIND.  

Please note that even if you do not make a reservation, you can still be eligible to receive Bonus Shares by becoming a member of the StartEngine Owner’s Bonus program on StartEngine's website for $275 per year.

A COMPANY WHICH INTENDS TO APPLY TO LIST ITS SECURITIES ON STARTENGINE SECONDARY WILL BE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS WHICH IT MAY OR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SATISFY IN A TIMELY MANNER. EVEN IF A COMPANY IS QUALIFIED TO LIST ITS SECURITIES ON THE MARKET, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT A DEMAND FOR THESE SECURITIES WILL EXIST. EVEN IF A COMPANY DOES MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR LISTING ITS SECURITIES, WE DO NOT KNOW THE EXTENT TO WHICH INVESTOR INTEREST WILL LEAD TO THE DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF A LIQUID TRADING MARKET. YOU SHOULD ASSUME THAT YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO LIQUIDATE YOUR INVESTMENT FOR SOME TIME OR BE ABLE TO PLEDGE THESE SHARES AS COLLATERAL.

2 Days Left to Reserve: Invest in the Platform That Raised $66M in Q2

3 months ago

StartEngine raised $66M in Q2 this year and has raised more funding for companies via Reg CF and Reg A+ than any other platform!

There are only two days left to reserve your investment in the largest equity crowdfunding platform in the US in 2021 in terms of investments.

Reserve your investment today and get 10% bonus shares when you convert your reservation into an investment.

"RESERVING" SHARES IS SIMPLY AN INDICATION OF INTEREST. AN INDICATION OF INTEREST INVOLVES NO OBLIGATION OR COMMITMENT OF ANY KIND.  

Please note that even if you do not make a reservation, you can still be eligible to receive Bonus Shares by becoming a member of the StartEngine Owner’s Bonus program on StartEngine's website for $275 per year.

StartEngine’s Raise Goes Live This Monday at 9am PT!

3 months ago

We are launching our next Regulation A+ offering this coming Monday at 9am PT. These are your final hours to reserve shares in StartEngine before our campaign goes live.


If you make a reservation in this offering, you will receive 10% bonus shares if you convert that reservation into an investment when this offering goes live.


When the campaign launches, you’ll receive an email asking you to convert your reservation into an investment. At that time, you can change the amount you wish to invest as well as any other details associated with your reservation.


 Reserve your shares in StartEngine now!


"RESERVING" SHARES IS SIMPLY AN INDICATION OF INTEREST. AN INDICATION OF INTEREST INVOLVES NO OBLIGATION OR COMMITMENT OF ANY KIND.  


Please note that even if you do not make a reservation, you can still be eligible to receive Bonus Shares by becoming a member of the StartEngine Owner’s Bonus program on StartEngine's website for $275 per year.

We’re Back! Reserve Your Investment in StartEngine Now!

4 months ago

Did you miss us? We filed our 2020 financial audit and are gearing up for the launch of our upcoming Regulation A+ offering, if and when it is qualified by the SEC. Here are some highlights from our 2020 financials:

  • 190% YoY Growth: Our 2020 revenues were $12,574,218, representing 190% YoY Growth compared to our 2019 revenues of $4,323,791.

  • $9.1M Gross Profit: Our 2020 gross profit was $9,167,821, an increase of 313% compared to our gross profit of $2,217,498.

  • 72% Gross Margin: we improved our gross margin in 2020 to 72% as compared to 51% in 2019.

You can learn more about our audited financials here. Reserve your investment in StartEngine today and get 10% bonus shares if you convert your reservation into an investment, if and when our offering goes live.

"RESERVING" SHARES IS SIMPLY AN INDICATION OF INTEREST. AN INDICATION OF INTEREST INVOLVES NO OBLIGATION OR COMMITMENT OF ANY KIND.  

Please note that even if you do not make a reservation, you can still be eligible to receive Bonus Shares by becoming a member of the StartEngine Owner’s Bonus program on StartEngine's website for $275 per year.



Over $7.8M Reserved in StartEngine

7 months ago

Thank you to the 4,898 investors who have reserved an investment in our upcoming campaign. We are so grateful for the support since we launched our test the waters campaign on March 15th. We have big plans for 2021, and we couldn’t achieve our goals without you.

To jumpstart those plans, we are celebrating our record-setting Q1:

  • $57M raised (over $300M to date)

  • 79,000 new members joined our community (over 400,000 to date)

  • 52 investment opportunities launched (over 500 to date)

We hope $57M raised in a single quarter is the first of many new records we set in 2021, and we believe that the SEC’s regulatory changes to equity crowdfunding, which allow companies to raise more funds and investors to invest more, will help us achieve those aspirations.

Since those changes went into effect on March 15th, we have supported 15 Regulation Crowdfunding offerings with maximum funding goals higher than the previous $1.07M limit and more than half of those offerings have already surpassed $1.07M.

As we move deeper into Q2, we plan to launch many more offerings with higher funding goals under the amended rules, and we believe that fundamentally that will help StartEngine grow faster and deliver more value to our customers, investor community, and shareholders.

StartEngine Sets a New Quarterly Record: $57M Raised in Q1

8 months ago

In the first quarter of 2021, we’ve shown no signs of slowing our growth. Companies raised a total of $57,562,642 on StartEngine in Q1, a YoY increase of 214% compared to Q1 2020 and a 64% increase over Q4 2020!

Our growth this quarter makes StartEngine a market leader for equity crowdfunding.

No other platform raised more money for companies via Regulation A+ and Regulation Crowdfunding last quarter. Our two closest competitors, Wefunder and Republic, raised $44M and $34M respectively in Q1 via Reg CF and Reg A+.

StartEngine also added more than 79,000 members to the StartEngine community and launched 52 new investment opportunities in the first three months of the year.

We are so excited about our momentum this year and can’t wait to share more of the big things we have in store...stay tuned for more updates!

StartEngine’s CEO, “We’ve raised over $300M for companies, and it’s growing extremely fast.”

8 months ago

StartEngine’s CEO & Co-Founder Howard Marks appeared on “Office Hours”, a Periscope show with David Meltzer, an entrepreneur and speaker, to discuss equity crowdfunding, the origins of StartEngine, and where we’re heading. 

“We’ve raised over $300M for companies, and it’s growing extremely fast. Last year we raised more money than we had in the [previous] four years.”

Watch a highlight reel from the show below:


THE TERM “MINI-IPO” AS IT IS USED IN THIS MESSAGE IS MEANT TO REFER TO AN OFFERING CONDUCTED UNDER REGULATION A+.

A COMPANY WHICH INTENDS TO APPLY TO LIST ITS SECURITIES ON STARTENGINE SECONDARY WILL BE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS WHICH IT MAY OR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SATISFY IN A TIMELY MANNER. EVEN IF A COMPANY IS QUALIFIED TO LIST ITS SECURITIES ON THE MARKET, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT A DEMAND FOR THESE SECURITIES WILL EXIST. EVEN IF A COMPANY DOES MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR LISTING ITS SECURITIES, WE DO NOT KNOW THE EXTENT TO WHICH INVESTOR INTEREST WILL LEAD TO THE DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF A LIQUID TRADING MARKET. YOU SHOULD ASSUME THAT YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO LIQUIDATE YOUR INVESTMENT FOR SOME TIME OR BE ABLE TO PLEDGE THESE SHARES AS COLLATERAL.

THE INFORMATION HEREIN MAY CONTAIN FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION RELATING TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, STARTENGINE CROWDFUNDING INC. (THE “COMPANY”), ITS BUSINESS PLAN AND STRATEGY, AND ITS INDUSTRY. THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE BASED ON THE BELIEFS OF, ASSUMPTIONS MADE BY, AND INFORMATION CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO THE COMPANY’S MANAGEMENT. THE WORDS “ESTIMATE,” “PROJECT,” “BELIEVE,” “ANTICIPATE,” “INTEND,” “EXPECT” AND SIMILAR EXPRESSIONS ARE INTENDED TO IDENTIFY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. THESE STATEMENTS REFLECT MANAGEMENT’S CURRENT VIEWS WITH RESPECT TO FUTURE EVENTS AND ARE SUBJECT TO RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES THAT COULD CAUSE THE COMPANY’S ACTUAL RESULTS TO DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE CONTAINED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. INVESTORS ARE CAUTIONED NOT TO PLACE UNDUE RELIANCE ON THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, WHICH SPEAK ONLY AS OF THE DATE ON WHICH THEY ARE MADE. THE COMPANY DOES NOT UNDERTAKE ANY OBLIGATION TO REVISE OR UPDATE THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS TO REFLECT EVENTS OR CIRCUMSTANCES AFTER SUCH DATE OR TO REFLECT THE OCCURRENCE OF UNANTICIPATED EVENTS.

Are NFTs Securities? An Op-Ed From StartEngine’s CEO

8 months ago

“On March 11th, Beeple became the third highest paid living artist with a $69M sale of one of his works as an NFT, a non-fungible token on the blockchain. This sale is one of many at the forefront of NFTs, blockchain’s latest hype machine of digital collectibles. Entire marketplaces have emerged to facilitate the sale of NFTs, but what if one of the most popular NFT marketplaces is breaking securities laws?”

In a new Op-Ed on Hacker Noon (which raised $1M+ on StartEngine back in 2019, StartEngine’s Co-Founder & CEO Howard Marks unpacks the concept of NFTs and explores why some NFT marketplaces may be violating securities laws. In fact, the sale of NFTs may be a better fit for Regulation A+ and Regulation Crowdfunding and platforms like StartEngine...

 Read more here.

Helping Female Founders Raise Capital

9 months ago

Venture capital has a reputation as a boys' club, and the truth of that is in the data. It’s hard for female entrepreneurs to raise funding. In 2020, only 2.3% of VC dollars went to female founders (down from 2.8% in 2019).

Women make up 51% of the US population, yet female founders are underrepresented in VC deals. We want to change that.

Platforms like StartEngine were formed to make startup investing accessible to everyone. We let founders from all over the country, regardless of their background or their connections, pitch their ideas and raise capital directly from the crowd.

As we democratize access to capital, we also want to leave behind biases that are present in the world of venture capital today. We want 51% of offerings on StartEngine to have female founders, and to get there, we could use your help. We want to meet more female founders.

Do you know a female founder who is looking for funding? Refer them to StartEngine and earn $5,000 in cash if they work with us. Become a StartEngine Scout and introduce us to female founders as we celebrate the final days of Women’s History Month. Get started here.

Reserve Shares in StartEngine’s Next Offering: Limited Time to Get 10% Bonus Shares

9 months ago

We’re coming back with a new round of funding! You can now reserve shares in StartEngine’s planned $55M raise and receive 10% bonus shares through your reservation if and when our offering goes live. As you can see on our campaign page above, in the past year we’ve seen significant growth in several key metrics:

  • We increased the amount raised on StartEngine by 236% YoY

  • We increased the number of new investors by 256% YoY

  • We increased the size of the StartEngine team by 154% YoY

In the past week alone, we’ve also reached three important milestones for the company:

  • $300M+ raised on StartEngine

  • 500+ funded offerings

  • 400,000+ members of the StartEngine community

To cap off this growth, this week marks the SEC’s regulatory changes to equity crowdfunding. The maximum amount companies can raise in a calendar year has been increased from $1.07M to $5M (Reg CF) and from $50M to $75M (Reg A+). In the words of our Strategic Advisor Kevin O’Leary,

“With these changes, equity crowdfunding is going to get bigger and bigger. For all of the companies I work with, I tell them look, [equity crowdfunding] has to be considered on the same footing as every form of financing….these new maximums put [equity crowdfunding] into direct competition with the classic venture capital model.”

We believe these regulatory changes will accelerate our growth further, and we are excited for you to join us on StartEngine’s journey.


"RESERVING" SHARES IS SIMPLY AN INDICATION OF INTEREST. AN INDICATION OF INTEREST INVOLVES NO OBLIGATION OR COMMITMENT OF ANY KIND.  

Please note that even if you do not make a reservation, you can still be eligible to receive Bonus Shares by becoming a member of the StartEngine Owner’s Bonus program on StartEngine's website for $275 per year.

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