High Risk Investments

Financial assets characterized by their high potential for reward and elevated risk, targeting investors seeking aggressive growth despite the increased chance of loss

Invest in startups

Investments
$50

The minimum investment on Republic starts at $50, varying by deal.

High Risk
4/5

Investing on Republic involves significant risks such as the potential total loss of investment, illiquidity, long-term commitment without guaranteed returns, risk of dilution, limited information on investments, and possible impacts from regulatory changes.

Minimum Liquidity
1/5

Investments on Republic are generally illiquid, meaning it may be difficult to sell or convert them into cash quickly.

Not Predictable Return
N/P

Returns on Republic depend on the success of invested projects, companies, or funds, with potential payouts varying by investment terms.

Long-term Investment
3-10 years

Investments on Republic typically have a long-term horizon, often requiring several years to over a decade before potential returns are realized.

Who can invest
International

Anyone 18 or older can invest on Republic, with specific eligibility and investment limits varying by campaign. International investors can participate in many offerings, subject to local laws and specific campaign terms.

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Invest in startups in exchange for equity or debt

Investments
$250

The minimum investment on StartEngine typically starts from $250, with the average being around $500.

High Risk
4/5

Investing on StartEngine carries risks including market volatility, liquidity challenges, regulatory changes, the high likelihood of company failure, dilution of shares, limited company information, and the absence of guaranteed returns.

Minimum Liquidity
1/5

Liquidity on StartEngine Secondary varies due to its nature as a peer-to-peer trading platform with specific eligibility criteria and trading hours. Initially limited to companies that have raised on StartEngine, the platform's liquidity is influenced by the availability of securities and the matching of buy and sell orders within designated market hours.

Not Predictable Return
N/P

Potential returns on investments are uncertain and vary. StartEngine's role ends after a company's capital raising concludes, leaving it without control or insight into post-offering investment activities.

Long-term Investment
5+ years

Investments through StartEngine typically have a long-term horizon, often requiring several years to potentially yield returns due to the early-stage nature of the companies.

Who can invest
International

StartEngine allows anyone over 18 to invest. However, due to regulatory concerns, StartEngine does not currently accept investments from residents of the UK or Canada.

Invest in startups in exchange for equity

Investments
$100

The standard minimum investment on Wefunder for most Community Rounds is $100. However, the exact minimum can vary based on the specific offering and the investor's status as an accredited investor.

High Risk
4/5

Investing in startups on Wefunder is highly risky, and there's a real possibility of losing your entire investment.

Minimum Liquidity
1/5

Wefunder's investments are not highly liquid, as there is no public market for selling your stake. After one year, you can sell to any interested buyer.

Not Predictable Return
N/P

On Wefunder, investors can earn returns through different investment mechanisms: Debt, Convertibles Stock (No Dividends), Stock, Dividends. Investment returns on Wefunder vary by investment type, with dividends more typical in later-stage, non-tech businesses.

Long-term Investment
7 years

Investments on Wefunder are long-term, with an average return period of around seven years, particularly for convertible notes or SAFEs.

Who can invest
International

Individuals 18 and older can invest on Wefunder, regardless of whether they are accredited or non-accredited investors. Additionally, Wefunder allows investments through entities.

Buy pre-IPO stock in private companies

Investments
$10,000

The minimum investment on EquityZen is $10,000, though this may vary by offering.

High Risk
4/5

Investing in private companies via EquityZen involves risks such as limited liquidity, market volatility, company performance uncertainties, regulatory changes, less available information, and potential lack of diversification, which could impact investment returns.

Minimum Liquidity
1/5

EquityZen offers liquidity for vested shares only. It does not provide liquidity for unvested shares, unvested RSUs, or options directly.

Not Predictable Return
N/P

Unlike public market investments, private investments carry higher risks and unpredictability. Consequently, it's challenging to define a standard return rate for EquityZen investments.

Long-term Investment
2-5 years

Typically, companies on EquityZen have received late-stage funding, suggesting an expected investment horizon of 2-5 years, but outcomes can vary widely.

Who can invest
United States

Only accredited investors can invest in EquityZen's offerings.

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Invest in venture-backed companies through a managed fund

Investments
$5,000

The minimum investment for Sweater's Cashmere Fund is $500.

High Risk
4/5

Investing in Sweater's Cashmere Fund, like any venture capital investment, carries inherent risks. These risks include market volatility, economic conditions, and challenges specific to the companies in which the fund invests.

Minimum Liquidity
1/5

Sweater provides biannual redemption windows for investors to access their investment before the end of the investment term. However, there may be restrictions and limitations on the redemption process.

Low Return
4.08 %

The fund has achieved an annualized return of 4.08% since its inception.

Long-term Investment
1-5 years

Sweater's Cashmere Fund is designed for long-term investments, but they provide biannual redemption windows for investors to redeem a portion or all of their investment.

Who can invest
United States

Any U.S. resident over the age of 18 with a Social Security Number (SSN) is eligible to invest in Sweater's Cashmere Fund.

Invest in franchises

Investments
$500

The minimum investment in FranShares is $500, funded through ACH or wire transfer.

High Risk
4/5

Investing in FranShares involves risks such as market volatility, economic changes, and franchise-specific challenges. Despite efforts to mitigate risks, there's no guarantee of returns, and FranShares' financial health could impact investments.

Minimum Liquidity
1/5

While liquidity isn't guaranteed, the platform is developing a secondary market for potential future liquidity opportunities.

Moderate Return
20 %

FranShares' TNT Franchise Fund Inc., with 55 locations across major U.S. metros, historically generates returns of 20 to 28% EBITDA per location after 16-18 months.

Long-term Investment
5-15 years

Income portfolios target a 10-15 year hold; growth funds aim for a 5-7 year period before selling.

Who can invest
International

FranShares welcomes both accredited and non-accredited investors, focusing mainly on opportunities for non-accredited individuals. The platform also accepts international investors from many countries, depending on the specifics of each offering.