Top 17 Equity Crowdfunding Sites

17 Equity Crowdfunding Sites

While equity crowdfunding sites have been around for more than a decade, in the US they have only started to grow significantly since the federal regulations enabling “main street crowdfunding” were approved and put into practice towards the end of 2016.

It’s best to think of equity crowdfunding as yet another financing option for young growing businesses, rather than “the next big thing.” There are many options available, although not all options are available to all businesses.

US Equity Crowdfunding Sites for Young Businesses

The following list is sorted by the rank of web site popularity according to Alexa at the time this post was written. The rankings will be updated annually. We use this in place of a detailed analysis of the number of deals and how much money has been raised (although some of that information is in the table below), but it provides a rough look at how popular these sites are among investors and entrepreneurs.

We also note whether the site targets accredited investors only, and if there is a specialization. As with the rest of our site we are ignoring commercial real estate crowdfunding sites – not because real estate isn’t important, but because it is an entire specialty with its own set of rules, players and terminology.

Site web addresses are linked to the site name.

Equity Crowdfunding SiteAccredited?Alexa RankRaisedComments
AngelistAccredited964$660M total, $200K-$350K averageAlso “find startup jobs” feature
SeedInvestBoth16,882$90M+ total average $660K“Highly vetted” offerings.
Start Engine17,356$35M+ totalMore than 50 diverse offerings live.
Wefunder21,454$50M+Stock, revenue share fundraising options
Indiegogo/

MicroVentures

Both30,798$85M+Rank is for Microventures; Indiegogo is 1,097
FundableAccredited51,285$374M “committed”Associated with Startups.co
Crowdfunder53,685VC Index Fund.
Republic57,439Just starting. Built by Angelist alumni.
FundersClubAccredited66,430$94+ million invested, 260+ companies“Invest alongside top” VCs.
Mr. Crowd102,167Just starting. 1 offering.
EquityNetAccredited109,592Debt and equity. Founded 2005.
CircleUp111,646$390M, 255 companiesConsumer brands focus.
NetCapital Funding256,983Early on but good set of listings.
NextGen Crowdfunding284,711150+ active campaigns.
GrowthFountain Capital464,563Just getting started. 11 active deals.
OneVest/1000 Angels480,133Alexas rank is 1000angels.com; competing w/Angelist
Localstake2,828,150Local businesses, local investors

For more details about equity crowdfunding, check out this long post from Moneycrashers.

While 17 equity crowdfunding sites might seem like a lot, even more have registered with FINRA to provide securities fundraising. We counted another 19 on FINRA’s list that have at least beginning web sites that seem to be focused on businesses and equity, rather than debt, or real estate.

 

Don Gooding

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