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Investor Connect Podcast

Investor Connect is for investors interested in learning more about investing in startup and growth stage companies. Experienced investors share their experiences and advice with those who are considering an investment into startups and growth companies. It includes a podcast series of interviews with investors to inform others about the process of funding startups as well as a resource list and a discussion board.  

Topics include sourcing, analyzing, and researching companies. Other topics include valuations, terms Sheets, board of directors, board of advisors, due diligence, syndicates, venture capital, angels, angel networks, family offices, crowdfunding, exits, and more.

Investor Connect is a community program. We welcome your suggestions for speakers and topics which you can send to us through the Contact page. No registration is required to use the resources.  Discussion boards are available to post and answer questions about startups and growth company investing through which registration is required.

Investor Connect is a program under the Texas Open Angel Network which is a 501(c3) non-profit dedicated to the education around startup funding.

Disclaimer: Hall T. Martin is the Director of Investor Connect which is dedicated to the education of investors for early stage funding. All opinions expressed by Hall and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of Investor Connect. This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions.

Jul 29, 2020

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

In raising equity funding, you can only raise from investors who are accredited. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) establishes the criteria for those who are accredited.

You can see the specific requirements on the SEC website. Just search online for ‘sec accredited investor’ and it will come up.

The rules were set in 1968 and have changed only once since then.

In short, it’s anyone who has a net worth of $1M dollars, not counting the house they live in.

There’s also an exemption that allows up to 35 non-accredited investors to invest in your startup. This allows for family and friends funding. 

There’s no formal process for achieving accreditation, as most angel groups and startups raising funding require you to ‘self-declare’ accreditation.

There are two ways non-accredited investors can invest in startups: Title III crowdfunding platforms and Reg A+ offerings.

These require specific requirements such as licensing for the crowdfunding platform, and registration for Reg A+ fundraise.

They provide compliance work to allow for anyone to invest in a startup.

Thank you for joining us for the Startup Funding Espresso where we help startups and investors connect for funding.

Let’s go startup something today.
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