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MicroVentures, One of the First Venture Capital Investment Banks
We do what venture capital firms do and more. We find startups that may have incredible potential, perform complete due diligence, and enable our investors to purchase an equity stake in these companies with online investments. But that is where the similarities end.
What makes MicroVentures different is that we are a full service online platform for venture capital investments that is open to the public. We take the best parts of Venture Capital (connections, research, deal flow, mentoring, money management) and combine it with the best aspects of Equity Crowdfunding (open access, ease of use, diversification) to give investors the best of both worlds.
Gone are the days when you needed a personal invitation from a friend just for the chance to risk $100,000, at a minimum, on a single deal. MicroVentures has turned that model on its head. We match startups seeking capital with angel investors looking to invest as little as $3,000. And as a FINRA-registered broker-dealer, we are there to assist you every step of the way through the startup investing process.
Past Offerings from MicroVentures' Portfolio
500 StartupsSeptember 2013
Why Use MicroVentures?
We have been a Venture Capital Investment Bank for 3 years, and in that time have completed over 75 raises, helped companies raise over $50M, and already have had successful exits, led rounds, and taken board seats. Our veteran team is experienced and well respected in venture capital circles; we have successful startup investing experience and several large exits. MicroVentures has already been accepting non-accredited investors under existing SEC laws. Many other “equity crowdfunding” platforms will begin to accept non-accredited investors when the JOBS Act Title III laws are enacted, however MicroVentures has experience educating startups and these kinds of investors since 2011. One of our portfolio companies received investments from both non-accredited investors and top VCs and was successfully acquired.Sign Up
We are one of the only online Venture Capital Investment Banks that is a FINRA registered broker dealer. In fact, all our employees who deal with customer investing — from the CEO to our customer service reps — all are Series 7 approved registered representatives.Sign Up
At MicroVentures, you will receive the opportunity to invest in high demand startups alongside some of the most well regarded Venture Capital firms and angel investors — and at the same terms. Most of the companies we list have graduated from an accelerator like Y Combinator or 500 Startups, have proven founders, and experienced angels who have already invested. In under 4 years, we have presented our investors with some of the best opportunities in venture capital.Sign Up
Investing in startups is risky, but it's currently much riskier than it needs to be because many of the "equity crowdfunding" platforms simply don't do any due diligence on the companies they list. MicroVentures completely rejects that idea. We believe in screening startups with multiple rounds of due diligence and professional analysis. Further, we put all our findings online, exclusively for our investors. Our rigorous screening process causes us to reject far more startups than other "equity crowdfunding" platforms accept. In fact, it's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures. Approximately 0.5% of companies that come to MicroVentures make it to an active capital raise.Sign Up
Even with all of our protections, investing in startups is still very risky. We want to help you understand if an investment is suitable for you. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works — call it, and our Series 7 licensed Representatives will pick up and directly speak with you. MicroVentures’ professionals take the time to listen and understand our clients’ unique investing requirements. We won’t poke and prod you toward a startup investment opportunity. Our high-touch service has helped clients find an effective balance between service and technology, minimizing investment confusion and frustration throughout the process.Sign Up
MicroVentures does not require the kind of large investments that have traditionally closed off the world of early stage startup investing. Instead, both accredited and non-accredited investors can invest alongside Venture Capitalists, often with as little as $3,000. For investors of all stripes, this type of access to startup investing in high-quality companies is virtually unheard in traditional Venture Capital investing.Sign Up
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We are either the first or among the first to achieve all these industry milestones
- Broker-dealer in the equity crowdfunding space [August 2010]
- Verify investor accreditation [January 2011]
- Venture Capital Investment Bank deal [April 2011]
- Online Venture Capital Investment Bank [March 2011]
- Allow non-accredited investors [December 2011]
- Venture Capital Investment Bank platform to $10m and $20m [December 2012 & July 2013]
- Venture Capital Investment Bank exit [October 2013]
- Lead an investment round (stealth 3D printing company) [December 2013]
- Venture Capital Investment Bank platform to take a board seat for a portfolio company [Structured Polymers, June 2014]