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Startup Investing for Angel Investors

The MicroVentures platform offers investors a gateway to investment opportunities in pre-vetted early stage startups and also private secondary market equities. Traditionally these investments have required a larger capital commitment. Not anymore. Now you can access private investment opportunities, sometimes for as little as $100.

Before you can invest with MicroVentures, you are required to sign up as an investor. Upon completion, we will contact you by phone to confirm and verify your status. Once processed, your account will be activated and you can begin evaluating our exclusive offerings for potential investment. Sign up is free and there is no obligation to invest in startups.

Overview of Investment Process

Review Offerings and Documents

Once your account has been activated you will have access to our offerings and their funding documents. Both are reviewable online from your account at any time.

Pinpoint Investment Opportunity and Act

When you find an investment you like, you can invest online immediately. Or, if you have any questions, you have direct access to our team of Investor Relations Associates who can walk you through the investment process.

Opportunity Closes and Gets Funded

Once the investment opportunity closes and is funded, you will be able to access the offering documents on your portfolio page.

How We Add Value & Attempt to Reduce Risk


Equity crowdfunding is a continually evolving space. We started raising capital for startups in 2011. Since then we have made over 160 investments and raised over $100M. We have led investment rounds and have had successful exits in both early and late stage investment opportunities.


MicroVenture Marketplace is a FINRA registered broker-dealer specializing in Regulation 506. Its Investors Relations works with accredited investors and can discuss equity crowdfunding, investing in startups, and online investment opportunities.

Funding Portal

First Democracy VC is a FINRA registered funding portal specializing in Regulation CF. By fusing customer service and technology, it is able to provide a high touch investment experience for practically any investor.

Due Diligence

Everyone knows that startup investing is risky. Most equity crowdfunding platforms simply don't do any research or due diligence into the companies they offer. Every investment opportunity we feature has an online summary to help investors understand the investment opportunity and the potential risks associated with it.

Customer Service

Even with all of our due diligence, startup investing is very risky. We want to help in any way we can to educate you on startup investing. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works – call it and one of our Investor Relations Associates will pick up and talk to you about anything you want.


The MicroVentures platform provides a unique investment experience. Offering both Regulation D 506 and Regulation Crowdfunding investment opportunities, which in the past have ranged from seed stage to later stage companies.

Investor FAQ

What is the difference between a sophisticated and an accredited investor?

The SEC defines a "sophisticated investor" as an individual whose net worth does not exceed $1 million, who has investing experience, and who can make financial decisions without others' input. An "accredited investor" is defined by the SEC as:

  • a natural person who has individual net worth, or joint net worth with the person's spouse, that exceeds $1 million at the time of the purchase, excluding the value of the primary residence of such person;
  • a natural person with income exceeding $200,000 in each of the two most recent years or joint income with a spouse exceeding $300,000 for those years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year; or
  • a trust with assets in excess of $5 million, not formed to acquire the securities offered, whose purchases a sophisticated person makes.
Will there be any personal guarantees made by the business owner?
It's important to note there are no guarantees by the business owner to the investor. When you opt to invest in a company, you do so at your own risk.
How long will I be required to hold my shares?
The requirement is one year based on SEC regulations. If funding is not completed, we will return your funds. The private market is very illiquid so you should be prepared to hold your investment for a longer period of time. The average exit for a startup is 7 years from inception.
When the minimum time requirement has passed, how do I sell my shares?
There is currently no market for selling your shares on the secondary market. You should plan on holding your investment until the company has an exit. If there is an emergency and you need to sell your shares please notify us and we will do everything we can to see if there is another buyer available.
How often will I get updates on the companies in which I invest?
Each quarter, we ask the companies that we have made primary investments in to provide us updates. If/when the company provides us with an update, we pass those along to our investors. For Secondary investment opportunities, we do not have information rights and do not get quarterly updates. In an effort to keep investment up to date on current public events surrounding the company we provide a quarterly news synopsis.
If I want to invest "more than the maximum" in a particular business, may I?
If you want to invest a greater amount than the maximum allowance listed on the MicroVentures platform, send your request via email to: help@microventures.com. We will make every effort to assist you.