CrowdSourceFunded is a Chicago-based Title III Funding Portal registered with the SEC and governed by FINRA.'
Types of investments CrowdSourceFunded offers
CrowdSourceFunded offers investments in startups and growth-stage companies. Earlier-stage startups are generally riskier, though may offer the potential for a greater return in the long run (that is, if they return anything at all).
What do you get when investing with CrowdSourceFunded?
Current offerings include debt and convertible notes. All of the offerings on CrowdSourceFunded are direct investments, rather than through a special-purpose vehicle like an LLC.
How does CrowdSourceFunded make money?
CrowdSourceFunded does not appear to charge a fee to investors, but as with many Title III Funding portals, charges offering companies to list their business.
Potential returns and cashflow
Investments on CrowdSourceFunded are high-risk investments in startups and growth companies. There are no interest or dividend payments, and except under very limited circumstances, the investment must be held for at least 12 months, with minimal expectation of any market after that period. Most startup investments lose some or all of their value.
Breadth of offerings on CrowdSourceFunded
There are only two active investments at the time of this writing, and both display as having zero investors to date.
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Regulatory framework and due diligence expectations
CrowdSourceFunded is an SEC registered Title III Funding Portal, which means they are subject to a range of rules and obligations around investor education and due diligence. All companies offering investments on CrowdSourceFunded will have been a minimum of background checks of key officers and owners. Prospective investors also have access to online forums to talk with other investors, and an online channel for asking questions of the company raising funds (and viewing answers of prior questions from others).