Startwise Review


Startwise was an SEC-registered Title III Funding Portal offering Reg CF investments, but they have closed down and are no longer accepting investments.

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  • Investment Types: Startups/Business Financing
  • Sectors: Clothing, Consumer Products, Footwear, and Pets
  • Minimum Investment: $100
  • Open to all investors

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Startwise was founded by two former VC staffers who saw an opening to offer non-equity (but cashflow generating) investments in small to mid-size revenue-generating businesses. Despite an initial PR splash at launch, Startwise has shut down and is no longer accepting investments. Their Twitter account was last updated in May of 2018. Co-founder Grace Leung Shin has a personal website referencing Startwise as a learning experience, but ultimately an unsuccessful venture. According to her LinkedIn profile, co-founder Catherine Yushina now works for “bridging financial markets and crypto.”

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