Before the new rules set by Title III of the JOBS Act, which took effect in May of 2016, U.S. law prohibited unaccredited investors - those earning less than $200,000 a year with a net worth below $1 million - from investing in private companies. But now, anyone can invest in the companies they love in return for real equity.

StartEngine is a website that allows companies to raise capital by exchanging capital for securities (equity or debt). Rather than asking friends or family to donate money to help raise funds, StartEngine enables companies to raise capital by offering investment opportunities to the general public.

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