Shares, registers, and agreements: The legal requirements of equity crowdfunding
For three years now, proprietary companies in Australia have been able to raise capital through crowd-sourced funding (CSF) in return for equity in the company, commonly referred to as equity crowdfunding. This process has enabled budding entrepreneurs across a vast range of industries, including music, fashion, financial services, fintech, property development, health and, of course, craft breweries, to get their businesses up and running.
While there is clearly no shortage of interest in equity crowdfunding, the process is not without its challenges. There are several boxes that need to be ticked and obligations that must be met by businesses embarking on equity crowdfunding, so it is essential to know what you are getting into.
Who can use equity crowdfunding?
To be eligible, proprietary companies must: