Get funding for your growing business
Invest in great companies in exchange for equity
Our investors are qualified and engaged
Our compliance process ensures your security
SeedUps Canada is a Crowdfund investing platform where ordinary investors can invest in great companies offering investments in the Exempt Market. Our platform attracts a wide range of businesses, from seed and start-up stage to more established growth and expanding companies, seeking access to growth capital and a convenient forum to connect with potential investors and other stakeholders.
Using “intelligent” equity crowdfunding technologies and regulatory compliance functionality, SeedUps Canada presents private placement offerings to investors that have between $1K and $50K they wish to invest in Canadian entrepreneurs with early stage businesses. Our entrepreneurs offer their securities through exemptions made available in National Instrument 45-106, Prospectus and Registration Exemptions and all securities related activity is conducted in compliance with securities regulations.
Entrepreneurs that utilize the SeedUps Canada platform have access to valuable resources to help them deliver on their business plans and be successful. Not all companies that apply will be posted on the site. SeedUps Canada’s advisors and mentors will ensure the company can pass our investment checklist as well as determine whether or not the company is a good fit for the investors on the platform. Background checks will be conducted on the entrepreneurs and other industry specific research will be performed. Ultimately, the Crowd will determine if the company is worthy of investment.
We expect that the typical SeedUps Canada entrepreneur will have already raised smaller amounts of money through friends and family and will be seeking between $250,000 and $2 million in capital through our platform – obviously supported by the business plan and financial forecasts. While some of these companies will not succeed, others will thrive and go on to raise additional funds through venture capital and traditional investment banking firms or be acquired by larger companies.
The SeedUps Canada investor understands the risk of his or her investment in the companies listed on SeedUps, but recognizes that one way to manage that risk is to invest smaller amounts into several companies. By spreading the investments, the chance of a total loss may be reduced. The SeedUps investor likes the transparency provided through the platform and is interested in helping young businesses grow.
Investors are required to self-certify their investor status as an accredited, eligible or ordinary investor and acknowledge the risk of investing in private securities prior to viewing opportunities presented on SeedUps Canada. Prior to making an investment, SeedUps Canada will perform ID validation and verify the investor’s eligibility to invest in the offering in compliance with registrant requirements for Exempt Market Dealers in Canada.
There are no defined rules for Crowdfund Investing (“CFI”) in Canadian securities regulations today; therefore SeedUps Canada will only offer securities under the current exemptions available through National Instrument 45-106. The Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) recently issued a progress report on their review of prospectus exemptions to facilitate capital raising (OSC Progress Report) and we are encouraged that they intend to develop an Offering Memorandum (OM) exemption in line with Alberta's (“ASC”) so we can expand opportunities to non-accredited or retail investors in Ontario. In order to comply with securities requirements inherent in OM offerings, we have partnered with ECN to utilize its compliance functionality to efficiently manage our processes all the while advocating for a review of compliance requirements for small investments.
All securities regulators are reviewing new exemptions to address the needs of businesses raising smaller amounts of capital through equity Crowdfund investing platforms like SeedUps Canada. These regulations are expected to reduce regulatory compliance making it easier for small businesses to raise capital and investors to find early stage investment opportunities. When and if these changes happen, we will consider expanding the platform to support true Crowdfunding exemptions.
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