Seedrs, the U.K.-based crowdfunding startup, is launching its services in the US. Seedrs will allow certain US investors to buy equity stakes in selected European companies listed on its website. An official launch is expected in early 2016.
Earlier this year a U.K. regulator said it was reviewing problems with British crowdfunding websites. There was evidence that some sites deleted negative comments that could have otherwise warned investors off a particular company and that many of the people placing funds on the site had no investment experience. Equity crowdfunding differs from sites such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo, which offer backers different forms of rewards. Advertisement In the U.S. new rules would allow anyone to invest as much as $2,000 or 5% of their annual income or net worth into fundraisings. Investors whose income and net worth are both more than $100,000 can invest more.