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You can now invest alongside professionals and venture capital firms in agriculture and energy.
Start building your investment portfolio on AgCrowd and own a share in businesses you believe in.
These investment opportunities have been traditionally limited to established affluent investors and venture capitalists. Thanks to AgCrowd and a change in the Australian Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act 2017, you can now invest in growth companies and alternative assets regardless of your background.
The law requires that you understand all risks and rules before investing.
When you invest on AgCrowd you receive a financial stake in the company in the form of shares. Startup investing can be fulfilling beyond the potential monetary return. You’re joining the founders on their exciting journey and can share in the company’s success should they perform well.
All companies on AgCrowd’s platform are making an impact on the world’s agricultural and energy sectors: your food, water, clothes and electricity. By supporting these companies, you are having an impact.
Investors in start-ups and growth companies aim to make a return from their investment when they sell part or all of their shareholding during a liquidity event, such as an acquisition or IPO.
If the company has another financing round, it may offer to buy existing shareholders out, but that is at the start-up’s discretion.
You may be entitled to dividends, but this depends on the company’s performance and terms.
Startup investing is risky and there is no guarantee of a return. As shares in privately held companies are typically highly illiquid, it may take years before an opportunity to sell your shares transpires. This is because funding is typically used to support a company’s growth with the objective of increasing the company valuation during this period.
A retail investor is defined as anyone over the age of 18 in Australia. The Crowd-sourced Funding act imposes a maximum investment limit for retail investors of AU$10,000 per company.
A sophisticated investor has a gross income of AU$250,000 or more per annum in each of the previous two years or net assets of at least AU$2.5 million, as prescribed by the Corporations Regulations 2001 (reg 6D.2.03 and reg 7.1.28). A s708 certificate from a qualified accountant is required to verify your sophisticated investor status with us.
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Crowd-sourced funding is risky. Issuers using this facility include new or rapidly growing ventures. Investment in these types of ventures is speculative and carries high risks. You may lose your entire investment, and you should be in a position to bear this risk without undue hardship. Even if the company is successful, the value of your investment and any return on the investment could be reduced if the company issues more shares. Your investment is unlikely to be liquid. This means you are unlikely to be able to sell your shares quickly or at all if you need the money or decide that this investment is not right for you. Even though you have remedies for misleading statements in the offer document or misconduct by the company, you may have difficulty recovering your money. There are rules for handling your money. However, if your money is handled inappropriately or the person operating this platform becomes insolvent, you may have difficulty recovering your money. Ask questions, read all information given carefully, and seek independent financial advice before committing yourself to any investment.