In late 2020, the SEC announced that the maximum raise limit for Regulation Crowdfunding raises would increase from $1.07 million to $5 million. This update represented a massive shift forward in the online private markets and allowed for companies to raise even more from everyday investors. It went into effect on March 15, 2021. But just how popular has this increased raise limit been?
This week we broke down the percentage of companies that took advantage of this increased limit month by month. The data is representative of all Regulation Crowdfunding equity deals covered by KingsCrowd. Of note, the data for March begins halfway through the month, on the 15th when the regulation shift went live. Additionally, active raises that opened prior to March 15th were able to amend their raise maximums.
The data shows that the increased limit did indeed have an impact on the online private equity market. There has been a steady increase since March of companies pursuing more than $1.07 million in their Regulation Crowdfunding raises. For the last two weeks of March, just over 5% of companies were raising with a maximum goal above $1.07 million. This went up to 9%, 10%, and 14% for April, May, and June, respectively. From March to June, we saw an overall 147% increase in the percentage of companies raising under the new maximum.
We expect this steady increase to continue throughout the rest of 2021 and beyond as more companies turn to Regulation Crowdfunding to raise early capital. The online private equity market is still expanding. Nearly $280 million has already been invested in startups online this year — easily surpassing last year’s total of $214 million! The increased limit on Regulation Crowdfunding raises is certainly part of that growth. KingsCrowd will continue to closely track these raises and re-examine these exciting statistics as the year goes on.
Note: all data used for the Chart of the Week comes from the KingsCrowd database and represents a snapshot of the crowdfunding market.
Wall Street has Morningstar, S&P, and Bloomberg
The equity crowdfunding market has KingsCrowd.
About: Olivia Strobl
Olivia comes to KingsCrowd with a background in venture capital and technology. She spent time at Glasswing Ventures, an AI-focused venture fund in Boston, before joining the KingsCrowd team. There she helped develop machine learning algorithms for the opportunity qualification of preseed and seed-stage startup companies. Prior to her time at Glasswing, Olivia worked in a lab studying the neural correlates of attention. She holds a degree in Neuroscience from Wellesley College.