Equity crowdfunding is a form of investment in which you buy shares in a company that is not listed yet, in the hope that you will profit when the company does well. Commonly with crowdfunding someone will have a start up company idea (it doesn't have to be a start up though), they will present this idea to a given crowd of investors who will then raise funds for it in return for shares in the company. When the company begins to profit, you can begin to recieve returns on your investment. The risk in this is in the company not bringing the anticipated returns, but such is the risk with all other forms of investments.
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Often a good investment opportunity comes your way. The issue though is it will possibly cost more than what you can afford, yet you really want to do invest. This can apply to either an investor looking to profit, or an investor looking to start a company. In many cases what most will do, is pool resources together, and corporately invest into the opportunity. This is a good way to handle a large investment. It's a little like ants, one ant may not be able to carry a large insect on its own, but together in large numbers, they will move that insect a great distance. In the same way what one investor cannot afford alone, he can afford if the resources are pooled together. That is what equity crowdfunding is all about.
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