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Angel Funding Harder to Raise....But Not Really

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Recently, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted into law.

One type of consumer that the Act tries to protect is angel investors. Specifically, the Act modified the qualifications for being an accredited investor.

Previously, an accredited investor was defined as an individual with at least $1 million in assets, $200,000 in personal annual income or $300,000 in joint-spousal annual income. The Act modified the asset calculation to exclude the value of the individual's home. As a result, many angel investors who were previously categorized as accredited are no longer accredited.

However, this is not the end of the world to entrepreneurs seeking angel investments. Regulation D still allows up to 35 non-accredited investors to participate in a private placement. As a result, you can still receive funding from some angel investors who are no longer accredited due to the revisions stipulated in the Dodd-Frank Act.

If you are seeking to raise funding from angel investors and/or through a private placement, read this article which details the Regulation D exemptions you need to be aware of.


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Rajeev says

The problem of using non-accredited investors is that when the entrepreneur is ready for an angel or accredited investor round, in most cases, they will be asked to eliminate the non-accredited investors from the cap-table. It becomes a bug relationship and time consuming issue.
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