How do I invest on StartEngine?

How To Invest

To invest you will first need to login to your StartEngine account or create one.

Please, go to to login. Complete all fields (email and password) and then click “Sign In.”

If you do not have an account you can create one here: After creating an account you will be logged in. You will know you are signed in if you see your name appear in the upper right-hand corner of the webpage.

Once you are logged in, you may click on the company’s campaign you are interested in and then click on the green “Invest Now” button located on the right-hand side, below the reservation statistics. You will then be asked to sign and complete our single-page investment form. Upon completion and transfer of the appropriate funds, your investment will be processed. Please let us know if you need any further assistance at this time.

What do I get for being an investor? 

As an investor through StartEngine, you will receive shares and be a partial owner in the company you invest in. Please note however that a company will not necessarily be publicly traded on an exchange. Further, a Small OPO has restrictions on transferring its shares for the first year after the offering closes.

For questions about a specific company making an offering on StartEngine, you can contact the company in question by leaving a message in the comments section of their campaign page.

What will be/are the returns for my investment?

We are not permitted to provide financial advice. You may want to contact a financial professional to discuss possible investment outcomes before and after investing. 


Can I Invest as a Trust, Company or IRA?

You may use your Company, IRA or Trust to invest.  Just specify that you are investing as a Company, IRA or Trust instead of as an individual during the investment process by checking the box labeled "I want to invest as a non-person legal entity such as a company, trust, or self-directed IRA" towards the bottom of the investment form.  

When will I get my Subscription Agreement?

Once the live offering closes, you will receive a confirmation email from the company with details of your investment. Your shares are owned as "book-entry." This is how most stocks are issued today and it means that you don’t get a physical stock certificate; instead, shares are held via electronic record by the issuing company’s transfer agent. The benefits of electronic book-entry is to minimize the costs and problems of lost or missing certificates, which can be overwhelming for companies to manage.

How do I transfer my shares to a family member?

You may be interested to know that while there are restrictions on transferring shares in a small OPO, there is an exception for transferring shares to family members. So, once the offering is closed, you would be able to transfer shares to your family member. 

Future Plans 

For questions regarding a companies future plans, perks or product, please contact the company directly. 


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