Is there any cost to investing?
No, there are absolutely no up-front costs to the investor. An investor may create an account and reserve shares without paying anything.
StartEngine makes it money by charging fees to issuers, the company selling shares. Issuers can opt to offset the costs by having investors pay a percentage in the form of a processing fee. This fee will be charged to investors on top of the price of shares. Your total amount charged and shares will be stated clearly on the investment form.
Not all issuers on StartEngines will have these processing fees and investors of these offerings can invest without paying anything beyond the actual investment amount.
In addition, if an investor has deposited money into escrow to purchase offered securities and the offering is cancelled, the money in the escrow account will be returned in whole to the investor. (Note: No securities will be exchanged in the event of a canceled offering.)