Benefit Corporations Raising Capital

The investor community has led the charge by supporting the 7,000+ benefit corporation entrepreneurs. More and more, we’re seeing entrepreneurs chose to become benefit corporations and proceeding to do large-scale successful capital raises from traditional investors. To see a case study put together by data.world about their experience raising venture funds click here. To see a database of benefit corps that have raised capital, how much they have raised and their investors click here.

Benefit Corps with Private Equity Investors: Alter Eco, AltSchool, APDS, Cotopaxi, Ello, Ethical Electric, Farmigo, Kickstarter, Laureate Education Inc., Schoolzilla, data.world, Ripple Foods, Lemonade, and yerdle.

Private Equity Investors with Benefit Corporations in their Portfolios: Abundance Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Baseline Ventures, Benchmark, Betaworks, Brand Foundry, Bullet Time Ventures, Capital, Freshtracks Capital, Claremont Creek Ventures, Collaborative Fund, CommonAngels Ventures, DBL Investors, Emerson Collective, First Round Capital, Forerunner Ventures, Formation|8, Founders Fund, Foundry Group, Generation Equity Investors, Good Capital, Greycroft Partners, Hallett Capital, Harrison Metal, Impact America Fund, Kapor Capital, KKR, Kortschak Investments, Learn Capital,Lighter Capital, Matrix Partners, New Enterprise Associates, New School Ventures, Omidyar Network, Pacific Community Ventures, Peterson Ventures, Prelude Ventures, Reach: New Schools Capital,Red Swan Ventures, Renewal Funds, Serious Change, Sequoia Ventures, SherpaVentures, Tekton Ventures,The Westly Group, Thrive Capital and Union Square Ventures.

Crowdfunding: Benefit corporations have also successfully used Regulation Crowdfunding to raise capital from their friends, families, and supporters. There are multiple crowdfunding platforms available to entrepreneurs interested in taking this step and some are more specifically tailored to support benefit corporations. Crowdfunding platforms that support benefit corporations are listed below:

  • Wefunder helps startups raise up to $1 million per year from their friends, neighbors, and local communities, who can invest as little as $100 each. With a mission to increase economic growth and lower wealth disparity by sharing the rewards of capitalism more broadly, Wefunder works to democratize access to capital and to investing.

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