What is a Benefit Corporation?

Benefit corporations are a new legal tool to create a solid foundation for long term mission alignment and value creation. It protects mission through capital raises and leadership changes, creates more flexibility when evaluating potential sale and liquidity options, and prepares businesses to lead a mission-driven life post-IPO.

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Why Do Investors Like Benefit Corporations?

Mainstream investors like Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark, First Round Capital, and Founders Fund are all choosing to invest in benefit corps because it makes sense for their portfolio companies. At the same time, institutional invesotrs are increasinly interested in companies that do more than just make a profit. 

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Shareholder Duties and Protections

What additional considerations come with investing in a benefit corporation or sitting on its board? Learn more about the duties, liabilities, and protections about investing in benefit corporations.

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Benefit Corporations Raising Capital

The investor community has led the charge by supporting 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.

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Common Misconceptions

Misconception: Benefit corporations are only small companies or start ups
Misconception: Benefit corporations have trouble raising money
Misconception: Benefit corporations have trouble going public
Misconception: Being a benefit corporation removes or limits shareholder rights

Testimonials

"There are those who say that Benefit Corporations and venture capital are not compatible. We don’t agree and we think companies that align their values with their customers and communities will benefit over the long term, not suffer. And that alignment can produce value for shareholders sustainably and profitably. "

Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures

"AltSchool’s benefit corporation legal status allows the team to think beyond short-term profits and focus on fundamentally improving the education system for many decades to come "

Brian Singerman, Founders Fund

"Westly Group's investment in yerdle was not hampered by their benefit corporation status and did not greatly change our due diligence process. Instead, we viewed their status as part of the founding team's vision and as a valuable tool that created alignment between their core business model and the company's mission. "

Mike Jackson, Westly Group