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Accredited

JOBS Act

Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, passed in April 2012. Includes several provisions related to early stage companies, including new regulation regarding the maximum number of shareholders private companies are allowed and changes to the method in which companies can solicit private investors.

Accredited Investor

An individual or institution that meets certain wealth criteria (as defined regulators), and is therefore deemed to be sophisticated enough to participate in private, non-public investments. There are many ways to qualify, including if you are:- An individual that has had income in excess of $200,000 per year in each of the prior two years, and reasonably expects the same for the current year- A spousal couple that has had income in excess of $300,000 per year in each of the prior two years, and reasonably expects the same for the current year- An individual or spousal couple with over $1,000,000 in net worth (excluding the value of their primary residence)- A charitable organization, corporation, partnership or trust with assets in excess of $5,000,000.