Companies are staying private longer, but you may need cash now. We can help.
EquityZen is a marketplace for private company investments. Our mission is to help shareholders in proven, private tech companies get liquidity for their illiquid company stock while giving investors access to this new asset class.
You are compensated in options and stock that can be quite valuable. Yet, as the company grows in size and success, your net worth is increasingly concentrated in illiquid, hard to value equity. From a risk and money management perspective, this is not prudent.
Additionally, over time real life gets in the way. You may need liquidity in order to address ordinary course life events, such as purchasing a home, preparing for the birth of a child, or paying down educational debt. We’re here to help.
We understand that you may need or desire liquidity before your portfolio company exits. If you hit your target IRR in 3-4 years time, you should not have to stay aboard for the 10-12 year ride to exit.
In fact, it’s not only better for you but for the economy. Everyone is better served if you take your returns and re-deploy those proceeds into new investments. Our platform provides you a way to do just this.
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Reduce your student debt, buy a home, or finance an engagement ring.
Our solution honors all transfer restrictions, and has no Cap Table impact.
It doesn't make sense for your net worth to be concentrated in one private company's stock.
Discretion and confidentiality are paramount. Your personal information will stay private.
The first step towards turning your private shares into cash is easy: create an account, take a quick survey about your holdings and liquidity goals, and sign our mutual NDA, which assures that information you provide to us will be held in confidence.
EquityZen will perform initial due diligence on the company in which you are seeking liquidity. If the company is an appropriate fit for our investor base, we will ask you to provide a list of documents we need to review to complete our standard diligence. You can upload the documents anytime here for us to get started. We will not ask you for sensitive, non-public company information. Your equity documents will be reviewed to:
As the diligence process moves forward, EquityZen will perform a valuation analysis on the company. We use this along with publicly available information, comparables, and other market data to initiate pricing.
We will list the offering to gauge interest from our investor base and report back to you. This process typically takes two weeks, and the listing will be featured on our website and in our weekly investor newsletter during such time.
If there is enough buyer demand and if we are in agreement on the core terms (size and price), we’ll enter into a placement agreement with you, formalizing our mutual intent to complete the transaction.
With the deal terms in-hand (price, number of shares, and deal size), we will provide you with the language and documentation necessary to notify the company of your intent to sell your shares through a share transfer. We will then work with the company through its internal processes to complete the transaction.
You will generally be asked to sign a Share Transfer Agreement to consummate the transaction [more information on that here - FAQ].
You will also be asked to sign a placement agreement and submit a one-time placement fee to EquityZen Securities LLC ("EquityZen Securities"), our SEC-registered broker-dealer.
We usually close (i.e., money hits your account) in 2-3 weeks from receiving company approval on the transaction.
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If you are an Option Holder, you will be required to exercise your options before we can move forward. We do not provide a loan nor do we provide funding to cover the cost of exercise. Instead, we will enter into a Bona Fide offer with you, formalizing our commitment to a transaction, so that you may exercise with confidence that a transaction will follow.
Depending on the Company you hold shares in, you may be required to submit a one-time transfer fee and legal opinion to the company in order to transact. This is required by the Company, not EquityZen, in order to meet their transfer requirements.
Submit your one-time placement fee to EquityZen Securities. We will send individual instructions.
To learn more about whether you're eligible, typical investment size, company valuation, and share price, request access here.