Sell your pre-IPO shares and diversify your holdings

EquityZen helps shareholders in proven, private tech companies get liquidity for their illiquid company stock

290,000+ Shareholders and Investors Around the World Use EquityZen


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Your net worth shouldn’t just be on paper

Get liquid and unlock your net worth.

Selling your equity used to be tough, but with EquityZen, getting cash for your private shares is simple — no mountains of paperwork.

Whether you’re an employee of a startup looking to diversify your portfolio or an angel investor seeking liquidity from an early investment, EquityZen can help you get the liquidity you deserve.

EquityZen helps you sell your shares to fund life’s biggest expenses: a new home, student loans, an engagement ring or even your dream car. List your shares and discover your true net worth today.

Why EquityZen?

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Unlock the Value of your Equity and Diversify your Portfolio

If your net worth is tied up in employee equity, then join more than 290,000 global shareholders and investors who have accessed liquidity via our marketplace and diversify your net worth.


Hit Life’s Milestones on your own Timeline

Buy a home, start a family or pay for your child’s tuition. You shouldn’t have to put your life on hold. Companies operate on a different timeline and are taking longer to go public.


Company-Friendly Transactions

Information provided is held in confidence until the determination of sufficient demand in the marketplace. We then work with the issuer to help transactions close.


Guided Transactions

Our platform guides you through the complex process of transferring equity ownership and keeps you updated on the progress of your sale. Execute and manage all your transfer documents easily on EquityZen.

EquityZen makes it easy to sell pre-IPO stock

Sign up and provide equity details

EquityZen works with both U.S. and international shareholders. Create an account and sign a mutual NDA for assurance that information you provide will be confidential. Then, take a quick survey about your equity holdings and liquidity goals.

We will reach out if your equity is suitable for the marketplace. If so, we request for your shareholder documents to complete standard due diligence. You may upload the documents in advance to expedite this process.

Sign up and provide equity details

EquityZen confirms demand

We list your equity on the marketplace as an investment offering to gauge investor interest. Generally, the offering will be featured on our website and in weekly investor newsletters, typically for two weeks.

If there is matching investor demand, we enter into a Placement Agreement with you. This is an agreement between you and EquityZen that finalizes sale details (price per share, number of shares, etc.) and formalizes our intent to complete the transaction.

Once the Placement Agreement is signed, we work with investors to finalize their investments, execute documents and collect funds.

EquityZen confirms demand

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EquityZen conducts due diligence and research

Your shareholder documents are reviewed to verify your ownership and ensure that your participation on our platform does not run afoul of agreements you have in place with the company. We will not ask you for sensitive, non-public company information.

As part of due diligence, EquityZen performs a valuation analysis on the company. We use this analysis together with publicly available information, comparables, and other market data to initiate pricing and prepare to list your equity on our marketplace.

EquityZen conducts due diligence and research

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Complete transaction

Once investment commitments are secured, we provide the language and documents necessary to notify the company of your intent to sell your shares. We work with the company directly to complete your sale.

Our deals usually close 2-3 weeks after receiving company approval or the company’s Right of First Refusal decision.

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Receive sale proceeds

Once the company has approved the sale, we request that you sign a Share Transfer Agreement to transfer the shares to an EquityZen fund.

Finally, we send the proceeds of the transaction from the escrow account to your bank account. EquityZen typically charges sellers a 5% fee when the transaction closes. Fees may be reduced for larger sales.

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