Frequently Asked Questions
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It’s a free-to-join community where Vegans come together to learn from each other about early-stage investing and get notified about opportunities to invest starting at $100 in promising Vegan companies. The goal is to accelerate the Vegan economy and do well by doing good.
It was started by Mark Perlmutter, a Vegan entrepreneur who finished a career in the investment industry and used his experience to start a Vegan company. After consulting former Wall Street colleagues on the best way to fund his startup all the way to IPO, he found no clear path like the one that Silicon Valley technology startups follow. He then made a 5-year plan to scale and go public as an exit strategy. Others recognized his plan could evolve into a model that many Vegan entrepreneurs could follow with their own companies.
With feedback from eight Vegan leaders and influencers a template was created. And poof ….. this Club was born. Since inception on July 15, 2020, it has grown from solving the need of one Vegan entrepreneur, into a site designed to serve hundreds of Vegan entrepreneurs over the coming decades. The goal is bringing together tens of thousands of Vegans to accelerate the Vegan economy by each investing small amounts in promising startups.
Everyone involved shares this mission: “to make the world more Vegan by growing the Vegan economy.” This plan applies best practices from the mainstream investment world in three phases.
Phase 1: Allow a limited number of early-bird members to join before announcing the first company in Phase 2.
Phase 2: Do one or two companies to show all parties are well served.
Phase 3: Once proven, unite 1,000,000 Vegan advocates through the Club to fund 5 to 10 Vegan companies per month, and accelerate the Vegan economy.
A success in one Phase leads to the next.
In Phase 1, members will learn what financial experts look for before investing in early-stage startups. And they will understand why diversification is so compelling.
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Join for free during the early-bird period. Learn on moderated Facebook discussions how to align your savings with your values and begin expanding the Vegan economy. Hear experiences from other members who have already invested in Vegan Crowdfunded companies. As an early-bird member, you’ll receive alerts of Vegan startups beginning with the first company in Phase 2. If discounts are offered, you’ll know.
No. Investments are not made on this site. The Club simply notifies members as soon as a Vegan company announces an offering that follows the Club template and if there are early-bird specials. The first notification will be in Phase 2 as soon as membership reaches critical mass. Then, to view investment details, you will link to the Crowdfund Portal or broker-dealer where that company’s offering is hosted — both these sites are regulated by the SEC, and that is where you will make your investment.
In Phase 3, after a success in Phase 2, the number of companies and members will rapidly increase. All companies must fit the Club template which includes showing potential for a multiple return to members and a defined exit strategy in 3 – 5 years.
Early-stage opportunities are not usually shown to the general public — but under the new Crowdfund laws this is allowed. Through the Club, tens of thousands of small investors can eventually get notification about hundreds of scalable Vegan companies.
Inevitably, member discussions in the Club’s Facebook group may include public Vegan companies, as well as private ones. But our Club’s principal focus, besides self-education, is alerting members to early-bird discounts offered by private Vegan startups that have a plan to grow fast and become a public company.
Finding the next “Beyond Meat” and investing before it goes public can be lucrative. But it requires access to early-stage deals. New laws allow every American to view opportunities previously reserved for about 2% of us. Our Club is influenced by years of experience of Vegan leaders wishing to accelerate the Vegan economy. It’s a beginning and will continue evolving to help more Vegans invest in more Vegan companies.
Member engagement is encouraged & necessary for best learning. Please share & participate! Everyone welcomes relevant questions and answers from other Vegans. There are no wrong questions. And if you have a private question don’t hesitate to email us at Hello@VeganInvestingClub.org or use our contact form on our website.
No. We are not regulated by the SEC. We notify members as soon as Vegan offerings are posted on SEC regulated sites in order to accelerate the Vegan economy. No transactions take place on our Club’s site. As such we are not regulated by the SEC.
For the time being, the only way your company can participate is in Phase 3. Stay tuned! Until then you can browse for relevant information to plan your offering. Request an outline of the 5-year funding template recommended by our Advisors. It’s suitable for scalable companies and culminates in an IPO or acquisition to let early investors and founders exit.
In the near future, we hope to have an array of helpful resources available for all kinds of Vegan companies.
When a Crowdfund company gives free shares to investors as an incentive in the early-bird period, these are known as Bonus shares. This is one of three requirements for a company to meet the Club’s criteria.
The club does not evaluate companies. Crowdfund Portals and broker dealers may do that.
Rather, we simply notify members of Vegan companies posting their Crowdfund offering on a licensed Portal where it is legal for anyone to invest. We do require a company to offer members the following:
1) – Allow Club members to invest starting at $100.
2) – Offer early-bird discounts and Bonus shares to Club members.
3) – Have a defined exit plan so if the company succeeds, members have a chance of selling their shares.
Once a member receives a notification, the rest is up to them.
If they visit the Portal to view the company’s Crowdfund offering, and wish to invest they must do it on the Portal.
No. The Club does not receive any fees. The Club does not charge members or companies.
The Club is simply on a mission to accelerate the Vegan economy.
It does this by connecting thousands of individuals wishing to see a more Vegan world, with startups trying to make that happen.
Yes. Investing in young pre-IPO companies is much more risky than in older public companies. It is true that when a company becomes a unicorn the early investors can do very well. But trying to pick the one company that will beat the odds and perform like Beyond Meat is not a wise bet. Professionals say diversification is imperative when investing in pre-IPO companies. Therefore members should budget to diversify into 10 companies over the coming twelve months, as a hedge to increase their odds of one of their companies doing well enough to compensate for others that may not.