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ideaPledge allows what no other current crowdfunding platform allows, access to the $2 trillion dollar private equity market. Infact, according to Indiegogo’s own published data, the Indiegogo platform has access to 0.009% of the market that ideaPledge can reach. How is that possible? Because Indiegogo relies on getting friends to make gifts and donate money. For obvious reasons, that is not very popular. Investors would prefer to get a better return than a coffee mug, and that is where ideaPledge comes in place. ideaPledge allows Creators to share the passion … and the profits!

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When a Creator has reached 100% of the Pledge Goal, the Investors will then be contacted to complete the securities paperwork and funds will be electronically transferred to a third-party holding account. Because Investors in most states have a statutory right of rescission, funds will be held for such period, typically 10 days or less, and after such time the proceeds will be transferred to the Creator and the applicable ideaPledge fees will be deducted and paid to ideaPledge.

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Almost any type of business can use ideaPledge to raise money. From film, television and music projects, to high tech, apps, and inventions, and even real estate, development and biotech projects can raise money easily and quickly with ideaPledge. Due to certain securities law restrictions, companies that invest in other companies, holding companies, and shell companies without a core business cannot use ideaPledge. Likewise, oil and gas extraction and mining companies cannot use ideaPledge. Of course any activity that violates the law of any state or of the federal law of the United States cannot use ideaPledge, and that would include gaming, lotteries and pyramid-scheme selling. Please see our Terms for more details.

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The Visionary Monthly Membership plan is the premiere Creator level at ideaPledge. Visionaries can raise up to a cap of $20,000,000 for up to ten projects. The cap is cumulative, meaning that you could have ten projects budgeted at $2,000,000 or one project budgeted at $19,000,000, one project budgeted at $200,000 and eight projects budgeted at $100,000, etc. You can mix and match budgets provided they do not exceed a total of $20,000,000. The Visionary Monthly Membership is the ideal way to start raising money today with ideaPledge! Visionaries get access to every portion of the ideaPledge Platform, including the Project Creation Page and the Project Grid. Visionaries have the same selection of profit participation plans for Investors as all other Membership levels, being set at 1%, 10% and 50% profit sharing.

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The Visionary Annual Membership plan is the premiere Creator level at ideaPledge. Visionaries can raise up to a cap of $20,000,000 for up to ten projects. The cap is cumulative, meaning that you could have ten projects budgeted at $2,000,000 or one project budgeted at $19,000,000, one project budgeted at $200,000 and eight projects budgeted at $100,000, etc. You can mix and match budgets provided they do not exceed a total of $20,000,000. The Visionary Monthly Membership is the ideal way to start raising money today with ideaPledge! Visionaries get access to every portion of the ideaPledge Platform, including the Project Creation Page and the Project Grid. Visionaries have the same selection of profit participation plans for Investors as all other Membership levels, being set at 1%, 10% and 50% profit sharing.

In addition, Annual Members get free Premium Tech Support access, with personal responses on all tech related questions.

Even more impressive, the Visionary Annual Membership comes with free Business Consulting, allowing access to our highly trained business consultants, who can help answer questions about investing, percentages, optional business plans, planning a social media campaign, and any other business related question.

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The Pledge Platform is where Projects are posted by Creators. It is similar to the project grid in Indiegogo and Kickstarter, except that it is viewed by investors, rather than donors, and specifies a percentage of the profits offered for an investment. Please see the Creator User Guide for detailed instructions about how to post a Project on the Pledge Platform.

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Investors can Pledge as little as $100.00. Creators can choose to increase this minimum if desired through the Project Page.

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The minimum allowed Project Goal is $50,000.

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The Maker Monthly Membership plan is an elevated Creator level at ideaPledge. Makers can raise up to a cap of $5,000,000 for up to five projects. The cap is cumulative, meaning that you could have five projects budgeted at $1,000,000 or one project budgeted at $4,500,000 and four projects budgeted at $125,000, etc. You can mix and match budgets provided they do not exceed a total of $5,000,000. The Maker Monthly Membership is the ideal way to start raising money today with ideaPledge! Makers get access to every portion of the ideaPledge Platform, including the Project Creation Page and the Project Grid. Makers have the same selection of profit participation plans for Investors as all other Membership levels, being set at 1%, 10% and 50% profit sharing.

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The Maker Annual Membership plan is an elevated Creator level at ideaPledge. Makers can raise up to a cap of $5,000,000 for up to five projects. The cap is cumulative, meaning that you could have five projects budgeted at $1,000,000 or one project budgeted at $4,500,000 and four projects budgeted at $125,000, etc. You can mix and match budgets provided they do not exceed a total of $5,000,000. The Maker Monthly Membership is the ideal way to start raising money today with ideaPledge! Makers get access to every portion of the ideaPledge Platform, including the Project Creation Page and the Project Grid. Makers have the same selection of profit participation plans for Investors as all other Membership levels, being set at 1%, 10% and 50% profit sharing.

In addition, Annual Members get free Premium Tech Support access, with personal responses on all tech related questions.

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The Dreamer Monthly Membership plan is the introductory Creator level at ideaPledge. Dreamers can raise up to $500,000 for a single project. The Dreamer Monthly Membership is the most affordable way to start raising money today with ideaPledge! Dreamers get access to every portion of the ideaPledge Platform, including the Project Creation Page and the Project Grid. Dreamers have the same selection of profit participation plans for Investors, being set at 1%, 10% and 50% profit sharing.

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The Dreamer Annual Membership plan is the introductory Creator level at ideaPledge. Dreamers can raise up to $500,000 for a single project. The Dreamer Annual Membership is the most affordable way to start raising money today with ideaPledge! Dreamers get access to every portion of the ideaPledge Platform, including the Project Creation Page and the Project Grid. Dreamers have the same selection of profit participation plans for Investors as all other Membership levels, being set at 1%, 10% and 50% profit sharing.

In addition, Annual Members get free Premium Tech Support access, with personal responses on all tech related questions.

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ideaPledge has hired some of the most experienced lawyers and accountants in the world to help us build the Pledge Platform tools and template compliance materials, meaning that Creators can focus on their business, rather than securities compliance. All compliance is automated and handled by third-party suppliers, and the costs are paid from the fees on the Fee Table. That means Creators never have to worry about compliance issues.

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ideaPledge provides the tools needed to make your project look great on the Pledge Platform, so that you can start raising funding today! In fact, take a look at the Creator User Guide, showing how easy it is to put together a great looking Project Page on ideaPledge.

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Creators can post Projects directly to the Pledge Platform. The Pledge Platform can be accessed by Investor Members who have already gone through an investor screening process. You can also invite friends to view your project using social media, including Facebook and Twitter and many others.

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It is so quick to post a project to the ideaPledge Equity Crowdinvesting Platform. You are only minutes away from being able to present your project to interested investors on the ideaPledge Project Grid. Here is what to do:

  1. Purchase a Membership: Only paying members can post a project to the Crowdinvesting Platform. Click here to buy a membership. Memberships are very inexpensive and you can cancel anytime.
  2. Create a Project: After paying, you can access the Crowdinvesting Platform in two ways: First, you can click on the “Create Project” icon in the Dashboard to the right side, which will take you to the Project Creation Page. Second, you can return to the Dashboard Toolbar and click on the farthest right button called “My Projects.” Both methods get you to the same place.
  3. Submit For Review: When you are happy with your newly created project, click “Submit for Review” on the Project Page. Our staff will review and post your project within 1 business day. Because ideaPledge, LLC is not the issuer, our staff does not review the merits of your investment. The review is solely to prevent illegal or inappropriate content and offers from being posted. In the unlikely event a project is not approved, our staff will be in contact with you to discuss the reasons and how to remedy the post.
  4. View on the Project Grid: Once your project has been approved, it will appear on the ideaPledge Project Grid, viewable by tens-of-thousands of potential investors every day. Moreover, you can also invite additional investors to view it through the use of social media.

Start raising money smarter with ideaPledge Equity Crowdinvesting for small business!

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The number of Projects that a Creator can fund on ideaPledge is determined by the Membership Level purchased. Please see the Fee Chart for more details.

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ideaPledge allows what no other current crowdfunding platform allows, access to the $2 trillion dollar private equity market. Infact, according to Indiegogo’s own published data, the Indiegogo platform has access to 0.009% of the market that ideaPledge can reach. How is that possible? Because Indiegogo relies on getting friends to make gifts and donate money. For obvious reasons, that is not very popular. Investors would prefer to get a better return than a coffee mug, and that is where ideaPledge comes in place. ideaPledge allows Creators to share the passion … and the profits!

In addition, no other crowd investing service provides the members the right to launch projects without a time consuming and expensive vetting process. ideaPledge works by connecting Creators directly with Investors, thereby eliminating the “middleman” in funding.

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Only Members who have registered as Investors can view the Pledge Platform. That is because in the United States, federal and state securities laws require issuers to keep small securities offerings private. So, in order to allow Creators to reach a maximum number of potential Investors, ideaPledge must require anyone viewing the Pledge Platform to register as an Investor. Registration is 100% free and easy for Investors.

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ideaPledge makes it so easy to post a Project! In order to post a project:

1) Register as a Creator

2) Fill out the Project Creator Form

3) Post to the Pledge Platform

That’s it! You can now share your project with other ideaPledge Investors Members, or you can invite your friends and social media contacts to view your project and make Pledges. It is that easy. ideaPledge integrates directly with social media, including Facebook and Twitter, so you can activate your social media network and start raising money from friends!

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No! ideaPledge will never take any stake in your company, intellectual property, or profits.

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No, you do not have to form a company before you begin using ideaPledge. However, if you already have a validly formed United States based company, you may list such company on your Creator Profile.

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No, ideaPledge will arrange for all securities compliance work to be done for Creators. Through template forms and third-party providers, ideaPledge takes the hassle out of fundraising. The Fee Chart specifies the total costs payable, and no additional compliance costs will be charged to Creators.

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No, but certain materials you provide later may need to be reviewed by an accountant, depending on your funding level and number of investors. Accounting work, if required, would be the responsibility of the Creator.

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No, a business plan is optional. The share of profits you are providing to potential investors is selected on the Project Page. ideaPledge does not require you to prepare or purchase an elaborate business plan or so called “analytics.” ideaPledge has hired a leading securities consulting firm, with nearly twenty years experience in entertainment and high tech fund raising, and our experts agree that less is more when it comes to business plans. In fact, ideaPledge discourages making Return on Investment (ROI) claims, because the return from startup phase investing is so uncertain. Everything needed to persuasively present the project to potential investors, including a statement of the profit share, is built in to the Project Page Tools. Moreover, ideaPledge provides template securities disclosures and disclaimers, so you can focus on what you do best, creating!

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Costs And Fees

The Visionary Monthly Membership plan is the premiere Creator level at ideaPledge. Visionaries can raise up to a cap of $20,000,000 for up to ten projects. The cap is cumulative, meaning that you could have ten projects budgeted at $2,000,000 or one project budgeted at $19,000,000, one project budgeted at $200,000 and eight projects budgeted at $100,000, etc. You can mix and match budgets provided they do not exceed a total of $20,000,000. The Visionary Monthly Membership is the ideal way to start raising money today with ideaPledge! Visionaries get access to every portion of the ideaPledge Platform, including the Project Creation Page and the Project Grid. Visionaries have the same selection of profit participation plans for Investors as all other Membership levels, being set at 1%, 10% and 50% profit sharing.

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The Visionary Annual Membership plan is the premiere Creator level at ideaPledge. Visionaries can raise up to a cap of $20,000,000 for up to ten projects. The cap is cumulative, meaning that you could have ten projects budgeted at $2,000,000 or one project budgeted at $19,000,000, one project budgeted at $200,000 and eight projects budgeted at $100,000, etc. You can mix and match budgets provided they do not exceed a total of $20,000,000. The Visionary Monthly Membership is the ideal way to start raising money today with ideaPledge! Visionaries get access to every portion of the ideaPledge Platform, including the Project Creation Page and the Project Grid. Visionaries have the same selection of profit participation plans for Investors as all other Membership levels, being set at 1%, 10% and 50% profit sharing.

In addition, Annual Members get free Premium Tech Support access, with personal responses on all tech related questions.

Even more impressive, the Visionary Annual Membership comes with free Business Consulting, allowing access to our highly trained business consultants, who can help answer questions about investing, percentages, optional business plans, planning a social media campaign, and any other business related question.

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The Maker Monthly Membership plan is an elevated Creator level at ideaPledge. Makers can raise up to a cap of $5,000,000 for up to five projects. The cap is cumulative, meaning that you could have five projects budgeted at $1,000,000 or one project budgeted at $4,500,000 and four projects budgeted at $125,000, etc. You can mix and match budgets provided they do not exceed a total of $5,000,000. The Maker Monthly Membership is the ideal way to start raising money today with ideaPledge! Makers get access to every portion of the ideaPledge Platform, including the Project Creation Page and the Project Grid. Makers have the same selection of profit participation plans for Investors as all other Membership levels, being set at 1%, 10% and 50% profit sharing.

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The Maker Annual Membership plan is an elevated Creator level at ideaPledge. Makers can raise up to a cap of $5,000,000 for up to five projects. The cap is cumulative, meaning that you could have five projects budgeted at $1,000,000 or one project budgeted at $4,500,000 and four projects budgeted at $125,000, etc. You can mix and match budgets provided they do not exceed a total of $5,000,000. The Maker Monthly Membership is the ideal way to start raising money today with ideaPledge! Makers get access to every portion of the ideaPledge Platform, including the Project Creation Page and the Project Grid. Makers have the same selection of profit participation plans for Investors as all other Membership levels, being set at 1%, 10% and 50% profit sharing.

In addition, Annual Members get free Premium Tech Support access, with personal responses on all tech related questions.

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The Dreamer Monthly Membership plan is the introductory Creator level at ideaPledge. Dreamers can raise up to $500,000 for a single project. The Dreamer Monthly Membership is the most affordable way to start raising money today with ideaPledge! Dreamers get access to every portion of the ideaPledge Platform, including the Project Creation Page and the Project Grid. Dreamers have the same selection of profit participation plans for Investors, being set at 1%, 10% and 50% profit sharing.

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The Dreamer Annual Membership plan is the introductory Creator level at ideaPledge. Dreamers can raise up to $500,000 for a single project. The Dreamer Annual Membership is the most affordable way to start raising money today with ideaPledge! Dreamers get access to every portion of the ideaPledge Platform, including the Project Creation Page and the Project Grid. Dreamers have the same selection of profit participation plans for Investors as all other Membership levels, being set at 1%, 10% and 50% profit sharing.

In addition, Annual Members get free Premium Tech Support access, with personal responses on all tech related questions.

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ideaPledge is the least expensive option available for any type of funding, both compared to other crowdfunding platforms, and also compared to all current crowdinvesting platforms. ideaPledge has conveniently summarized all fees in one Fee Chart.

Investor Members always have 100% free access to the Pledge Platform. Creators can choose between a selection of low-cost access plans that charge for the use of the tools needed to post to the Pledge Platform.

ideaPledge guarantees it will never, 1) Take a percentage of ownership of any project, 2) participate in the profits of Creators, 3) Own any portion of Creators IP, 4) Charge Creators any fee not specified on the Fee Chart.

Moreover, many crowdinvesting sites require the purchase of expensive vetting reviews, business plans, and so called “analytics” before a project can be posted. ideaPledge does not require a business plan, or any other review or analysis. Creators are free to present projects directly to Investors. Post a project today by becoming an ideaPledge Creator!

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No. Once Creators buy a Membership Level, nothing else is required to post a Project, invite friends and raise money!

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ideaPledge does more, yet charges less! See our Fee Chart. Total fees on Indiegogo and Kickstarter can reach 13% of proceeds raised, while Creators at the Visionary Membership Level on ideaPledge pay only 1.9%, while also allowing you to offer a percentage of the profits to Investors. That means Investors can invest in your project, rather than just making a gift.

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The ideaPledge business model is automated, using information technology to replace what formerly took lawyers and accountants hundreds of hours to complete on a per project basis. That means that ideaPledge is becoming the primary solution for startup fund raising.

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No, you do not have to form a company before you begin using ideaPledge. However, if you already have a validly formed United States based company, you may list such company on your Creator Profile.

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No, ideaPledge will arrange for all securities compliance work to be done for Creators. Through template forms and third-party providers, ideaPledge takes the hassle out of fundraising. The Fee Chart specifies the total costs payable, and no additional compliance costs will be charged to Creators.

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No, but certain materials you provide later may need to be reviewed by an accountant, depending on your funding level and number of investors. Accounting work, if required, would be the responsibility of the Creator.

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No, a business plan is optional. The share of profits you are providing to potential investors is selected on the Project Page. ideaPledge does not require you to prepare or purchase an elaborate business plan or so called “analytics.” ideaPledge has hired a leading securities consulting firm, with nearly twenty years experience in entertainment and high tech fund raising, and our experts agree that less is more when it comes to business plans. In fact, ideaPledge discourages making Return on Investment (ROI) claims, because the return from startup phase investing is so uncertain. Everything needed to persuasively present the project to potential investors, including a statement of the profit share, is built in to the Project Page Tools. Moreover, ideaPledge provides template securities disclosures and disclaimers, so you can focus on what you do best, creating!

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Investors

Profit! Only ideaPledge allows a vast array of startup phase Projects to share profits with their supporters. ideaPledge allows Investors to share in 1% to 50% of a Project’s profit, depending on the choice of the Creator. In addition, every Project has standardized terms, meaning that Investors who are interested in multiple projects will not have to research the terms of many different investments. Every Project posted on ideaPledge will have the same terms. Please see our Securities Disclaimers for details.

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The Sophisticated Investor Membership is the elevated investor membership, allowing you to pledge to invest up to $10,000 in Creator Projects per year. The minimum investment for any creator project is $100, unless the Creator has chosen to create a higher minimum investment. Projects you can view will be pre-sorted based on your membership level.

As with all of the ideaPledge Investor Memberships, making Pledges is 100% risk free, because Investor Members can use iP Dollars to make Pledges, a virtual currency on the ideaPledge Platform.

Once your friend’s Project reaches the Pledge Goal, the Creator will provide you with all required securities disclosures and will ask you to fulfill your Pledge by entering credit card or other payment information. Alternatively, if you chose to enter credit card information for your initial Pledge, no payment will be processed and no funds will be taken until you subsequently sign a Subscription Agreement after the Project has reached the Pledge Goal.

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The Non-Accredited Investor Membership is the entry-level investor membership, allowing you to pledge to invest up to $2,000 in Creator Projects per year. The minimum investment for any creator project is $100, unless the Creator has chosen to create a higher minimum investment. Projects you can view will be pre-sorted based on your membership level.

As with all of the ideaPledge Investor Memberships, making Pledges is 100% risk free, because Investor Members can use iP Dollars to make Pledges, a virtual currency on the ideaPledge Platform.

Once your friend’s Project reaches the Pledge Goal, the Creator will provide you with all required securities disclosures and will ask you to fulfill your Pledge by entering credit card or other payment information. Alternatively, if you chose to enter credit card information for your initial Pledge, no payment will be processed and no funds will be taken until you subsequently sign a Subscription Agreement after the Project has reached the Pledge Goal.

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Investors can Pledge as little as $100.00. Creators can choose to increase this minimum if desired through the Project Page.

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The maximum allowed Project Goal will be determined by the Creator’s Membership Level. Currently, the highest Membership Level allows a Creator to raise up to $20 million dollars.

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The Accredited Investor Membership is the highest investor membership, allowing you to pledge to invest up to $100,000 in Creator Projects per year. The minimum investment for any creator project is $100, unless the Creator has chosen to create a higher minimum investment.

As with all of the ideaPledge Investor Memberships, making Pledges is 100% risk free, because Investor Members can use iP Dollars to make Pledges, a virtual currency on the ideaPledge Platform.

Once your friend’s Project reaches the Pledge Goal, the Creator will provide you with all required securities disclosures and will ask you to fulfill your Pledge by entering credit card or other payment information. Alternatively, if you chose to enter credit card information for your initial Pledge, no payment will be processed and no funds will be taken until you subsequently sign a Subscription Agreement after the Project has reached the Pledge Goal.

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Members Outside the United States

Yes, both Investor Members and Creator Members from countries other than the United States can use ideaPledge to start funding today! Limits may be imposed on investing in currencies from certain countries. Please see Terms for more information.

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