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Officially known in Australia as crowd-sourced equity funding (CSF), equity crowdfunding allows private companies, us, (and public unlisted companies) to source funding by offering a stake in their business to public investors, you. 

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If this is your first time investing, and you’re over the age of 18, you can invest up to $10,000 within a 12 month period in a company and in exchange you’ll receive securities in the form of shares. This is called being a retail investor.

You can invest more than $10,000 in our company through this CSF, on Birchal, however you will need to provide evidence that you are a wholesale investor at the time of your investment.

Eligible Australian companies can now source up to $5 million a year through the process. Traditionally, these companies, startups and brands pitched for investment primarily to venture capitalists, high net worths and angel investors to raise capital, but now EVERYONE is able to participate in the capital raise by investing from $50 and up.

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Crowd-sourced funding of shares / equity crowdfunding (like through Birchal) is different from the donation-based crowd funding (like through Indiegogo or Kickstarter) is typically used by artists or entrepreneurs to raise money for one-off projects.

If you want to invest in a company offering shares through a CSF website, you will be asked to acknowledge that you have read and understood the risk warning (see Things to consider before you invest below) listed on the website and in the offer document.

You have a cooling-off period of 5 business days to change your mind if you decide the investment isn't for you. During this time, you can withdraw your application to invest and receive a full refund.

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Ensure the company, US, has listed their offer on a website that is run by a licensed intermediary, Birchal. You can check ASIC Connect's Professional Registers to see if Birchal has an AFS licence that allows it to legally provide CSF services. The information will be listed under the section called 'licence authorisation conditions'.

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Before publishing an Offer Document (or a supplementary or replacement document) on the Birchal platform, the platform must perform certain checks to a reasonable standard. The intention of this regulatory requirement is not for Birchal to conduct comprehensive checks on the company making the Equity Crowdfunding offer, but rather to ensure the platform does not publish, or continue to publish, the CSF offer document in specific circumstances. See ASIC RG 262 Table 2 for a list of these checks. It also explains what a 'reasonable standard' is.

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Before investing, read the offer document issued by our company and use the portal on Birchal to ask questions about our company or investment.

Birchal have provided basic information on the offer document in an article here.

A company must prepare an Offer Document (CSF Offer Document) for each offer it makes under the new Equity Crowdfunding legislation. The Offer Document must contain certain minimum information, which is prescribed under the law. In addition, the offer document must be worded and presented in a ‘clear, concise and effective’ manner (see ASIC RG 261 for more details).

You must consider the Offer Document before investing.

Some risks of crowd-sourced funding include:

- Lack of company track record - Some businesses that raise money through crowd-sourced funding are new or in the early stages of development, so there's more risk that the business will be unsuccessful and you may lose all the money you invested. Read all the information available on the CSF website to check specific risks associated with each business, as well as doing your own research on the company.

- Shares may fall or be hard to sell - Even if the company is successful, the value of your investment might fall, and the return you receive could be reduced if the company issues more shares. Your investment is also unlikely to be 'liquid', so if you decide you need the money you've invested, you may not be able to sell your shares quickly, or at all.

- Risk of fraud or insolvency - If your money is handled inappropriately or the intermediary operating the website becomes insolvent and hasn't met its obligation to keep your money separate, you may lose all the money you've invested.

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