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Letting Investors Know About Your New Venture

I have a business idea and I am ready to start talking with investors. Is it legal to publicly solicit possible investors to my business via different print or digital media, such as email newsletters and social media?
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CEO of Growthink
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As of this year, yes, but with an important caveat. Last year, the Security and Exchange Commission lifted the 80-year ban on "general solicitation," which had prohibited entrepreneurs from publicly discussing private investment offerings. A key caveat is that the only investors allowed into a funding round are accredited investors, with their income or their net worth verified by a specified third party.  

Related: Fundraising 101: The First Timer's Guide to Pitching Investors

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