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Learn how you can become a startup investor for as little as $100 through equity crowdfunding.


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Invest in Startups via Equity Crowdfunding

About the Workshop

We’re continuing our series on crowdfunding with “Invest in Startups via Equity Crowdfunding”. Learn how you can take a seat on the investor’s side of the table and invest in pre-IPO companies for as little as $100 with StartEngine, the largest equity crowdfunding platform in the US. Ryan Deslauriers, Director of Lead Generation at StartEngine, will join us remotely from StartEngine HQ in Los Angeles. He’ll cover what to look for when evaluating opportunities, how to vet early-stage companies, and the different types of terms and deals available through equity crowdfunding. You’ll leave with the know-how to be a savvy equity crowdfunding investor.

What you’ll learn

  • How to become an equity crowdfunding investor
  • How to vet a company and what to look for when evaluating a company
  • Different types of terms and deals

About the StartEngine

StartEngine helps everyday people invest and buy shares in startups and early growth companies. StartEngine believes in creating access: that everyone should be able to invest in the ideas that could become the great businesses of tomorrow and that entrepreneurs should be able to raise money from the public and those that believe most in them.

At StartEngine, we believe in helping companies from all backgrounds. From a visionary dreaming up retail jetpacks to an electric bike company that aims to change the transportation landscape forever, we’ve seen it all, and we have helped them all raise money to fuel the next stage of their growth.

About the Speaker

Ryan Deslauriers is the Director of Lead Generation at StartEngine, an equity crowdfunding platform. Ryan develops lead generation strategies and optimizes sales funnels, and he is the Executive Producer of StartEngine’s podcast, “Initial Coin Opinions”. Ryan received his B.S. in Economics from American University in Washington, D.C. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.


  • 5:15 pm – Networking
  • 5:30 pm – Workshop
  • 6:30 pm – Q&A
  • 7:00 pm – Close / Networking

Who is this for?

  • Aspiring startup investors / Aspiring VCs
  • Accredited investors interested in crowdfunding
  • Entrepreneurs curious to learn what investors look for
  • Anyone interested in crowdfunding!

Neighbor Islands

Remote attendance options available. Are you interested in joining the class from a neighbor island? Let us know during checkout and we’ll follow up with instructions on how to join us!

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About XLR8HI®

XLR8HI is Hawaii’s Entrepreneurship Center, a member network of builders, dreamers, and doers. More than an organization, we are a community movement that brings together people and opportunities to drive entrepreneurship forward. We provide interactive workshops designed to accelerate your entrepreneurial mindset, while our community events connect you with fellow entrepreneurs and bring you thought-provoking insights from a rotating lineup of innovation experts. Help build Hawaii’s entrepreneurship community — join today!


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. You will be able to check-in electronically at the event.

What can I bring into the event?

We recommend you bring a laptop, tablet, or mobile device to all of our workshops.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We are located on the 18th floor of the Pioneer Plaza in downtown Honolulu. For a complete list of downtown parking options, please refer to this guide. We are unable to validate parking at this time. For affordable rates, we recommend the municipal parking lot in Harbor Court, located across the street from the Pioneer Plaza.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For all other questions, please contact aloha@xlr8hi.com.

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