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POD connects promising startups with Angel investors, HNIs and VCs among others. All startups are vetted by our in-house market research specialists before presenting to our signed up investors. After the clearance from the market research specialists, the startups are given the chance to make their business pitch to potential investors. And if the investors find potential in the startup, they can choose to invest in them in return for equity on the platform itself.
Any Indian citizen who is 21 years of age and above and has a significant understanding/knowledge of investment can be an investor on POD.
The minimum amount one can invest through POD is ₹20,000/-.
Here is all you need to know about startup investing on POD Startup Investing Process
As of now, POD levies no commission from investors on their investment made through the platform. The primary focus is to create a reliable and transparent ecosystem for investors in promising startups in India.
POD lists only promising and fully vetted startups from verticals ranging across Tech, Fintech, Social Entrepreneurship, Lifestyle and even those offering SaaS. Startups need to be in existence for at least 6 months and show significant month over month growth to fall in the initial listing criteria on POD.
When a startup reaches its funding goal, we transfer the amount received from the investor to the startup's account, and issue the Share Certificate in the name of the investor.
However, on the downside, if a startup fails to reach the set funding target of its goal, it is unlikely that they can act on their proposed business plan. Hence, to protect the investor's funds, the raised funds are refunded.
Therefore, a startup either receives 100% of the funds when it reaches its funding goal, or nothing at all when it fails to.
Since there is no platform or exchange body where securities of the startup trade or can sell out, your investment remains highly illiquid. You get to take an exit only on the occurrence of events like LBO/ M&A/ IPO or at the time of selling or winding up of the company.
Investors can log in to their Dashboard and access all the details from the Portfolio section on POD, including the progress of the funded campaigns.
We, at POD, take full responsibility to provide our investors with all the information related to the startup which will enable investors to make an informed decision.
The investors are liable for all their investment choices, and POD will steer clear of any advisory services at all times.
POD is owned by Crowdpouch Ventures Services Private Limited and reserves all rights to the assets, content, services, information, and products and graphics in the website but third party content. Crowdpouch does not solicit, advertise, market any of the users registered with POD, neither does it solicit investors by offering leagues/schemes/competitions etc. related to securities markets. POD hereby clarifies that it does not carry any resemblance to the stock exchange nor does it facilitate trading of securities nor does it act like a broker/agent/media for raising funds. Investment through POD does not carry rights of renunciation. Investors are cautioned that POD operates in an unregulated space hence, investment through POD is subject to investment risk. Investments in startups are highly illiquid.