Equitybee Introduces Second Quarterly Fund

Equitybee, the employee-focused stock options funding solution, announced its second quarterly fund, the VC5 Fund, which “leverages Equitybee’s unique deal flow and inherent advantages to offer accredited investors a new and unique investment channel.”

The latest fund will “follow VC firms Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia, Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, and Lightspeed, by enabling investors to fund employee stock options in companies backed by these firms.”

Launched in summer 2022, the inaugural Equitybee fund “closed weeks after it was made available.” The stock options packages funded “include employees from high growth companies including Instacart, Melio, Carta, and more.” Due to increased demand, the VC5 Fund was created “to grant unique access to additional funding opportunities through one investment vehicle.”

Oren Barzilai, Equitybee’s CEO and co-founder, said:

“Since we launched our initial fund this summer, many investors have asked to be a part of a fund that manages their investment to diversify their portfolios. Our investor community selected their five most wished for VCs to follow; Equitybee is pleased to offer a first-of-its-kind channel for investors to join a cohort of qualified peers and participate in potentially multiple liquidity events—at highly desirable valuations that were set in the past.”

Mark Hassin, Equitybee’s chief revenue officer, remarked:

“Accessing in growth-stage startups can now be a part of a diversified portfolio informed by the insights and actions of the most powerful VCs in Silicon Valley. We are excited to invite more investors to be at the forefront of this opportunity, so they can participate in the success of category-defining unicorns via the Equitybee platform.”

As noted in the update, Equitybee executes private financing contracts (PFCs), private placements which “are speculative, illiquid, contain substantial risk and may result in the complete loss of capital to the investor.”

PFCs do not grant or transfer ownership of startup company stock. Securities offered through EquityBee Securities, LLC, member FINRA.

Equitybee provides startup employees “with the capital they need to exercise their stock options, become shareholders, and participate in the success of the companies they helped build.”

Investors in EquityBee reportedly “include Group 11, Greenfield Partners, Battery Ventures, Latitude, Altair Capital and ICON Continuity Fund.”

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