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What is an accredited investor?

Each prospective investor should be aware that his or her status as an Accredited Investor must be verified by means acceptable to the Issuer which are described in more detail in the Offering Materials and may include (i) a certification by a registered broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, certified public accountant or licensed attorney, (ii) copies of tax returns, Form W-2, Form 1099 and similar reports, together with a representation relating to current income, and (iii) copies of bank statements, brokerage statements, certificates of deposit, tax assessments and appraisal reports relating to assets and a consumer report relating to liabilities. Only investors who provide acceptable verification of their status as “Accredited Investors” will be eligible to acquire make an investment in any Issuer.

Before making an investment decision with respect to any offering, potential investors are advised to carefully read the Offering Materials to be provided and to consult with their tax, legal and financial advisors. UISC does not give investment advice or recommendations regarding any offering posted on the website.

An “accredited investor” is:

  • an individual with income exceeding $200,000 in each of the two most recent calendar years or joint income with a spouse exceeding $300,000 for those years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year or
  • a trust with assets of at least $5 million, not formed only to acquire the securities offered, and whose purchases are directed by a person who meets the legal standard of having sufficient knowledge and experience in financial and business matters to be capable of evaluating the merits and risks of the prospective investment
  • a bank, insurance company, registered investment company, business development company, or small business investment company
  • an employee benefit plan (within the meaning of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act) if a bank, insurance company, or registered investment adviser makes the investment decisions, or if the plan has total assets in excess of $5 million
  • a tax exempt charitable organization, corporation or partnership with assets in excess of $5 million
  • a director, executive officer, or general partner of the company selling the securities
  • an enterprise in which all the equity owners are accredited investors
  • an individual with a net worth of at least $1 million, not including the value of his or her primary residence