Starting in November 2021, thanks to a new law called the European Crowdfunding Service Provider Regulation, it became legal for everyone to invest small amounts of money in the startups they believed in.
Before that, every country in the EU had their own rules on who could invest in private companies. Most countries had very restrictive rules which mainly limited these investments to "sophisticated investors" (i.e., the rich).
We started Wefunder to fix this problem in the U.S., because we weren’t rich, and we wanted to invest in our friends. That's why we convinced the U.S. Congress to change the laws back in 2012. Now, we're expanding to bring private investing to investors of all sizes across Europe!