Bolstr is disrupting access to growth capital for small businesses, through a marketplace where accredited investors can access to exciting local investment opportunities.

1-15 employees
Headquarters address
Chicago, IL
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What is Bolstr?

Bolstr is a Marketplace where emerging consumer, retail, and manufacturing businesses can raise up to $500,000 from a network of accredited investors.

At Bolstr, we have completely broken down the barriers to investing in up and coming distilleries, breweries, coffee roasters, apparel companies, and other exciting consumer retail businesses.

We only work with businesses that are established, and looking to invest in growth, such as Magnolia Brewing which raised $150,000 in a few hours to purchase equipment, or Da Lobsta Group which raised $150,000 in less than 24 hours to open a 3rd location.

A Unique Investment Structure

Every investment on Bolstr uses an innovative revenue share structure, allowing businesses to retain 100% of their hard earned equity, and make flexible monthly payouts to investors that are sized proportionally to their revenue. Investors then receive revenue-based payouts until they make a multiple back on their investment. In 2014 alone investors on Bolstr have already received over $220,000 in monthly payouts, and there have been no defaults to date.

The minimum investment on Bolstr is as low as $2,500 allowing investors to easily build a diverse portfolio of their favorite businesses, and earn financial returns through monthly revenue based payouts.

Thought Leaders in Small Business Access to Capital Realm

We are pioneers in the crowdfunding space, having been up and running well in advance of the JOBS Act. Through regular TV appearances on MSNBC, NBC, and Fox News, and through monthly contributions to Entrepreneur Magazine, our Co-Founders have developed a respected voice in the space.

Tech stack

Ruby on Rails, jQuery, HTML5, CSS, JavaScript - HAML/Slim, SASS, CoffeeScript a plus


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Bolstr - Bolstr has a brand new office under construction within a prime location in Chicago's up and coming west loop! Our new office has 5 giant windows with unobstructed views of the entire Chicago skyline.
Bolstr - Company Photo
Bolstr - Our giant loft space includes a spa like shower, a work out facility, and a full chefs kitchen!
Bolstr - Two phone rooms just off the kitchen offer privacy for personal calls
Bolstr - Bolstr Co-Founders, Larry Baker & Charlie Tribbett (left to right)