Dividends are payments made by a business to its shareholders from the company's profits. Most of the companies offering equity on our platform are startups or early stage companies who will rarely pay dividends to their investors in the first years. This means you are unlikely to see a return on your investment until you are able to sell your shares. Profits are typically reinvested into the business to fuel growth and build shareholder value. Businesses have no obligation to pay shareholder dividends.