Accredited investors are entities or individuals that meet specific criteria based on income, net worth, or qualifications. They typically include banks, large corporates, high-net-worth individuals, and financial institutions. They gain access to exclusive investment opportunities but may also face higher risks and requirements. Accredited investors often gain access to complex investment opportunities not available to other investors, such as venture capital firms, hedge funds, and angel investment enterprises. While accredited investors can benefit from higher returns and increased diversification, the restricted nature of accredited-only investments may also expose them to higher risks, high minimum investment amounts, low liquidity, and elevated fees.