We're on a mission to help teens invest early.

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We are Gen Z engineers and designers who believe that investing early is the single most powerful financial tool in life. We're on a mission to provide that opportunity.
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Our story

While a student at Stanford University, our founder got the crazy idea to help teenagers begin investing early.
December 2020

The First Step

Bumper raises a pre-seed round of funding from gener8tor, a nationally ranked, GOLD-tier startup network. An initial team of designers, engineers, and financial professionals is assembled and the journey begins.

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January 2021

Market Discovery

Our journey to create Bumper didn't start with a single line of code. We wanted to ensure that our product would help solve an actual need, felt by actual people. We conducted nearly 1,000 conversations with teenagers, their parents, and other startup founders. Across gender, race, income levels, and geography, the results were the same: most teens wanted to invest but didn't know how to start.

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February 2021

The First Users

We (finally) launched the beta website to display our company to the world. The results were... astounding. Within just a few weeks, tens of thousands of teenagers had signed up for the app waitlist. We released our initial product concept shortly after.

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April 2021


We broke ground on the Bumper app, partnering with a FINRA registered broker-dealer to offer securities brokerage services. All investing accounts created on Bumper are insured up to $500,000.

Bumper uses bank-grade security and data encryption to protect your information. We implemented the strongest browser encryption available (256-bit) and use HTTPS and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol to encrypt your information in transit. Bumper does not store any of your sensitive information, including your address, date of birth, and social security number.

Bumper app product concept
September 2021

The Beta

We released the first official beta of the Bumper app. We worked with over 1,000 families to build the best product possible for teen investors.

In just two weeks, over $25,000 of mock money was invested in companies like Apple, Chipotle, Lululemon, and Netflix.

Bumper app product concept
April 2022

Live Launch

Bumper is now publicly available to all teenagers and parents living in the United States. Learn about the stock market through short educational bites, invest in your favorite companies with as little as $1, and build your portfolio.

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Equip Solutions, Inc. ("Bumper") and Alpaca Securities LLC ("Alpaca") are not affiliated and neither are responsible for the liabilities of the other.

Technology is offered by Equip Solutions, Inc.

Brokerage services are provided by Alpaca Securities LLC ("Alpaca”), member FINRA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AlpacaDB, Inc. Clearing services are provided by Velox Clearing LLC (Velox) and Vision Financial Markets LLC (Vision). All three are members of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), which protects securities customers of its members up to $500,000 (including $250,000 for claims for cash) per customer. Explanatory brochure available upon request or at www.sipc.org.

This is not an offer, solicitation of an offer, or advice to buy or sell securities, or open a brokerage account in any jurisdiction where Alpaca is not registered (Alpaca is registered only in the United States).

View Alpaca's disclosures at: https://alpaca.markets/disclosures

Alpaca does not make recommendations with regard to fractional share trading, whether to use fractional shares at all, or whether to invest in any specific security. A security’s eligibility on the list of fractional shares available for trading is not an endorsement of any of the securities, nor is it intended to convey that such stocks have low risk. Fractional share transactions are executed either on a principal or riskless principal basis, and can only be bought or sold with market orders during normal market hours.

The content on this website is for illustrative and informational purposes only and any historical returns, expected returns or projections are hypothetical in nature. Investing involves risk & investments may lose value, including the loss of principal. Past performance does not guarantee future returns or results. Before investing, carefully consider your investment objectives, time horizon, and overall risk tolerance as well as the information stated in the product offering prospectuses.