March 10, 2020

New Deals for the Week Ending 03/08/2020

Below are the latest equity crowdfunding raises begun this past week. For additional information, we encourage KingsCrowders to click on the link provided for more details. If interested, be sure and follow how each startup’s respective raise is progressing, and the concepts they are bringing to the marketplace.

Please note, these are not recommendations but are meant only to inform our readers of new investment opportunities.

Be sure and check back with KingsCrowd in the future. We will continue providing updates on each raise as it progresses. Particularly if we feel they meet our criteria of being worthwhile as potential investments.

Yahyn

Yahyn, with a post-money valuation of $5.06 million, is raising funds on NetCapital. It is a marketplace dedicated to wine that offers digital wine shopping experience. Yahyn also has an expert-curated database that offers custom sommelier services and meal pairing tips for its users. The company was founded by Pierre Rogers and is led by an experienced team. The current round of crowdfunding of Yahyn has a minimum goal of $10,000 and a maximum goal of $107,000, and the funds will be used towards marketing, engineering, and staff hiring. Yahyn aims to be the easiest online marketplace to purchase wine and is already growing at 40% month-over-month.

Teooh

Teooh, with a valuation cap of $10 million, is raising funds on Republic. The company organizes life-like online events for people who don’t have the opportunity to socialize in person. The Teooh mobile application allows anyone to join an online event from anywhere in the world and helps them to attend events without their physical presence. Teooh was founded by Don Stein in August 2018 and has raised over $2.4 million since its inception. The current crowdfunding round of Teooh  has a minimum target of $25,000 and a maximum target of $1,070,000. The company is using virtual reality to provide environment-friendly alternatives to in-person events. It has already issued over 1,300 tickets to pilot attendees in more than 15 countries and has had successful pilot events with over 20 brands.

Blue

Blue, with a $14.75 million valuation cap, is raising funds on Republic. It is disrupting the business card market with its smart business card and mobile app. Blue is the new way to network as it creates a smart business card with a virtual identity and helps people share their profile picture, contact details, social media profiles, and a lot more through the smart card. Blue was founded by Jose Montero, Mario Contreras, Christen Montero, and Jose Montero Sr. in March 2016 and has raised over $600,000 in previous rounds of funding. The current crowdfunding round has a minimum goal of $60,000 and a maximum goal of $1,070,000, and the funds will be used for further expansion and growth. Blue already has over 50,000 users and more than 10,000 daily social interactions.

Asarasi

Asarasi, with a valuation cap of $10 million, is raising funds on Republic. The company bottles pure water sourced from maple saps and sells them in retail stores across the US, the UAE, and Japan. The maple tree is tapped for its sap, and sugars are completely removed to leave behind crisp and refreshing plant-based water. Asarasi was founded by Adam Lazar in July 2014 and has raised over $1 million from investors since its founding. The proceeds of the current round of crowdfunding, with a minimum target of $25,000 and a maximum target of $1,070,000, will be used towards expansion and distribution. Asarasi has contracted 100 million gallons of water from family farmers and is currently selling in 1,100 retail stores.

Hearo.Live

Hearo.Live, with a $12.5 million valuation cap, is raising funds on Republic. It is a new platform to watch and enjoy media together. The platform allows users to watch YouTube videos and esports together and talk about it. Hearo.Live is making watching media as multiplayer as gaming. Hearo.Live was founded by Ned Lerner and Dwight Kwok in January 2015 and has raised over $1.8 million since its inception. The current round of crowdfunding has a minimum raise of $25,000 and a maximum raise of $1,070,000, and the funds will be used to improve quality, localize in more than 20 languages, and establish 24X7 operations. Hearo.Live has proven viral, with 75% growth in 75 days, without any marketing spend.

American 7s Football League

American 7s Football League, with a pre-money valuation of $9 million, is raising funds on StartEngine. The league has started no helmet no pads tackle football and has tailored the 7-on-7 style of play to reduce head-to-head contact. Due to removing helmets and hard pads, the game has been modified to reduce injury and still remains exciting. American 7s Football League was founded by Ryan DePaul and Sener Korkusuz in 2014. The current round of crowdfunding has a minimum target of $10,000 and a maximum target of $1,070,000, and the proceeds will be used to grow the brand further. American 7s Football League has already hosted five successful seasons, 20 teams, over 500,000 social media followers, and over 100 million video views.

Chicas Tacos

Chicas Tacos, with a pre-money valuation of $6.03 million, is raising funds on StartEngine. It is a casual Mexican fast-food restaurant chain based in Los Angeles. The restaurant serves traditional Mexican cuisine in a homestyle atmosphere and has an efficient operations infrastructure, including a mobile app, self-serving kiosks, and an online ordering system. Chicas Tacos was founded by Eduardo Ruiz, Christopher Blanchard, Jon Blanchard, and Nicolo Rusconi in 2016. The current round of crowdfunding has a minimum goal of $10,000 and a maximum goal of $1,070,000, and the proceeds will be used to add more locations. Chicas Tacos has worked with many prominent brands, and its food Chicas Tacos has won several awards.

Mamie’s Pies

Mamie’s Pies, with a $6.25 million pre-money valuation, is raising crowdfunding on StartEngine. The company makes frozen little pocket pies and has reimagined pies to make them available the year-round. The pocket pies of Mamie’s Pies are come in six fruit fillings and are flash-frozen to retain the authenticity of flavors. Mamie’s Pies was founded by Kara Romanik, a single mother of three. The current round of crowdfunding of the company has a minimum target of $10,000 and a maximum goal of $107,000, and the funds will be used to expand the business and include a selection of savory pocket pies. Mamie’s Pies already sells in 800 stores nationwide and reported a 1250% growth in revenues from 2017 to 2019.

ClimateCase

ClimateCase, with a pre-money valuation of $2.5 million, is raising funds on StartEngine. The product of ClimateCase has an eight-layer cooling and heating system that prevents smartphones from freezing or overheating. ClimateCase regulates the phone’s temperature and is made of nylon, neoprene, and gel technology. ClimateCase is led by Lisa Lambert, Larry Monte, and Joseph Orlando. The current round of crowdfunding of the company has a minimum raise of $10,000 and a maximum raise of $107,000, and the proceeds will be used to increase sales, redesign the original product through research and development, and to create an app to alert users to use ClimateCase. The product of ClimateCase has been featured on Oprah and used by the US Winter Olympics team. The product has a strong profit margin of 888% and a return rate of less than 1%.

Snake Oil Song

Snake Oil Song, an upcoming independent film, is raising funds on WeFunder. The film is a 90-minute murder mystery in the Amazon jungle, including a man’s thirst for vengeance and extinction. Snake Oil Song is backed by a team of international award-winning filmmakers and stars excellent performers like Guillermo Subauste. The film will be produced and directed by Micah Van Hove, with Jim Cummings and Benjamin Wiessner as executive producers. The proceeds of the current crowdfunding round, with a minimum target of $150,000 and a maximum target of $301,000, will be used towards the costs of transportation, special effects, audio and visual effects, story writing, director and producer units, and actors. Snake Oil Song is a part of the new wave of independent films and is expected to make a lasting mark on audiences.

Fuchsia Shoes

Fuchsia Shoes, with a valuation cap of $4 million, is raising funds on WeFunder. The company makes handcrafted ballet flats that combine luxury shoes and the empowerment of artisans worldwide. The traditional designs are modified to meet the needs of American customers by adding rubber soles and soft padding. Fuchsia Shoes was founded by Afshan Abbas and Rameez Sajwani in 2016 and has raised over $60,000 in previous rounds of financing. The current crowdfunding round has a minimum goal of $100,000 and a maximum goal of $500,000, and the funds will be used towards growth, marketing, inventory, and hiring new staff members. Fuchsia Shoes has already sold over 10,000 pairs of shoes, with a 25% repeat purchase rate within 30 days.

PointBreezeway

PointBreezeway, an event space in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze, is raising funds on Honeycomb Credit. It is a vibrant place that hosts small weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, concerts, and other private events. PointBreezeway is known for its tasteful decor, natural light, and warm hospitality. It is owned and run by a father-daughter duo, Lauren McMillen and Dennis Inserra. The funds raised from the crowdfunding campaign, with a minimum goal of $20,000 and a maximum goal of $82,000, will be used to refinance the debt. PointBreezeway also supports other small businesses and keeps its events as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible.

Delmont Mama P’s Pizza Subs & More

Delmont Mama P’s Pizza Subs & More, an award-winning pizzeria in Delmont, PA, is raising funds on Honeycomb Credit. The pizzeria uses a 55-year old recipe to provide award-winning pizzas and also offers a variety of salads, wings, and sides. Delmont Mama P’s Pizza Subs & More started off as WeeWilly’s Pizza and has changed hands many times since then. Presently, Stephanie Scheeren and Adrian Scheeren are raising funds through crowdfunding to buy the business. The current round of crowdfunding has a minimum goal of $50,000 and a maximum goal of $82,000. Delmont Mama P’s Pizza Subs & More has received several awards for its pizza and has over 1,000 Facebook followers.

The Wine Collective

The Wine Collective, an urban winery and winemaking facility, is raising funds on Honeycomb Credit. The winery makes small lots of premium wines with top quality, and also includes a tasting room and tapas bar. The raw material for The Wine Collective wines is sourced from local farmers and used to make world-class wines through barrel fermentations. The winery was founded by John Levenberg and Enrique Pallares in March 2019. The current round of crowdfunding has a minimum goal of $50,000 and a maximum goal of $107,000, and the funds will be used to increase the production, solidify the brand, and finish the tasting room and bar. The Wine Collective not only makes its own wines but has also partnered with five member wineries and six vineyards as a part of the collective. The winery currently has the capacity to produce 7,000 cases of wine per year and aims to expand to 12,000 cases of wine per year.

Ample Foods

Ample Foods, with a valuation cap of $15 million, is raising funds on Republic. The products of the company are made from premium ingredients and provide optimal nutrition in a simplified form. It is a real-food meal replacement in a bottle or canister. Ample Foods was founded by Connor Young in October 2015 and has raised over $5 million since its inception. The current crowdfunding round has a minimum goal of $50,000 and a maximum goal of $295,836, and the proceeds will be used to generate economies of scale. Ample Foods is already cash-flow positive and has increased its profit by 140% in 2019. The subscription model of the company generates $3 million in annual revenues, at $381 per customer.

mcSquares

mcSquares, with a valuation cap of $11 million, is raising funds on WeFunder. The company brings people together for businesses, projects, and schoolwork by making whiteboarding better and more effective. The proprietary products of mcSquares include whiteboarding tools like tiles, tablets, and reusable whiteboard stickies. mcSquares was founded by Anthony Franco in 2016 and has raised over $2.5 million since its founding. The proceeds of the current crowdfunding round, with a minimum target of $200,000 and a maximum target of $1,070,000, will be used towards marketing, trade shows, new product development, and IP filings. mcSquares has generated over $2 million in lifetimes revenues, with a 30% month-over-month revenue growth in 2019.

Vector Brewing

Vector Brewing, a brewing company with direction, perspective, and purpose, is raising funds on Fundopolis. The brewery makes unique beers on-site, paired with artisanal pizzas. The place also includes board games, a play area for kids, a patio, sports on TV, and many events. Vector Brewing was founded by Craig Bradley and Veronica Bradley in 2019 and is expected to open to the public in April 2020. The current crowdfunding round has a minimum raise of $50,000 and a maximum raise of $106,999, and the funds will be used as brewing capital. Vector Brewing is environmentally responsible and supports local businesses. It already has a built-in client base in Dallas and aims to make foods, beverages, and socializing special for its patrons.

Copperworks Distilling Co.

Copperworks Distilling Co., with a pre-money valuation of $7.85 million, is raising funds on WeFunder. The company produces gin, vodka, and American Single Malt whiskey from the base of malted barley. Copperworks Distilling sells both through its retail store and distribution to restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and liquor stores. The distillery was founded by Jason Parker and Micah Nutt in 2011 and has raised more than $2.9 million since its inception. The funds of the current crowdfunding round, with a minimum target of $250,000 and a maximum target of $1,070,000, will be used towards increased whiskey production, production equipment, sales staff and support for Washington and new markets, advertising, and new site planning. Copperworks Distilling Co. has been growing its revenues and sales volumes, with revenue of $915,000 in 2019.

The Glute Pros

The Glute Pros, with a $2 million pre-money valuation, is raising funds on Mr. Crowd. The company has designed a complete gym solution specifically for women. The single equipment allows more than 100 lower body exercises and provides an all-encompassing workout. The design aims at building glutes and lean legs, without unwanted muscles in quads and inner thigh areas. The Glute Pros is owned by Whitney Jones and Damian Segovia, with years of experience in personal training. The current round of crowdfunding of the company has a minimum goal of $65,000 and a maximum goal of $300,000. The Glute Pros provides an excellent system for personalized perfection and is well-placed in the fitness equipment market.

Vidorra Addison

Vidorra Addison, the second location of the Vidorra restaurant brand, is raising funds on NextSeed. The new restaurant will be located in Village on the Parkway in Addison and will be modeled similar to the original location in Dallas. Vidorra Addison will offer authentic Mexican food, a full bar, and a vibrant atmosphere. Vidorra Addison is owned by Milkshake Concepts, founded by Imran Sheikh, Asim Sheikh, and James Faller in 2015 while the first location of Vidorra was opened in 2018. The proceeds of the current round of crowdfunding, with a minimum goal of $200,000 and a maximum goal of $500,000, will be used towards construction costs, inventory, furniture, fixtures and equipment, and working capital. Vidorra Addison has attractive financials, with projected sales of more than $5 million in the first year.

Live Free Foods

Live Free Foods, with a valuation cap of $1.5 million, is raising funds on WeFunder. The company creates low FODMAP food products for people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and helps them manage their symptoms. Live Free Foods started with its first product as the low FODMAP Ranch dressing and has sold over 6,000 bottles. The company was founded by Scot Savarese in 2017. The current round of crowdfunding has a minimum goal of $50,000 and a maximum goal of $107,000, and the proceeds will be used towards the production of inventory, content creating and advertising, and operating expenses. Live Free Foods already has over 3,000 online customers and has huge market potential.

The Pickled Chef

The Pickled Chef, local canning, preserving, and pickling company, is raising funds on Honeycomb Credit. The company produces natural, preservative-free, hand-packed products that use locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. The unique range of products of The Pickled Chef includes sour dill pickles, whiskey and beer pickles, hot pepper pickles, mustard pickles, and other pickled vegetables, along with classic bread and butter, jams, sauces, dressings, and other condiments. The Pickled Chef is owned by Debra Driggers and Ashlee Andrews and was founded in 2014. The proceeds of the current crowdfunding round, with a minimum target of $20,000 and a maximum target of $68,000, will be used to refinance high-interest debt and free up cash flow. The Pickled Chef has produced over 50,000 jars of pickles and has won several awards and accolades.

Viatec Inc.

Viatec Inc., the technology leader in the utility industry, is raising funds on LocalStake. The company provides smart products, including SmartPTO and SmartPX, and systems engineering services. The products of Viatec are used for the electrification of utility applications like bucket trucks and step-vans. Viatec Inc. was founded by Mark Ferri, Sachin K Gupta, and Neeraj Chirmulay in August 2015. The funds from the current round of crowdfunding, with a minimum raise of $100,000 and a maximum raise of $400,000, will be used towards hiring and paying down existing debt. Viatec Inc. is led by an experienced management team and has huge future potential.

BioLargo Water Investment Group

BioLargo Water Investment Group, with a pre-money valuation of $16 million, is raising funds on WaterWorks. The company is eliminating pollution in chicken wastewater by cleaning, recycling, and reusing it. BioLargo Water Investment Group uses the Advanced Oxidation System for wastewater treatment that costs less and does more. BioLargo Water Investment Group is owned by BioLargo Inc. and is led by Dr. Richard Smith and Dennis P. Calvert. The current crowdfunding round has a minimum target of $100,000 and a maximum target of $500,000, and the proceeds will be invested in BioLargo Water Canada for manufacturing, marketing, research & development, equipment purchase, and future wages. The AOS technology of BioLargo Water Investment Group is disrupting the wastewater treatment industry and has multiple competitive advantages.


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