September 30, 2019

New Deals for Week Ending 09/29/2019

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 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.

Boyish Records

Boyish Records, the label and media company with ‘label as service’ products, is raising funds on WeFunder. The company invests in artists and gives them ownership of their art. Boyish Records provides capital, infrastructure, and mentorship to the budding artists and takes an equity investment in their company in exchange. Boyish Records was founded by Kevin Shaw and Esther Kibreab, both with extensive experience in music, education, and business.

The current crowdfunding round has a minimum goal of $20,000 and a maximum goal of $100,000, and the funds will be used for Esther’s album production, video production, podcast production, and web development. The first single release of the company is scheduled on August 30, 2019, and another album is expected to be released in February 2020. Boyish Records has already formed a loyal fanbase and has created strategic partnerships in the music, visual art, education, and other sectors.

HelloAva

HelloAva, with a valuation cap of $15 million, is raising funds on Republic. The AI-powered platform of HelloAva provides customized skincare product recommendations to the customers and makes their skincare and haircare shopping experience personal. HelloAva also has a fully-stocked inventory for customers to purchase products online.

HelloAva was founded by Siqi Mou in June 2016 and has raised over $2 since its inception. The current crowdfunding round has a minimum target of $50,000 and a maximum target of $400,000, and the funds will be used to grow the user base and to develop the technology. HelloAva already has over 64,000 users, with 20% month-over-over month increase in users. The company also has partnerships with large companies like Unilever.

Skoller

Skoller, delivering organization of syllabus to students, is raising funds on SeedInvest. The platform of Skoller crowdsources the syllabus and keeps it available for the students. The students get reminders about the upcoming assignments, grade calculators, and connections with classmates. Skoller platform also serves as a pool of the upcoming job candidates for organizations. Skoller was founded by Carson Ward, Bruce Brookshire, and Jonathan Rankin, and has raised about $800,000 in previous rounds of funding.

The proceeds of the current crowdfunding round, with a total round size of $2 million, will be used salaries, marketing, contractors, and other expenses. Skoller already has more than 20,000 signups from more than 2,000 schools and universities and generates revenue from employers in the form of licensing fee.

Health Journal

Health Journal, with a pre-money valuation of $20 million, is raising crowdfunding on StartEngine. Health Journal is a leader and influencer in health publishing in Virginia, USA and provides readers with articles on a variety of health topics. The articles are written by medical professionals and journalists and are used as marketing and public relations messages by the health care companies. Health Journal is led by Brian Freer, Ravi Shamaiengar, and Rita Kikoen.

The current crowdfunding round of the company has a minimum raise of $10,000 and a maximum raise of $1,070,000, and the funds will be used for enhancing the web technology, recruiting more talent, marketing, and delivering more content. Health Journal is changing the landscape of online health journalism and is scaling up to become a national online health magazine.

TruBrain

TruBrain, with a pre-money valuation of $19 million, is raising funds on StartEngine. The company provides cognitive nutrition in the form of brain food containing CBD. The products of TruBrain are made with high-quality ingredients using their unique formulas and help in improving the brain’s abilities and overcoming mental blocks.

TruBrain was found by Chris Thompson and has raised around $1.6 million in previous rounds of funding. The current crowdfunding round has a minimum target of $10,000 and a maximum target of $1,070,000, and the proceeds will be used to launch the new CBD product line. TruBrain achieved profitability in 2019 and has reported $11.8 million in lifetime sales.

Beast Brands

Beast Brands, with a valuation cap of $5 million, is raising funds on SeedInvest. The company manufactures premium grooming products for men that can be smelt, felt, and experienced. Beast Brands does business under the brand name TAME the BEAST, and the products contain arousing smell and stimulating ingredients.

Beast Brands was founded by John Cascarano and Jay Wilkinson. The current crowdfunding round has a total round site of $1 million, and the proceeds will be used for new product development, marketing, R&D, salaries, working capital, and debt reduction. Beast Brands has already generated $1.5 million in lifetime revenues and has over 13,000 customers.

Narrative

Narrative, with a valuation cap of $10 million, is raising funds on WeFunder. Narrative is a unique content publishing platform that is creating a true content economy. The platform sells its niches in an online auction, and the niche owners receive 10% of the monthly rewards revenue from the niches. The beta version of Narrative was launched in April 2019 and contains content related to varied subjects including music, space exploration, and vegan recipes.

Narrative was founded by Rosemary O’Neill, Ted O’Neill, and Brian Lenz. The current crowdfunding round will be launched on September 26, 2019, and the proceeds will be used for development, marketing, customer acquisition, and on support operations. Narrative already has more than 8,600 members and caters to three markets; social media, publishing, and advertising.

Cannabiscope

Cannabiscope, a cannabis-focused SaaS platform, is raising funds on MicroVentures. The company has a valuation cap of $2.5 million and works as the link between cannabis retailers and consumers. The Cannabiscope platform makes it easier for the CBD/THC retailers to showcase their products and for the consumers to learn more about the products before purchasing. Cannabiscope was founded in 2018 by David Schacter and Paul Shockley.

The current crowdfunding round has a minimum target of $50,000 and a maximum target of $250,000, and the proceeds will be used for R&D, marketing, and general working capital. Cannabiscope already has over 257 active businesses and has conducted two successful pilot tests.

ChalkBites Inc.

ChalkBites, with a pre-money valuation of $4 million, is raising funds on StartEngine. The company is the developer of multiple virtual reality and augmented reality corporate training software. The tools manufactured by ChalkBites can be used by HR directors, law enforcement companies, and manufacturers to provide training simulations. ChalkBites also hosts offline corporate training events and VR gaming and e-sports tournaments.

ChalkBites was founded by Steve Grubbs, Kelli Grubbs, and Jim Thompson. The current round of crowdfunding has a minimum goal of $10,000 and a maximum goal of $1,070,000. ChalkBites has already completed projects for companies like CBRE, John Deere, and Minute Suites, and is working towards making the world a safer place.

Humphrey Slocombe

Humphrey Slocombe, an artisan ice-cream company, is raising funds on WeFunder. Humphrey Slocombe creates ice creams for adults, in flavors that they would like to eat, including bourbon ice-cream with cornflakes, green tea ice-cream with snickerdoodle cookies, and many other unique flavors. Humphrey Slocombe was founded by Jake Godby and Sean Vahey and already has four scoop shops and over 568 wholesale accounts.

The current round of crowdfunding has a minimum target of $100,031 and a maximum target of $1,069,998, and the proceeds will be used for opening new retails stores, wholesale expansion, and for optimizing existing stores. Humphrey Slocombe reported 105% growth in pint shipments from 2016 to 2018 and is soon launching in 25 grocery stores in New York in August 2019.


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