September 14, 2020

New Deals for the Week Ending 09/13/2020

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.

 

Popshop

Popshop, with a $10 million valuation cap, is raising funds on Republic. The platform allows users to launch their physical or online stores with ease and book flexible retail. Additionally, the space owners also get to list and manage their spaces, accept or deny booking requests, and directly communicate with the brands. Nathan Franco and Efry Ahdut founded Popshop in March 2018 and have raised over $1 million in previous rounds of financing. The current crowdfunding round has a minimum raise of $25,000 and a maximum raise of $1,070,000. The proceeds will be used towards enhancing technologies, marketing, and expansion. Popshop has mobile apps on iOS and Android and has generated over $3.15 million in booking volume to date.

 

Moonshot Junior

Moonshot Junior, with a valuation cap of $8 million, is raising crowdfunding on Wefunder. The company’s SaaS-based platform platform aims to inspire children’s interest in STEM and nurture their hidden talent. Moonshot Junior was founded by Alok Jain, Sunil Ranka, and Vikas Shukla in November 2019. The proceeds of the current crowdfunding campaign, with a minimum goal of $50,000 and a maximum goal of $1,070,000, will be used for customer acquisition, platform development, and operations. Moonshot Junior has a global footprint in nine countries and works on a unique business model. It is leveraging EdTech and eCommerce through its product first approach.

 

UrgentEMS

UrgentEMS, with a valuation cap of $2.5 million, is raising funding on Wefunder. The company is focused on providing almost real-time medical triage for emergent, urgent, and chronically ill patients. The network will provide triage over a telemedicine consult and facilitate access to appropriate resources through partners. Matthew Lottinger, Melissa Lottinger, and Dr. Carl Robinson founded UrgentEMS in 2018. The current crowdfunding round has a minimum target of $50,000 and a maximum target of $250,000. The funds will be used for hardware purchase, proof of concept demonstration, hiring, programming, business operations, cloud computing, and call center set up. UrgentEMS aims to become the key player in providing care to the uninsured, under-insured, and active-chronically ill.

 

Gides

Gides, with a valuation cap of $10 million, is raising funds on Wefunder. It is a social network that gives the functionality of a website without an actual website. The platform is building a universally-accessible internet experience that allows users to create and share content from their phone. Jeffrey T. Medford founded Gides in 2016 and has raised over $4 million since its inception. The proceeds of the current crowdfunding campaign, with a minimum target of $250,000 and a maximum target of $1,070,000, will be used for payroll expenses, office-related expenses, tech and hosting expenses, and legal expenses. Gides works on subscriptions and plans to monetize digital content for the users.

 

Unitonomy

Unitonomy, with a $5 million valuation cap, is raising crowdfunding on Wefunder. The company is developing systems with artificial Intelligence to help knowledge workers improve their productivity and manage information overload. The lead product of Unitonomy is GLVVV. The users can email anything to themselves at glvvv.com, and the product will organize everything for them. Charley Miller founded Unitonomy in June 2019 and has raised over $330,000 since the founding. The current crowdfunding round has a minimum goal of $100,000 and a maximum goal of $250,000. The funds will be used for product development, employee salaries, marketing, and general working capital. Unitonomy is defining the culture management software market and has been named one of the top five startups to watch in 2020 by Business First.

 

nSightify

nSightify, with a $3 million valuation cap, is raising crowdfunding on Wefunder. The company has developed a platform to improve the performance and wellbeing of Fire and EMS workers. The platform works to reduce staff disengagement, high turnover, mental and physical burnout, other trauma experienced by the First Responders. nSightify was founded by John Dadey and Jason Bonham in 2018. The proceeds of the current crowdfunding campaign, with a minimum raise of $50,000 and a maximum raise of $249,999, will be used for software development and hiring sales, marketing, and operations personnel. nSightify has dedicated years to understanding the needs of First Responders so it can make their lives better and the community stronger.

 

Rhino Hide

Rhino Hide, with a pre-money valuation of $6.01 million, is raising crowdfunding on Wefunder. The company protects schools from shootings with the help of its bulletproof wall filler. The filler is a two-part liquid that is pumped into small holes in school walls and hardened to become bulletproof. The protection also serves against projectiles from hurricanes and tornadoes. Jason Giddings founded Rhino Hide in 2019 and has raised over $480,000 since the inception. The current crowdfunding round has a minimum raise of $49,999 and a maximum raise of $501,639. The proceeds will be used for operations, campaign marketing, patents and IP, web development, chemical testing, and developing video training assets. Rhino Hide can be added to any building in a short time and at a low cost.

 

Moku Foods

Moku Foods, with a valuation cap of $8 million, is raising funds on Republic. The company makes plant-based jerky with a meat-like taste. Moku is made from mushrooms and looks like bacon. It is healthy and sustainable, and it also presents a meat-like texture for meat lovers. Moku Foods was founded by Matthew Feldman and Melissa Facchina in April 2019. The proceeds of the current crowdfunding round, with a minimum goal of $25,000 and a maximum goal of $1,070,000, will be used to further scale the business. Moku Foods is backed by experienced investors and caters to a $30 billion market of salty snacks and plant-based foods.

 

LifeDNA

LifeDNA, with a $10 million valuation cap, is raising funds on MicroVentures. It is a health and wellness platform that delivers personalized recommendations to users based on their genomics. The platform combines genetics, biometric, environment, and lifestyle to create a holistic approach towards wellness. Steve Markowitz and Cyril Moukarzel founded LifeDNA in 2017. The current crowdfunding campaign has a minimum raise of $25,000 and a maximum raise of $1,070,000. The funds will be used for general marketing, future wages, and general working capital. LifeDNA has served over 11,500 customers across the globe, with the users growing by 1,291% in the second quarter of 2020. The company has generated $315,516 in revenue till July for the year 2020, up 224% compared to the same period in 2019.

 

Roostar Factory

Roostar Factory, the new commissary kitchen for Roostar Vietnamese Grill, is raising crowdfunding on NextSeed. It is a 975 square feet kitchen facility, an expansion of the original location of Roostar in Spring Branch. The kitchen will allow Roostar to streamline its delivery, takeout, and catering businesses. Roostar Factory is led by Linda Nguyen and Ronnie Nguyen. The proceeds of the current crowdfunding round, with a minimum target of $50,000 and a maximum target of $150,000, will be used for the construction of the kitchen. Roostar Factory will become the primary location for the delivery business of Roostar Vietnamese Grill and support the already established business of the restaurant.

 

Juked

Juked, with a valuation cap of $8.5 million, is raising crowdfunding on Republic. The platform provides an excellent way to follow esports by bringing streams, scores, and news in one place. It also allows fans to discover and watch their favorite sports and engage with likeminded people around the esports. Juked was founded by Ben Goldhaber, Chris Chan, and Delan Tai in April 2019 and has raised over $1 million in previous rounds of funding. The current crowdfunding round has a minimum goal of $25,000 and a maximum goal of $1,070,000, and the proceeds will be used to launch mobile apps and take the platform to the next level. Juked has partnered with top-tier esports organizations, including Riot Games and DreamHack. The platform has a user base of 50,000 monthly average users, with 74% month-over-month growth.

 

Ionica Sciences

Ionica Sciences, with a $5.5 million valuation cap, is raising crowdfunding on SeedInvest. The company’s technology enables direct detection of Lyme disease with the help of a blood test. Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose, but it should become easily detectable with the IonLyme Test of Ionica Sciences. The test detects a special protein released into the blood by the bacteria causing the disease. Omar Green, Joel Tabb, and Dean Koch founded Ionica Sciences in 2013. The proceeds of the current crowdfunding round, with a minimum raise of $25,000 and a maximum raise of $750,000, will be used for salaries, research and development, operations, and commercial lab transfer. Ionica Sciences has filed an international patent application under the PCT and received three SBIR contracts from the Department of Defense and the Defense Health Agency.

 

Ron Artesano

Ron Artesano, with a valuation cap of $1 million, is raising funds on Wefunder. The company manufactures and bottles a premium handmade rum. The rum is crafted in the mountains of Puerto Rico by one of the most respected experts of rum, Mr. Javier Herrera. The company aims to sell Ron Artesano in Spain, Germany, Puerto Rico, Croatia, France, and the USA. Ron Artesano was founded by Jose Munoz, Rogelio Monzon, and Luis J Cruz-rivera in June 2020. The funds of the current crowdfunding round, with a minimum target of $50,000 and a maximum target of $350,000, will be used for marketing, production and packaging costs, new market development, and operational expenses. Ron Artesano will work on a lean business model and intends to start distribution by the fourth quarter of 2021.

 

Dare

Dare, with a valuation cap of $5 million, is raising crowdfunding on MicroVentures. It is a social media platform that revolves around the idea of dares. The users get to interact with their friends and strangers, give them dares to complete, and complete dares they receive. Dare has also introduced dynamic AR avatars. Edvard Erken Hoili and Maria Erken Hoili founded Dare in June 2020. The current crowdfunding campaign has a minimum target of $50,000 and a maximum target of $250,000. The proceeds will be used for general marketing, future wages, research and development, and general working capital. Dare plans to launch the new version of its mobile app in the third quarter of 2020. The previous version of Dare achieved over 12,000 downloads.

 

AquaBoy

AquaBoy, with a post-money valuation of $10.07 million, is raising funds on NetCapital. AquaBoy is the flagship product of Atmospheric Water Solutions. It extracts moisture from the air to produce purified drinking water. The product is available as AquaBoy Pro II for home and office use, and AquaBoy Commercial for commercial and industrial purposes. AquaBoy was founded by Doug Marcille, Reid Goldstein, and Al Johnston in 2017. The proceeds of the current crowdfunding round, with a minimum raise of $10,000 and a maximum raise of $1,070,000, will be used for product development, marketing, management payroll, staff payroll, lease, utilities, and overhead expenses. AquaBoy comes with replaceable filters for the aftermarket revenue stream. The product is built to solve problems of water quality, water sustainability and availability, and the value of water and the environment.

 

Guac

Guac, with a valuation of $5.3 million, is raising crowdfunding on Equifund CFP. It is a dedicated lifestyle banking app for millennials. The platform helps users set financial goals, track their savings progress, and save money on purchases made through the app. Guac uses advanced micro-savings technology that allows users to save while they spend. Scott Armstrong and Ryan Armstrong founded Guac in 2017. The current crowdfunding round has a minimum goal of $20,000 and a maximum goal of $1,070,000. Guac is led by the top fintech talent of the industry and is well-positioned for growth. The users get to save money for their short-term goals faster and with more freedom using Guac.

 

Inspire Studios

Inspire Studios, a studio behind powerful motion pictures, is raising funds on Wefunder. The studio makes impactful films and series that affect the lives of movie lovers across the globe positively. The films of Inspire Studios are based on real-life stories of everyday heroes. Inspire Studios was founded by Francis Ho and Janelyne Ho in 2019 and has raised over $1 million since its inception. The proceeds of the current crowdfunding campaign, with a minimum raise of $50,000 and a maximum raise of $1,070,000, will be used for marketing, social media advertising, development team, screenwriting, and overhead expenses. Inspire Studios is the first Hollywood-Philippines studio producing global motion pictures.

 

Smart Tire Recycling

Smart Tire Recycling, with a pre-money valuation of $2.5 million, is raising funds on Wefunder. The company has developed a pioneering process to recycle tires into reusable materials. The tires are turned into their original components and are used to manufacture new tires and other products. Smart Tire Recycling was founded by Mendel Bassman in 2016 and has raised more than $400,000 since its founding. The current crowdfunding round has a minimum target of $50,000 and a maximum target of $249,998. The funds from the raise will be used for lab testing, hiring a full-time engineer, marketing, and working capital. Smart Tire Recycling aims at reducing landfill tires and healing the environment by cutting carbon dioxide emissions.

 

Mayfield Athletics

Mayfield Athletics, with a valuation cap of $8 million, is raising crowdfunding on Wefunder. The company is making sports safer for players of all ages with its products. The products of Mayfield Athletics include a S.A.F.E. clip that can be fitted to most helmets to reduce the impact of a blow, thus preventing concussions. Justin Summerville and Richard Williams founded Mayfield Athletics 2014. The proceeds of the current crowdfunding campaign, with a minimum goal of $50,000 and a maximum goal of $250,000, will be used towards marketing and sales, helmet development, testing and engineering, inventory, and overhead expenses. Mayfield Athletics is using its patented technology to develop a No Contact Helmet System (NCHS) that will have multiple applications in sports and other markets.

 

Tiro

Tiro, with a $3 million valuation cap, is raising funds on Wefunder. The platform is using an innovative and proprietary code to build a research-driven tool for teachers to better test students. The tool will provide teachers the right data to provide a deeper analysis of the abilities and needs of students. Elliott Goodman and Brian A. Carroll founded Tiro in 2018. The current crowdfunding campaign has a minimum target of $50,000 and a maximum target of $250,000. The proceeds will be used for backend development of the student-facing product, financial audit, marketing, web hosting costs, and legal services for patents and trademarks. Tiro founders have decades of teaching experience and know what the teachers and students need, especially with most of schools going remote.

 

Fisher Wallace Laboratories

Fisher Wallace Laboratories, with a valuation of $40 million, is raising funds on StartEngine through Reg A+ crowdfunding. The company manufactures and sells wearable medical devices for mood and sleep disorders, including insomnia, anxiety, and depression. The product of Fisher Wallace Laboratories, Fisher Wallace Stimulator, stimulates the brain to produce serotonin and modulates brainwave activity. Fisher Wallace Laboratories was founded by Kelly Roman and Charles Fisher. The current crowdfunding round has no minimum target and a maximum target of $10,400,000. The proceeds will be used for research and development, clinical trials, and obtaining FDA approvals. Fisher Wallace Laboratories has more than 60,000 patients and 10,000 prescribers in the US and has generated over $23.3 million in lifetime revenues.

 

Winc

Winc, the world’s first data-driven winery, is raising funds through Reg A+ crowdfunding. The winery collects data from more than 715,000 customers to offer wines that are loved by the masses. The data is gathered through its e-commerce platform and is funneled into wine design before launching new products in the market. Brian Smith, Geoff McFarlane, Alexander Oxman, and Mark Lynn founded Winc in 2011 and raised over $8 million in its previous crowdfunding round. The current crowdfunding round has no minimum target and a maximum target of $17,500,000. The proceeds will be used to acquire new brands to add to the portfolio of wines. Winc has sold over 16 million bottles of wine to date and generated more than $240 million in revenues.


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