New Deals for the Week Ending 01/20/23 - KingsCrowd

January 23, 2023

New Deals for the Week Ending 01/20/23

Here are the newest startup raises that have been added to the KingsCrowd database. We’ve sorted them according to industry. For more information on a specific deal, just click the link provided.

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.

 

Alcohol, Tobacco, & Recreational Drugs

Bombarda Rum

Bombarda sells premium, pure rum blends with no additional colors or sugars. Bombarda Rum earned more than $400,000 in revenue during its first year of business.

  • Valuation: $10 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founder: James Papagno
  • Minimum Investment: $248.71

 

Apparel & Fashion

Oxford Hounds

Oxford Hounds is a men’s luxury apparel and accessory brand that makes its products in Italy. The founder donates 10% of his personal income to rescuing dogs through the charitable organization Helping Hounds. In the future, Oxford Hounds plans to add sweaters, cologne, women’s wear, and more to its collection.

  • Valuation: $4.6 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: James Tulin
  • Minimum Investment: $250

 

Arts & Crafts

SeeMe

SeeMe has developed a platform where artists can upload their work, market through social media, and sell through multiple channels. SeeMe has more than 600 annual subscribers and has had more than 9,000 paid artist submissions.

  • Valuation: $6 million
  • Platform: Republic
  • Founder: Brendan Burns
  • Minimum Investment: $100

 

Business Services, Software, & Applications

Niftify

Niftify is a no-code website builder that lets users create their own compliant non-fungible token (NFT) stores and marketplaces. Niftify has signed deals with 25 brands, and it had 1,500 free trial signups in the first two months.

  • Valuation: $20 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Bruno Ver, Marko Vidrih, and Emil Sterndorff
  • Minimum Investment: $100

SampleServe

SampleServe is a software company that offers tools for environmental sample collection, analysis, imaging, report production, particularly in sewer testing and water testing. The company’s system can help users save 40% to 60% in time and expenditures.

  • Valuation: $7.2 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founder: Russell Schindler
  • Minimum Investment: $249.26

Lotus

Lotus is a pricing and billing engine targeting software-as-a-service companies. It will let companies automate usage-based pricing for any metric. 

  • Valuation: $15 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Mikael Nida and Diego Escobedo
  • Minimum Investment: $100

 

Education, Training, & Coaching

EduMatch

EduMatch connects educators worldwide through social media, provides personalized professional learning opportunities for school districts and organizations, hosts a podcast where educators can discuss relevant topics, and more. EduMatch aims to create a supportive and empowering educator community, and it has partnered with Google for Education.

  • Platform: SMBX
  • Founder: Sarah-Jane Thomas
  • Interest rate: 11%
  • Minimum Investment: $10

Level Up Basketball

Level Up Basketball is a platform where basketball players watch educational videos, receive gamified coaching, connect with others, and more. So far, the app has 45,000 players, 2,000 coaches, and more than 300 paying subscribers.

  • Valuation: $6.5 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Eugene Lisovskiy and Anton Zimin
  • Minimum Investment: $100

 

Energy, Power, & Natural Resources

Vroom Solar

Vroom Solar is developing do-it-yourself, portable solar energy kits that can be used ito charge electric vehicles, electronics, power tools, and more. Vroom Solar has a working prototype and has partnered with Pivot International and Advanced Racking.

  • Valuation: $9 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founder: Luke Phelps
  • Minimum Investment: $247.50

 

Financial & Insurance Products & Services

Swopblock

Swopblock is a platform that lets users autonomously trade cryptocurrencies without any middlemen, and it distributes liquidity across all users’ wallets. The company plans to launch its beta version by the end of 2023.

  • Valuation: $5 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Jeff Hilde
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Sweater

Sweater, self-described as “a venture-backed venture capital fund,” owns a registered investment advisor called Sweater Industries and manages an independent fund called the Sweater Cashmere Fund. Sweater is backed by Liquidity, Akuna Capital, Bison Ventures, and more.

  • Platform: Dalmore Group
  • Founders: Jesse Randall, Chad Lewkowski, and Matthew Klein
  • Minimum Investment: $1,000

 

Food, Beverage, & Restaurants

Lunar Hard Seltzer

Lunar Hard Seltzer is a craft hard seltzer brand featuring Asian fruit flavors. It’s sold in retailers such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Total Wine and has a $1.1 million revenue run rate as of July 2022.

  • Valuation: $12 million
  • Platform: Republic
  • Founders: Kevin Wong and Sean Ro
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Blendid

Blendid’s autonomous, robotic food kiosks make and sell customizable smoothies. Blendid has kiosks in nine locations so far, and it has partnered with Jamba, Sodexo, and Compass Group.

  • Valuation: $88 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founders: Vipin Jain, Vijay Dodd, and Venki Ayalur
  • Minimum Investment: $499.50

Hooray Foods

Hooray Foods creates gluten-free, soy-free, plant-based bacon. Hooray Foods’ bacon is sold in more than 1,000 grocery stores, including Whole Foods, Wegmans, and Raley’s.

  • Valuation: $12.5 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Sri Artham
  • Minimum Investment: $100

 

Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals

Calibre Biometrics

Calibre Biometrics has developed an affordable device and cloud-enabled app that collects data from a user’s breath, such as metabolic data. Calibre Biometrics aims to expand into the medical market, although its device doesn’t have FDA approval yet.

  • Valuation: $22.8 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founder: Udi Meirav
  • Minimum Investment: $500

StrandSmart

StrandSmart is developing a blood test for cancer patients that will keep cancer cells alive, enabling doctors to observe how the cells mutate and develop better treatment plans. StrandSmart aims to help cancer patients live longer.

  • Valuation: $18 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founder: Adrianna Davies
  • Minimum Investment: $496.80

 

Media, Entertainment & Publishing

Slated

Slated is an online marketplace where filmmakers can match with investors and get their films packaged and released. Slated’s artificial intelligence also helps investors determine which projects are likely to succeed. 

  • Valuation: $44 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Ann Nguyen and Stephan Paternot
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Vlogmi

Vlogmi is a social media platform that seeks to create an authentic experience by only letting users upload images captured with the app’s camera. Vlogmi’s app is in its beta phase and has 600 current users, with another 2,500 users interested in being beta testers.

  • Valuation: $9.5 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founders: Luke Thorssen and Rafaella Thorssen
  • Minimum Investment: $100

HLD Film

HLD Film is a film production company creating a film called HERO.LOSS.DIRT, a thriller about a psychiatrist accused of murdering his wife. The film is directed, produced, and written by Oliver Mann, who previously made the indie film Such a Funny Life.

  • Valuation: $2 million
  • Platform: Netcapital
  • Minimum Investment: $114

IQ Billiards

IQ Billiards produces augmented reality projection systems to enhance classic billiards with graphics. The company sold more than 100 units in the past three years and is refining the technology for business-to-business sales.

  • Valuation: $500,000
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founder: Mark Guilarte
  • Minimum Investment: $100

 

Real Estate & Construction

Commongrounds Cooperative

Commongrounds Cooperative is a real estate cooperative in Traverse City, Michigan. Its pilot project, planned to open in 2023, is a four-story building that includes workforce housing, food, an early childhood education center, and more. Commongrounds Cooperative aims to improve quality of life for the local community.

  • Platform: MainVest
  • Founder: Katherine Redman
  • Minimum Investment: $250

 

Security, Cybersecurity, & Defense

PursuitAlert

PursuitAlert’s Digital Siren technology lets police officers and emergency responders alert others when they’re driving at high speeds. Drivers can then receive notifications on their devices and move their vehicles safely out of the way. 

 

Transportation, Automotive, Aviation, & Aerospace

Alpha Motor Corporation

Alpha Motor Corporation designs and manufactures a variety of electric vehicles using a patented modular vehicle system. The company hasn’t started production yet but has distribution agreements in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

  • Valuation: $125.1 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founders: Edward Lee and Jada Lee
  • Minimum Investment: $499.50

Tampa Deep Sea Xplorers

Tampa Deep Sea Xplorers develops affordable, small-footprint autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) for data collection. The company recently completed production of its first model, the Barracuda AUV, for its first commercial customer.

  • Valuation: $10.3 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founders: Edward Larson and Dennis Lorence
  • Minimum Investment: $100

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