Market News - February 13, 2023

New Deals for the Week Ending 02/10/23

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

Ron Artesano

Ron Artesano makes a line of premium, handmade rum in Puerto Rico. Ron Artesano plans to start distributing to the Caribbean and the U.S. in the second quarter of 2023.

  • Valuation: $3 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Jose Muñoz Gonzalez
  • Minimum Investment: $250

Pink Bench Distilling

Pink Bench Distilling will be a craft distillery in Troy, Montana that makes brandies and gins using locally sourced and foraged ingredients. Pink Bench Distilling plans to open in spring of 2023.

  • Valuation: $1.4 million
  • Platform: CrowdFund Montana
  • Founders: Kristina Boyd and Shawna Kelsey
  • Minimum Investment: $500


Apparel & Fashion

KD New York

KD New York creates yarn and designs and sells a brand of knit and athleisure apparel. The company plans to build a facility in the Bronx, New York City where it will manufacture plant-based fibers and yarn and produce knit apparel.

  • Valuation: $12 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: David Lee
  • Minimum Investment: $100


Business Services, Software, & Applications

Dotwav Creates

Dotwav Creates is the parent company of Whistle, an online marketplace for freelancers. 

  • Valuation: $10 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Jordan Baker
  • Minimum Investment: $100


Consumer Products, Goods & Services


ReCapturit is an online marketplace for buying and selling reclaimed and salvaged building materials. The company wants to increase sustainability in the waste produced by the construction and building industry.

  • Valuation: $8.3 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Lawrence LaMotte
  • Minimum Investment: $100


Kitchenery has developed a technology that lets countertops wirelessly power small kitchen appliances, eliminating the need for cords and outlets. Kitchenery wants to make kitchens safer and more visually appealing.

  • Valuation: $9 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Akshay Bhuva and Agustin Mendez
  • Minimum Investment: $100


Financial & Insurance Products & Services

Raise Green

Raise Green’s platform hosts Regulation Crowdfunding raises for pre-screened clean energy projects and climate companies. Between 2021 and 2022, Raise Green doubled its revenue and more than quadrupled its investor count.

  • Valuation: $8 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Franz Hochstrasser and Jackie Logan
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Republic Note

Republic Notes are Republic’s digital securities and come in limited supply. Republic Note holders partially own the profits made from certain lines of Republic’s business, such as liquidity events for specific companies Republic invested in. 

  • Platform: Republic
  • Minimum Investment: $1,000

People Finance (previously Stonks Trading)

People Finance is a neobanking, stock trading, and crypto investment platform. Its flagship product is a high-yield savings account with a competitive interest rate. The platform has more than 1,000 beta users, and 12,000 people are on a waiting list for People Finance’s banking services.

  • Valuation: $25 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Anthony Hughes
  • Minimum Investment: $100


Fitness & Wellness


MentalHappy has created an app for affordable group therapy sessions and expert-led peer support groups. MentalHappy has more than 70 health providers leading groups and more than 1,500 active group members.

  • Valuation: $10 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Tamar Blue
  • Minimum Investment: $250


Food, Beverage, & Restaurants

Amazing Pizza

Amazing Pizza & More is a restaurant in Salem, Massachusetts that specializes in artisan pizzas and authentic cooking. It plans to open a second location.

  • Investment Multiple: 1.45x
  • Platform: MainVest
  • Founder: Jacqui Field
  • Minimum Investment: $100


Pitsa is a restaurant specializing in pizza dishes that adopt flavors from India, Thailand, Turkey, and South Korea. It has two locations in Glen Allen, Virginia.

  • Interest rate: 10%
  • Platform: SMBX
  • Minimum Investment: $10

Osena Spiked Coconut Water

Osena makes 100-calorie, sugar-free spiked coconut water. Osena wants to offer healthier options to alcohol drinkers.

  • Valuation: $6 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Vicente Surraco and Chris Allen
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Orange By: Devoured

Orange By: Devoured is a microconcept by Devoured Pizza, a pop-up pizza restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri that offers eclectic flavors. The company is working towards opening a brick-and-mortar space.

  • Investment Multiple: 1.5x
  • Platform: MainVest
  • Founder: Jhy Coulter
  • Minimum Investment: $100


Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals


Moksha has created a meditation app and a device that helps users through calming breathing techniques. The beta version of Moksha’s app has more than 2,400 users, and it has sold more than 19,000 breathing devices.

  • Valuation: $10 million
  • Platform: Republic
  • Founders: Yash Ghanekar and Jaymin Shah
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Aqua Research

Aqua Research has developed technology that lets people in developing nations create their own disinfectant and treat drinking water. Aqua Research wants to save lives by reducing pathogens that cause diseases.

  • Valuation: $7.1 million
  • Platform: Netcapital
  • Founder: Rodney Herrington
  • Minimum Investment: $99.43


Industrial Services


Avadain uses a green, globally patented process to create high-quality flakes of graphene — a strong, flexible material that conducts electricity very well. Avadain has received a $3.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • Valuation: $28 million
  • Platform: Netcapital
  • Founders: Phil Van Wormer, Ericka Wojack, and Brad Larschan
  • Minimum Investment: $250


Marketing & Advertising


Hashku has created software that offers brands a suite of tools to plan, launch, and manage digital goods (like non-fungible tokens) and digital experiences. Hashku claims it has a pipeline of more than $5 million new opportunities.

  • Valuation: $5 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Joel Ponce, Josh Stanley, Matt Casanova, and Christopher Coy
  • Minimum Investment: $100


Media, Entertainment & Publishing

Legion M

Together with William Shatner and Exhibit A Pictures, Legion M is creating a documentary called You Can Call Me Bill, which covers the life of actor William Shatner. The film is directed by Andre Philippe.

  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Minimum Investment: $100


Fig (owned by Republic) is a video game co-publisher that lets investors crowdfund video game development. This raise represents shares in undetermined games that Fig will co-publish with Atari.

  • Platform: Republic
  • Founder: Justin Bailey
  • Minimum Investment: $500

Hook & Irons Golf and Social Lounge

Hook & Irons Golf and Social Lounge will be a lounge in Pennsville, New Jersey featuring simulated golf, baseball, soccer, and more; television; and food and beverages. It plans to open in March 2023.

  • Investment Multiple: 1.4x
  • Platform: MainVest
  • Founders: Fred Ayars and Johnny Maxwell III
  • Minimum Investment: $100


Pet Health, Food, and Services

Bone Apetreat

Bone Apetreat sells dog toys and treats out of two food trucks in Denver, Colorado, sometimes donating a portion of revenue to local shelters and rescues. It also sells online and offers custom-made Barkuterie boards, and the company plans to expand through franchising. 

  • Valuation: $4 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founder: Tiffany Brown
  • Minimum Investment: $250


Real Estate & Construction


MCARTech has created ALERT, a cloud-based app, to monitor industrial equipment, catch machine failure early, predict failures with algorithms, and provide notifications and guidance for countermeasures. MCARTech has signed contracts with two international companies.

  • Valuation: $5 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Kumar Chatterjee and Kanishka Singh
  • Minimum Investment: $100

East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative

East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative is a real estate developer that creates affordable, community-controlled land and businesses. Its mission is to help Black individuals, Indigenous people, and other people of color build wealth in the housing market.

  • Platform: CrowdFund Mainstreet
  • Founders: Noni Session, Gregory Jackson, Shira Shaham, and Ojan Mobedshahi
  • Minimum Investment: $1,000

Edmondson Village

The Chicago TREND Corporation has negotiated a contract to acquire Edmondson Village Shopping Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The company wants to hire Black contractors, lease to Black-owned businesses, and create opportunities for local employment in the shopping center.

  • Platform: Small Change
  • Founders: Lyneir Richardson and Robert Weissbourd
  • Minimum Investment: $1,000


Security, Cybersecurity, & Defense


TruKno uses artificial intelligence to track hackers’ latest techniques and predict hacks before they happen. TruKno is currently supporting 15 enterprise trials across a variety of industries.

  • Valuation: $12 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Manish Kapoor and Ebrahim Saed
  • Minimum Investment: $100


Transportation, Automotive, Aviation, & Aerospace

Revolution Brands

Revolution Brands is a vertically integrated collection of brands focused on electric mobility solutions and sustainable lifestyle products. Revolution Brands earned $6 million in revenue during its first year of operations.

  • Valuation: $54.9 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founders: Fernando Alonso, Mauricio Diaz, Alberto Fernández, Federico Urdaneta, John Klinger, and Isaac Morales
  • Minimum Investment: $249.48


Volektra sells kits to convert small vehicles — like bicycles, mopeds, and three-wheelers — into electric vehicles. Volektra also made an app that connects its hardware, which monitors the vehicle’s health and lets users adjust parameters.

  • Valuation: $12 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Manish Seth
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Parallel Flight Technologies

Parallel Flight Technologies is developing drones that can carry heavy weights for longer periods, making them useful for a variety of situations. The company has received 48 letters of intent.

  • Valuation: $82.4 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founders: David Adams, Joshua Resnick, and Bobby Hulter
  • Minimum Investment: $490

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