Market News - March 6, 2023

New Deals for the Week Ending 03/03/23

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


Chow420 has developed an online cannabis marketplace and automated dispensaries that sell products vetted through the company’s proprietary blockchain-based process. It aims to help customers buy transparent and traceable cannabis products.

  • Valuation: $19 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founders: David Obasiolu and Michael Obasiolu
  • Minimum Investment: $255.19

Volley Tequila Seltzer

Volley Tequila Seltzer is a brand of organic, gluten-free, ready-to-drink seltzers with only three ingredients. The company has partnered with the nonprofit Leave No Trace and helps fund outdoor educational events and clean-ups of public spaces.

  • Valuation: $15 million
  • Platform: Republic
  • Founders: Christopher Wirth and Camila Soriano
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Dalton Distillery

Dalton’s Distillery is a small craft distillery in Dalton, Georgia that specializes in authentic moonshine. It also makes vodka using corn and a sunflower spirit using sunflower seeds and corn.

  • Interest Rate: 10.5%
  • Platform: SMBX
  • Founder: Charles Butler
  • Minimum Investment: $10


Sool has lines of vegan, all-natural, ready-to-drink Korean alcohol: Makku, makgeolli drinks with a modern twist, and Soku, sparkling soju cocktails. The company has earned more than $3 million in sales to date.

  • Valuation: $20 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Carol Pak
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Business Services, Software, & Applications

Averroes Software

Averroes Software has developed a cloud-based project management platform for design and construction companies. It plans to use funds from this raise for international marketing and business development.

  • Valuation: $4 million
  • Platform: Netcapital
  • Founder: Sofiene Salem
  • Minimum Investment: $100


Contractor+ has developed an all-in-one app for contractors, with features including job and project management, marketing services, collaborating with other contractors, and more. So far, it has more than 20,000 users and 540 paying customers.

  • Valuation: $4.6 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Justin Smith and Roshan Sethia
  • Minimum Investment: $100


Hexact has developed a cloud-based, artificially intelligent platform that provides workflow automation for sales, marketing, and research teams. The company has more than 100,000 users in 167 countries.

  • Valuation: $10.8 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founders: Stepan Aslanyan, Christopher Closset, Vahe Sargsyan, and Armen Avakian
  • Minimum Investment: $248.46


Ingenii’s platform provides quantum computation, with features like data engineering automation, quantum-enabled work spaces, and a marketplace of abstracted quantum algorithms. It currently claims to earn $60,000 in annual recurring revenue from subscribers.

  • Valuation: $15 million
  • Platform: Republic
  • Founders: Christine Johnson and Marko Djukic
  • Minimum Investment: $150

The Cru

The Cru is a platform that matches groups of female employees and helps them coach one another, receive advice and inspiration from high-level members, and more. It aims to help women meet their personal and professional goals.

  • Valuation: $8.8 million
  • Platform: Republic
  • Founder: Tiffany Dufu
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Consumer Products, Goods, & Services

Ceres Chill

Ceres Chill develops and sells breast milk storage solutions and accessories. It has an average order value of $77.

  • Valuation: $9.6 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Lisa Myers
  • Minimum Investment: $100


Betterhalf is an Indian app that carries potential couples through matchmaking, courtship, and marriage without parents’ involvement. So far, users have made 5 million matches and held 10,000 marriages.

  • Valuation: $50 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Pawan Gupta and Rahul Namdev
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Energy, Power, & Natural Resources

BlocPower Energy Services

BlocPower Energy Services is a subsidiary of BlocPower, a company that helps building owners in disadvantaged communities make their buildings smarter and greener. BlocPower Energy Services owns and operates energy projects from BlocPower’s pipeline.

  • Interest Rate: 6.5%
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Donnel Baird
  • Minimum Investment: $200

Sirocco Energy

Sirocco Energy creates affordable, quiet, customizable wind turbines that can be used in urban and suburban areas. It has more than 1,200 preorders, which could bring in a potential revenue of $80 million.

  • Valuation: $9 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Taras Vodyanyy, Anna Pryimak, and Oleksandr Pryjmak
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Wind Harvest

Wind Harvest designs and sells wildlife-friendly vertical-axis wind turbines called Wind Harvesters. In 2023, the company expects to sell seven turbines for projects it has in development.

  • Interest rate: 8%
  • Platform: PicMii
  • Founder: Kevin Wolf
  • Minimum Investment: $100


NDB is a semiconductor, energy, and battery solution company. Its Nano Diamond Battery is powered by radiation from radioactive decay.

  • Valuation: $210.5 million
  • Platform: PicMii
  • Founder: Nima Golsharifi
  • Minimum Investment: $625

Farming & Agriculture

Midnight Harvest

Midnight Harvest farms morel mushrooms throughout the year in an indoor, controlled environment. The company plans to open its online store in fall 2023.

  • Valuation: $3.5 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Matthew Hall
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Montiel Farms

Montiel Farms is a family-owned farm in Wichita, Kansas that lets customers learn about its produce and flowers at the farm and offers a “pay what you can” option to help anyone buy its food, regardless of socioeconomic status. By the end of 2023, it plans on expanding to 14 different farming sites in the city.

  • Interest rate: 13.5%
  • Platform: Honeycomb
  • Founder: Thomas Montiel
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Ecotone Renewables

Ecotone Renewables uses patent-pending anaerobic digestion technology to sustainably turn food waste into liquid fertilizer. It has converted 30,000 pounds of food waste to date.

  • Interest Rate: 12.75%
  • Platform: Honeycomb
  • Founders: Dylan Lew, Kyle Wyche, and Elliott Bennett
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Financial & Insurance Products & Services


Staax is a peer-to-peer payment app that lets users pay in stocks and be part of a community focused on investing. The company’s investors include Techstars, Western Union, and Liquidity.

  • Valuation: $25 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Nikki Varanasi, Lucy Yang, and Victoria Yang
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Swell Financial

Swell has created a financial app that aims to help users control spending, build wealth, and more. So far, it has a community of more than 4,000 users.

  • Valuation: $100 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Kevin Dahlstrom
  • Minimum Investment: $500

Fitness & Wellness

Fisher Wallace Laboratories

Fisher Wallace develops wearable devices that treat depression, anxiety, and insomnia without serious side effects. Its first device, the Fisher Wallace Stimulator, is FDA approved and has been purchased more than 100,000 times.

  • Valuation: $83.1 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founders: Kelly Roman and Charles Fisher
  • Minimum Investment: $490.82

Food, Beverage, & Restaurants


Mírame is a restaurant in Beverly Hills, California that serves modern Mexican cuisine. It recently opened another iteration called Mírate in Los Angeles, California.

  • Investment Multiple: 1.9x
  • Platform: Honeycomb
  • Founders: Matthew Egan and Joshua Gil
  • Minimum Investment: $100


WithCo is a brand of non-alcoholic cocktail mixes that uses fresh ingredients, without preservatives, additives, or concentrates. Its products are carried in CVS stores in eight states and will be available in 1,700 Target stores by March 2023.

  • Valuation: $17 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Joshua Ellis
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Blackout Coffee

Blackout Coffee is a premium, small-batch coffee roasting company. It has had a total of more than 100,000 orders.

  • Valuation: $17.9 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founders: John Santos and Rachael Santos
  • Minimum Investment: $198.75

Arcay Chocolates

Arcay Chocolates is an all-natural, small-batch, handmade chocolate studio in Washington, D.C. It also offers desserts for catering in the Washington, D.C. area.

  • Interest Rate: 10%
  • Platform: SMBX
  • Founders: Anabella Berti and Rafael Berti
  • Minimum Investment: $10

Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals

MedFire Innovations

MedFire Innovations develops and sells products to make life easier for healthcare providers and patients. It also has a platform called MedFire Jobs and Expo, where members of healthcare, veterinary, science, and public safety industries can recruit, find jobs, train, and more.

  • Valuation: $1 million
  • Platform: Crowdfund Mainstreet
  • Founder: Gregory Christmas
  • Minimum Investment: $500

Kazu by Wellness Insight Technologies

Wellness Insight Technologies is developing a personalized, artificially intelligent medicine and supplement dispensing device called Kazu, which pairs with a mobile app. The company also makes pre-filled pods of cannabidiol, melatonin, and more for Kazu devices.

  • Valuation: $16 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founder: Ramon Alarcon
  • Minimum Investment: $200

OneFul Health

OneFul Health is developing a platform and technology that can combine multiple drug prescriptions into a single capsule (“polypill”) or flavored gel pouch. The company is currently focused on launching personalized polypills for cardiovascular patients.

  • Valuation: $11.5 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founder: Edison Hudson
  • Minimum Investment: $250

Japa Health

Japa Health has created a personalized scoring and assessment engine that offers users suggestions on how they can improve their health and vitality. It also developed an invitation-only app for experts to create content. 

  • Valuation: $7.9 million
  • Platform: Netcapital
  • Founders: Sheryl Utal and Layna Dakin
  • Minimum Investment: $99

GoodDoctorBadDoctor. com is a freemium platform where users will be able to look up opinions, endorsements, reviews, and more about specific doctors and offer their own. The first version is expected to release in March 2023, with new features released every few weeks until June.

  • Valuation: $7.5 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Chad Erickson and Barry Howell
  • Minimum Investment: $100

CB Therapeutics

CB Therapeutics has developed a synthetic biology and cellular agriculture platform to find, develop, and produce molecules and compounds. Its goal is to sustainably and efficiently produce food and drugs at a low cost and with minimal resources.

  • Valuation: $45 million
  • Platform: Republic
  • Founders: Sher Butt and Jacob Vogan
  • Minimum Investment: $250

Industrial Services


Starting with synthetic human arms, Clone is developing androids that can perform tasks. The company aims to mass-produce affordable clones.

  • Valuation: $30 million
  • Platform: Republic
  • Founders: Dhanush Radhakrishnan and Lukasz Kozlik
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Logistics, Delivery, & Supply Chain

Earth Robotics

Earth Robotics is developing indoor robots that can deliver food and packages to apartment and condo residents. The company has already launched its first pilot robot.

  • Valuation: $17.1 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founders: Ismael Emacha and Amir Emacha
  • Minimum Investment: $249.10

Media, Entertainment, & Publishing

AF Social from AnyFans (previously AnyFans)

AnyFans has developed a social media app targeting young adults called AF Social, which also provides mental health resources, personal and professional growth tools, and more. The official app is expected to launch in fall 2023.

  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Joshua Luke and Ryan Jacobson
  • Minimum Investment: $250


ComeWith is a social media platform that lets users get together and spend time with each other in real life. It has 25 paying subscribers.

  • Valuation: $6.5 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founder: David Linhardt
  • Minimum Investment: $101.64


SÉANCE will be a Victorian Gothic thriller film in which a woman takes refuge at the home of a couple and the wife claims to be haunted by her dead child. It will be written and directed by Vivian Kerr and produced by A Season of Rain, which successfully funded and shot its first film, SCRAP, in 2021.

  • Investment Multiple: 1.2x
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Iron Lilly

Iron Lilly is dedicated to raising awareness about Lilly Farrow, a woman who held her own in the motorcycle industry during the early 20th century and became an industry pioneer. It will make a self-titled film about Lily Farrow’s life that’s expected to be released in late 2024 or early 2025.

  • Valuation: $15 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Yochanan Marcellino and Michael Johnson
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Real Estate & Construction


Tomu builds cheaper, greener, prefabricated guest houses in a variety of sizes and layouts. It has attracted more than $7 million in direct-to-consumer preorder reservations.

  • Valuation: $20 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founder: Chris Osaka
  • Minimum Investment: $250

Barrett & Benitez Development

Barrett & Benitez Development is a real estate company aiming to provide marginalized communities in Buffalo, New York and Western New York with essential resources. Its first project — a mixed-use development that will feature an eco-friendly laundromat, residential units, and more — is already in progress.

  • Platform: Common Owner
  • Founders: Brandi Barrett and Jackeysi Benitez
  • Minimum Investment: $500

Security, Cybersecurity, & Defense


IMEROPEX’s virtual reality technology lets people and organizations experience and work through crises in a virtual environment. In January 2023, the company was accepted into Newchip’s accelerator program.

Transportation, Automotive, Aviation, & Aerospace

MBZ Parts

MBZ Parts sells new, used, and rebuilt Mercedes-Benz parts for classic Mercedes-Benz models. The company has more than 13,000 newsletter subscribers.

  • Valuation: $2.9 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Sheila Heaney
  • Minimum Investment: $200

Voltaic Marine

Voltaic Marine develops electric vessels for water sports and recreational boating. Its first model, the AEW24, is still under development and can run for eight hours on one full charge.

  • Valuation: $25.6 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founder: Richard Phamdo
  • Minimum Investment: $200

Travel & Hospitality

Bright Trip

Bright Trip’s video platform lets creators make travel education videos that help travelers plan. The company claims that creators made $250,000 in revenue during the last quarter of 2022.

  • Valuation: $25 million
  • Platform: Republic
  • Founders: Andrew McGarrity, Johnny Harris, Iz Harris, and Evan Freeze
  • Minimum Investment: $100

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