New Deals for the Week Ending 11/10/22 - KingsCrowd

November 14, 2022

New Deals for the Week Ending 11/10/22

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

Rooted In

Rooted In is a community-oriented cannabis dispensary that is opening a boutique in Boston, Massachusetts in December 2022. Rooted In plans to channel part of its profits back into impacted neighborhoods.

  • Investment Multiple: 1.6x
  • Platform: MainVest
  • Founders: Joanne Keith, Brian Keith, Solmon Chowhury, and Rokeya Begum
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Business Services, Software, & Applications

FLOLiO

FLOLiO is a digital assets ecosystem where non-fungible token (NFT) owners can assess the value of their entire NFT portfolio, NFT brands and creators can get more exposure, and more. FLOLiO is home to more than 4,700 collections, and users’ NFT collections total more than $500 million in value.

  • Valuation: $33 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founders: Christopher Nicolau and Mikhail Reznik
  • Minimum Investment: $297

SwingZen

SwingZen’s artificially intelligent app, SwingZen Analyzer, helps golfers develop the perfect swing through feedback, tips, and lessons. To date, the app has been downloaded 2,000 times.

  • Valuation: $14.5 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Glen Yarbrough
  • Minimum Investment: $100

TagMango

TagMango is a one-stop platform that lets creators easily make content, connect with audiences, and monetize. Features include white labeled websites and apps, live video streaming, and customer analytics. The company is backed by Y Combinator and notable founders from companies like Twitch.

  • Valuation: $18 million
  • Platform: Republic
  • Founders: Divyanshu Damani and Mohammad Hasan
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Education, Training, & Coaching

Brite

Brite has created a white label platform that lets any teacher provide and manage science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. Brite teaches programming through more than 250 courses and 400 quests, and it’s backed by the likes of Techstars and Avalanche VC.

  • Valuation: $8 million
  • Platform: Republic
  • Founders: Dmitry Litvinov and Renato Vieira Da Costa
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Financial & Insurance Products & Services

Eqvista

Eqvista is an all-in-one stock management platform where companies can raise capital, issue stocks, and manage shares and shareholder communication, while shareholders can buy and sell shares in the secondary marketplace. Eqvista has more than 9,000 companies under management and grew revenue by 14x in the past two years.

  • Valuation: $67.3 million
  • Platform: Securitize Markets
  • Founder: Tomas Milar
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Thryv

Thryv is a borrower-centered, business-to-business loan servicing platform that helps cut costs and reduce loan fallout. The company is a subsidiary of Crowd Capital and expects B-Corp certification in 2023.

  • Valuation: $12 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Christian Rotter
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Food, Beverage, & Restaurants

The Veggie

The Veggie is a fast casual restaurant with a completely vegan menu. It also offers allergy-free options, grab-and-go food, and catering services. The Veggie has earned two awards, and it expects 20% year-over-year revenue growth for 2022.

  • Interest rate: 13.5%
  • Platform: Honeycomb
  • Founder: Adyre Mason
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Hiatus Cheesecake

Hiatus Cheesecake makes cheesecakes from scratch, which then get sold in either restaurants or grocery stores. The business expanded operations from Baltimore, Maryland to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 2022, and it places an emphasis on community service.

  • Interest rate: 13%
  • Platform: Honeycomb
  • Founder: Matthew Featherstone
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Lola Snacks

Lola Snacks offers vegan energy bars infused with probiotics and prebiotics to enhance gut health. Lola Snacks is already distributed in 15,000 locations, including convenience stores, and it’s involved in youth mentoring and anti-hunger programs.

  • Valuation: $12 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founder: Mary Molina
  • Minimum Investment: $199.98

Taylor’s Tacos

Taylor’s Tacos is an on-site taco catering company that offers self-serve taco bars and taco trays. The company is Black-owned, woman-owned, and LGBTQ-owned, and it is working toward opening its first brick-and-mortar store.

  • Interest rate: 12.75%
  • Platform: Honeycomb
  • Founders: Taylor Mason and Maya Mason
  • Minimum Investment: $100

8 Myles

8 Myles offers a line of macaroni and cheese meals with no artificial flavors and below-average levels of sodium. 8 Myles already distributes its products to 1,200 stores, including Sprouts, Whole Foods, and Target.

  • Interest rate: 5%
  • Platform: Honeycomb
  • Founder: Myles Powell
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals

Zendo

Zendo’s wearable device uses transcranial direct current stimulation technology, which involves a low-intensity electric current to the head, to enhance meditation and reduce stress. Zendo’s public beta release sold out and has a waitlist of more than 3,000 people.

  • Valuation: $10 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founders: Bashar Badran and Baron Short
  • Minimum Investment: $250

Brightlamp

Brightlamp’s app, Reflex, uses machine learning to help doctors quickly assess neurological vitals, cutting complicated hardware out of the process. Reflex has been used by 210 clinics on more than 30,000 patients, and it has been selected for a two-year concussion management study by the Department of Defense.

  • Valuation: $15.5 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founders: Kurtis Sluss and Michael Heims
  • Minimum Investment: $244.11

Media, Entertainment & Publishing

Slingshot USA

Slingshot USA is creating an animated film called David, which retells the biblical story of David (of David and Goliath fame). The creators want to combine an authentic biblical story with the fun of Disney hits, and its team members have participated in films like Finding Nemo, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and more.

Sports Matching

Sports Matching is a platform that lets recreational and pickup sports athletes find a game, set up a match, arrange regular games, and keep in touch. Sports Matching offers a free version with ads, a subscription plan without ads, and will offer betting options in the future.

  • Valuation: $3 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Alex Berger
  • Minimum Investment: $100

American Stories Entertainment

American Stories Entertainment creates uplifting shows about real people and a variety of lifestyles, primarily spotlighting rural and medium-sized locations. American Stories Entertainment seeks to fulfill an unmet demand for entertainment geared toward more conservative Americans.

  • Valuation: $12.1 million
  • Platform: PicMii
  • Founders: Robert Cefail and Tony McKnight
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Bundlr

Bundlr is a platform where users can discover and subscribe to newsletters and podcasts and engage with the rest of the community. Bundlr has more than 4 million podcasts and more than 2,000 newsletters in its index.

  • Valuation: $3.5 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founder: Thomas Benham
  • Minimum Investment: $100

The Flip Side

The Flip Side aims to help people across the political spectrum understand each other and have thoughtful conversations through a daily newsletter, forum, and more exclusive content. The Flip Side currently has more than 237,000 newsletter subscribers and a 33% daily open rate.

  • Valuation: $20 million
  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Founders: Annafi Wahed and Jihan Varisco
  • Minimum Investment: $100

The King of Con

The King of Con is a docuseries based on a memoir about Thomas Giacomaro, an infamous salesman who became immersed in a world of drugs, violence, and organized crime. The very same Thomas Giacomaro is leading the project, and the team includes Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe winners.

  • Platform: Wefunder
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Gamers Heaven

Gamers Heaven is a one-stop shop where gamers, comic book fans, and anime fans can play, shop, eat, and meet like-minded people. Gamers Heaven aims to replicate the fan-friendly experience of Akihabara, Japan in the United States and currently does not have any direct competitors.

Real Estate & Construction

Wildflower Management

Wildflower Management handles real estate investment and management for Wildflower Mountain Ranch, a therapeutic retreat program for girls. Wildflower Management aims to acquire nine properties between 2023 and 2025, which will be used to open three treatment centers.

  • Valuation: $2 million
  • Platform: Mr. Crowd
  • Founders: Bridget Kilgrow and Jeff Kilgrow
  • Minimum Investment: $100

India Home

India Home is a nonprofit working to help Indian and South Asian senior immigrants in New York City. It aims to build a care facility for seniors, complete with amenities, cleaning services, and more. India Home is supported and funded by multiple government officials, including Congress members.

  • Interest rate: 8%
  • Platform: Common Owner
  • Founder: Vasundhara Kalasapudi
  • Minimum Investment: $2,000

Rentberry

Rentberry is a global platform that simplifies the rental process by making it contact-free, transparent, fully automated, and eliminating third parties between renters and landlords. In 2021, Rentberry had 8 million users and processed 11 million properties.

  • Valuation: $50.3 million
  • Platform: StartEngine
  • Founders: Lily Ostapchuk, Oleksiy Lyubynskyy, and Oleksandr Kotovskov
  • Minimum Investment: $497.80

Brightwood Design+Build

Brightwood Design+Build is a full-service builder and general contractor that assists homeowners through the renovation process and creates the designs clients envision. The company has handled more than 50 projects in the Washington, D.C. area, and clients’ properties tripled in value on average after Brightwood Design+Build’s services.

  • Interest rate: 8%
  • Platform: SMBX
  • Founders: Jasmine Niernberger and Noah Jacobs
  • Minimum Investment: $10

Retail Shops & Department Stores

The Building Center

The Building Center is a full-service lumber and building supply center that sells products like concrete and fasteners, offers technical expertise, delivers, and more. The company is targeting rural areas, and it has earned two awards.

  • Valuation: $7 million
  • Platform: MicroVentures
  • Founders: John Wheeler, Morgan Wheeler, and Jason Wheeler
  • Minimum Investment: $100

Security, Cybersecurity, & Defense

This App Saves Lives

This App Saves Lives is an app that motivates drivers to leave their phones alone on the road. Every minute of driving without being distracted translates into rewards from nationally recognized brands. Since 2020, the app has gained more than 30,000 users and prevented an estimated 50 or more accidents.

  • Valuation: $5 million
  • Platform: SeedInvest
  • Founder: Ryan Frankel
  • Minimum Investment: $1,000

Cyborg

Cyborg’s platform, Stealth, is an end-to-end cloud storage solution where users can securely search and import files. The company has 11 patents for its software, and it has raised more than $5 million to date.

  • Valuation: $25 million
  • Platform: Republic
  • Founder: Nicolas Dupont
  • Minimum Investment: $250

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