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We’ve made updates to your SeedInvest experience! Now you can manage your holdings, pending investment activity, investor account details, and funding methods all in one place.

Below is an overview of what’s changed and how we’ve made it easier to review details about what is required to finalize your investments.

Investor Account

Your Investor Accounts (Personal Account, Trust Account, Company Account) can now be found by clicking your personalized icon at the top right corner of the page. Select an Investor Account and find the holdings, pending activity, account details, and funding methods associated to that account.

Portfolio

See all your holdings associated with your Investor Account in your Portfolio. Your holdings include investments that have been formally closed upon. Click on one of the company tiles to find a list of all your holdings. Now it’s easier to see details of your holdings and download any relevant documentation.

Pending Activity

Find all your pending activity here. This includes investments that are still processing and any reservations you’ve made. We’ve added additional details to this page, giving you more insight into where your investment is at in the process. Now you can see if information is still required to verify your account, whether your investment has been funded yet, and if your investment has reached escrow. Once all these items are resolved, the investment will move from Pending Activity to your Portfolio page.

Account Details

Federal law requires us to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies you and the account on whose behalf you would like to invest. Visit your Account Details page to see all the information required to open and verify your Investor Account (you will be asked to re-verify this info every year). Once all the required information is collected, our Operations Team will review your account. The status of your account will clearly be indicated at every point of the process.

Funding Methods

Now you can easily manage all the funding methods associated with your Investor Account. You can add new funding methods, verify your bank account, and get more information about your wire transfers.

Explore Your Account

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Today SeedInvest announced that we received FINRA approval to operate an Alternative Trading System (ATS) to facilitate secondary trading of startup investments.  This is an important step towards our goal of democratizing the private capital markets.

When we first began to work on the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act in 2011 (before it was called the JOBS Act), we envisioned a world in which everyone’s investment portfolio included startups.  We were confident that millions of people would invest in startups for the first time and that, as a result, a vibrant secondary market would emerge to facilitate liquidity. It turns out, we were right that millions of people would invest in startups for the first time but were wrong about the secondary market.

Over seven years later, we feel as strongly as we did back then that a balanced portfolio should include alternatives such as startups and not just stocks and bonds.  Some of the most sophisticated investors on the planet (pensions and endowments) have a significant portion of their portfolios invested in venture capital and we believe that ordinary people should have that opportunity as well.  Through the passage of the JOBS Act, online platforms have been able to leverage the Internet to provide access, greater transparency and significantly lower investment minimums which has enabled easier diversification. But a lack of liquidity remains the biggest missing piece to getting startups in every portfolio.

The other day someone asked me why liquidity is so critical for startup investing and I provided two reasons. First off, for most people, investing in anything for the first time can be nerve wrecking.  But if you invest in Apple stock, you can always change your mind the next day and sell it. If you invest in an early-stage startup on the other hand, you are often making a 5+ year decision and that’s tough for many people to swallow.  Second, when you invest in a public company, there is an immediate feedback loop; you always know exactly how you are doing based on the stock price. When you invest in an early-stage startup, it’s often difficult to know how your investment is actually performing for months or sometimes years at a time.  

A true vibrant secondary market for startups would address the aforementioned challenges and make investing in startups more attractive.  In turn, this would result in more capital for the very startups which drive job growth and innovation in America and abroad. Once we formally launch our ATS, it should be a big win for entrepreneurs and investors alike.  In the meantime, today marks a big milestone in our new journey as part of the Circle family.

Ryan

Ryan M. Feit
CEO & Co-Founder
SeedInvest

Disclaimer

All securities-related activity is conducted by SI Securities, LLC dba SeedInvest, an affiliate of Circle Internet Financial Limited, and a registered broker-dealer, and member FINRA/SIPC, located at 116 W Houston Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10012. This communication is for information purposes only and should not be regarded as a recommendation of, or an offer to sell or as a solicitation of an offer to buy, any financial product. Investments are offered only via definitive transaction documents and any potential investor should read such documents carefully, including all risks, before investing. Startup investments involve a high degree of risk and those investors who cannot hold an investment for the long term (at least 5-7 years) or afford to lose their entire investment should not invest in startups. To learn more about investing in startups and its risks visit www.seedinvest.com/academy.

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In October we announced our agreement to be acquired by Circle. We are thrilled to let you know that we recently received the required regulatory approval and closed the transaction.

Since the announcement, we enjoyed reading the hundreds of supportive emails from the SeedInvest Community. We also responded to a myriad of questions about what this acquisition will mean for our team, our customers, and our platform. Now that things are official, we wanted to publicly address a number of the most common questions:

Q: Why did you decide to sell to Circle?

A: While we are proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past 6+ years, we still have a lot of work left to do. We are confident that we can achieve significantly more and at a higher velocity with Circle. Circle is a clear market leader, backed by some of the most reputable investors in the world and led by a world-class management team. Circle has raised $250 million from Goldman Sachs, IDG Capital, Accel, CICC, General Catalyst, Bitmain and Jim Breyer and Co-Founders Jeremy Allaire and Sean Neville took their two previous companies public. And Circle is just getting started. Simply put, they are an outstanding partner for us.

Q: What’s happening with the SeedInvest team?

A: We are happy to report that the entire SeedInvest team, including the two of us, is staying on to continue building what we started. We will join Circle’s team of more than 300 people and have the opportunity to serve a global customer base of more than 8.5 million individuals and 1,000 institutions.

Q: What will happen to the current SeedInvest business? Will you continue offering your current suite of products or discontinue them?

A: We are also delighted to let you know that we will continue operating as we always have, focused on democratizing startup investing, just with greater resources. SeedInvest will continue to empower startups to raise capital through Reg D, Reg CF and Reg A+ and will provide both accredited and non-accredited investors with access to startup investments.

Q: What’s next for SeedInvest?

A: As part of Circle we will chase the remaining pieces of our original vision for SeedInvest. Since the passage of the JOBS Act, we have leveraged the Internet to streamline the startup fundraising and investing processes. We believe that tokenizing startups can take things to another level by providing liquidity, enabling capital to flow across geographic borders, and paving the path for completely new types of capital formation. And startups are just the beginning.

Q: Where can I read more?

A: We encourage you to check out this blog post published today from Circle’s co-founders on the acquisition and the broader Circle vision.

We are forever thankful for our entire team for the countless hours, extraordinary effort, and deep passion they always put forth, our investors for the guidance and trust they granted us, and, of course, the amazing support that all of you have shown us since the beginning.

Selling your company is often compared to sending your first-born child off to college, so it was very important to us to ensure that SeedInvest was in good hands. Over the past nine months we’ve had the opportunity to really get to know the Circle team and we can’t wait to start working together. This is an exciting time for all of us at SeedInvest and we look forward to delivering an even better experience to you as part of the broader Circle family.

One journey ends … another begins.

Ryan & James

Ryan M. Feit
CEO & Co-Founder
SeedInvest

James Han
COO & Co-Founder
SeedInvest

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Jonathan Cohen is the Founder and CEO of 20/20 GeneSystems, a digital diagnostics company with the core mission of reducing cancer mortality in the U.S. and around the world through early detection. The company is currently raising its Series B round on SeedInvest under Regulation A+. In this post, the latest in our founder profile series, Jonathan tells us what led him to start his early cancer detection company, why it’s so vital for the U.S. market, and how he sees the future of the industry unfolding. 

Why did you start 20/20 GeneSystems?
After seeing many family members and friends succumb to cancer, many before age 60, I decided to migrate from a traditional patent law practice into the world of entrepreneurial biotech companies. After extensive research and observation, I became convinced that early detection was the best way to reduce cancer mortality.


What has been the biggest challenge along your journey and how was that challenge overcome?
Before passage and implementation of the JOBS Act a few years ago, fundraising was an arduous process and a significant distraction from our core business.  With the advent of equity crowdfunding (especially the new Regulation A+) we can raise capital from thousands of individuals at various income levels who support our mission of reducing cancer mortality through early detection. Many have already ordered our cancer tests. Cancer does not discriminate based on income or net worth, so it is great to win shareholders from both accredited and non-accredited investors.


You’ve said that early cancer detection is more prominent in other countries than in the U.S. Why do you think that is?
While in the West we have a culture of treatment, in the Far East there is a centuries old culture of prevention. An ancient Chinese proverb reads as follows: “The superior doctor prevents sickness; the mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness; the inferior doctor treats actual sickness.” In some ways we in the U.S. have this exactly backwards.


What is the future of 20/20 GeneSystems and cancer detection in the U.S.?
I believe we have the ability to deliver shareholder value while saving or extending lives around the world. We envision a future where Americans will visit retail clinics and check their cancer biomarkers routinely, at least annually, helping them to catch earlier stage cancers that can be effectively treated with surgery and less toxic immune system enhancement therapies. While we anticipate robust competition going forward, our approach is quite unique, and we have every intention of emerging as a dominant player in this multi-billion global market.

20/20 GeneSystems is currently raising its $12mm Series B round in preferred equity. If you are interested in learning more about this investment opportunity, you may view the company’s profile here.

20/20 GeneSystems is offering securities through the use of an Offering Statement that has been qualified by the Securities and Exchange Commission under Tier II of Regulation A. A copy of the Final Offering Circular that forms a part of the Offering Statement may be obtained from here.

These statements represent management’s opinions. They do not represent guarantees of future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements. This figure reflects management’s current views with respect to future events based on information currently available and is subject to risks and uncertainties. This figure is meant for illustrative purposes and does not represent guarantees of future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements.

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Mark Russell is the Founder and CEO of HyperSciences, which is currently raising a $10mm Series A round on SeedInvest under Regulation A+. In this post, the latest in our founder profile series, we explore how HyperSciences began, and how its technology could have exciting implications for the future of multiple industries.

How did the idea for HyperSciences come about?

“I left working on the crew capsule at Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, looking for a new and better way to fly for aerospace applications that was better than conventional rockets. I am an inventor, passionate about finding a better way to travel, but deep down, I knew I wanted to learn everything I could about industrial and underground technologies, I had conceived and analyzed a space launch system concept that started from underground instead of on a launch pad, reducing or eliminating heavy, old technology. Blue Origin was going well but was dependent on conventional and incrementally slow technology. My family was in the mining business, so I joined them in drilling for minerals and developing mines after working at Blue Origin.

At one of our drill sites in Idaho, while managing the drilling of one of the deepest diamond drill core holes in North America, I had a flash insight. I had seen a technology years ago when I toured the University of Washington Aero/Astro department that could be applied for the underground space launch concept I mentioned earlier.  I thought, ‘what if we used UW’s Ram accelerator, an in-tube hypersonic ramjet technology, and fly them upwards from deep underground.’ The Ram accelerator allows for controlling G-loads and getting to speeds to put anything at the edge of space on momentum alone. I then called Dr. Knowlen — the lead of the Ram accelerator lab at the University of Washington — and started to sponsor his program. We built our own Ram accelerator and tested it in one of my grandfather’s old silver mines, letting the projectiles fly hypersonically out of the tubes and into the rocks, breaking rocks and our equipment, with high velocity and pressure.  We then realized it could not only be a great aerospace technology but could also be used to break rock possibly faster and deeper than any other technology.  I had heard of Shell’s Game Changers program, so I put a patent pending portfolio together and emailed the idea to them. They responded very interested in drilling and rock breaking (not space) and decided to enter into a research partnership with us to fund our development and testing. We then formed HyperSciences in late 2014 to develop all the terrestrial uses for Ram accelerator-based technology development. Shell has since provided us additional funding, along with a contract we received from NASA, and investments received from our Angel and current Series A investors.”

What professional or personal experiences have set you up for success?

  • Education. “My undergraduate degree and Aeronautical engineering at RPI, and earning my master’s degree at Stanford. I have always merged the hands-on practical engineering with the theoretical.”
  • Boeing. “I think learning to sit down and be a great engineer at Boeing – writing thousands of lines of complex spacecraft separation codes – teaches you discipline.”
  • Private Pilot and Kit built Aircraft Engineer/Pilot. “Having the desire and skills to bring that to reality to flight. I worked at Van’s Aircraft, one of the world’s largest kit-built aircraft manufacturer. I learned to design, build, test and fly. You could “do it yourself” with your own flight vehicles.”
  • Blue Origin. “I worked on Blue Origin’s first Vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, a 10,000 pound “drone” called Charon powered by four large jet engines. Great team leadership development along with hands on and tight schedules got me ready for leading Crew Capsule development. Crew Capsule was complex, and the analysis and hyper-incremental designs required sophisticated analysis and serious teamwork to solve.”
  • Tech startup. “Starting my own startup taught me to keep grinding; next time you have a big idea, don’t be swayed when VCs think it won’t work. Find the money and stay focused on the customer.”
  • Public Mining business. “Working with my family in the public mining business, drilling deep holes, making land deals, staking claims, writing press releases, and running multi-decade economics and bankable feasibilities as project director of a large-scale mining project gave me the business skills needed to lead a new company in both business and technology. There is value in the ground.”

What have been the biggest challenges and most surprising thing about your journey?

“Financing new opportunities and platform ideas. My rideshare company Zebigo was just a little early and massively under-funded. I was told so many times by Silicon Valley and Seattle Venture groups that this would never work, people would be uncomfortable riding with strangers and we would be sued. I believed their wisdom. It turns out they were wrong.

I think it is also surprising how small, autonomous, well-funded teams can achieve incredible results. Blue Origins’ first vertical takeoff and landing, Charon, was a small team of engineers and technicians. If the team is fully immersed and believes in the vision, and has the support needed, remarkable results are possible.”

Why raise with SeedInvest? How has the experience with SeedInvest been thus far?

“Telling our platform story for Hypersonics is what drew us to SeedInvest. They define a clear, rational process that one can budget and plan to execute against. It is an awesome way to raise money for our Series A. This process has been much closer to my experience in my family’s public mining companies, where you have a platform to tell the story of multiple opportunities within this company. In mining ventures, for example, you may have two or three properties – a gold mine, a silver mine, a copper mine. Investors get it, Venture guys don’t. We have multiple patents, we have proven technology, and a few large markets to go after: Drilling, Tunneling, transportation and deep energy.

SeedInvest allowed us to tell that story. We have been live with the offering since early July, testing this crowd financing appetite for this type of opportunity, and have been thoroughly pleased with the outcome. We have raised over $3mm on SeedInvest, on our way towards our $10mm ultimate goal. SeedInvest has great leadership, technology, and marketing to get this out to a very thoughtful and sophisticated investment community.”

How is HyperSciences’ technology going to change the world in the coming decades, especially around transportation and natural resources?

“We believe one of the keys to accessing deep geothermal energy is deep, low cost drilling. Our repetitive hypersonic drilling technology called HyperDrill we believe will enable access to deep geothermal energy; and our concepts for low cost power plants will enable a new era in clean power generation. Partners, like Shell, see the vision of low-cost drilling as enabling for new resources.

Using our similar technology called HTBM (Hyper Tunnel Boring and Mining) we are getting closer to proving our cost-effective tunneling boring technology at-scale in hard rock field trials. This would enable low cost tunneling for projects for inter-city and intra-city transportation. Tunneling for projects such as Hyperloop allowing city-to-city transport from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes or less. Or, enabling faster transit for electric cars under major cities to avoid congestion. Such concepts are being pursued by Tesla, The Boring Company, and others. We look forward to enabling a bright future in transportation.

On aerospace applications, we are still exploring the opportunities for terrestrial, in-atmosphere travel of such concepts as HyperDrone and other automated hypersonic air-breathing technologies to help our government (NASA, etc.) advance airbreathing hypersonics at a much faster testing rate than today. Our technology helps can help them leave the ground at hypersonic speeds, eliminating the need for expensive rockets and airplanes to get their experiments up to speed. This may lead to future decades of new hypersonic aircraft travel, connecting some of the furthest points on the planet in just 1-2 hours rather than days of travel. Needless to say, we are excited of what the future of this technology could bring.”

HyperSciences is currently raising its $10mm Series A round in preferred equity. If you are interested in learning more about this investment opportunity, you may view the company’s profile here: www.seedinvest.com/hypersciences
HyperSciences is offering securities through the use of an offering statement that has been qualified by the Securities and Exchange Commission under Tier II of Regulation A. A copy of the final Offering Circular that forms a part of the offering statement may be obtained from HyperSciences: www.seedinvest.com/hypersciences

These statements represent management’s opinions. They do not represent guarantees of future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements. This figure reflects management’s current views with respect to future events based on information currently available and is subject to risks and uncertainties. This figure is meant for illustrative purposes and does not represent guarantees of future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements.

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We are excited to announce that this week we entered into an agreement to sell SeedInvest to Circle. This acquisition is subject to FINRA approval, but assuming regulatory consent, this will be a very positive development for our investors, our team and the entire SeedInvest community. First and foremost, I wanted to share that we will continue to operate the platform just as we always have but will now have significantly greater resources to help fuel our growth.

We embarked on the SeedInvest journey six years ago with a simple vision: “what if entrepreneurs could utilize the Internet to raise capital?” When we take a step and look back at the past six years, it’s clear that we’ve accomplished some pretty amazing things so far:

  • We helped spearhead the passage and implementation of arguably the most disruptive change to U.S. securities laws in our lifetimes, the JOBS Act.
  • We provided millions of Americans access to startup investing for the very first time.
  • We built a rapidly growing community of over 200,000 investors.
  • We have had over 35,000 entrepreneurs initiate applications to raise capital.
  • We have funded hundreds of disruptive startups and helped to create thousands of new jobs.
  • We established the largest equity crowdfunding platform in the U.S.
  • We made the Inc. 500 List as the 4th fastest growing financial services company in America.

While we have accomplished quite a lot, it’s also clear that we still have a lot of work to do:

  • Liquidity for startup investments continues to be challenging and remains a necessity for establishing venture capital as a true asset class for the masses.
  • There is a whole world out there, beyond U.S. borders, still waiting for us to explore.
  • Startups are simply the beginning. There are many other alternative asset classes which also need to be unlocked for investing in and trading for billions of people.

Over the last few years, and particularly over the past 12 months, we’ve witnessed the rise, fall, and continued development of new technologies, approaches, and markets that bring our long-standing vision dramatically within reach. Crypto assets and blockchain technology in particular has illustrated the potential of a completely new infrastructure for finance and investing. And although blockchain technology is still in its infancy, the phenomenon has been global, across multiple asset classes, and at a scale that is hard to ignore. This interest in tokenized assets and the blockchain led us to Circle.

In Circle, we found a great partner with similar values and a well-aligned long-term vision:

  • We plan to change the way that businesses and people raise capital.
  • We seek to democratize investing and open-up new asset classes to millions of investors.
  • We will provide liquidity to private companies and other alternative asset classes in a way that had never been possible before through the issuing and trading of digital assets.
  • We believe that security tokens are the inevitable next step in the evolution of our industries and, together, we will be able to provide a true one-stop shop spanning issuing securities, trading and secondary markets for digital assets, and providing a seamless experience to the retail investor to benefit from all of this.
  • We look to reimagine the entire financial system as an open, global and connected digital economy built on blockchain infrastructure.

Circle is a market leading crypto platform and is led by an amazing team that we look forward to becoming a part of:

  • Circle is well capitalized and has solid investors (have raised $250 million from Goldman Sachs, IDG Capital, Accel, General Catalyst, Bitmain, Baidu, Jim Breyer and others).
  • Circle has a very strong management team (Co-Founders, Jeremy Allaire and Sean Neville took their two previous companies, Brightcove and Allaire Corp., public).
  • Circle already has a vibrant secondaries marketplace for digital assets and a global footprint.
  • Circle highly values our team, our technology and our business- so we will be able to continue doing what we do best.
  • By putting one of the top crypto platforms in the world and the largest equity crowdfunding platform in the U.S. together, we can accomplish considerably more.
  • We encourage you to read more about the merger agreement with this blog post published today from Circle’s co-founders.

Thank you to the entire SeedInvest community. Your support over the years has enabled us to grow from just an idea to a thriving community of 200,000+ strong. We look forward to continuing to work with you for many more years to come as part of the Circle family.

One journey ends … another begins.

Ryan & James

Ryan M. Feit
CEO & Co-Founder
SeedInvest

James Han
COO & Co-Founder
SeedInvest

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In addition to fueling our bodies, food startups, brands, technology, producers, restaurants, and retailers power a multi-trillion dollar industry. The highly active food merger and acquisition (M&A) market may make it appear as if there are fewer companies involved in the space than before. However, the abundance of M&A transactions does not necessarily indicate industry consolidation according to Brian Todd, president of the Food Institute. “I think [the number of companies] has still gone up slightly, mainly with all of the new entities and entrepreneurs that are out there,” Todd shares. A plethora of food startups looking to disrupt the industry are popping up and large food corporations are eagerly searching for innovative businesses to add to their portfolios.

Food technology and innovation are currently top of mind here at SeedInvest because we have a number of food and beverage startups currently fundraising on our site. Here are some of the most exciting recent food startup exits: acquisitions, mergers, public offerings, and deal announcements.

1. Campbell’s buys Snyder’s in its largest acquisition to date:

In December, Campbell Soup announced plans to purchase Snyder’s-Lance, which makes Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels, Cape Cod and Kettle potato chips, and Pop Secret popcorn. This deal is worth almost $5 billion, marking Campbell’s largest purchase ever.

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2. Conagra Brands closes deal to buy Pinnacle Foods:

Last month, Conagra Brands announced a deal to buy Pinnacle Foods in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at around $8.1 billion, $10.9 billion with debt. Analysts at RBC Capital Markets suggest that the joining of Conagra and Pinnacle would build the second-largest American frozen food company behind Nestle.
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3. Following its 2017 acquisition of Plated, Albertsons plans to sell the startup’s meal kits in hundreds of stores:

Albertsons, which bought the 2012-founded Plated last summer, shared plans in April to add Plated products to hundreds of stores by the end of 2018. The grocer also intends to make Plated meal kits available for same-day Instacart delivery.

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4. Kellogg acquires Rxbar for $600 million:

Kellogg made a move to broaden its snack reach with its 2017 purchase of Rxbar, a Chicago-based protein bar company. Since its acquisition, Rxbar has started to expand its products beyond protein bars by launching a nut butter spread. The startup, which was established in 2012, also has plans to sell its products internationally for the first time.

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5. Delivery Hero has a successful public debut:

When the online food delivery service Delivery Hero went public in June 2017, its shares jumped as much as 8% on the first day. The Berlin-based firm, founded in 2011, possesses a market capitalization of 4.7 billion euros ($5.3 billion) following its successful debut on the Frankfurt stock exchange.

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6. Hershey purchases Amplify Snack Brands, the maker of SkinnyPop popcorn:

Candy giant Hershey picked up Amplify Snack Brands, which makes SkinnyPop (launched in 2010), for $1.6 billion. This deal is the latest move within Hershey’s strategy to expand beyond the confectionery business; the company purchased Krave, a 2009-founded jerky company, in 2015.

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7. HelloFresh IPO helps the company soar above its chief competitor, Blue Apron:

Shares in HelloFresh, founded in 2011, rose as much as 4% on their first day on the stock market last November. The valuation of the German meal-kit delivery company jumped to more than double that of Blue Apron, an American competitor.

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8. Unilever goes on a food startup acquisition spree:

The M&A department of the British-Dutch consumer goods company has been busy lately. In the past year and a half alone, Unilever has acquired specialty condiments producer Sir Kensington’s, herbal tea and supplement business Pukka Herbs, natural and organic food company Mae Terra, Starbucks’ Tazo tea brand, and the Romanian ice cream maker Betty Ice.

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9. Amazon acquires Whole Foods:

No discussion of food deals would be complete without mention of Amazon’s 2017 decision to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, more than it has spent on all other previous purchases combined. Amazon is betting on physical stores and the food sector by picking up the grocery chain, which kept its name, CEO, and headquarters.

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“When the opportunity came along to raise capital on SeedInvest, we were excited to work with another equity crowdfunding platform.” -Casey Minshew, CEO of EnergyFunders

SeedInvest and EnergyFunders

SeedInvest is helping to raise capital for EnergyFunders, another equity crowdfunding company. With this newly generated capital, EnergyFunders aims to introduce equity crowdfunding to more of the energy sector, changing the way in which people invest in energy.

The Evolution of Equity Crowdfunding

Until 2015, non-accredited investors were largely limited in their startup investment opportunities. Then Title III & Title IV of the JOBS Act opened up equity crowdfunding to non-accredited investors.

Today, EnergyFunders offers all investors, from Main Street to Wall Street, exposure to energy projects. EnergyFunders CEO Casey Minshew explains, “we are committed to providing access to energy, an industry that traditionally has had a very high barrier to entry.”

How Does EnergyFunders Work?

EnergyFunders is a financial technology company that provides users the opportunity to invest in energy-related projects by utilizing its internet-based application platform.

The company operates a registered equity crowdfunding portal using Regulation CF of the JOBS Act called EnergyFunders Marketplace. The Marketplace uses crowdfunding to raise capital for promising energy technology and alternative energy companies. Although “capital has been raised and invested directly into oil and gas projects for over 100 years,” Philip Racusin, CIO of EnergyFunders says. This way of raising is “taking it into the 21st Century.” Learn more about Regulation CF and equity crowdfunding offering types.

In addition to their equity crowdfunding platform, they also raise capital for funds that invest in individual oil and gas exploration and production projects under the name EnergyFunders Black, which earns carried interest and fees from each of the separate projects, similar to the structure of a venture capital fund. Investors receive access to oil and gas exploration and production well projects from developers.

EnergyFunders Is Aiming To Change The Future of Energy Investing

EnergyFunders provides investors with access to projects traditionally reserved for the wealthy or industry insiders. Their mission is to provide investors from all backgrounds and geographies access to various types of energy investments.

“Gone are the days when the only way to invest in energy was through retail stocks and funds,” Casey Minshew, CEO of EnergyFunders says.

By opening up investment access to energy, environmental, and tech companies through their crowdfunding platform, EnergyFunders is changing the way the $1.2 trillion energy industry is funded, produced, and distributed. “We’re converting ownership of energy assets from a traditionally expensive and time-consuming process into a simple, streamlined transaction.”

Energy Funders is currently raising a US $1,070,000 bridge round. If you are interested in learning more about this investment opportunity, you may view the company’s profile here: /energyfunders/bridge. EnergyFunders is offering securities under both Regulation D and Regulation CF through SI Securities, LLC (“SI Securities”).

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“I am passionate about immersive tech because it is a media revolution, a change of interface.” -Samuel Huber, Admix Founder and CEO

Samuel is an ex Formula1 strategy engineer turned adtech and gaming entrepreneur. Foreseeing the rapid growth of immersive technologies, in early 2017 he set up Admix, an adtech platform for VR and AR. He has been invited to speak around the world about this up-and-coming industry, how to monetize this new “attention economy,” and what will create a better viewing experience for everyone. Before Admix, Samuel co-founded gamification company Kout.io, set up RougeTrader, the first binary trading app, and established a social gaming app called Betify. He is a graduate of Cranfield Uni, Uppsala Uni, and EPF Lausanne.

Why are you passionate about the space?

“I am passionate about immersive tech because it is a media revolution, a change of interface. Two significant changes of interface over the years have been the printing press and the screen. Before the printing press, information was spread verbally. The printing press helped distribute information at scale. On the other hand, the screen helped digitize information, making it even more easily accessible. To this day, the screen is still our main interface to consume content – we spend seven hours per day in front of screens, from smartphone to TV or laptop. I believe that immersive technologies [VR and AR] are going to change that by effectively removing the need for a traditional screen. Think about those two previous changes of interface and the huge positive impact they had developing the modern world. I want to be a part of a third change of interface, and that is why I am so passionate about the VR/AR industry.”

What are some of the most important/disruptive trends you see occurring in the industry?

“For me, the immersive revolution is inevitable; it’s just a matter of time. Today, VR and AR are already used in a wide range of industries, like design, maintenance, and healthcare. I think over the next five years, with cheaper and better hardware, VR and AR are going to become consumer devices, providing real value. For that, the content also needs to mature — today, it’s mostly about games. I believe that over the next few years, content will massively diversify to appeal to a more mainstream market. VR will become our new social and entertainment hub, and AR will become our personal assistants.”

How do you see your company aiding in the disruption VR/AR is bringing about?

“VR and AR are essentially a new type of media, and with rare exceptions, people expect media to be free. Therefore, advertising will be the backbone of the growth of VR and AR. However, the current rules of web advertising can’t be applied to immersive tech; it’s two-dimensional, very intrusive, and creates a terrible experience. When the change of interface happens, existing adtech platforms will be left behind trying to figure out their way without the screen. Therefore, we saw a huge opportunity in building tools that developers can leverage to become financially successful and push the industry forward while maintaining standards for a high-quality experience.”

Admix is currently raising a $2,000,000 preferred equity round. If you are interested in learning more about this investment opportunity, you may view the company’s profile here: /admix/seed. Please note that this opportunity is only available to accredited investors. Admix is accepting investments for an Offering under Rule 506(c) Regulation D through SI Securities.

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Robotics aficionado, educator, author, and mom, Sharmi Albrechtsen is CEO and Co-Founder of SmartGurlz, a robotics and software company focused on girls. Sharmi began her career as an author and journalist and eventually spent the last decade in communications. Right before founding SmartGurlz, Sharmi was the Associate Director of the Ida Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission was to empower adults and children to overcome hearing disabilities.

As CEO, she is the backbone of the company, ensuring that the company develops, markets and sells innovative products, and she has been recognized for her passion and commitment. Not only do SmartGurlz partners include BlackGirlsCode and Girl Scouts of America, but also AdWeek recently granted Sharmi its 2017 Disruptor Award, in Championing Gender Diversity in Advertising and Tech. She has also been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Fox Business News, and CNET.

What led you to found the company?
“Of course we have all heard about the gender divide in STEM and how few women are taking STEM educational [paths]. These statistics became very real when a few years ago, I invested in a $150 robotic and coding building set for my younger daughter, Nina. Quite frankly, she rejected it. After opening the box and trying to build the ‘robot’, I could clearly see her disinterest. This is when the idea of SmartGurlz came to me.”

Why do girls need specific learning products?
“Our robot, Siggy and our SugarCoded app are made with a girl’s brain development in mind. For example, we have story based coding exercises that encourage her to be creative in ‘applied math’ while still being comfortable in her safe world of words, pictures, stories and concepts. Inspired by the work of Dr, Abigail James and her book, Teaching the Female Brain: How Girls Learn Math and Science, SmartGurlz is trying to change the way we teach girls STEM.
Studies show that girls’ brains give them a verbal advantage, likewise there is data showing that boys’ brains favor spatial skills that make it easier for them to visualize three-dimensional objects from different angles.
This gives boys advantages in math, robotics, and coding. And when you put girls in a mixed environment with boys, many girls lose confidence and lean away because the boys seem ‘naturally better’.”

Congrats on your Shark Tank appearance, what was it like?
“I had watched Shark Tank for years and was an avid fan. In fact, the show inspired me to become an entrepreneur. So after speaking with a producer at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), let’s just say, I was insanely happy.
The process is long and rigorous; the studio spends a lot of resources on due diligence and even researched all competing patents to our products. Funnily, they even found a few patents that our patent attorney had overlooked! I was very ambitious with my pitch and had a custom branded e-tuk van drive into the Shark Tank because I wanted to launch our idea of an after school van program called ‘The Road to Code’. Working with Daymond John and his team has been amazing and I must admit that being a ‘Shark Tank company’ is a real quality check, as so few companies are chosen.”

What have been your proudest accomplishments at SmartGurlz so far?
“So far some of my proudest moments have been achieving a 620% growth in revenue from 2016 to 2017, being featured in retail outlets world-wide, and launching our new product development project with Walmart for Q4 19. I am also very proud of our team! We have an incredible engineering team based at the Danish Technical University and they have won hundreds of thousands of dollars in EU grants. Our business development team include a former VP of Global Brands from Hasbro and EVP at LeapFrog as well as our newest consultant and ambassador Kari Byron, star of MythBusters.”

SmartGurlz is offering securities under Regulation CF and Rule 506(c) of Regulation D through SI Securities, LLC (“SI Securities”). The Company has filed a Form C with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with its offering, a copy of which may be obtained at: SmartGurlz:/smartgurlz

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