A mobile platform modernizing the barbershop experiencetheCut is a mobile platform that’s here to disrupt the $5M barbershop industry and modernize the barbershop experience. theCut is for both clients and barbers, and it’s an app that easy to use. Barbers simply create a profile with their services, location, hours, haircut photos, and banking information. Clients can then search the app to discover talented and trusted barbers. Once they find one they like, they can book through the app -- as well as pay, tip, and post a review. So far, theCut has over 100,000 users, including 90,000 in the past nine months, and they’re growing 27% MoM. They’ve booked over 450,000 appointments, facilitated over $9M worth of haircuts, and have barbers in 48 states, plus Puerto Rico and Canada, using the app. theCut is here to improve and change what it means to go to the barbershop -- and make sure you end up lookin’ good.
Gamify, Inc. is solving an unmet need in brain function testing.Gamify, Inc. is here to offer the first upgrade and redesign in testing brain function in nearly fifty years. They’ve created a product that’s affordable, accessible -- and fun! Users simply play their engaging and immersive role-playing games to monitor their brain function and get results. Gamify allows for frequent collection of data on cognitive skills over time, as well as real-time remote tracking of data. Gamify’s games are available on mobile phones with iOS, Android, and FireOS and online, and they can be used to monitor for injuries and for injury recovery. Their target market is athletes, parents of athletes, physicians, and athletic leagues, as well as people just generally interested in their brain health and/or enjoy gaming.
Only distributing brewpub in a revitalized historic downtown.Wichita Falls Brewing Company (WFBC) is coming to Wichita Falls this spring. They plan to open up a craft brewpub with scalable production capabilities in the newly revitalized area and offer customers a glass-lined taproom with a full view of the brewing process, a beer garden, and two private dining spaces with regular food options, such as a permanent food truck presence. The opening of WFBC will be led by co-founders Matt Bitsche and Russ Reynolds. Matt is the award-winning brewer of Austin’s Infamous Brewing, and Russ is a career Air Force Pilot transitioning to the reserves. WFBC will be family-friendly, and in addition to offering the comforts and enjoyments of the brewpub, they will also produce and sell over 700 barrels a year.
PRODUCTION will be an experimental fermentation facility.Production is coming to Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It’s the new project by the people behind Stillwater Artisanal, and they plan on opening an, “...experimental fermentation facility, creatively integrating a brewery, eatery, bar and event space into a community hub for beer lovers, gourmands, and creatives alike.” Stillwater Artisanal opened in 2010 and within its first official year was ranked #2 in “Best New Brewers in the World,” has remained in the global “Top 100” ever since, and is distributed in 38 states, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia. Production will be the physical space of Stillwater, and it aims to embody “the unique concepts and innovative creativity” that Stillwater Artisanal represents, as well as help localize the brand’s already global presence. Production will offer a bar with in-house crafted beverages such as beers and kombucha, a variety of foods, branded merchandise, and also house a fermentation/barrel-aging room, a gallery space for art, and a sound system for musical performances and DJs.
The New York area’s only wine bar dedicated exclusively to California wines.California 88 is a wine bar set to open in the late spring of 2018 in the Greenpoint Brooklyn, New York area. Right around the corner from McCarren Park, California 88 will feature exclusively California wines, and their wine program will be truly one of a kind -- they will offer every bottle available by the taste or the glass. This means that customers can indulge in a rare $180 bottle of wine...at a tasting price of just $9. The goal behind California 88 is for patrons to become their own wine experts and learn what wines they most enjoy. California 88 will offer 88 California wines, be open Monday through Sunday, and offer locally-sourced, organic small plates, charcuterie, and cheeses, as well as weekend brunch. In addition to just being a comfortable and inviting place to meet some friends, the bar will also offer tasting classes, private winemaker dinners, and California wine country retreats.
Virtual reality SaaS solution for business collaboration and online training.WorldViz is changing the way we view meetings and virtual reality (VR) with their cloud-based product, Vizible. WorldViz describes Vizible as, “...the VR-ready mashup of PowerPoint and GoToMeeting. As with PowerPoint, even non-technical users can use Vizible, but instead of creating 2D PowerPoint slides, our users create immersive experiences with 3D models, spherical media, images, documents, sounds, interactivity, recordings, and more.” You simply create your immersive presentation on Vizible, then share a link to a session, and anyone with the link can access the secure, private, and safe meeting platform space. WorldViz’s total sales in 2017 reached over $5M, and they have over 1500 commercial customers, including Nokia, Lenovo, Lockheed Martin, NASA, and Stanford University. Investors include Intel Capital and Navigo Capital, and they’ve seen a 10 times increase in companies signing up for the Vizible Beta from June to December 2017, including Beta customers like Roche, Siemens, and Turner Construction.
Changing the world by improving the fuel efficiency of traditional motors.Vela Motor Company is here to rethink the traditional internal combustion engine (ICE). They’ve redesigned the position of the crankshaft, and as a result, they’ve created a patented gas engine motor that is 15% more fuel efficient than any other motor in the world. Their ultimate goal is to reduce 10% of the amount of carbon emission released into the atmosphere by a traditional ICE. This reduction would lead to a savings of more than 1 billion tons of CO2! So far, they have patents issued in the US and other countries, and they’ve bootstrapped a working prototype. Vela previously received a $50,000 grant for testing from the Department of Energy, and they have a conditional licensing agreement in place with Fiat for $200M once their testing cycle is complete. This round of funding is to complete third-party testing to ensure trust and functionality, and, once that is complete, they will begin licensing and manufacturing deals.
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