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About2021-05-26T13:21:01+00:00

WE ARE A FUNDING PORTAL

We are registered with the SEC and with FINRA to act as an intermediary in Securities that are offered and sold under Title III.

What Is A Funding Portal?2020-10-27T10:41:14+00:00

Being a Funding Portal isn’t the same as being a registered “broker-dealer.”  We are not a registered broker-dealer.

When you invest, you are not investing in us or in any entity affiliated with us, you are purchasing an interest in a security being offered via Reg CF by a company that has chosen to raise money using our funding portal.

As an intermediary we do not guarantee any particular outcome and are not responsible for what happens to your investment – all investments are undertaken at your own risk. We also do not guarantee the accuracy of the information you receive from issuers.  Our job is to facilitate investments by providing a platform that brings together companies and investors.

 

 

What We Do2020-05-11T05:46:35+00:00
  • Select which Issuers to list on our platform, by among other things:

    *Conducting background checks on the issuer and its principals
    *Conducting due diligence to have a reasonable basis for believing the issuer is complying with all its obligations
    *Conducting due diligence to have a reasonable basis for believing the issuer has established a means to keep accurate records of the holders of its securities

  • Advise Issuers about their offerings, and help prepare offering documents
  • Screen investors to ensure that they satisfy applicable per-investor limits (discussed below)
  • Provide communication channels between you and the Issuer, and between you and other potential investors, where you can ask questions and exchange information
  • Provide search functions or other tools for investors
  • Provide you with educational materials to help you assess the risks of investing (e.g., this document)
  • Keep records of investor communications and materials
What We Don’t Do2020-05-11T05:46:41+00:00
  • Offer investment advice or recommendations
  • Guarantee any particular investment outcome
  • Speak to investors about the merits of any particular company or offering
Our Relationship with Issuers2020-05-11T05:46:46+00:00

Issuers will pay us to be on our Funding Portal. They might pay us flat fees, commissions based on the amount of money they raise, or in other ways. They might also pay us for specified services we provide to them and reimburse us for expenses we incur on their behalf. For each offering you invest in, we will disclose our compensation.

In some cases, an Issuer might pay us in whole or in part with its own Securities, e.g., with its own promissory note. This will always be the same class of Security that is being offered to investors on our Platform. For example, if the issuer is offering common stock to investors, only common stock could be used for our compensation.

We will never own any financial interest in Issuers listed on our Funding Portal other than Securities we receive from them as compensation.

After an offering is complete, we might or might not have an ongoing relationship with the Issuer.  The Issuer may decide to use our Funding Portal to raise money in the future, or use services provided by (and pay compensation to) entities affiliated with us.

Communication Channels2020-05-11T05:46:50+00:00

We will maintain online communications channels –chat rooms, basically – where you can communicate with other investors and with the Issuer. All discussions on the chat rooms will be open to the public, but only investors who have registered with us are allowed to post. Representatives of the Issuer, and anyone engaged in promoting the offering, must clearly identify themselves as such. The chat room is where you can ask questions about investment opportunities that interest you.

We, the Funding Portal, generally aren’t allowed to participate in the chat room, except to establish guidelines and remove potentially abusive or fraudulent content.

 

SECURITIES WE OFFER

We expect to offer various kinds of Securities on our Platform. When you review the opportunities at the Site, each opportunity will explain what kind of Security is being offered.

Debt Securities2020-05-11T04:57:41+00:00

Specifically, promissory notes. The promissory notes will require the Issuer to pay your money back, plus interest at a specified rate, over a specified time period. Owning a promissory note does not make you an owner of the company. Instead, you are a creditor. As long as the company has enough money to repay your loan, plus any interest you’ve been promised, the value of your security stays the same; the fluctuations of the fortunes of the company don’t affect you, unless the fortunes go way down. On the other hand, you don’t share in the appreciation if things go well. If the company increases in value 100-fold, you just have the right to get your money back, plus interest.

Revenue-Sharing Notes2020-05-11T04:58:52+00:00

A regular promissory note requires the Issuer make specified payments of interest and principal at specified times. In contrast, a revenue-sharing note requires the Issuer to pay a specified percentage of its revenue. For example, a revenue-sharing note might require the Issuer to pay investors 5% of its revenue for four years. Typically, a revenue-sharing note will also state a maximum that investors are entitled to receive (e.g., double their investment) and a due date for repayment of the original investment.

Equity Securities2020-10-27T10:49:50+00:00

When you buy an “equity security,” like the common stock of a corporation, you become an owner of the company. The value of your interest fluctuates with the fortunes of the company; if the company does well the value of your interest goes up, while if it does poorly the value goes down, possibly all the way to zero. As an owner, you generally have the right to share in any profit distributions made by the company, and you also share in the appreciation in the value of the company. When a company dissolves, the owners of the equity securities are paid last, after all the creditors.

“Preferred” Equity Securities2020-05-11T04:59:26+00:00

In some cases, a company will offer a “preferred equity security,” like the preferred stock of a corporation. Typically, the holders of the preferred equity security have a right to receive distributions before the holders of the regular equity securities. For example, the holders of a preferred stock might have the right to receive a 4% dividend before dividends are paid to the holders of common stock. But preferred equity is still equity. The holders of preferred equity are paid after creditors.

Convertible Notes2020-12-28T13:40:56+00:00

These securities start out as debt securities but can be changed – converted – into equity. For example, a company might issue a debt security, which compensates the holder with a defined interest rate, and that can be converted by the holder into common stock at some specified time. The conversion is triggered upon the occurrence of a specified event such as an additional fundraising round, and holders of the convertible note generally enjoy a discount  with respect to the company valuation during the liquidity event.

OUR TEAM

We are passionate entrepreneurs and scientists promoting life-changing technologies

Rosemarie Truman
Rosemarie TrumanCofounder, Chief Executive Officer
Startup catalyst, growth strategist, seasoned entrepreneur and investor. Founder at the Center for Advancing Innovation. Previous head of IBM’s Innovation
Jerome Di Giovanni, PhD
Jerome Di Giovanni, PhDCofounder, Chief Operating Officer
Passionate scientist & serial impact entrepreneur, experienced in strategic business development and fundraising in the biotechnology and green technology sectors
Cody J. Locke, PhD
Cody J. Locke, PhDCofounder, Chief Innovation Officer
Entrepreneurial scientist, thought leader, and master relationship builder across academia, industry, investment groups, non-profits and government
Kolaleh Eskandanian, PhD
Kolaleh Eskandanian, PhDTreasurer
Kolaleh Eskandanian is the Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Children’s National Hospital. She is also the principal investigator of the FDA-funded National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation

OUR ADVISORS

Chris Lee
Chris LeeManaging Director of Strategic Growth, Palladium
Chris Lee is experienced as an entrepreneur, civil servant, investor, and executive, having developed strategies and completed transactions across thirty countries and ten sectors. Mr. Lee currently serves as Managing Director of Strategic Growth for Palladium, a Washington, DC-based international advisory and management firm with 3,000 employees and activities in 90+ countries.
Maurice Jones
Maurice JonesPresident and CEO, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Trained as an attorney, with deep experience in both the public and private sectors, Maurice became LISC’s fourth president & CEO in 2016. Immediately prior to joining LISC, he served as the secretary of commerce for the Commonwealth of Virginia, where he managed 13 state agencies focused on the economic needs in his native state. He previously served as deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) overseeing operations for the agency and it’s 8,900 staff members. Prior to that he was commissioner of Virginia’s Department of Social Services and deputy chief of staff to former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.
Neil St. Clair
Neil St. ClairFounder and CEO, NES Impact
Neil St. Clair is a respected social entrepreneur, journalist, and philanthropist.

At NES Impact, Neil works with select single-family offices and founder-led businesses to develop, launch, and scale social impact ventures. He also concurrently leads fear-focused venture studio, Notimor, and private membership society, The Corsair.

Neil created and led several successful tech startups. He pioneered coverage of Silicon Alley as CEO of award-winning digital news outlet AlleyWire. He also co-founded insurtech company Thrice, a data platform for commercial insurance. Neil is now an advisor and investor in several startups.

Aenor Sawyer
Aenor SawyerFounder/Director, UCSF Space Health Innovation Center & UC Space Health Program
Backed by her prior experience as Chief Health Innovation Officer for the NASA-funded Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH), Dr. Sawyer leads innovation in space health as Founder/Director of the UCSF Space Health Innovation Center and the UC Space Health Program. Dr. Sawyer is also Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UCSF Center for Advanced 3D+ Technologies, a member of the UCSF IT Governance Committee, Co-Founder of the UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation, and a practicing Orthopedist who is Founder/Director of the UCSF Skeletal Health Service.
Cari Enayati
Cari EnayatiCEO at Made Noble Corporation, Angel Investor
Cari Enayati is co-founder and CEO of Made Noble Corporation where impact-driven entrepreneurs and business owners are supported in creating sustainable solutions. Before starting Made Noble, she held positions as Director of Operations in pharma (USA) and probiotics (Panama), University Professor (China), real estate broker/investor, and various management roles. She also co-founded Green Valley Springs which develops models for sustainable living through agritourism, agrihoods, and agricultural education retreats, and is the director of the Sustain Equity fund.
Shahin Enayati
Shahin EnayatiManaging Director at Made Noble Companies, Angel Investor
Shahin is passionate about building sustainable solutions. As managing director of both the Made Noble Inc start-up studio and the investment vehicle, Sustain Equity LLC, he strives to advance impact-oriented and purpose-driven solutions for our planet and its people, by supporting both company building and growth.
Biologist by training, he has broad executive experience from biotech to food/ag-tech and from sales/negotiations to logistics. He and now focuses on investing in sustainability.

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