Beacon Angels 2018 Meeting Archive

December 11, 2018

Funding Presenters:

  • Invitrometrix, which has developed and is selling devices to life science research and drug discovery companies that uniquely provide continuous, real-time, quantitative monitoring of cells in culture, and
  • Walch High School Math, which automates the development and deployment of high school curricula, giving school districts a virtual curriculum department in the cloud.

Member Due Diligence Reports:

  • Datarista, which offers a data platform for the Sales & Marketing data industry; and
  • First Light Biosciences, which has developed and will be bringing to market a self-contained benchtop system for the on-site diagnosis of antibiotic-resistant infections in hospitals.

November 13, 2018

Funding Presentations:

  • First Light Biosciences, which has developed and will be bringing to market a self-contained benchtop system to diagnose antibiotic-resistant infections in hospitals; and
  • Enviro Power, which has developed the SmartWatt™ Boiler, a 95% efficient, closed-loop micro steam turbine for heating systems in homes and businesses to generate electric power on-site both as a backup and more cheaply than grid-supplied power.

Members’ due diligence reports and company updates:

  • Datarista, a platform in the third-party Sales & Marketing data industry for data providers to create and manage integrations in CRM and Marketing Automation platforms such as Salesforce, Marketo & Eloqua; and
  • Concrete Sensors, which is selling a system for building professionals to monitor and control the concrete curing process.

October 9, 2018

Funding Presentations:

  • Omega Trace, which is offering a product suite for brick and mortar businesses to monitor and track visitors to their premises, and
  • Weft-Tex, which has developed and is selling a proprietary breath-through crib mattress.

Member updates and due diligence reports:

  • Datarista, and
  • Zippity Cars.

September 11, 2018

Funding Presentations:

  • QMedic, which offers a smart emergency help button service partnered with health insurers to support high-risk members living at home; and
  • Datarista, a platform for data providers in the third-party Sales & Marketing data industry to create and manage integrations in CRM and Marketing Automation platforms such as Salesforce, Marketo & Eloqua.

Member reports:

  • Beacon’s participation in any extension of the Zippity round; and
  • Update on the pending bridge round by Siamab Therapeutics.

July 10, 2018

Funding Presentations:

  • Waec, which provides a low-cost, efficient local delivery option for consumers and stores using autonomous ground drones that politely navigate sidewalks and crosswalks, and
  • Mobile Price Card is which offers a patent-pending technology to help consumer electronics retailers improve sales by advertising on the screens of devices already on display.

June 12, 2018

Funding Presentations:

  • LASO Technologies, which is selling a very waterproof Iphone case and is developing other field-use Iphone accessories; and
  • ENTERAstim, which is developing a therapeutic system to stimulate the small bowel in the human GI tract electrically and speed the return of its motility from ileus to normal.

We also heard:

  • A due diligence report on Zippity Cars
  • A due diligence report on ScholarJet, and
  • An update from the CEO and founder of portfolio company Ecare Vault.

Finally, we conducted a full review of the health and prospects of the companies in the Beacon Angels portfolio.

May 8, 2018

Funding Presentations:

  • Zippity Cars, which offers maintenance services directly to car owners at their place of business,
  • BioTrak Therapeutics, which offers a mobile behavioral health app for the 2.4 billion people worldwide who suffer from frequently recurring tension-type headaches & migraines, and
  • ScholarJet, where students earn college scholarships and companies reach a talented pool of college students, vet candidates for internships and employment, and enhance their employer brand.

We heard an update on Meenta, a prior Beacon presenter.

April 10, 2018

Funding Presentation:

  • Rockstep Solutions, which offers Climb, a scalable SaaS animal laboratory informatics software product that is designed in the Azure™ Cloud to leverage smart-lab technologies and utilize more elastic resources.

The meeting featured a due diligence update on Tӧst, and Beacon hosted funding updates by the CEOs of:

  • Pykus Therapeutics, and
  • Spiro Technologies.

March 13, 2018

Funding Presentations:

  • GoPetie, a B2B & B2C mobile platform that connects pet owners to each other, to local service providers and municipalities in a social community environment, and
  • GuruSnaps, which connects business owners with professionals (Gurus) who can help them sell their business on the best terms.

Our meeting also included members’ due diligence reports on recent presenters Töst and Jobletics.

February 13, 2018

Funding Presentations:

  • Jobletics, an on-demand temp staffing marketplace for the food service and hospitality industry, and
  • Name Net Worth, which offers an app to convert your networking activity into sales opportunities.

We also entertained members’ due diligence reports on:

  • Magurobotics, and
  • Töst Beverages.
January 9, 2018
Funding Presentations:
  • Meenta which helps scientists more fully access costly and limited laboratory resources by finding, accessing and sending biological samples to idle equipment via the Cloud; and
  • Tӧst Beverages, which develops and sells uniquely delicious non-alcoholic celebratory beverages.
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Telepathy & Navigation Science

At the next Beacon Angels meeting, to be held Tuesday, December 10th, 2019, members will report on companies now in due diligence consisting of:

  • Uneva Health, and
  • Jetcool Technologies

We shall then entertain new funding proposals from:

  • Telepathy, which is developing an open operating system to enable manufacturers of smart headphones, a/k/a “hearables,” to add voice applications to any device; and
  • Navigation Science, which is developing Image-guided Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (iVATS™) technology for the minimally invasive identification of early-stage tumors and their margins, and their more precise removal from the lungs and other soft tissues.

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JETCOOL Technologies & Uneva Health

At the next Beacon Angels meeting, to be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, members will report on companies now in due diligence consisting of:

  • ZipperAgent. 

We shall then entertain the following new funding proposals:

  • Uneva Health, which is developing a medical device to improve asthma inhaler usage and compliance; and 
  • JETCOOL Technologies, which is developing integrated cooling solutions for the most power-dense electronics in defense, e-sports and AI processing.

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FastClose & ZipperAgent

At its meeting on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, Beacon Angels entertained funding proposals from the following startup companies:

  •  FastClose, which offers an on-line platform on which to close real estate sales and purchases; and 
  • ZipperAgent, offers an AI-based mobile and conversational smart assistant for real estate agents and brokers.

We also considered follow-on funding proposals from Cognoptix and First Light Diagnostics.

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PartRunner & Revital Therapeutics

At the meeting on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, Beacon Angels members heard due diligence reports on the following startup company:

  • KingsCrowd, which offers a ratings and analytics solution for online private equity markets. 

We then entertained the following new funding proposals:

  • PartRunner, which provides on-demand deliveries for trades, construction and service businesses through (1) Web and Mobiles apps where customers can request, track and manage deliveries and (2) a mobile app that allows drivers to match with deliveries, see routes and manage their profile business model; and
  • Revital Therapeutics, which is developing improved, skin-substitutes to serve the $1 billion diabetic wound treatment market.

We also heard progress reports about follow-on rounds by Datarista, Cognoptix and First Light.

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Eden GeoTech & Millify

At the meeting on July 9, 2019, we shall entertain the following new funding proposals:

  • 8:30 AM – Eden GeoTech, which is developing a new means of petroleum reservoir extraction using electrical stimulation in lieu of hydraulic fracturing; and 
  • 9:15 AM – Mollify, which use game techniques to incent smartphone users to create and upload their own video advertisements for client advertisers.

Will shall also hear member due diligence reports on the following companies:

  • Enviropower which is developing a furnace-based system for point-source power generation, and
  • KingsCrowd, which seeks to become the Morningstar of the private equity markets.

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U-Chu Biosciences & KingsCrowd

At their meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Beacon members entertained presentations for new funding from the following companies:

  • U-Chu Biosensors, which is developing real-time oral health sensors for critical care; and
  • KingsCrowd, which is offering a ratings and analytics solution for online private equity markets.  

Finally, Enviro Power, a past presenter offering a micro-power generation solution, gave Beacon an update on new progress and on its current funding round.

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Massachusetts Rated No. 1 for Innovation

WalletHub recently listed Massachusetts as first among all 50 of the United States for its potential to foster innovation, as well for having the number three healthiest economy overall so far in 2019.

Beacon Angels is pleased to be a contributor to that potential by continuing to invest in new startup companies based in Massachusetts and throughout New England and through its ongoing support of the many New England headquartered companies in its portfolio.

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