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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Hilltop Biosciences & Shareity

At their meeting on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Beacon members entertained presentations from the following companies:

  • Hilltop Biosciences, which develops and sells therapies for wound healing to large animal veterinarians; and 
    Shareity, which offers a patented social engagement platform to enable brands to create photo and video challenges whereby brands can donate money to causes as users complete the challenges. 

Members also delivered due diligence reports on Xeno Biosciences and Canary.

Beacon portfolio company Cognoptix delivered an update on its upcoming bridge round to a larger financing, whereby the valuation is hoped to represent at least a 10X increase over Beacon’s original investment over 10 years ago.

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Cricduel and Canary

Beacon Angels heard members’ due diligence reports on Wevoand Xeno Biosciences, and entertained the following new funding proposals:

  • Cricduel, a fantasy cricket app (i.e. Draftkings, but for cricket) where users create fantasy cricket teams and compete with other users for cash prizes; and 
  • Canary, offering the services of an Airbnb, but for performing artists (bands and musicians) and venues such as restaurants and bars. 

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WEVO & Xeno Biosciences

At its meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, Beacon Angels entertained funding proposals from: 

  • WEVO, a company that enables marketers to evaluate and enhance digital experiences without the need for live traffic, disrupting the traditional market research and AB testing tools. and
  • Xeno Biosciences, which has a disruptive approach to treating obesity that mimics the highly successful treatment of gastric bypass surgery using a simple enteric-coated pill composed of components that have been shown to be safe in man. It induces the same microbiome changes caused by the surgery resulting in weight loss.

We also entertained members’ portfolio updates and a presentation on The Capital Network.

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Neurohydrate & Theromics

Beacon Angels entertained funding proposals from the following companies at its meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 2019:

  • Neurohydrate which offers a nutritional supplement to help migraine sufferers mitigate the gastrointestinal side effects of treatments, and
  • Theromics, which offers a platform for surgeons and oncologists to thermally ablate cancerous tumors, potentially cutting recurrence from an average of 30% to zero.

Beacon also heard portfolio company updates and members’ due diligence reports on potential new investments.

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Beacon Angels 2017 Meeting Archive

December 12, 2017

New funding presentations:

  • PrettyInstant, the world’s first managed marketplace for professional photography, saving clients time, money, and aggravation associated with hiring contract photographers; and
  • com, which is developing a marketplace to improve the used textbook-buying experience.

Member due diligence report: Magurobotics.

November 14, 2017

New funding presentations:

  • Labby, which has developed and sells a food and beverage testing device, to be used on-the-go for counterfeit detection, measurement and quality control in beer and wine production and sales; and
  • Magurobotics, which has developed and sells a lure device potentially to revolutionize the sport-fishing and bait-fishing industries.

Members’ due diligence update:

  • SNO Dietary Management.

October 10, 2017

New funding presentations:

  • Simplified Nutrition Online Solutions, which develops and markets dietary management tracking software to eldercare institutions, the US military, correctional facilities, food distributors and manufacturers; and
  • DJ Microlaminates, a materials science company seeking to market thick dry film laminate sheets and rolls for wafer fabrication processes, sensors, MEMS, microfluidics and medical and consumer devices.

Members delivered due diligence updates on:

  • Pykus Therapeutics and
  • Alps & Meters,

Plus a funding update on VetX.

September 12, 2017

New funding presentations:

  • Alps & Meters, a luxury sportswear brand powered by a home try-on model of B2C service and distribution; and
  • Crown Comfort, a revenue generating company self-described as “Waze for buildings. We crowd-source building data (comfort, maintenance, safety, etc.) from occupants to help organizations operate more efficiently.”

Members’ due diligence reports: Pykus Therapeutics and Patheer.

August 19, 2017

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Beacon enjoyed its 2017 Summer Garden Party on Saturday evening, August 19th.

July 11, 2017

New funding presentations:

  • Thinking Chat employs artificial intelligence techniques to provide an improved chat agent to improve Web site lead capture by 30% or more using consistently effective dialogs 24-hhours per day.
  • Spiro Technologies uses self-writing customer relationship management software to increase sales effectiveness. Spiro aims for a CRM so intelligent that it updates itself automatically as a salesman works, and provides users with alerts to drive sales.

Member due diligence reports:

  • Pykus Therapeutics,
  • Patheer, and
  • VetX, and
  • DoneGood.

Beacon’s upcoming get together will be its Summer Garden Party on the evening of Saturday, August 19th.

June 13, 2017

Funding Presenters:

  • Nutrimedy, led by Edwin Rivera, which is developing a novel telehealth platform that transforms disease prevention and management by matching people with Registered Dietitians; and
  • DoneGood, led by Cullen Schwarz, which offers a browser extension and mobile app to help consumers to find ethically-sourced environmentally-friendly goods produced by social enterprises.

Beacon members also presented and reviewed due diligence reports on:

  • Pykus Therapeutics,
  • Patheer,
  • Frontlane,
  • VetX, and
  • NextShift Robotics.

The CEO of Siamab Therapeutics also presented an update.

May 9, 2017

Presenters were:

  • Prapela, led by John Konsin, integrates breakthrough technology into products to help babies relax, breathe and sleep; and
  • NextShift Robotics, led by Mary Ellen Sparrow, which is developing an e-commerce order fulfillment system whereby robots communicate with each other, and work more efficiently with human ‘pickers,’ enabling 3X to 8X efficiency improvements.

Beacon members also presented and review due diligence reports:

  • Pykus Therapeutics,
  • Unite GPS,
  • Patheer,
  • Frontlane &
  • VetX.

April 11, 2017

Funding Presentations:

  • FrontLane offers the Braking Bar,™ a patent pending, wireless, battery powered Adaptive Brake Light that can be added to any vehicle to help prevent the most frequent type of car accidents: rear-end collisions; and
  • VetX, which offers a communications and analytics platform for veterinary clinics and pet owners, with an initial focus on extending clinics’ triage services after-hours and on weekends.

Members’ due diligence reports:

  • Pykus Therapeutics,
  • UniteGPS,
  • QSM Diagnostics, and
  • RacerX.

March 14th, 2017

Funding Presentations:

  • Green Pinata, which sells subscriptions for high-quality, wooden toys to delight children, save parents money and reduce clutter; and
  • Patheer, which offers an enterprise talent development platform for employers to retain and grow talent while empowering employees to drive their own careers.

Member due diligence reports and updates on recent presenters:

  • Pykus Therapeutics,
  • UniteGPS,
  • MyBlend,
  • QSM Diagnostics &
  • RacerX.

February 14th, 2017

Funding Presentations:

  • Pykus Therapeutics, which is developing a dissolvable intraocular device to make retinal surgery less painful and more successful; and
  • UniteGPS, which develops software tools related to location. Their first product is being sold to school districts nationwide and is called Crosswalk.

Member due diligence reports and update: My Blend

Portfolio company CEO update: IQuartic.

January 10, 2017

Funding Presentations:

  • My Blend, creating new ways for fashion and lifestyle brands to better engage with consumers by de-cluttering their e-mail inboxes, opening conduits to the social digital lives of women in the age 25-40 demographic; and
  • The Wardrobe Essentialist, launching a two-sided menswear marketplace employing unique multi-brand data and machine learning to proffer personalized merchant recommendations, leading to more orders, lower return rates, and a superior return on Ad Spend.

We discussed our new investment in Ecare Vault, and heard diligence reports concerning QSM Diagnostics and RacerX.

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Beacon Angels 2016 Meeting Archive

December 13, 2016

Funding Presenters:

  • 3d Fortify, a materials 3D printing company that uses patented magnetic alignment technology to create highly complex carbon fiber composites; and
  • Flaskworks, which is developing modular, closed and disposable systems for the manufacture of dendritic cells and stimulation and expansion of T cells for the rapidly growing immuno-oncology and dendritic cell-based vaccines markets.

We also considered due diligence reports or updates on

  • Kalion,
  • eCare Vault,
  • RacerX and
  • QSM Diagnostics.

November 8, 2016

Presenters to the meeting were:

  • eCare Vault, which is developing a social network for parents of children with developmental needs to share and coordinate with health and education team members; and
  • Kalion, an industrial biotech company that will use traditional, green, fermentation technology to produce high-value chemicals at a substantially lower cost and higher purity than current methods, with a beachhead in the supply of glucaric acid, a key ingredient of Ritalin and other drugs.

Portfolio company Affectly provided a member-investors’ update.

Due diligence committees discussed QSM Diagnostics and RacerX.

October 11, 2016

Our meeting featured funding presentations by:

  • RacerX, which is paid by consumer product manufacturers to facilitate consumer product registrations with a mobile app, facilitating their relationship marketing; and
  • Eversound, which will shortly launch targeted sales of its listening enhancement devices for seniors.

We also reviewed and discussed due diligence reports concerning:

  • QSM Diagnostics, and.
  • WhisperSom.

September 13, 2016

Funding Presenters:

  • WhisperSOM, which is developing a lightweight, wearable device that works with your smart phone to interrupt sleep apnea and snoring, and
  • Cre8MDI, which is developing a medical device for the early prediction of cardiovascular disease by primary assessment of arterial stiffness by pulse wave velocity.

We also discussed due diligence reports concerning:

  • Dookans
  • XCube R&D, and
  • QSM Diagnostics.

And we discussed our just completed initial round investment in Orange Photonics.

August 14, 2016

The Beacon Angels 2016 garden party was held at the Swiggarts’ home August 14th, at which the Pat Gaulin Trio performed.

July 12, 2016

Presenters were:

  • QSM Diagnostics, which is developing a diagnostic instrument sensor to identify and monitor bacterial infections in wounds, and
  • Polis, which offers a door-knocking app and data dashboard to assist companies and political campaigns to manage and improve their field operations.

We conduct due diligence reviews of:

  • Dookans,
  • Gadfly Legal,
  • Launchpad Medical,
  • XCube R&D &
  • Orange Photonics.

June 14, 2016

The meeting featured presentations for funding by:

  • XCube R&D, which is deploying big data management systems, originally developed for the aerial drone, to help automobile companies develop, test and safety check autonomous driving systems; and
  • Orange Photonics, which is deploying the “Lightlab” laboratory grade portable analysis platforms to deliver potency analysis, of the four major cannabinoids, on-site to marijuana dealers.

The members also discussed portfolio updates for Concrete Sensors and Iquartic. They evaluated due diligence results for Dookans, Gadfly Legal, Or-Genix, Launchpad Medical and Loto Lighting.

May 10th, 2016

Presenters were:

  • Loto Lighting, which designs and sells motorized controllable display lighting, and
  • PSM Clean Energy, which simplifies financing and investing in solar projects.

Members also presented and considered due diligence reports on five pending recent presenters now under consideration.

April 12, 2016

Presenters  included:

  • Or-Genix Therapeutics, which is developing and out-licensing proprietary science based topical products to help prevent and treat hormonally aging skin and hair in women aged 40+; and
  • Launchpad Medical, which is developing and commercializing Tetranite,™ a proprietary adhesive that supports and integrates with the body’s self-repair mechanisms to help regrow bone and permanently stabilize metal hardware—initially for dental implants.

Both companies were accepted for Due Diligence.

Members delivered due diligence reports on DookansGadfly Legal, and IQuartic.

March 8, 2016

Funding Presenters:

  • Gadfly Legal, which offers a leasing negotiation and management system to in house counsel and commercial leasing managers; and
  • Antera Therapeutics, which is developing the only therapy to prevent infants from developing peanut allergies.

Portfolio company Concrete Sensors, which sells a system to builders to monitor and improve the curing of concrete in commercial projects, provided an update.

February 9, 2016

Funding Presenters:

  • Medical Surface develops advanced coatings for medical devices using a proprietary single step technology. Their surfaces are designed to make biosensors work better and last longer in the body.
  • iQuartic is developing a data technology to help large health insurers and health care providers evaluate up to 40% more of the risk factors of a given population, and thereby estimate risk and costs more quickly and reliably than existing methods.

Members delivered due diligence reports on Building ConversationConcrete Sensors, and Dookans.

January 12, 2016

Presenters were:

  • Metacomb, developer and purveyor of structural paneling and countertops fabricated from corrugated cardboard for use by architects and designers; and
  • Dookans, purveyor of ‘What the Trucks’ app enabling mostly lunchtime customers to identify, locate and purchase meals from food trucks.

Members delivered due diligence reports on AtanseBuilding Conversation and Concrete Sensors.

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