Deals from FinancePlus North America

Deals from FinancePlus North America


Early-stage Medical Device Private Equity Fund

This proposed $75 million private equity partnership (the “Partnership”) intends to build a diversified investment portfolio by commercializing university-developed IP related to medical devices, diagnostics and related technologies. The Partnership intends to accomplish this by forming operating teams that will create a series of startup companies around the IP, which will be actively managed and developed into successful businesses. The Partnership estimates that it will create approximately 12 to 18 startup companies with initial investments ranging from approximately $0.5 to $1.5 million and additional follow-on investments of potentially $3 million to $5 million per company. Between years five and ten, the Partnership intends to monetize this portfolio of startup companies through IPOs, private sales of the companies, or asset sales of the underlying technology.

U.S. universities are the largest performers of basic research in the United States, conducting approximately $68 billion of annual research and development each year. However, that $68 billion yields only about 600 new startup companies per year. A great deal of promising university research consistently fails to be developed and commercialized and only a small portion of new IP with commercial applications result in the formation of new companies.

There are two key reasons for the lack of university based startups: (i) a shortage of seed capital, due to the fact that venture capital funds have generally exited from this early-stage market segment, and (ii) the relative absence of applicable business skill sets at universities. In response, a $75 million private equity partnership (“Partnership”) to solve this problem and take advantage of this opportunity by filling the funding gap for early stage capital and by providing the business skills and management that university-based startup companies need to succeed.

The Partnership is being organized by a medtech-specific investment team with significant U.S. university medtech commercialization, company-building and Wall Street experience. A group of professionals has been assembled with the diversified skill sets necessary to execute the business plan to commercialize early-stage, university-based IP in the medical device, diagnostic and related technologies space. The Principals have:
• Long-standing relationships with U.S. universities. In 2012, the principals’ Innovation Cluster schools expended over $13 billion in Science and Engineering R&D and were awarded over 1,000 patents.
• Invested over $50 million in translational research grants to U.S. universities in over 250 separate IP assets, all in the medical device arena. This capital resulted in an additional $1 billion of follow-on capital from angels, venture capital firms, institutional investors, and strategic investors and generated a success rate of over 27%;
• Responsibility for all operational aspects of commercializing a large portfolio of early stage medical device technologies by overseeing a $20 million endowment that will be used to de-risk and commercialize future medical device technologies, included in this is all program management aspects of a portfolio of over 40 early medical device technologies on behalf of one of the University Cluster schools.
• Successfully started, managed, and sold multiple medical device companies;
• Been responsible for sourcing investment opportunities as part of IBM’s Venture Capital Group, which resulted in over $1.5 billion of acquisitions;
• Served on various boards and panels in medical device industry including:
o The Executive Committee for the PPDC, which is a joint program between Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania that supports practical medical device projects benefitting children.
o As program manager for the Drexel University – Hebrew University joint translational research program to tackle unmet needs in healthcare.
o The Biomedical Engineering – Medical Devices Panel for Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, a program to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector.

The Partnership also has an Advisory Board of 13 professionals with extensive business, financial, legal, and entrepreneurial expertise including experience in the health care and medical device sectors with impressive technical, medical device, and patent expertise.

The Partnership offers an investor the opportunity to make impact investments through the commercialization of potentially breakthrough medical device IP, with the hope of improving patient care and well being, while at the same time generating high investor returns.

The Partnership has more detailed offering material available. The Principals are also available to meet or a have call to discuss the Partnership in greater detail.
Deal Contact:
International IP Enterprises
Kevin McGuinness
[email protected]
+1 215 421 7899

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Premium branded natural and gourmet food retailer in NYC

The Company is a leading upscale, full service specialty and natural food retailer with three retail locations in New York City and an expansion plan for an additional four stores in the next three years. Since first opening its doors in 1994, the Company has established a reputation for top quality produce, extensive product selection and unsurpassed customer service. Each location is a culinary mecca for savvy shoppers who demand the finest products and ingredients at the best prices.

The Company is seeking mezzanine and/or equity to fund growth and store expansion. The Company is holding limited discussions with institutional and family office investors for financing in mid 2015.

The Company has built a well known brand based on premium food quality, store environment and customer service. Our stores recreate the look and feel of a traditional, European, outdoor market, with an atmosphere of warmth and sophistication. While the interior space encourages exploration and relaxed shopping, the aisles and shelves are abundantly stocked from floor to ceiling with over 10,000 specialty food products sourced from every corner of the globe.

The Company’s are destinations for unique, organic, natural, and specialty products and each has become a neighborhood market place for celebrities and local chefs. The Company targets upper middle class neighborhoods in metropolitan areas. Store sizes ranges from 10,000 to 15,000 square feet.

The Company utilizes a smaller box store format, averaging under 15,000 square feet with some stores in the 20,000 foot range. Each store carries approximately 9,000 to 10,000 SKU’s, while many conventional supermarkets are approximately 40,000 to 60,000 square feet and carry an average of 45,000 SKUs. Using this smaller-box format, The Company is able to focus on higher-margin food categories. The Company also believes this format facilitates a higher level of customer service that enables an enhanced overall customer shopping experience.

The Company is forecasting growth from existing stores and new store growth in 2018 to $61 MM in revenues, approximately $5.4 MM in adjusted EBITDA and approximately $6.6 MM in “4-Wall EBITDA” (Store level EBITDA before central office overhead).

Deal Contact:
India Brook Partners
Jeff Tarplin
[email protected]
+1 908 219 4408

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Extreme Sports Family Entertainment Centers in the US

The Company is developing seven universally and strategically placed 160,000 square foot family entertainment centers. It is targeting major tourist cities with a large local consumer base. The first location would be in Orlando.

The Company’s family entertainment centers are sports venues and arenas, similar to well-known venues such as Wembley, Chicago Stadium or Madison Square Garden. The parks would be company owned and operate and own the concessions as well, and own the media content and any broadcast rights. The Company believes that it is the only company of its kind presenting family entertainment in this segment of the family entertainment space.

The Company is working in the $220 billion extreme sports and family entertainment industry. Extreme sports, a largely untapped market, has 185 million participants worldwide. With 13 million skaters in the US alone, skating is now more popular with kids and young adults than the national pastime, baseball.

The first location in Orlando projects 471,900 visitors during the first 18 months of operation. Patrons are anticipated to spend on average $80 to skate, BMX, buy clothes, eat at a restaurant or cafe, have a drink in the lounge overlooking the park, go to our Athena Learning Center and branded Media Lab, and to stay in the themed hotel.

The Centers will offer scholarships to local kids for after school programs and work with the school systems to offer extra curricular activities.

A few main points:
a. 13 million kids skateboard versus 12 million kids that play baseball in the US.
b. Over 150 million kids worldwide are involved in action sports which includes skate and BMX (bike).
c. This market is a $220 billion worldwide lifestyle industry. It is a lifestyle segment that includes apparel (skateboards/bikes and clothing), media, technology and education.
d. There is no real home, “mecca” or family destination for this segment.
e. BMX became an Olympic sport in 2012, and skateboarding will be in 2016 following snowboarding in 2018.
f. Orlando is the largest tourist destination in the US – 60 million visitors annually.
g. Projections show $10 million ++ in first year sales (without events and concerts) scaling to $32 million.
h. There are opportunities in sports media, sponsorship and branding. The Company plans to retain all rights to it content and offer the major and local broadcasters an opportunity to broadcast events.
i. The center will have 160,000 square feet of indoor outdoor space in Orlando.
j. There are plans to expand to the Meadowlands (LOI), the Mall of America, and LasVegas. Each location sees 40 million tourists a year.
k. The Centers would be an attraction for the extreme enthusiasts, families, local community alike.
l. BMX became an Olympic sport in 2012, and skateboarding will be in the 2016 games, similar to snowboarding in 2008.

Deal Contact:
Radbourne Property Group
John Van Clief
[email protected]
+1 212 918 0640

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U.S. Mobile App Company Seeking Seed Funding

The Company has developed a new iOS, GPS-based app for parents, caregivers and children, which provides a better way for families to keep in touch by using advanced geofencing and alerting technology. The Company offers a sense of security and peace of mind for parents and equips children with important security and communications features.

A secondary product offering is the iBeacon, a small standalone wireless sensor that dramatically increases the precision of Apple location services. It allows the user to see the location of someone relative to the iBeacon for use in a home, vehicle, school, or wherever the user sees fit. The location is accurate to within a few feet.

The Company’s management team, comprised of former telecom, nonprofit, technology and professional sports executives, has experience in rapid growth, venture-capital funded and Fortune 500 companies; the lead investor and company spokesperson is a high-profile current NFL player.

The U.S. market potential for mobile monitoring applications alone is $3.05 billion. The Company is positioned to become the leader in the mobile monitoring market, which has a customer base exceeding 38M parents and caregivers benefiting over 75M children.

Not only is the Company suited for parents, caregivers and children, the market also includes elderly parents, particularly those with Alzheimer’s, Dementia or memory loss. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the total U.S. market alone is 43.2M customers.

The Company recently soft-launched its product in the App Store. The Company generates its revenue via a paid subscription service that also allows the user to buy the iBeacon products. Additionally, the Company has secured major channel partnerships with an NFL sports agency with more than 150 current NFL players who will promote the app via their 14.7M social media followers. Other partnerships include companies with 5M+ consumer customer bases.

The company is seeking their second seed round of funding, which will be used for the completion of its Beta program, continued product development, and for implementing its marketing infrastructure and strategy for both pre- and post-launch efforts – launch will be in September ’15.

Deal Contact:
FamilySignal LLC
Richard Maaghul
[email protected]
+1 415 798 6876

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Publishing Paywall Technology Acquisition Opportunity (SaaS model) in the US

The Company has a Paywall-as-a-Service offering for Web publishing (text/print and video) and is available for acquisition. This US based company is a full SaaS offering, making it very easy for a content publishers to monetize their content by deploying a tiered paywall-based content strategy over their various properties with no expertise, no infrastructure, and no upfront costs. Customers simply add a few lines of code into their Websites, identify which content is behind the paywall, and how to bill (cost per article, first 10 views free, etc.), and they are up and running with a revenue-generating premium content strategy in minutes.

As a Paywall-as-a-Service solution the Company takes care of authentication, billing, etc. in a revenue share model with its publisher (text and video content) clients. The Company currently has on over 75 websites across 30 publishers as customers in a recurring, monthly revenue model.

Deal Contact:
Peter Benedict
Managing Partner
Bois Capital
Follow Me Google Voice: +1-908-242-0829
[email protected]

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Northeastern US Aerospace Defense Manufacturer Available

The Company, located in the Northeastern United States, is a structural parts manufacturer for Defense aircraft such as CH-47 and V-22. It has been a family owned business for the past 30+ years and the owner is looking to retire. Sales are USD 20m+ and EBITDA is in the range of USD5-6m range. The Company has 5 year LTA’s with Boeing in place and a backlog of USD 20mm. This is an ideal “tuck-in” for a firm looking to add to its aerospace defense business or to add Defense to an already existing commercial aerospace business.

Deal Contact:
Koren Rogers Business Advisors
Michael Koren
[email protected]
+1 914 686 5800 x123

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Patented Hydration System for Runners and Walkers

The Company offers a beneficial, patented hydration system for runners and walkers on the market that encourage proper form and posture while exercising. Its 3-product package includes sleek active wear apparel, a continuously-hydrating electrolyte formula, and balanced running bottles that store said hydration.

Runners and walkers start becoming dehydrated in 15 minutes but do not start feeling the negative effects till about 45 minutes. To make matters worse every hydration system on the market are cumbersome to use and some can cause injuries over time because they throw off your rhythm, gait and stride.

The Company aims to maximize the performance of every runner and walker with its revolutionary products. The Company’s leadership team has designed a business models to ensure that all three Company products are purchased together.

Achievements so far:
• Investors are already on board. So far, we’ve $90,000 plus have two verbal commitments for $95,000 more and others that are interested that will make a decision within the next week. Once we reach $250,000 our 1st tranche will close and share prices will double from .50¢ to $1 per share for our 2nd tranche.
• Partnered with TVA Media Group. The CEO, Jeffrey Goddard, is a marathon runner and contacted us because he knows potential our products have. The best part is he knows what a marketable product looks like with over $6B in sells. TVA is responsible for our Direct Response Commercial production and airing. The commercial will be aired 5000 times per month.
• Supply chain is strong and ready. From manufacturing to fulfillment, our business experts have everything already in place to quickly produce and move goods.
• Solid sales history. Though made under the umbrella of the previous company, 2200 pairs of bottles have been sold.
• Intellectual property. We’ve obtained the rights to an issued patent as well as all other IP rights, including complete engineering design for bottles and weight, video, pictures, all plans, research, and websites.

Now we’re ready to build on that momentum by expanding into all areas of the sporting goods industry, strategically adding products and lines under the APG brand name. Three months after tranche 1 funding is secured, all tooling and product development will be complete, with flagship products stocked and ready for distribution. At this point we’ll ramp up the marketing efforts with the launch of a DR TV commercial and a strong social media campaign. The result? Massive traction gained within our target market. Our end game is a franchising/retail model.

As we prepare to take APG to the next level, we recently launched a page on Fundable, the largest crowdfunding platform dedicated exclusively to startups and small businesses. If you’d like to help us continue our momentum, there are a couple of ways you can support our growth:

1. Are you an SEC accredited investor or a foreign investor?
● Consider investing in this financing round.

2. You’re not an SEC accredited investor but still want to help?
● Help get the word out to investors that might be interested in this type of investment
● Connect me to anyone in your personal networks that may be interested in this type of opportunity
● Share our profile through your social media networks.

You can see our funding profile and get more information here:

Minimum investment $20,000.

Deal Contact:
Athletes Performance Gear, Inc.
John Hobbs
[email protected]

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USA Home Health Care Agency Rollup

A Management Group headed by a West Point Graduate (BS Engineering, MBA Marketing, Phd. Business) is developing a unique business opportunity in the Home Health Care Industry, which is growing at 9% a year. There is a big push by Medicare to straighten out the industry as it would save them billions a year in hospitalization expenses (1/4 the expenses). The problem is that there are about 14,800 agencies that are run by mom and pop operators and they are plagued by non compliance (record keeping + billing + fraud) issues so they are imposing heavy fines on agencies that operate below standard. Many are selling since they have difficulties complying and are stuck in the 1990s.

The potential industry has not yet been realized and has not kept up with today’s stock market valuations , but there are some corporate entities that see this potential and are buying up agencies and turning them around increasing value by 5 to 10 x original worth. There are numerous profitable agencies that are being sold out there cheap. These individual agencies have revenues of $ 250k, but turned around and run professionally this can easily increase to $ 2 MM.

The Management Group consists of consultants to a number of owners and realize the business potential. They wish to roll up several of the agencies that net an existing combined EBITDA of $2 MM to $5 MM. The Management Group will start with one or two very large agencies that will be used as a base and depending on the speed of purchase and the appetite of a Private Equity partner. The plan is to grow to 40 agencies @ $16 MM and eventually roll up about 150 agencies at a cost of $70 MM+. Presently there is an opportunity to start a base for these buyups with the purchase of two large agencies that are for sale with EBITDA of $1 MM.

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Wanted to Buy: Disinfection Products Company

Buyer is seeking to purchase a USA based company or corporate division that sells disinfection products (wipes, solutions, chemicals, devices) and/or disinfection services (cleaning, remediation). Minimum Sales: $20M. Minimum EBITDA: $4M. Must be U.S. Headquartered. The Buyer will work with current management to grow the business and add functionality, if required.

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US Based Social Media Company Acquisition Opportunity

The leading global aggregator and search engine for Twitter pictures is available for acquisition. This U.S. based Social Media Company, which provides an enhanced Twitter experience, can enhance an existing Social Media platform or help establish a new platform. Company highlights:

* 6.4 million monthly unique visitors (83% international from 76 countries);
* 3.8 million monthly visitors via smartphone (60% of total), even though Company offers no mobile app;
* 34.0 million monthly page views;
* Content database of 4.5 billion Twitter pictures with 5.0 million pictures added daily;
* Revenue from Advertisements and Sponsorships;
* Customizable and scalable technology features search algorithms and software and
* Experienced CEO – 15+ years in search technology.

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