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  • Profile picture of Lighthouse Labs

    Lighthouse Labs is a non-profit, mentor-driven startup acceleration program connecting promising founders with proven mentors, investors, support services, working space and lean startup education to move from idea to viable high growth venture in three months.

    VIRAL Level(s): 1, 2, 3, 4

  • Profile picture of French Slide: The Patio Door Reinvented

    French Slide™ is an affordable all-in-one patio door which slides both left and right, and due to our proprietary hinging technology, also opens out to provide homeowners with a sense of luxury at a low cost. We have developed a proprietary track system which focuses on ADA compliance and ease of access. French Slide™is reinventing the patio door and eliminating the need to choose between sliding or hinging. The original patio door, now known as the French or hinging patio door, provides the homeowner with a luxurious experience because of its ability to open up completely, but they don’t work everywhere, such as many coastal areas, due to space constraints and performance requirements. Sliding patio doors, introduced to the market much later, offer homeowners a space conserving, high performing and low-cost alternative, however; they lack the luxury French hinging doors bolster. French Slide combines the best features of both sliding and hinging patio doors while eliminating their cons, to create a truly all in one patio door perfect for any space and every place.

    Sector(s): Housing, Retail

    VIRAL Level(s): 5

  • Profile picture of TXT LLC

    TXT LLC is a technology company founded in march 2016 and officially launched october 2016 in Virginia. TXT LLC offers several services to the entire world. These services include a social network and messenger, txt and txt messenger, at www.txt.today. Another service offered is a video-streaming platform, vidyostreams, at www.vidyostreams. TXT LLC also offers a video-sharing platform, vidyoclips, at www.vidyoclips.com. TXT LLC is working on a shopping platform, SHOPtxt, as well.

    Sector(s): Other

    VIRAL Level(s): 5

  • Profile picture of FireBot

    A device to detect and stop stovetop fires.

    FireBot is a small, battery powered, device that will automatically activate in case of a fire to properly extinguish a stovetop fire to prevent damage and injury. 

     

    FireBot inconspicuously attaches to the underside of your range hood, out of sight. It waits until it reads an abnormally high temperature that signals an out-of-control stovetop fire.

    Upon activation, it sprays environmentally friendly, non-toxic, water-based fire suppressant to extinguish a fire -- even a grease fire on all four burners. At the same time, it activates an audible warning alarm, sends a z-wave signal to turn the electric or gas to the stove off and notify the owner or monitoring station of activation or even low battery.

    FireBot costs $45 to manufacture; FireBot will retail for $165. There are over 100 million kitchens in the United States. If we can place a FireBot in just 1% of those kitchens, that's one-million units sold, which equals $165 million in gross sales, and that's just the U.S.!  We hope we can provide the solution to put an end to this yearly problem.

    Sector(s): Housing

    VIRAL Level(s): 9

  • Profile picture of ENGAGED

    ENGAGED enhances employee performance by limiting and prevetning unwanted cellphone use in the workplace or on the road.

    Sector(s): Other

    VIRAL Level(s): 3

  • Profile picture of SKYPHOS Industries Inc.

    Skyphos developed the hard tech behind 3d printing microfluidic devices. We provide a turn-key solution to prototyping Lab-On-A-Chip (LOAC), manifolds, micro-machining outside of a clean-room or subcontractors. Our process and machines shrink the lead time from months to hours.  Skyphos provides engineering support, installation and solutions to medical device parts, microfluidics and uTAS.  

    Sector(s): Agriculture, Health, Supply Chain Services

    VIRAL Level(s): 3

  • Profile picture of True Made Foods

    We turned empty calorie American staples like Ketchup and BBQ Sauce into nutrient dense, paleo friendly, super foods.

    Sector(s): Food

    VIRAL Level(s): 6

  • Profile picture of Village Capital

    Village Capital finds, trains, and invests in entrepreneurs solving important world problems.

    Sector(s): Agriculture, Education, Energy, Financial Services, Health

    VIRAL Level(s): 7, 8, 9

  • Profile picture of Ario

    We help business visualize, connect and share data in the real world. Our applications increase productivity, connect data with equipment, decrease training time and capture knowledge. We developed a secure platform called Ario to scale augmented reality to waypoint, manage and associate data with spatial context. We have spent the last year piloting our applications with great success to defense contractors, our military and energy sectors. In 2018 we are expanding our platform to benefit the retail, construction and IoT markets. With billions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices coming online this year and tens of billions more coming online within the next three years, our platform will allow an easy and intuitive interface for your data.

    Sector(s): Energy, Information and Communication Technologies, Infrastructure/facilities development, Retail, Supply Chain Services, Technical Assistance/Consulting

    VIRAL Level(s): 5

  • Profile picture of PlusHealth

    An application that provides the connection between patient and doctor in real time. With all the specialties of mental health, Interactive Online Consultation

    VIRAL Level(s): 5

  • Profile picture of Babylon Micro-Farms

    We are empowering the next generation of urban farmers with simple and accessible solutions. Our unique business model is powered by a patented indoor growing platform making sustainable agriculture accessible. We allow anyone to grow high yield of fresh organic produce at the push of a button.

    Sector(s): Agriculture, Food, Health, Information and Communication Technologies, Infrastructure/facilities development, Other

    VIRAL Level(s): 5

  • Profile picture of Sabreez

    We help utilities, telecoms, and smart home companies show their customers when electric power is cleaner.

    Sector(s): Energy

    VIRAL Level(s): 3

  • Profile picture of Root Virtual Reality

    Root provides a platform of therapeutic and educational virtual reality tools that allow children from adverse home environments to better adapt to change and ultimately become well-adjusted and highly contributing community members while also training and educating parents to better understand and accommodate these children.

    By connecting children with the resources needed to encourage healthy mental and emotional development during such a critical life stage we are bridging lives at their roots! Root is leveraging the power of immersion and embodiment unique to Virtual Reality (VR) technology to revolutionize the social care system and improve long-term outcomes of children in care and  those who may have experienced trauma or have a developmental disorder. 

    VIRAL Level(s): 4

  • Profile picture of Godwin Group LLC

    We lower the barrier for video marketing and training with a scaleable animation production system.

    Sector(s): Information and Communication Technologies

    VIRAL Level(s): 2

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  • Profile picture of Scriyb

    Scriyb's Coaching AI powers Cyber Security training with a builtin Cyber Range.

    Sector(s): Education

    VIRAL Level(s): 7

  • Profile picture of Hinterland Trading

    Hinterland Trading was first to market importing and selling Tillandsia (Air Plants) and terrarium kits on a national scale with gross sales more than $5 million from 2014 to 2017. It established business relationships with Amazon, Zulily, Urban Outfitter Group, Gardener’s Supply, florist and retail stores all over the US. Hinterland Trading imports thousands of plants directly from farms in Guatemala. In response to a rapid change in online sales Hinterland Trading made a successful pivot toward an experienced based retail storefront. Hinterland Trading established a national brand following and capitalized on this at a local level. The owners of Hinterland Trading Elizabeth, Kelle, Austin, and Bailey Ryan presented their idea to scale Hinterland Trading at 757 Pitch in conjunction with the ODU Innovation Center and Startwheel.org and won the contest.

    Sector(s): Retail

    VIRAL Level(s): 4

  • Profile picture of Phantom Solutions Inc.

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    Sector(s): Food, Health

    VIRAL Level(s): 3

You invest at all of the following VIRAL levels:



You begin investing at VIRAL Level:

7: You back teams once they’ve reached product-market fit


You invest in Series A rounds and look for companies with solid positive unit economics who have more sales leads coming inbound than outbound. At this point the company’s C-Suite is filled out and is as good or better than the CEO.


Where you can add the most value to entrepreneurs at this stage:

  • Scale:

    Help the company understand what they need to be thinking about to scale rapidly not only in their initial target market but across multiple markets.

  • Partnerships:

    In order to scale rapidly and beat out the competition, the team needs to forget unbeatable partnerships for distribution. They likely have established such relationships or are in active conversations with such partners. Help them navigate these partnerships and define other potential ways to grow their pipeline and distribution channel to customers.

Common questions you should consider asking in due diligence:

  • Scale: 

    You’re at the point where you’re ready to scale – how are you going to scale fast and make it difficult for your competition – which likely now includes large incumbents – to catch up?

  • Partnerships: 

    In order to scale, you’re going to need to have unbeatable partnerships for sales and distribution – If you don’t already have these in place, why not, and how do you plan to get them in place?

  • The “Level 7 fallacy:”

    A common mistake is when companies think they’ve hit product market fit – where your cost of customer acquisition is truly low and your sales channel is productive without the involvement of the founder or C-Suite. In reality, companies often still have to close customers with involvement of a charismatic CEO, a strategy that isn’t scalable and actually reflects that a company hasn’t truly nailed their value proposition. What evidence can you provide to an investor that you truly are able to sell at scale with low acquisition costs?


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