Bollente Companies, Inc. (BOLC)
Bollente Companies, Inc. (BOLC) is in the early stages of developing a diverse portfolio of companies, targeting disruptive technologies that positively impact the environment and emerging economies. Their current focus is on high-efficiency electric tankless water heaters, manufactured and sold under "trutankless", a division of Bollente, including a line of economy tankless water heaters sold under the Vero name. Units are available for both residential and commercial application.
The primary Bollente advantage is their use of advanced technology, superior to previous tankless systems, together with a growing U.S. and global market. Traditional water heaters are one of the costliest appliances to operate. The two primary energy sources used in U.S. homes are electric and natural gas, with less than half of U.S. homes having natural gas available. In addition, there are no significant electric whole home tankless manufacturers.
The U.S. Department of Energy now requires tanks of 55 gallons or more to have efficiency levels requiring expensive heat pumps to achieve. Bollente's trutankless electric tankless water heater employs specialized sensors for constant water temperature, solid state electronics, and proprietary software, resulting in one of the most efficient heat exchangers ever produced. The technology includes smart grid and home automation capabilities, remote control and monitoring, and even smartphone alerts. It also allows adjustable custom power management settings, so that users can further enhance energy usage and performance. It is now estimated that tankless heaters used in every home would save over $8 billion annually in the U.S. alone.
By maintaining 99 percent efficiency, Bollente's trutankless heaters use less energy than tank heaters, while providing the convenience of always-hot water. The system only uses power when there is demand, producing water to exact temperature, within one degree, even with sudden changes to input. Wireless apps allow for remote settings, notifications, and monitoring, and models are compatible with existing home automation and energy management systems. The technology also reduces size, for easy location, and the system's self-flushing design provides up to 20+ years of maintenance free operation, significantly reducing upkeep and replacement costs. This becomes an additional environmental benefit since roughly 8 million used water heaters are dumped in landfills every year.
Bollente has also announced the formation of Bollente International, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, for the international production and sale of trutankless systems. Taking advantage of growing interest in their technology, Bollente International is working with an international manufacturing firm for the production and distribution of trutankless systems throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, with the first step being the testing and certification necessary to meet the various international standards.
Bollente has made electric tankless water heating compelling to a major consumer market, both in and outside the U.S., offering economic as well as operational efficiency and convenience, attractive to builders as well as to end consumers.
CD International Enterprises, Inc. (CDII)
CD International Enterprises, Inc. (CDII) is a U.S.-based company operating in two primary business segments: mineral trading and consulting services. Headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, with operations centering on the rapid growth of the Chinese economy, CDII allows prospective investors to participate in the considerable opportunities presented by emerging markets in both the People's Republic of China and the Americas.
CDII Minerals, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of CD International, serves as its commodities trading division. Through CDII Minerals, CDII sources, aggregates and distributes iron ore, manganese ore and scrap metals for clients operating throughout China. The company maintains a strategic position between its North and South American suppliers and its Chinese clients, allowing it to both address a niche market opportunity and facilitate more efficient transactions for its customers.
In addition to its mineral trading services, CDII has found success in offering a comprehensive suite of consulting services related to the unique characteristics of business operations in China. In December 2016, the company announced its entry into a two-year corporate agreement with a China-based subsidiary of Everbright International Construction Engineering Corporation, through which CDII will provide information related to foreign and domestic constructions, project tending offers, government communications and local networks. In January 2017, CDII announced its entry into a similar agreement with Zhangjiajie Shengshi Agricultural Development Company, through which it will provide consulting services related to a number of business developments, including the development of a distribution business centered on cannabidiol extract derived from industrial hemp.
Per the company's website, CDII's greatest strength lies in the quality of its personnel, which includes a culturally diverse group of professionals operating within the United States, as well as in China and emerging markets throughout the Americas. Dr. James Wang has served as CEO and chairman of the CDII board since August 2006. He has also served as CEO and chairman of China Direct Investments since January 2005. Wang brings a wealth of experience in corporate finance in the U.S. capital markets to the CDII management team, and his work in the identification and acquisition of China-based growth companies has played an instrumental role in the execution of CD International's strategic vision for over a decade.
Wang is joined on the CDII management team by Controller Shirley Xu and Vice President of Business Development Katie Zhao. Xu has served as the company's controller since January 2013, assuming a range of responsibilities including internal control, general ledger accounting oversight, and financial reporting for CDII and its subsidiaries. She is also responsible for SEC financial reporting for the company's consulting segment clients.
Katie Zhao has served in her current role with CD International since January 2012. Prior to becoming VP of business development, she served as the company's project manager from 2007 to 2009 and as senior account executive from 2010 to 2011. From these positions, Zhao played a key role in the establishment of CDII's U.S. distribution channels for its Chinese clients, as well as the implementation of a network connecting the company's U.S. and China-based offices.
Founded in 1999, ChineseInvestors.com (CIIX) has become a leading financial information website for Chinese-speaking investors in the United States and China. Recognizing unprecedented opportunities in the U.S. cannabis industry, CIIX is also laying the groundwork to capitalize on growing demand for cannabidiol (CBD)-based nutrition and health products.
Through its primary website, www.ChineseInvestors.com, CIIX offers a variety of investor education products and services, including real-time market commentary, analysis and educational related services in Chinese language character sets; consultative services to smaller private companies considering becoming a public company; and advertising and public relations related support services.
At the center of this initiative is the ChineseInvestors Method, a unique integration of a disciplined investing process, web-based tools, personalized instructions and support. Using this strategy, CIIX provides reliable market information to help investors make informed investment decisions and meet their individualized financial goals.
CIIX is also leveraging its financial expertise to enter into the burgeoning CBD industry, which within a few years has grown from a relatively invisible sector to a billowing market expected to reach $2.1 billion in consumer sales by 2020.
The increasing demand for CBD-based products is a catalyst for innovative business endeavors. To this accord, CIIX has established a three-year development plan to capitalize on the convergence of CBD and the nutrition and health products market in mainland China, where the benefits of CBD oil have not been widely recognized.
Under a wholesale agreement with a reputable CBD health brand, CIIX is launching the world's first online CBD health products store published in the Chinese language. The site, www.ChineseCBDoil.com, caters to a growing number of Chinese people awakening to the numerous health benefits of CBD oil for treatment of a variety of conditions such as anxiety, stress, poor sleep, Alzheimer's disease, and more. CIIX expects to launch this website at the end of January 2017, and plans to sell CBD-infused products via online and in-store.
In conjunction, CIIX's cannabis-focused "Yelp"-style mobile app is in development as a platform for Chinese people to review and discuss various cannabis products. The app will be the first marijuana social media mobile app designed for Chinese-speaking customers worldwide.
CytoDyn Inc. (CYDY)
CytoDyn Inc. (CYDY) is a Vancouver, Washington-based biotechnology company engaged in the clinical development and potential commercialization of humanized monoclonal antibodies for the treatment and prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection.
Monoclonal antibodies – soluble proteins produced by the body in response to infections from bacteria, viruses and other pathogens – have become one of the fastest expanding opportunities in the biotech/pharma sector. CytoDyn's lead drug candidate is PRO 140, one of the leading monoclonal antibodies under development for HIV infection.
PRO 140 belongs to a new class of HIV/AIDS therapeutics intended to protect healthy cells from viral infection. The candidate has been used in more than 200 HIV-infected patients in placebo-controlled and open label FDA-approved clinical trials; has been the subject of seven clinical trials, each demonstrating efficacy by significantly reducing or controlling HIV viral load in human test subjects; and is designated a "fast track" product candidate by the FDA.
The PRO 140 antibody appears to be a powerful antiviral agent leading to potentially hardly any side effects or toxicity and less frequent dosing requirements, as compared to daily drug therapies currently in use. CytoDyn has received FDA clearance for and currently has two Phase 3 clinical trials underway. The company's first Phase 3 trial is a pivotal trial with PRO 140 in combination with current standard-of-care antiretroviral therapy (ART) for highly treatment-experienced patients with HIV. This 25-week trial involves only 30 patients with a primary endpoint of just one week of efficacy and the company expects to report primary endpoint results as early as the first quarter of 2017.
The company's other Phase 3 trial is with PRO 140 as a single-agent maintenance therapy in virally suppressed subjects with HIV. This multicenter, open-label trial is now enrolling 300 patients prequalified with CCR5-tropic HIV-1 infection who are clinically stable on standard-of-care highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). The objective of the trial is to assess the efficacy, safety and tolerability of PRO 140 as a long-acting, single-agent maintenance therapy for the chronic suppression of HIV. Patients enrolled in the trial will be shifted from daily HAART regimens to weekly PRO 140 subcutaneous injections for 48 weeks. This trial protocol is nearly a duplicate of the Phase 2b monotherapy trial, which is ongoing with an extension study that supports a group of patients who have maintained viral suppression for over two years and is continuing.
Additionally, the company has underway a Phase 2 trial to evaluate PRO 140 for Graft vs. Host Disease (GvHD) in a 100-day study involving 60 patients. GvHD is a life-threatening complication for cancer patients undergoing stem cell transplants. This trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of PRO 140 for prophylaxis of acute GvHD in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) undergoing allogeneic stem-cell transplantation.
CytoDyn operates under the guidance of a highly qualified management team and advisors with experience in a wide range of complementary skillsets, including business development, mechanical engineering, life sciences and biotech, manufacturing and clinical development, IP asset development, biologics, antibody drug conjugates, engineered tissue therapeutics, small molecule and radiopharmaceutical drugs and more. Additionally, CytoDyn has established relationships with world-class HIV experts who advise on the company's trial designs.
Dominovas Energy Corp. (DNRG)
Dominovas Energy Corp. (DNRG) is an energy solutions company dedicated to delivering clean, efficient and reliable electricity to areas of the world that lack this precious commodity on a multi-megawatt scale. Recognizing the incredible growth and profit opportunities of the green and alternative energy markets, Dominovas Energy defined a sustainable deployment model to take a leading position among alternative green energy solutions providers. It is equally important to note that while Dominovas Energy provides "alternative green energy solutions" in that its power generation capability is not of the traditional standards of energy generation, the company delivers "primary" power to its clients.
At the heart of Dominovas Energy's Fuel Cell Division is a revolutionary "disruptive technology" and energy solution powered by the RUBICON™ Series Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Technology. Led by the incomparable scholar, professor and visionary Dr. Shamiul Islam, the RUBICON™ achieves more than 50% fuel-to-electricity efficiency, providing cost effective, clean, significantly-reduced emissions with silent operations in 100kW to multi-megawatt power arrays. The proprietary system is also uniquely capable of reforming and converting multiple fuel stocks such as natural gas and bio-fuel, and is expected to become the "PLATINUM Standard" by which all other fuel cell technologies are measured.
In early 2014, Dominovas Energy was acquired by Western Standard Energy Corp. in a merger transaction in which Dominovas Energy was the emerging publically traded entity. Per the acquisition, Dominovas Energy obtained Western Standard's 49.25% ownership of award-winning renewable energy company Pro Eco Energy Ltd. Pro Eco Energy provides award-winning heating and cooling systems for commercial and public buildings, delivering the newest alternative energy technologies for energy efficient HVAC systems in a timely and cost-competitive manner.
Dominovas Energy has designs to build and own fuel cell utilities worldwide, joining the ranks of some of the world's largest and most well-known companies that are also looking to take advantage of the vast opportunities that have come about as the need for energy production far exceeds the supply on a worldwide basis. The RUBICON™ is superior to any other system on the market today, and Dominovas Energy's ability to produce a fuel cell that allows for distributed power in multi-megawatt arrays is revolutionary, which allows for profitable commercialization while meeting the demands of the world market.
eXp World Holdings Inc. (EXPI)
eXp World Holdings Inc. (EXPI) is the holding company for a number of businesses, most notably eXp Realty LLC, the Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage™. eXp Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage offering 24/7 access to a suite of collaborative tools, training features and socialization channels designed to meet the unique needs of real estate brokers and agents. By creating a fully-immersive, cloud office environment for real estate professionals, eXp effectively reduces agents' overhead, increases their profits and provides greater service value to consumers.
Through eXp Realty's innovative platform, agents and brokers are afforded the opportunity to earn equity in exchange for production and contributions to company growth. Additionally, eXp features an aggressive revenue sharing program that pays agents a percentage of the gross commission income earned by fellow professionals they recruit into the company. The result is a shared ownership community featuring a synergistic and collaborative group of forward-thinking, entrepreneurial professionals. With the emergence of the internet as the most powerful property marketing and advertising medium, eXp's internet and cloud technologies have helped thousands of consumers find, buy or sell homes without the need for a brick and mortar real estate office.
Since its launch in October 2009, eXp Realty has experienced rapid growth, with brokerage service now offered in 35 U.S. states and Alberta, Canada. In February 2016, the company officially welcomed its 1,000th real estate professional into its family of agent-owners, up from just 467 agents at the end of 2014. Following this achievement, the Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage claimed a spot among the top 50 real estate brokerages in the United States based on agent count, according to data from RISMEDIA's 2015 PowerBroker 500 Report.
Similarly, eXp Realty generated record financial results during 2015. Following the launch of two new initiatives – including an online lead generation program and a stock compensation plan – the company achieved a 71 percent year-over-year increase in net revenues, recording $22.87 million for the year. As it continues to expand its footprint across North America, eXp Realty will look to leverage its unique agent-owned business model to continue attracting driven, entrepreneurial agents and real estate industry leaders while promoting sustainable financial growth.
India Globalization Capital, Inc. (NYSE: IGC)
India Globalization Capital, Inc. (NYSE: IGC) is a first mover in developing a portfolio of products using cannabis-based "combination therapies" for the treatment of pain and other conditions.
The national cost of health care due to pain ranges from $560 billion to $635 billion. In addition, the health care cost attributed to the abuse of prescription opioids, closely related to pain, is approximately $25 billion. IGC's patent filing (IGC-501) is a cannabis-based formulation addressing neuropathic and arthritic pain in joints and muscles using a variety of delivery techniques. The Company anticipates commencing clinical trials, and hopes that through its focus on combination therapy it can formulate and commercialize cannabinoid compounds as an alternative to long-term addictive opioid treatments.
The Company has also filed combination therapy formulations for the treatment of epilepsy and cachexia. About 50 million people worldwide are affected by epilepsy and about 1.3 million in the U.S. experience cachexia associated with cancer, MS, Parkinson's, HIV/AIDS and other progressive illnesses. Cancer-induced anorexia/cachexia is responsible for 20% of all cancer deaths. IGC-502 indicated for seizures and IGC-504 indicated for cachexia are unique combination therapies that, if proven out by clinical trials, are expected to treat medical refractory epilepsy and eating disorders respectively, with lower side effects than conventional mono therapies.
IGC's strategy is exciting and unique in that it is aiming to become a leader in the phytocannabinoid-based combination therapy specialty pharmaceutical sector. This first mover advantage can potentially be formidable as it begins clinical trials and further builds its patent portfolio. "The development of combination therapies utilizing cannabis represents a large, unique opportunity in this emerging specialty-pharmaceutical sector. Securing FDA approval for combination therapy is believed to be significantly faster and less expensive than new drug applications. As a result, we believe that we can bring our cannabis-based pharmaceutical products to market in both an expeditious and cost-effective manner," stated Ram Mukunda, CEO.
IGC has recently exited its legacy businesses and currently holds international investments in land and in a hotel project. An impressive and experienced team, led by Mr. Ram Mukunda, CEO, directs IGC.
Mr. Mukunda holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Maryland (UMD). He founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Startec Global Communications, an international telecommunications carrier focused on providing voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) services to emerging economies. Startec, the first pure play international long distance carrier, went public on NASDAQ. He has won a number of awards, including the 2013 University of Maryland International Alumnus of the year award. Mr. Mukunda serves as an Emeritus member on the Board of Visitors at the University of Maryland, School of Engineering, and has served as Council Member at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs. Mr. Mukunda and Dr. Krishna are the originators of all the IGC patent filings.
Dr. Ranga Krishna, Senior Advisor, is a Board Certified Neurologist with a sub specialty in Epilepsy surgery. He is the Director of Neurology at the New York Community Hospital affiliated with New York Presbyterian Weil Cornell Medical College and the Director of Stroke Service at the New York Community Hospital affiliated with New York Presbyterian Weil Cornell Medical College. He is the Medical Director and Chairman of Total Neuro Care, P.C. He is CEO of International Pharma Trials, Inc., which assists U.S. pharmaceutical companies perform Phase II clinical trials. Dr. Krishna is a member of several organizations, including the American Academy of Neurology and the Medical Society of the State of New York. He is also a member of the Medical Arbitration panel for the New York State Workers' Compensation Board and a Founding Member of the New York State Pain Society. Dr. Krishna was trained at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center (1991-1994) and New York University (1994-1996). Dr. Krishna and Mr. Mukunda are the originators of all the IGC patent filings.
InMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IMLFF)
InMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IMLFF) is a preclinical-stage biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of novel therapeutics leveraging the pharmacological benefits of cannabinoids. Utilizing its proprietary bioinformatics assessment tool, InMed aims to identify bioactive compounds found within the cannabis plant that have the potential to offer optimized therapeutic benefit while demonstrating limited adverse effects. This assessment tool, in combination with the company's cannabinoid biosynthesis technology and drug development pipeline, serves as InMed's fundamental value driver.
Bioinformatics is a proprietary, computer-based program designed to assist in the identification of novel cannabinoids using comprehensive algorithms to integrate data from numerous bioinformatics databases, as well as a database on the structure of currently approved pharmaceutical products and an extensive database on over 90 individual cannabinoid drugs found in cannabis. This extensive collection of data is derived from both public and propriety-based sources. Leveraging this tool, the company aims to create associations between approved pharmaceuticals and cannabinoids with similar structures in order to identify active cannabinoids that have the potential to treat specific diseases. Per InMed's website, this type of bioinformatics assessment represents "significant promise for future drug discovery, as it integrates many data sets and builds holistic models to approach a specific disease."
After discovering these promising active cannabinoids, InMed moves to test and confirm their activity in biological systems through in vitro and in vivo experimentation. It is at this stage of development that the company's proprietary biosynthesis process of cannabinoid manufacturing will be most promising. InMed is currently developing a robust, high-yield biosynthesis process for manufacturing all 90+ naturally-occurring cannabinoids. By modifying the agriculture-based formula for harvesting cannabinoids, InMed aims to combine the inherent safety and known efficacy of the natural drug structure with the convenience, control and quality of 21st Century laboratory-based manufacturing processes.
The company's pipeline currently includes two drug candidates in preclinical development, including INM-750 for the treatment of epidermolysis bullosa (EB) and INM-085 for the treatment of glaucoma. Referred to by the Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America as "The Worst Disease You've Never Heard Of," EB is a rare genetic connective tissue disorder that affects roughly one out of every 20,000 births in the United States. The condition currently has no approved treatment or cure. Through the development of INM-750, InMed is attempting to address this significant unmet medical need. The drug candidate replaces missing keratins in the skin with specially selected cannabinoids in an effort to modulate the painful manifestations of EB.
INM-085, InMed's second development candidate, is formulated to reduce the elevated intra-ocular pressure that is often associated with glaucoma. Additionally, the cannabinoids utilized in INM-085 are expected to provide neuroprotection for the retinal ganglion cells and other optic nerve tissues following topical administration. Although it is still in preclinical development, INM-085 targets a sizable market. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness with no approved cure. The National Institutes of Health estimates that more than 3 million Americans currently have glaucoma, and more than 120,000 have been blinded by the disease.
InMed is focused on progressing toward validation of its drug candidate selection, using data to secure its patents and developing key disruptive technologies. In 2016, the company was successful in completing financings of $1.9 million. In January 2017, InMed completed a non-brokered private placement of common shares generating aggregate gross proceeds of C$1.5 million, strongly positioning the company to attract the new investment required to fund its aggressive growth strategies in 2017.
The company's management team has well over a century of combined experience in the biopharmaceutical space. Company CEO Eric Adams has more than 25 years of experience in company and capital formation, global market development, mergers and acquisitions, licensing and corporate governance. During his time as CEO of enGene Inc., he led the gene therapy startup to a position at the head of the industry.
Joining Adams on the InMed management team are Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Sazzan Hossain; Senior Vice President, Clinical and Regulatory Affairs Alexandra D.J. Mancini; SVP, Corporate Strategy & Investor Relations Chris Bogart; and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Charpentier, as well as Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ado Muhammed, MD, DPM, MFPM.
Muhammed, in particular, has an extensive history in the pharmaceutical industry, having previously served as an executive of GW Pharmaceuticals, a global leader in the development of cannabinoid-based medicines. During his time as Associate Medical Director of that company, Muhammed played an instrumental role in the development and FDA approval of one of the first cannabis drugs. This GW Pharmaceuticals development program coincided with a sharp rise in share price from less than $9 in 2013 to more than $129 today, with the company's current market value totaling more than $2.9 billion.
MGX Minerals Inc. (MGXMF)
MGX Minerals Inc. (MGXMF), a diversified mining company based in Vancouver, holds asset portfolios in lithium, magnesium, and silicon in western Canada, with a stated focus on the development of industrial mineral portfolios in specific commodities and jurisdictions offering near-term production potential, minimal barriers to entry, and low initial capital expenditures. Targeting properties where large-scale development opportunities exist, they prefer to acquire regional control in mineral properties to enhance portfolio value, and engage industry experts to mitigate execution risk and improve time to market.
Positive developments have made the company's lithium operations a special point of interest. An important factor is the company's engineering partner Purlucid Treatment Solutions, which has developed technologies representing a major step in the process of extracting lithium from petroleum brine water (petrolithium). MGX already holds the largest lithium portfolio in Canada, with its Sturgeon Lake property in Alberta and other lithium assets, and the company is the sole proprietary technology holder for processing petrolithium. Purlucid has now successfully demonstrated a way to upgrade brine samples from 67mg/L of lithium to 1600mg/L of lithium, while at the same time removing all magnesium, boron, and potassium. This significant pre-processing achievement, generating solutions 1200 percent higher than anticipated, can be expected to have an impact on the cost of production for the entire petrolithium process, since, according to Purlucid CEO Dr. Preston McEachern, the "biggest challenge in lithium recovery is creating a clean brine."
MGX and Purlucid together are already in the bulk sample and pilot plant design optimization phase of development in preparation for deployment, progressing toward unlocking their calculated 2 million metric ton lithium carbonate resource. The initial petrolithium pilot plant is projected to process 12,000 liters of brine per day, and management now sees a future plant capable of handling over a million liters of brine per day. It can be reasonable that future plants will be located near a major operation's water collection and reinjection sites, complete with available infrastructure already in place. Using a current conservative price of $12,000 per metric ton, and the potential to produce upwards of 14,000 metric tons of lithium carbonate per year, the potential from just one major plant would be revenues of nearly $170 million annually.
Additionally, MGX Minerals holds the sole legal patent on the petrolithium process across North America, and is now planning operations in Utah, near the emerging Gigafactory underway by Tesla, with its anticipated demand for lithium. The company believes there is a virtually endless source of lithium-bearing brines in North America.
Supporting this is the company's operations with silicon and magnesium. MGX Minerals controls three high-grade silicon projects in British Columbia. There are currently no producers of silicon in western North America, and the company is evaluating the economic viability of producing silicon metal from high-purity quartzite. MGX is also now developing North America's next magnesium oxide mine in central British Columbia, a location with good mineralization and excellent infrastructure.
Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)
Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) is a technology driven travel company focused on leveraging resources to become a significant presence in the fastest growing sector of the $1.3 trillion travel and tourism market. The company's flagship brand, NextTrip.com, is the industry's first and only real-time booking engine that features alternative lodging (vacation home rentals, resort residences and unused timeshare inventory – "ALR"), as well as a full selection of airlines, hotels, cruises, rental cars, tours and concierge services all powered by the Moanker Booking Engine ("MBE"). These features are combined into a single, easy-to-use platform that gives travelers complete real-time control when planning and booking their vacations.
NextTrip.com takes an integrated approach to the needs of travelers by combining multiple booking solutions into a highly intuitive real-time booking platform. Since its launch in February 2016, NextTrip has already grown to more than 250,000 units of vacation rental inventory. Monaker currently has roughly 2 million additional alternative lodging units under contract that will soon be added to the platform. This places NextTrip among the top three largest vacation rental inventories and rival industry peers, Airbnb and HomeAway, in the rapidly expanding alternative lodging market. Unlike the competition, which book by request which can take hours or days before a lodging owner confirms, NextTrip's platform books in real-time, similar to online hotel bookings.
Most NextTrip listings are in desirable locations around the globe including the U.S., the EU and the Caribbean with 10% as exclusive listings. Monaker expects exclusive listing growth because, unlike the competition, Monaker doesn't charge a sign-up fee, just a commission upon booking. The competition charges both. Monaker even has a proprietary solution to unlock Timeshare and Fractional Share properties as rental inventory.
The Monaker Booking Engine, significant ALR inventory and strategic distribution partnerships positionnMonaker to be a major player in the travel and alternative lodging sector. In addition Monaker is also the parent to Maupintour and Voyage TV.
In business for 65 years, Maupintour still leads the tour industry in the creation of outstanding, unique itineraries and has the highest repeat rate in the tour industry. Maupintour's upscale luxury services create a unique blend with the various product offerings of NextTrip. Voyage TV has thousands of hours of travel footage shot in over 30 countries worldwide. These 15,000 video clips of hotels, resorts, cruise, and destination activities are a treasure trove for vacation travel marketing.
With an established portfolio of travel brands, and a proven record acquiring, consolidating and integrating companies, Monaker is building a diverse and exciting foundation to drive the company's future. According to data from the U.S. Travel Association, direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers topped $650 billion in 2015. When combined with the fact that roughly 64 percent of travel companies are still considered small businesses, Monaker's all-inclusive approach to vacation booking through Distributor Partnerships forged with the MBE, NextTrip and Maupintour strategically positions it for sustainable growth moving forward.
Monaker is headquartered in South Florida,he company is led by a seasoned management team with decades of applicable industry experience. Monaker's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill Kerby has over 18 years of experience in the travel and media industries , as well as 10 years of experience in the financial industry.
National Waste Management Holdings, Inc. (NWMH)
National Waste Management Holdings, Inc. (NWMH) is a solid waste management company offering comprehensive solutions for full waste diversion along Florida's west coast and in upstate New York. With an established base of long-term partnerships with municipal, institutional, commercial and industrial customers, along with a successful acquisition strategy, National Waste has set its course to become a leading waste diversion company.
National Waste's 54-acre landfill facility located in Hernando, Florida, handles annual average disposals of roughly 240,000 cubic yards of construction debris annually. The site also offers an array of ancillary services such as roll-off dumpster services, mulching services and recycling. While the landfill facility is already permitted for future expansion, National Waste's growth strategy also calls for the opening of new satellite offices in counties and states that neighbor its existing operations.
In addition to increasing its geographic foothold, National Waste employs a strategic acquisition model to increase its overall market share. In 2015, the company acquired Gateway Rolloff Services LP and Waste Recovery Enterprises LLC, which are expected to generate a combined $3.8 million in annual revenue for National Waste moving forward. In the second quarter of 2016, National Waste added Sivart Services to its roster, creating an immediate source of additional revenue and expanding its foothold in the northeast area of New York.
Management has confirmed its interest in additional acquisition targets while demonstrating its ability to effectively integrate and organically grow the company's existing acquisition companies and maintain efficient operations.
One Step Vending Corp. (KOSK)
One Step Vending Corp. (KOSK) is focused on growing through acquisitions and cooperative agreements with companies that have potential and capabilities of achieving sustainable growth and rapidly capturing market share. The company provides financing and operational business support while also helping build key growth strategies. Key business sectors actively targeted include food and refreshment services, self-checkout systems and mobile vending machines.
Corporate Refreshment Services Micro Markets Inc., a subsidiary of One Step Vending, is a self-checkout retailer that offers a wide range of food and beverages. Regardless if a traditional vending machine or the high-tech micro market is chosen, the location's patrons enjoy gourmet market deliciousness and quick market convenience.
Mainly targeting the office environment, the micro markets offer a fresh market-grab and go-food concept that doesn't cost the business anything to host. Each micro market can be customized for any size or look and feature an easy-to-use touch screen interface so anyone can easily shop, scan and pay for their items. Once installed, employees benefit from a diverse menu that includes healthy snacks, real food, classic vending favorites and much more.
The team behind this concept has been committed to staying at the forefront of vending technology for 15 years. By replacing traditional vending machines with micro markets, they experienced up to five times greater revenue in large accounts. Today, the groundwork is laid with unique capabilities and proven execution strategies.
With Corporate Refreshment Services setting the example, One Step Vending's mission is to support thousands of businesses in the realization of their business goals by delivering experiences that enrich and nourish. Fostering a winning network of associates and partners and building mutually loyalty and trust is core to the company's growth strategy.
ORhub, Inc. (ORHB)
ORhub, Inc. (ORHB) is a cloud-based software platform designed to transform the business of surgery into a value-based model. The platform empowers care providers at every stage of the surgical process to collaborate, organize, deliver, measure, and reimburse in one intuitive, easy-to-use program. This significantly decreases cost and improves outcomes by eliminating inefficiencies, duplications of effort, and errors and omissions that result from siloed processes in outdated software and poor handoffs from one part of the care process to another.
The need for ORhub is clear. Health care costs are out of control at more than 17% of US GDP, which equates to over $3 trillion per year. With costs rising every year due to an aging population and increasingly expensive treatments, providers are under severe pressure to become more efficient and reduce costs. This is happening because payors are aggressively reducing reimbursements and finally moving away from fee-for-service and toward a performance-based reimbursement system referred to as value-based health care.
Accurately measuring the cost of treating a condition and relating that cost to the patient's outcome is at the heart of value-based health care. Institutions that have adopted this model have reaped savings of 20-40% on their overall cost of care. Unfortunately, today's siloed IT systems are fundamentally at odds with this process. Legacy health care solutions come from a fee-for-service world and have reinforced the problem and produced a system with erratic quality and unsustainable costs. Most health care applications today are incremental improvements on these existing systems or are simple digital implementations of antiquated pen-and-paper processes.
Providers wanting to practice value-based health care need value-based software. ORhub creates a value-based solution that will revolutionize surgical care delivery by tracking the cost of treating a condition from diagnosis to discharge, and tracking outcomes that resulted from that treatment.
In an industry where major IT rollouts traditionally cost millions of dollars and take an average of eighteen months, pilot installations of ORhub have been completed in less than a month. By avoiding integration with legacy systems completely through a radically comprehensive and collaborative approach, providers see results right away. This approach produces real-time metrics in a uniform manner at any institution, which makes it ideal for large providers looking to make improvements across the board at multiple facilities.
ORhub started as a pilot program developed in cooperation with a major Southern California hospital. It has since expanded operations into a second facility at the number two non-profit hospital system in the US. Three additional pilot programs are scheduled prior to a national launch.
The company is also a showcase member of the startup program at Microsoft, which has been a key partner by providing financial assistance, strategy, introductions to influencers and mentors, and access to its sales organization who see ORhub as an exciting partner to expand the utilization of Microsoft Surface devices and Azure Cloud. Microsoft is funding a major case study in partnership with Intel about the impact of ORhub on participating institutions to be concluded sometime in Q2 2017.
ORhub's leadership team is helmed by Colt Melby, who was appointed CEO in 2016 and has been crucial to developing and executing the company's business strategy. Mr. Melby's extensive business experience includes the NASDAQ uplisting of Smith and Wesson (now American Outdoor Brands), CUI Global Inc., and Quest Resource Holdings Corp. His wealth of information and relationships have been vital in helping the company go from concept to production in institutional medicine in less than a year.
Delivering surgical care to a single patient is a complex process that may take half a dozen companies and more than a dozen departments cooperating inside and outside the care facility. ORhub simplifies and streamlines this process by enabling vendors, providers, and surgeons to collaborate on providing care.
Players Network, Inc. (PNTV)
Players Network, Inc. (PNTV) is a diversified holding company operating in marijuana and media. PNTV owns 86% of Green Leaf Farms Holdings, LLC (Green Leaf Farms) which has Nevada state-issued cultivation and production license(s). The cultivation license enables Green Leaf Farms to grow marijuana and the production license enables them to create extracts which are used for cartridges, oils and edibles. WeedTV.com is a wholly owned subsidiary which is developing the ultimate resource for the marijuana lifestyle. PNTV has been a fully reporting, publicly traded company since 1998.
Green Leaf Farms Holdings, LLC (Green Leaf)
Green Leaf produces medical and recreational cannabis products. Revenues are generated by selling their cannabis products to licensed dispensaries throughout Nevada.
Their mission is to produce the highest quality and safest pharmaceutical-grade cannabis to all levels of consumers. They utilize the most efficient cultivation methods in order to lower expenses for consumers and to maximize returns for investors.
They are a privately held company with a unique business model as they are one of only a few companies who have been granted 2 (two) Medical Marijuana Establishment (MME) licenses in Nevada; Cultivation and Production.
Their Cultivation License enables them to grow cannabis which will produce flower. Their Production License enables them to process flower (cannabis) and cannabis byproducts into extremely pure concentrates, extracts, and oils which are used in medicine, cartridges and edibles. Green Leaf has both acquired and developed proprietary cannabis strains and will continue to be committed to cannabis research and development.
Green Leaf is located in North Las Vegas, Nevada on 2.3 acres in a state-of-the-art 26,000 sq. ft. facility. They have a seasoned team of professional growers and operators to manage the facility with proven best practices to ensure they have the highest quality products available.
WeedTV.Com is a niche social network and lifestyle channel destination for the marijuana industry. They are developing the "go-to" source for information, entertainment, products and services for people who relate to the marijuana lifestyle and an active social community. WeedTV.com features daily stories sourced by WeedTV.com correspondents and contributors from around the world.
Programming includes, political news, business news on the industry, financial analysis from industry experts, growing tips, cooking tips, the "Weed101" section, medical applications/issues, lifestyle features, and entertainment specials.
WeedTV.com's first original series is titled "High Stakes." High Stakes was developed by Michael Berk, the company's Chief Creative Officer and creator of one of the most popular cable series of all time, Baywatch. High Stakes is docu-series that follows the team at Green Leaf Farms as they build their facility and launch their marijuana business.
By leveraging media, WeedTV.com builds long-term brand equity and connects consumers to businesses. This is accomplished through fresh and relevant content such as professionally produced branded television segments, user-generated videos, blogs, editorials, tweets (twitter), photos, special offers, events and custom-designed contests to engage both consumers and businesses with their brands and services.
Marijuana and Media Strategy
While developing WeedTV.com, the PNTV team realized they could implement a vertical strategy to utilize their media platform (WeedTV.com) to drive business and awareness to their cannabis products (Green Leaf Farms). Through the audience and reach of WeedTV.com, they will build brand value and cross market their own marijuana products, as well as generate revenues by marketing other companies' products and services.
ProBility Media Corp. (PBYA)
ProBility Media Corp. (PBYA), based in Houston, TX, is an EdTech Company that is building the first full service training and career advancement brand for the skilled trades. Through both acquisitions and organic growth, ProBility is executing a disruptive strategy of defragmenting the market place of disparate companies servicing fifteen vertical categories in over sixty skilled trades. ProBility has positioned itself as a key industrial training resource for individuals, small- and medium-size businesses as well as enterprise customers offering consistent high-quality training services and materials for education, testing, and career advancement.
Through its Electrical Training Division, the company has become the biggest wholesaler of electrical codes and test preparation materials in the U.S., while its Construction Training Division is one of the largest certification providers in the country, with programs in 22 states, and continuing to grow. The company serves corporate accounts and government buyers, and also offers advisory services for companies of all sizes.
Companies currently under the ProBility Media conglomerate include:
- Brown Technical Media Corp. – An online web business with multiple micro web sites featuring training materials and codes and standards sought by engineers, construction workers, scientists and other tradesmen in a wide variety of fields.
- Brown Technical Publications – A proprietary publishing business generating copyrighted training materials for engineers, construction workers, scientists and other tradesman in a wide variety of fields.
- 1ExamPrep – E-Learning, education and exam preparation for contractors via the cheapest, fastest and most effective exam prep school in the industry instituting our 4-point proven learning system.
- National Electrical Wholesale Providers – In the business of distributing wholesale industrial, commercial and residential training materials including HVAC, plumbing and electrical.
ProBility's technology platform features virtual reality training for the crane business to be expanded into other industries, online subscription services for enterprise level companies, and recurring revenue streams. In addition, the company is already beginning to explore international expansion options, supported by the fact that other countries have adopted U.S. based codes, and have used U.S. training services.
The company's acquisition strategy targets operations that service engineering firms, electrical contractors, fabricators, plumbing contractors, pipe fitters, riggers, QC firms, and additional vocational industries.
Singlepoint, Inc. (SING)
Singlepoint, Inc. (SING) provides mobile technology and marketing solutions that enable companies, nonprofits and religious organizations to conduct business transactions, accept donations, and engage in targeted communication via mobile devices. Through diversification of its own model, the company is also leveraging its core technology to expand into the mobile auctions and daily fantasy sports markets.
SING currently has two fundraising solutions. Text2Bid is an interactive way to increase auction revenues. The technology makes it easy for people to bid in auctions from any text or web-enabled phone. Donate by Text allows nonprofits to securely collect one-time or recurring donations via text. This capability creates a personal experience for the donors, and enables ongoing communication between the donor and nonprofit or event sponsor.
SING's payment solutions include point-of-sale (POS) terminals, loyalty programs, payment processing, phone services and financing. Pay by Text™ enables a business to accept payment transactions and, in essence, turns the user's mobile phone into a point-of-sale device. Operating on the same platform as mobile marketing, Pay by Text is designed to increase revenues, raise the average per-transaction amount, and create a fast, easy and hassle-free method of payment.
As part of its diversification and expansion strategy, SING recently acquired an interest in DraftFury (www.draftfury.com), a company that offers skill-based NBA, NFL and MLB daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests. DraftFury is known for its innovative offerings and originality, and is the first cash-flow-positive DFS enterprise. This transaction places SING in a multi-billion dollar industry expected to generate entry fees of $14.4 billion in 2020. Under the guidance of a leadership team well-versed in technology, engineering, marketing and raising capital, SING anticipates a strong foothold in its chosen markets.
Stealth Technologies Inc. (STTH)
Stealth Technologies Inc. (STTH) is focused on developing and marketing products that deliver cost effective, independently validated solutions for large addressable international and domestic markets. The company's primary target is identity protection and personal safety.
The Stealth Card represents the company's flagship solution for identity protection. Today there are more than 1.5 billion credit and debit cards in circulation with RFID chips, making it easier than ever for identity thieves to steal sensitive information without contact. The paper-thin Stealth Card offered by Stealth Technologies protects up to 12 RFID credit cards in a wallet without any batteries or charging requirements.
StealthIdentityTheft.com is an expansion of the company's commitment to provide first-rate identity protection solutions. The proprietary system underlying this identity protection and recovery service was designed in partnership with law enforcement officials. Utilizing the most effective methods of prevention involving a two-step process, StealthIdentityTheft.com is a superior answer to the non-stop identity theft taking place every day.
The international marketplace was infiltrated by Stealth Technologies when the company launched its 911 HELP NOW™ emergency medical alert device. Providing direct access with 911 service at a touch of a button, the device is packed with powerful features including a full year of battery life from standard AAA batteries, compact ergonomic design, 2-way voice and a durable, splash resistant design.
Stealth Mobile is the latest product offering introduced to leverage the Stealth Technologies' brand and sales channels established by the other products. Similar to the Stealth Card, Stealth Mobile prevents electronic pickpocketing. The product guards NFC transmissions emitted by cell phone devices, which can include personal information, messages and financial data.
Stealth Technologies recognizes the value of the rapid sales growth generated by these technologies and has multiple patents pending to safeguard its investments. With an expanding product suite and ongoing expansion into the identity theft protection marketplace, Stealth Technologies remains committed to its focus on increased growth and profitability.