ContentChecked Holdings Inc. (CNCK)
ContentChecked Holdings Inc. (CNCK) is the parent company of a family of mobile applications designed for individuals with specific dietary requirements. Since the official U.S. launch of its first app in early 2015, ContentChecked has continued to build its database of product information obtained from food manufacturers – the database now incorporates 70% of all conventional U.S. products, fully supporting the needs of ContentChecked customers.
Consumers register their food allergies or intolerances with ContentChecked, and simply scan the bar codes of whichever items they are considering purchasing. The app then provides users with information on what products fit their pre-set requirements. This connection between food producers and users is the basis of the ContentChecked business model – a highly engaged consumer, ready to buy, and in need of recommendations.
By initially focusing upon food allergies and intolerances, ContentChecked had access to a marketplace of more than 15 million people in the United States that suffer from food allergies, in addition to a demographic who develop stomach problems as a result of different foods. Though the overall market for food allergies and intolerances is valued at $13 billion in 2015, ContentChecked further expanded its market reach through the launch of MigraineChecked, SugarChecked and VeganChecked applications.
With these offerings, ContentChecked's market reach now extends to the roughly 38 million people in the United States currently diagnosed with migraines; as well as to the largest health-related cost in the country: the 97 million people at risk of developing, or have already developed, Type 2 diabetes. ContentChecked's growth is spearheaded by a talented team of professionals using their experience in entrepreneurial endeavors, sales, marketing and advisory services, nutrition, web design, social media and graphics and data management to help users better manage their food allergies, migraines, and overall health.
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.
Giggles N' Hugs, Inc. (GIGL)
Giggles N' Hugs, Inc. (GIGL) is a first-of-its-kind, award-winning family restaurant and play space that combines organic gourmet food with the play elements for children in a 2500-square-foot play space in the middle of the restaurant. The concept is similar to Chuck E. Cheese, but offers a unique healthier, high-end version for health conscious parents and families. Parents eat and relax while the kids have an incredible time playing in the custom-made play area with giant climbers, dragons, castles, pirate ships slides and swings and a multitude of other toys.
In addition to nightly shows and concerts, every 30 minutes Giggles N' Hugs provides an activity such as face painting, disco dance parties, karaoke, games, arts and crafts, and much more. Giggles N' Hugs has been voted the No. 1 family restaurant, No. 1 birthday party place, and the No. 1 indoor play space in all of Los Angeles, and has attracted a star-studded list of customers including Sandra Bullock, Heidi Klum, Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Denis Quaid, Mark Whalberg, Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman and many more.
Revenue is derived from several sources, including food and beverage sales, beer and wine, birthday parties (40%), admission and membership fees to play, along with retail sales. These revenue-generating locations are also highly sought-after tenants. The company currently has three locations in the top premier malls around Los Angeles; four of the largest mall owners in the country are giving Giggles N' Hugs up to 75% discounts on rent and providing upward of $700,000 of upfront cash for each location to get Giggles N' Hugs into their malls around the country.
Growth and recognition of this caliber are driven by a very powerful management team. Giggles N' Hugs President John Kaufman was the COO at California Pizza Kitchen when the founders had just two locations. Joined by Giggles N' Hugs' CFO Phillip Gay, who at the time was CFO of California Kitchen, Kaufman grew the company from two to more than 100 locations – at which time it was bought by Pepsi Co. Kaufman was recruited as president of Koo Koo Roo Chicken, one of the fastest growing fast-casual concepts on the west coast, while Gay joined Wolfgang Puck Restaurants group as CFO, eventually becoming the CEO.
Giggles N' Hugs was founded as a truly "kid friendly" establishment catered specifically to the size, interests, and nutrition needs of children. Since opening its first Giggles N' Hugs in 2009, the company has received a steady stream of interest from more than 300 interested parties looking to expand the concept – via franchise or master licenses – in the U.S. as well globally in countries such as Germany, England, Dubai, Russia, Colombia, Australia , Singapore, Turkey, among the many more.
International Stem Cell Corp. (ISCO)
International Stem Cell Corp. (ISCO) specializes in the therapeutic applications of human stem cells and the development and commercialization of cell-based biomedical products. The company was the first to develop and perfect a new class of human stem cells called parthenogenetic stem cells, created from unfertilized human eggs. ISCO has a strong patent portfolio offering clean intellectual property and freedom to operate. The company’s stem cells present superior immune matching capabilities and can be used in millions of people regardless of sex or racial background, with minimal expectation of immune rejection after transplantation.
The company’s human stem cells have been shown to be as pluripotent as embryonic stem cells, however their creation does not involve the destruction of a viable human embryo, which effectively sidesteps the controversy and ethical dilemmas associated with the use of human embryonic stem cells. In contrast to induced pluripotent stem cells, ISCO’s stem cells do not involve manipulation of cells’ genome thereby avoiding potential safety and regulatory obstacles in clinical applications.
The company's scientists are currently focused on using its stem cells to treat severe unmet medical needs of the central nervous system (Parkinson’s disease), the liver and the eye, where cell therapy has been clinically proven but is limited due to the unavailability of safe human cells. Once the technology has been clinically validated there are an essentially unlimited number of potential applications. Because of their immune-matching ability a relatively small number of these stem cell lines could offer the potential of producing the first true stem cell bank as a means of serving populations of different immune types across the globe.
In addition to its therapeutic focus, ISCO also provides a growing revenue stream through two wholly owned subsidiaries. Lifeline Cell Technology specializes in producing primary human cells and growth media for biological research, and Lifeline Skin Care, the company manufactures and markets advanced anti-aging skincare products utilizing the company’s expertise in stem cell biology.
Laguna Blends Inc. (LAGBF)
Laguna Blends Inc. (LAGBF) is a network marketing company focused on the generation of sales through independent affiliates. Leveraging innovative tools and technologies, the company's affiliates are able to build international businesses from their own homes while effectively capitalizing on the performance of some of the world's most rapidly expanding, in-demand markets. To date, Laguna's primary focus has been on the hyper growing hemp food and beverage marketplace. As part of these efforts, the company introduced Caffe, a hemp-infused instant coffee product, and is preparing to launch Pro369, a water soluble hemp protein powder.
As a network marketing company, Laguna is strategically positioned to grow very quickly following its entry into the rapidly expanding hemp market space. In early March 2016, the company gave prospective shareholders a preview of this potential when it launched sales of its protein coffee beverage through 135 independent affiliates throughout the United States and Canada. In less than a week, Laguna's affiliate base grew by more than 100 percent to include 278 independent marketers, demonstrating the high levels of demand for functional beverage products across North America, as well as the considerable interest in the viable business opportunity Laguna presents to its affiliates.
Through the commercialization of Caffe and Pro369, Laguna is establishing a foothold in two high-demand global markets. According to reports from the Coffee Association of Canada (CAC), coffee is consumed by a larger proportion of adults than any other beverage, excluding water. In recent years, the emergence of energy drinks has slowed the coffee industry's performance, but the single cup serving market, of which Caffe is a part, has maintained steady growth, rising above 32 percent market share as of January 2014, according to Mintel Research. With a product in this space - as well as the global hemp industry, which was valued at nearly $500 million in 2012 by the Hemp Industries Association - Laguna's initial offerings position it strongly for sustainable growth.
With growth through its marketing network already underway, Laguna has turned its attention toward further expansion of its product line. In March 2016, the company signed a letter of intent with Robert Lamberton Consulting regarding the development of a "Limitless functional beverage brain health and memory coffee" product. Under the terms of this LOI, all hard costs associated with the development of the product will be billed to Robert Lamberton Consulting. The two parties are expected to enter into a formal research and development agreement outlining the details of this arrangement in the second quarter of 2016.
Laguna is the first network marketing Company to use exciting virtual 3D technology to enable affiliates to train, recruit and drive sales by utilizing a simple interactive platform. Laguna believes this technology is a game changer in the Direct Selling / Network Marketing Industry.
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), as well as a full selection of airlines, hotels, cruises, rental cars, tours and concierge services. 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 1 million additional alternative lodging units under contract that will soon be added to the platform. This will place 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 in the U.S., the EU and the Caribbean with about 20% exclusive listings. Monaker expects rapid 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.
Through strategic partnerships and acquisitions Monaker is now positioned 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 NextTrip and Maupintour strategically positions it for sustainable growth moving forward.
Monaker is headquartered in South Florida with offices in California. The 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 media and travel industries, as well as 10 years of experience in the financial industry.
OurPet's Company (OPCO)
OurPet's Company (OPCO) develops, produces and markets various pet accessory and consumable products designed to awaken pets' natural instincts, be it in feeding, playing or waste management. Sold globally through pet specialty retailers, food, drug and mass chains, e-commerce and international channels, the company's products are marketed under a the OurPets®, Pet Zone® and PetTastic® brands with well-known sub-brands such as Play-N-Squeak™, Cosmic Catnip™, Durapet, SmartScoop and Flappy. In total, OurPet's has an intellectual property portfolio featuring more than 160 individual patents, giving the company sustainable access to the pet products industry for the foreseeable future.
In recent years, the U.S. pet products and services market has experienced strong growth, with total sales accounting for approximately $73 billion in 2014, according to a report by Packaged Facts. In 2015, this strong performance is expected to continue, building on the recent rise in related ecommerce purchases, as well as an uptick in dog and cat ownership throughout the country. In order to capitalize on this market performance, OurPet's maintains an ongoing new product development program to continually keep an evolutionary and revolutionary new product pipeline feeding its offerings. In July 2015, OurPet's introduced many new products at the national Super Zoo trade show in Las Vegas such as the Catty Whack®, Designer Diner™/Barking Bistro™ and the Zoom Plume™.
The company's capitalization strategy is guided by a management team of experienced industry professionals dedicated to further strengthening its product portfolio through aggressive development of innovative products. Management has a proven track-record of leveraging deep knowledge in the innovation, technology, distribution and pet markets to successfully push through adverse market conditions to achieve increases in revenue, margins and net income.
OurPet's, through its innovative and extensive line of popular pet products, is in a favorable strategic position to continue building upon its recent market growth. For prospective shareholders, this positioning makes the company an intriguing investment opportunity in the months to come. Look for OurPet's to capitalize on steady market performance moving forward, providing an opportunity for the company to realize strong investor returns in the future.
Star Mountain Resources, Inc. (SMRS)
Star Mountain Resources, Inc. (SMRS), a minerals exploration company, is focused on acquiring and consolidating mining claims, mineral leases, producing mines, and historic mines with production and future growth potential identified through exploration efforts. The company's operations are currently focused on the initiation, production and expansion of acquired mineral resources in the Star Mountain Mining District, Beaver County, Utah and turning them into producing assets.
Comprised of 2,320 acres, the company's Star Mountain/Chopar Mine project consists of 116 lode-mining claims and four metalliferous mineral lease sections located in the Star Mountain range, Star Mining District, in Beaver County, Utah, approximately five miles west of Milford, Utah. Exploration activities to date include geological analysis, and a limited reverse circulation & core drilling program.
The Star Mountain Mining District, which is dotted with historic mines dating back to the late 1800s, has a long and storied history within the mining industry. The company believes that the application of modern exploration tools will reveal additional resources that were previously unattainable. Leveraging the region's mild climate and accessibility to nearby rail lines and roads, management will look to translate this potential into sustainable returns in the years to come.
Star Mountain Resources has adopted a discovery-based business model to grow its industry presence in the future. The company plans to thoroughly explore and initially develop its leasehold before seeking senior industry partners to assist in the capital-intensive development and operation phases. Building on this strategy, Star Mountain Resources will also continue to seek quality projects that can be evaluated on their own technical and financial merit.
WRIT Media Group, Inc. (WRIT)
WRIT Media Group, Inc. (WRIT) is a diversified media and software company focused on expanding in the digital media industry. The company specializes in production and distribution; video game distribution via mobile platforms; and digital currency software development, including trading platforms and Blockchain solutions. WRIT's current portfolio includes Front Row Networks, Retro Infinity, Amiga Games and Pandora Venture Capital.
Front Row Networks is a content creation company that produces, acquires and distributes live event programming for initial worldwide digital broadcast into digitally enabled movie theaters and online streaming.
Software company Amiga Games is resurrecting the Amiga brand by publishing popular retro video games of the past for use on today's smartphones, modern game consoles, micro-consoles, PCs, and tablets.
Retro Infinity, Inc. serves as a video game distribution portal which publishes video games from Amiga, Atari, and other retro brands. The company leverages these platform and classic game brands, coupled with proprietary technologies, to create new revenue from dormant game libraries.
Pandora Venture Capital is a software developer with a focus on digital currency technologies, including a cryptocurrency trading platform, a new generation of cryptocurrency, and Blockchain technology solutions. Blockchain technology is emerging as a useful technology solution in payment processing, loyalty rewards, healthcare record management, insurance, and legal contracts management.
Together with its subsidiaries, WRIT Media Group is focused on benefitting from the widespread market growth and increased demand for alternative theatrical, mobile and interactive content, as well as digital currency.