Alternet Systems, Inc. (ALYI)
Alternet Systems, Inc. (ALYI) invests in and partners with companies that are creating the future of money in the high growth, emerging technology fields of digital commerce, multichannel payments, and predictive analytics.
Vision: Be the leading digital commerce, multichannel payments, predictive analytics solutions provider into global markets
Mission: To provide innovative solutions that facilitates and expedites commerce, enriching our partners and their customers' experience, and improving efficiency. Recognizing that the world is becoming increasingly dependent on technological conveniences, Alternet Systems aims to provide its customers with the tools to prepare themselves for a new era of digital commerce and payments, financial services and consumer information, and, most importantly, a new era of how to live.
Since 2010, Alternet has maintained a progressive focus on the high-growth, mobile value-added service industries of mobile financial services and mobile security. In 2014, the company expanded its scope of expertise to include in its investment verticals the exciting digital commerce space, transforming the legacy electronic payments infrastructure and developing advanced predictive data analytics applications for the mass consumer, telecommunications and financial industry.
With strategic investments in these three key, high-growth markets, Alternet is accelerating the future of money and its role in the global demand for these services. The company is guided by a team of executives specializing in entrepreneurial endeavors, innovation, corporate strategy, financial and executive management of multi-national organizations, and a vast network of industry resources.
As Alternet embarks on this new path, the company will be led by a management team and board of directors with over a century's worth of combined experience in the fields of investing, technology, and financing, and the consensus knowledge of where to invest and when in start-up and early-stage companies.
Cherubim Interests, Inc. (CHIT)
Cherubim Interests, Inc. (CHIT) is a development-stage alternative construction and real estate development company seeking various opportunities relative to the company's management team of experts in property management, construction and finance.
The company's primary focus is within the real estate development and controlled environment agriculture sectors, which Cherubim recently entered into by acquiring an exclusive worldwide license for the deployment of a proprietary plant cultivation technology. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, BudCube Cultivation Systems USA, Cherubim plans to construct, deploy and lease scalable medical and recreational marijuana cultivation facilities for commercial applications.
Coupled with a real estate development and property management business model, BudCube Cultivation Systems ("BCS") can position itself anywhere in the world where the cultivation of cannabis is legal. BCS's unique business model positions the company to greatly benefit as more market participants seek to gain entry into a fast-growing market at an attractive price point.
Armed with the ability to lease a portable and scalable turn-key cultivation solution to growers, Cherubim aims to use its licensed solution to fill the gap for both first-time and experienced cultivators who may not have the capital resources to buy land, construct or tenant-improve existing structures for the optimum environment for developing a high-quality cannabis product.
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.
Elephant Talk Communications Inc.
Elephant Talk Communications Inc. (ETAK) provides mobile proprietary Software Defined Network Architecture (ET Software DNA® 2.0) platforms for its growing base of strategic partners and clients, which includes some of today's world-leading MNOs and technology companies, including Vodafone, T-Mobile, Zain, HP and Affirmed Networks.
Targeting its share of the broader $1.4+ trillion telecommunications market, Elephant Talk empowers MNOs, MVNOs, MVNEs and MVNAs with a full suite of applications, reliable industry expertise, and high quality customer service. Understanding that partnership is crucial in enabling and delivering the highest level of quality of product capability and professionalism, Elephant Talk also closely collaborates with other expert organizations and leading service providers.
ValidSoft UK Ltd., a subsidiary of Elephant Talk uses personal authentication and device assurance to secure transactions and help customers reduce fraud losses. As part of its multi-factor authentication, ValidSoft integrates its leading Voice Biometric engine into multivendor solutions or as a standalone system. ValidSoft serves multiple clients in the financial government and business automation sectors and is the only company to have been granted four European Privacy Seals, reflecting its commitment to promoting strong data privacy.
Elephant Talk has implemented rigid structures and processes to ensure corporate integrity and the responsible oversight of all business activities. This vision starts with executive management and extends to every employee. Elephant Talk is guided by a visionary leadership team with a rich history of success in key markets pertinent to both the company's current and desired market positions. In order to achieve and maintain world-class system performance, Elephant Talk leverages this management team along with collaborations with the world's best technical partners.
Fresh Promise Foods, Inc. (FPFI)
Fresh Promise Foods, Inc. (FPFI) is a consumer products and marketing company operating in the high-margin multi-billion dollar health and wellness food and beverage sectors. The company sets itself apart from the competition by marrying innovative technology and product development with perceptive marketing and sales service strategy.
Through wholly-owned subsidiary Harvest Soul, Inc., FPFI produces the world's first USDA organic, Non-GMO Project verified chewable juice products. Utilizing some of the world's healthiest ingredients, the company creates a nutritionally-dense combination of fiber-rich vegetables and fruits mixed with tasty bits of chewable seeds, nuts and berries. By encouraging chewing during consumption, these revolutionary juices have been shown to jumpstart digestion and promote improved nutrient absorption.
Since launching its chewable juice products online in December 2014, the company has made considerable progress in expanding upon its market presence. As of its latest update, FPFI had secured placement in all 32 Whole Foods Market locations in its five-state southern region and entered into a distribution agreement with San Francisco-based Optimum Sales in order to expand its distribution footprint to include the West Coast and Pacific Northwest.
According to a report by the Organic Trade Association, sales of organic food and non-food products in the United States exceeded $39 billion in 2014, representing an increase of 11.3 percent over the previous year. As FPFI continues to expand its national distribution network, the company should be in a strong strategic position to leverage this market performance in order to promote sustainable growth.
FPFI is also committed to expanding its presence in the organic foods industry by investing in businesses that have identified a unique niche in the health and wellness sector. Through its ventures and emerging brands segment, the company looks to provide senior management support to pre-revenue or early-stage firms with an established leadership team and a passion for food, health and wellness.
Hemp, Inc. (HEMP)
Hemp, Inc. (HEMP) is a publicly-traded company founded in 2008 and focused on becoming the leader in the $500 million industrial hemp industry. The company's range of hemp products are eco-friendly, organic, healthy and, in many cases, suitable alternatives to petroleum-based products.
Hemp, Inc. is on a mission to make the world a better place to live. In line with this goal, the company is an active supporter of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, which would allow farmers in the United States to legally cultivate hemp, just as they can in many other industrialized nations.
Hemp, Inc.'s dedication to the production of industrial hemp is highlighted by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hemp Manufacturing, LLC, which recently purchased the largest decortication plant in North America. The plant, which is located in Spring Hope, North Carolina, is housed in a 70 million square foot warehouse and is currently scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2015. The company will initially produce fiber, loss circulation materials (LCM) and absorbents from kenaf at the facility, and later from hemp, once it is legalized.
The company will produce LCMs for the drilling industry, which is expected to provide a substantial source of revenue in the coming years. LCM is used by drilling rig operators to maintain seals while drilling for water, oil and natural gas, making it a very desirable product for some of the world's largest oil production companies, which will become Hemp Inc.'s customers. The company will also manufacture an absorbent product that is used effectively for oil spill cleanups.
Hemp, Inc. plans to promote sustainable financial growth in the future through the implementation of an acquisition-based strategy that will position it as a leader in the industrial hemp industry. As the company progresses toward the assembly of a portfolio of synergistic businesses, it's in a favorable position to maximize shareholder value.
Legacy Ventures International, Inc. (LGYV)
Legacy Ventures International, Inc. (LGYV) is an investment company seeking out high-potential businesses with big ideas that can be scaled in order to promote hyper growth. The company fuels innovation and passion by providing the capital, oversight and connections that young businesses need to reach their full potential.
Legacy is led by a highly-qualified executive team with decades of relevant industry experience. Evan Clifford, the company's chief executive officer, has spent more than 15 years building and maintaining relationships with some of North America's most influential executives. Over the past decade, he has served as a lead advisor to a collection of companies and individuals striving for personal and professional success. Likewise, Rehan Saeed, Legacy's chief financial officer, has over a decade of experience in the banking industry during which he built and managed a real estate portfolio valued at $110 million.
The company's current brand portfolio is headlined by newly-acquired RM Fresh Brands, a servicer of food and beverage retailers and distributors around the globe. RM Fresh Brands takes a unique approach to brand partnerships by maintaining a clear focus on sustainable, category-changing consumables. This strategy has helped it build an extensive portfolio of highly-desirable brands – including Boxed Water, Aloe Gloe, Uncle Si's Iced Tea and Chef 5-Minute Meals.
Following the successful acquisition of RM Fresh Brands, Legacy is in a strong strategic position to move forward with its efforts to promote sustainable growth. The company will lean on the considerable experience of its management team as it looks to build on its recent progress while promoting maximized shareholder value.
Lingo Media Corp. (LMDCF)
Lingo Media Corp. (LMDCF) (LM.V) is an EdTech company that's changing the way the world learns English through an innovative combination of proven educational techniques and accessible technology. The company provides both online and print-based solutions through its two distinct business units: ELL Technologies and Lingo Learning. Through ELL Technologies, Lingo has made considerable progress in English-learning markets throughout Latin America. Through print-based publisher Lingo Learning, the company has built a significant presence in the Chinese education market, which includes more than 300 million students.
The company's groundbreaking English programs are developed and marketed for students at every stage of development – from the classroom to the boardroom. This versatility has allowed Lingo to secure contracts and build relationships with clients in a variety of markets around the globe. In Mexico, a subsidiary of the company has partnered with a recognized university that allows it to offer its courses along with certification. In Peru, the company's subsidiary provides its groundbreaking Scholar program to a branch of the country's armed forces.
Through ELL Technologies, Lingo also markets electronic learning solutions that are suitable for pre-readers. Lingo's Kids program – which features cross-platform, multi-browser compatibility – requires no prior knowledge of the English language, allowing the company to address the entire student life cycle in blended learning environments, traditional classroom settings and the home with one cutting-edge solution. The Kids program addresses the critically underserved pre-school market, which includes roughly 181.4 million children across Asia and 30.1 million throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, according to UNESCO.
Although Lingo has traditionally leaned on its print-based offerings as a primary source of revenue, the company's recent efforts to shift into the thriving eLearning market have highlighted the immense potential of a more heavily digital approach. In the second quarter of 2015, Lingo recorded more revenue from digital products than print-based solutions for the first time in its history. With the global eLearning market set to reach $107 billion in 2015, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts, the company's performance and growing foothold in some of the world's most rapidly expanding markets place it in a favorable position.
Oakridge Global Energy Solutions, Inc. (OGES)
Oakridge Global Energy Solutions, Inc. (OGES) is an integrated energy storage solutions company focused on the design, development and manufacture of high-quality cells, batteries and power systems. The company's innovative 'Made in the U.S.A.' product line includes multiple lithium-ion technologies and form factors that are optimized to address three high-demand target markets – including stationary and grid storage; motive applications, such as electric and hybrid electric fleet vehicles; and specialty applications, such as military, aerospace, marine, medical and telecom backup.
Through a recent restructuring of its operations, Oakridge strategically positioned itself to expand its market reach moving forward. The company currently owns and operates two manufacturing facilities in Melbourne, Florida, which play an instrumental role in its efforts to meet the growing demand for its cutting-edge large format Pro Series golf car batteries and its small format Patriot Series RC batteries. These operations also allow Oakridge to bring stable employment opportunities back to the U.S., effectively highlighting its tireless commitment to the revitalization of the country's manufacturing industry.
The company also maintains a presence on the international stage through its recently formed subsidiary, Oakridge Global Energy Solutions Limited, Hong Kong. This subsidiary, which is expected to serve as the foundation for Oakridge's sales efforts throughout the Asia-Pacific region, was created primarily to address the tremendous international demand for its revolutionary stored energy solutions. The company also maintains a substantial interest in Leclanche S.A., a Swiss developer and manufacturer of large-sized lithium-ion batteries that was originally founded in 1909.
Oakridge has indicated plans to expand its presence in a collection of markets throughout Europe and Asia as it continues to build upon its established product development and manufacturing infrastructure. The company will lean on the expertise of its proven management team – which includes well over a century of combined industry experience – as it looks to increase its share of the $12 billion domestic battery manufacturing 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.