Accio Energy, Inc. is an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based early-stage renewable energy company led by experienced and successful previously venture-backed executives. The company is developing unique “turbine-less” wind energy generation technology to deliver clean, sustainable energy to people around the globe. The company’s proprietary Aerovoltaic™ systems generate electricity using wind and a charged water mist. Accio Energy’s world class engineering team is the first ever to design, test, and repeatedly demonstrate meaningful net positive energy with multiple prototypes that incorporate a patent-pending electric field management design breakthrough. Accio has developed the first ever comprehensive 3-D multi-physics model of system potential; going beyond the largely analytical approaches of other researchers. The Company has proved its technical concept and is moving down the path to scale the technology into a commercially powerful game-changer. With the ability to improve on key turbine weaknesses, Accio is developing highly manufacturable modules that will win on both features and costs for onshore and offshore distributed and utility-scale installations closer to population centers. BELLE Michigan made its first investments in Accio's C Series Preferred in 2012 and a follow on investment in 2013.
"Accio Energy secures patents on aerovoltaic technology Related Tags Accio Energy is working to reinvent the way we generate wind energy, and now the start-up has the patents to prove it."
AdAdapted is an Ann Arbor based developer of on-line advertising technology. AdAdapted provides the first scalable model for serving highly integrated ads in mobile games and apps. The AdAdapted platform gives publishers tools to create and register customized dynamic ad spots that are ‘native’, meaning they fit the content of the game or app. AdAdapted auto-creates and serves ads from matching advertisers into each unique placement based on the properties of each spot. AdAdapted technology allows both advertisers and app developers to serve integrated ads that outperform annoying banner ads and better satisfy the customer. Belle Michigan invested in AdAdapted's Seed Round in 2014 and holds a Board of Directors seat.
BriteHub is an online platform that connects entrepreneurs with service providers and manufacturers to successfully get products to market faster and cheaper through education, guidance and effective communication. BriteHub's community of manufacturers are skilled in 40 different manufacturing processes with over 200 materials and can produce hard goods, soft goods and electronics. It's efficient and streamlined platform matches product developers, service providers and manufacturers and provides a venue for collaboration to enable the production of innovation products faster and cheaper by utilizing available domestic manufacturing capacity. BELLE Michigan invested in BriteHub's convertible note in 2014 and serves as an advisor.
CynjaSpace is an app that helps children to navigate cyberspace safely with security and privacy features customized to inspire and educate. The app's goal is to engage kids when they first use the internet, to teach them how to make smart choices, provide protection as they navigate their new digital lives. CynjaSpace provides:
- education for parents
- cyber security protections
- controlled data sharing with trusted connections
- granular parental controls and activity reports
Freedom Creators Inc. established in 2007, is ready to generate approximately $16 million in revenue over 5 years through the sales of the patented FreedomWand®. Deborah Tacoma, inventor of the FreedomWand® and founder of Freedom Creators, Inc. through years of trial and error has developed an easy-to-use personal hygiene product that is superior to any product of its kind. Deborah invented the FreedomWand® out of personal necessity. She had the misfortune of suffering a broken back in a car accident when she weighed over 350 lbs. During her rehabilitation she could not find a multi-function, multi-length portable, personal hygiene device to assist with her grooming. So she set out to make one. The FreedomWand® can hold a disposable shaver, ointment pad, loofah or light weight washcloth and, most importantly, toilet tissue. The kit comes with 3 pieces which can be used at 7’, 14” or 21” lengths and with an extra extension up to 25”. It is easy to assemble and clean and can be carried in its own cloth bag to accommodate the user’s active and independent lifestyle. Deborah Tacoma and the Board of Directors understand the necessity for additional capital funding to accomplish the launch into the hospital market which will in turn drive the retail market. BELLE Michigan made its first investment in Freedom Creators' convertible note in 2015.
Magaw Medical is a medical device company that manufactures the CoPilot VL® video laryngoscope. The CoPilot VL® is an innovative and affordable video laryngoscope designed to make intubation and airway management quick and easy no matter where it is needed. Our patented Bougie Port system solves the issue of getting the endotracheal tube “around the corner” and into the trachea. The CoPilot VL® was designed to be the new standard of care for airway management. Every patient. Every time. BELLE Michigan made its first investment in Magaw Medical's convertible note in 2015.
NX Prenatal Inc. is a private US based molecular diagnostics company located in Louisville, KY. Their vision is to become a recognized leader in the advancement of women and children's health by providing innovative and novel methods to detect, monitor and manage pregnancy related complications. They are planning the US launch of the NeXosome Preterm Birth Risk Assay, which detects a new library of biomarkers for prenatal risk assessment as early as 10 weeks gestation. This technology may provide physicians an ideal opportunity to intervene in a timely manner with protocols for at-risk pregnancies in an attempt to reduce the likelihood of a preterm birth or minimize the complications that can arise for both the child and the mother.
Work Truck Solution (WTS) is a software service that solves the current industry problem of being unable to electronically track finished work trucks (trucks produced for vocational use that integrate an OEM manufactured chassis with body produced by a multitude of special purpose body manufacturers sold to the end customer by an automotive dealer). This solution helps:
- Customers, in that they can more readily find available trucks on dealers’ lots
- Dealers, in that they can make their inventory visible to customers thereby encouraging greater inventory stock with less risk plus once a vehicle is sold they have an electronic record of VIN, body and customer
- OEMs and body builders who get valuable information about their customers and can now work through dealers to contact customers for warranty or recall issues.
Belle Michigan co-led due diligence on this deal with the Golden Seeds early stage investor network and provided a bridge note in 2014 that will convert to Series A Preferred Stock upon completion of Series A funding.
Zenith Technology Solutions harnesses technology to optimize healthcare delivery. They have launched a ground-breaking Care Coordination platform, ICDP, that helps health plans and providers to achieve improved care outcomes while optimizing their financial performance. The platform leverages proprietary algorithms, actionable data analytics and an innovative care delivery engine. BELLE Michigan co-led due diligence on this deal with the Golden Seeds early stage investor network.