Peloton (www.pelotoncycle.com) is a fitness revolution where exercise (spinning), technology, social networking and high quality media all meet in the same place. Members can join a live spinning class with a world class instructor from the comfort and convenience of their home. Peloton is headquartered in New York, where its flagship studio hosts live classes that are streamed worldwide.
Happify (www.happify.com) uses the web to commercialize the lessons of positive psychology and help people hone their happiness skills. New York-based Happify has been building and testing its emotional brain training tools with users in a private beta (which drew 130,000 participants) from February to the full public launch in October, 2013. Much like Lumosity uses online and mobile games and exercises to help people build their cognitive skills, Happify provides a structured online program for improving what researchers say are five key happiness skills: savoring, thanking, aspiring, giving and empathizing.
Founded by Stanford engineering grad Debbie Sterling, GoldieBlox (www.goldieblox.com) uses toys as a medium to enhance the curiosity and interest of young girls in science, technology, engineering, and math. GoldieBlox is more than a just a toy company. GoldieBlox is becoming a widely recognized media with extensive digital apps, animation, and film. GoldieBlox won the 2013 Intuit Small Business competition which earned a TV spot on the 2013 Superbowl broadcast and was featured in the 2014 Macy's Day Parade.
ALOHA (www.aloha.com) is a health and wellness company that sells a premium line of healthy food and supplements that are based on rigorous scientific research. From chocolate to powdered juices, protein powder and supplements, ALOHA's products taste great and are great for you. ALOHA aims to be not just a food company, but a way of life – the Apple or Nike of healthy food. The company aims to disrupt the consumer products industry by creating a trusted, aspirational lifestyle brand that upgrades everything people consume.
Apploi (www.apploi.com) is a recruiting platform for businesses in entry-level, high turnover service and support industries like retail and restaurants. Apploi has designed an elegant solution to two eternal problems in the retail and service industry: high turnover and inefficient recruitment. Its rapidly growing pool of jobseekers finds Apploi’s mobile app a more convenient and efficient way to discover and apply for jobs. Its business customers like Nike, Cinnabon, McDonalds, Panera, and other large corporations save time and money by reviewing rich job applications whose video and interactive components allow a more nuanced view of a candidate before an in-person interview.
ONEHOPE (www.onehopewine.com) is a cause marketing company founded by Jake Kloberdanz and chaired by Joe Lonsdale. Every product and service that the company provides aims to raise money and awareness for worthwhile causes. The Company’s cornerstone product is ONEHOPE Wine. ONEHOPE donates half of its profits from wine sales to charity. Other products include chocolates, coffees, and gift assortments. All ONEHOPE products are produced by popular, carefully chosen, top quality sources. ONEHOPE Wine is co-created in partnership with winemaker Robert Mondavi Jr. and the Michael Mondavi Family in Napa, CA. ONEHOPE wine is the number one selling wine on Amazon.
Soma (www.drinksoma.com) has launched new and eco-friendly products in hydration. Based in San Francisco, Soma has introduced an attractive, convenient and sustainable alternative to users of traditional water filter systems like Brita. Soma's glass carafes use coconut-based filters to purify water and create a crisp and refreshing experience, served in a beautiful pitcher and carafe that fits any home.
SkinnyMom (www.skinnymom.com), based in Cincinnati, is an online community for new mothers, where users can seek and share advice on a range of issues, including fitness, parenting, and general healthy living.
OurCrowd (www.ourcrowd.com) is a hybrid venture capital-equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors. OurCrowd offers the ease and security of investing in a venture capital fund with the freedom of being an angel investor.
Barnraiser (www.barnraiser.us) is a crowdfunding platform for the clean food movement.
Abe's Market (www.abesmarket.com) is an online marketplace for natural and organic products.
Compass Systems (www.compasssystemsandsales.com) is a leading provider of pneumatic material handling solutions, which is an alternative to traditional conveyer belts used in manufacturing. The key driver behind the company’s growth is that Compass’s material handling systems is being implemented to improve scrap value from aluminum. The current shift in production materials from steel to aluminum has put these handling systems in high demand.
The Chickery (www.TheChickery.com) is a fresh casual dining concept launched in Toronto in 2012. The Chickery is a pioneer in Better Chicken, a concept created and founded by Dan Rowe and celebrity chef, David Adjey. Adjey studied at the Culinary Institute of America and starred in two series on Food Network Canada in addition to creating a highly acclaimed fine dining restaurant in Toronto. Dan Rowe is a highly regarded restaurant concept developer who has launched and expanded numerous concepts in the United States and Internationally including Five Guys and Qdoba.
Roots Canada Ltd. (www.Roots.com) is a branded apparel retailer headquartered in Canada. The Company was founded in 1973 by Michael Budman and Don Green, long-time friends of Fred Mayerson. Roots is an iconic brand whose product portfolio includes leather bags, athletic and lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories and home furnishings. The Company has 245 retail and retail outlet stores in Canada, the US and Asia and ships to 50 countries online. Their product portfolio includes leather bags, athletic and lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories and home furnishings.
The Infatuation (www.TheInfatuation.com) creates engaging, authentic restaurant recommendations for millennials – in their language and on their social media platforms. With over 1.4 million Instagram followers and 80MM monthly social media impressions, The Infatuation has become the go-to source for restaurant recommendations.
Joy (www.Joy.co) is the world’s first smart family album - a beautiful piece of hardware that sits on your coffee table and is seamlessly updated with photo albums that are created instantaneously from curated photos from multiple devices and apps.
Freshly (www.Freshly.com) delivers fresh, healthy chef-prepared meals directly to their customers for about $11/meal using a Subscription model. Their ready-made meals are fresh (never frozen), all natural, and prepared without gluten, processed sugars or carbohydrates. Simply heat the meals in the oven or microwave and enjoy a healthy, restaurant quality meal.
Farmer’s Fridge (www.FarmersFridge.com) sells beautifully packaged fresh salads through custom cold vending kiosks. Salads and snacks are prepared each morning and delivered fresh every 24 hours Monday through Friday. The company has 50 locations around Chicago in major office buildings, hospitals, retail destinations, airports, and transit centers. With restaurant-quality flavor and grab-and-go convenience, Farmer’s Fridge is democratizing access to farm fresh, wholesome food.