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Ramblers Way Unveils Investment Opportunity on SeedInvest

Responsibly sourced, skillfully crafted clothing company seeks to build future of sustainable apparel

Press Release – KENNEBUNK, Maine, Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/Ramblers Way, the sustainable clothing company dedicated to making clothing in America, announced today that it has partnered with SeedInvest, the foremost equity crowdfunding platform, to open an investment opportunity to interested parties.

Ramblers Way was born in 2009 when sustainability pioneer and founder of Tom’s of Maine, Tom Chappell, returned from a hiking trip across Wales. Inspired to create a next-to-skin shirt that would keep him warm, soak up sweat, and didn’t rub uncomfortably against the skin, Tom built Ramblers Way with a commitment to protecting the planet and supporting local economies.

Integrating lifelong values of doing good while doing business, Ramblers Way identified Rambouillet Merino wool, which has a superfine diameter and long staple, as its primary fiber. Using a superior spinning process called “worsted” in which the fibers are spun in parallel, Ramblers Way clothing eliminates the traditional itch of wool.

Today, Ramblers Way produces high-quality clothing, sourced from the finest wool fibers. Each garment uses a soft and lightweight fabric made especially for unnoticeable protection and next-to-skin comfort. Ramblers Way offers a variety of all-season essentials for men and women at four retail locations across New England as well as online.

“At Ramblers Way, we’re driven by the passion to create quality, sustainable apparel that takes you from office to outdoors. We’ve worked tirelessly to ensure our commitment to environmental sustainability was at the core of our business, from the farms we work with, to the packaging and printing we use,” said Tom Chappell, CEO of Ramblers Way. “With our first crowdfunding campaign, we’re creating an opportunity for people who are passionate about skillfully crafted clothing to invest with us in a sustainable future.”

Ramblers Way is the first American company to offer organic wool clothing certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The GOTS certified 100% organic clothing includes an Organic Wool Camisole and Organic Wool Sleeveless Swing Dress, among other items. Ramblers Way depends on GOTS to ensure it’s acquiring certified organic wool. GOTS is a rigorous certification that uses independent bodies to verify compliance at each step of the supply chain, from the moment wool is purchased to when it becomes a garment at one of the company’s factories in the U.S.

Ramblers Way is also Cradle to Cradle Certified™, a certification that ensures the guidance of a continual improvement in the process as it relates to material, health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.

Funding from the SeedInvest campaign will be used to help Ramblers Way continue to expand both its online and retail presence across the country. It has two new locations planned for 2018 in Greenwich, Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts. Furthermore, funds raised will ensure that the Ramblers Way supply chain remains responsibly driven and sourced.

Since its founding in 2012, SeedInvest has helped fund over 160 companies across a range of verticals and stages. In addition, SeedInvest boasts a rapidly growing network of over 200,000 investors and has only accepted ~1% of companies that apply to be featured on its platform. Ramblers Way is offering its securities under Rule 506(c) of Regulation D from accredited investors only. Live investments are being accepted via https://www.seedinvest.com/ramblers.way.farm/seed.

About Ramblers Way:

Born of innovators and artists, Ramblers Way’s mission is to create responsibly sourced, skillfully crafted, American-made sustainable clothing for men and women. Headquartered in Kennebunk, Maine, all Ramblers Way garments are made from premium, natural fabrics designed to go from office to outdoors. Ramblers Way was founded by sustainability pioneer and former owner of Tom’s of Maine, Tom Chappell, and is committed to protecting the planet, supporting local economies and building a business based on lifelong values. For more information about the stores, and to learn more about Ramblers Way’s journey and commitment to sustainability, visit http://www.ramblersway.com and follow the company on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook


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The Young Alchemists Charitable Foundation Strives To Elevate The Conciousness Of Children And Brings Powerful And Very Entertaining New Age Film Series To The Big Screen!

Press Release – Sugar Land Texas, February 13th 2018: The Young Alchemists Foundation needs donors, business sponsors and investors to help produce this extraordinary film. Contributors will receive media exposure, a tax deductible receipt and a diploma citing them as Honorary Knights of The Young Alchemists Order.

Investors and all people interested in learning more about “THE YOUNG ALCHEMISTS” film project can contact Norma Pastor and visit our website: www.tyaf.co

A new Era of technological progress and spiritual enlightenment has arrived at planet earth, the atomic vibrations of the planet have increased and as a result GOOD AND EVIL have become more obvious. Children across the world and their families are going through an extremely challenging and very difficult transition and those who consume drugs and spiraling out of control in school and in society are in terrible danger. As concerned citizens of planet earth, we believe the time has come for all the influential people in the film industry to create high concept films that will help elevate the consciousness of our youth.

THE YOUNG ALCHEMISTS New Age high concept was created with that purpose, and the Young Alchemists Foundation is sponsoring the production of “THE YOUNG ALCHEMISTS” first film of a series; a very powerful and very entertaining serial epic of romance, adventure and action film that will bring to Hollywood and to the entire world the extraordinary story of a group of extremely brilliant teenage Alchemists from the 36th dimension who are the greatest Super Secret Agents and youngest members of the Alchemists, a very powerful Interplanetary Government in charge of guarding the security and evolution of all planets and their inhabitants.

We believe very entertaining films could be an effective way to inspire children to become good leaders and help reverse our planet’s debilitating physical and psychological illness caused by the use of drugs and self destructive behaviors.

Experts concur that based on the script the cost of production of The Young Alchemists film will be approximately $100 Million Dollars; it will be a big production that can be compared to Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter.

WHO ARE THE ALCHEMISTS? In the Young Alchemists New Age film Concept, the Alchemists are the good people from all planets and all walks of life who oppose the Nonplus and use their knowledge and inner powers to enlighten the consciousness of self and others transforming malevolent societies into benevolent ones. THE NONPLUS are the bad guys from all planets and all walks of life determined to eradicate the Alchemists and corrupt all planetary societies to prevent the evolution of humanity.

ARE YOU AN ALCHEMISTS OR A NONPLUS? The choice is yours and it will always be


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This Alternative To 911 Could Give Some Emergency Response For First Time

Serial entrepreneur Mark Jeffrey has developed a new platform using mobile devices that could give billions of people in the world access to emergency response for the first time.

Available today, the Guardian Circle app allows you to build a network of friends who may be willing to come to your aid when you’re in a pickle or even have a real emergency.

The platform incorporates five functions the use blockchain technology. The company is launching an ICO or initial coin offering now to fund the growth of the platform.

Preliminary Interview with Mark Jeffrey, the Co-Founder and CEO of Guardian Circle.

The following is a brief pre-interview that provides context for the recorded interview you may watch or listen to at the top of this article.

Crowdfunding page: http://guardium.co

What is the purpose of your crowdfunding campaign?

We will build the world’s new mobile and cloud-native emergency grid with both citizen and paid vetted responders.

More about Guardian Circle:

Twitter: @guardiancircle

Website: http://guardiancircle.com

Guardian Circle is global decentralized emergency response — universal 9-1-1.  We open the emergency grid to any Alert Device (via an open API), vetted citizen responders (alongside friends, family and neighbors), government and private response services for the very first time. Mobile devices are used to create a ‘flash mob of help’ anywhere on earth. Our blockchain token, GUARDIUM, is used for smart contracts, payments, alert transcripts and emergency info lockbox storage. Working apps are released now worldwide on iOS, Android, and Amazon ALEXA.  Six billion people have no 9-1-1.  One billion do, but it is antiquated (1960’s tech).  We fix all of this.

For-profit or Nonprofit: For-profit

Mark Jeffrey
Photo credit: Mark Jeffrey

Mark Jeffrey’s bio:

Twitter: @markjeffrey

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markjeffrey/

Mark Jeffrey is a serial entrepreneur and author with Harper Collins. Most recently, Mark founded Guardian Circle for global decentralized emergency response.  He is also an early pioneer of blockchain technology, having published BITCOIN EXPLAINED SIMPLY (2013) and THE CASE FOR BITCOIN (2016).  His previous companies include The Palace (backed by Time Warner, Intel and SoftBank; sold to Communities.com in 1998 with 10 million users), ZeroDegrees (a business social network sold to InterActiveCorp / IAC in 2004 with 1 million users) and ThisWeekIn (co-founded with Kevin Pollak and Jason Calacanis). He was the founding CTO of Mahalo / Inside.com (backed by Elon Musk, Sequoia, Mark Cuban and others). Mark worked with Travis Kalanick (CEO Uber) on his first company Red Swoosh.


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This Entrepreneur Went From ‘Wall Street’ To ‘Main Street’ To Make A Real Difference

When Ken Martin left “Wall Street” to make a dent on “Main Street” he really wanted to make a difference. With so much of the economy still operating in small businesses in the old economy, he saw a need–and when an entrepreneur sees a need he sees an opportunity–small business lending for established companies.

Regulation CF, the new crowdfunding investment rules issued by the SEC effective in 2016, create a new opportunity for ordinary investors to put their money to work in the businesses they frequent.

For these businesses, a debt approach makes more sense than equity. As Martin says, “What good are seven shares of the local hardware store?” More to the point, the hardware store can afford to pay back a loan with interest. That’s a deal that is relatively easy for investors to grasp as well.

Preliminary Interview with Ken Martin, the Co-Founder of Honeycomb Credit.

The following is a brief pre-interview that provides context for the recorded interview you may watch or listen to at the top of this article.

Crowdfunding page: https://www.honeycombcredit.com/

What is the purpose of your crowdfunding campaign?

We are a registered funding portal that helps Main Street America get the expansion capital it needs.

More about Honeycomb Credit:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/honeycombcredit

Website: https://www.honeycombcredit.com/

Founded by a 6th-generation rural community banker and an investment banker who left Wall Street for Main Street, Honeycomb is using fintech to build communities one small business at a time.  

Unlike other fintech players who focus solely on quantitative metrics resulting in high APRs, Honeycomb uses crowdfunding to bring fair expansion loans to great local businesses.  Community banks used to serve our Main Street businesses well, but they are disappearing at a rate of 1 per day. Honeycomb steps into that void between Kickstarter and big banks.  

For-profit or Nonprofit: For-profit

Ken Martin

Ken Martin’s bio:

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ken-martin-cfa/

Ken is a former Vice President at Barclays investment bank and a serial entrepreneur of Main Street small businesses.  He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds degrees from Georgetown, Dartmouth, and the London School of Economics.  


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Company Launches Equity Crowdfunding Campaign In Europe, Plants Trees

Crowdfunder: Marco Barbosa of eSolidar

Campaign type: We’re raising capital via an investment campaign

Campaign link: www.seedrs.com/esolidar-1

Twitter: @esolidar

Goal: $200K

Progress: $127K

Offering: Boost sales for our CSR solution and implement blockchain within our charitable giving marketplace.

Terms: Equity crowdfunding

Anecdote: We planted almost 50,000 trees on Amazonia, in partnership with Rock in Rio music festival, after running several charity auctions with celebrities.


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Planet Alpha Corp. Launches Regulation A+ Tier 2 Offering of Forest Carbon Securities to Reverse Deforestation

The flora, fauna, and peoples that comprise the planet’s forests are truly priceless. Mitigation of anthropogenic impacts, however, can be directly measured and priced, resulting in carbon securities available to everyday and institutional investors wanting to participate in forest restoration projects.

Press Release – CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Nov. 28, 2017PRLogDeforestation worldwide remains an enduring signature of anthropogenic impacts on nature. Planet Alpha Corp. is offering up to 5,000,000 Non-Voting Series A Preferred shares, at $10 per share, to develop forest carbon projects across the planet, supporting communities and forest restoration. A circular advertising the offering and stating its risk factors can be found here. There is no minimum investment, allowing purchase of a single share ($10) by investors—accredited and non-accredited alike. Shares are purchased directly through our website.

“We are very excited to share our concept of carbon securities based on direct measurement of carbon dioxide (CO2) with citizens, institutions and countries across the planet,” remarked Bruno D.V. Marino, CEO and founder of Planet Alpha Corp. “We can choose not to live in the swerve of climate change gloom and doom rhetoric and exclusionary tactics but take positive steps, now, to restore and manage forests for future generations,” continued Marino.

The overall trend of increasing atmospheric CO2 is documented as is the rate of deforestation and associated loss of nature. To-date, mitigation efforts to manage greenhouse gas emissions and reverse deforestation are simply not working as intended. “The power of a global public response is needed to shape the biosphere in positive ways, for example, by linking forest-based communities that touch the biosphere with investors in tangible verified transactions,” added CEO Marino.

Planet Alpha Corp. (PAC) intends to use the proceeds from the current offering to develop forest carbon sequestration projects in ecologically diverse locations around the planet. PAC projects are developed and implemented directly in collaboration with local, community-based organizations that rely on cultural knowledge to manage forest ecosystems. PAC measurement-to-monetization services are provided at no cost to landowners. Greenhouse gases are measured directly. Projects in the pipeline, but not yet finalized, include forest areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and Ghana. PAC services are available to verify emission reduction for Paris Agreement signatories.

In the following Voices.Earth podcast interview, Dr. Bruno D.V. Marino, the Founder and CEO of the Planet Alpha Corp., discusses how his organization is developing new practices for planetary management and stewardship now and for the future of humanity.

About Planet Alpha Corp.

PAC is a for-profit carbon products company whose mission is to reduce emissions of CO2 and greenhouse gases by restoring nature. We differentiate ourselves from other carbon product companies by deploying carbon measurement infrastructure on forest lands to accurately measure carbon offsets for sale as carbon securities and carbon products. There is no cost to the landowner. We are, we believe, making a positive contribution to the cause of reforestation by supporting forest landowners for their reduction of CO2 emissions through forest tree planting, growth, conservation, and management.


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Just How Safe is a Simple Agreement for Future Equity?

Marty Tate, partner at Carman Lenhoff Israelsen, explains in this interview what a SAFE or Simple Agreement for Future Equity is and just how safe it is for both issuers and investors. If you’ve ever wanted to invest in an equity crowdfunding campaign, you do not want to miss this episode.

Preliminary Interview with Marty Tate, the Partner of CLI.

The following is a brief pre-interview that provides context for the recorded interview you may watch or listen to at the top of this article.

More about CLI:

Twitter: @clilawmarty

Website: www.clilaw.com

CLI is a boutique corporate finance and securities law firm

For-profit or Nonprofit: For-profit

Marty Tate’s bio:

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martytate/

I specialize in advising clients in securities law, crowdfunding, fintech, token sales, peer-to-peer lending, private equity, and fund formation and management. I am passionate about crowdfunding, fintech and private equity, and continue to play a national role in these ever-evolving areas of securities law.

I also counsel clients on complex structured finance, investment advisory, real estate and asset backed lending, mortgage securitization, lease financing, real estate development, securities and M&A.


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Solar Finance Pioneer CleanCapital Closes 3.7M Investment Round to Help Investors Tap Solar Market

Funding round led by leading equity crowdfunding platform, SeedInvest, will be used to accelerate technology roadmap and scale operations

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY- [Nov 14, 2017]CleanCapital, an innovative online marketplace for clean energy investing, announced today that it closed its Series A with a total investment of $3.7 million. This investment came through 50 investors to include FinTech and cleantech leaders as well as SeedInvest’s Selections Fund in this latest round.

Over the past five years, the solar market grew an average rate of 72% per year, fueled by regulatory stability and reduced install costs. CleanCapital allows investors to capitalize on that explosive growth by connecting them with investment-ready solar portfolios of projects across the United States. To date, the team has financed over $50M of solar projects and more than 20 MW in operating solar assets. CleanCapital reduces barriers for institutional investors to access projects, and allows project owners to seamlessly exit their current portfolios. The typical timeline for new entrants to source, evaluate, underwrite, and close clean energy projects can take up to a year. CleanCapital is bringing efficiency to this process by significantly reducing the timeline on transactions.

“There is a sizeable opportunity to provide investors with access to new types of alternative investments and we were impressed with CleanCapital’s solar platform,” stated Ryan Feit, SeedInvest CEO and Co-Founder. “Our Selections Fund invests alongside our broader investor base in some of the most promising companies on our platform and we were excited to back CleanCapital,” he continued.

CleanCapital competed to be featured on leading startup fundraising platform SeedInvest which historically has accepted just 1% of startup applicants. In addition to SeedInvest, cleantech leaders including Jeff Phillips, Treasurer and Co-Founder of the Corporate Climate Alliance and Barney Schauble, Managing Partner of Nephila Advisors join FinTech pioneers Ron Suber, President of Prosper Marketplace, Jon Barlow, Founder of Eaglewood Capital Management, and Bradley Pattelli, Former Chief Investment Officer of LendingClub with investments in CleanCapital.

The new investment will allow CleanCapital to accelerate its technology roadmap and scale operations, growing its team with leading industry experts. Recent hires include seasoned finance expert, Matt Eastwick as Head of Capital Markets and award winning Creative Director, Jurgen Altziebler as Head of Design.

“To accelerate clean energy growth we need to create a marketplace that provides all investors with simpler, understandable ways to invest in this asset class. We are thrilled that SeedInvest recognizes the value CleanCapital brings to the clean energy marketplace,” said Thomas Byrne, Co-founder and CEO of CleanCapital. “CleanCapital is committed to attracting more investors to the space by creating a new marketplace for clean energy, one that is driven by transparency, efficiency and accessibility.”

“As clean energy market grows as an asset class, mitigating risk will be a key component in attracting new investors,” said Barney Schauble, a Managing Partner at Nephila. “I believe CleanCapital can grow substantially by leveraging technology to address market inefficiencies and increasing the flow of capital throughout the clean energy marketplace.”

About CleanCapital:

CleanCapital is a financial technology company that makes it easy to invest in clean energy. CleanCapital allows accredited investors—including institutional investors, family offices, and investment funds—to invest in secure and diversified clean energy projects. Investors can monitor investments in real-time using our seamless online platform. We were founded in 2015 and are headquartered in New York, NY. Stay up to date on the evolving market of clean energy finance by signing up on our website, following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting via LinkedIn. Learn more at http://www.cleancapital.com.

About SeedInvest:

SeedInvest is a leading equity crowdfunding platform that provides individual investors with access to pre-vetted startup investment opportunities. SeedInvest has funded over 160 startups and boasts a rapidly growing network of over 200,000 investors. SeedInvest has had over 20,000 startups apply to raise capital since inception and has only accepted 1% of those companies to feature on the platform. For more information about SeedInvest, visit www.seedinvest.com.


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Impact Housing REIT, LLC Launches $35 Million Equity Crowdfunding Opportunity Focused on Solving the Housing Crisis in America on ImpactHousing.com

CrowdStreet, a leading real estate investment technology provider, is powering the online investment offering and providing access to their existing network of accredited and unaccredited investors.

Press Release – Los Angeles, CA – September 20, 2017 — Impact Housing REIT, LLC (ImpactHousing.com), a new apartment real estate investment trust led by Edward (“Eddie”) P. Lorin, a 30-year multifamily real estate veteran, is pleased to announce that its $35 million direct public offering under Regulation A+ has been qualified by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is now open for investment. All investors – accredited and unaccredited, domestic and international – can invest directly in Impact Housing REIT Series A equity round for as little as $1,000. To read more and/or get started with an investment, click here.

Poor housing conditions due to a rising economy, extreme weather conditions, and poverty is effecting our health, quality of life, and country, as a whole. Impact Housing is the first REIT in the country using the new equity crowdfunding laws to focus on America’s housing crisis, specifically on creating affordable, livable, distinctive multifamily communities for America’s working people and their families.

Employing a strategy that Mr. Lorin has refined over decades, Impact Housing plans to buy neglected, poorly managed apartment buildings throughout the U.S., and transform them into thriving, healthy, family-oriented communities. Upgrades typically include new amenities, refreshed and upgraded interiors, resort style pools, playgrounds, state-of-the-art fitness centers, BBQs, dog parks, community gardens and open space social areas. Click here to view our Property Gallery.

In addition, Impact Housing is partnered with the HAPI Foundation (Healthy Apartment Property Initiative), a 501(c)(3) organization, and together, provide FREE afterschool programming (including a free healthy meal when possible), health and wellness education to the resident children and their families. To see our impact with HAPI, click here.

Eddie Lorin, Founder of Impact Housing REIT, commented, “In my 30+ years of experience in multifamily real estate, upgrading neglected properties and turning them into thriving communities has proven to enhance residents’ lives, increase retention and referrals, and reduce vacancy. When you give people a nice home and community that’s affordable, they tend to be happier. They stay, pay and refer their friends. This goes directly to our bottom line and has allowed us to deliver to our investors not only a good financial return, but also a good social return. It’s a win-win.”

The technology enabling this online investment offering is backed by CrowdStreet, a leading provider of real estate fundraising and investor management solutions. In addition, CrowdStreet is providing its established network of over 25,000 investors the ability to directly invest in Impact Housing REIT using the CrowdStreet Marketplace at https://www.crowdstreet.com. Impact Housing REIT marks the second real estate investment opportunity open to CrowdStreet’s entire network of investors, both accredited and unaccredited.

Impact Housing REIT is not your typical startup. Prior to launching Impact Housing REIT, Eddie’s team, acting as either Principal or Advisor, has transformed over 40,000 apartment units into safe, quality homes for hard-working individuals and families. Their prior portfolios consistently demonstrated “full” occupancy levels. By implementing value-add improvement plans, the team has achieved, on average, 95% stabilized occupancy upon completion of renovations on new acquisitions, and attribute success to a variety of factors including and most notably, strong local relationships with real estate brokers, servicers, lenders, and property managers.

CAUTION: PRIOR PERFORMANCE DOES NOT GUARANTY FUTURE RESULTS.
AN INVESTMENT IN IMPACT HOUSING REIT, LLC INVOLVES SIGNIFICANT RISKS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE OUR OFFERING CIRCULAR.

Lorin added, “The ability for Impact Housing to utilize new crowdfunding laws to circumvent the middleman and bring more efficient financial returns directly to everyone, regardless of income level or wealth, is remarkable to say the least. The more money raised through the Impact Housing REIT offering, the more we can meet the shortage of decent workforce housing that’s affordable in our country and deliver market rate returns to our investors.

We are thrilled to partner with CrowdStreet in this initiative. CrowdStreet’s technology platform provides us with the confidence needed to both fundraise online at scale, and then effectively and efficiently manage the investors for the duration of their investment. The unique ability to solicit new investors, transact offers, and efficiently manage hundreds of subscribed investors, all using a single platform, makes CrowdStreet an essential part of this Regulation A offering.”

Tore Steen, CEO of CrowdStreet, commented “We’re excited to partner with Impact Housing on the launch of the Impact Housing REIT offering, and expand the availability of social-responsible investments to investors of all types. We look forward to making this investment offering visible, accessible, and actionable to more than 100 million eligible U.S. investors.”

To learn more and take part in Impact Housing REIT investment offering please visit https://invest.impacthousing.com/.

About Impact Housing REIT, LLC

Impact Housing REIT, LLC is a company newly founded by Edward (“Eddie”) P. Lorin, a 30-year multifamily real estate veteran, focusing primarily on value-add and/or under-performing multifamily properties nationwide. The Sponsor, Strategic Realty Holdings (SRH), was formed by Eddie Lorin in 2014. Eddie Lorin, along with his core management team from Strategic Realty Capital (SRC), a private multifamily investment company co-founded by Eddie Lorin, come equipped with many years of experience in multifamily real estate. Since 2001, the Impact Housing management team, has participated, as Principal or Advisor, in the purchase and transformation of more than $3 Billion worth of multifamily real estate amounting to more than 180 communities with approximately 40,000 apartment units nationwide.

For more information about Impact Housing REIT and to invest in its $35 million Series A Offering, please visit: www.ImpactHousing.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter at @theGOODREIT.

About CrowdStreet

CrowdStreet is a leading real estate investing technology provider that is transforming fundraising by providing CRE firms a scalable platform for growing and managing a large investor-base. CrowdStreet’s platform enables online fundraising at scale, and also extends beyond the funding of a deal, cultivating and growing lifetime value for CRE firms through the building, managing and expanding of ongoing investor relationships. For additional information, please visit www.crowdstreet.com.


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‘Unstoppable’ Mom, Cancer Survivor Creates New Fertility App

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

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Have you ever had a question you wanted to ask a doctor but couldn’t find one to ask? Have you ever wanted a second opinion but decided it would take too long or cost too much?

Alice Crisci did. Unlike the rest of us who’d had such problems, she decided to do something about it. She founded Ovum Medical to provide MedAnswers, an iPhone app that gives patients direct access to doctors and other experts to answer questions. Crisci plans to launch Android and web versions of the service before the end of 2017.

She traces the history of the company to her own scare with cancer. “I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was only 31 years old.” Three weeks after her cancer diagnosis she launched a nonprofit called Fertile Action.

Alice Crisci, MedAnswers

“When I was diagnosed with cancer I didn’t see a second opinion oncologist until I was already going through treatment. He didn’t even agree with the treatment plan that I was going through. So I connected the two oncologists in a conference call so I could hear both of their approaches.”

Last year, she came up with the idea for MedAnswers and began working to bring it to market. The app is already available for free in the App Store.

The app allows multiple experts, typically medical doctors, to offer answers and then to vote them up or down so users can see a consensus forming around the best answer.

Today, the company is conducting two simultaneous securities offerings to raise money, including a crowdfunding campaign via Start Engine. There, she set a goal of just $10,000 but has raised over $107,000.

For now, the app only provides answers in the fertility space but the plan is to broaden the reach of the experts organically until it covers the universe of health care questions. “We called it MedAnswers and not infertility answers or oncology answers because we want to help people in their moment of health care crisis,” Crisci says.

Jenifer Gausman, a life-long friend and committed investor in the company, says, “MedAnswers solves the information overload by less reliable sources by connecting patients to experts that answer their questions.”

MedAnswers, iPhone app

Christina Stramacchia got to know Crisci through a fertility group on Facebook. She is using the app and says, “I have posted several questions – response time is excellent, and the feedback is professional and informative. Many times the responses are aligned with my RE [reproductive endocrinologist] and nurse opinions. In some cases, when I present the information I have gathered on MedAnswers, they are able to elaborate on the explanation I was given on MedAnswers.”

Crisci explains that she has found experts in seven fields related to infertility who have signed up to provide answers on the app. The fields include reproductive endocrinologists, embryologists, geneticists, genetic counselors, psychologists, urologists and reproductive attorneys. [Insert your own joke about multiplying lawyers here.]

These are early days for the young social enterprise. The app launched in the App Store only in June. Crisci acknowledges that “we’re still newbies.”

Gausman says, “If Alice has her way, she will ensure every patient seeking fertility answers will have that access. She is unstoppable.”

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