Our 3rd Cohort Members!
We had over 50 applications from 20 different countries and finally narrowed it down to seven!
Over the next 13 weeks, our mentors will coach these founders in a variety of topics and connect them to our network of investors and advisors to help accelerate their growth.
Evolution aligns the relationship between startup and investor by providing hands-on guidance and real-world operational experience.
Simply put, we bet early on the companies we coach and mentor and allow investors to participate in the “early in, early out” style of investing.
If you have a startup and are interested in applying to our next cohort, please email us so we can notify you when we open the application process.
Let's Welcome Our New Cohort Members!
Nhut Chiem, Founder
Authentic American Homestays connects international students with California host families. AAHomestays works with international students attending Sacramento State, UC Davis, Sierra College, UC Berkeley, and San Francisco State.
Mary Adams, Founder
SHINE nano-GPS chips assign unique identifiers to valuable jewelry and allows tracking of lost items.
Boston Bonn, Founder
Boston Bonn, founder, a combat veteran with 6 years experience in the Special Operations Community who has designed innovative tactical equipment for Military and Law Enforcement that increases comfort, diversity, and user maneuverability through patent pending designs
RIchard Obregon, CEO
ALOHBE seeks to develop a new water-splitting technology that will store energy generated from renewable sources and deliver clean power back to consumers.
Dan McGuire, Founder
Food Pills replaces traditional meals with an assortment of plant-based, whole food material in pill form. The Food Pill Diet provides a convenient way to lose weight, improve overall health, and eliminate the hassle of meal-planning and calorie-counting.
Michael Curtain, Founder
Gus deVries, Founder
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Marsha Rogers
June 10, 2019 (916) 572-7238
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA — Evolution Accelerator, Sacramento’s premier business acceleration group, is pleased to announce the companies selected to participate in Cohort 3, the third iteration of Evolution’s business mentorship program, starting June 10, 2019. Cohort participants will have access to investors and mentors who will provide advice and guidance across a broad spectrum of business concerns.
One of the many problems solved by Javlin Concepts tactical Plate Carrier and Rhodesian designs is the lengthy process of switching over plate carrier set up. What could take up to 15 to 20 minutes is now doable in under 10 seconds, giving the operator the ability to now use that time to better prepare before going out on mission instead of trying to get his gear set up. In the game where seconds matter most, Javlin Concepts saves minutes.
Javlin Concepts has developed innovative tactical equipment for Military and Law Enforcement that increases comfort, diversity, and user maneuverability through patent pending designs. The patented quick set-up system allows the user to gear-up in seconds rather than in minutes.
Food Pill Diet
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 40% of Americans – over 93 million people – are obese. In addition to the obvious negative health effects of obesity, the economic impact is staggering, with annual medical costs associated with obesity climbing to over $190 billion dollars.
The overconsumption of animal-based products, including meat and dairy, is associated with high rates of obesity and adverse health conditions. In addition to the negative effects on human health, the high consumption animal-based foods have played an important role in accelerating global warming and overall environmental decay. The global consumption of meat is forecast to grow 76% over current levels by mid-century, which is a pattern incompatible with strategies to control climate change. Livestock are responsible for 7.1 gigatons of greenhouse gases per year – equal to the tailpipe emissions from every vehicle on the plant.
Solution: Solve the Hunger Issue While on a Low-Calorie Diet and Consume More Plant Based Foods
The Food Pill Diet ™ is a patent pending food consumption methodology in which customer’s substitute traditional food for a diet composed of 100% plant-based food in pill format. The science behind this diet methodology, developed at the NASA Ames Research Base, is that if you don’t taste your food then you can trick your body into not releasing ghrelin, the hunger hormone, and not feel hungry. This allows you to be on a low-calorie diet with much less difficulty than if they are constantly battling cravings.
If 50% of the world’s population were to restrict their diet to 2,500 calories per day and reduce meat consumption overall, at least 26.7 gigatons of greenhouse emissions could be avoided. If we were to include the possibility of converting land previously used to for livestock back into carbon negative forests, an additional 39.3 gigatons of emissions could be avoided. Thus, healthy, plant-rich diets become one of the most impactful climate change solutions at a total of 66 gigatons reduced.
The problem is lost, misplaced, and stolen jewelry. It’s the most expensive of $3B in US goods lost per year.
As one of my friends entered the door of her car, she stepped on what turned out to be a diamond and platinum earring that appraised for nearly $7,000. This led me to the idea: what if the person who lost it, had the technology to find and identify it. Shine does exactly that. It tracks and verifies jewelry.
Their solution is to track and verify jewelry with nano GPS chips placed on jewelry settings that also contain a unique identifier. With a battery life of up to five days, SHINE Smart Jewels can be charged wirelessly with the Smart Jewel Box, or with induction through your iPhone X+ or Samsung 10 and other devices. A mobile app pairs the smartphone to smart products.
SHINE products range in price depending on whether the gemstones are created or genuine, and they vary in metal type. SHINE also includes smart features such as safety, fitness, wellness, fingerprint, identity, payments or purchases, and keyless entry. There is also secondary and related problem being solved with a solution in the area of grown gemstones with existing startups in the bay area.
Social responsibility and ethical solutions – Related problems being solved in the areas of:
1) grown gemstones, 2) safety, 3) children/elderly/others in need of smart features.
Steam Methane Reformation (SMR) is not carbon free. It uses tremendous heat and pressure to create hydrogen from methane. This does produce hydrogen but it does not reduce the carbon footprint and the hydrogen created must be further purified to be used by fuel cell technology.
Not only does it not solve the carbon footprint issue, but it must also be heavily pressurized for the safety for storage and distribution. But if an accident was to happen, not only would be a pressure bomb, the flammability of hydrogen would also be catastrophic.
If hydrogen is going to be the future of replacing other fuels, these problems must be addressed.
Our eco-friendly and proprietary technology allows the customer to produce high purity hydrogen gas and heat faster and on demand while avoiding the transportation and storing hazards of hydrogen gas through the use of aluminum and the Woodall Process.
The hydrogen generation system (HGS) is able to do everything that the current standard (SMR) cant. We can produce large volumes of pure hydrogen on demand in small amounts of time.
The China National Petroleum Corporation is one of the largest oil corporations in China. They own roughly a third of the fuel stations in China. We plan on making an arrangement to install our technology on a quarter of their stations and get 3% of the sale of hydrogen.
Using those values and estimating the number of vehicle sales per pump to be 20 cars, we would expect to have an annual revenue of $17 million.
We have accumulated 100k in small investment funds and have established communications and a network abroad. In 2020, we are expecting to begin acting on our arrangements in China and begin a second round of investment for 4 million dollars. This will allow us to continue to develop larger devices to help expand into the current markets as well as future markets.
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Evolution Accelerator, founded in Sacramento in 2018, empowers entrepreneurs through coaching, connectivity, and access to capital. Evolution focuses primarily on startups developing disruptive or cost-efficient sustainable innovations.
Alex Chompff, Director, says, “This will be soooo cool.”
The mentorship curriculum encompasses a wide-range of topics including finance, intellectual property, and business architecture. Evolution is now also offering Entrepreneur Survival Kit workshops for cohort members, focusing on pitch deck, pitch video, investment memo, and executive summary.
New startup businesses interested in participating in future cohorts may contact Evolution via the website at https://www.evolutionacceleration.com/contact-us.
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