- The Driven System was the recipient of the Innovation Award at EuroBike 2018; the world's largest cycling tradeshow
- Multiple granted and pending patents in the US, Asia, and Europe covering the Drive and Shifting system, all owned by Driven Technologies
- Over 1 Billion web interactions within the first month of the introduction of the Driven System and over 65,000 page results on Google currently
- Relationships and collaborations with large OEM bicycle manufacturers such as Specialized and Canyon
- Testing with students and faculty at the University of Colorado Mechanical Engineering department projects drivetrain efficiency of 98.9% at 250 watts and cost analysis with Human Powered Solutions shows target cost of goods of $500 with target sale price to OEMs of $1400 to $1600
- Total Amount Raised: US $694,524
- Total Round Size: US $1,000,000
- Seed :
- Minimum Investment: US $1,000 per investor
- : Crowd Note
- Side by Side Offering
- : US $3,300,000 Final
- Valuation Cap Schedule: See Full Schedule
Bicycle drivetrains have remained unchanged for over 100 years. Specifically, today's mechanical design of the exposed dirty chain snaking through pulleys is exactly the same technique used in the 1920's. Some may view this as an 'If it ain't broke don't fix it' approach. But cyclists have been begging for a fix; a way out of the 1920s. Enter Driven.
The Driven development program was initiated in 2017 as a collaboration between CeramicSpeed and the University of Colorado Mechanical Engineering Department. The original design intention was to achieve a 99% efficient drivetrain. By the time Driven V2 arrived, the additional benefits of an enclosed system, lighter weight, and cost effectiveness were realized.
Even though the Driven System is not yet in production, the public response to the drivetrain has been overwhelming. Given the present growth of cycling, and projected growth, timing has never been better for Driven.
CeramicSpeed, a relatively small privately held company, has taken the Driven platform to its present state albeit limited project revenue and just a handful of dedicated engineers. Driven is highly viable, yet CeramicSpeed will require additional financial support to fully realize the potential of the drivetrain. To continue development at an accelerated pace and enable external funding, a spin-out business entity has been created, Driven Technologies Inc. With this new entity, Driven Technologies is a start-up investment opportunity, yet Driven Technologies can leverage the experienced & successful resources of CeramicSpeed. All Driven assets, IP, patents, and future development (and of course the potential revenue upside of the drivetrain) are now cleanly packaged in the new entity.
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US $254,824 (under Reg CF only)
US $3,300,000 Final
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As of 2019 the Cycling Industry sat at $55B per year. 2020 saw an unprecedented boom in the industry, with year-over-year segment growths ranging from 59% to 121% for 2020. The e-bike segment was more impressive, logging a 189% growth in 2020 vs 2019. The post-pandemic outlook for cycling is very optimistic, with an 84% positive industry prediction market growth will continue beyond 2021.
The bicycle drivetrain market is a $2B (2019) subset of the total cycling market. The drivetrain market directly correlates to the overall cycling market. The drivetrain market growth of 2020-2021, and post-pandemic future growth, is expected to trend with the growth of the overall cycling market.
The e-bike market segment 10 year prior growth has been substantial, aside from the 2020 pandemic boom we are presently seeing across all segments. Government subsidy and tax credit programs exist worldwide for e-bikes. In the US specifically, on Feb 14th 2020, Congress proposed a 30% tax credit for the purchase of an e-bike. Based on the legislation being introduced and already in place, the e-bike segment is predicted to continue heavy growth, beyond the growth of traditional non electric bicycles.
The bicycle drivetrain market is heavily dominated by two manufacturers. While these manufacturers are solidly entrenched, it is felt their business models rely on lower-risk evolutionary advancements, versus revolutionary product development.
Given the market growth, and competitive landscape, this could be considered perfect timing for a small, nimble, and innovative manufacturer to carve out a portion of the $2B+ drivetrain market.
Driven Technologies, Inc is a spinout entity of CeramicSpeed. The purpose of DrivenTech is to further the development of CeramicSpeed’s “Driven Drivetrain”. Founder & CEO of Driven Technologies, Jason Smith, is currently the CTO of CeramicSpeed. The intellectual property, both tangible and intangible, relating to the Driven Drivetrain was purchased by Driven Technologies from CeramicSpeed on April 9, 2021 for $460,764. This transaction should be viewed as a Related Party Transaction. The Intellectual Property Purchase Agreement includes assets pertaining to the Driven Drivetrain and all Intellectual Property Rights of CeramicSpeed therein related to such assets.
The Company’s Board does not hold regular meetings or keep meeting minutes from its board meetings. Though the Company is a Delaware Corporation and Delaware does not legally require its corporations to record and retain meeting minutes, the practice of holding regular board meetings and keeping board minutes is critical to maintaining good corporate governance. Minutes of meetings provide a record of corporate actions, including director and officer appointments and board consents for issuances, and can be helpful in the event of an audit or lawsuit. These recordkeeping practices can also help to reduce the risk of potential liability due to failure to observe corporate formalities, and the failure to do so could negatively impact certain processes, including but not limited to the due diligence process with potential investors or acquirers. There is no guarantee that the Company’s board will begin holding regular meetings or keeping board meeting minutes.
The Company has conducted related party transactions. On November 18, 2020, the company entered a standard promissory note agreement with its CEO and founder Jason Smith in the amount of $3,900. The loan carries no interest rate and matured on February 21, 2021. On December 31, 2020, the company entered a second standard promissory note agreement with its CEO and founder Jason Smith in the amount of $1,400. The loan carries no interest rate and matures on April 30, 2021.
The Company’s cash position is relatively weak. The Company currently has only $2,186 in cash balances as of 4/14/2021. The Company could be harmed if it is unable to meet its cash demands, and the Company may not be able to continue operations if they are not able to raise additional funds.
The development and commercialization of the Company’s products and services are highly competitive. It faces competition with respect to any products and services that it may seek to develop or commercialize in the future. Its competitors include major companies worldwide. The bicycle market is an emerging industry where new competitors are entering the market frequently. Many of the Company’s competitors have significantly greater financial, technical and human resources and may have superior expertise in research and development and marketing approved services and thus may be better equipped than the Company to develop and commercialize services. These competitors also compete with the Company in recruiting and retaining qualified personnel and acquiring technologies. Smaller or early stage companies may also prove to be significant competitors, particularly through collaborative arrangements with large and established companies. Accordingly, the Company’s competitors may commercialize products more rapidly or effectively than the Company is able to, which would adversely affect its competitive position, the likelihood that its services will achieve initial market acceptance and its ability to generate meaningful additional revenues from its products and services.
The Company’s expenses will significantly increase as they seek to execute their current business model. Although the Company estimates that it has enough runway until end of year, they will be ramping up cash burn to promote revenue growth, further develop R&D, and fund other Company operations after the raise. Doing so could require significant effort and expense or may not be feasible.
The Company projects aggressive growth in 2023. If these assumptions are wrong and the projections regarding market penetration are too aggressive, then the financial forecast may overstate the Company's overall viability. In addition, the forward-looking statements are only predictions. The Company has based these forward-looking statements largely on its current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that it believes may affect its business, financial condition and results of operations. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.
The Company has not prepared any audited financial statements. Therefore, investors have no audited financial information regarding the Company’s capitalization or assets or liabilities on which to make investment decisions. If investors feel the information provided is insufficient, then they should not invest in the Company.
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has adversely impacted global commercial activity and contributed to significant declines and volatility in financial markets. The coronavirus pandemic and government responses are creating disruption in global supply chains and adversely impacting many industries. The outbreak could have a continued material adverse impact on economic and market conditions and trigger a period of global economic slowdown. The rapid development and fluidity of this situation precludes any prediction as to the ultimate material adverse impact of the novel coronavirus. Nevertheless, the novel coronavirus presents material uncertainty and risk with respect to the Funds, their performance, and their financial results.
The Company is pre-revenue and may not be successful in its efforts to grow and monetize its product. It has limited operating capital and for the foreseeable future will be dependent upon its ability to finance operations from the sale of equity or other financing alternatives. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to successfully raise operating capital. The failure to successfully raise operating capital, and the failure to effectively monetize its products, could result in bankruptcy or other event which would have a material adverse effect on the Company and the value of its shares. The Company has limited assets and financial resources, so such adverse event could put investors’ dollars at significant risk.
Manufacturing or design defects, unanticipated use of the Company's products, or inadequate disclosure of risks relating to the use of the products could lead to injury or other adverse events. These events could lead to recalls or safety alerts relating to its products (either voluntary or required by governmental authorities) and could result, in certain cases, in the removal of a product from the market. Any recall could result in significant costs as well as negative publicity that could reduce demand for its products. Personal injuries relating to the use of its products could also result in product liability claims being brought against the Company. In some circumstances, such adverse events could also cause delays in new product approvals. Similarly, negligence in performing its services can lead to injury or other adverse events.
In general, demand for the Company's products and services is highly correlated with general economic conditions. A substantial portion of their revenue is derived from discretionary spending by individuals, which typically falls during times of economic instability. Declines in economic conditions in the U.S. or in other countries in which they operate may adversely impact their consolidated financial results. Because such declines in demand are difficult to predict, the Company or the industry may have increased excess capacity as a result. An increase in excess capacity may result in declines in prices for their products and services.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A Side by Side offering refers to a deal that is raising capital under two offering types. This Side by Side offering is raising under Regulation CF and Rule 506(c) of Regulation D.
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When you complete your investment on SeedInvest, your money will be transferred to an escrow account where an independent escrow agent will watch over your investment until it is accepted by Driven Technologies. Once Driven Technologies accepts your investment, and certain regulatory procedures are completed, your money will be transferred from the escrow account to Driven Technologies in exchange for your securities. At that point, you will be a proud owner in Driven Technologies.
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- Personal information such as your current address and phone number
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Non-accredited investors are limited in the amount that he or she may invest in a Reg CF offering during any rolling 12-month period:
- If either the annual income or the net worth of the investor is less than $107,000, the investor is limited to the greater of $2,200 or 5% of the greater of his or her annual income or net worth.
- If the annual income and net worth of the investor are both greater than $107,000, the investor is limited to 10% of the greater of his or her annual income or net worth, to a maximum of $107,000.
Separately, Driven Technologies has set a minimum investment amount of US $1,000.
Accredited investors do not have any investment limits.
You are a partial owner of the company, you do own securities after all! But more importantly, companies which have raised money via Regulation CF must file information with the SEC and post it on their websites on an annual basis. Receiving regular company updates is important to keep shareholders educated and informed about the progress of the company and their investment. This annual report includes information similar to a company’s initial Reg CF filing and key information that a company will want to share with its investors to foster a dynamic and healthy relationship.
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- The company ceases to do business
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Currently there is no market or liquidity for these securities. Right now Driven Technologies does not plan to list these securities on a national exchange or another secondary market. At some point Driven Technologies may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a “liquidation event” occurs. A “liquidation event” is when Driven Technologies either lists their securities on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
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This is Driven Technologies's fundraising profile page, where you can find information that may be helpful for you to make an investment decision in their company. The information on this page includes the company overview, team bios, and the risks and disclosures related to this investment opportunity. If the company runs a side by side offering that includes an offering under Regulation CF, you may also find a copy of the Driven Technologies's Form C. The Form C includes important details about Driven Technologies's fundraise that you should review before investing.
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