- Grant funding from Sandia National Laboratories (US DoE), New York, and Massachusetts
- Major co-developers on purchase order to manufacture prototype hardware, including leading industry suppliers
- One issued patent for flywheel technology system and three patents pending for the rotor, hub, and cooling systems
- Energy storage with novel flywheel technology for multi-billion dollar markets such as grid balancing, rapid transit, seaport cranes and microgrids
- Founders and leadership with extensive flywheel expertise, including roles as CTO of AFS Trinity and Beacon Power
- Total Amount Raised: US $522,146
- Total Round Size: US $1,070,000
- Seed :
- Minimum Investment: US $1,000 per investor
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- US $10,000,000 :
- Side by Side Offering
Vision. Helix Power aims to enable a reliable and resilient zero-carbon grid.
Requirements & Markets Fit. Target markets include Grid Balancing (for zero carbon), Large seaport cranes, Rapid Transit, and Microgrids. These markets all have short-duration storage requirements that Helix Power satisfies: high power (1MW+), high number of cycles (1M+ est.), short charge/ discharge time (90 sec), continuous operation, long life (20 yr+ est.), and low life cycle cost.
The Product & Technical Advantage. Helix’s first product is a patented 1 MW flywheel system, including the flywheel and power electronics system. The Helix system has unique design features that set it apart and satisfy the above requirements. These include active cooling, a permanent magnet motor, operation in a vacuum, state-of-the-art power electronics, magnetic bearings, and a composite rotor.
The Value Prop. The Helix system provides greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction, grid reliability and asset life enhancement, energy savings, peak power reduction, speed of operation, and cost productivity versus current methods.
Multiple Grant Awards. Helix has received grants from New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Sandia National Laboratories (US DoE). Grants have been used to complete our design (extensive reviews), drawings, analysis, select component tests, price quoting, and placing suppliers on purchase order (PO).
Product Status & Plan Forward. Currently, hardware is being procured for the full-scale prototype flywheel system. Build and test is planned for Q1 2022. A 2nd full-scale system is planned for testing and customer deployment in Q4 2022. Commercialization is planned for Q4 2023.
Company Structure. The technology co-development team includes Belcan Engineering, Abstract Power Electronics, Windings, Inc, Waukesha Magnetic Bearings, and Walco Electric.
A Side by Side offering refers to a deal that is raising capital under two offering types. Investments made through the SeedInvest platform are offered via Regulation CF and subject to investment limitations further described in the Form C and/or subscription documents. Investments made outside of the SeedInvest platform are offered via Regulation D and requires one to be a verified accredited investor in order to be eligible to invest.
US $372,446 (under Reg CF only)
Investors who invest less than $75,000 will have their securities held in trust with a Custodian that will serve as a single shareholder of record. These investors will be subject to the Custodian’s Account Agreement, including the electronic delivery of all required information.
Stationary energy storage is an emerging market that Helix Power seeks to become a major player in.
This chart shows the forecasted market for stationary energy storage, estimated at $12B in 2021 and forecasted to grow to over $100B by 2035.
The stationary segment excludes mobile energy storage applications, like personal electronics and on-board electric vehicles. Stationary energy storage is projected to be a growth industry as a result of the transition to zero-emissions energy. As more and more automobiles, mass transit, cranes and other industrial equipment are transitioned to electricity, the burden placed on the supporting electric infrastructure, like charging stations and local utility substations, increases in overall load and variability.
Stationary energy storage flattens the demand variability and reduces the need for larger infrastructure installations to handle surge situations.
Helix's 1MW flywheel technology will be a participant in this market, aiming to enable longer asset life for the remainder of the market space.
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 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.
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.
A product recall or an adverse result in litigation could have an adverse effect on the Company's business. The adverse effect depends on the costs of the recall, the destruction of product inventory, competitive reaction, and consumer attitudes. Even if a product liability claim is unsuccessful or without merit, the negative publicity surrounding such assertions could adversely affect their reputation and brand image. The Company also could be adversely affected if consumers in their principal markets lose confidence in the safety and quality of their products.
Failure to obtain new clients or renew client contracts on favorable terms could adversely affect results of operations. The Company may face pricing pressure in obtaining and retaining their clients. Their clients may be able to seek price reductions from them when they renew a contract, when a contract is extended, or when the client’s business has significant volume changes. Their clients may also reduce services if they decide to move services in-house. On some occasions, pricing pressure results in lower revenue from a client than the Company had anticipated based on their previous agreement with that client. This reduction in revenue could result in an adverse effect on their business and results of operations.
The Company conducts business in a heavily regulated industry. If it fails to comply with these laws and government regulations, it could incur penalties or be required to make significant changes to its operations or experience adverse publicity, which could have a material adverse effect on its business, financial condition, and results of operations. The energy industry is heavily regulated and closely scrutinized by federal, state, and local governments. Comprehensive statutes and regulations govern the manner in which the Company provides and bills for services and collects reimbursement from governmental programs and private payers, contractual relationships with Providers, vendors and Clients, marketing activities, and other aspects of its operations. Because of the breadth of these laws and the narrowness of the statutory exceptions and safe harbors available, it is possible that some of the Company’s business activities could be subject to challenge under one or more of such laws. Achieving and sustaining compliance with these laws may prove costly. Failure to comply with these laws and other laws can result in civil and criminal penalties such as fines, damages, overpayment recoupment loss of enrollment status, and exclusion from the government programs. The risk of the Company being found in violation of these laws and regulations is increased by the fact that many of them have not been fully interpreted by the regulatory authorities or the courts, and their provisions are sometimes open to a variety of interpretations. The Company’s failure to accurately anticipate the application of these laws and regulations to the business or any other failure to comply with regulatory requirements could create liability and negatively affect the business. Any action against the Company for violation of these laws or regulations, even if they successfully defend against it, could cause them to incur significant legal expenses, divert management's attention from the operation of the business, and result in adverse publicity.
Quality management plays an essential role in determining and meeting customer requirements, preventing defects, improving the Company’s products and services, and maintaining the integrity of the data that supports the safety and efficacy of its product. The Company's future success depends on their ability to maintain and continuously improve their quality management program. An inability to address a quality or safety issue in an effective and timely manner may also cause negative publicity, a loss of customer confidence in the Company or the Company's current or future products, which may result in the loss of sales and difficulty in successfully launching new products. In addition, a successful claim brought against the Company in excess of available insurance or not covered by indemnification agreements, or any claim that results in significant adverse publicity against the Company could have an adverse effect on their business and their reputation.
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.
The Company relies heavily on its technology and intellectual property, but it may be unable to adequately or cost-effectively protect or enforce its intellectual property rights, thereby weakening its competitive position and increasing operating costs. To protect its rights in its services and technology, the Company relies on a combination of copyright and trademark laws, patents, trade secrets, confidentiality agreements with employees and third parties, and protective contractual provisions. It also relies on laws pertaining to trademarks and domain names to protect the value of its corporate brands and reputation. Despite efforts to protect its proprietary rights, unauthorized parties may copy aspects of its services or technology, obtain and use information, marks, or technology that it regards as proprietary, or otherwise violate or infringe its intellectual property rights. In addition, it is possible that others could independently develop substantially equivalent intellectual property. If the Company does not effectively protect its intellectual property, or if others independently develop substantially equivalent intellectual property, its competitive position could be weakened.
Effectively policing the unauthorized use of its services and technology is time-consuming and costly, and the steps it takes may not prevent misappropriation of its technology or other proprietary assets. The Company's efforts to protect its proprietary rights may not be sufficient or effective, and unauthorized parties may copy aspects of its services, use similar marks or domain names, or obtain and use information, marks, or technology that it regards as proprietary. The Company may have to litigate to enforce its intellectual property rights, to protect trade secrets, or to determine the validity and scope of others’ proprietary rights, which are sometimes not clear or may change. Litigation can be time consuming and expensive, and the outcome can be difficult to predict.
The Company does not hold regular board meetings. Although the Company is not legally required to conduct regular board meetings, holding these regular meetings can play a critical role in effective management and risk oversight. Regular board meetings can help ensure that management’s actions are consistent with corporate strategy, reflective of the culture of the business, and in line with the organization’s risk tolerance. There is no guarantee that the Company will hold regular board meetings in the future. The Company has confirmed that they do have board resolutions supporting all major decisions.
The Company’s Board does not 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 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 record-keeping 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 keeping board meeting minutes.
The Company’s success depends on the experience and skill of the board of directors, its executive officers and key employees. The Company is dependent on a relatively small team of executives and directors. The Company does not hold Key Man insurance and there can be no guarantee that all key personnel will continue to be employed by the Company for a particular period of time. The loss of the Company's key employees or any member of the board of directors or executive officer could harm the Company’s business, financial condition, cash flow and results of operations.
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 and inventory for the rest of the 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’s business model is capital intensive. The amount of capital the Company is attempting to raise in this Offering is not enough to sustain the Company’s current business plan. In order to achieve near and long-term goals, the Company will need to procure funds in addition to the amount raised in the Offering. There is no guarantee the Company will be able to raise such funds on acceptable terms or at all. If the Company is not able to raise sufficient capital in the future, then it will not be able to execute its business plan, its continued operations will be in jeopardy and it may be forced to cease operations and sell or otherwise transfer all or substantially all of its remaining assets, which could cause a Purchaser to lose all or a portion of his or her investment.
The Company projects aggressive growth. 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’s cash position is relatively low. The Company currently has approximately $41,000 in cash balances as of June 30, 2021. This equates to about 2 months of cash runway. The Company believes that it is able to continue extracting cash from grants to extend its runway. 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 Company has participated in related party transactions. The Company has related party transactions with a related entity for consulting services and other related party transactions which include accrued expense reimbursements. As of October 31, 2020 and 2019, expense reimbursements owed to related parties were $39,264 and $21,723, respectively.
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 Company's business and operations are sensitive to general business and economic conditions. A host of factors beyond the Company's control could cause fluctuations in these conditions. Adverse conditions may include recession, downturn or otherwise, local competition or changes in consumer taste. These adverse conditions could affect the Company's financial condition and the results of its operations.
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.
Start-up investing is risky. Investing in startups is very risky, highly speculative, and should not be made by anyone who cannot afford to lose their entire investment. Unlike an investment in a mature business where there is a track record of revenue and income, the success of a startup or early-stage venture often relies on the development of a new product or service that may or may not find a market. Before investing, you should carefully consider the specific risks and disclosures related to both this offering type and the company which can be found in this company profile and the documents in the data room below.
Your shares are not easily transferable. You should not plan on being able to readily transfer and/or resell your security. Currently there is no market or liquidity for theseshares and the company does not have any plans to list these shares on an exchange or other secondary market. At some point the company 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 the company either lists their shares on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
The Company may not pay dividends for the foreseeable future. Unless otherwise specified in the offering documents and subject to state law, you are not entitled to receive any dividends on your interest in the Company. Accordingly, any potential investor who anticipates the need for current dividends or income from an investment should not purchase any of the securities offered on the Site.
Valuation and capitalization. Unlike listed companies that are valued publicly through market-driven stock prices, the valuation of private companies, especially startups, is difficult to assess and you may risk overpaying for your investment. In addition, there may be additional classes of equity with rights that are superior to the class of equity being sold.
You may only receive limited disclosure. While the company must disclose certain information, since the company is at an early-stage they may only be able to provide limited information about its business plan and operations because it does not have fully developed operations or a long history. The company may also only be obligated to file information periodically regarding its business, including financial statements. A publicly listed company, in contrast, is required to file annual and quarterly reports and promptly disclose certain events through continuing disclosure that you can use to evaluate the status of your investment.
Investment in personnel. An early-stage investment is also an investment in the entrepreneur or management of the company. Being able to execute on the business plan is often an important factor in whether the business is viable and successful. You should be aware that a portion of your investment may fund the compensation of the company's employees, including its management. You should carefully review any disclosure regarding the company's use of proceeds.
Possibility of fraud. In light of the relative ease with which early-stage companies can raise funds, it may be the case that certain opportunities turn out to be money-losing fraudulent schemes. As with other investments, there is no guarantee that investments will be immune from fraud.
Lack of professional guidance. Many successful companies partially attribute their early success to the guidance of professional early-stage investors (e.g., angel investors and venture capital firms). These investors often negotiate for seats on the company's board of directors and play an important role through their resources, contacts and experience in assisting early-stage companies in executing on their business plans. An early-stage company may not have the benefit of such professional investors.
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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Before making any investment decision, it is highly recommended that prospective investors review the Form C filed with the SEC (included in the company's profile) before making any investment decision.
Rule 506(c) under Regulation D is a type of offering with no limits on how much a company may raise. The company may generally solicit their offering, but the company must verify each investor’s status as an accredited investor prior to closing and accepting funds. To learn more about Rule 506(c) under Regulation D and other offering types check out our blog and academy.
Title III of the JOBS Act outlines Reg CF, a type of offering allowing private companies to raise up to $5 million from all Americans. Prior capital raising options limited private companies to raising money only from accredited investors, historically the wealthiest ~2% of Americans. Like a Kickstarter campaign, Reg CF allows companies to raise funds online from their early adopters and the crowd. However, instead of providing investors a reward such as a t-shirt or a card, investors receive securities, typically equity, in the startups they back. To learn more about Reg CF and other offering types check out our blog and academy.
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 Helix Power Corporation. Once Helix Power Corporation accepts your investment, and certain regulatory procedures are completed, your money will be transferred from the escrow account to Helix Power Corporation in exchange for your securities. At that point, you will be a proud owner in Helix Power Corporation.
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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, Helix Power Corporation 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 Helix Power Corporation does not plan to list these securities on a national exchange or another secondary market. At some point Helix Power Corporation 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 Helix Power Corporation either lists their securities on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
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This is Helix Power Corporation'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 Helix Power Corporation's Form C. The Form C includes important details about Helix Power Corporation's fundraise that you should review before investing.
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