- Over 6,400 Mellow V1 units have been activated, with the average household using it to cook 1.7+ times per week
- Mellow completed a successful Kickstarter campaign in December 2019 to launch its 2nd generation product, Mellow Duo, raising over $200,000
- Mellow’s IP portfolio includes US and international patents for the Sous Vide cooking device, including its differentiating cooling system
- Mellow is advised by a seasoned food tech pioneer who grew his meal delivery business to over $24,000,000 in annual revenue with a successful exit
- Total Amount Raised: US $516,200
- Total Round Size: US $1,070,000
- Seed :
- Minimum Investment: US $1,000 per investor
- : Crowd Note
- US $3,000,000 :
- Side by Side Offering
We all have busy lives and when it's time to eat we are often too exhausted to face the kitchen to prepare a meal.
Mellow helps you craft chef-worthy meals by cooking ingredients to perfection, ready exactly when you want them.
Mellow cooks using a technique called sous vide. This technique is commonly used in high-end restaurants and known for its incredible and consistent results, as well as being one of the healthiest ways to cook. Sous vide assures you that whatever you are cooking is going to be done to perfection, your ingredients will be cooked to your chosen doneness without undercooking or overcooking it.
How is that done? It's as easy as dropping a bag with your ingredients in Mellow, grabbing your phone and saying what you want to cook, how you want it cooked, and when you want it ready.
Mellow not only allows the users to cook their ingredients but also to set them to cook ahead of time with its cooling capabilities.
At the end of 2017 Mellow launched its first-generation product called Mellow and now, with thousands of units in the market, and after all the feedback and support of our community, we are ready to grow and take our product to the next level with Mellow Duo, because what can be better than having a perfectly cooked steak when you get home? It's having a perfectly cooked side dish to go with it!
Mellow Duo will be a modular machine. It will come with two water reservoir configurations.
Two small tanks that will allow you to cook your main ingredient and side dish simultaneously.
And a large one with a bigger capacity so you can cook up to fourteen portions, allowing you to cook for a crowd or simply cook bigger cuts of meat.
Our goal is to also grow as a meal delivery company allowing our users to buy packed and seasoned ingredients ready to be dropped inside of Mellow.
A Side by Side offering refers to a deal that is raising capital under two offering types. If you plan on investing less than US $20,000.00, you will automatically invest under the Regulation CF offering type. If you invest more than US $20,000.00, you must be an accredited investor and invest under the Regulation D offering type.
US $16,200 (under Reg CF only)
Investors who invest $50,000 or less 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.
- All Investors will receive quarterly update newsletters.
- Investors investing $10,000 or more will benefit from early investor calls and a first-generation Mellow.
- Investors investing $20,000 or more will have an individual yearly investor call with the CEO and a first-generation Mellow.
-Investors investing $50,000 or more will have an individual yearly investor call with the CEO, a first-generation Mellow, and a Mellow Duo.
It is advised that you consult a tax professional to fully understand any potential tax implications of receiving investor perks before making an investment.
The Kitchen Appliance market was worth US$240.5 billion in 2018, and it’s anticipated to reach US$340.9 billion by 2026.
The changing lifestyles and hectic schedules led to the growing demand for technologically advanced and modern appliances that can simplify cooking and storing food more efficiently and conveniently.
Kitchen devices that can be connected through wireless or Bluetooth are gaining immense traction in the market. The demand for new appliances that allow easy and healthy cooking is propelled by young consumers more conscious about their eating habits, which catalyzed the demand for oil-free and heat-sensitive nutrients.
Mellow was a company born in the early days of the technological kitchen trend, and our products are carefully designed, having under consideration the market trend and needs.
We genuinely believe that our products are a perfect fit for the current consumer needs.
In 2017 27% of the US population had resorted to meal kits, and it’s predicted to reach US$ 4 billion by 2025 benign the largest expected growth within the industry segment.
The meals kits provide a solution for hassle-free cooking of fresh ingredients delivered to your door. The Mellow meal kits will offer the Mellow costumers an ease experience in regards to meals. The ingredients will be delivered to their doorstep, and they will just need to store them on the fridge or freezer and then drop them off on Mellow to get a chef-worthy meal.
The reviewing CPA has included a “going concern” note in the reviewed financials. Specifically, the financial statements note: “To date, the Company has not generated revenues from principal operations sufficient to cover operational costs. Losses will continue until such time that profitable operations can be achieved and the Company is reliant on financing to support operations. These factors, among others, raise substantial doubt about the ability of the Company to continue as a going concern within one year after the date that the financial statements are issued. During the next 12 months, the Company intends to fund its operations through the sale of equity and/or debt securities to angel investors and/or through Regulation Crowdfunding as well as the sale of existing inventory. If the Company cannot raise additional short-term capital, it may consume all of its cash reserved for operations. There are no assurances that management will be able to raise capital on terms acceptable to the Company. If the Company is unable to obtain sufficient amounts of additional capital, it may be required to reduce the scope of planned operations, which could harm the business, financial condition and operating results. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from these uncertainties.
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 sous vide and kitchen appliance 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 the 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. 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.
Product safety and quality concerns, including concerns product recalls could negatively affect the Company’s business. The Company’s success depends in large part on its ability to maintain consumer confidence in the safety and quality of all its products. The Company has rigorous product safety and quality standards. However, if products taken to market are, or become, contaminated or adulterated, the Company may be required to conduct costly product recalls and may become subject to product liability claims and negative publicity, which would cause its business to suffer. In addition, regulatory actions, activities by nongovernmental organizations and public debate, and concerns about perceived negative safety and quality consequences of certain ingredients in its products may erode consumers’ confidence in the safety and quality issues, whether or not justified, and could result in additional governmental regulations concerning the marketing and labeling of the Company’s products, negative publicity, or actual or threatened legal actions, all of which could damage the reputation of the Company’s products and may reduce demand for the Company’s products.
A product recall or an adverse result in litigation could have an adverse effect on the Company's business, depending 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.
Not all of the founders or key employees are currently working full time for the Company. As a result, certain of the Company's employees, officers, directors or consultants may not devote all of their time to the business, and may from time to time serve as employees, officers, directors, and consultants of other companies. These other companies may have interests in conflict with the Company.
The Company does not have an employment contract in place with key employees. Employment agreements typically provide protections to the Company in the event of the employee’s departure, specifically addressing who is entitled to any intellectual property created or developed by those employees in the course of their employment and covering topics such as non-competition and non-solicitation. As a result, if employees were to leave the Company, the Company might not have any ability to prevent their direct competition, or have any legal right to intellectual property created during their employment. There is no guarantee that an employment agreement will be entered into.
The Company has conducted related party transactions. In June 2019, the Company entered into a loan with a related party for $87,500. The loan is due in 18 months and bears no interest. In addition, the Company was to issue 3150 shares of common stock. The Company valued the common stock at $83.33 per share. The price was determined by using the price our founder used to sell a portion of their shares to a third party for. The Company then allocated the relative fair value of the debt and equity component and recorded a discount to the note payable of $65,625. The discount is being amortized over the life of the note. During the year ended December 31, 2019, the company amortized $21,875 of the discount. The balance of the loan as of December 31, 2019 is $43,750. The remaining amortization will be recognized in 2020 through the date of loan maturity. In June 2019, the Company loaned a related party $100,000. The note bore interest at 8% per annum. Interest only payments were to commence August 1, 2019 and continue until July 1, 2020, when the note matured and all principal and unpaid interest was due. As described in Note 1, in October 2019, the loan was extinguished through the receipt of asset of Old Mellow held by the related party. Interest during time the loan was outstanding was negligible.
The Company is overdue on its 2018 tax filing, which could subject it to penalties, fines, or interest changes, and which could indicate a failure to maintain adequate financial controls and safeguards. In particular, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) could impose the Company with costly penalties and interest charges if the Company has filed its tax return late, or has not furnished certain information by the due date. In addition, even if the Company has filed an extension, if it underestimated its taxes, the IRS could penalize it. Potential tax consequences could adversely affect the Company’s results of operations or financial condition.
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 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 keeping board meeting minutes.
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 these shares 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 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.
Representatives of SI Securities, LLC are affiliated with SI Advisors, LLC ("SI Advisors") Representatives of SI Securities, LLC are affiliated with SI Advisors, LLC ("SI Advisors"). SI Advisors is an exempt investment advisor that acts as the General Partner of SI Selections Fund I, L.P. ("SI Selections Fund"). SI Selections Fund is an early stage venture capital fund owned by third-party investors. From time to time, SI Selections Fund may invest in offerings made available on the SeedInvest platform, including this offering. Investments made by SI Selections Fund may be counted towards the total funds raised necessary to reach the minimum funding target as disclosed in the applicable offering materials.
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.
The Form C is a document the company must file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) which includes basic information about the company and its offering and is a condition to making a Reg CF offering available to investors. It is important to note that the SEC does not review the Form C, and therefore is not recommending and/or approving any of the securities being offered.
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 $1 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 Mellow. Once Mellow accepts your investment, and certain regulatory procedures are completed, your money will be transferred from the escrow account to Mellow in exchange for your securities. At that point, you will be a proud owner in Mellow.
To make an investment, you will need the following information readily available:
- Personal information such as your current address and phone number
- Employment and employer information
- Net worth and income information
- Social Security Number or passport
- ABA bank routing number and checking account number (typically found on a personal check or bank statement)
If you are investing under Rule 506(c) of Regulation D, your status as an Accredited Investor will also need to be verified and you will be asked to provide documentation supporting your income, net worth, revenue, or net assets or a letter from a qualified advisor such as a Registered Investment Advisor, Registered Broker Dealer, Lawyer, or CPA.
An investor is limited in the amount that he or she may invest in a Reg CF offering during any 12-month period:
- If either the annual income or the net worth of the investor is less than $100,000, the investor is limited to the greater of $2,000 or 5% of the lesser of his or her annual income or net worth.
- If the annual income and net worth of the investor are both greater than $100,000, the investor is limited to 10% of the lesser of his or her annual income or net worth, to a maximum of $100,000.
Separately, Mellow has set a minimum investment amount of US $1,000.
Accredited investors investing $20,000 or over do not have 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.
In certain circumstances a company may terminate its ongoing reporting requirement if:
- The company becomes a fully-reporting registrant with the SEC
- The company has filed at least one annual report, but has no more than 300 shareholders of record
- The company has filed at least three annual reports, and has no more than $10 million in assets
- The company or another party purchases or repurchases all the securities sold in reliance on Section 4(a)(6)
- The company ceases to do business
However, regardless of whether a company has terminated its ongoing reporting requirement per SEC rules, SeedInvest works with all companies on its platform to ensure that investors are provided quarterly updates. These quarterly reports will include information such as: (i) quarterly net sales, (ii) quarterly change in cash and cash on hand, (iii) material updates on the business, (iv) fundraising updates (any plans for next round, current round status, etc.), and (v) any notable press and news.
Currently there is no market or liquidity for these securities. Right now Mellow does not plan to list these securities on a national exchange or another secondary market. At some point Mellow 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 Mellow either lists their securities on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
You can return to SeedInvest at any time to view your portfolio of investments and obtain a summary statement. If invested under Regulation CF you may also receive periodic updates from the company about their business, in addition to monthly account statements.
This is Mellow'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 Mellow's Form C. The Form C includes important details about Mellow's fundraise that you should review before investing.
For offerings made under Regulation CF, you may cancel your investment at any time up to 48 hours before a closing occurs or an earlier date set by the company. You will be sent a reminder notification approximately five days before the closing or set date giving you an opportunity to cancel your investment if you had not already done so. Once a closing occurs, and if you have not canceled your investment, you will receive an email notifying you that your securities have been issued. If you have already funded your investment, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, you may go to your account's portfolio page by clicking your profile icon in the top right corner.
If you invest under any other offering type, you may cancel your investment at any time, for any reason until a closing occurs. You will receive an email when the closing occurs and your securities have been issued. If you have already funded your investment and your funds are in escrow, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, please go to your account's portfolio page by clicking your profile icon in the top right corner.