every great idea needs one thing - cash
Not everyone has the access to capital in order to build the next great success. We offer many different investment structures including both equity based funding, and loan capital structures for ventures that are beyond the risk appetite of most consumer and investment banks.
It is vitally important to be intelligent about investments, and understand the value of experience and specialization. The LifeCandy Group is well diversified yet strategically vertical.
We have built start-ups into multi-million dollar empires, and have the direct experience, knowledge, contacts, and capital that makes us valuable in the development of projects into millions of dollars in annual revenues. We are "smart money" who help to influence your success instead of just being a cash investor.
We have made multiple seed (pre-revenue) and equity investments, and are also involved with over 577 micro projects.
We are backing some of the world's coolest and most innovative companies and brands. We believe strongly in the projects we partner with, and our dedication shows as we strive for success for each and every project.
LifeCandy and its founder have generated more than $100M in direct revenue and sales.
Sterling hospitality [FOOD + RESTAURANT]
Venice Beach has never been the same since Sterling Hospitality entered the picture. Combining an Instagram-friendly tourist destination with some of the world's best brands including Ben & Jerry's and SurfDog (Nathan's Hot Dogs), Sterling Hospitality is taking over the boardwalk.
LifeCandy CEO Jay with
Sterling Hospitality CEO Klaus Moeller
at flagship Ben & Jerry's on Venice Beach, California
Cleveland Whiskey [ALCOHOL]
Cleveland Whiskey uses transformative aging and infusion technology to create a line of revolutionary new flavors that push the boundaries of traditional whiskey. Named “Whiskey Distillery Innovator of the Year,” Cleveland Whiskey has won more than 60 medals at competitions around the world including twenty-two gold and double gold awards. Our process allows us to create unique finishes with woods that include black cherry and apple, limited runs of coffee infusions plus local craft beer and maple syrup barrel aged bourbons. Cleveland Whiskey is breaking all the rules and the purists aren't happy.
LifeCandy CEO Jay with
Cleveland Whiskey Founder Tom Lix
on Cleveland production floor with proprietary equipment
DoughP [FOOD + RESTAURANT]
Doughp takes cookie dough to the next level. They make cookie dough that is both safe and ridiculously fun to eat. They ditch the eggs and heat-treat the flour so your spoon (or face - no judgement) can dive right into this cookie dough. Doughp believes in a life lived raw. The founder's personal journey into sobriety, has lead into a mission to make mental health & addiction a little less scary to talk about. Doughp is a dessert brand that encourages real connection & interaction. They also recognize and donate to non-profits working to support mental health / substance abuse issues.
LifeCandy CEO Jay with
DoughP Founder Kelsey Moreira
at San Francisco Pier 39 "DoughP" Pier 39 after "Shark Tank" appearance
Named a "Forbes 30 Under 30" in 2019.
Mevo [live streaming tech]
Why does live streaming need to be so difficult? Mevo has built the easiest all-in-one livestreaming camera available. A premium streaming experience – it’s like having a TV studio in your pocket. Quick, easy set-up gets you streaming instantly to your favorite live platforms.
Womp [3D Printing]
Watching your ideas come to life using WOMP's advanced technology platform to create, build, and print in a variety of different materials. In 2019, WOMP was accepted into the Techstars Startup Accelerator and the following year accepted into NewLab space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Ample combines the latest nutrition science with wholesome, real-food ingredients for a great-tasting complete meal replacement that makes it easy and fast to achieve optimal nutrition at your desk or on the go.
Genius Juice [HEALTH+Food]
Genius Juice started as not only a mission to bring the healthiest and tastiest product to market, but also to be a zero-waste company. Their goal was to utilize the entire coconut inside and out. Once the coconut water and coconut meat is extracted and blended into a delicious coconut smoothie, the coconut husk is then up-cycled and used for generating alternative energy, as well as converted into coconut charcoal for detoxification products. The Genius Juice mission is truly zero waste and utilization of the entire coconut.
Wellness Revolution [HEALTH + FITNESS]
More than just a private gym. The Wellness Revolution studio experience encompasses group classes as well as one-on-one personal training. Wellness Revolution has additional professionals on-site for many disciplines including yoga and massage therapy as well.
The new revolutionary leader in advertising unblock technology. This company builds and maintains software for website Publishers in order to regain their lost advertising revenues due to the growth of adblock technology.
Avua Cachaca + Drifter Spirits [ALCOHOL]
Avuá Cachaça is single-sourced and pot distilled at a 3 generation farm about 4 hours from Rio, and comes in both 84 proof unaged Prata and the unique South American indigenous Amburana wood aged expression. Our mission is to challenge the perception of the cachaça category as a one-trick caipirinha pony through a terroir-driven artisanal product that expresses the 500 years of traditional production in Brazil.
“Avua is a stunningly beautiful product, but what’s inside the bottle is even better. I’ve had the chance to taste about 5 different flavours now and they’re great. However, what really matters most for an investment is ability to execute to bring that great product to the world. Pete and Nate have something much more than just premium niche spirits. Their past experience and knowledge has provided a strategy and grand plan for Avua and Drifter that is brilliant and impressive. I’ve been tough on Pete and Nate, but they always have the answers and a plan. Through our investment and support I’m proud to be in business with them and strongly believe in Avua long-term.” - Jay, LifeCandy Founder & CEO
Minus10 ice cream [FOOD + RESTAURANT]
Minus10 Ice Cream (formerly 10Below Ice Cream) is New York’s first establishment serving Thai-inspired ice cream rolls. This concept was created on the streets of Thailand, serving fresh, made-to-order ice cream. Inspired by this ice cream art and by the way bartenders artfully craft cocktails made to order, we blend the two approaches to create an experience for ice cream aficionados with an eclectic palette. We roll each individual ice cream order with the freshest ingredients right in front of your eyes, meaning no preservatives or stabilizers are added. It’s ice cream in its rawest form -- fresh off the plate.
DUN RITE GAMES [video games]
As avid gamers, DunRite grew frustrated by the stagnancy of some of our favorite strategy games. So they assembled a team of 18 to build new and innovative modes never before seen in a mobile strategy game – and investors have already committed $435K to make their dream a reality. They are the first company to layer monetization strategies (customization, upgrades, and a player-to-player marketplace powered by cryptocurrency) to maximize revenues.
Hopsters [FOOD + RESTAURANT]
Hopsters is a brewery, restaurant, and unique adventure experience where you can brew your own craft beer. Whether with friends, co-workers or going solo, Hopsters delivers a unique adventure and experience, unlike any other brewpub. Our Award Winning Brewers will help you choose your ingredients to handcraft your beer.
Attic Brewing [ALCOHOL]
Attic Brewing Company originated in 2010 when they started homebrewing in an attic apartment in Philly's historic Germantown neighborhood. They became fascinated with the art of homebrewing, concocting new recipes with traditional and strange ingredients while adapting to the challenges of brewing in a third floor attic apartment (The downstairs neighbor discovered beer dripping from her ceiling one day).
Crooked City Cider [ALCOHOL+Food+Restaurant]
Crooked City Cider has over 25 taps of cider from all over the world and strive to offer the best variety of ciders. Take your friends who "hate cider" and they'll change their minds- and if that does not happen there are 10 taps of beer and wine!
Laines Bake Shop [FOOD + RESTAURANT]
A family operated artisan baking company with a social mission, founded in 2013 in Chicago. They ship our creations nationwide and also cater treats for local celebrations, nonprofits, and businesses like Google and McDonald’s. Products can be found at several Chicago locations including our retail store, all Illinois Whole Foods Markets, and Lakeview Kitchen & Market.
Tesseract designs and builds spacecraft propulsion hardware. They supply off the shelf thrusters, which may be purchased individually, integrated into multi-thruster modules, or incorporated into a complete turn-key propulsion system as required.
MedFord Brewing [ALCOHOL]
Medford Brewing is making craft beer with a universal appeal. They blend gourmet grains and hops to create delicious beers that are florally delightful and very tasty.
Stewbum & Stonewall Brewing [ALCOHOL]
Stewbum & Stonewall began in Honolulu, Hawaii as a true nano-brewery and one-man OPERATION, brewing on a 2bbl system 3-4 days a week. They were able to pump out about 12 kegs of beer each week, but quickly outgrew the warehouse and started seeking a new space to utilize a 10 BBL brewhouse and 20bbl fermenters.
World Tree [CLIMATE CHANGE]
World Tree is a sustainable timber investment based on the Empress Splendor tree, the fastest growing tree in the world. Empress trees provide valuable hardwood lumber within just 10 years. They also absorb 11 times more carbon than any other tree. Participants in the program both offset their carbon footprint and share in the profits, if any, of the sale of the lumber.