March 16, 2010

FundingUniverse Customer Feedback


We have been getting some great feedback lately from Customers who have worked with us and had positive experiences.  These companies have found ways to put FundingUniverse‘s events, services, and expertise to great use in their companies.  Here are just a few of them as of late:

Robert Subby, CEO of Sunfish Studios, LLC said “If you are an entrepreneur with a solid idea and are looking to finance your business then I would strongly suggest that you get FundingUniverse behind your efforts.  We did just that and within two days of our first Webinar pitch we were contacted by a very reputable and well connected funding group.  ‘You get what you pay for’ as they say.  We got a great return on our investment with FundingUniverse. Trust is a much valued commodity were we come from and FundingUniverse earned ours.

Alan Martin, Founder and CEO of said “The SpeedPitch got us in front of more investors in 90 minutes than we had gotten in front of the entire year prior. We landed our first meeting just 30 minutes after leaving the event. Anyone who is seeking funds and has absolute confidence in their idea needs to prepare for and attend a speedpitch event.”

Rob Moore from Simplifile said “For a small company needing capital infusion, the SpeedPitch event was invaluable.  Not only were we able to establish productive contacts within the investor community, but we also refined our investor pitch.  The process of preparing for and participating in the rapid-fire presentation format challenged us to clearly articulate why Simplifile represents a compelling investment opportunity.  Very worthwhile.”

And Sam Gur from PhytoBase said “Congratulations to team FundingUniverse on the amazing concept and a very well planned out event. Few things that were clear are: it is advantageous to have the presentation shorter to allow the investor to ask specific questions right then and there. They get more info beyond the presentation & allows for personal communication contact. At the same time for the Entrepreneur to make notes of the questions asked, as it is an important feedback for the entrepreneur for the future business plan development or presentations. Very impressed with the concept and the way it was managed.”

We look forward to working with many more customers in the future and we look forward to any feedback anyone has that has worked with us.  for more information and to contact us, visit

February 9, 2010

Chef Shamy Gourmet Wins Utah SpeedPitch!

Last week FundingUniverse held one of our famous SpeedPitch Events in Utah.  We brought a lot of great up-and-coming entrepreneurs together to pitch their big ideas to some of Utah’s most active investors.  One company that seemed to catch the investors’ attention was Chef Shamy Gourmet Foods.  They won the SpeedPitch Event – and over $8,000 in services from our sponsors, NOWadvisors, Qqest, CLI, and of course FundingUniverse!


Here’s a little about the Company:

  • THE GREAT TASE OF EATING FRESH! DFS Gourmet Food Sells brands under the Chef Shamy Gourmet Label.
  • The company started in January 2008 with the goal of bringing better tasting products to market without all the preservatives, binders, fillers and chemicals.
  • The concept was to help the at-home cook create gourmet-tasting meals at home in minutes without all the time and fuss.  Another goal was to encourage consumers to make healthy meals at home by eating fresh foods rather than out of a box. Our products bring out the great flavors in fresh produce, meats, and bakery goods.
  • We have introduced a whole new way to season and cook your meats and vegetables with the introduction of “Sauté Butters” and “Veggie Butters.” These new products, with their secret recipes of herbs and spices infused into the butters, make meal preparation a snap. We have also included some old favorites like Garlic Butter and Honey Butters. The big difference from other products like them on the market is that Chef Shamy Butters are made from just real butter & honey, while other products contain water, hydrogenated oils, and preservatives. It makes a big difference in the taste and provides a healthier product for the consumer. For us it is really “all about the taste.” We take great care with each new product that comes off the line to assure quality and satisfaction-guaranteed taste.
  • The big win with consumers in 2010 is that “less is more” when you look at the ingredient panels. Our all-natural products fit that bill to a tee.

Here’s What They Had to Say About the SpeedPitch Event

“The FundingUniverse event gave us the opportunity to show investors the win/win concept for them as well as the opportunity we are creating for two new profit centers for retailers in grocery stores, which is the key to delivering to the consumers. We are most proud to be able to say we are helping to bring a healthier living standard to home cooking with great taste.

The next steps are acquiring the needed funds to handle the growth that we have been having with 300 plus stores coming on board each and every month.”

Congratulations to Chef Shamy Gourmet and we look forward to similar upcoming events in Phoenix, Baltimore, and again in Utah.  Check for details!

October 2, 2009

Vines to Vino


We recently had the opportunity of working with Monica Beeman to help her secure debt financing for her new company. The company, called Vines to Vino, is Baltimore’s only winemaking establishment where you make the wine! Using grapes from the world’s finest vineyards, you crush, press, barrel, and bottle the wine under the guidance of a master winemaker.

Monica dropped us a line and talked about the positive experience she had with FundingUniverse:

“I found FundingUniverse while searching for a way to connect with angel investors and peer-to-peer funding websites. I quickly called and spoke with Darren Lunt (he made such an impression on me that I will never forget his name!) to ask questions about which level of service I should consider, as I was still unsure of how to structure investments in my business.

I knew I had major obstacles to overcome because I had a bankruptcy 5 years earlier. Darren very bluntly instructed me to consider debt financing, which is what I wanted to pursue anyway. He suggested that I purchase the risk profile report. Having lost my job back in February and living on unemployment (with a newborn baby), I had NO money to purchase this. After begging a family member to borrow the money, I started my process with FundingUniverse and purchased the Risk Profile Report.

I was a little disappointed to read information that I already knew (I stay very current on my credit reports), but I was somehow energized to make the necessary changes to go from an 11% chance of funding to a 90% chance. Once again I was at a speed bump, as I now needed actual cash to make the changes to my personal credit and start building the business credit. I spoke with Jordan in the Finance Dept and we made arrangements for me to start pursuing a microloan to accomplish this.  We did this, understanding that with these changes, I would have a better chance of getting the funding I really need.

I have since secured a $5,000 loan through and have been able to incorporate the business, build a website and print marketing materials, and I am now working with the legal group to dispute the negative information on my credit.  Shortly, I will return to FundingUniverse and re-apply for financing for a larger amount to bring Vines To Vino to operation!”

We wish Monica the best of luck in her new venture!

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