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ASTRALABS 🚀

Access ownership in 1000's of startups with one investment.

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Highlights

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🔥 CEO is a 4X startup founder with 3 exits who built Top 100 App with 500,000+ downloads.
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💰 $6M invested from execs from Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, YGC, JV, Sputnik, YC & Polymath.
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💯 Ranked Top 25 Accelerators, Top 500 VC's by Crunchbase, Top 50 Startups by G-Startups.
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💼 Access to $400M+ in startup deal flow with multiple startups exiting in 2020 and 2021.
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📈 Revenue growth of >300%+ from 2019 to 2020 & 2021* across our product lines.
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🚀 Multiple successful exits for accelerator alumni companies in 2020 with more expected in 2021.
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🌎 Expanded to 6 continents with 2,000+ VC, angels, groups, and corporate innovation partnerships.
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🙋🏽‍♀️ High social impact: our accelerator graduated 150+ female and minority founders in 2020.

Our Team

As serial entrepreneurs, we know how difficult it is to build a startup outside the Valley, so we made it our goal to increase access to capital and mentorship to founders of all backgrounds. It's not mission accomplished yet but we're in over 35+ countries and bridging the gap like never seen before, and at ASTRALABS we take it one step further.

Own Your Piece Of A Diverse Startup Portfolio Built By Experienced Investors & Founders

For the past two years we've established a new standard in the startup ecosystem by making funding, growth, and innovation accessible for every entrepreneur in the new remote economy - regardless of their stage, background, and location in the world.

In such a short time, we've built a coalition of hundreds of top startup founders, industry experts, venture capital , and angel investors around the globe dead-set on rebuilding the global economy post-COVID-19 together - because if we don't do it- who will?

We've laid the foundation and we now want to invite you to be a part of our team. This is a big invitation to a big vision, so lets dive in and explain what we're building.

At ASTRALABS, we launch, acquire, and scale startups that bring value to the startup and investor ecosystem- a streamlined and vertically integrated portfolio focused on owning and acquiring multiple startups focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.

To be specific, ASTRALABS is the parent company. We own our subsidiaries either fully, or as part of our investments, and we are inviting you to invest in the parent company - the UMBRELLA CORPORATION to be exact - or our Berkshire Hathaway but for startups.

How Does it Work? 

The ASTRALABS process starts with our startup accelerator Newchip, a unique one of its kind program across 50+ countries that we founded on the premise of access for all. 

See, there are many reasons startups fail, but the majority of these reasons can be summed up in: "lack of access to resources" - whether that is capital, mentors, or networks.

Prior to COVID-19, the top accelerators in the world were only graduating roughly 1,000~ startups per year; compared to the 1,000,000+ startups that actually launch yearly (1% of).

Studies have shown that startups that graduate from accelerator programs have significantly more success, so we were determined as a single company at Newchip to double the innovation factor of the entire globe by a 2X factor.

How Were we Going to do This? 

By graduating 1,000 startups ourselves to add to the 1,000 that the top programs all together graduated. 

And well we did it in 2020 and that was the start of ASTRALABS

We decided we would create a parent company focused on finding the best startups in our portfolio, that bring value to the entire ecosystem, and that we'd acquire them; or invest in them to build a portfolio of vertical synergies to rival the behemoths in the Valley.

Given our immense access to startups, we have an opportunity to understand what the market needs and cater to that, but also to find those solutions amongst our portfolio base to integrate them into our ecosystem as subsidiaries.

This provides that startup with access to an immediate and massive potential customer-base (in our entire portfolio) to include accelerator companies, alumni, our mentor network, our investor network, our affiliates, and all others that are part of our ecosystem depending on what each individual startup has to offer.

Now we don't always keep businesses, for example if we determine that we'd be more efficient in generating value by selling off a line of business and allocating the capital elsewhere, we do that, or we can simply stabilize it and collect the profits to distribute.

Join Professional Investors in a New Way of Doing Things

Your typical startup incubators invests capital and expertise in idea-stage businesses in exchange for a small amount of equity, while accelerators operate in a similar way for post-product launch, post-revenue, and post-MVP companies. 

Not ASTRALABS. While ASTRALABS  operates Newchip as a warrant and fee-based accelerator, we also aim to be an industry-leading venture studio as well.

Meaning we build wholly-owned startups from the ground up and may even acquire our best accelerator startups.

Having decades of entrepreneurial experience, we understand what founders need and the roadblocks they face. 

Because of this we don’t fund startups as investors, we found or acquire startups.

We have a step-by-step process to recruit top-talent and engineer startups to succeed with the right balance of resources.

We are not direct investors, we're portfolio partners via an ecosystem of products, services, and mentors from launch to exit/IPO/acquisition (potentially even by us).

Our eggs are never in one basket because our vertical focus is the startup ecosystem itself - thus so long as businesses exist, there will be a demand.

It’s a big vision, we know - but we also know what we’re doing.

This is the time to do it. And we can do it together. Join us on our mission!

A New Take on the Traditional Model

Even though we may not operate like other accelerators with direct investment as our primary focus, does not mean that we are not participating in some way, though true to form we bring our own innovative approach instead of following tradition.

Via our wholly-owned fund management company Journey Venture Partners we can create external funds where the carry that other VC funds earn goes ASTRALABS. But instead of a vanilla VC fund, we are planning on creating ready­ to-invest portfolios of multiple diversified early stage startups that investors get exposure to via a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). Unfortunately, these SPVs will only be open to accredited investors so direct investment in these will be limited, however ASTRALABS being loyal to all its investor, accredited or not, will capture value for shareholders via the carry, which is normally 20% of all profits though this can change.

Journey Venture Partners will package a ready-to-invest slate of companies into an SPV that it manages. All the companies are Newchip Accelerator companies, and that gives a level of access to information that is not common in the venture space. Our Newchip Accelerator team works with these companies over six months and many hours as the founders of these companies go through a very specific curriculum and series of actions. While we work with companies that traditionally fall into the angel-space, since they generate superior returns over time, our structured approach means we take a VC level of time and thoroughness to our due diligence process.

Capital Efficiency

Imagine the following scenario: (1) a company that is worth $1M, (2) that company becomes worth $3M after 2 years, (3) the next $1M growth will take another 2 years, (4) you have the opportunity to buy 3 more companies at $1M a piece by selling the $3M company and each new company will each grow $1M in 1 year. The most efficient approach here is to sell your existing company and buy the three smaller ones with higher growth potential. Obviously, this is very simple and we are ignoring fees, time to do all of this, and the risk of no growth, but there are scenarios where once you factor all that in it makes sense to cash out and reinvest in something else. A nice name for this concept is “bang for your buck.”

ASTRALABS will seek to grow the wholly-owned startups under its umbrella, but if it makes sense to sell that subsidiary after the rapid growth phase and look at other opportunities it will in order to maximize the value of its capital.

"To all current and new prospective investors (or shareowners as we like to say),

First, I want to give a shout-out to all of our current VC’s and accredited investors that have put in the blood and sweat along with us to build ASTRALABS.

And second I want to thank you for allowing us to open a limited offering on Wefunder and enabling everyday people to join in on this journey with you!

This week we open investing in ASTRALABS to the world.

We are building a platform where tens of thousands of entrepreneurs around the world will be able to come, discover their passion, and build the companies of their dreams.

With the challenges humanity faced in 2020, we find ourselves now in a remarkable new world, rife with risks but also opportunities.

It truly is Day One for a remote startup economy post-COVID 19.

Given the devastation of this last year, we have a newfound passion and drive to not just focus on America but on the entire global recovery and the impact of a borderless internet.

In 2021, we will have to make many conscious and deliberate choices as consumers, entrepreneurs, investors, and operators, some of which will be bold and unconventional.

We’ve seen a lot of innovation in the past ten years, where we’ve opened our minds to things we never would have before, like letting strangers stay in our homes with us (Airbnb) or driving us to work (Uber).

In the post-Covid world, there will be room for even greater innovations.

Hopefully, some will turn out to be winners. Certainly, some will turn out to be mistakes- and in those, we aspire to only have successful failures that we learn from.

Overall, data-driven diversification is our strategy - and we commit to always test to see what the market wants because the market drives innovation.

We invent on behalf of our customers, even when they don't yet know what they want or need and we commit ourselves to a single infrastructure focus for the startup economy.

At ASTRALABS, we want to invite you to join us on this journey, we want you to win when we win, and we want you to learn as we do when we inevitably also have successful failures.

We've seen amazing growth in 2020, but you don't reach the moon in a day- in fact, it took Americans 10 years to put a man there.

We're building a company that we hope all of us can tell our grandchildren about and that you all can say "I was one of the first to be a part of it".

This is a business of risk, however, in this raise, we hope to address those risks and hope to be a public company focused on growth, transparency, and long-term opportunities.

We predict the next few years are going to be exciting and we hope that you make the choice to join us (or for current shareowners, double down) on this journey to the stars."

- Andrew Ryan (Rafols)
Founder & CEO of Newchip

  • 💰 Access to $400M+ in startup deal flow with multiple startups exiting in 2020 and 2021.
  • 📈 Revenue growth of >300%+ from 2019 to 2020 & 2021* across our product lines. 
  • 🚀 Multiple positive exits for alumni companies in 2020 via our accelerator, and we expect to announce more in 2021 as we continue to grow.
  • 💵 $6M+ in funding raised from investors; including execs from Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Yeoman Capital, JadeValue Fund, Sputnik, Youbi Capital & Polymath Capital.
  • 🤝 Expanded to 6 continents in 2020 (we're everywhere but Antarctica ☃️) and developed 2,000+ VC, angels, angel groups, and corporate innovation partnerships.
  • 🌎 High social impact: our accelerator graduated 150+ female and minority founders in 2020 (we're graduating them in record numbers globally!)

Two of the most common questions we hear are “What is a venture studio?” and "What is its place in the startup investor ecosystem?".

First, a venture studio is a venture that aims to create multiple companies in rapid succession. This model is sometimes referred to as a startup factory or “parallel entrepreneurship” in some MBA textbooks. 

Our goal is to maximize the synergy between these different companies by keeping them closely aligned so that we are maximizing overall value.

To be classified as a venture studio, there are three generally accepted industry criteria that the studio must meet:

  • The resources of the venture studio are focused on creating startups from the ground up, meaning that there is a lot of time, effort, and dedication focused on working on a given project for a segmented period of time with a specific allocation of resources. 
  • The venture studio builds several different startup companies in rapid succession so that they are often working on multiple prototypes at the same time, sometimes even competing with each other internally to see who succeeds.
  • The venture studio has an infrastructure in place that lends itself to an efficient company-building machine. The venture studio often pools its manpower, technical tools, and skills to build several projects in a year, reusing infrastructure in an efficient manner.

Source: Thibaud Elziere, Startup Studios: The Rise of Human Capital

People often confuse Venture Studios with Incubators and Accelerators:

1. An Incubator typically receives a small amount of equity in idea stage business in exchange for capital and expertise vs. just starting it from scratch.

2. An Accelerator typically operates similar to an incubator but for post-launch or post-MVP companies - think "accelerate growth" vs "build from scratch".

While ASTRALABS operates an Accelerator, at the core, we are a Venture Studio with multiple startups under the same holding company structure. 

However, we also differ in that we see ourselves as an ecosystem as opposed to a single entity - we're multiple companies vertically integrated with the same mission.

    Below are two of our startups from our venture studio, of which we have whole (100%) ownership, one of our investments, some examples of startups in our overall portfolio, and exits we saw in 2020:

    2020 Accomplishments
    - $200,000,000+ Portfolio in Equity Warrants with built-in discounts to face value ranging from 10% to 30%+
    - Generated $2,800,000+ in Revenue in 2020 (300%+ YoY growth)
    - 1,000+ New Startups Added to the Portfolio 
    - Expanded to 200+ Cities, 35+ Countries, & 6 Continents
    - June Revenue: $693,000 (Goal of $1M Month Q4)

    ASTRALABS Ownership: 100%
    Equidam Valuation Estimate: $124,000,000
    Recent Closed Round Valuation: $71M (Post-Money)
    Most Recent Round Date: 04/2021 (Close Date)

    Startup Portfolio Examples - Raised Funding in 2020 (100+ Not Listed)
    - JinglePay, founded by Amir Fardghassemi, raised $12,000,000+
    - Opkey, founded by Pankaj Goel, raised, $10,000,000+
    - Sensorcomm, founded by Dr. Kamil Agi, raised $18,500,000+
    - ACE Recycling, founded by Nishchay Chadha, raised $1,000,000+
    - Joule Case, founded by James Wagoner, raised $2,000,000+
    - Ciari Guitars, founded by Jonathan Spangler, raised $1,500,000+
    - Garageskins, founded by Rick Medlen, raised $1,200,000+
    - 6 Degrees, founded by Miri Berger, raised $1,000,000+
    - Aktek, founded by Elliot Verreault, raised $500,000+
    - AgShift, founded by Miku Jha, raised over $1,000,000+
    - Santa Cruz Berries, founded by Andrea Freydell, raised $500,000+
    - Simplenight, founded by Mark Halbertstein, raised over $1,500,000+
    - Aiden, founded by Josh Aaron, raised over $450,000+
    - Adelante Shoes, founded by Peter Saccro, raised over $800,000+
    - Safedeploy, founded by Volker Dahm, raised over $1,500,000+

    Startup Portfolio Examples - Acquisitions & Exits in 2020 (More in Due Diligence)
    - Wemlo, founded by Steven Galley, acquired by Re/Max Holdings
    - Organic Candy Factory, founded by Piper Cochrane, acquired by Vertical Wellness
    - Absorbits, founded by Elliot Harris, took on a majority private equity stake
    - VZ Games, founded by Kristaps Vaivods, closing an acquisition
    + Numerous Others Currently in Due Diligence


    - ASTRALABS Ownership: 100%
    - Venture Fund Management Company
    - Planning on launching first ready-to-invest portfolio featuring Newchip Accelerator Alumni by Q4 2021
    - Has access to massive deal flow and incredible access to founders and startups via the Newchip Accelerator

      2020 Accomplishments
      - $48,000 in Sales in First 90 Days Post-Launch
      - Over 265+ Active & 500+ Lifetime Clients
      - Exited Beta for Launch in Q4 of 2020
      - June Revenue: $100,000+/MRR ($1M YR RR)

      ASTRALABS Ownership Percent: 100%
      Equidam Valuation Estimate: $8,500,000
      Recent Closed Round Valuation: NA / Venture Studio
      Most Recent Round Date: NA/Venture Studio


      2020 Accomplishments
      -Hit $1,000,000 Annual Recurring Revenue
      -20X'd Revenue Growth from Prior Year
      -Partnered with Auburn & Univ of Michigan
      -Raised $1,000,000 for Seed Round

      ASTRALABS Ownership Percent: <4%
      -Warrant Option to purchase additional 5% at discount (prior valuation)
      Recent Closed Round Valuation: $45,000,000
      Most Recent Round Date: 03/2021

      Once you become an investor, you'll get a monthly update with our results, information on the smaller goals that lead into larger yearly goals, and our stretch goals and initiatives that we really believe are going to rock the world through 2023.

      *This page, the Form C and any documents incorporated by reference herein or therein contain forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of performance or results, and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Each prospective Investor is urged to read the Form C and the Exhibits thereto in their entirety.” 
      * We have not listed all of our projects or the potential acquisitions that we're pursuing due to confidentiality as well as stealth development/pre-market launch of new startups.

      ASTRALABS is the new brand and parent company of the Newchip Accelerator. 

      Newchip is the #1 remote accelerator (measured by companies joining in a year) grew to international acclaim and became a world-recognized brand during COVID-19. ASTRALABS also is the parent company of both Sofos.ai and Journey Venture Partners.

      This is a public opportunity for our network of investors to join.

      We intend to use the funds to continue technology development, marketing, advertising, and revenue-generating activities allowing us to grow current and future revenue streams.

      We plan to spend the remainder of funds on expanding our portfolio of wholly-owned startups with a focus on building and or acquiring startups that we can take to profitability and grow, utilizing our unique resources within 6-12 months.

        ASTRALABS provides a different investment opportunity from every other company raising via Equity Crowdfunding. With ASTRALABS, instead of putting all of your eggs into one basket, you get exposure to the hundreds of startups in which we take positions.

        **The chart above shows the growth of the warrant portfolio based on the exercise value, the blue, and the built-in gain we have on each of those warrants based on our discount, the red. This is a theoretical access to investment number, not a fair market valuation of the warrants. Up until June 2021 we base it on the companies that actually joined the Accelerator, after June 2021 we assume flat growth in the number of companies joining per year. We based all months after June 2021 on June 2021's company count of 105. This chart is not supposed to indicate any sort of return or profitability, but is designed to illustrate the sheer volume and magnitude of investments we have access too. The chart assumes no growth in the value of the companies underlying the warrants, nor any liquidations or transfers. Note that we expect the majority of the warrants to expire worthless without any exercise. The fair market value of these warrant securities are near zero at inception.


          When you invest in ASTRALABS, you are investing in a company that owns multiple diversified, cash-generating business units and investments, each with asset protection and significant opportunity of de-risked upside built into our overall business model.

          The core of which comes from fee for service and software packages in addition to taking options to purchase stock (warrants or options for equity - we call these equity warrants) in the startups we work with to help them fundraise and grow in our portfolio.

          This has resulted in a diversified warrant portfolio of over $200M+ if all warrants were exercised, across 20+ verticals, 200+ cities, and 35+ countries; of which ASTRALABS investors benefit from, on day one.

          One of the greatest values of our model is our ability to cross-sell across our portfolio companies which results in decreased marketing costs, increased customer life-time-value, and continuity of relationship and service for the over 1,000+ startups we have worked with.

          However, we believe the most important reason for investing in us is because you believe in our mission and vision to breakdown barriers to entrepreneurship and investing in VC.

          We believe that entrepreneurs have the potential to improve the quality of life for billions of people globally post-COVID-19 and we're going to lead the charge.

          Want to learn more? Learn why 1,500+ investors believe in us below!

            Why not crowdfunding? We were there when the JOBS Acts was signed into law and we've been a part of the mission that has been equity crowdfunding since 2016. 

            We have VCs and professional angel investors around the world backing us to solidify and bring confidence to public investors but the why is separate.

            We originally started Newchip as a platform for everyday investors to discover startups they could invest in via Reg CF, and from Day One we have focused on building something meant to be owned by the people that we bring the most value to; investors and entrepreneurs.

            So yes, we want you to be a part of the journey with us and bring forward a different future in technology and startups!

            Amazon truly is the great startup of our generation and potentially the next generation as well. That is why we've built ASTRALABS around Anderson's 14 Growth Principles of Jeff Bezos. We believe that by setting a foundation similar to what built a trillion-dollar company, we can build not just a global infrastructure, but a global culture as well. 

            Read more about our vision and principles in our updates below:


            ASTRALABS makes money through its operating subsidiaries that earn revenue for their various products and services.

            One of the important questions when it comes to our Venture Studio model is how we make returns aside from revenue. The answer is "equity" and in our case, "equity warrants".

            Equity is incredibly valuable to startup companies, particularly given the potential for massive returns with the success of even one product prototype.

            Take for example a single warrant or option to invest up to $250k into a startup valued at $5M dollars.

            That option, if exercised, is worth 5% of that startup. Now if you exercise it immediately, there is no immediate benefit and you take the same risk as other investors.

            However, if you wait until the startup is worth $25M to exercise, your 5% warrant for $250k is now worth 5x more ($25M divided by $5M = multiple of value warrant is worth)

            That warrant is now worth exercising as you're making an immediate portfolio return, but there are many other ways to generate immediate value from the success of our client startups such as selling the warrant off to an interested investor.

            We've taken this to scale with hundreds of startups in our portfolio and overtime these portfolio companies may increase in value and eventually exit, providing returns. 

            The equity warrants allow us the time we need to see who ends up winning, and at that time we can decide how to proceed with the equity warrant.

            When you invest in Berkshire Hathaway, you are investing in Warren Buffet and the entire portfolio that he curates and manages, in addition to all the companies that Berkshire owns and operates. The warrants present a strong opportunity for additional value, but the focus of the business is our operating lines of revenue. We have no intention of acting as an investment company.

            With Journey Venture Partners, we will be creating the ready-to-invest portfolios from our Accelerator companies, and the carry will go to the company so we can benefit from the growth of our companies without being direct investors. Astralabs shareholders can benefit from our operating companies, and our robust deal flow through our warrants and Journey Venture Partners.

            Our goal is to eventually go public. That would allow liquidity for investors and a publically traded investment asset that is focused on early-stage startups.

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            Instead of putting all of your eggs into one basket, with ASTRALABS, you’ll get exposure to the hundreds of startups in which we take positions.

            ASTRALABS is the new brand and parent company of the Newchip Accelerator.

            Newchip is the #1 remote accelerator (measured by throughput) that grew to international acclaim and became a world-recognized brand during COVID-19. ASTRALABS also is the parent company of both Sofos.ai and Journey Venture Partners.

            This is the public opportunity for our network of investors to join.

            We intend to use the funds to continue technology development, marketing, advertising, and revenue-generating activities allowing us to grow current and future revenue streams.

            We plan to spend the remainder of funds on expanding our portfolio of startups with a focus on building and or acquiring startups that we can take to profitability and grow, utilizing our unique resources within 6-12 months.

            ASTRALABS provides a different investment opportunity from every other company raising via Equity Crowdfunding.

            Not Sure Whether You Want to Invest?

            If you’re unsure whether we’re the right fit for you, do check out our ‘Ask a question’ - page. With 50+ Q&A, we've likely already answered your questions- and if not - just ask!

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            NOT AN INVESTMENT VEHICLE OR INVESTMENT COMPANY: WHILE ASTRALABS MAY MAKE INVESTMENTS, IT IS NOT WHOLLY AN INVESTMENT VEHICLE, VENTURE CAPITAL FUND, HEDGE FUND,  SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLE, OR OTHER POOLED INVESTMENT VEHICLE. THE MAJORITY OF FUNDS RAISED AND REVENUES MAY GO TOWARD OPERATIONS OF THE BUSINESSES, EXPANSION OF NEW REVENUE LINES OR NEW VENTURE STUDIO PROJECTS, IN ADDITION TO POTENTIAL ACQUISITIONS THAT MANAGEMENT BELIEVES WOULD VERTICALLY SERVE AND EXPAND THE POTENTIAL AND SERVICES OF THE GROUP OF ENTERPRISES & OTHER USES PER THE USE OF FUNDS AND OR TO THE NEEDS OF EACH SUBSIDIARY.

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