Sojourner’s Brewing Project will compete in the fast-growing craft beer industry, initially in the greater Denver market. Sojourner’s Brewing Project will open under a beer wholesaler’s license, and, for the first couple years, will focus on building community and recognition around their taproom, with limited self-distribution to area bars in the form of leased kegs and liquor stores in the form of 22oz bombers and 12oz cans. Sojourner’s Brewing Project was inspired by a passion for homebrewing and a love of teaching. The word “Sojourner’s” is meant to invoke images of the intrepid explorer; “Brewing Project” pays homage to some of the small nanobreweries that have been the inspiration behind our high-release brewing model. Sojourner’s Brewing Project is a Limited Liability Company with two Members: Andrew Moore and Ben Gettinger. Andrew is a medal-winning amateur brewer who currently works for 105 Degree West Brewing in Castle Rock as a server and assistant brewer. In the past, he worked in packaging and cellaring for Boulder Beer Company, brewed for Crystal Springs Brewing, taught courses at Castle Rock Homebrew Supply, and assisted in the preliminary development of 105 Degree West Brewing Company. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard and will finish a JD/MBA at Indiana University in May 2016. He left an options-trading job in Chicago in 2010 and returned to his small hometown in Indiana to take over publishing his family’s newspaper from his ailing mother. Upon matriculating at IU, he assisted in the sale of the business and has interned for three summers at in-house consulting roles for Fortune-200 companies.
Convertible note investing explained
How it works: Investors loan funds to the business which convert to equity at a discount to the price of the next round of equity financing.
Use this calculator to get a better understanding of different potential outcomes when investing through a convertible note.
This is a simplified calculation; exact equity provided through a convertible note will depend on the conversion mechanics used in the note offering as well as the terms provided in the future equity offering.
Convertible Note Basics
A convertible note is an investment structure that allows a company to take on funding in exchange for equity at a later date. At the time of the investment, the funds are considered debt, but at some date in the future, those funds (+ any accrued interest) convert to equity. A discount is typically included in a convertible note that provides investors equity at a cheaper price than what equity is being offered at, at the time of conversion. This discount compensates the investors for investing at an earlier date. If the notes have not been converted to equity by the maturity date (often 12 to 24 months), the debt plus interest is due and payable to investors.
A convertible note can be a good tool for a company to raise funds to help bridge to a larger equity offering to occur at a later date. For companies that are early with respect to customer and revenue traction it can be difficult to set the valuation of the business. A convertible note does not require a valuation to be set, offering a simpler transaction structure to close a smaller amount of funding. The company should then be able to more quickly close and deploy the capital to make progress with the business.
Benjamin P Gettinger
About Sojourner's Brewing Project
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Expressing Interest FAQ
Expressing interest covers a few different functions. First, it acts as your indication to the business that you have a potential interest in considering an investment. It is also the means by which you are able to access additional materials from the business. The reason you must express interest to view this information is so that the business can keep track of who has accessed their sometimes confidential information. Lastly, expressing interest allows you to keep in touch and stay updated on the progress of the business as they work through their fundraise.
An expression of interest is non-binding. Providing a dollar amount of interest to the business is exclusively a way for them to get a better understanding of whether there is sufficient aggregate interest from investors to support their fundraise goals. If you do not provide a dollar amount to the business, this is fine, but they may decide to cancel their fundraise if they do not have a clear enough picture as to whether there is enough interest to meet their goals.
Yes. Interest can be cancelled at any time, and after cancelling the business will have no means by which to contact you. If you cancel your interest, you can always express interest again if you change your mind.
Yes. The business will be able to contact you through Localstake Marketplace platform messaging. They will not receive any other personal contact information (i.e. email address, phone number, etc.).
When you express interest in a business, they will receive a notification that you are interested. On their investor management interface, they will see your name, state of residence, occupation, and amount of investment.
Once you've indicated interest, you can commit to invest or provide feedback to the business about your potential investment.
Committing to Invest FAQ
Committing to invest should constitute a binding commitment on the part of the investor that you are going to follow through on investing the amount you have provided to the business. You should only commit to invest once you are sure that you want to invest in the opportunity.
Note that you are not guaranteed a spot in the fundraise until the business has approved your investment. Once you have committed and the business has finalized their investment terms, you can continue on to complete your investment and submit it to the business for approval.
A commitment shoud be treated as binding. If you do not plan to move forward with an investment, you should not commit to doing so. However, you are not irrevocably committed to investing until 3 days after the business has approved your investment and countersigned your investment documents.
You can commit to invest at any time. Commitments help show traction in the fundraise to other investors, so the earlier you are ready to make your commitment, the better. This will help the business in its efforts to attract additional investors to their fundraise.
The business owners are the only people that will have this information. No other investors will know that you committed to invest, only that someone committed to invest. The aggregate amount of commitments is shared with other interested investors.
No. You will still need to provide an electronic signature on the investment documents and select a method to transfer your funds. You will need to wait to complete these steps until the business has finalized their investment terms.
Once you have committed to invest, you will review and sign the investment documents.
Signing Documents FAQ
When you make an investment in a business, you enter into legally binding contract that outlines your rights as an investor. The specific documents you sign will vary based upon the type of security you are investing in (i.e. debt or equity). Every investment will include an investor questionnaire document that will be pre-populated with information from your investment account that provides proof of your eligibility to invest in the offering. These documents act as your proof of investment and provide all of the details about your investment and your role as an investor. You should read these documents carefully before investing.
Your investment documents will be pre-populated with information from your investment account to help identify you, including your SSN which the business needs in order to produce tax documents for your investment. There will also be information about your personal financial situation on the documents to help provide proof of your eligibility to invest in the offering.
In order to sign the documents, you will use our proprietary e-signature tool. You will have the opportunity to review each document that you will be signing and then select a signature or create your own to be added to the documents.
Yes, once the business has accepted your investment and countersigned your investment documents, a copy of your signed agreement will be stored on your Investment Portfolio page on Localstake Marketplace.
We can help you complete an investment for the following investor types: self-directed IRA, joint with spouse, entities, and trusts. Contact us if you would like to make an investment of a type other than as an individual.
Once you have reviewed and signed investment documents, you will choose how you would like to transfer funds.
Transferring Funds FAQ
The business owner will then receive your proposed investment and accept and countersign it.
For most fundraises, there are three options to choose from when transferring investment funds.
- 1. Electronic Transfer - transfer your funds by electronic ACH transfer. You will need to connect a personal bank account in order to use this transfer method.
- 2. Wire Transfer - call your bank and give them instructions on where you would like your investment funds to be sent. With a wire transfer, you will receive instructions on where to transfer the funds after the business accepts your investment.
- 3. Check - When selecting to make your investment by check, you will receive instructions on where to mail your check after the business accepts your investment.
Note that, due to difficulty in tracking funds, the option to mail a check is typically only available for investment amounts of $5,000 or greater, and in some cases may not be available at all.
If you transfer your funds via electronic transfer, the funds will be transferred from your bank account as soon as the business reaches their fundraise target and accepts your investment. You will receive a notice two business days prior to the electronic transfer occurring. If you transfer funds via check or wire, you will need to complete the fund transfer outside of the Localstake Marketplace platform.
If you would like to change something about your investment, such as the information on your investment documents, or to decrease the amount of your investment, please contact us. If you only wish to increase the amount of your investment, you can make a second investment by clicking the 'Invest Again' button.
You may cancel your investment at any time up to 48 hours after the business has countersigned your documents. To cancel your investment, please contact us.
Businesses send payments to investors over the Localstake Marketplace platform
If the business you invest in reaches their funding goal, they will be making payments to you over the Localstake Marketplace platform. If you use electronic transfer for your investment, these payments will be made back to the bank account you linked for your electronic transfer. If you do not set up an electronic transfer for your initial investment, you may do so on your bank account page once you log in.
If the business you invest in does not reach their funding goal, your investment funds do not need to be transferred to the business and will remain in your account.