New founders pitch their billion-dollar ideas to the Circle of Money and millions of viewers, so they can invest before the companies go public
LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — Unicorn Hunters, the groundbreaking series that connects entrepreneurs seeking funding with millions of potential investors worldwide and offers viewers the opportunity to invest in billion-dollar ideas in the pre-IPO stage, is back with six new episodes premiering today through the end of 2022. The series debuts with a special episode featuring Unicoin hosted by Chris Diamantopoulos, known for his iconic role as a billionaire in HBO’s Silicon Valley, in which viewers can learn more about the next-generation cryptocurrency. In the following episodes, new founders in high-growth sectors including climate-tech, sports/health-tech, renewables, NFT, and Web3 enter the Circle of Money to pitch returning cast members as well as new panelists and special guests.
Unicorn Hunters produced by reality TV icon Craig Plestis (I Can See Your Voice, The Masked Singer) pioneered enrichtaiment- a brand new genre of television that combines entertainment with investment opportunities that can make people rich. The series has a viewership of more than 18 million across its platforms and companies featured on the show have received more than $285 million in investment requests. The first season of Unicorn Hunters Season premiered in May of 2021 and consists of 18 episodes. Episodes 1-12 are available for on-demand streaming now. The second season will go into production this fall.
The Circle of Money is comprised of a star-studded cast of business luminaries, policymakers, and investors who evaluate the potential of the companies and ask founders the right questions to evaluate the investment opportunity and help viewers at home decide if they want to invest alongside them. The Circle of Money panel includes Rosie Rios, Former Treasurer of the United States, Lance Bass, artist and investor, Moe Vela, former senior White House advisor, Chris Diamantopoulos, social entrepreneur and actor, Alex Konanykhin, CEO of Unicorn Hunters, and Silvina Moschini, entrepreneur, co-founder, president and chairwoman of Unicoin. NFL legend, Hall of Famer, and renowned broadcaster Cris Carter will make his debut as a panelist.
Each episode will feature brand new special guests who have been meticulously selected based on their areas of expertise, including Jason Scott, venture investor, partner of ANIM Fund, and head of startup development ecosystem at Google, Susan Segal, president and CEO of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas and pioneer of early stage venture capital, Laura Chinchilla, Former President of Costa Rica, Jason Felts, founder, entrepreneur, strategic brand advisor and former CEO of Virgin Produced and Virgin Fest, and Danny Cortenraede, serial entrepreneur and investor and CEO and founder of InStudio Ventures.
“Unicorn Hunters was launched with the mission of helping entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to millions of investors around the world, and to offer the masses the opportunity to invest in transparent pre-IPO opportunities in which the return on investment may turn them into the next millionaires,” said Alex Konanykhin, CEO of Unicorn Hunters. “We continue to deliver on this promise with millions of viewers and millions in investment requests and remain focused on becoming the most watched and impactful business series in the world.”
“Unicorn Hunters is back bigger and bolder with new founders, new cast members, a live audience, special guests, and surprises. It has also upped the game with Unicoin, its official cryptocurrency which is a perfect extension of its mission to democratize access to investment,” said Silvina Moschini, co-founder, president, and chairwoman of Unicorn Hunters and Unicoin. “Unicoin gives people the opportunity to invest in a diversified portfolio made up of the companies that are part of the Unicorn Hunters through a security token and gives founders who appear on the show the opportunity to receive even more funding to bring their ideas to life.”
In February of this year, Unicorn Hunters launched Unicoin, a next-generation coin designed to solve extreme volatility, the major problem of traditional tokens. It is intended to be asset-backed and dividend-paying and this differentiation is especially relevant in today’s cryptocurrency market, which has experienced an unprecedented downturn. In the new episodes of Unicorn Hunters, founders who pitch the Circle of Money and obtain a yes from more than one panelist will receive Unicoins. Those who receive a commitment of investment from all the members of the Circle of Money will receive up to 10 million Unicoins.
“As a reality television show producer, I have always prided myself on taking risks, pushing the envelope, being ahead of the curve, and challenging audiences. I have always been a trendsetter, not a trend follower. And my goal was no different with my first streaming show, Unicorn Hunters,” said Craig Plestis, executive producer of Unicorn Hunters. “This revolutionary new business program, which has a dynamic participatory element, is innovative and engaging and has the high-quality production values of a network show. I could not be prouder of the show, the panel, and the team behind Unicorn Hunters.”
The Unicorn Hunters show can be streamed on multiple platforms including UnicornHunters.com, LinkedIn Broadcast, Binge Networks, Facebook Video, YouTube, and Vimeo. Through global syndication agreements, Unicorn Hunters also streams on Claro Video, one of the largest streaming platforms in Latin America and it is premiering on TV3 Network, one of the main broadcast networks in Ghana in August. Episodes are also available on-demand through international media partners including, Grupo Expansión, the largest media group in Mexico, El Observador, one of the most important newspapers in Uruguay, and El Colombiano, a major media conglomerate in Colombia. This year, Unicorn Hunters also premiered in in-flight entertainment on Tap Air Portugal and WestJet. In September, Unicorn Hunters will premiere on Etihad Airways, an international airline based in Abu Dhabi that services millions of passengers in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.
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Feed the Soul Foundation: Empowering Culinary Businesses with Financial Support
Feed the Soul Foundation provides financial support to marginalized culinary businesses, empowering their growth and success in a challenging industry.
Small culinary businesses have faced significant challenges and hardships due to the pandemic, including burnout, financial constraints, and a sense of isolation. In response to these struggles, the Feed the Soul Foundation, a national non-profit organization, has been providing financial relief and solutions to marginalized culinary businesses. Through their Restaurant Business Development Grant Program, the foundation has awarded $850,000 in support to 30 culinary business owners, empowering them to overcome obstacles and thrive in a competitive industry.
Financial and Professional Support:
With the support of the Grubhub Community Fund and Stella Artois, Feed the Soul Foundation’s 2023 grant program has provided each of the selected restaurant owners with $25,000. The program aims to address the challenges faced by these businesses, such as slim profit margins, labor shortages, inflation, and rising minimum wages. The six-month cohort program offers a range of supports, including financial literacy training, marketing and advertising guidance, and one-on-one business development consultations with industry experts. By equipping these entrepreneurs with essential knowledge and resources, the foundation aims to foster their growth and success.
The Role of Feed the Soul Foundation:
Under the leadership of Executive Director Juana Collins, a seasoned nonprofit executive, Feed the Soul Foundation is dedicated to nourishing and empowering individuals through culinary education and entrepreneurship. With a commitment to making a profound difference in lives and legacies, the foundation offers critical support to culinary businesses, acting as a vital resource for their sustainability and growth.
Creating a Supportive Network:
The importance of establishing a robust support network becomes evident when comparing the success rates of businesses that have received Feed the Soul Foundation’s support with the national average. Over 98% of the businesses that received financial and business development assistance from the foundation are still operating and have experienced growth within their operations. This success demonstrates the significance of providing both financial backing and expert guidance to culinary businesses, fostering a community of support and collaboration.
Milestones and Achievements:
Since its inception in 2020, Feed the Soul Foundation has achieved significant milestones in supporting marginalized culinary businesses. These include:
- Investing $1,078,000 in financial and business development support to 59 culinary businesses across the nation.
- Providing $46,000 in emergency funds through the Emergency Relief Fund to assist culinary businesses affected by unforeseen damages and natural disasters.
- Establishing an internship program and distributing $59,000 in student stipends while providing workforce training to 15 minority college students studying small business marketing, marketing research, and public relations.
Recognizing Culinary Excellence:
The foundation’s 2023 grant program has recognized and supported a diverse range of culinary businesses. The awarded cohort includes establishments such as 7th & Grove, Andes Café, Bueno Dias Café & La Bodega at The Met, Haire’s Gulf Shrimp, Pepitos Paletas, The Urban Oyster, and many more. These businesses represent the resilience and creativity of the culinary community and highlight the foundation’s commitment to fostering growth and sustainability within the industry.
Feed the Soul Foundation will continue to provide support and resources to marginalized culinary businesses. In October, they will open applications for the 2024 Restaurant Business Development Grant Program, offering entrepreneurs another chance to receive financial assistance and expert guidance. Furthermore, the foundation has scheduled a Global Culinary Conference in Houston, Texas, in January 2024, aiming to foster growth and collaboration within the culinary community.
The Feed the Soul Foundation’s Restaurant Business Development Grant Program has been instrumental in providing financial relief and professional support to marginalized culinary businesses. By equipping entrepreneurs with the necessary resources and guidance, the foundation empowers them to overcome challenges and thrive in a competitive industry. Through their continued efforts, Feed the Soul Foundation is making a lasting impact on the lives and legacies of culinary entrepreneurs, fostering sustainable growth within the culinary community.
About Feed the Soul Foundation
Feed the Soul Foundation was established in 2020 to aid marginalized entrepreneurs in the culinary industry with business development resources and support to foster sustainable business growth. The Restaurant Business Development Fund supports marginalized business owners with business development scholarships and emergency funding.
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Black Business Boom Celebrates 5 Years of Creating Financially Savvy and Bankable Minority Businesses in Nashville and Beyond
NASHVILLE, Tenn. /PRNewswire/ — Black Business Boom, founded by Danielle McGee as the Groupon for Black owned businesses, marks a significant milestone as it celebrates its 5-year anniversary. The organization has evolved into a dynamic force for the empowerment of Black-owned businesses, not only in Nashville but throughout Tennessee and beyond. The cornerstones of Black Business Boom are the 501(c)3 Boomin University, launched in 2020, which provides free business training to underserved minority business owners; Boomin Marketing, designed to equip participants with the latest communication strategies and tools from social media mastery to content creation wizardry; and Boomin to the Bank, a revolving loan fund that offers microloans of up to $5000 to small business owners, helping them to build bankable businesses by providing financial literacy training, helping participants establish business bank accounts and bookkeeping systems. Notably, Boomin to the Bank has partnered with Kiva Microloans, in order to deploy $10 million in capital to Black-owned businesses who graduate the Boomin to the Bank program by 2030. The Kiva partnership will launch with funding loans for 30 program graduates.
“I wanted to create a space for Black entrepreneurs to gain the financial and business education they needed to create thriving, sustainable businesses, in Nashville,” says McGee. “We are excited to expand and create impact nationwide.”
Black Business Boom was recently awarded funds from the TN Placemakers Entrepreneurship Fund, to support Boomin University cohorts in East, Middle, and West Tennessee, preparing them to source funds from banks and other granting institutions. Truist Bank also supports Black Business Boom with a grant that supplements key programming focused on training and technical assistance, to Black owned businesses, interested in securing corporate and government contracting opportunities.
About Black Business Boom:
Black Business Boom is a dynamic organization founded by Danielle McGee, originally as the Nashville Black Business Directory. Celebrating its 5-year anniversary, Black Business Boom is dedicated to empowering Black entrepreneurs through education, marketing programs, and financial support. The organization envisions a thriving ecosystem that provides essential elements for the success of Black-owned businesses in Tennessee and beyond.
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Rent remains high, but more properties offer incentives
New construction surge prompts landlords and property managers to provide more perks
SEATTLE /PRNewswire/ — Rental concessions—offers meant to entice tenants, such as free months of rent or free parking—are at their highest level in more than two years despite strong renter demand, Zillow’s latest data shows. That’s because property managers are now likely competing for tenants, as new, primarily upscale buildings from the recent construction boom enter the rental market.
About 30% of rental listings on Zillow advertised concessions in October, a surge that signifies a notable shift in the rental market. Within the past five years, concessions reached a peak in February 2021, with 36.7% of rentals offering incentives, coinciding with low renter demand during the pandemic. Those concessions then dropped as far as 19.4% in July 2022. However, the current rise comes as typical rent prices are nearly 30% higher than pre-pandemic levels, and annual rent growth just ticked back up after nearly two years of slowing down.
“The pandemic era’s increase in concessions was a direct response to decreased renter demand. Currently, we’re witnessing a different scenario where the demand for rental housing is high, but there’s been a notable rise in supply,” said Anushna Prakash, an economic research data scientist at Zillow. “To differentiate themselves from newer, potentially more amenity-rich apartment buildings, property managers are stepping up their game, offering more incentives to attract potential renters with a broader range of choices.”
Nationwide increase in concessions
Zillow data shows an astonishing 43 of the nation’s largest 50 metropolitan areas have seen a rise in rental concessions compared to last year. The most deal sweeteners are found in Salt Lake City, Utah, and San Jose, California, where more than half the rentals listed on Zillow in October advertised concessions.
Construction boom and its effects
This trend is especially pronounced in metro areas experiencing a construction boom. According to Fannie Mae’s Mid-2023 Multifamily Construction Update, markets such as Washington, D.C., Dallas and Austin are seeing more new developments, with Dallas and Austin having 74,000 and 66,000 new units, respectively, either recently completed or underway .
Zillow’s data reveals a similar upswing in concessions in those metros and others, including Phoenix and Atlanta, which are also among the top markets for new multifamily construction. This correlation highlights how the influx of new apartments is likely prompting housing providers to offer incentives to attract renters.
10 Metro Areas with the Largest Share of Rental Concessions
|Metro||Share of Rentals|
|Year over Year|
(YoY) Change in
|Typical Rent in|
Rent Index (ZORI)
|YoY Change in|
|Salt Lake City, UT||54.4 %||26.5 %||$1,677||0.7 %|
|San Jose, CA||50.8 %||6.3 %||$3,260||0.2 %|
|Washington, DC||49.6 %||-1.2 %||$2,308||3.9 %|
|Charlotte, NC||47.6 %||20.5 %||$1,826||2.4 %|
|Minneapolis, MN||46.8 %||3.4 %||$1,647||2.7 %|
|Dallas, TX||45.9 %||17.4 %||$1,803||0.6 %|
|Phoenix, AZ||45.1 %||10.1 %||$1,902||0.6 %|
|Austin, TX||44.8 %||13.4 %||$1,813||-2.8 %|
|Nashville, TN||43.8 %||8.1 %||$1,896||0.9 %|
|Atlanta, GA||43.5 %||15.2 %||$1,925||0.4 %|
Source: Zillow data
Diverse concession strategies across metros
Conversely, metro areas such as New Orleans (9%), Providence (14%), Miami (14%) and New York (15%) observed the lowest concession rates in October. This varied landscape suggests that property managers across the country are exploring different strategies as they gauge the effectiveness of concessions before potentially adjusting rental prices.
Zillow’s research, echoing the sentiments of economists and housing experts, highlights the fact that new construction and zoning reform are pivotal in enhancing housing affordability. The current trend in concessions, likely fueled by the spike in multifamily construction, is an interesting twist in the quest for affordability. It remains to be seen if the rise in concessions will translate to a significant drop in rent growth.
Zillow provides a clear and user-friendly platform for both housing providers and renters. Property managers can easily list concessions for their properties, while renters can find all available offers under the “Special Offers” tab on participating building detail pages, enabling them to make well-informed housing decisions.
About Zillow Group
Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z and ZG) is reimagining real estate to make home a reality for more and more people. As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow and its affiliates help people find and get the home they want by connecting them with digital solutions, great partners, and easier buying, selling, financing and renting experiences.
Zillow Group’s affiliates, subsidiaries and brands include Zillow®; Zillow Premier Agent®; Zillow Home Loans℠; Trulia®; Out East®; StreetEasy®; HotPads®; ShowingTime+℠; and Spruce®.
All marks herein are owned by MFTB Holdco, Inc., a Zillow affiliate. Zillow Home Loans, LLC is an Equal Housing Lender, NMLS #10287 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org). © 2023 MFTB Holdco, Inc., a Zillow affiliate.
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