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Sealence, the DeepSpeed Marine Hydro-Jet Startup, Has Issued a 7 Million Convertible

A new $32.2 million (€30 million) “SEALENCE SAFE 2022” convertible has been issued and is still ongoing, which, in less than 2 months, the company reports to have already received subscriptions from over 100 investors. In addition, the DeepSpeed technology has obtained a European patent and, internationally, has already been recognized in Australia and is currently being extended to Canada and New Zealand.

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Sealence, an Italian startup known for its DeepSpeed nautical jets, is increasingly a “scale-up.” In fact, the 2021 financial statements report a balance sheet asset of $21.5 million (€20 million), now close to that of a “medium” rather than “small” company, but more importantly, growth over 2020 emerges.

In 12 months the staff has increased from 15 to 40 resources, the investments in R&D from $933,000 (€870,000) to $2.36 million (€2.2 million) (+156%), and revenues for $681,000 (€635,000) appear. In addition, the company at the end of the year had an order backlog worth over $2.36 million (€2.2 million).

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Capital raising continues

A new $32.2 million (€30 million) “SEALENCE SAFE 2022” convertible has been issued and is still ongoing, which, in less than 2 months, the company reports to have already received subscriptions from over 100 investors.

However, William Gobbo, founder of Sealence, believes that “the best is yet to come”. The first boats built by partner shipyards, despite global delays in supply chains, especially for batteries, will be released in 2021 and will be intended for public testing and demonstration.

In addition, the DeepSpeed technology has obtained a European patent and, internationally, has already been recognized in Australia and is currently being extended to Canada and New Zealand. While soon it will be in the USA, China, and the rest of the world.

Sealence has developed DeepSpeed

DeepSpeed is the first high-speed, high-efficiency, electric outboard hydro-jet marine engine. The technological innovations introduced by the engine drastically improve efficiency, as well as reduce pollution and space requirements. The advantages of the technology are revolutionary compared to both traditional propeller propulsion and inboard hydro-jet propulsion.

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The project has been validated by Professor Ernesto Benini of the University of Padua, a fluid dynamics consultant for the world’s leading aeronautical jet manufacturers, who has joined the company, contributing to the drafting of the patent application.

Based in Buccinasco (Milan) and founded in early 2017 by William Gobbo as I3b srl, the company later changed its name to Sealence srl and became a SpA during its second equity crowdfunding campaign on CrowdFundMe that closed in December 2020, raising $3.1 million (€2.9 million) based on a pre-money valuation of $36 million (€33.5 million). The campaign was part of a larger $7.5 million (€7 million) round, structured for the remaining part with the issue of a converting bond, which was then successfully concluded.

During the first exercise window (December 2021-January 2022) Sealence warrants were in fact converted for a counter value of around $806,000 (€751,000), to which a further $644,000 (€600,000) of SFPs were added, for a total of over $1.4 million (€1.3 million) of overall funding. In this case, the pre-money valuation of the startup had been $279 million (€260 million).

On the other hand, a first equity crowdfunding campaign had been conducted in October 2019, raising $483,000 (€450,000), and in August 2020, the scaleup had placed a $536,000 (€500,000) converting minibond, which was offered to all members, including the 126 investors of the first campaign.

Last February, it acquired eDriveLAB, a startup from Emilia Romagna.

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Daphne Freeman has worked in the crowdfunding and impact investing industry for the past few years, gaining experience in marketing, and connecting businesses and entrepreneurs in need with the right investors. As a seasoned grant writer as well as financial market journalist, she is passionate about making a social impact in the world. A free spirit, Daphne also enjoys writing and exploring topics of interest, currently CBD, health and beauty, and social media influencers.