Aqua Equity Water

drink good… do good.

Aqua Equity Water

drink good… do good.

Long Beach, CA
Consumer Products
We are Aqua Equity Water, a black and woman minority-owned bottled water brand and a certified Minority Business Enterprise that exists to close the social equity gap in under-resourced communities. Using 100% recyclable and forever reusable aluminum bottles, our focus is community, education, and environmental impact.

$7,182

raised
23
Investors
$20M
Valuation
$5.00
Price per Share
$100.00
Min. Investment
Common
Shares Offered
Equity
Offering Type
$1.07M
Offering Max
24
Days Left

$7,182

raised
23
Investors
$20M
Valuation
$5.00
Price per Share
$100.00
Min. Investment
Common
Shares Offered
Equity
Offering Type
$1.07M
Offering Max
24
Days Left

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Members get an extra 10% shares in addition to rewards below!

Rewards

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$100+
Investment
StartEngine Owner’s Bonus
This offering is eligible for the StartEngine Owner’s 10% Bonus program. For details on this program, please see the Offering Summary section below.
$500+
Investment
Tier 1
Invest $500+ and receive Aqua Equity goodworks bamboo t-shirt and swag bag.
$1,000+
Investment
Tier 2
Invest $1,000+ and receive Aqua Equity goodworks bamboo t-shirt, swag bag and a one-time 15% product discount code on 12pk case of Aqua Equity Water.
$2,500+
Investment
Tier 3
Invest $2,500+ and receive Aqua Equity goodworks bamboo t-shirt, swag bag and one complimentary 12pk case of Aqua Equity Water, plus 5% bonus shares.
$5,000+
Investment
Tier 4
Invest $5,000+ and receive Aqua Equity goodworks bamboo t-shirt, swag bag and two complimentary 12pk cases of Aqua Equity Water, plus 10% bonus shares.
$10,000+
Investment
Tier 5
Invest $10,000+ and receive Aqua Equity goodworks bamboo t-shirt, swag bag and three complimentary 12pk cases of Aqua Equity Water, plus 15% bonus shares.

Reasons to Invest

We honor our past while owning our responsibility. Aqua Equity is doing our part to build a sustainable future with 100% recyclable aluminum bottles.
The $86B bottled water market is expected to grow more than 7% over the next 4 years.* As consumer behavior trends are moving rapidly away from single-use plastic bottles, we believe our aluminum packaging creates a long-term advantage for Aqua Equity.
As a black and woman minority-owned company, Aqua Equity is a social enterprise dedicated to enriching opportunities for the under-resourced community of Watts, CA. A portion of all profits go towards education and community initiatives.

*Market statistics provided by Statista (source)

A Social Enterprise & Bottled Water Brand Created to Give Back

Aqua Equity Water exists to invest in under-resourced urban communities through the sale of mineral enriched and mountain spring water. 


Good work to us means giving back for a good cause. Along with our environmental efforts to lower the amount of plastic pollution by using 100% aluminum bottles, we also pride ourselves on our dedication to community and education. Because everyone deserves clean, sustainable water - no matter where they are from.



Coming from an under-resourced urban community himself, Founder Ryan Morgan felt the impact of a neglected community in his early years. Determined to follow a different path, Ryan pulled through the setbacks and earned a marketing degree from the University of San Diego and a MBA from Concordia University. He would go on to spend twelve years in the alcohol beverage industry working for two of the largest suppliers on the globe, where he was responsible for net sales of over $34 million. Yet, Ryan noticed a lack in representation around him.


Created to address this gap, Aqua Equity Water was launched in March 2020 with the help of Brandon Espy, Krystal Jackson, JT Rogan, and Brandon "Stix" Salaam-Bailey.



Today, Aqua Equity’s hyperfocus on giving back to the community has gained the brand a respected following and interest from major corporations. We believe Aqua Equity is capable of making an important impact, and as we share our mission with the StartEngine community, we are excited for others to join our story as we seek to change the landscape of bottled water.

The Problem


Social Equity Gaps are Impacting Urban Communities

Under-priviledged urban communities commonly suffer a number of setbacks that disproportionately affect black and brown residents. Having experienced this first-hand, Aqua Equity founder Ryan Morgan was determined to write his own story.



In addition to the disparity in education that can stunt early development and limit professional opportunities, there is a major lack of green spaces, and city-owned housing and public areas are often neglected. With this neglect comes environmental impacts, such as pollution and unsafe drinking water which can cause health problems.


Aqua Equity seeks to improve these social equity gaps by providing clean, sustainable, and accessible bottled water, with a portion of all sales going towards education & community initiatives in the company’s local neighborhood of Watts, CA.


The Solution


Mineral-Enriched & Mountain Spring Water with a Purpose

Aqua Equity honors our past, but owns our responsibility to build a sustainable future by using 100% recyclable and forever-reusable aluminum bottles. We offer both mountain spring water and mineral-enriched, electrolyte enhanced water, purified through reverse osmosis for a clean and crisp taste.



Our “drink good, do good” mission is driven by our 3 pillars: Environment, Education, and Community.


Environment: Aqua Equity water is sourced from local aquifers helping to reduce carbon pollution, while our aluminum packaged cans are recycled at a rate of more than 20x that of plastic bottles. Additionally, we've spearheaded an annual community clean-up in an effort to bring a positive environmental change to the Watts neighborhood.


Education: Through our community partners such as THINKWATTS, GYRD, WATTS HEALTHCARE, and HACLA, we have educational programs in entrepreneurship and financial literacy, fitness clinics in boxing and basketball, and community events like health fairs and food drives.


Community: Portions of every Aqua Equity product purchased are given back to a socially disadvantaged community. We pay homage to Watts on our bottle due to the rich history of a one time promised land for Black prosperity during The Great Migration. With each sale, Aqua Equity is rebuilding that dream by working collectively with the community.



We have a business model similar to other major philanthropy-driven for-profit brands, however we feel that our personal connection to our mission and the backing of our community sets us apart from other social enterprises. 


Our target market is corporate B2B - specifically corporations that are seeking to align themselves with BIPOC businesses as a way of giving back. We are currently on Amazon through the Black Business Accelerator.

The Market


A Growing Market Full of Environmentally-Conscious Consumers

In 2022, the U.S. Bottled Water Market is projected to amount to $86 billion dollars and is expected to grow annually by more than 7% for the next 4 years (source).


(source)


As the topic of sustainability becomes more prominent, consumer trends are showing a shift away from single-use plastic bottles and packaging (source). With a focus on our environmental impact from the start, we believe Aqua Equity possesses a long-term advantage in the market with our forever-reusable aluminum packaging.

Our Traction


We Have Doubled Our Number of Major Corporate Customers in the Last Year

Aqua Equity is grateful to the corporations who have purchased from us. Within the last year, we have been able to double our number of major corporate customers. 



We’re growing our reach in the local area, having acquired a total of 30 restaurant clients as of May 2022.  Aqua Equity Water is also available today on Amazon, as a partner within their Black Business Accelerator program.



The funds from this raise will be directed towards our goal of owning a bottling facility in the Watts area. Accomplishing this would increase our efficiency and help lower the cost of goods for our products, additionally aligning with our mission statement, as we would look to hire local members of the community.

Why Invest


Aqua Equity is Empowering Under-Resourced Communities

There has been a recent awakening to address the social and economic equity gaps in America that are affecting underserved communities. We started Aqua Equity for this reason, and being able to set an example for our fellow BIPOC entrepreneurs would be a proud accomplishment for our team.



Within the next five years, we believe Aqua Equity has a chance to become one of the country’s leading premium bottled water brands. With the 2028 Summer Olympics taking place in Los Angeles, our goal is to be one of the official bottled water brands of the event.


We hope you join us on our mission to "drink good and do good" by investing in Aqua Equity Water today.


In the Press

KTLA 5 News

Aqua Equity founder and CEO Ryan Morgan on launching his own water company after serving time in prison

Food & Wine

The Celebrity-Endorsed Bottled Water Company On a Mission

USA Today

Black health and wellness business owners go big with weed, water, honey and more

Spectrum News

"Aqua Equity" Gives Back To The Community

Offering Summary


Company

:

Aqua Equity Water Co.

Corporate Address

:

PO Box 17785, Long Beach, CA 90807

Offering Minimum

:

$10,000.00

Offering Maximum

:

$1,070,000.00

Minimum Investment Amount

(per investor)

:

$100.00











Terms


Offering Type

:

Equity

Security Name

:

Common Stock

Minimum Number of Shares Offered

:

2,000

Maximum Number of Shares Offered

:

214,000

Price per Share

:

$5.00

Pre-Money Valuation

:

$20,000,000.00











*Maximum number of shares offered subject to adjustment for bonus shares. See Bonus info below.

Voting Rights of Securities Sold in this Offering

Voting Proxy. Each Subscriber shall appoint the Chief Executive Officer of the Company (the “CEO”), or his or her successor, as the Subscriber’s true and lawful proxy and attorney, with the power to act alone and with full power of substitution, to, consistent with this instrument and on behalf of the Subscriber, (i) vote all Securities, (ii) give and receive notices and communications, (iii) execute any instrument or document that the CEO determines is necessary or appropriate in the exercise of its authority under this instrument, and (iv) take all actions necessary or appropriate in the judgment of the CEO for the accomplishment of the foregoing. The proxy and power granted by the Subscriber pursuant to this Section are coupled with an interest. Such proxy and power will be irrevocable. The proxy and power, so long as the Subscriber is an individual, will survive the death, incompetency and disability of the Subscriber and, so long as the Subscriber is an entity, will survive the merger or reorganization of the Subscriber or any other entity holding the Securities. However, the Proxy will terminate upon the closing of a firm-commitment underwritten public offering pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933 covering the offer and sale of Common Stock or the effectiveness of a registration statement under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 covering the Common Stock.

Investment Incentives and Bonuses*

Time-Based:

Friends and Family Early Birds

Invest within the first 7 days and receive 20% bonus shares

Super Early Bird Bonus

Invest within the next 7 days and receive 15% bonus shares

Early Bird Bonus

Invest within the next 14 days and receive an 10% bonus shares

Amount-Based:

$500+ | Tier 1

Invest $500+ and receive Aqua Equity goodworks bamboo t-shirt and swag bag.

$1,000+ | Tier 2

Invest $1,000+ and receive Aqua Equity goodworks bamboo t-shirt, swag bag and a one-time 15% product discount code on 12pk case of Aqua Equity Water.

$2,500+ | Tier 3

Invest $2,500+ and receive Aqua Equity goodworks bamboo t-shirt, swag bag and one complimentary 12pk case of Aqua Equity Water, plus 5% bonus shares.

$5,000+ | Tier 4

Invest $5,000+ and receive Aqua Equity goodworks bamboo t-shirt, swag bag and two complimentary 12pk cases of Aqua Equity Water, plus 10% bonus shares.

$10,000+ | Tier 5

Invest $10,000+ and receive Aqua Equity goodworks bamboo t-shirt, swag bag and three complimentary 12pk cases of Aqua Equity Water, plus 15% bonus shares.

*All perks occur when the offering is completed.

The 10% StartEngine Owners' Bonus

Aqua Equity Water Co. will offer 10% additional bonus shares for all investments that are committed by investors that are eligible for the StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. OWNer's bonus.

This means eligible StartEngine shareholders will receive a 10% bonus for any shares they purchase in this offering. For example, if you buy 100 shares of Common Stock at $5 / share, you will receive 10 shares Common Stock, meaning you'll own 110 shares for $500. Fractional shares will not be distributed and share bonuses will be determined by rounding down to the nearest whole share.

This 10% Bonus is only valid during the investors eligibility period. Investors eligible for this bonus will also have priority if they are on a waitlist to invest and the company surpasses its maximum funding goal. They will have the first opportunity to invest should room in the offering become available if prior investments are canceled or fail.

Investors will receive the highest single bonus they are eligible for among the bonuses based on the amount invested and time of offering elapsed (if any). Eligible investors will also receive the Owner’s Bonus in addition to the aforementioned bonus.

Irregular Use of Proceeds

The Company might incur Irregular Use of Proceeds that may include but are not limited to the following over $10,000: Inter company debt or back payments. Vendor payments. Salary payments made to one’s self, a friend or relative.

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Most recent fiscal year-end:
Prior fiscal year-end:
Total Assets
$33,236.00 USD
$6,295.00 USD
Cash And Cash Equivalents
$3,441.00 USD
$6,295.00 USD
Accounts Receivable
$11,795.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Short Term Debt
$65,430.00 USD
$36,782.00 USD
Long Term Debt
$76,550.00 USD
$56,000.00 USD
Revenues And Sales
$86,064.00 USD
$29,911.00 USD
Costs Of Goods Sold
$72,799.00 USD
$36,231.00 USD
Taxes Paid
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Net Income
-$22,256.00 USD
-$72,228.00 USD

Risks

A crowdfunding investment involves risk. You should not invest any funds in this offering unless you can afford to lose your entire investment. In making an investment decision, investors must rely on their own examination of the issuer and the terms of the offering, including the merits and risks involved. These securities have not been recommended or approved by any federal or state securities commission or regulatory authority. Furthermore, these authorities have not passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this document. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not pass upon the merits of any securities offered or the terms of the offering, nor does it pass upon the accuracy or completeness of any offering document or literature. These securities are offered under an exemption from registration; however, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has not made an independent determination that these securities are exempt from registration.


Updates

Liquid-IV Love Letter

6 days ago

This week one of our newest corporate customers and partners Liquid-IV (Unilever owned brand), which is a hydration powder stick that is taking retail by storm included Aqua Equity in their monthly “Mission Newsletter” that highlights the good works being done in the community by Liquid-IV and their partner.

Drink good…Do good!

DoorDash Accelerator Acceptance

13 days ago


Hello Aqua Equity family!


We have great news to share with you.  Aqua Equity Water was selected for the DoorDash Accelerator program. The program is a 6 week educational accelerator with mentorship and a cash grant to help with the on-boarding process to DoorDash and the online store, Dash Mart.


This will significantly increase Aqua Equity’s brand awareness and availability in the Los Angeles metro area.  More details to follow as we on-board. We will make an announcement as soon as Aqua Equity Water is available to order on DoorDash.

Crowdfunding Conference Pitch

21 days ago

Hi Aqua Equity family,

This Friday, September 16th @ 3:30pm our founder, Ryan Morgan will be pitching at the SuperCrowd22 virtual crowdfunding conference. In attendance, will be dozens of VCs, Banking Institutions, Investment Firms and hundreds of crowdfunding enthusiast. This conference focuses on early stage/seed funding for start ups and all companies pitching must have a live crowdfunding campaign.  To view the pitch on Friday @ 3:30pm, cut and paste the Zoom link here: SuperCrowd22./com/zoom


New Customer

28 days ago

Hello Aqua Equity family!

We are pumped to announce that we picked up a new corporate customer with Liquid-IV. A Unilever owned company that has taken the beverage world by storm. It is a hydration pack that is sold at all major retailers and pairs perfect with our 16oz aluminum bottles.  Liquid-IV has selected Aqua Equity Water as their preferred bottled water for the office and staff.  

Thank you Liquid-IV for choosing us to help you, drink good…do good!


Available on Amazon

about 1 month ago

Hello good people!


Just wanted to remind you and make you aware that Aqua Equity Water can be bought anywhere in the US from Amazon. September marks one year that Aqua Equity Water has sold on Amazon and apart of their Black Business Accelerated program.  


Possible Bottling Facility Location

about 1 month ago

Hello my good peeps!

We’re out and about looking for a bottling facility location in the Watts Area.

To get the bottling facility up and running it will take a little under $500,000. Approximately $200,000 for a 3 year warehouse lease, $200,000 for the bottling line equipment, about $50,000 in warehouse equipment and set up and around $25,000 for bottling line installation and set up.

We are calling upon your continued support and investment to help us become the first black owned bottled water facility in California.  Drink good…Do good!


New Customer Alert - Dancing With The Stars season 31

about 1 month ago

Happy Friday good people!


We are pumped to brag about our newest Hollywood customer. It is season 31 Dancing With The Stars! Now they can drink good and (do)dance good!


Los Angeles Area Top 20 Black Owned CPG Brand

about 1 month ago

Hello Aqua Equity family!


We are excited to share that Aqua Equity Water was chosen by Shea Moisture and The Gathering Spot as one of the top 20 black owned CPG brands in the Los Angeles Area, for a small business fellowship called Trailblazers. The selection gives us access to The Gathering Spot in Los Angeles, which is a black owned social club and shared work office space. We will also receive mentorship and brand advertising around Los Angeles and on social media. Stay tuned for more details soon…


Goodworks in Action

about 2 months ago

Hello Aqua Equity family,


We wanted to share a little sneak peak of a day with Aqua Equity. Thank you for your support and please tell a friend to consider investing in Aqua Equity so we can spread more goodworks.  Drink good…Do good!


Campaign Pitch Video

about 2 months ago

This is the fuel that drives our mission of goodworks. Click on the link to watch our campaign pitch video. Drink good…Do good!

https://vimeo.com/734767271

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