Whooshh Innovations

Fish passage solutions

Whooshh Innovations

Fish passage solutions

Seattle, WA
Engineering
Environment
Whooshh is disrupting the world of fish passage with solutions that enable selective fish passage, restore natural habitat, and limit CO2.

$414,842

raised
235
Investors
$84.9M
Valuation
$1.50
Price per Share
$300.00
Min. Investment
Common
Shares Offered
Equity
Offering Type
$1.07M
Offering Max
Reg CF
Offering

$414,842

raised
235
Investors
$84.9M
Valuation
$1.50
Price per Share
$300.00
Min. Investment
Common
Shares Offered
Equity
Offering Type
$1.07M
Offering Max
Reg CF
Offering

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$25,000+
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$25,000 - 10% bonus
$50,000+
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Second Volume Tier
$50,000 - 15% bonus

Reasons to Invest

SAVE the fish: Now deploying novel products designed and developed to improve fish welfare, fish passage and spawning success.
FEED the planet: Fish provide critical nutrients for the planet’s ecosystems and are the number one protein for the people on it.
GROW clean energy: By enabling more efficient use of our water resources, we accelerate the growth of clean renewable energy.

Overview


Saving Fish, Clean Water, and the Planet

Here are the facts: 

Whooshh tackles all issues at once,  using safe, sustainable fish passage  solutions to do it.

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We’ve focused all our energy and resources on developing game-changing fish sorting and passage solutions economical for its users, and for the shared water resources. We’re now starting to deploy our proprietary systems all over the world - making a difference and an impact.

The Problem


Climate Change is Impacting Fish Migration  

Supporting native fish populations is more critical now than ever, and we can begin to do that today. Native fish are an integral part of their habitats and ecosystems -  playing an important role in nutrient cycles, and a crucial part of the food chain. 


Many of these fish like salmon, eel, lamprey, and shad depend on migrating thousands of miles to reach freshwater spawning ground and habitats each year. 

Now, faced with growing challenges such as climate change, habitat loss, and invasive species, this crucial migration is becoming increasingly difficult. 


There is an urgent need for safe, effective fish passage without also enabling invasive fish species that could do further damage.

The Solution


We Keep Fish Swimming  

We believe that supporting renewable energy is an important part of the fight against climate change, and an essential component of caring for our earth. 


Hydropower is the largest producer of renewable energy in the world - so we developed a better way for hydropower and healthy native fish populations to coexist. 


Our goal is to restore native fish species to their historical numbers to feed the planet and the people on it - while simultaneously enabling hydropower a more efficient use of the shared water resources.

Our Passage Portal lets fish swim on their own, and the system selectively sorts the fish before they glide through our Migrator Tubes, regardless of geography, height of obstacle, or changing water levels, all in less than a minute. 


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We integrated scanning, sorting and invasive species removal features in order to enable selective fish passage. This way, we never stop collecting images and data and learning about the local habitat - and the fish who call it home.

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The Market


Our Channels 

The problems we’re trying to help solve are enormous, but so is the business opportunity.

Our customers include:


  • Private and public dam owners
  • Federal and state agencies
  • Aquaculture producers
  • Seafood processing companies
  • Fisheries managers and researchers
  • Tribes and first nations

Our Traction


A Stream of Success

Here’s our timeline of accomplishments:

  • 48 Patents granted, and more than 50 others pending 

  • 20 Independent studies completed (source)

  • 2014 First Salmon Cannon sold to Washington Dept. Of Fish and Wildlife 

  • 2014 Salmon Cannon goes viral 

  • 2017 First pilot Passage Portal deployed on non-powered dam  

  • 2018 National Hydropower Association – OSAW Award winner (source)

  • 2019 First Floating Passage Portal Pilot deployed at hydropower dam 

  • 2020 Nine deployments and cash flow positive for the year

What We Do


Think Hyper-loop for Fish

Here's how it works: Fish swim in on their own, have their picture taken using our FishL Recognition Scanner to determine among other things, species and size. Our system is so smart, it can also help with selective fish passage, ensuring only native fish move through a waterway upstream or downstream, and it can stop unwanted or invasive species.


The maximum capacity of one Passage Portal  is about 40 fish per minute or 57,600 fish per day. In short, we enable fish to transport themselves over land without stress or injury in a flexible, misted tube. 


We enable native live fish species to glide over land from point A to Point B in seconds without requiring the use of large quantities of water and power.

We create this hyper-loop with five different Migrator Tubes to be used with: 


  • The Passage Portal™ for Fish Passage applications
  • The Salmon Cannon™ for fish handling operations

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And we take our designing seriously. That’s why when developing our systems, we first research, study, and evaluate fish behavior and preferences so we really get it right for the fish first. 


We take into account their…

  • Safety

  • Stress 

  • Passage Success 

  • Migration Time 

  • Spawning Success

With our passage systems, we are able to…

  • Increase hydropower production up to 10% without additional infrastructure

  • Reduce  ongoing reporting and compliance headaches

  • Improve the safe, timely, and effective passage of native fish species

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The Business Model


Our Strategy 

In 2020 alone, we recognized  $5.6 million in revenue, with a EBIDTA of $2.92 million and a gross margin of over 90%.

There are five ways we generate such revenue:

(Our fifth revenue system will evolve over time with sufficient scaling... )

How We Are Different


Paving the Passage

In the Fish Passage space, our competitors are typically civil engineering firms who produce expensive, custom solutions that only kind-of work for some native species and too often do work for many invasive species.


Our systems are modular, flexible, and cost a fraction of the amount to build and operate - assuring a better, safer migration for native fish. 


They assist native fish to pass over dams in seconds rather than days to reclaim access to their spawning grounds. This means fish get over the dam faster, expending less energy, experiencing less stress, and therefore getting to cooler, safer, water and spawning habitat.

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We do not require concrete structures or any extra, unnecessary use of water.


In the Aquaculture space, our gentle handling of fish without pumping large volumes of wastewater reduces injuries, mortalities, and stress - overall improving survivability, fecundity, taste, shelf life and product value. 

The Vision


SAVE the Fish, FEED the Planet, GROW Clean Energy

Within 3-5 years, Whooshh intends to be the unquestioned worldwide leader in fish passage and monitoring technologies - spanning from high head dams on all major rivers across the globe to low head barriers on their tributaries.

OUR LEADERSHIP


Elemental Leaders

The ancient Greeks named the four basic elements of life: earth, air, fire, and water. 


Today, we call them: food, air, energy, and water. Our products touch all of these core elements of life, and as a result, we continue to  attract the best talent to support our mission. 


We have a novel product solution that the public loves to support. We believe we will be successful because the public gets it, and with their support we can do great things: Save the Fish, Feed the Planet, Grow Clean Energy and create a multi-generational investment in our future for our shareholders.

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Here’s the team behind that mission:

Vincent Bryan III, CEO and President 

Adobe Systems, Site Manager

Founders Award Winner

Masters Transnational Bus. Transactions


Paul Henwood, Chief Product Officer

MicroConnex, Metron, 

Siemens Research, MindPlay, WaveTrace


Janine Bryan, VP of R&D

NIH, Merck - (Gardasil)

PHD – Micro Immunology


Marc Haugen, Board of Directors

Cepheid, Applied Materials,

Lam Research, Capta


Siao Ling Kok, Sr. Controller

MI Controls Inc.

Nautilus Marine Enterprises

Masters Business Administration


Vincent Bryan Jr., Chairman Board of Directors

Spinal Dynamics, Medtronic, Gorge Amphitheater, Columbia River Reserve, PreActive

Why Invest


We’re on Food and Energy’s Doorstep 

Our investors are funding the future of the two largest industries in the world: food and energy. And there’s an emerging growth company within it: fish - one of the primary sources of protein in many countries of the world (source).


Our solutions enable both these industries to sustainably grow. Further, the regulatory environment has become increasingly favorable by requiring fish passage where there are barriers and improving upon the infrastructure that is there to stay. 

The planet needs wild fish to sustain itself, just as we need farmed fish and clean hydropower to sustain ourselves. 


 It isn’t often one can invest in a company that has a worldwide market opportunity that impacts fish, air, clean energy, and the oceans to help feed the planet. With our recurring PaaS business model, our upfront costs to customers are low, the recurring revenue is long, and the opportunity, extraordinary. 

For any Investor Questions, Please review this StartEngine FAQ

In the Press

Forbes
August 26, 2019

The Salmon Cannon Is A Stroke Of Scientific And Environmental Brilliance

NBC
November 15, 2014

Whoosh: ‘Salmon Cannon’ Shoots Fish Upstream to Spawn

New York Times
June 4, 2019

Fish Cannons, Koi Herpes and Other Tools to Combat Invasive Carp

The Guardian
June 15, 2020

Saving Canada's wild salmon: rescuers pin hopes on fish ladder and salmon cannon

CNN
August 12, 2019

The internet is going crazy over a ‘salmon cannon’ that shoots fish over a dam

The Seattle Times
August 16, 2019

More than a viral sensation, the Salmon Cannon could bring the species back to the Upper Columbia after 90 years

Yahoo!
August 12, 2019

The Salmon Cannon Is Taking Everyone for a Joy Ride in a Very Efficient Fish Tube

Cheddar
August 13, 2019

The World May Be Torn, But We All Came Together for the Salmon Cannon

Today
August 13, 2019

Twitter is obsessed with the 'Salmon Cannon,' a tube that shoots fish over dams. Here's how it works

Gizmodo
August 11, 2019

A viral video’s been making the rounds this week of what looks like some kind of pneumatic tube coaster/aquatic Uber service to help transport fish to wherever the hell fish need to go.

The Verge
August 11, 2014

Behold, the fish cannon Whooshh Innovations wants to vacuum your fish to safety

Geek Wire
August 19, 2016

Meet the ‘Salmon Cannon:’ This high-tech contraption sends fish flying over dams and other barriers

Offering Summary


Company

:

Whooshh Innovations Inc.

Corporate Address

:

Port of Seattle, Terminal 91, 2001 West Garfield Street, Bldg 156, Seattle, WA 98119

Offering Minimum

:

$9,999.00

Offering Maximum

:

$1,069,999.50

Minimum Investment Amount

(per investor)

:

$300.00











Terms


Offering Type

:

Equity

Security Name

:

Common Stock

Minimum Number of Shares Offered

:

6,666

Maximum Number of Shares Offered

:

713,333

Price per Share

:

$1.50

Pre-Money Valuation

:

$84,912,372.00











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

Live Offering Perks*

Friends and Family - First 72 hours | 15% bonus shares

Super Early Bird - Next 72 hours | 10% bonus shares

Early Bird Bonus - Next 7 Days | 5% bonus shares

After the early birds

First Volume Tier -- 25,000 - 10% bonus 

Second Volume Tier -- 50,000 - 15% bonus 

* Note these perks do stack with the other live offering perks. All perks occur when the offering is completed.

The 10% StartEngine Owners' Bonus

Whooshh 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 $1.50 / share, you will receive 110 shares of Common Stock, meaning you'll own 110 shares for $150. 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 cancelled or fail.

Investors will only receive a single bonus, which will be the highest bonus rate they are eligible for.

The Company will not incur any irregular use of proceeds.


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Most recent fiscal year-end:
Prior fiscal year-end:
Total Assets
$2,759,878.00 USD
$1,087,105.00 USD
Cash And Cash Equivalents
$729,529.00 USD
$164,550.00 USD
Accounts Receivable
$6,532.00 USD
$19,729.00 USD
Short Term Debt
$1,800,514.00 USD
$3,917,186.00 USD
Long Term Debt
$2,797,488.00 USD
$1,753,423.00 USD
Revenues And Sales
$5,607,268.00 USD
$466,613.00 USD
Costs Of Goods Sold
$104,225.00 USD
$81,268.00 USD
Taxes Paid
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Net Income
$2,194,631.00 USD
-$2,381,772.00 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

The Guardian - How We Can Remove Invasive Asian Carp From Waterways

2 days ago

My First Flight in Almost a Year 

I am headed on a trip from Seattle to Illinois and then Indiana, each for customer visit, with one of our technical experts2020 was a very good year for Whooshh Innovations. Revenue was way up and the Company was profitable. We were able to add key staff to the payroll, while others were in lockdown. Many of our activities were deemed essential business”, which allowed us to adjust to a hybrid work model in real time, while continuing to push forward on our strategic initiatives. One of those initiatives was a trial deployment of a Whooshh system to remove carp from the Illinois River. 

The Silver, Grass, Big Mouth, and Black carp (collectively referred to as Asian carp or “Carp”) are invasive species in the United States, escaped from catfish aquaculture farms in the SE USA during some flood events years agoand unfortunately, the Carp now makup as much as 80% of the biomass in the Missouri, Mississippi, and Illinois River’s, and their tributariesIt is fisheries management problem of enormous proportions, in many of the mid-west and SE states. These invasive fish are now only 9 miles from the Great Lakes!  The fear is that if they reach the Great Lakes, they will adapt and out compete native species, devastating sport and commercial fisheries there, a multi-billion-dollar industry. Efforts by the US Army Corps of Engineers and other states around the Great Lakes have focused on blocking these fish from migrating into other waterways using various barrier designsThe problem, of course, is that these barriers block native fish migration as well, which also has a devastating impact on the native fish reproductive life cycles. 

Our approach is not to block, but to remove the Carp from the waterways, to reduce pressure (the number of fish trying to sneak past) barriers that have been erected, to stop the spread of the invasive species, while allowing native fish to migrate.  Since our FishL Recognition technology can identify fish by species, we plan to remove the invasive Carp species without suffering bycatch of native species, at the same time. 

When the waters warm this spring to 70°F on the Illinois River, the Carp will start to move from their winter homes, and we expect our collection of Carp images will finally begin.  It's been a cool spring in the Midwest, and the waters are still cool.  While we have seen more than 1000 Gizzard shad through the Whooshh system we have set up, there are no Carp in the area quite yet. 

The purpose of this trip is to meet with the three partners we have on this project, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, who paid us for the trial, the University of Illinois, who will be doing the biological study reports, and the Nature Conservancy, the NGO who is responsible for the stewardship of the waterway where we have set up the system this spring to collect the images. Assuming the fish show up this spring and summer at the trial site, we expect to have sufficient numbers of Carp images, that we can then run artificial intelligence on our captured images, such that we will be able to update our FishL Recognitions systems to accurately and autonomously sort native fish from the dominant invasive Carp, all in real time. 

The Federal and state governments in the Midwest have and are committing hundreds of millions of dollars to address the Carp problem. Our Passage Portal, when optimized for invasive species sorting, is called the Guardian. The business opportunity for Whooshh Innovations with the Guardian used for Carp, was not a part of the original business plan, but is another enormous opportunity with an urgent need, that should not require new development, other than the image capture of the Carp, for FishL Recognition algorithms.  

If you want a piece of the action to combat the Carp, our products born of the original Salmon Cannon, are worthy of your investment consideration. As always, please refer to our full disclosures on Form C.  If you have any questions, please ask us in the Comments section on the page.

Sincerely, 

Vince 

Vincent E Bryan III, 

Founder and CEO 

Whooshh Innnovations Inc. 


Whooshh Innovations Installs Salmon Cannon On The Walla Walla River

8 days ago

Whooshh Innovations has just delivered a new fish transport system for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.   

Using our widely recognized and proprietary Salmon Cannon technologies, the new system is configured to transport chinook salmon quickly and safely from a below ground vault at the river’s edge, to a waiting hatchery truck.   

The Whooshh system will assist the Umatilla Tribe in their hatchery operations and remove the need to hand carry the fish individually up a stairway from the vault, creating a less stressful experience for the fish, and safer working environment for biologists.  

Our systems have been thoroughly evaluated on both wild and hatchery fish.   

Click here for more information on this project.    

The just completed system underscores Whooshh’s plan to scale up business to SAVE the fish, FEED the planet, and GROW clean energy.  

If you haven’t yet invested, we look forward to you joining the more than 225 new investors who have already invested. 

Whooshh Innovations Named One Of Top Environmental Engineering Startups In Washington

13 days ago

Whooshh Innovations received a big endorsement, named one of the top environmental engineering startups in Washington for 2021.  

The Startup Pill article showcases their top picks for the best Washington based Environmental Engineering startups. 

These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Environmental Engineering industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

Whooshh was selected based on the following categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact


We can't wait to being scaling up operations around the world to SAVE the fish, FEED the planet, and GROW clean energy.  We're happy to have you on board. 


Passage As A Service -- Whooshh Innovations CEO Vince Bryan Explains How Our Business Model Works

14 days ago

Dear Investors, 

We have just finished up the first 21 days from the date we first went live on StartEngine and we are already 35% of the way to our CF goal.  It has been thrilling to see investors from across the country sign up and commit to an investment in Whooshh Innovations.  The average investment is well above the average dollars invested on StartEngine and I would like to think that the market opportunity, mission, size of our market, and top and bottom-line performance last year all have something to do with it.  

Our mission is to SAVE the fish, FEED the planet, and GROW clean energy, by providing a product that provides for both fish passage at the dams, and allows those same dam owners to produce more hydropower because of our patented technologies and the regulatory framework which creates barriers to entry to direct competitors. Since hydropower is the biggest renewable energy industry in the world, (larger than each wind and solar) there is great need for our products designed to help this industry grow and become more efficient. 

All the above adds to the valuation of the Company, but it is our business model that deserves some attention.  Just like the MAAS (Machine as a Service), business model that Knightscope also successfully deploys, we have the same business model, but we call it PAAS (Passage as a Service). What this means is that we provide our Passage Portal equipment for use by our customers, and our customers pay a monthly fee for the fish passage services our equipment providesIt creates a recurring revenue stream for Whooshh Innovations, and for our customers provides an affordable Operating Expense rather than a budget breaking Capital Expense.  The model is intended to decrease the risk for our customers, for Whooshh, and for our investors. Best of all it is a business model that is ripe for scaling. 

While this is our first foray into Reg CF fundraising, and after three weeks we are still learning how best to use the StartEngine platform, we do know we want to engage with our investors and answer your questions. We’re on a pretty special ride, and we look forward to you coming along.  Spread the word, it's time to act – invest now! 

Best regards, 

Vince 

Whooshh In The News! Fairground for fish: A solution to help navigate man-made barriers

16 days ago

Whooshh Innovations technology is featured in a new article by Engineering & Technology.  

The article highlights how our technology whisks fish over dams, or other barriers in seconds, before the fish are even aware of it. 

"The tallest dams in the world are almost 300m high, easily surmountable for the technology. Another benefit to hydropower users of the system is that it uses very little water. The fish-friendly tube transporter is also quick to install, and costs 20 per cent of a conventional concrete fish ladder and has considerably less environmental impact on often remote riverside sites. Being whizzed through a tube in seconds is an easy ride for fish, and that reduced energy use translates into more spawning success, helping to replenish depleted fish stocks."

The article even features an interview with Marco Blixt, fisheries biologist at Finnish energy company Fortum talking about our first installation in Europe. 

Check out this excerpt from the article highlighting the great media interest in our projects, especially for Energy companies. 

"One thing that Fortum had not anticipated was the keen media interest in the project. “We had local and national news organisations keen to cover the story, generating a lot of good PR for us. As an energy company positive PR is sometimes in short supply,” he says wryly. “I think that it’s the concept of squirting fish through a tube that captures the public’s imagination. The reaction certainly took us by surprise.”

If you haven't already, join our mission to SAVE the fish, FEED the planet, and GROW clean energy!  


 

Whooshh In Sweden! Now Imaging Fish At Herting Hydropower Dam

30 days ago

BIG NEWS! The Whooshh Innovations FishL™ Recognition System at the Falkenberg Energy Herting hydropower dam is now operational. 

We’re already imaging Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout like these!

Whooshh Innovations has installed the FishL™ Recognition System into the downstream fish bypass chute at the Falkenberg Energy Herting hydropower dam, located on the Ätran river in Falkenberg, Halland in southern Sweden.

The downstream bypass chute was modified to direct out-migrating fish through a dewatering chute to reduce the water volume prior to the fish sliding through the FishL™ Recognition System and down to the river below the dam.

This is the first opportunity to utilize the FishL™ Recognition System for downstream monitoring and the first European installation of this safe, autonomous, volitional, monitoring system. With the European fish passage initiatives coming in to play, the need for accurate, accountable monitoring of upstream and downstream fish passage is upon us.

Last fall we passed and imaged adult Eel through the scanner for the first time ever. 

You can find out more about the project here.

Whooshh Innovations Passes $300k, Super Early Bird Bonus Ends Soon

about 1 month ago

What an exciting and thrilling launch for us!  In just a matter of days we have already passed $300,000 in investments. We're so happy to have those of you on board who have already invested. 

Just a reminder if you haven't already invested, our Super Early Bird bonus is ending soon, so now is your chance to take advantage. Feel free to tell you friends and family about our exciting investment as well.  

Speaking of exciting:  We're so excited to be included in a Digital Trends article titled: "The world's first fully automated 'salmon cannon' is here to save the planet."  

Our Whooshh Passage Portal is being called a "hyperloop for fish" and it's not hard to see why.  


Join our mission to SAVE the fish, FEED the planet, and GROW clean energy!  

-- The Whooshh Innovations Team 

 

Whooshh Innovations Passes $200,000 In Investments!

about 1 month ago

Whooshh Innovations is proud to announce that we have passed the $200,000 milestone on StartEngine but the clock is running out on our biggest incentive.  

Only a short time remaining for the Friends and Family 15% bonus shares.  

Your investments are having a direct and beneficial impact on our company, and we’re so happy to have you on the team. 

Thanks to the more than 100 people who have already invested! 



Our offering is now open!

about 1 month ago

Hello friends of Whooshh Innovations! We're so happy to announce that our campaign is now live, and now is your chance to finalize your investment.   

If you've already submitted reservations, please make sure you finalize them before we begin reaching out to our broader community.  

Whooshh Innovations is also now a featured company on StartEngine's home page, for all to see and invest! 

We're so happy for you to join us on this journey to SAVE the Fish! FEED the Planet! and GROW clean energy! 

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