Mungion Has Van, Trailer, Gear, Lights, And All Stolen Ahead Of First-Ever Headlining Tour

first_imgLate last week while on the road for their first headlining tour, Chicago band Mungion faced quite the unfortunate circumstance, when their van, trailer and subsequently, all of their gear, were stolen from the West Village neighborhood in Detroit, MI. The theft took place at 11 am CST on Friday, August 25th. In an effort to recover the missing gear—including their instruments, lighting rig, monitors, amps, merch, and more—the band has launched a GoFundMe campaign earlier today, hoping to make a dent in the estimated $41,500 worth of loss.Mungion has issued the following statement via Facebook:Last weekend, while on the road, we were staying out in Detroit and woke up to find our van and trailer stolen with all of our gear, merchandise, lights, and other valuable belongings in them. Although we are grateful that everyone is safe, our livelihood was taken from us in the blink of an eye. After going from door to door in the neighborhood we were able to track down some surveillance video that showed two men breaking in and stealing our van and trailer. Unfortunately, there was not much the authorities or anyone could do. After filing the police report and talking to neighbors we piled up in a hatchback and drove 6 hours to New York to play because the show must always go on!Our very first tour as a headlining band is coming up in the next week and we need your help to get us back on our feet. Everything that was taken from us is estimated at around $50,000 total. Now more than ever, we need the help from our Mung Family to pick us back up and make the force even stronger! Any donations will help, big or small. We promise to reciprocate all of the positive energy and love through each and every show we play. We are able to do what we love because of ALL of you and could not imagine going through this journey alone. WE thank you in advance for all of your help, love, and support. We know that something like this will only make us stronger.The band is hoping friends and fans alike will help spread the word via social media. If you have any more information on the whereabouts of the band’s belongings, please contact them via their GoFundMe campaign or reach out to their publicist at: Jul[email protected] those unfamiliar with Mungion and their music, please enjoy a video of “Sloob Syndrome” shot live at Chrysler Studios last October:Please consider helping Mungion during this terrible time, and donate to the GoFundMe here:As of now, all scheduled dates will go on as planned; please find a full list below. More Info here.MUNGION // 2017 Tour Dates9/7 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall9/9 – Bellvue, CO – Canyon Jam @ The Mishawaka9/13 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown9/14 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews9/21 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music and Arts Festival9/28 – Stevens Point, WI – The Encore9/29 – Menasha, WI – The Source Public House9/30 – Minneapolis, MN – The Hook and Ladder10/18 – Columbus, OH – Notes10/19 – Cincinnati, OH – Octave10/20 – Peoria, IL – Kenny’s Westside Pub10/21 – Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club10/27 – Palatine, IL – Durty Nellie’s11/4 – Dekalb, IL – The House Cafe11/8 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache11/9 – Ferndale, MI – Parliament Room at Otus Supply11/10 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop11/11 – Erie, PA – Kings Rook Club11/14 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works11/15 – New York, NY – American Beauty11/16 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall11/17 – Allston, MA – Great Scott11/18 – Burlington, VT – Nectar’slast_img read more

Village Ventures and FreshTracks Capital Announce $1 Million Investment in Mophie

first_imgVILLAGE VENTURES AND FRESHTRACKS CAPITAL ANNOUNCE $1 MILLION INVESTMENT IN MOPHIE”Vermont-based venture capital fund finances investment in Burlington-based iPod Accessories firm founded by 19-year old serial entrepreneur(Middlebury, VT 8/1/2006) – FreshTracks Capital, L.P. (FreshTracks), a Middlebury-based venture capital fund focused on investing in Vermont growth companies, announced its investment in mophie” of Burlington, VT. FreshTracks joined majority investor, Village Ventures, a Williamstown, MA based venture capital firm.Together, the syndicate invested one million dollars in the company, with an additional amount to be invested in the near future. mophie” is a developer of innovative, value-added solutions for the digital lifestyle accessory market, currently focusing on iPod accessories. mophie” was founded by Ben Kaufman, a 19-year old entrepreneur while he attended high school on Long Island, NY.Bo Peabody, who led the transaction for Village Ventures, founded Tripod Inc., one of the original developers of web-based personal publishing and communities in 1992 while he attended Williams College, then sold Tripod to Lycos in 1998.Sharing the perspective of college student entrepreneurs, Kaufman and Peabody connected immediately. Peabody commented, Bens maturity, understanding of his market, and vision for his product are exemplary. The power of the iPod economy continues to dominate digital media, and Ben has done a great job tapping into that community in conceptualizing and crafting mophies innovative RELO product line.Kaufman has been managing businesses since he was 14, when he founded his first company, a web development firm called BKMEDIA. Kaufman relocated mophie” to Burlington, VT when he enrolled at Champlain College and decided to lay down roots in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. Kaufman is one of the charter members of Champlain Colleges BYOBiz Program, which encourages student entrepreneurs to bring their businesses with them to college.Its hard to believe that something that started as a daydream in my high school math class has come to fruition. I am here today because of the incredibly tight-knit Vermont business community which has helped this 19-year-old prove that no matter how old, or young, you are, if you work hard enough and never give up hope for your dream… it can certainly come true, said Kaufman.Lee Bouyea, an Associate with FreshTracks Capital added, Weve been working with Ben for close to a year now, advising mophie and networking with Ben to locate the resources necessary to help the company become equity ready.FreshTracks recently assisted in hiring CEO Dave Schmidt to the company, allowing Ben to focus on product development and marketing, the two things he does best. Bouyea will join the board of directors when the transaction is completed.Schmidt brings to the company his former experiences as VP of Sales at Burton Inc., the international snowboard company, and as GM of Himaya, a sports sunscreen company, both based in Burlington, VT. Schmidt is excited to drive the mophie” team to success and said, This is a terrific opportunity to run a young company with amazing potential, and to help Ben realize his vision. Doing all of this here in Burlington makes it even better. This is a great place to grow a branded consumer products company, and we want to make mophie the next in a long line of successful growth companies that tap into the Vermont brand.Kaufman continued, I am super-psyched to begin pushing forward with the team we have now put in place. With backing from FreshTracks and Village Ventures, along with the amount of knowledge and experience they bring to the table, we are primed to make a huge impact on this market.mophie” is the 13th investment in FreshTracks first fund. FreshTracks provides a broad spectrum of equity financing to growth companies. Its investments include seed and early stage financing provided to re-launch EatingWell, a food and nutrition media company located in Charlotte, VT; financing for the going-private transaction of Vermont Teddy Bear; and expansion financing provided to ClearSource, a water bottling company with a flagship plant and springs in Randolph, VT.FreshTracks is often the first stop for Vermonts entrepreneurial companies seeking equity financing, no matter what their size or stage, said Cairn Cross, Managing Director of FreshTracks Capital. We have demonstrated that we can provide financing and value to very young companies as well as play an integral role in high-profile, complex private equity transactions, such as Vermont Teddy Bear in 2005.About mophie”mophie is a developer of innovative, value-added solutions for the digital lifestyle accessory market. Dreamt by a 19 year old with a head full of ideas, our goal is to create a funky product development firm built around good people and great ideas. For more information visit mophie.com.About FreshTracks Capital, L.P.FreshTracks Capital L.P. (www.freshtrackscap.com(link is external)) is an $11 million venture capital fund formed in 2001 and part of the Village Ventures nationwide network of venture capital funds. Since inception, FreshTracks Capitals first fund has invested more than $6 million in 13 portfolio companies. FreshTracks invests between $250,000 and $1,500,000 in private growth-oriented companies, primarily companies in close geographic proximity to Vermont. FreshTracks Capital, L.P. has 53 limited partners including Middlebury College, Banknorth, National Life Insurance Company, Key Bank, the John Merck Fund and Vermont Community Foundation.About Village VenturesVillage Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm investing in exceptional entrepreneurs building information technology and life sciences companies in emerging domestic geographies. Village Ventures identifies promising investment opportunities in partnership with its nationwide network of 13 early stage venture capital funds focused on these emerging markets. The combination of local capital and hands-on investment focus with Village Ventures’ centralized services and national network helps create compelling and innovative companies.www.villageventures.com(link is external)last_img read more