SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Future Motion Inc., makers of the popular Onewheel, the revolutionary electric boardsport, today announced it closed $3.2 million in Series A funding to expand operations, ship more Onewheels and innovate next-generation products.
New investor Deshe Holdings led the round, with participation from sports marketing leader Paul Crandell. "Ever since I first tried the Onewheel, I knew it was a category-defining product," said Elie Deshe, Partner, Deshe Capital LLC. "Personal mobility is the next technological wave, and Future Motion's Onewheel is uniquely positioned to lead the industry. We're glad to support Kyle and his team during this exciting period of growth."
Future Motion will use the new funding to increase manufacturing capacity and expand their team, particularly in engineering, marketing and operations. Additionally, the company is building out a new R&D center in Santa Cruz with advanced equipment to rapidly develop next-generation recreation-transportation products.
"This round of funding allows us to scale up to reach the overwhelming market demand for Onewheel," said Kyle Doerksen, CEO of Future Motion. "Electric transportation is taking over the world, from cars to motorcycles to bikes and personal digital vehicles like Onewheel. Since software and sensors define the ride experience, the technology is getting better incredibly fast. Consumers are demanding high-quality, safe products from reputable companies that deliver unmatched experiences."
Future Motion is also opening a European distribution and service center to accelerate growth in Europe while providing fast shipping to customers and after-sales support. Onewheel was just awarded the prestigious ISPO BRANDNEW 2016 award at ISPO, the world's largest sporting goods show in Munich, Germany.
The Onewheel experience is unlike anything offered by other products on the market. Designed and built in California from premium materials, it provides a sensation familiar to experienced board riders and approachable for first-timers.
The company vigorously protects its Intellectual Property as it protects safety and a ride experience that cannot be replicated by knock-offs.
Additional Series A funding was contributed by DSCN Capital, Hallet Capital, and Lighthouse Capital. They join existing investors Rock Point Capital, Urban.Us, Scott Cannon, founder of Mailbox (acquired by Dropbox) and Charles Crowe, former board member of Quiksilver.
About Future Motion Inc.:
Founded in 2013, Future Motion Inc. is revolutionizing personal mobility by creating vehicles that combine unprecedented function, maneuverability and fun. Future Motion Inc. was founded by Kyle Doerksen, who holds a B.S. in Neuroengineering (2004) and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2005) from Stanford University. Future Motion's introductory product Onewheel, was launched in January, 2014 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and is rapidly defining a new category in commuting, transportation and boardsports. Headquartered in the beach town of Santa Cruz, California, Future Motion Inc. is a venture-backed company focused on the development of advanced personal vehicles and is committed to delivering a safe, high-quality riding experience to its customers. Using only the finest quality components, Onewheel is proudly made in California, USA. Onewheel is a recipient of the 2016 ISPO BrandNew award, given to the most innovative new products in the global sporting goods industry for 2016. Onewheel retails for $1,499 and can be purchased either through the Onewheel website or at several key retailers including: Urban Surf (Seattle, WA), Next Adventure (Portland, OR), Strongwater Mountain Surf Co (Missoula, MT), and Tula Adventure Sports (Virginia Beach, VA). For more information, please visit www.rideonewheel.com. Check out Onewheel on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & YouTube.
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