HAMILTON, Ontario, Dec. 19, 2016 â€” Cinnos MCI, the Hamilton-based high-tech start-up that introduced the worldâ€™s first data centre appliance to the global market, announced today that it successfully raised over $2.3 million in equity financing from the community of angel investors in the Hamilton, Burlington and the Greater Toronto Area, as well as Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) through its Market Readiness Company Building (MRCB) program. The financing was led by the Burlington-based Angel One Investor Network, one of the most active angel groups in Canada. The funds raised will provide the capital for Cinnos to build its next generation of the Mission Critical X (MCX), and fund its global expansion.
â€śOur MCX brings unprecedented economic and environmental efficiencies to the $170 billion data centre industry, and we intend to use this funding to capitalize fully on our unique and proprietary technology,â€ť said Hussam Haroun, Cinnos CEO and co-founder.
â€śWe thought we would need to syndicate outside of Angel One to deliver the $1 million of funding Cinnos was seeking,â€ť said Karen Grant, Executive Director of Angel One. â€śBut by the time our due diligence was completed, our members delivered over $1 million all by themselves. I received calls from Angel One members who missed the first round, and we had strong interest from our friends at Maple Leaf Angels and York Angel Investors. Rather than leave anyone out, we went back to Cinnos and asked if they would consider increasing the round to $2 million. And they did.â€ť
â€śThe Market Readiness Company Building program is designed to assist companies like Cinnos scale up, and advance their early-stage commercialization efforts,â€ť said Dr. Tom Corr, OCEâ€™s President and CEO. â€śCompanies like Cinnos illustrate how the programs at OCE can help innovators capitalize on Ontarioâ€™s first-class academic institutions, and support local innovation in the global marketplace through strategic investment at critical stages in their growth.â€ť
â€śThis is a watershed event for the innovation ecosystem in the Hamilton region. I was really impressed by Karenâ€™s professionalism and her fantastic due diligence team,â€ť said Dr. Lotfi Belkhir, Chairman of the Board of Cinnos, and Associate Professor at the W Booth School of Engineering Practice & Technology at McMaster University. â€śWhat fills me with pride is the visionary leadership of Hussam Haroun, and how he was able to translate the learning experience he received from our Masterâ€™s in Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEEI) at the W Booth into one of the most promising start-ups in the Greater Toronto Area.â€ť
Cinnos has developed and commercialized the worldâ€™s first data centre appliance that enables immediate deployment and a pay-as-you-grow model for data centre providers. Furthermore, thanks to its proprietary modular design, The Cinnos Smart MCXâ„˘ enables immediate deployment of data centres for a fraction of the cost of traditional mission critical facilities (MCF), hence accelerating revenues and bringing dramatically higher ROI to our customers as compared with the traditional construction-based MCF. Founded by Hussam Haroun in June 2015 following his graduation from McMaster MEEI program, Cinnos achieved breakeven in less than twelve (12) months of operations. For more information, please visit http://cinnos.com
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