ZON Raises Over $2.5M in Seed Funding to Launch Solar Powered Mobile Device Charging Umbrellas

Manhattan Beach, CA, June 24, 2015 --(PR.com)-- ZON, an innovative solar product company, has secured over $2.5 million in seed funding to expand production and sale of its patented Powersol.

Founded in 2012 by Sarah and Robert Akin, along with co-founder Cameron Welborn-Wilson, ZON’s Powersol is the world’s first solar powered umbrella that has the capability to charge three mobile devices at once, as fast as a wall outlet. Powersol uses the most powerful natural resource, the sun, to create a surplus of charging power day or night.

“It is increasingly difficult to keep powerful mobile devices charged up outdoors whether it be at a patio table, amusement park or pool side. ZON solves this problem by bringing a carbon neutral, dependable charging solution to the customer right where they want to be, instead of requiring to them to go indoors, plug into the grid or abandon their phone to a charging locker,” said Harrison Clay, investor and President of Clean Energy Renewable Fuels. “With the capital raised in this financing ZON can bring its’ product to people everywhere, and enable mobile devices to conveniently charge up with the cleanest fuel there is - the sun," added Clay.

“ZON is a truly innovative product that is a game changer for businesses and consumers. As we have all become more dependent on our mobile devices to keep us connected, the challenge of where, when and how to “charge up” is omnipresent. ZON perfectly addresses the issue with an environmentally conscious solution. As an investor in ZON, the combination of timing, design uniqueness, and widespread interest in the product set the stage for an exceptional growth opportunity,” said Betsy McLaughlin, former CEO of Hot Topic.

Both Harrison Clay and Betsy McLaughlin have been appointed to ZON’s Board of Managers. Along with Harrison and Betsy, several other large angel investors participated in the seed round as well.

Since launching its product into the marketplace last fall, ZON has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from hotels, universities, and other outdoor shared environments, with several customers already coming back for more. “We are thrilled that this infusion of capital is ensuring we can bring ZON’s Powersol to customers across the United States in the quantities being demanded,” said Karina Fedasz, an executive at ZON.

In addition to ZON’s growing sales efforts, the company is also considering its expansion efforts overseas.
Emily Paffhausen