venture fund

  • Kairos’ $25M venture fund will invest in ideas that help the middle class

    Kairos’ $25M venture fund will invest in ideas that help the middle class

    Kairos, the organization for young entrepreneurs founded in 2008 as Kairos Society, has lifted the veil on its first venture fund that it teased earlier this year. The $25M fund will focus on companies that are working to solve real-world issues facing the middle class in America and abroad. Essentially the fund and its investment thesis is a response to the often heard complaint that… Read More

  • IVP announces $1.5 billion venture fund

    IVP announces $1.5 billion venture fund

    IVP, one of the original late-stage venture capital firms, is announcing its sixteenth fund. And at $1.5 billion, it’s the largest yet. This brings the group’s total committed capital to $7 billion. With a slew of exits this year, including Snap, AppDynamics, MuleSoft and Yext, and a historical IRR of 43%, it was enough to convince LPs that they’re ready for a little more money. Read More

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    A $150 million fund, The Engine, will back startups others find ‘too hard’

    A $150 million fund, The Engine, will back startups others find ‘too hard’

    A fund and accelerator for advanced technology startups, The Engine, closed its debut fund at a robust $150 million this week, according to its president, CEO and managing partner, Katie Rae. Last year, TechCrunch reported that MIT was investing $25 million into The Engine, becoming the anchor LP for the fund. Read More

  • AccelFoods fund for food and beverage innovators reaches $35 million

    AccelFoods fund for food and beverage innovators reaches $35 million

    AccelFoods, an accelerator and fund that backs innovative food and beverage companies, has added $15 million to its second fund, according to founding partners Jordan Gaspar and Lauren Jupiter. AccelFoods has backed brands making products that range from edgy to adorable. Examples are Exo, which makes protein supplements and bars from crickets (yes the insects); Four Sigmatic, which uses… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Jay Z Has Arrived

    More news about Jay Z’s new venture (Arrive), robots that fix their mistakes and Y Combinator launches its MOOC. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Greycroft announces $250 million growth fund

    Greycroft announces $250 million growth fund

    Greycroft Partners, the venture firm co-founded by industry veteran Alan Patricof, is announcing their second growth equity fund. They will have about $250 million in capital to deploy, an increase from the $200 million in their previous late stage fund from 2.5 years ago. This is in addition to the $200 million early stage fund that they recently raised late last year. About half of their… Read More

  • SOSV, “the accelerator VC,” closes third fund at $150 million

    SOSV, “the accelerator VC,” closes third fund at $150 million

    Since the advent of accelerators, venture capitalists have competed to lock in deals with the best startups in a given batch. Entrepreneur turned investor Sean O’ Sullivan thought it would be better to develop a venture firm that owned and ran its own accelerators. Today that firm, SOSV, has closed its third fund at $150 million to back startups that are admitted to and have graduated… Read More

  • Former TechShop CEO Mark Hatch joins Network Society Ventures as General Partner

    Former TechShop CEO Mark Hatch joins Network Society Ventures as General Partner

    Early-stage venture firm Network Society Ventures has snagged TechShop’s former CEO and co-founder Mark Hatch as general partner. Hatch is recognized as a pioneer of the maker movement, is a current entrepreneur in residence at UC Berkeley, and is a former Green Beret. For those who don’t know it, TechShop bills itself as “a membership-based DIY… Read More

  • Starburst Ventures closes $200 million debut fund to back space tech startups

    Starburst Ventures closes $200 million debut fund to back space tech startups

    A new venture fund called Starburst Ventures has raised a $200 million debut fund to invest in early stage aerospace startups over the next three years. The fund is an extension of the Starburst Accelerator, which was founded in 2012 to help aviation and aerospace tech startups raise seed funding, and score their first big deal with a corporate customer, typically representing $1 million or… Read More

  • Greylock closes $1 billion fund

    Greylock closes $1 billion fund

    Greylock Partners is getting another $1 billion to invest in startups. The long-time venture capital firm is announcing its 15th fund, bringing the total to $3.5 billion currently under management. With 50 years of investing in the books, Greylock has backed industry leaders in the enterprise IT and consumer internet categories, including LinkedIn, Dropbox, Facebook and Airbnb. Their… Read More

  • A Step Forward? Bertelsmann & Others Back $100 Million Venture Fund For Innovative Education

    A Step Forward? Bertelsmann & Others Back $100 Million Venture Fund For Innovative Education

    Just as (mobile) technology is bringing some exciting changes to the health industry, it’s simultaneously over in the classroom trying to save education before it’s too late. I’m not sure we’re even close to “too late”, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that, like the health industry, the educational system (and I don’t limit that to the U.S.)… Read More