January 14, 2016

Yieldbot Experiences 1,650% Growth in Two Years

NEW YORK, January 14, 2016 — Yieldbot today announced its highest annual revenue in company history. In 2015 the company experienced 150% growth from the previous year, and nearly a 1650% increase from 2013, its first full year of revenue. Q4 2015 also marked the first profitable quarter in the start-up’s history. The company’s 3-year…

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December 31, 2015

The New York Times Highlights Optoro’s Role in Holiday Returns

“In Season of Returning, a Start-Up Tries to Find Homes for the Rejects” Read the full story at The New York Times.

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November 19, 2015

Fit4D Wins NJTC Beacon of Light Award

The NJ Tech Council’s 19th annual Awards Celebration recognizes and celebrates tech and life sciences companies for their accomplishments in leadership, collaboration and innovation. Read Full Story on NJTC.org

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November 4, 2015

NEXTracker Acquired by Flex

NEXTracker is a designer and manufacturer of advanced single-axis solar photovoltaic trackers that offer lower costs, better performance and more flexibility for solar power plants of all sizes. In December 2014, SJF Ventures led a Series B financing for the company, resulting in $25 million of new equity and debt growth capital. The company grew…

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October 22, 2015

EnTouch Controls and EnerNOC Announce Partnership

EnerNOC, Inc. ENOC, +3.71% a leading provider of energy intelligence software (EIS), and technology company EnTouch Controls today announced a strategic partnership to deliver the full benefits of EIS to businesses that have large numbers of small footprint outlets, such as those in the national retail and food service industries. The combined offering, which has…

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October 15, 2015

100% Clean Energy – the New Zero Waste

Last week I had the chance to toast Dan Shugar, CEO of NEXTracker, a global leader in tracking systems for solar power plants, such as the 70MW Javiera Solar project in Chile pictured above.    Since SJF Ventures led a Series B financing with the company in December 2014, Dan and his team grew the company…

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October 6, 2015

groSolar Achieves Approval for NY Solar Project

ROME, NY – The Rome City Council Planning Board, at a meeting today, approved the site plan for a 2.8MW ground-mounted solar project to be built just southwest of the intersection of Old Oneida and Lowell roads. Known as the Mohawk Valley Solar Partners project, this development is a partnership between groSolar and Mohawk Valley…

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September 30, 2015

Think Through Learning Wins Industry Awards

Pittsburgh, PA (September 30, 2015) —— Think Through Learning, creators of Think Through Math (TTM), a web-based instructional system for grades 3 and above, announced today that it has been named a winner in the 20th Annual Education Software Review “EDDIE” Awards. Recognized as the best “Multi-level Online Math Learning System,” this is the second…

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September 28, 2015

Civitas Learning Closes Major Financing

Civitas Learning® (“the company”) today announced that Warburg Pincus is leading an investment of up to $60 million in the company. Civitas Learning has pioneered the use of data science and design thinking to support higher education institutions as they improve learning and increase degree completion. Read Full Story on CivitasLearning.com

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September 16, 2015

Validic Selected For National On The Move Wellness Challenge

DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Validic, the healthcare industry’s leading digital health platform, announced today its selection by WELCOA, the Wellness Council of America, to power the National On The Move Wellness Challenge. The On The Move competition is focused on fueling national corporate health initiatives to combat physical inactivity and initiate behavior…

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September 4, 2015

MediaMath Wins Prestigious International Award

Over 700 members of the international marketing and media community gathered last night (3 September) at Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane to celebrate the very best work the industry has produced over the past 12 months. The evening was hosted by ‘Gadget Show’ TV presenter Ortis Deley, with entertainment from dance troupe Plague and…

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August 19, 2015

SJF Leads Series A Financing for Fit4D

NEW YORK – August 19, 2015 –  Fit4D (http://www.fit4d.com), a digital health company that is improving the health of people with diabetes, announced today that it has secured Series A funding from SJF Ventures, Sovereign Health System and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. The funding will enable the company to expand distribution of its…

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August 5, 2015

Why Edtech Exits Will Defy Historical Trends

When we ask education entrepreneurs “Who will buy your company X years from now?” the answer, more often than not, is either limited or defies reality. Entrepreneurs are busy building great companies that tackle extraordinary problems and impact the lives of (hopefully) millions. These aspirations make me most excited to partner with them. A company…

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May 4, 2015

SJF Ventures Invests in Raise.me​

​San Francisco, CA – May 4, 2015 – SJF Ventures is pleased to announce it has invested in CA-based Raise.me, a company that is reinventing educational pathways and changing the way students access billions of dollars each year in scholarships and grants for college.  Owl Ventures, First Round Capital, Deborah Quazzo and other angels were also…

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April 29, 2015

Validic Raises $12.5M Led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures

Durham, NC – April 29, 2015 – Validic, the healthcare industry’s leading digital health platform, announced today that it has secured a $12.5 million Series B round led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Kaiser Permanente, with participation from existing investors SJF Ventures and Greycroft Partners. The funding will continue to fuel Validic’s…

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March 24, 2015

SJF Ventures Invests in Novinium, Inc.

Auburn, Washington – March 24, 2015 – SJF Ventures announced today it has led a $20 million Series D financing in Novinium, owner of patented processes for rejuvenating aged underground power cables.  Use of proceeds was for the acquisition of UtilX from Willbros Group, Inc. (NYSE: WG).  UtilX offers the proprietary, patented CableCURE® injection service and…

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February 9, 2015

SJF Ventures Leads NEXTracker Financing

NEXTracker Raises $25 Million of Growth Capital Financing from SJF Ventures, Tennenbaum Capital Partners, existing investors; Doubles Manufacturing Capacity Investment Enables NEXTracker to Fulfill Expanding Customer Orders for the Solar Industry’s Most Advanced Solar PV Tracker FREMONT, CA, FEB. 9, 2015 – NEXTracker, Inc., designer and manufacturer of the world’s most advanced single axis PV trackers, today…

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February 5, 2015

SJF Ventures Invests in Civitas Learning

Civitas Learning Closes $16 Million In Funding to Continue Trailblazing Efforts in Data Science and Student Success Led by Rethink Education, round includes funding from Gera Venture Capital, SJF Ventures, Austin Ventures and Emergence Capital Austin, Texas – February 3, 2015 – Civitas Learning, the Austin-based predictive analytics Software-as-a-Service (Saas) innovator on a mission to help…

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January 19, 2015

ServiceChannel Investment Provides Successful Exit for SJF Ventures

January 20, 2015 – SJF Ventures is pleased to announce that Bayard Capital has partnered with ServiceChannel and provided growth capital for the company.  As part of the transaction, SJF received proceeds that generated a successful return on its investment. ServiceChannel is a New York-based Software-as-a-Service company that allows facilities managers and contractors to collaborate effectively.  More than 200 brands, including the top 5 U.S. retailers,…

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December 10, 2014

SJF Portfolio Company Optoro Raises $50MM led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Washington – December 10, 2014 –  Optoro Inc., a cloud-based technology company that enables retailers and manufacturers to increase their revenue from returned and excess inventory, today announced that it has closed a $50 million Series C funding. The funding round was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) joined by Generation Investment Management (Generation)…

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