February 23, 2016

The New York Times Features Raise.me Micro-Scholarship Platform

“Got an A in Algebra? That’s Worth $120” Read the full story at The New York Times.

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February 9, 2016

Vital Farms Raises $8 Million

Since 2007, Austin-based organic egg producer Vital Farms Inc. has grown from a single operation in Southeast Austin to a network of 90 family-owned farms in six states. Read story.

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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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January 9, 2016

Think Through Solves 1 Billion Math Problems

Students embrace classroom program, complete millions of complex problems daily during 2014-15 school year Think Through Learning, creators of Think Through Math, a web-based math instructional system for grades 3 and above, announced today that students using the program across the U.S. have surpassed one billion math problems in the 2014-15 school year. More than…

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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

Community Energy Plans Largest Solar Plant in Mid Atlantic

Governor McAuliffe Announces Giant Step Forward for Solar Generation in Virginia September 28, 2015 State Issues Final Permit to Community Energy’s 80 Megawatt Solar Plant in Virginia — Largest Solar Generation Facility in the Mid-Atlantic EASTERN SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, MELFA, VA – Sept. 28, 2015 – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Virginia Department…

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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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June 15, 2015

Validic Named Top Healthcare Disrupter

DURHAM, N.C., June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Global research leader Frost & Sullivan has recognized Validic, the healthcare industry’s leading digital health platform, for its transformative and disruptive impact on healthcare, as a Top Ten Company Disrupting Healthcare. Frost & Sullivan analysts researched the healthcare landscape identifying companies with disruptive solutions that best address the present…

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May 12, 2015

HYLA Names New Chief Executive Officer

Biju Nair Appointed HYLA, Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer 05.12.2015 Nair brings more than 20 years of industry-leading technology innovation to global leader in trade-in solutions Dallas, Texas – May 12, 2015 – HYLA, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Biju Nair to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Biju assumed the…

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May 9, 2015

Former Portfolio Company MedPage Discusses Need for Science

LAS VEGAS — Personalized health technologies — such as wearable devices — should be built based on sound science, according to guidelines for developing the technologies released here Wednesday. Basing the technologies on sound science was one of five principles included in the guidelines, which were announced at a breakfast session at the annual meeting…

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