Dave Kirkpatrick is a Managing Director and co-founder of SJF Ventures, which focuses on high growth, positive impact ventures. Dave helped lead SJF’s capitalization of three funds totaling $135 million starting in 1999. The most recent fund, SJF Ventures III, LP, was closed at $90 million in the spring of 2013. SJF Ventures has invested in 50 portfolio companies. Dave’s portfolio engagements include EnTouch Controls, Community Energy, groSolar, Living Earth, and ED MAP, as well as exited companies NEXTracker, CleanScapes, B.B Hobbs, and Foxfire. Dave’s particular industry focus areas include elder markets as well energy efficiency, recycling & reuse, and solar companies.
Prior to SJF, Dave founded and managed two other successful enterprises – KirkWorks, a cleantech investment consulting firm; and SunShares, a solar energy and recycling company. Dave was named the national 2005 CDVC Practitioner of the Year by the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and Recycler of the Year in 1996, the National Recycling Coalition’s award for leadership in the recycling industry. Dave co-founded the SJF Institute in 2001, which merged with Investors’ Circle, a twenty-year old impact investment angel network, in 2011.
Dave earned a BA in Physics and History from Duke University in 1982 and an MBA from UNC Kenan Flagler Business School (KFBS) in 1991. He was named KFBS Executive MBA Alumni of the Year in 2010.