October 28, 2020

HYLA Mobile Acquired by Assurant

NEW YORK / October 28, 2020 / (BUSINESS WIRE) / – Assurant (NYSE: AIZ), a leading global provider of lifestyle and housing solutions that support, protect and connect major consumer purchases, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire HYLA Mobile, a leading provider of smartphone software, trade-in and upgrade services. The transaction…

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September 21, 2020

SJF Publishes 2020 Impact Report

SJF Ventures is proud to release its 2020 Impact Report, which details the fund’s impact strategy, gives an overview of SJF’s investment and impact themes per sector, and provides a deep dive into the various dimensions of impact for each portfolio company. Download SJF’s 2020 Impact Report here. Please note that the report is interactive,…

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September 9, 2020

SJF Ventures Leads Terabase Series A

BERKELEY, California, September 9, 2020 / PRNewswire / — Solar digital solutions startup Terabase Energy announced Wednesday that it has closed a $6 million Series A financing, led by SJF Ventures. On a mission to drive solar power prices down below one cent per kilowatt-hour (kWh) by 2025, Terabase provides proprietary software, automation and digital deployment solutions for utility-scale projects globally. Co-founded by six solar…

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August 18, 2020

SJF Leads Perishable Shipping Solutions Series A

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, August 18, 2020 / PRWEB / — Perishable Shipping Solutions (PSS), a leader in the e-commerce market for perishable cold and frozen food fulfillment logistics, announced today that it has closed an $8.7M Series A round of financing. The investment was led by SJF Ventures with participation from Grotech Ventures and others including Supply…

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August 5, 2020

SJF Invests in ROOM

NEW YORK, August 5, 2020 / CREtech /- ROOM, the startup reshaping the modern workspace, today announced it has closed a $12.5 million Series A round to fuel the upcoming expansion of its product portfolio with a suite of modular architectural solutions designed to meet crucial demand for adaptability and flexibility in the office. Backed…

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August 5, 2020

SJF Invests in Springboard Series B

San Francisco, August 5, 2020 / Springboard / – Springboard, a mentor-guided online learning platform that prepares people for in-demand careers, announced today it has raised $31 million in Series B funding, bringing its total capital raised to more than $50 million. This round was led by new investor Telstra Ventures, with participation from Vulcan Capital…

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July 22, 2020

SJF Leads $10 Million Financing of Cooks Venture

NEW YORK, July 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Cooks Venture, a vertically-integrated food company re-envisioning the future of agriculture, today announced the closing of a $10 million Series A investment. SJF Ventures and Cultivian Sandbox led the investment with participation from Larry Schwartz and John Roulac, executive producer of the upcoming documentary on regenerative agriculture, Kiss the Ground. Cooks Venture breeds and raises a proprietary slow-growth,…

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June 5, 2020

Black Lives Matter – SJF Ventures Statement of Support

We, like you, have been dealing with shock, sadness, frustration, and anger in the wake of the recent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  As with the cases of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others, we know the unfortunate truth that for every George Floyd, there are an unknown number of similar events that go…

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April 21, 2020

SJF Ventures Cleantech Office Hours

SJF Ventures is offering Cleantech Open Office Hours from 10 am – 6 pm ET on Thursday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 13 to support growth-stage companies with the potential to rapidly scale in an economic recovery. During the office hours, cleantech entrepreneurs will present their investment opportunity or discuss top-of-mind issues via video with…

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April 18, 2020

Coronavirus Proves Government is Important

Dave Kirkpatrick recently authored an article, Coronavirus Proves Government Is Important, that was first published in The Hill.  The column covers how attacks on government have weakened our response to the pandemic and climate crisis and highlights the urgent need for proficient and accountable governments to protect all citizens from these crises, especially the poor.  The piece…

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January 22, 2020

SJF Invests in Catalant Series E

Boston, Massachusetts, January 22, 2020 / PR Newswire / – Catalant Technologies today announced the close of $35 million of additional funding from its Series E equity round and expansion of its existing debt facility to scale its product offering and expand into new global markets. Catalant is a leading provider of software that helps companies effectively manage strategy…

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October 28, 2019

SJF Co-Leads PierianDx Series B

St. Louis, Missouri, October 28, 2019  / BusinessWire / – PierianDx, the leading clinical genomics informatics company, today announced that it has closed a $27 million Series B funding round led by ATW Partners and SJF Ventures that also includes existing investors Health Catalyst Capital, Inova Health Systems, RTI International, and ARUP Laboratories. PierianDx provides…

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October 3, 2019

SJF Ventures Invests in Waycare

Los Angeles, California, October 3, 2019  / PRWeb / – Today Waycare, an AI-based connected mobility platform for transportation agencies, announced that it has raised $7.25 million in Series A funding led by SJF Ventures, with participation from UpWest, Next Gear Ventures, Innogy, Spider Capital, Goldbell, Zymestic Solutions, and janom. The new funding will drive Waycare’s expansion efforts in North America and Europe,…

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August 5, 2019

Cleantech – A Forest of Funds

August 5, 2019 – (LinkedIn) – SJF Ventures has been investing in cleantech companies for 20 years. We have seen many funds come and go, most notably Silicon Valley funds that rushed in some years ago only to get burned. The incorrect media conclusion after that saga was ‘cleantech VC failed’. However, funds like SJF have continued…

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May 21, 2019

SJF Ventures Invests in Interplay Learning

Austin, Texas, May 21, 2019  / INTERPLAY LEARNING / – Interplay Learning, the leading provider of online training for skilled trades utilizing virtual reality (VR) and 3D simulations, today announced it has completed a $5.5 million Series A round of financing. S3 Ventures led the investment round with participation from SJF Ventures, Sierra Ventures, Wild Basin Investments,…

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February 19, 2019

Portfolium Acquired by Instructure

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 19, 2019 / PRNewswire / — Instructure, Inc. (NYSE: INST), the leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that helps people learn and develop from their first day of school to their last day of work, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Portfolium, the student success network built to showcase the achievements, projects, and competencies of…

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January 10, 2019

TemperPack Raises $22.5 Million Series B

Richmond, VA, January 10, 2019 / FORBES / – On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council voted 6-3 to ban the use of Styrofoam. In doing so, it joined major metropolitan areas like New York, Seattle, Minneapolis and Washington, DC in eliminating the use of polystyrene foam within city limits. Packaging startup TemperPack is looking…

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December 12, 2018

SJF Featured in Tideline and ICM White Paper: The Alpha in Impact

December 12, 2018 / TIDELINE / – New research from Tideline and Impact Capital Managers (ICM), a network of private fund managers committed to impact investing, shows that a social and environmental focus on investment management can, in fact, boost financial returns. The new white paper, titled The Alpha in Impact, is based on Tideline’s analysis…

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July 30, 2018

The Wall Street Journal Discusses Optoro’s $75 Million Funding Announcement

(The Wall Street Journal) – Logistics technology specialist Optoro Inc. has raised $75 million in new funding to expand development and sales of its software aimed at helping retailers handle returns and resales of merchandise, a capability taking on greater importance under e-commerce. The new funding round, led by Franklin Templeton Investments, a unit of Franklin…

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May 31, 2018

SJF Invests in $6.6 Million Series A for Voltaiq

BERKELEY, Calif. and BROOKLYN, New York, May 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/— Voltaiq, the leader in Battery Intelligence™ software solutions, today announced that it has raised $6.6 million in a Series A funding round. The round was led by Anzu Partners and includes Bee Partners, SJF Ventures, and UL Ventures. The funding will enable Voltaiq to accelerate…

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