December 20, 2021

An Exit To Accelerate Climate Impact: AES Acquires Community Energy Solar

December 20, 2021 / Dave Kirkpatrick LinkedIn / – We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Community Energy Solar (CES) by AES to accelerate the deployment of utility scale solar and storage. SJF led the Series A financing for CES in 2010, in partnership with our co-investor NGP ETP. At that time, the CES…

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December 20, 2021

Community Energy Acquired by AES

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 20, 2021 / PRNewswire / — The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) today announced the acquisition of leading US solar developer, Community Energy Solar, LLC (Community Energy). AES has signed PPAs to deliver 4 GW of renewables in the US this year and the acquisition of Community Energy will further bolster the Company’s future expansion…

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December 17, 2021

SJF Hiring for Three New Positions

SJF Ventures is hiring for three new positions: an associate based in its Durham office; a senior analyst based in its San Francisco office; and an analyst, portfolio acceleration based in either its New York or Durham office. Information about each role and application instructions is included below. Associate Position (Durham, NC): SJF Ventures is…

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December 16, 2021

SJF Leads Mercado Labs’ Series A

December 16, 2021 / Mercado Labs / — Mercado Labs, an online platform that automates the first mile of the import supply chain, announced today it has closed a Series A investment led by SJF Ventures. Existing investors, LiveOak Venture Partners, Ironspring Ventures, and Supply Chain Ventures also participated in the round. The Series A funding will be used to…

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September 30, 2021

SJF Hosts Future Impact: The Solar Century Panel

SJF Ventures hosted its second Future Impact series event on solar energy’s transition to the primary source of global energy this century.  On September 30, 2021, SJF Ventures hosted a conversation on the future impact of the “Solar Century.” Facilitated by Dave Kirkpatrick and Jacqueline Goodman at SJF, this discussion focused on solar energy’s transition…

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August 31, 2021

SJF Leads Ellipsis Health’s $26 Million Series A

SAN FRANCISCO, August 31, 2021 / PRNewswire / — Ellipsis Health, pioneer of the first voice vital sign to quantify and manage depression and anxiety at scale, today announced that it has raised $26 million in Series A funding to further its measurement-based approach to identifying and quantifying behavioral health conditions. Through voice technology, Ellipsis Health empowers people to take control…

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August 9, 2021

Waycare Acquired by Rekor Systems

SJF Ventures portfolio company Waycare Technologies has been acquired by Rekor Systems, a Govtech company focused on intelligent infrastructure and smart cities. Waycare is an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based connected mobility platform for transportation agencies that provides actionable insights and predictive analytics to improve traffic and safety management operations. Waycare’s technology will enhance Rekor’s existing suite…

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May 18, 2021

SJF Invests in Rhithm – Right time. Right place. Right product. Right impact.

We are excited to announce SJF’s investment in Rhithm, a social emotional learning (SEL) platform providing data-driven insight into student well-being. We join our friends at Reach Capital, who led the investment, as well as a broader syndicate with Red House Education and Edovate Capital. Reach wrote a great piece, articulating their excitement in the company….

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April 28, 2021

SJF Ventures Invests in PosiGen

New Orleans, LA / April 28, 2021 / PRNewswire / – PosiGen, the nation’s leading provider of renewable energy and efficiency solutions for low-to-moderate income (LMI) households, is pleased to announce the second close of its Series D growth equity financing with an additional $27 million investment from a syndicate of leading private equity investors, including Activate…

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April 28, 2021

SJF Invests in Take Command Health

Dallas, TX / April 28, 2021 / PRNewswire / –  Take Command Health, an innovative health benefits platform, announced it has closed a $12 million Series A funding round led by LiveOak Venture Partners and SJF Ventures. The funding enables the HRA administrator to capitalize on tremendous demand by growing its team, launching new products and features,…

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March 9, 2021

SJF Invests in SchooLinks

March 9, 2021 / EdSurge / – Going after an industry giant in K-12 college and career planning wasn’t what Katie Fang originally had in mind when she started SchooLinks in 2015. Back then, it was a website where high school students and parents could research college options. Such services were a dime a dozen, she…

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February 4, 2021

SJF Ventures Closes Fifth Fund at $175 Million

Feb. 4, 2021 / PRNewswire / — SJF Ventures has launched SJF Ventures V, L.P., a $175 million impact investment fund. SJF backs visionary entrepreneurial teams working in clean energy and climate, circular economy and logistics, mobility and govtech, health, education, future of work, and sustainable food. The firm has offices in Durham, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. Limited partners…

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December 2, 2020

ShipMonk Raises $290 Million

December 2, 2020 / (Crunchbase News) / – ShipMonk, now armed with a $290 million growth equity investment from Summit Partners, is poised to enter its next phase. Prior to this investment, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-headquartered provider of direct-to-consumer fulfillment and technology tools was essentially bootstrapped and profitable since it was founded in 2014, with the exception…

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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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