March 14, 2018

SJF Leads $7.5 Million SeamlessDocs Investment

SJF Ventures IV invested $4.5 million to lead a $7.5 million Series C financing of SeamlessDocs, a New York-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company focused on bringing government paperwork and workflows into the digital and mobile age.  More than 300 state and local governments in the United States rely on SeamlessDocs to conduct business online through digital…

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January 25, 2018

TransLoc Acquired by Ford

January 25, 2018 – TransLoc, a leading provider of transit technology, has been acquired by the Ford Smart Mobility Business Group. SJF Ventures, along with Fontinalis Partners, co-led an $8 million financing for TransLoc in March 2016. For more on that financing see: https://sjfventures.com/sjf-ventures-and-fontinalis-partners-co-lead-8-million-financing-for-transloc/. “We are thrilled about the merger of TransLoc with Ford Smart Mobility,”…

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November 1, 2017

SJF Co-Leads Investment in Jopwell

New York, NY – SJF Ventures is pleased to announce it has co-led the $7.5 million Series-A investment in NY-based Jopwell, a company that matches Black, Latino and Native American professionals with career opportunities.  Cue Ball co-led the investment with participation from Kapor Capital, Y-Combinator, Omidyar Network, Teneo Holdings and Valar Ventures. Minorities are underrepresented…

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July 14, 2017

SJF Ventures Leads $10 Million Series A in TemperPack

RICHMOND – July 14, 2017 – TemperPack (www.temperpack.com), the leader in earth-friendly packaging for insulated, temperature-sensitive goods, announced today that it has raised $10 million to expand its operations and further commercialize innovative, new products. SJF Ventures led the fundraising round, joined by Interplay Ventures, Third Prime Capital and Dolik Ventures. Robert Beckler, formerly the president of packaging at WestRock, an international…

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March 31, 2017

SJF Leads Equity Financing Round for Voxy

SJF Ventures has led the $10 million Series B financing at Voxy, a company revolutionizing English language learning.  Through a mobile and web-based educational program, Voxy is teaching English language learners with content and multimedia relevant to their personal lives and professional goals.  The company applies a rigorous learning pedagogy that has been proven to…

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December 7, 2016

SJF Invests in LeadGenius

SJF Ventures III has invested $3 million in LeadGenius. The Berkeley, CA-based company delivers a marketing and sales platform powered by best-in-class data that is continually refined through a unique combination of machine learning technology and skilled human researchers. Serving over 200 customers, from rapidly-scaling tech startups such as Weebly, to Fortune 500 businesses such as…

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October 27, 2016

SJF Ventures Publishes Impact Report

SJF is proud to release its 2016 Impact Report, which highlights the organization’s impact strategy and portfolio company achievements across six impact objectives: mitigating climate change, conserving natural resources, increasing nutritious food & sustainable agriculture, improving education access & outcomes, enhancing health & wellness, and enabling greater economic access & quality job creation.  The report…

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October 14, 2016

SJF Ventures Creates First Portfolio Carbon Impact Model

In 2016, SJF Ventures undertook a project to better understand the climate change impact of its portfolio.  SJF Ventures worked with a team from the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, along with its partners at the Duke Carbon Offset Initiative and with review by the Environmental…

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September 15, 2016

SJF Ventures Leads Series A Financing of Portfolium

San Diego, CA, September 15, 2016 – Portfolium announced on Monday that it has raised $6.55M in Series A Financing, led by SJF Ventures. The funds will fuel expansion of Portfolium’s talent marketplace for students and cement it’s position as this generation’s bridge between higher ed and the job market. “In every classroom, in every city in…

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June 17, 2016

SJF Ventures Co-Leads Investment in Solera Health

Phoenix, AZ,  June 17, 2016 – Solera Health, a technology-enabled personalized preventive health network, today announced the closing of a $4 million Series A1 round of funding. The company will use the financing to scale its operations to meet the growing demand by health plans for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) as a covered…

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March 31, 2016

SJF Ventures and Fontinalis Partners Co-Lead $8 Million Financing for TransLoc

Durham, N.C., March 31, 2016—TransLoc, a leading provider of transit technology, announced today that it has completed an $8 million round of financing. The round was co-led by SJF Ventures and Fontinalis Partners, with additional investments from Marc Benioff’s Efficient Capacity fund, Thomas McMurray and Patient Capital Collaborative (PCC), an impact fund affiliated with Investors’…

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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 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 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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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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