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Mar 13, 2020
Rethink Impact How the 2019 The Fundery Companies Were Selected The Fundery includes venture capital funds that take equity stakes in women entrepreneurs or women-led companies as the execution of all or part of their investment theses. It does not include angel networks (unless they also run a venture capital fund) nor does it include special purpose vehicles. Company Description Led by Jenny Abramson and launched in 2017, Rethink Impact is one of the newer funds to invest solely in women. But with $112 million in its coffers, it also may be the largest. (Intel Capital's Diversity Fund also invests in people of color and other underrepresented groups.) The fund's investors include Sheila Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, and Sachiko Kuno, who has co-founded two drug companies. Abramson and her colleagues are looking for women-led tech companies that also intend to have a significant and positive social impact. Rethink typically makes an investment at the Series A stage. Its portfolio companies include Seedling, Neurotrack, and Werk. No.52 How the 2019 The Fundery Companies Were Selected The Fundery includes venture capital funds that take equity stakes in women entrepreneurs or women-led companies as the execution of all or part of their investment theses. It does not include angel networks (unless they also run a venture capital fund) nor does it include special purpose vehicles. Company Description Launched in 2017, Salesforce's Impact Fund is a $50 million project within the company's larger $1 billion venture fund. (That larger fund looks to invest in companies built on the Salesforce platform that can deliver unique capabilities to Salesforce customers.) The Impact effort is led by Suzanne DiBianca, the creator of Pledge 1%, which encourages corporations to donate 1 percent of their time, equity, profits or products to philanthropy. The Impact Fund so far includes 18 companies, 70 percent of which are women- or minority-led. Salesforce typically invests in the A or B stage, and DiBianca says she's actively looking for more companies in the climate and sustainability industries. Investments include continuing education company Guild Education and Angaza, which makes a payments technology for providers of green energy. No.53 How the 2019 The Fundery Companies Were Selected The Fundery includes venture capital funds that take equity stakes in women entrepreneurs or women-led companies as the execution of all or part of their investment theses. It does not include angel networks (unless they also run a venture capital fund) nor does it include special purpose vehicles. Company Description SAP.iO is a $35 million fund that focuses on early-stage enterprise software startups. It's put about $4 million to work so far, in companies such as Plum, which integrates artificial intelligence into HR and recruiting processes, and medical records company Medal. In 2019, under an initiative called SAP.iO No Boundaries, the fund announced that it would direct at least 40 percent of its investments to women and underrepresented minorities. As a global company, SAP says its definition of underrepresented will vary by region. In Silicon Valley, says SAP chief strategy officer Deepak Krishnamurthy, men from India and Southeast Asia may not be considered underrepresented. "That will change when you look at it in a European context," he says. SAP also runs a series of accelerators in cities such as New York and Tokyo and in Europe, with plans to open in other areas soon. The most recent cohort in the New York accelerator is made up entirely of women and minority entrepreneurs. No.54 Company Description Silvergate Investments was founded in 2018 by Waheed Alli, the founding chair of British fast-fashion retailer ASOS. The fund invests in founders who are women or people of color, and leans toward consumer-facing businesses with an innovative tech component. It will also consider B2B businesses and invests at both the early and growth stages. So far, Silvergate has backed companies such as Outfox, which makes alcohol-free wine, and Soda Says, which makes tech products and accessories for women. The fund is open-minded when it comes to geography: Companies in the U.K., U.S., China, India, Australia, and Europe are all fair game. The firm's website also has a good summary of stats when it comes to VC investing and gender in the U.K. No.55 Company Description Sofia Fund has invested about $10 million in 50 female-led companies and diverse founding teams since its inception in 1998--about half of which have exited. Sofia is now investing out of its second fund, which raised $5.5 million, and seeks out companies in IT, business products and services, and health and wellness. It receives 100 to 150 requests for funding each year. While Sofia is structured as a venture fund (not an angel network), its own investors are individuals rather than institutions. The fund's companies include Oculogica, which makes a technology for diagnosing traumatic brain injuries, and Cognition Therapeutics, which is pursuing treatment for Alzheimer's. Sofia was also an early investor in Tactile Medical, which went public in 2016.
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