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Investments

57

Portfolio Exits

8

Funds

4

Service Providers

1

About Illuminate Ventures

Illuminate Ventures is an early stage VC firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The firm is targeting US-based high growth, capital efficient companies in selected sectors within the high-tech landscape.

Illuminate Ventures Headquarters Location

855 El Camino Real Suite 13A-325

Palo Alto, California, 94301,

United States

510-531-6202

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Latest Illuminate Ventures News

TAZI.AI Launches Adaptive Machine Learning Solutions to Speed up and Democratize Machine Learning

Aug 18, 2022

TAZI.AI raises $4.6 million in seed funding for its patented, continuous machine learning technology enabling business users August 18, 2022 08:17 AM Eastern Daylight Time SAN FRANCISCO--( BUSINESS WIRE )--TAZI.AI today announced the official launch of its Machine Learning (ML) solutions especially for insurance, healthcare and pharma industries, built on its SaaS ML Platform. In as little as 40 days, TAZI users will now be able to create ML models and start seeing business results. As part of the launch, TAZI.AI received a $4.6 million round of financing led by Illuminate Ventures , a seed stage Enterprise/B2B software-focused VC firm. “Getting continually improving predictive insights is critical for enterprises to better serve their customers. TAZI.AI does just that by putting the power of ML directly into the hands of business users and letting them build and deploy continually improving predictive models in a fraction of the time of existing approaches,” said Jennifer Savage, Partner at Illuminate Ventures. “TAZI.AI’s approach can also help early adopters, such as those in the insurance and healthcare industries, gain the benefit of ML without the need for substantial financial investment in talent or computational resources to use ML at scale.” Currently, TAZI helps insurance companies realize benefits of ML with its lead scoring, cross-sell and profitability monitoring solutions to increase their revenues, efficiency, and response time. “The investment will help us expand our team and grow our base of enterprise customers. My aim is to make ML accessible for everyone, even my mom should be able to use it soon,” said Zehra Cataltepe, Co-founder and CEO of TAZI.AI. According to Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa, professor in the Learning Systems Group at Caltech, coupling the technologies of TAZI, continuous ML, model explanations and human-in-the-loop, allows an ML system to deal with changing situations more robustly. Dr. Xuhui Shao, Managing Partner at Foothill Ventures, said: "TAZI.AI’s technology and ground-up business user focus is unique within the ML system space, and we believe our AI SaaS experience comes at the right time to help the company scale.” Alper Karagoz, Partner at Diffusion Capital Partners, said: “We’ve been supporting TAZI.AI since their first institutional round. We’re happy to participate in their new financing round as the company expands its customer base.” Long-term industry veteran Bill Elmore, founder of Handshake Ventures reflected: "TAZI’s strong product and the team led by the impressive co-founders Zehra and Tanju will help the realization of their vision, this is definitely worth our support.” TAZI.AI’s founding team has extensive research and industry experience in ML, demonstrated by more than 100 publications and 23 patents. TAZI.AI’s Adaptive ML was honorable mentioned in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Cloud AI Developer Services. The company is a Gartner Cool Vendor in AI Core Technologies and also has been included in more than 10 other Gartner reports mentioning TAZI as a Responsible ML platform. The current funding round is led by Illuminate Ventures, with the additional participation of Diffusion Capital Partners, Foothill Ventures, Handshake Ventures and angel investors. About TAZI.AI Founded in May 2017, TAZI.AI is built on a vision of Adaptive and Responsible ML accessible to all companies and users. It provides easy-to-use, no-code, adaptive and transparent ML solutions based on its proprietary platform. TAZI.AI is headquartered in San Francisco. You can learn more about TAZI at www.tazi.ai . About the Investors Illuminate Ventures is a seed stage Enterprise/B2B software-focused VC firm led by experienced operators. They provide capital and know-how to startups with initial market traction. More than 80% of the founding teams are diverse, nearly half including women. Diffusion Capital Partners (DCP) is a leading venture capital fund manager with a focus on deep-tech opportunities, partnering with visionaries of technology-intensive projects in order to help them create a product and scale it globally. Foothill Ventures is a technology-focused venture fund based in California, bringing in deep AI expertise and making pre-seed to A-round investments in startups across software, life science, and deep tech. Handshake Ventures is a VC firm with investments in technology and AI and it brings decades of experience to help founders. Contacts

Illuminate Ventures Investments

57 Investments

Illuminate Ventures has made 57 investments. Their latest investment was in TAZI as part of their Seed VC - II on August 8, 2022.

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Illuminate Ventures Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

8/18/2022

Seed VC - II

TAZI

$4.6M

Yes

3

6/21/2022

Seed VC

Mpathic

$4M

Yes

1

6/14/2022

Series A

Arkestro

$26M

No

4

4/11/2022

Series A

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$99M

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10

2/16/2022

Series B

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$99M

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10

Date

8/18/2022

6/21/2022

6/14/2022

4/11/2022

2/16/2022

Round

Seed VC - II

Seed VC

Series A

Series A

Series B

Company

TAZI

Mpathic

Arkestro

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Amount

$4.6M

$4M

$26M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

No

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Co-Investors

Sources

3

1

4

10

10

Illuminate Ventures Portfolio Exits

8 Portfolio Exits

Illuminate Ventures has 8 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Allocadia on July 20, 2021.

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Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

7/20/2021

Acquired

$99M

4

3/12/2021

Acquired

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$99M

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10

3/24/2016

Acquired

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$99M

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10

11/5/2015

Acquired

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$99M

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10

6/26/2015

IPO

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$99M

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10

Date

7/20/2021

3/12/2021

3/24/2016

11/5/2015

6/26/2015

Exit

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

IPO

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

4

10

10

10

10

Illuminate Ventures Fund History

4 Fund Histories

Illuminate Ventures has 4 funds, including Illuminate Ventures SPV I.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

11/22/2020

Illuminate Ventures SPV I

$1.09M

1

10/24/2017

Illuminate Ventures II

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$99M

10

11/20/2013

Illuminate Ventures I

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$99M

10

Illuminate Ventures Spotlight Fund LP

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10

Closing Date

11/22/2020

10/24/2017

11/20/2013

Fund

Illuminate Ventures SPV I

Illuminate Ventures II

Illuminate Ventures I

Illuminate Ventures Spotlight Fund LP

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Amount

$1.09M

$99M

$99M

Sources

1

10

10

10

Illuminate Ventures Service Providers

1 Service Provider

Illuminate Ventures has 1 service provider relationship

Service Provider

Associated Rounds

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Service Type

Counsel

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Associated Rounds

Provider Type

Counsel

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Illuminate Ventures Team

2 Team Members

Illuminate Ventures has 2 team members, including current Founder, Managing Partner, Cindy Padnos.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Cindy Padnos

Founder, Managing Partner

Current

Pia Camenzind

Chief Financial Officer

Current

Name

Cindy Padnos

Pia Camenzind

Work History

Title

Founder, Managing Partner

Chief Financial Officer

Status

Current

Current

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