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lightbank.com

Investments

187

Portfolio Exits

47

Funds

2

Partners & Customers

1

Service Providers

1

About Lightbank

Lightbank is a Chicago-based fund targeting early-stage technology companies founded by angel investors Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell who also started Groupon.

Headquarters Location

600 West Chicago Avenue Suite #700

Chicago, Illinois, 60654,

United States

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Latest Lightbank News

Intent Technologies Ltd (t/a Basket) secures £2.5 million Seed investment led by Lightbank Ventures

Oct 25, 2023

8 minutes read The global online shopping landscape is primed and ready to support aggressive growth for the ‘ultimate shopping sidekick’ start-up, which sits on the cusp of global expansion following impressive adoption in the UK market. To date, the start-up has raised £4.5M in funding. October, 2023: Basket , the ecommerce start-up dubbed ‘the next UK unicorn’, announces £2.5M in an oversubscribed seed funding round led by long-term backers, Lightbank ventures. The funding will be used to expand into global markets, develop in demand product features, grow retailer and publisher relationships, and launch a fresh brand and marketing strategy. Chicago-based venture firm, Lightbank, founded by Groupon investors, Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell, have backed Basket since the start-up’s first raise. Famous exists from their portfolio include acquisitions by Google and TripAdvisor. To date, the start-up has raised £4.5M in funding, including this latest round. The stellar line up of investors also includes Dan Cobley (co-founder of Clearscore), Justine Roberts (Founder of Mumsnet), Rob Small (founder of Miniclip) and Harry Hugo (co-founder of The GOAT agency). This fresh injection of capital features the £250K prize awarded to Basket following a competitive pitch contest hosted by investors Crowdcude and Brewdog founder James Watt, earlier this year. When awarding Basket, James Watt dubbed the start-up ‘the next UK unicorn’ set to disrupt the global online shopping space. Angel investor, entrepreneur, and long-term backer, Jonathan Quinn, also joins the round after supporting Basket since early 2021. Jonathan has been an invaluable advisor from day one given his experience in establishing the international payments business, WorldFirst, which was acquired by Alibaba Group in 2019. After launching the late last year, Basket has gone from strength to strength, with quick user adoption as the ‘ultimate shopping sidekick’. The app and Chrome extension platform just celebrated £65 million in savings for its users, who are adding 8.5 products to their wish lists every minute. Basket’s user engagement has reached 10x the average user retention for ecommerce apps, as it can used with thousands of retailers including the UK’s best-loved brands Adidas, Argos, Amazon, Curry’s, John Lewis and more. Basket will continue to build on its product suite for retailers, including crucial data on purchase intent from its growing 70K+ user base. Recent strategic hires set to expedite growth include chief marketing officer, Lee Lythe, who brings a decade of experience and strong relationships with publishers and retailers. She will join from Publicis Groupe media agency, Spark Foundry (who secured £369m billings in 2022) with experience across clients M&S, Currys, ASDA, GSK and Mondelez. A first-of-its-kind in the UK market, Basket simplifies and organises the online shopping experience for consumers and retailers. In a couple of taps, shoppers can add products from any online retailer into one basket, categorise items into different wish lists, and receive automatic price drop and stock refill alerts. Matt Sacks, Co-Managing Partner, Lightbank VC, said: “We only partner with talented teams that can move fast and scale quickly, and Basket is no exception. Basket’s world class product, built by their exceptional and cherry-picked team, will capture the attention of shoppers across the globe and solve the biggest challenges faced by retailers. We are very excited to invest in the UK’s next unicorn, who are shaking up the online shopping experience”. Lex Deak, CEO and co-founder, Basket, said: “Basket is the ultimate shopping sidekick for every online shopper. We’ve embedded ourselves into the online shopping experience to create a seamless and habitual journey for shoppers. The squeeze felt from the cost-of-living along with a cookieless future on the horizon, retailers will need to rely on the right technology to avoid a dip in personalisation, or access to critical purchase and behavioural data. Basket’s 10x average user retention numbers are no accident because we enable consumers to shop smarter, not harder.” -END – About Basket Basket is ultimate shopping side kick. The ecommerce start up has revolutionised the online shopping experience for consumers, retailers, online creators and publishers. Through the first-of-its-kind and free app and browser extension, consumers can effortlessly add products from any online retailer into a streamlined shopping basket. Users can also sign-up to receive automatic price drop, stock refills or availability alerts for anything you can buy online – from televisions to teapots, handbags to holidays. Since its launch in September 2022, the 70,000+ Basket users have said goodbye to screen shots and endless bookmark tabs and have instead enjoyed over 1m price drop alerts on 1M products added by users.Best of all, Basket works seamlessly with any online retailer or shopping app. Basket’s groundbreaking technology is set to arm retailers with new ways to overcome the current challenges of cookie restrictions and shopping cart abandonment. Following it’s latest fundraising round of £2.5million, with backers including founders of global businesses Groupon, Brewdog, Clearscore, Mumsnet, Miniclip and The GOAT agency, there’s more in store for 2023 and early 2024.

Lightbank Investments

187 Investments

Lightbank has made 187 investments. Their latest investment was in Basket as part of their Seed VC - II on October 19, 2023.

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Lightbank Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

10/19/2023

Seed VC - II

Basket

$3.04M

No

2

7/17/2023

Series E - III

Snapsheet

$5M

No

3

6/27/2023

Series A

Blueprint

$9M

No

5

3/29/2023

Pre-Seed

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$99M

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10

3/2/2023

Series B

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$99M

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10

Date

10/19/2023

7/17/2023

6/27/2023

3/29/2023

3/2/2023

Round

Seed VC - II

Series E - III

Series A

Pre-Seed

Series B

Company

Basket

Snapsheet

Blueprint

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Amount

$3.04M

$5M

$9M

$99M

$99M

New?

No

No

No

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Co-Investors

Sources

2

3

5

10

10

Lightbank Portfolio Exits

47 Portfolio Exits

Lightbank has 47 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Ionic on November 07, 2022.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

11/7/2022

Acquired

$99M

1

9/21/2022

Reverse Merger

$99M

6

3/2/2022

Acquired

$99M

1

10/29/2021

IPO

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$99M

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10

10/25/2021

Acq - Fin

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$99M

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10

Date

11/7/2022

9/21/2022

3/2/2022

10/29/2021

10/25/2021

Exit

Acquired

Reverse Merger

Acquired

IPO

Acq - Fin

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

1

6

1

10

10

Lightbank Fund History

2 Fund Histories

Lightbank has 2 funds, including Lightbank II.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

2/23/2021

Lightbank II

$180M

1

10/5/2011

Lightbank

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$99M

10

Closing Date

2/23/2021

10/5/2011

Fund

Lightbank II

Lightbank

Fund Type

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Amount

$180M

$99M

Sources

1

10

Lightbank Partners & Customers

1 Partners and customers

Lightbank has 1 strategic partners and customers. Lightbank recently partnered with crowdspring on September 9, 2010.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

9/23/2010

Partner

United States

1

Date

9/23/2010

Type

Partner

Business Partner

Country

United States

News Snippet

Sources

1

Lightbank Service Providers

1 Service Provider

Lightbank has 1 service provider relationship

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Associated Rounds

Provider Type

Service Type

Counsel

General Counsel

Service Provider

Associated Rounds

Provider Type

Counsel

Service Type

General Counsel

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Lightbank Team

9 Team Members

Lightbank has 9 team members, including , .

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Bradley A. Keywell

Founder

Current

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