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Investments

174

Portfolio Exits

18

Funds

3

About M25

M25, headquartered in the Midwest, is an early-stage venture capital firm investing in startups across a variety of industries.

M25 Headquarter Location

116 W Hubbard St

Chicago, Illinois, 60654,

United States

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EquipmentShare and Scale to Celebrate Columbia's Unprecedented Midwest Madness Victory

Jun 21, 2022

Columbia, Missouri, UNITED STATES COLUMBIA, Mo., June 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EquipmentShare, one of the fastest-growing equipment rental and technology companies in the nation, will join Scale and M25 to celebrate the city of Columbia's unprecedented Midwest Madness win. Columbia garnered the highest number of votes in each successive round of the March Madness-style competition on Twitter. M25 is an early-stage venture capital firm headquartered in Chicago. Scale is a hybrid accelerator fund and venture studio based in Columbia, Missouri, founded by local entrepreneurs including Willy and Jabbok Schlacks, co-founders of EquipmentShare, and Jai Malik, GP & Founder of Countdown Capital. The team from Scale led the charge to garner thousands of votes over the course of the competition. The M25 party coincides with the close of Scale's second cohort (i.e., 12-weeks of working with their portfolio companies) and the launch of the third cohort of  technology startup investments. A championship party for the Columbia tech and startup community will be held June 23 at the EquipmentShare headquarters (5710 Bull Run Road) at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend and can register  here . M25 hosts the annual Midwest Madness tournament on Twitter each March as part of its Midwest Startups initiative. The public is asked to vote daily on which startup cities in the Midwest should advance to the next round. Columbia, an 8-seed, came out on top after four weeks of voting and ultimately took down the 1-seed Wichita in the finals with 60% of the votes. "In our second year of this competition, there were upsets and surprises across the board," said Katie Birge, head of platform for M25. "Columbia's run was impressive, and we're looking forward to celebrating the city's well-coordinated victory this month. It's a true testament to Columbia's startup community and its ability to organize and promote what's happening here." In 2014, brothers Jabbok and Willy Schlacks entered Columbia Startup Weekend, a multi-day entrepreneurial competition, with the idea for EquipmentShare. After winning the competition, the  brothers incorporated EquipmentShare in Columbia one year later. Today, EquipmentShare has nearly 3,500 employees and more than 115 locations nationwide. "Columbia is our home and has been a phenomenal and supportive city to start and grow our businesses," EquipmentShare CEO Jabbok Schlacks said. "We are excited for the future of startups in Columbia and we look forward to helping support other innovators and entrepreneurs in the Midwest. "   Scale invests first checks in outlier founders and accelerates access to capital, resources, talent and leading advisors as a silent co-founder for 12 weeks on a cohort basis. To date, the team has invested in 14 startups across six markets. "Already in our first year, we've put Columbia on hundreds of founders and venture capitalists' radars from coast to coast," Director of Scale Brett Calhoun said. "This win is a chance to continue building upon the Silicon Prairie— an area rich with ideas and builders of next generation companies." Meg Judy

M25 Investments

174 Investments

M25 has made 174 investments. Their latest investment was in TripScout as part of their Series A on June 6, 2022.

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

6/2/2022

Series A

TripScout

$10.25M

No

1

4/28/2022

Series A - II

EnsoData

$20M

No

4

3/3/2022

Seed VC

Quiver Quantitative

$2M

Yes

2

3/1/2022

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

1/20/2022

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

Date

6/2/2022

4/28/2022

3/3/2022

3/1/2022

1/20/2022

Round

Series A

Series A - II

Seed VC

Seed VC

Seed VC

Company

TripScout

EnsoData

Quiver Quantitative

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Amount

$10.25M

$20M

$2M

$99M

$99M

New?

No

No

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

1

4

2

10

10

M25 Portfolio Exits

18 Portfolio Exits

M25 has 18 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Dynamo Metrics on April 26, 2022.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

4/26/2022

Acquired

$99M

1

1/11/2022

Acquired

$99M

1

12/13/2021

Acquired

$99M

3

12/7/2021

Acquired

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$99M

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10

10/14/2021

Acquired

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$99M

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10

Date

4/26/2022

1/11/2022

12/13/2021

12/7/2021

10/14/2021

Exit

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

1

1

3

10

10

M25 Fund History

3 Fund Histories

M25 has 3 funds, including M25 Fund III.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

5/7/2021

M25 Fund III

$31.8M

4

4/17/2017

2016 M25 Group Fund 2

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$99M

10

Midwest Seed Fund II

$99M

10

Closing Date

5/7/2021

4/17/2017

Fund

M25 Fund III

2016 M25 Group Fund 2

Midwest Seed Fund II

Fund Type

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Status

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Amount

$31.8M

$99M

$99M

Sources

4

10

10

M25 Team

2 Team Members

M25 has 2 team members, including current Managing Partner, Victor Gutwein.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Victor Gutwein

VisionTech Partners, and Walgreens

Managing Partner

Current

Mike Asem

Purdue Research Foundation, Anvil, and National Football Foundation

General Partner

Current

Name

Victor Gutwein

Mike Asem

Work History

VisionTech Partners, and Walgreens

Purdue Research Foundation, Anvil, and National Football Foundation

Title

Managing Partner

General Partner

Status

Current

Current

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