Better Ventures

Better Ventures

Better Ventures invests in early stage companies developing science and technologies in the fields of health, bioinformatics, precision medicine, personalized learning, financial inclusion, food, water analytics, and sustainability.

Better Ventures is a venture capital firm that backs entrepreneurs with funds and supports entrepreneurs for building technology solutions. The firm provides funding and support to early-stage companies harnessing innovations in software, data science and life sciences sectors. It is based in Oakland, California.

Better Ventures seeks to back entrepreneurs committed to using the tools and methodologies of the modern technology startup to build world-changing companies that make money and do good. They're thinking big and expecting big results, and so are the entrepreneurs they back.

Better Ventures invest early and typically write checks of $500,000 in pre-seed stage startups with strong technical teams. They take a hands-on approach with their portfolio companies, helping them achieve key milestones for the next round of financing, attract high quality follow-on investors, and leverage their mission as a competitive advantage.

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Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
Mission Barns

Mission Barns is a clean meat company company is headquartered in Berkeley, California producing clean meat. The company was founded in March, 2018, by Eitan Fischer (former director of cellular agriculture of JUST, Inc) and David Bowman.

Biotechnology
Berkeley, California
Unnatural Products

Unnatural Products is a Santa Cruz, California-based drug discovery company founded in 2017 by Cameron Pye and Joshua Schwochert.

Drug discovery
Santa Cruz, California
BrightCurrent

Solar power
KETOS

KETOS is a San Jose, California-based water company.

Water
San Jose, California
Ride Report

Ride Report provides cities a software platform for running bike and scooter share programs.

Bicycle
Portland, Oregon
The Town Kitchen

The Town Kitchen is an Oakland, California-based company.

Organic food
Oakland, California
BookNook

Education
Iris Plans

Company

Healthcare
Austin, Texas
Emergy Food

Emergy Food is a Boulder, Colorado-based company founded in 2016 by Tyler Huggins.

Food
Boulder, Colorado
Werk

Werk is a New York-based company.

New York
MyVillage (Company)

MyVillage is a childcare company.

Childcare
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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Better Ventures Fund II, LP
30,000,000
Oakland, California
October 1, 2014
Better Ventures Fund III, L.P.
35,000,000
Oakland, California
July 31, 2018
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Jessica Eastling

Associate

Lyndsey Boucherle

Associate

Rick Moss

Founder

Wes Selke

Founder

Further reading

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Date

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Date
Link

Mission Driven Podcast

Companies

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CEO
Location
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