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Fifty Years

Fifty Years

Fifty Years is a venture capital seed fund based in San Francisco, California founded by Seth Bannon and Ela Madej in 2016 and focuses on investing in the impact technology market.

Fifty Years is an entrepreneur-run early stage venture fund based in San Francisco, California focused on investing in technology companies. Fifty Years funds companies which are attempting to solve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on synthetic biology and food technology companies. Fifty Years VC focuses primarily on seed stage investments into companies with built products and some market validation.

The fund was founded by Seth Bannon and Ela Madej in 2016, and formed its name from a famous essay "Fifty Years Hence" written by Winston Churchill in 1932.

Investments

Notable companies Fifty Years VC has invested in include: Geltor, Memphis Meats, Starsky Robotics, Astranis, and Cofactor Genomics.

In July 2019, Fifty Years VC announced they raised $50 million for their second fund. The fund will be used to invest in companies employing technology to improve food supply, healthcare and other areas with global impacts.

Fifty Years VC produces and supports Impact.Tech, which is an event series for scientists, entrepreneurs and investors focused on solving problems through business.

Timeline

Invested in

Patents

Funding Rounds Participated In

Further Resources

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Chafing Against Regulation, Silicon Valley Pivots to Pandemic

Andrew Leonard

Web

April 15, 2020

Climate change isn't going anywhere, and investment could soon rise - Marketplace

Molly Wood

Web

June 9, 2020

Danny In The Valley: Fifty Years' Seth Bannon: "When a bear chases you into a tree, how do you get down?" on Apple Podcasts

Web

March 25, 2020

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Mike Butcher
September 17, 2021
TechCrunch
Psychedelics companies are all the rage right now. Compass Pathways is working with the magic mushroom compound psilocybin to treat depression. It's has raised $290 million in total. Atai Life Sciences -- backed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel -- brought in $258 million from its IPO. In the tech space, this has not gone unnoticed [...]

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