M25 Group

M25 Group

a microventure capital firm in Illinois that focuses on investing in startups.

M25 Group is a microventure capital firm in Illinois that focuses on investing in startups. Founded 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, United States by Brent Gutwein, Doug Drury, Stuart Gutwein, and Victor Gutwein, it invests in early stage ventures, seed, series A, series B, and convertible notes. Its portfolio companies include Rheaply, OpsCompass, Civic Eagle,Ripple Science, and Winston Privacy. As of March 2020, M25 has made 100 investments. Their most recent investment was on March 17, 2020, when Rheaply raised $2.5M. M25 has had five exits, the most notable exits include Regroup Therapy, Costello, and Mimir. M25 has raised three funds, their latest being M25 Fund III.

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Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
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Chicago-based real estate technology company.

Landlord
Chicago
CFX Markets

A blockchain company offering a platform for making alternative investments.

Blockchain
Chicago
Branch Messenger

Branch Messenger is a Minneapolis-based company founded by Atif Siddiqi.

Collaboration tool
Minneapolis
Rentgrata

Rentgrata is a Chicago-based company founded in 2016 by Ben Margolit, Sam McArtor and Zachary Sloan.

Lead generation
Chicago
Idelic

Idelic integrates all fleet data systems into an industry leading driver watch list so fleets can identify at-risk drivers and prevent accidents.

Machine learning
Pittsburgh
Astronomer (company)

Astronomer helps organizations adopt Apache Airflow, an open-source data workflow orchestration platform that helps organizations get their data in motion..

Software as a service (SaaS)
Cincinnati
CASHDROP

CASHDROP is a Chicago-based startup building a mobile-first contactless e-commerce platform which is free to use for merchants. The company generates revenue by taking a small convenience fee on the consumer side of the transaction.

E-commerce
Chicago
EnsoData

A company that participated in the F1 cohort of Y Combinator. It designs and develops a software automating sleep data analysis with the use of machine learning for sleep clinics

Machine learning
Madison, Wisconsin
Costello

Costello is an Indianapolis-based company founded by Rod Feuer.

Software
Indianapolis
Local Crate

Company

Delivery (commerce)
Minneapolis
Rapchat

Music
ExplORer Surgical

ExplORer is an interactive surgical playbook that promotes optimal teamwork in the operating room.

Clinical trial
Chicago
Summersalt

Summersalt is a St. Louis-based company.

Fashion
St. Louis
rMark Bio

rMark Bio is a Chicago-based company.

Chicago
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Brent Gutwein

Board member

Doug Drury

Board member

Katherine Schulman

Employee

Paul Meier

Employee

Stuart Gutwein

Partner

Victor Gutwein

Board member

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Companies

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CEO
Location
Products/Services

Ripple Science

Civic Eagle

DataCubes

Loop

OpsCompass

Rheaply

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