Prelude Ventures

Prelude Ventures

Prelude Ventures invests in companies developing technologies to reduce global carbon dioxide.

Founded in 2013, Prelude Ventures is a venture capital firm based in San Francisco, California. The firm seeks to make early-stage and late-stage minority investments in companies. The firm prefers to invest in companies from transportation, energy, agriculture, manufacturing, Internet of Things, robotics and drones sectors in the United States.

Prelude Ventures invests in companies that address the critical need for innovation across the global energy ecosystem. They invest in entrepreneurs and management teams addressing large market opportunities that reduce the global economy's carbon intensity.

Investment

Prelude Ventures has made 51 investments. Their most recent investment was on Oct 11, 2019, when Citrine Informatics raised $20M. Their investments include Citrine Informatics, Yerdle Recommerce, Form Energy, Sense, Fortify, Emergy Food and Powerhive.

Their exited investments include EnergySavvy.

Funds

Prelude Ventures has raised a total of $1M in a single venture fund, Prelude Co-Investment Fund I. This fund was announced on Oct 16, 2017 and raised a total of $1M.

Timeline

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
Fortify

Fortify is a Boston-based 3D printing company that has the goal to enable fabrication of composites with optimized microstructures

Manufacturing
Boston
Yerdle Recommerce

E-commerce
San Francisco
Ripple Foods

A food company making dairy-free plant-based milk and dairy products.

Dairy
Berkeley, California
EnergySavvy

EnergySavvy is a Seattle-based software company offering solutions for utility companies to help their efficiency, customer experience, and operations.

Software
Seattle
Citrine Informatics

Citrine Informatics is a Redwood City, California-based company.

Machine learning
Redwood City, California
Benson Hill Biosystems

An agricultural biotechnology company developing crop design platform to increase intrinsic crop yield

Artificial intelligence (AI)
Missouri
Form Energy

Form Energy is a Somerville, Massachusetts-based company developing low-cost, long-duration energy storage systems.

Energy storage
Somerville, Massachusetts
unspun

unspun uses body scanning technology to manufacture bespoke jeans.

Software
San Francisco
LevelTen Energy

Company

Seattle
Boston Metal

Boston Metal is a Woburn, Massachusetts-based developer of molten oxide electrolysis technology for steel manufacturing.

Metallurgy
Woburn, Massachusetts
Sense Photonics

Company building LiDAR and 3D sensor solutions for autonomous vehicles, industrial robotics, material handling, activity monitoring and other applications.

San Francisco
ClearMetal

ClearMetal is a San Francisco-based company.

Artificial intelligence (AI)
San Francisco
Emergy Food

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

Food
Boulder, Colorado
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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Prelude Co-Investment Fund I, LP
1,000,000
San Francisco
October 16, 2017
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People

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Role
LinkedIn

Bryan Shill

Associate

Gabriel Kra

Managing Director

Laura Baxter-Simons

Co-Founder

Mark Cupta

Partner

Nat Simons

Co-Founder

Victoria Beasley

Principal

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