SJF Ventures

SJF Ventures

A venture capital firm in Durham that focuses on resource efficiency, sustainability and technology-enhanced services sectors.

SJF Ventures is a venture capital firm in Durham that focuses on resource efficiency, sustainability and technology-enhanced services sectors. Founded 1999 in Durham, North Carolina, United States by Anne Claire Broughton, David Kirkpatrick, and Rick Defieux, it invests in early stage ventures, late stage venture, series A, series C, series B, and seed rounds. Its portfolio companies include Catalant, Optoro, EnTouch Controls, PierianDx, and Waycare. As of April 2020, SJF Ventures has made 60 investments. Their most recent investment was on January 22, 2020, when Catalant raised $35M. SJF Ventures has had 10 exits, the most notable of which include NEXTracker, Portfolium, and TransLoc. SJF Ventures has raised two funds, their latest being SJF Ventures IV. This fund was announced on December 15, 2016 and raised a total of $125M.

Timeline

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Website
Industry
Location

A technology company developing a platform-as-a-service for managing internet of things (IoT) devices.

A mobile health engagement service in California that focuses on improvement in health outcomes and business efficiencies.

Smilebox is a Redmond, Washington-based photography company founded by Andrew Wright.

Carrum Health is a company founded by Russell Ivanhoe MD.

Career advancement platform for Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals.

Cooks Venture is the first vertically integrated agricultural company to operate solely on regenerative agriculture.

Solera Health is a Phoenix, Arizona-based company founded by Brenda Schmidt.

groSolar is a solar power company.

PierianDx is a St. Louis-based company.

Think Through Learning is a Provo, Utah-based company.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
65,000,000
28,800,000
March 7, 2012
125,000,000
6,171,100
October 24, 2016
10,000,000
3,325,000
March 7, 2012
125,000,000
68,225,500
October 24, 2016
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

AJ Dye

Employee

Alan Kelley

Employee

Arrun Kapoor

Employee

Cody Apperson Nystrom

Employee

Courtney Hull

Investor

Dan Robinson

Employee

Dave Kirkpatrick

Founder

Grant Taylor

Employee

H. Kenneth Merritt, Jr.

Investor

Jeremy Sookhoo

Investor

Jonathan Gibbs

Employee

Julie Brickman

Employee

Kiki Tidwell

Investor

Marissa Lowman

Employee

Mia Farber

Employee

Nicholas Richardson

Employee

Robert Moore

Employee

Steven Cohen

Investor

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Catalant

Civitas Learning

EnTouch Controls

PierianDx

Solera Health

TemperPack

Waycare

References

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