Seed venture capital firms provide funding to companies in development, pre-revenue, and early operational phases such as research and new product innovation/development. Funds specializing in seed financing typically invest amounts ranging from $10,000 to $ 2 million or more depending on the business model/plan and financial risk.
Seed funding is useful for small companies, inventors, and entrepreneurs looking to get a new product to testing or market, and can set the stage for further rounds of financing.¬†The firms typically invest in companies and take an active role¬†in building its initial value¬†based on project, growth, and return potential as well as their prospective contribution to emerging industries such as biotechnology¬†and high-tech.
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Sternhill Partners is a $100 million, Texas-based southeast funding company founded in 1999 to aid technology startups through seed and early stage financing.¬† The company purposely keeps its fund size smaller than other firms to focus on growing¬†about 15 companies at a time. Sternhill Partners looks for¬†emerging businesses specializing in IT equipment and related¬†software/services.
Next Generation Ventures is a seed stage venture capital company targeting startups within the high-tech space,¬†specifically based in Connecticut.¬† It is one of the few early stage investment companies state-wide.¬†¬†Beyond the financing, Next Generation Ventures also provides business development and¬†management advisory to companies within its¬†portfolio.
Lightspeed Venture Partners is an international venture¬†capital company with over $2 billion in invested capital in US-based and overseas companies.¬† The company has operations in the US, China, India, and Israel, screening and investing in high-potential businesses.¬† Companies within their portfolio include Blue Nile, eHealth, and LightLogic.
Polaris Venture Partners is a seed venture capital firm investing in IT and life sciences¬†startups nationwide and in Europe.¬† They have active investments in more than¬†100 companies.¬†¬†Polaris also provides growth equity to¬†mature companies in the technology, healthcare, manufacturing, media, communications, and business services industries.
Band of Angels is a Silicon Valley seed capital organization with expertise in¬†high-tech startups within diverse sectors including semiconductor, network/, telecommunications, Internet, web services, biotechnology, and software.¬† Over the past 40 years, Band of Angels has provided¬†seed¬†funding to more than 200 companies. The¬†company¬†typically considers three startup ventures on a monthly basis following a screening process.
Founder Collective is an open-industry, IT-focused seed venture capital firm with an estimated $40 million fund providing technology private equity.¬† The company is based in New York and focuses on technology businesses on the east coast as well as across the world. Founder Collective has invested in more than 30 companies in the past six years including Skype.
Garage Technology Ventures is a west coast venture capital¬†firm in Silicon Valley providing seed stage and early stage financing ranging from $500,000 to $3 million to emerging, entrepreneurial companies on the west coast focusing on diverse sectors including software, services, clean technology, and material sciences.
Highland Capital Partners was formed in 1988 and operates a number of funds with a total commitment of more than $3 billion in invested capital to date.¬† The funds focus on seed, early, and growth stage companies in information and communications technology, Internet and digital media, healthcare, and consumer markets.
New Enterprise Associates is a multi-stage venture capital firm supporting companies in diverse phases from seed stage to growth equity, and has funded more than 650 organizations worldwide.¬† The company has more than $11 billion in invested capital with companies in the IT, healthcare, and energy technology industries with an open portfolio of 265+ growing businesses.
First Round Capital is a national early and seed stage company providing funding of +/- $500,000.¬† The company currently has $20 million in invested capital and has offices in California, New York, and Pennsylvania.¬† Not only does First Round Capital provide early stage financing, but it also introduces its portfolio companies to other venture capitals for later financing rounds.