Company Profile

InvestHer Ventures

InvestHer managing partner Cayla Weisberg (left) and general partner Gerri Kahnweiler.
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How the 2019 The Fundery Companies Were Selected

The Fundery includes venture capital funds that take equity stakes in women entrepreneurs or women-led companies as the execution of all or part of their investment theses. It does not include angel networks (unless they also run a venture capital fund) nor does it include special purpose vehicles.

Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Location
Chicago, Illinois
Year Founded
2016
Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Company Description

InvestHer Ventures is the first fund in Chicago to focus solely on women entrepreneurs, even though, according to the fund, one out of three tech startups in Chicago was founded by a woman. The fund is led by Gerri Kahnweiler, an executive with nearly two decades of experience in philanthropy, and Cayla Weisberg, a sales executive with a track record in the startup world. InvestHer, which does not lead deals, is backed by a family office and invests in early-stage, data-driven tech companies with a B2B component. While InvestHer will not say how big its fund is, it did make 13 investments in its first two years. So far, it has invested in Agrilyst, a software platform for indoor farms; Codeverse, a children's coding school; and Wisr, an engagement tool that connects universities with their alumni.

Jane VC

Company Information

How the 2019 The Fundery Companies Were Selected

The Fundery includes venture capital funds that take equity stakes in women entrepreneurs or women-led companies as the execution of all or part of their investment theses. It does not include angel networks (unless they also run a venture capital fund) nor does it include special purpose vehicles.

Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Location
Cleveland, Ohio
Year Founded
2018
Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Company Description

Jane VC launched in October 2018 with a $2 million fund. It's looking to write checks of between $25,000 and $150,000. Unlike most funds, Jane VC says it's perfectly fine if you're not connected--they'll seriously consider cold pitches that come in over the transom. The idea is that this will help them find entrepreneurs who live outside of entrepreneurial hotspots, who are underrepresented, or who just don't have the kind of backgrounds that would lead to close relationships with people with money. So far, the fund has backed ProFormex and Hatch Apps.

The JumpFund

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How the 2019 The Fundery Companies Were Selected

The Fundery includes venture capital funds that take equity stakes in women entrepreneurs or women-led companies as the execution of all or part of their investment theses. It does not include angel networks (unless they also run a venture capital fund) nor does it include special purpose vehicles.

Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Location
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Year Founded
2013
Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Company Description

According to Wharton, only 6 percent of early-stage investment in the Southeast U.S. goes to gender-diverse teams. To help change that, the JumpFund was established specifically to boost women entrepreneurs in that region. JumpFund's first fund, established in 2013, put $2.5 million into 18 companies. The fund's six partners -- all women -- have now raised $5.2 million for their second fund. Startups it has backed include digital concierge service Utilize Health, cloud-based diabetes management company Rimidi, and sports app developer SuperFanU.

JumpStart Focus Fund

Company Information

How the 2019 The Fundery Companies Were Selected

The Fundery includes venture capital funds that take equity stakes in women entrepreneurs or women-led companies as the execution of all or part of their investment theses. It does not include angel networks (unless they also run a venture capital fund) nor does it include special purpose vehicles.

Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Location
Cleveland, Ohio
Year Founded
2016
Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Company Description

The JumpStart Focus Fund is a $10 million fund for women and minority entrepreneurs. It comes out of the powerhouse accelerator and economic development hub JumpStart, which is based in Cleveland and aims to support entrepreneurs in Ohio--or those who are willing to move there. It's looking to invest in entrepreneurs working in medical technology, software, advanced materials, aero propulsion power management, fuel cells/energy storage, sensing/automation technologies, situational awareness/surveillance systems, and solar photovoltaics.

Karmijn Kapitaal

Company Information

How the 2019 The Fundery Companies Were Selected

The Fundery includes venture capital funds that take equity stakes in women entrepreneurs or women-led companies as the execution of all or part of their investment theses. It does not include angel networks (unless they also run a venture capital fund) nor does it include special purpose vehicles.

Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Year Founded
2010
Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Company Description

Founded by three women in 2010 and based in Amsterdam, Karmijn was the first European venture fund to invest specifically in gender-diverse teams. In 2013, it finished raising its first fund, for about 47 million euros. The fund invests in all industries, but its portfolio companies must be based in the Netherlands. Karmijn invests from 2 million euros to 12.5 million euros, and is a growth fund. It is looking for companies with five years of operating history and revenues of at least 5 million euros. Its portfolio includes companies such as Voigt Travel, which specializes in Scandinavian expeditions; Picturae, which digitizes cultural and natural-historical materials; and IMA, an influencer agency.