Posted on
September 30, 2022

Top 10 AI-ML VC Investors

Maximilian Fleitmann
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Top 10 AI-ML venture capital Investors: The AI-ML trend has a lot of investors excited, with very well-known names jumping on board to invest in tech companies that are applying AI in ways that are completely changing the economic world as we know it.

NameHQSectorStageTicket SizeFund Size
Sierra VenturesCalifornia, United StatesFinancial Services, EnterpriseSeries A, Series B$1M - $15M$2.1B
Microsoft VentureWashington, United StatesSaaS, Financial ServicesSeries A, Series B, Growth - $16.4M
Source Code CapitalBeijing, ChinaAI, Internet, Media and Entertainment, Consumer Services, Enterprise, Retail, Transportation, Real Estate, Education, Software, FintechSeries A$10M - $120M$2B
Two Sigma VenturesNew York, United StatesSoftware, SaaS, AI, Health CareSeed, Series A, Series B, Series C, Growth$250K - $12M$288M
Baidu VenturesBeijing, ChinaAI, IoTSeed, Series A, Series B, $1M - $100M$917.3M
DCVCCalifornia, United StatesIT, Privacy and Security, Enterprise, Health Care, AI, Life Sciences, Deep Tech, Software, AnalyticsSeed, Series A, Series B$5M - $25M$1.6B
Intel CapitalCalifornia, United StatesEnterprise, Internet, Messaging and Telecommunications, Privacy and Security, VR/ARPre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B, Growth - -
Lightspeed Venture PartnersCalifornia, United StatesEnterprise, Media and Entertainment, Consumer Electronics, Consumer Goods, E-Commerce, VR/AR, Gaming, Marketplaces, Real Estate, Hardware, Legal Tech, Fintech, Lifestyle and Wellness, B2C, Applications, SaaS, Consumer, D2CPre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B, Growth$1M - $100M$18.9B
East VenturesTokyo, JapanSoftware, E-Commerce, Internet, ITPre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C$1M - $50M$1.1B
Khosla VenturesCalifornia, United StatesApplications, Fintech, Privacy and Security, Health Care, Mobile, Food and Beverage, Software, Digital Health, AI, BiotechnologySeed, Series A$1M - $7.50M$7.2B

Top 10 AI-ML Venture Capital Firms

1. Sierra Ventures

Sierra Ventures-VC-AIML

Sierra Ventures is a Bay Area-based early-stage venture firm investing globally with a focus on Next Generation Enterprise and Emerging Technologies. With over three decades of experience and over $2 billion of assets under management, Sierra has created a vast network of successful entrepreneurs, Global 1000 CXOs, operational executives, and deep domain experts, providing a platform for entrepreneurs around the world.

Sierra Ventures primarily invests in Seed and Series A rounds, with a preference to lead investment rounds and reserve capital for follow on rounds. Investment sectors include artificial intelligence/machine learning, big data, cloud, fintech, health tech, IoT/infrastructure, marketplaces, SaaS & enterprise apps, security, and emerging technologies such as 5G, devices, blockchain, robotics, and virtual reality / augmented reality. Sierra Ventures typically makes initial investments between $500,000 and $7 million on average and invests between $500,000 and $15 million over the life of an investment. The firm has invested in leading companies such as Intuit, Invensense, Greenplum, MakeMyTrip, OnLink, Teradata, StrataCom, Sourcefire, Treasure Data, and more. Sierra Ventures was founded in 1982 and is based in San Mateo, California.

Website: www.sierraventures.com

Founded: 1982

Total fund size: $2.1B

Stage: Series A, Series B

Sector: Financial Services, Enterprise

Ticket Size: $ 1M - $ 15M

Sierra Ventures's most notable exits include QuillBot, MakeMyTrip.com, and Zaloni.

2. Microsoft Venture

Microsoft Venture-VC-AI-ML

M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, invests in early-stage enterprise software companies with a focus on business applications, cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity & identity, data & AI, developer tools, healthcare & life sciences, and vanguard technologies. Since 2016, M12 has invested in over 100 companies, helping startups accelerate growth with unparalleled access to Microsoft. With offices in San Francisco, Seattle, London, Tel Aviv, and Bengaluru, M12 has the team and resources to support entrepreneurs globally. M12 is a return-driven fund investing independently of Microsoft's business units and technology offerings.

Website: www.m12.vc

Founded: 2016

Total fund size: $16.4M

Stage: Series A, Series B, Growth

Sector: SaaS, Financial Services

M12 - Microsoft's Venture Fund's most notable exits include Kahoot!, Vertical Aerospace, and Livongo.

3. Source Code Capital

Source Code Capital-VC-AI-ML

Founded in 2014, Source Code Capital is a leading China VC focused on the broad TMT sectors and investing in both early stage start-ups and growth stage companies. With $1.5 billion and RMB 3.5 billion under management, Source Code Capital has been successfully partnering with close to 150 leading Chinese technology founders since inception including Bytedance, Meituan, Homelink, among many others. Source Code is focused on the Big 3 fundamental drivers, which are Internet+, AI+, and Global+ , and invests along sectors such as media and entertainment, consumer services, enterprise, finance, retail, transportation, housing, education, and healthcare.

Website: www.sourcecodecap.com

Founded: 2014

Total fund size: $2B

Stage: Series A

Sector: AI, Internet, Media and Entertainment, Consumer Services, Enterprise, Retail, Transportation, Real Estate, Education, Software, Fintech

Ticket Size: $ 10M - $ 120M

Investment Geography: Asia, ChinaAsia, China

Source Code Capital's most notable exits include Meituan, Li Auto, and RELX Technology.

4. Two Sigma Ventures

Two Sigma Ventures-VC-AI-ML

Two Sigma Ventures is an early-stage venture capital fund based in New York City investing capital and expertise in entrepreneurs leveraging data and computing to create the future. In partnership with our parent company, Two Sigma Investments, we provide entrepreneurs access to a proprietary network of experts and startup resources to give them acompetitive edge.

Website: www.twosigmaventures.com

Founded: 2012

Total fund size: $288M

Stage: Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C, Growth

Sector: Software, SaaS, AI, Health Care

Ticket Size: $ 250K - $ 12M

Investment Geography: Agnostic (Global)

Two Sigma Ventures's most notable exits include Canary, Pro.com, and CoverWallet.

5. Baidu Ventures

Baidu Ventures-VC-AI-ML

BV is an independent venture fund established by Baidu in 2017. BV's investors include Baidu as well as other leading financial institutions and businesses. BV currently manages roughly $500M USD across 3 funds and has offices in Beijing and San Francisco. Its mission is to support entrepreneurs and companies who are spearheading the new age of artificial intelligence. These companies are changing the way we work and live—and ultimately how we interact.

Website: www.bv.ai

Founded: 2016

Total fund size: $917.3M

Stage: Seed, Series A, Series B,

Sector: AI, IoT

Ticket Size: $ 1M - $ 100M

Baidu Ventures's most notable exits include REDFINGER and Proud Kids.

6. DCVC

DCVC-VC-AI-ML

DCVC backs entrepreneurs using Deep Tech to solve problems and multiply the benefits of capitalism for everyone while reducing its cost. Deep Tech is a potent approach to this challenge that enables more for less - now and for this century. The transformative companies in their portfolio combine the latest advances in science and technology with unique compute and algorithmic advantage, reducing CAPEX and OPEX.

Website: www.dcvc.com

Founded: 2011

Total fund size: $1.6B

Stage: Seed, Series A, Series B

Sector: IT, Privacy and Security, Enterprise, Health Care, AI, Life Sciences, Deep Tech, Software, Analytics

Ticket Size: $ 5M - $ 25M

Investment Geography: Agnostic (Global)

DCVC's most notable exits include Uber, Zoom, and Elastic.

7. Intel Capital

Intel Capital-VC-AI-ML

Intel Capital invests in innovative startups targeting cloud and AI infrastructure, edge, 5G, autonomy, cybersecurity, client & gaming, enterprise applications, silicon design & manufacturing, and a wide range of other disruptive technologies. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested US$12.9 billion in more than 1,582 companies worldwide. Intel Capital has adopted the Diversity Term Sheet Rider.

Website: www.intelcapital.com

Founded: 1991

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B, Growth

Sector: Enterprise, Internet, Messaging and Telecommunications, Privacy and Security, VR/AR

Intel Capital's most notable exits include Animoca Brands, Razer, and MongoDB.

8. Lightspeed Venture Partners

Lightspeed Venture Partners-VC-AI-ML

Lightspeed Venture Partners is a venture capital firm that engages in consumer, enterprise, technology, and cleantech markets. It focuses on seed, early-stage, later stage, expansion stage, start-up, growth companies, and incubation and specializes in debt financing for start-up and growth companies.

Lightspeed Venture Partners invests in various sectors that include enterprise, consumer, big data, bitcoin, enterprise technology, cleantech, mobile, internet, financial technology, cloud solutions, e-commerce, storage, media, networking, energy, and software, software-as-a-service, information technology, biotechnology, and social. It mainly invests in countries such as the United States, Europe, Israel, China, and India.

The firm was founded in 2000 and is based in Menlo Park, California with additional offices in Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; New Delhi, India; and Herzelia Pituach, Israel.

Website: www.lsvp.com

Founded: 2000

Total fund size: $18.9B

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B, Growth

Sector: Enterprise, Media and Entertainment, Consumer Electronics, Consumer Goods, E-Commerce, VR/AR, Gaming, Marketplaces, Real Estate, Hardware, Legal Tech, Fintech, Lifestyle and Wellness, B2C, Applications, SaaS, Consumer, D2C

Ticket Size: $ 1M - $ 100M

Investment Geography: United States, China, India, Israel

Lightspeed Venture Partners's most notable exits include Zscaler, Grubhub, and Snap.

9. East Ventures

East Ventures-VC-AI-ML

Founded in 2009, East Ventures is an early-stage sector-agnostic venture capital firm. The firm has supported more than 170 companies in the Southeast Asian region that are present across Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

An early believer in the startup ecosystem in Indonesia, East Ventures is the first investor of Indonesia's unicorn companies, namely Tokopedia and Traveloka. Other notable companies in the portfolio include Mercari, Ruangguru, Warung Pintar, Fore Coffee, Kudo (acquired by Grab), Loket (acquired by Gojek), Tech in Asia, Xendit, IDN Media, MokaPOS, ShopBack, CoHive, Koinworks, Waresix, and Sociolla.

In 2018, to further support and capitalize on the development of their ecosystem, East Ventures set up a growth-stage fund named EV Growth. The following year, East Ventures was named the most consistent top performing VC fund globally by Preqin, and most active investor in SEA and Indonesia by various media.

Website: www.east.vc

Founded: 2010

Total fund size: $1.1B

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C

Sector: Software, E-Commerce, Internet, IT

Ticket Size: $ 1M - $ 50M

Investment Geography:  Southeast (Asia)

East Ventures's most notable exits include RedMart, Mercari, and Bibit.id.

10. Khosla Ventures

Khosla Ventures-VC-AI-ML

Khosla Ventures is a venture capital firm started in 2004 by Vinod Khosla, Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems. The firm provides venture assistance and strategic advice to entrepreneurs working on breakthrough technologies.

With over $15b assets under management, the firm focuses on a range of areas including consumer, enterprise, education,advertising, financial services, semiconductors, health, big data, agriculture, food, sustainable energy, and robotics. Khosla Ventures is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

Website: www.khoslaventures.com

Founded: 2004

Total fund size: $7.2B

Stage: Seed, Series A

Sector: Applications, Fintech, Privacy and Security, Health Care, Mobile, Food and Beverage, Software, Digital Health, AI, Biotechnology

Ticket Size: $ 1M - $ 7.50M

Investment Geography:  Agnostic (Global)

Khosla Ventures's most notable exits include Lever, DoorDash, and Greenlight Biosciences.

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