Washington is one of three leaders in the US for startup funding. The Washington state has launched multiple billion-dollar firms including Amazon, Expedia, Zillow, and the Gates Foundation. If you are trying to raise funds then it's worth looking through this list of venture capital investors in Washington.
This article is part of a series where we present you the best Venture Capital firms across different cities and countries. Here you can view the ranking for Denver, Austin and Dallas.
Top Venture Capital Firms in Washington
1. International Finance Corporation
IFC fosters sustainable economic growth in developing countries by financing private sector investment, mobilizing capital in the international financial markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and governments.
IFC helps companies and financial institutions in emerging markets create jobs, generate tax revenues, improve corporate governance and environmental performance, and contribute to their local communities. The goal is to improve lives, especially for the people who most need the benefits of growth.
International Finance Corporation's most notable exits include Planet, Yandex, and Access Bank.
2. Village Capital
Village Capital uses the power of peer support to change the traditional dynamics between investors and entrepreneurs, providing access to entrepreneurship for everyone. We recruit entrepreneurs solving specific problems in agriculture, energy, education, financial inclusion, and health. We then put the power of investment in the hands of the entrepreneurs, who award pre-committed seed funding to the two ventures ranked highest by the entrepreneurs at the end of every program. Our programs connect high potential, early-stage entrepreneurs with the people, institutions, and capital they need to succeed.
We support early-stage ventures with a 501c3 nonprofit that operates training programs for founders, investors, and communities. We also manage a for-profit, managed investment fund that provides early-stage capital to top graduates of each program, as selected by their peers. Our unique peer-selection model received McKinsey/Harvard Business Review’s prestigious M-Prize for innovation in 2013, and we have supported more than 550 enterprises across 51 programs in 9 countries.
Since 2009, Village Capital has supported more than 1,000 entrepreneurs through our programs and partnered with affiliated investment funds, including VilCap Investments, that have invested seed capital in more than 90 program graduates. Over the past 8 years, our program graduates have gone on to generate $61.5M in revenue, reach 8.5 million customers, and create over 11,500 jobs. 96% of our alumni would recommend our program to other entrepreneurs, and to date and 91% of our entrepreneurs are still in business.
Total fund size: $7.5K
Village Capital's most notable exits include Global Data Consortium, Pear Deck, and WiseBanyan.
Founded by Steve Case in 2005, Revolution partners with passionate entrepreneurs upending traditional industries with innovative products and services, leveraging its areas of specialized expertise to create significant value. Through its family of funds that include The Rise of the Rest Seed Funds, Revolution Ventures, and Revolution Growth, Revolution partners with entrepreneurs at every stage of the entrepreneurial lifecycle.
Revolution focuses on venture communities in high-potential geographies and believes that while talent is well distributed, the opportunity is not. The firm’s vision that great companies can start and scale anywhere is supported by the fact that startups in emerging venture communities are often more capital efficient, offer a lower cost of doing business, and attract talent looking for a better quality of life.
Revolution's most notable exits include DraftKings, Sweetgreen, and Lucid.
4. Paladin Capital Group
Paladin Capital Group is a leading global investor that supports and grows the world’s most innovative companies through venture investment, expansion, and growth capital.
Paladin is a leader in investing in technologies, products, and services focused on dual use in both commercial and governmental markets with a strong value-add culture. The Paladin team merges financial expertise with national security and technical competence to add value across a wide array of market sectors and company stages. Paladin is focused on being an active investor—bringing decades of experience, advice, access, and relationships to its portfolio companies.
Their most recent fund focuses on digital infrastructure resilience, investing globally in advanced technologies and solutions which enable, monitor, manage, and defend critical infrastructure that is dependent on cyber space.
The firm is headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in New York City, Silicon Valley, London, and Luxembourg.
Total fund size: $442M
Paladin Capital Group's most notable exits include HUMAN, 10X Genomics, and Twist Bioscience.
5. Quona Capital
Quona Capital is a venture capital firm that invests in innovative financial technology companies in emerging markets. The firm was formed with a simple idea: that technology has the power to radically improve the quality, access, and affordability of financial services for underserved consumers and businesses in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. We invest in disruptive innovations to create a more financially inclusive world. In short, we fuel global fintech.
Total fund size: $365M
Quona Capital's most notable exits include IndiaMART, Coins.ph, and Azimo.
6. Accion Venture Lab
Venture Lab is an investment initiative that drives financial inclusion globally. We invest capital in and provide support to innovative fintech start-ups that increase access to, improve the quality of, or reduce the cost of financial services for the underserved at scale.
We are particularly interested in technology and business model innovation as well as new approaches that help underserved people and small businesses benefit from the world’s formal economy. We look for models leveraging new technologies (e.g., blockchain and distributed ledger, digital ID and full stack infrastructure), newly digitized forms of data (e.g., social media, digital transaction footprints) and new analytical tools (e.g., machine learning). We also look for innovative customer engagement models that create meaningful and delightful user experiences. We are excited about new approaches that focus on financial health and building financial capabilities.
Since early-stage startups traditionally lack access to capital and assistance, Venture Lab provides flexible financial and non-financial support to address the needs of our portfolio, including:
Investment: We will typically invest USD $500,000 to $1M in equity or quasi-equity instruments as part of the first institutional round of capital for seed-stage startups. We welcome opportunities to co-invest with like-minded investors and often build syndicates to channel capital into promising opportunities. We continue to support companies as they grow through follow-on capital that drives scale.
Support: Venture Lab is an active and engaged investor, providing investees with strategic and operational support across a broad range of business areas. We do this through governance, often in the form of a board role, as well as through our portfolio engagement function, which consists of an in-house team that works closely with portfolio companies in the areas of growth strategy, customer insights, product and pricing, process and operations, and human capital. In addition to day-to-day support from the Venture Lab team, investee companies may get connected to Accion’s technical experts (technology, risk management, etc.), microfinance teams and customers from partner institutions around the world, and the global banking and investing community.
Total fund size: $38M
Accion Venture Lab's most notable exits include StreetShares Platform, StreetShares, and Joust.
7. Core Capital Partners
Core Capital is a venture capital firm managing $350 million in private equity across two funds. The firm provides capital to both early-stage ventures and small to mid-sized growth companies developing or incorporating disruptive, â€œcoreâ€ technologies in high-growth technology sectors.
Total fund size: $155M
Core Capital Partners's most notable exits include Fugue, DivvyCloud, and Olo.
8. Updata Partners
Updata Partners provides growth equity and growth experience to the next generation of technology market leaders. Led by an investment team averaging more than 25 years of experience in the technology industries, Updata works with growth stage companies where the combination of our financial backing and our partners’ operating expertise willdramatically accelerate success. As former executives and entrepreneurs, Updata’s General Partners collaborate with management teams to build companies that stand out in their markets. With more than $1 billion of committed capital since inception, Updata has provided growth equity funding to over 40 leading technology companies.
Total fund size: $1.6B
Updata Partners's most notable exits include Collective Bias, Nintex, and Glassbox.
9. SaaS Ventures
We are enterprise software experts. We look to co-invest with strong leads, bringing our network of co investors and next round investors as well as enterprise software expertise to add value. We see ourselves as partners who can fill out a round quickly and be a positive influence, and non-competitive as we don't lead or take significant stakes in our portfolio companies. We generally write a small check into rounds of $750k-$3M that are mostly full, being low pain-in-the-ass to entrepreneurs compared to relatively high value add. Having been entrepreneurs, we know that's the most important part.
While we'll invest anywhere in the US, we love second tier markets that can still support major exits but attract relatively less venture funding: Chicago, Toronto, DC, Baltimore, Atlanta, etc.
Total fund size: $10M
SaaS Ventures's most notable exits include CYR3CON, Ataata, and rMark Bio.
10. Middleland Capital
Middleland Capital is a private investment firm focused on global early-stage technology opportunities. Leveraging a unique breadth of geographic and industry experience, the firm seeks partnerships with exceptional management teams to commercialize innovative technologies, accelerate growth, and build long-term value around the world.
Middleland Capital's most notable exits include Shift, Hinge, and Basket.