I'm sure we're all familiar with the amount of capital that flows into Silicon Valley, but have you realized that there is more of it going into the city of Denver than ever before? Much of that money is going to startups in the startup hub that is Denver. Some notable investors include Brad Feld, Dave McClure, and even some names who've already experienced great success such as Facebook's Chamath Palihapitiya (among others). More and more, it seems that Denver is becoming a center for investment.
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 rankings for San Francisco, Boston and Portland.
Top Venture Capital Firms in Denver
1. Stout Street Capital
Investment Method: Stout Street prides itself on investing intelligently. Our investments are driven by extensive data analysis, market analysis, and due diligence. We invest in early-stage technology companies innovating in the software, fin tech, advanced materials, robotics, and artificial intelligence. We invest in under-served markets, especially in the middle of the country with an emphasis on the Rocky Mountain area.
Investment Portfolio: Stout Street Capital is an seed-stage fund that seeks to invest in early-stage companies focused on improving efficiency and generating bottom-line value in large established sectors in the market. Stout Street’s Value Fund-1 is currently focused on post-revenue, seed-to-series-A investments in companies valued at less than $10 million. Stout Street’s Value Fund-1 is projected to invest in 35+ companies by the end of 2018 with an average investment of 100k.
Total fund size: $20M
Stout Street Capital's most notable exits include RoadBotics, Popwallet, and Valor Water Analytics.
2. Ibex Investors
Ibex Investors is an investment firm that proactively seeks out markets and opportunities commonly dismissed as too difficult or too different. The firm focuses on areas that include International (Israel), Quantitative (Behavioral Finance), Thematic (Driverless Cars), and Segmented (Microcaps) strategies.
Ibex Investors was founded in 2003 and is head quartered in Denver, Colorado.
Total fund size: $264M
Ibex Investors's most notable exits include Glassbox, Zimperium, and Oribi.
3. Sopris Capital Associates
Sopris Capital is a venture capital investment firm focused on providing growth capital to exceptional technology-enabled service and healthcare businesses.
Sopris Capital Associates's most notable exits include Lucid, Analytical Wizards, and Tridiuum.
4. Meritage Funds
Meritage Funds is a Growth Equity Firm. We invest in entrepreneurs who are building technology enabled service and other recurring revenue businesses.
Meritage Funds's most notable exits include EdgeConneX, Masergy Communications, and NuVox.
5. Altira Group
Altira is a private equity and venture capital firm that invests in advantaged oil and gas service and technology companies. Its Fund VI partners include a select group of the U.S. super-independent oil and gas companies that provide resources in the investment decision process and help accelerate the growth of the firm’s portfolio companies by serving as large customers.
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Altira was founded in 1996 by Dirk McDermott.
Altira Group's most notable exits include GridPoint, ThoughtTrace, and Tantalus Systems.
6. SpringTime Ventures
SpringTime Ventures seeds high-growth startups in healthcare, fintech, logistics, and marketplace businesses. We look for founders with domain expertise, forging a path with a truly transformative technology. We only invest in software-based businesses in the USA. We bring a people-focused approach, work quickly, and reach conviction independently. Our initial check size is $400k to $600k. You can learn more about us and our approach.
SpringTime Ventures's most notable exits include TrueCoach and Shotzr.
7. GAN Ventures
GAN Ventures is the investment arm of GAN. We invest in who you are and what you’re building, regardless of where you are. We believe that economic and social prosperity occur in cities large and small around the world because founders are able to make a lasting, positive impact in their communities through creating jobs, revenue, and companies that become local institutions.
GAN Ventures's most notable exits include Costello and Pest Pulse.
8. Zoma Capital
Zoma Capital invests in a wide range of market-based sustainable solutions addressing environmental and social challenge.
It invests in a broad range of market-based sustainable solutions advancing energy, water, and regional economic resiliency in Chile and Colorado. Its global investment portfolio spans multiple asset classes and sectors with an emphasis on addressing environmental and social challenges.
Zoma Capital's most notable exits include Credly, Tendril, and Enbala.
9. Edovate Capital
Edovate Capital partners with social entrepreneurs to scale companies solving education’s hardest challenges.
“Shortly after we started the company in 2014, we partnered with Edovate and received seed investment, but more importantly we collaborated on a go-to-market approach that resulted in both a high growth rate and early profitability. Edovate helped us refine our strategy and with a key early hire that helped put us on the path to success. We highly recommend working with Graham and the Edovate team.”
Edovate Capital's most notable exits include Pear Deck, Rhithm, and Netchemia.