12 Colorado venture capital firms every entrepreneur should know

by Anthony Sodd
July 30, 2015

Raising money for your Colorado-based startup does not necessarily mean a flight to San Francisco or New York. As it turns out, Colorado has quite a few venture capital firms operating outside your back door. The vast majority of those are located in the heart of Boulder or the greater Denver metropolitan area — but still way closer than Manhattan. Below are 12 venture capital firms with offices in Colorado that every entrepreneur should know.

 

Colorado Portfolio Companies Hiring: Sovrn, Return Path, HavenlySendGrid

Address: 1050 Walnut Street, Boulder

Stage Focus: Early Stage and Seed Stage (as little as $250k) all the way up to Series A. The firm recently opened a new fund focusing on later-stage companies.

Investments Focus: The Foundry Group takes a thematic approach to investing. You can find their current themes here.

Names to Know: Brad Feld, Managing Director; Seth Levine, Managing Director; Ryan McIntyre, Managing Director; Jason Mendelson, Managing Director

 

denver venture capital

Colorado Portfolio Companies Hiring: Kapost, CraftsyLogRhythm, Red CanaryCloud Elements, Tendril, TrackVia

Address: 8787 Turnpike Drive, Westminster

Stage Focus: Early Stage

Investment Focus: Technology companies

Names to Know: David Gold, Kirk Holland, Frank Mendicino III, Brian Wallace, Jay Campion, Frank Mendicino II

 

Colorado Portfolio Companies Hiring: LogRhythym, Kapost, Digabit

Address: 831 Pearl Street, Boulder

Stage Focus: Early Stage

Investment Focus: Life Sciences (biotech, diagnostic and medical devices) and Internet technology

Names to Know: Mark Lupa, Chris Marks, Scott Beck, Robert Schmiedeler, Karin Boergers


Boulder Ventures

Colorado Portfolio Companies Hiring: Rally Software, Sovrn

Address: 1941 Pearl Street, Boulder

Stage Focus: Startups, Early Stage and Emerging Growth

Focus: Colorado technology companies 

Names to Know: Kyle Lefkoff, Partner; Peter Roshko, Partner


Boulder Venture Capital

Address: 4430 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder

Stage Focus: Early Stage

Investments Focus: Healthcare, Internet and enterprise IT, clean technology and Internet-based services.

Portfolio Breakdown: 33% Healthcare, 39% InfoTech, 22% Tech Services

Names to Know: Tim Connor, Partner; John Greff, Partner; Kinney Johnson, Partner; Dan Mitchell, Partner; Tom Washing, Partner

 

Boulder Colorado Venture Capital

Address: 1634 Walnut Street, Boulder

Stage Focus: Growth Stage

Investments Focus: Consumer branded lifestyle and sustainable products

Names to Know: Todd Woloson, Managing Director; David Haynes, Managing Director

Portfolio Sample: Madhava Natural Sweeteners, Door to Door Organics, Uncle Matt’s Organic

 

Altira Venture Capital

Address: 1675 Broadway Street, Denver

Investments Focus: Oil and Gas Technology

Names to Know: Dirk McDermott, Managing Director; Hull McKinnon, Partner; Sean Abert, Partner; Marc Gulley, CFO

Portfolio Sample: RigNet, MicroSeismic, Infrastructure Networks, Premier Oilfield Equipment, DHI Services, Syntex Management Solutions, TransZap, Austin Geomodeling, Helix Canyon Offshore, NuTech Energy Alliance, Deep Flex, Beyond Compliance


Larimer Denver VC

Address: 1800 Larimer Street

Stage Focus: Growth Stage

Investments Focus: Specialty distribution, marketing services, manufacturing, business services

Names to Know: Bruce Rogers, Co-Founder and Managing Director; Stewart Fisher, Managing Director; Ted Nark, Managing Director; Bennett Thompson, Managing Director; Colton King, Managing Director

Portfolio Sample: Active Investments, ATI Physical Therapy, Aurora Diagnostics, Convergint Technologies, For Dearborn Company, Home Solutions

 

PV 

Address: 630 Southpointe Court, Colorado Springs

Stage Focus: Seed Stage and Growth Stage

Investments Focus: No particular industry focus, though does primarily focus on Colorado companies

Names to Know: Bill Miller, Founder and Managing Partner and Aaron Stachel, Principal

Portfolio Sample: Altia, iWanamaker, Open Road Snacks, Sedulous Foods, SpotRight

 

Meritage Denver Colorado Venture Capital

Address: 1675 Larimer Street, Denver

Stage Focus: Growth Stage

Investments Focus: Technology enabled services and recurring-revenue businesses.

Names to Know: David Solomon, Managing Director; Jack Tankersley, Managing Director; Laura Beller, Managing Director

Portfolio Sample: Crisp, DatAvail, Digital Fortress, EdgeConnex, Faction

 

lacuna capital

Address - 1100 Spruce Street, Boulder

Stage Focus: Early Stage, specifically the gap between product innovation and marketplace adoption.

Names to Know: Rawleigh Ralls, Chief Investor; Sanford Keziah, Chief Strategist; J.K. Hullett, CFO

Portfolio Sample: Mocapay, Balihoo, Concept3D, IntraOp Medical Corporation, Tribute Direct

 

Denver VC

Address: 100 Fillmore Street, Denver

Stage Focus: Early Stage

Investment Focus: Technology companies

Names to Know: Joe Zell, General Partner

Portfolio Sample: Booker, GutCheck, Healthcare Interactive, Optoro, CommercialTribe, Dizzion, HelloWallet.

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