This article showcases our top picks for the best Washington based Venture Capital companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Venture Capital industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Washington Venture Capital Companies
PitchBook is an independent and impartial research firm dedicated to providing premium data, news and analysis to the venture capital and private equity industries. As a specialty-focused information resource, PitchBook’s core strength is its ability to meticulously collect, organize and analyze hard-to-find private equity deal data.
PitchBook’s flagship product is the web-based PitchBook Platform, as well as its daily newsletter and research reports.. .
Privateer is a private equity firm shaping the future of legal cannabis. Founded in 2010 in Seattle by three visionary entrepreneurs with decades of experience in investment banking and venture capital, Privateer Holdings represents a group of investors from around the world seeking to end cannabis prohibition and the social harms it causes.
Through a combination of acquisitions, investments and incubation, Privateer is focused on building a portfolio of global brands that will lead, legitimize and define the future of cannabis. The current portfolio includes: Leafly, the world’s cannabis information resource; Tilray, a leading global producer of medical cannabis; and Marley Natural, the official cannabis and lifestyle brand of Bob Marley..
Vulcan Inc. is a nimble private company based in Seattle, Washington working to solve some of the biggest global issues.
The projects and investments we pursue are inspired by the ideas of our founder Paul G. Allen and tethered to a simple principle; we use data to inform our efforts and seek out opportunities that can make a positive impact—and share what we learn.
Vulcan supports innovative approaches that can save endangered species, address climate change, improve ocean health, explore new frontiers, research how the human brain works and build sustainable communities. Brain science and basketball, community space and outer space, art and artificial intelligence—at Vulcan, we strive to answer big questions asked by our founder, and by the world.
If we can understand the mysterious organ, the brain, we can pave the way towards understanding diseases like Alzheimer’s. If we can change the economics of space launches, we can change space travel and exploration.
If we can get the formula right for a new kind of downtown neighborhood, it becomes a guide for the innovation centers of tomorrow. With a local focus and a global reach, Vulcan’s programs, projects and initiatives bring together industry leaders collaborating across disciplines to discover and develop smart, data-driven solutions and create inspiring experiences that help us tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges..
Starform was started by industry veterans with the goal of changing the way people play games together. It puts together small, autonomous teams of talented game developers and provides them with the tools, infrastructure, and support to design and build games in partnership with players, enabling gamers to get state of the art graphics and quality entertainment.
The company was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.. .
StageDotO is an early stage investment fund actively identifying pre-Series A companies with energetic entrepreneurs driven by world-changing ideas. We add ten companies to our portfolio every two years.
StageDotO is a well-rounded, highly successful partnership team led by experienced and proven entrepreneurs and investors. We’ve celebrated multiple successful tech startup exits and managed a successful small-cap hedge fund, generating top quartile returns for over 10 years.
We’re lead by a philosophy that company building is the most critical element to achieving startup success. We believe it’s generally missing from today’s early-stage venture investing environment.
StageDotO delivers this through day to day involvement that leverages a combined 40+ years of startup and investing experience. Co-investment and pro-rata rights for limited partners allow continued investing in the best-performing companies..
First Row Partners
Co-founded by Yoko Okano and Minda Brusse, First Row Partners funds early stage startups ready for a big leap forward. We invest in solving meaningful human problems with technology and typically focus on software.
We seek answers to two primary questions 1. How are societal shifts affecting the way people approach and perform paid work? 2.
When, how and where are people buying what they value?. .
Sinclair Digital Ventures
Sinclair Digital Ventures is a division of Sinclair Broadcast Group, formed to develop and enhance Sinclair’s digital capabilities through strategic investments and acquisitions. Headquartered in Seattle, Sinclair Digital Ventures constantly evaluates emerging digital technologies and content in order to assess whether to build, buy or invest.
Sinclair Digital Ventures has the unique ability to spur the growth of its portfolio companies by executing commercial agreements that give their partners access to Sinclair’s national scale. They believe this is a value that pure financial backers cannot offer..
Trilogy Search Partners
Trilogy Search Partners invest in acquisitions of small, profitable companies, sourced and managed by search fund entrepreneurs. Their partners leverage a shared, multi-decade operating history, broad management expertise and their own capital to actively support the search fund process.
We partner with high-potential entrepreneurs, experienced co-investors and existing business owners to maximize their mutual outcomes.. .
Bridge33 Capital is a commercial real estate investment firm that focuses on acquiring value-add commercial properties. They cultivate a flexible and nimble culture that enables us to identify and quickly capitalize on unique, opportunistic investments.
It embraces an entrepreneurial ethos, disciplined acquisition process, and intense property management. It was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington..
U&I Financial Corp.
U & I Financial Corp. is the parent company of UniBank, headquartered in Washington State.
Its shares are traded on the “OTC Pink” under the ticker symbol “UNIF”. UniBank serves the banking needs of Korean-American and other ethnic communities through four branches in the Seattle metropolitan area.
UniBank employs 50 full-time equivalent employees and its deposits are insured by the FDIC to the extent provided by law.. .
K&L Group, Inc.
K&L Group is a venture capital firm that offers early stage investments for technology companies. K&L Group’s investments focus on software and services, infrastructure and systems, consumer and internet, energy, biomedical devices, biopharmaceutical companies, and healthcare services.
K&L Group was founded in October 2015 by Harold Charlap and Jeremy Murtishaw. It is headquartered in Point Roberts, Washington..
T-Mobile Ventures is an early-to-mid stage venture fund that invests in companies developing core technologies, products, and services that unlock the power of a nationwide 5G network. Its primary focus areas include Edge Computing, Future of Work, Security, and Industrial IoT.
It was founded in 2020 and is based in Bellevue, Washington.. .
Ballard Labs is co-working community of entrepreneurs and business leaders focused supporting local start-ups and each other. The Ballard Labs community consists of industry experts in banking, finance, marketing, administration, law, design, and software development.
We believe in serving the community through helping the brightest and most promising start-ups bring their visions to fruition. Our work environment is creative, fast paced, and hard working.
If you think you have what it takes, please join Ballard Labs and join the community!. .
First Hill Partners
First Hill Partners is a regionally focused, middle market investment bank dedicated to providing high-end, high-touch, investment banking services to entrepreneurial companies and investors. They pride theirselves on offering our clients access to their deep rolodex of relationships, in-depth industry knowledge and financial expertise.
First Hill’s principals and advisors have deep transaction expertise, having completed over 150 transactions in key industries. They have a vast expertise in the Technology, Healthcare, Technology Enabled Business Services, Industrial Technology, and Aerospace sectors..
Ridge focuses on building and seeding new businesses. Management opportunistically deploys capital and services where we see the opportunity to create significant value and provide add on services including corporate development and general advisory.
The company has been active in providing various levels of investment to new businesses for 7 + years. It is only recently that management has started to deploy the advisory and active shareholder model.
The company is actively deploying capital, services and growing several businesses. With our strategic head office location in northern British Columbia we have exposure to opportunities most other do not get to participate in..
Kellian Capital is a provider of equipment lease financing to clients primarily engaged in fitness and healthcare. An investment in Kellian Capital is structured to provide the investor with a preferential return of 8% on net invested funds, as well as 40% of the net profits after the preferred return.
This investment opportunity is available to accredited investors under SEC 506 (c). Ken Moland is a Certified Public Accountant with years of experience preparing financial statements and business income tax returns.
In 1997, Ken formed Leasing Management (LMI) as an equipment lease originator. LMI underwrites, processes, and manages lease portfolios for leasing companies..
Kent Hill Capital
Kent Hill Capital is seeking to acquire a business that they will operate and grow for years to come. They know that you have invested your blood, sweat and tears in building a successful business over many years, and they want to protect and grow that legacy.
As a successful executive backed by a group of seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and leaders, they have the experience and skills to take your business to the next level.. .
Started In Seattle
Started In Seattle is an independent and in-depth directory of all things startup in Seattle. Their mission: to give tech fans and prospective employees an inside look into startups in the Seattle area.
(Hold us to this!) Where did they come from? Where are they going? Which office, coffee shop or alleyway are they working in? Who inspires them to be great? These are the things that are exciting to us, and they hope they’re exciting to you as well.. .
Seattle 2.0 is a news publishing platform. It’s a resource for entrepreneurs, investors and tech startups in Seattle.
It offers information on events happening in town, news about startups, VCs, Angels, and, list of CEO/Founders on Twitter, the Seattle Startup Index and more. Seattle 2.0 was founded by Marcelo Calbucci in 2007 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington..
Better Existence Advisory Group
There has been a significant amount of change that has continued to grow through out the world. Everyday businesses are created, entrepreneurs are realized and discovered, and new innovative ideas are thought up in instances.
This has fueled their economy to continue to push the bar, but with this comes a great saturation of numerous markets and industries. There are ideas and solutions out there to create new markets and industries that have yet to be discovered and nurtured to the greatness that it could become.
They have recognized this growing need for a company to help entrepreneurs and existing businesses to prosper in their concepts and create their own paths for success. In February 2015, Better Existence Advisory Group was created.
Better Existence Advisory Group is a new spin on venture capital that is based out of Seattle, Washington. With their new and innovative way at viewing investments, they welcome both entrepreneurs and investors to collaborate on their projects to ensure fast business growth as well as high level success for start-up companies and growth companies..
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