Rockies Venture Club closed 18 fund rounds in '16

Wednesday February 1, 2017 0 comments Tags: Denver, Rockies Venture Club, Dave Harris, Julian Denaes, Logrr, Ascent360, Scott Buelter , Andrew Romans, Peter Adams

DENVER -- Rockies Venture Club (RVC), one of the largest and most experienced angel investing organizations in the U.S., reported it closed 18 funding rounds in 2016.Rockies_Venture_Club_logoUSE

RVC said it has created a community of accredited investors who are passionate about helping early-stage companies raise the capital they need to grow. In the fourth quarter alone, the club oversubscribed two seed rounds ($2.5M in total) by engaging a nationwide network of other angel groups and venture capital firms.

“2016 was a highly successful year for Rockies Venture Club,” said Dave Harris, RVC director of operations. “I attribute this success to the RVC’s strong commitment to due diligence and getting investors involved in every step of the process.

“The club has enhanced its professional volunteer-based due diligence team that produces reports that are best in breed and have magnified our ability to syndicate with other groups and bring outside investment to Colorado from Arizona, California, Japan and beyond.”

RVC led a funding round for Logrr,a cybersecurity company that allows secure access to cloud applications through biometry and advanced statistics, eliminating the need for insecure passwords.

The company first pitched in to RVC investors at the Summer Pitchfest in August 2016 and raised a $750k round. The club partnered with Angel groups including: Nebraska Angels and the Plain Angels in Iowa, bringing extensive capital into Colorado.

"Logrr is really excited about this seed round, led by RVC,” said Julian Denaes, Logrr CEO.

“RVC was really engaged and helped us connect with other great angel groups all over the nation. With these funds, Logrr will focus on marketing and customer acquisition.”

RVC also served as lead investor for Ascent360, a company that turns data into insight by providing marketers with online software that grows revenue, measures ROI, and improves data access and reporting capabilities.

Ascent360 enables marketers to easily integrate customer data across multiple systems, segment their customers, and send personalized messages across multiple platforms (such as email, social, direct mail, and display ads).

The company raised $1.9 million, bringing together a syndicate of Rockies Venture Club investors, Colorado based Access Venture Partners, Nelnet, Bialla Venture Partners, and others.

“This round of funding allows us the strength and capital to hire the right talent to take our unique technology to today's retail marketers and help them to leverage customer data in ways they never knew possible,” said Scott Buelter, Ascent360 CEO.

RVC said its portfolio posted impressive metrics in 2016. RVC investors directly contributed $2.5 million to 17 companies and led total syndicated investments of more than $14 million.

Ten of these companies were new investments, while seven companies raised follow-on rounds to continue building on success from initial capital investment, impressing investors with the ability to meet and exceed their benchmarks.

RVC said more than 50% of its investments since 2014 have been in companies with female or minority leadership, nearly triple the industry average.

RVCn will host its 10th annual Angel Capital Summit in March, a two-day conference focused on the theme of Corporate Venture Capital and Early-Stage Investing.

The Summit will bring together 300 community members and active investors for networking, thought-leadership and an ecosystem of capital investment.

Attendees can expect pitches from 20 early-stage companies, 3 panels, and two keynote speakers, including Andrew Romans from Rubicon Capital and author of Masters of Corporate Venture Capital.

The Rockies Venture Fund closes for investment on Feb. 14. The fund is earmarked to drive capital to Colorado’s startup ecosystem and facilitate job growth.

“In 2016, RVC tested and iterated its model. Now in 2017, we are looking to build upon this success to better drive economic development in the state of Colorado and beyond,” said Peter Adams, RVC executive director.”