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ARCH Venture Partners

ARCH Venture Partners

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Headquarters Location

United States, Chicago


ARCH Venture Partners was established in 1986, and is a well known VC. The the headquarters of this VC is in Chicago. The VC's location is in North America, United States.

The fund's activity peaked in 2018. Besides, in 2019 the fund was active. When ARCH Venture Partners invests, the average start-up valuation is 50-100 millions dollars. The fund usually participates in 7-12 investment rounds per year. The fund performance shows that this VC achieves 0 percentage points less exits in comparison to other VCs. The most common rounds for this fund are in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. The highest number of exits from this fund were in 2015. ARCH Venture Partners participates, on average, in 7 percentage points less than the average amount of lead investments in other funds.

The fund was created by Clinton W. Bybee, Keith L. Crandell, Robert Nelsen, Steven Lazarus. We also identified another 6 core personnel in our database.

Juno Therapeutics, Receptos, GRAIL are amongst the various portfolio companies of this fund. We can highlight the most popular investment areas for this fund, such as Software, Medical. In addition, there are 35 more industries where it has achieved success. The fund has no specific requirements for the number of founders in a start-up. If the applying start-up has 4 founders, it is very unlikely that funding will be awarded. Moreover, a start-up needs to be 4-5 years old to get investment from this fund. The country of its establishment and the country of its most frequent investments coincides - United States. However, start-ups from 5 other countries can be found in the fund's portfolio.

The fund typically invests in rounds with 5-6 participants. Aside from ARCH Venture Partners, start-ups are often funded by Lux Capital, In-Q-Tel, Alexandria Real Estate Equities and 131 other funds. The most common co-investors for the fund are Wellcome Trust, Third Rock Ventures, Sofinnova Investments and also 213 different VCs. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually joined by Wellcome Trust, Versant Ventures, Lux Capital, as well as 166 other investors.

Year Founded


Fund Activity


Mail Rule [rules by which you can get an email of an interesting for you fund employee, knowing only the name and surname of this employee]

Domain name:; User name format in descending order of probability: first_initial last, first, last

Group Appearance [how often fund is operating separately from groups with shared interest]

98.5% of cases

Investments per Year [average amount of rounds in which fund participates each year]


Follow-on Index [how often fund is ready to support its portfolio startup at next rounds]

37.1% of cases

Average Multiplicator [the average ratio of the last valuation of portfolio startups to their total amount of financing raised]


Average Portfolio Company
Exit Age [the average age of portfolio startups at which they go public or become acquired]

2.2 years

Decision Makers / Strategy
Similarity Index [see explanation at]

0.29 out of 1

Success / Strategy Similarity
Index [the matching between fund's investment strategy and its proved successes in the form of portfolio startups high valuations]

0.55 out of 1

Number of Unicorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $1B]


Number of Minotaurs [amount of portfolio companies, which raised more then $1B in total]


Funds Investing in Previous

Lux Capital, In-Q-Tel, Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Funds Investing in Following

Wellcome Trust, Versant Ventures, Lux Capital

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