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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Investor type Family Investment Office
Founders Melinda Gates William Gates


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Total investments 224
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 175
Rounds per year 8.62
Lead investments 69
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 41
Key employees 20
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Biotechnology
  • Health Care
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical
  • Biopharma

In 1997 was created Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is appeared as VC. The company was established in North America in United States. The main department of described VC is located in the Seattle.

This organization was formed by Melinda Gates, William Gates. We also calculated 19 valuable employees in our database.

When the investment is from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation the average startup value is more than 1 billion dollars. The fund is generally included in 7-12 deals every year. The top activity for fund was in 2017. Comparing to the other companies, this Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation performs on 14 percentage points less the average number of lead investments. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. Considering the real fund results, this VC is 28 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. The higher amount of exits for fund were in 2019.

The fund has no exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups. In case when startup counts 4 of the founder, the chance for it to get the investment is meager. Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are Biotechnology, Education. Among the various public portfolio startups of the fund, we may underline Moderna Therapeutics, Intarcia Therapeutics, Vir Biotechnology For fund there is a match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - United States. Moreover, a startup needs to be at the age of 6-10 years to get the investment from the fund.

The typical case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 2-3 participants. Despite the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, startups are often financed by Lux Capital, Flagship Pioneering, National Institutes of Health. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Polaris Partners, ARCH Venture Partners, Flagship Pioneering. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Polaris Partners, ARCH Venture Partners, Flagship Pioneering.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

UW Medicine

Health Care
$20M20 Jan 2023 Seattle, Washington, United States


Health Care
Information Services
17 Jan 2023 Rochester, New York, United States


Health Care
Health Diagnostics
Medical Device
$14M14 Dec 2022 London, England, United Kingdom

Aspen Pharmacare

Medical Device
$30M12 Dec 2022 Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

ExploRNA Therapeutics

$813K07 Dec 2022 Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland

Sherlock Biosciences

Health Care
Health Diagnostics
Life Science
29 Nov 2022 Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Touchlight Genetics

Health Care
$2M28 Nov 2022 United Kingdom, England, United Kingdom

Dare Bioscience

Health Care
$585K15 Nov 2022 San Diego, California, United States


Health Care
Personal Health
09 Nov 2022 -


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