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Cultivation Capital

Investor type Venture Capital
Founders Brian Matthews Cliff Holekamp Jim McKelvey Kyle Welborn Peter Esparrago Rick Holton Jr.


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Total investments 209
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 110
Rounds per year 19.00
Lead investments 42
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 21
Key employees 18
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • SaaS
  • Biotechnology
  • Health Care
  • Analytics

In 2012 was created Cultivation Capital, which is appeared as VC. The main office of represented VC is situated in the St Louis. The venture was found in North America in United States.

The fund has no exact preference in a number of founders of portfolio startups. When startup sums 5+ of the founder, the probability for it to get the investment is little. For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States. Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are SaaS, Financial Services. Besides, a startup needs to be aged 4-5 years to get the investment from the fund. Among the various public portfolio startups of the fund, we may underline Gainsight, Host Analytics, Tioma Therapeutics

The typical case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 3-4 participants. Despite the Cultivation Capital, startups are often financed by St. Louis Arch Angels, SixThirty, Cliff Holekamp. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are iSELECT FUND, SixThirty, Serra Ventures. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by iSELECT FUND, Cliff Holekamp, St. Louis Arch Angels.

The fund is generally included in 13-24 deals every year. The top activity for fund was in 2015. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity. The increased amount of exits for fund were in 2018. Deals in the range of 1 - 5 millions dollars are the general things for fund. Considering the real fund results, this VC is 32 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. This Cultivation Capital works on 23 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments comparing to the other organizations. When the investment is from Cultivation Capital the average startup value is 1-5 millions dollars.

The current fund was established by Brian Matthews, Cliff Holekamp, Jim McKelvey, Kyle Welborn, Peter Esparrago, Rick Holton, Jr.. Besides them, we counted 22 critical employees of this fund in our database.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Employee Benefits
Enterprise Software
Health Care
Health Insurance
$33M10 Jan 2023 Columbia, Missouri, United States


Big Data
Marine Technology
Marine Transportation
$2M10 Nov 2022 Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District, Israel


$3M11 Oct 2022 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States


Health Care
Life Science
$6M30 Aug 2022 St Louis, Missouri, United States


Information Technology
Marketing Automation
Social Media
$3M19 Aug 2022 New York, New York, United States

Sharpen Technologies

Cloud Data Services
Enterprise Software
$1M16 Aug 2022 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States


Business Intelligence
Enterprise Software
Predictive Analytics
Supply Chain Management
$8M09 Aug 2022 Pennsylvania, United States

Impetus Agriculture

Product Research
$2M12 Jul 2022 City of Saint Louis, Missouri, United States


Child Care
$26M27 Jun 2022 Buffalo, New York, United States
Pass It Down Raises Nearly $2M in Funding

– Pass It Down is a digital storytelling company based in Baton Rouge.
– Company raised nearly $2m in funding.
– The round was led by VentureSouth, with participation from Cultivation Capital, Techstars, Red Stick Angels and Acadian Capital Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to create and launch Iconic Moments, an NFT marketplace exclusively for the world’s museums and cultural institutions, in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Balto Raises $37.5M; Pushes to Close Execution Gap for Contact Centers

– Balto announced the completion of a $37.5m Series B funding round.
– The funding was led by Stripes and joined by RingCentral Ventures.
– Existing investors that participated include Sierra Ventures, TIA Ventures, OCA Ventures, Stage Venture Partners, SaaS Venture Capital, Sandalphon Capital, Cultivation Capital, and Atreides Management.
– The funding comes on the heels of Balto’s two latest product releases and as Balto’s Real-Time Platform surpasses 75 million guided calls and 160 million Real-Time Recommendations.


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