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Embark Ventures

Investor type Micro VC
Founders Peter Lee Yipeng Zhao


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Total investments 30
Average round size
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Portfolio companies 17
Rounds per year 6.00
Lead investments 1
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Key employees 2
Stages of investment

Areas of investment

  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Robotics
  • Biotechnology
  • Logistics

In 2016 was created Embark Ventures, which is appeared as VC. The main office of represented VC is situated in the Los Angeles. The fund was located in North America if to be more exact in United States.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 partakers. Despite the Embark Ventures, startups are often financed by Velocity, Upfront Ventures, The Engine. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Upfront Ventures, Sunstone Management, Seraph Group. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Upfront Ventures, Sunstone Management, Seraph Group.

The fund was created by Peter Lee, Yipeng Zhao.

The fund has no specific favorite in a number of founders of portfolio startups. If startup sums 1 of the founder, the chance for it to be financed is low. Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are Industrial, Biopharma. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight SafeAI, Kebotix, K2 Cyber Security. Besides, a startup requires to be at the age of 1 and less years to receive the investment from the fund. For fund there is a match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - United States.

Speaking about the real fund results, this VC is 11 percentage points less often commits exit comparing to other organizations. The top activity for fund was in 2018. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 5 - 10 millions dollars. The fund is generally included in 2-6 deals every year.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Information Technology
$4M05 Nov 2022 Irvine, California, United States

Rugged Robotics

Artificial Intelligence
Real Estate
$9M23 Mar 2022 Houston, Texas, United States

Parallel Systems

$49M19 Jan 2022 Los Angeles, California, United States

Kula Bio

Food and Beverage
$50M03 Jan 2022 Massachusetts, United States

Machina Labs

Artificial Intelligence
Industrial Engineering
Machine Learning
Mechanical Engineering
Performing Arts
$16M17 Nov 2021 Chatsworth, California, United States

Via Separations

Advanced Materials
Energy Efficiency
Product Research
$38M21 Oct 2021 Massachusetts, United States

Attivare Therapeutics

Health Care
$6M17 Aug 2021 Natick, Massachusetts, United States

inVia Robotics

Industrial Automation
Machine Learning
$30M28 Jul 2021 California, United States


$21M22 Jun 2021 Milpitas, California, United States
Via Separations Raises Oversubscribed $38 Million Series B Led by NGP ETP to Transform Industrial Energy Use

– Via Separations, a rapidly-scaling technology company that enables industrial decarbonization, announced a $38m investment, led by NGP ETP, a growth equity investor focused on opportunities in the global transition toward a lower carbon economy.
2040 Foundation also participated in the round, alongside existing investors, including: The Engine, Safar Partners, Prime Impact Fund, Embark Ventures and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.
– The new capital will be used to drive deployment in the pulp and paper sector and accelerate platform expansion to reduce energy usage throughout chemical production.
– Via has begun deploying its platform to slash energy use and propel enhanced production in the pulp and paper sector with its sights set on broadly applicable industrial manufacturing.
– The company is electrifying industrial processes by replacing inefficient thermal separations with filtration-based systems.

SafeAI Raises $21M in Series A Funding

– SafeAI, a Milpitas, California-based autonomous heavy equipment company, raised $21m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Builders VC with participation from new investors LTC, DG Ventures, MACA and Vimson Group and existing investors Autotech Ventures, Brick and Mortar Ventures, Embark Ventures, Monta Vista Capital and Obayashi Corporation.
– The company intends to use the funds to advance its interoperable autonomous technology through accelerated research and development and accelerate global expansion.


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