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Fifty Years

Investor type Micro VC
Founders Ela Madej Seth Bannon


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Total investments 131
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 72
Rounds per year 16.38
Lead investments 7
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 3
Key employees 2
Stages of investment

Areas of investment

  • Biotechnology
  • Health Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Life Science
  • Medical

Fifty Years is the famous VC, which was founded in 2015. The main department of described VC is located in the San Francisco. The company was established in North America in United States.

This organization was formed by Ela Madej, Seth Bannon. The overall number of key employees were 2.

The fund is constantly included in 7-12 deals per year. The top activity for fund was in 2016. Deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars are the general things for fund. Considering the real fund results, this VC is 8 percentage points less often commits exit comparing to other organizations.

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 popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Solugen, Quantstamp, EARTH AI. Besides, a startup requires to be at the age of 2-3 years to receive the investment from the fund. Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are Transportation, Advanced Materials. The fund has no exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups. If startup sums 4 or 5+ of the founder, the chance for it to be financed is low.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 6-7 partakers. Despite the Fifty Years, startups are often financed by Y Combinator, SOSV, IndieBio. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Wei Guo, Refactor Capital, SOSV. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by SOSV, Refactor Capital, Data Collective DCVC.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Health Care
Health Diagnostics
$48M15 Dec 2022 California, United States


$200M28 Oct 2022 Houston, Texas, United States

Arpeggio Bio

Machine Learning
$17M07 Sep 2022 Boulder, Colorado, United States

Persephone Biosciences

Artificial Intelligence
Health Care
$15M19 Jul 2022 San Diego, California, United States

Latch AI

Artificial Intelligence
Cloud Infrastructure
Machine Learning
$28M02 Jun 2022 Berkeley, California, United States

Boundary Layer Technologies

Marine Transportation
$4M01 Jun 2022 San Francisco, California, United States

Octant Bio

Life Science
$80M28 Apr 2022 Los Angeles, California, United States

Octant Bio

Life Science
$80M21 Apr 2022 Los Angeles, California, United States

Ansa Biotechnologies

Life Science
$68M11 Apr 2022 Berkeley, California, United States
Nobell Foods Scores $75M Series B Round

– Nobell Foods has secured a $75m Series B financing round.
– The round was backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Breakthrough Energy Ventures.
– Others joining this round include: Unovis, Germin8 Ventures, Fifty Years, AgFunder, Pear VC, GL Ventures, the venture capital arm of Hillhouse Group, and Mission Bay Capital.
– The company plans to launch its cheeses to the public by the end of next year.

Faction Raises $4.3M Seed Round

– Faction Technology from Silicon Valley is a startup that develops driverless solutions based on light electric vehicles.
– The company announced the completion of $4.3m in seed funding led by Trucks Venture Capital and Fifty Years.


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