First Analysis

Investor type Micro VC
Founders Oliver Nicklin


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Total investments 86
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 61
Rounds per year 2.10
Lead investments 24
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 23
Key employees 6
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Enterprise Software
  • SaaS
  • Information Technology
  • Health Care

First Analysis appeared to be the VC, which was created in 1981. The fund was located in North America if to be more exact in United States. The main department of described VC is located in the Chicago.

Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are Health Care, Analytics. Among the various public portfolio startups of the fund, we may underline Chrome River Technologies, Athersys, Courtagen Life Sciences For fund there is a match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - United States. Besides, a startup needs to be aged 6-10 years to get the investment from the fund. The fund has no exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups. In case when startup counts 5+ of the founder, the chance for it to get the investment is meager.

This organization was formed by Oliver Nicklin. Besides them, we counted 6 critical employees of this fund in our database.

The typical case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 3-4 participants. Despite the First Analysis, startups are often financed by Wakestream Ventures, The Argentum Group, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Morgenthaler Ventures, DFJ, William Blair. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Sigma Partners, SV Health Investors, The Argentum Group.

Comparing to the other companies, this First Analysis performs on 1 percentage points more the average number of lead investments. The average startup value when the investment from First Analysis is 500 millions - 1 billion dollars. Deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars are the general things for fund. The top amount of exits for fund were in 2011. The important activity for fund was in 2000. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity. The fund is constantly included in 2-6 deals per year. The real fund results show that this VC is 17 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other companies.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Fortress Information Security, LLC

Cyber Security
Information Technology
Network Security
Risk Management
$125M19 Apr 2022 Orlando, Florida, United States


Financial Services
10 Feb 2022 Costa Mesa, California, United States

Checkpoint Surgical

Health Care
Medical Device
$16M24 Aug 2021 Cleveland, Ohio, United States


Cloud Computing
Enterprise Software
Mobile Apps
$7M14 Jul 2021 Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland


Digital Marketing
$13M13 Apr 2021 Atlanta, Georgia, United States


Artificial Intelligence
Human Resources
$7M18 Mar 2021 San Francisco, California, United States


$12M28 Jan 2021 -

PCMI Corporation

Information Technology
25 Jan 2021 Illinois, United States


Enterprise Software
Financial Services
$18M27 Jul 2020 New York, New York, United States
Checkpoint Surgical Completes $16M Equity Financing to Fuel Growth and Launch New Products

– Checkpoint Surgical, Inc. completed a $16m capital raise led by River Cities Capital, a Cincinnati-based healthcare-focused growth equity firm.
– Existing backers also participated in the round, including Cleveland-based venture funds Mutual Capital Partners and JumpStart NEXT Fund, First Analysis, a growth equity firm based in Chicago, and several other investors.
– The growth capital will be used to support Checkpoint’s sales force expansion and multiple new product launches, including the recently acquired NeuroShield nerve wrap, as well as fueling continued research and development efforts.
– With a specialized, dedicated sales force of 30 and growing, and a substantial multi-disciplinary R&D team, Checkpoint Surgical is well equipped to scale the business rapidly.

Visage Raises $7M in Series A Funding

– Visage is a San Francisco, CA-based collaborative candidate sourcing platform.
– The company raised $7m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by First Analysis with participation from existing investors Urban Innovation, LLC and NewFund Capital.
– The new investment will be used to expand the company’s AI and human-powered crowdsourcing system and develop its new Platform solution that enables teams to increase productivity, automate candidate engagement, and integrate with existing applicant tracking systems.


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