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Five Elms Capital

Investor type Private Equity Firm
Founders Fred Coulson


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Total investments 73
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 60
Rounds per year 4.56
Lead investments 13
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 10
Key employees 7
Stages of investment
Late Stage Venture
Private Equity

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • SaaS
  • Information Technology
  • Enterprise Software
  • E-Commerce

In 2007 was created Five Elms Capital, which is appeared as VC. The main department of described VC is located in the Kansas City. The fund was located in North America if to be more exact in United States.

This organization was formed by Fred Coulson.

Besides, a startup requires to be at the age of 6-10 years to receive the investment from the fund. 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 various public portfolio startups of the fund, we may underline Flywheel, Quest Inspar, Field Agent, Inc. The fund has exact preference in a number of founders of portfolio startups. In case when startup counts 4 or 5+ of the founder, the chance for it to get the investment is meager. Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are EdTech, Software.

The real fund results show that this VC is 60 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other companies. The high activity for fund was in 2018. The common things for fund are deals in the range of 5 - 10 millions dollars. This Five Elms Capital works on 13 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments comparing to the other organizations. The higher amount of exits for fund were in 2019. The fund is constantly included in 2-6 investment rounds annually.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 1-2 partakers. Despite the Five Elms Capital, startups are often financed by Ludlow Ventures, Linseed Capital, Lightbank. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Level Equity, Village Ventures, Thayer Street Partners. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by WorldQuant Ventures LLC, Prelude Ventures, Hudson Structured Capital Management.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Cloud Security
Public Safety
$27M18 Jan 2023 California, United States

Ten Thousand Coffees

Career Planning
$56M17 Oct 2022 Ontario, California, United States


Meeting Software
17 Aug 2022 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Information Technology
Point of Sale
$74M12 Jul 2022 Atlanta, Georgia, United States


Usability Testing
$10M17 May 2022 Old Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Data Integration
Enterprise Software
Marketing Automation
$16M16 May 2022 Provo, Utah, United States


$5M01 Mar 2022 Washington, United States


Information Technology
Productivity Tools
Project Management
Task Management
$66M09 Feb 2022 California, United States


Enterprise Software
Human Resources
$13M31 Jan 2022 San Francisco, California, United States
Sendlane raises $20M to convert shoppers into loyal customers

– Sendlane, a San Diego-based multichannel marketing automation platform, announced Thursday it raised $20m in Series A funding.
Five Elms Capital and others invested in the round to give Sendlane total funding of $23m since the company was founded in 2018.
– The company said it can increase revenue for customers between 20% and 40% on average.

ShippyPro Raises $5M in Series A Funding

– ShippyPro from Florence, Italy raised $5m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Five Elms Capital.
– The company plans to use the funds to continue hiring and reach 150 employees in the next 12 months, to execute on its product roadmap, which includes releasing new features to help customers optimize their fulfillment processes and save budget on logistics spend, including functionality that will focus on the CO2 impact of deliveries.


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