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Kauffman Foundation

Investor type Incubator
Founders Ewing Marion Kauffman


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Total investments 21
Average round size
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Portfolio companies 20
Rounds per year 0.34
Lead investments 7
Follow on index
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Exits 3
Key employees 1
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Education
  • Non Profit
  • Financial Services
  • Biotechnology
  • Health Care

In 1960 was created Kauffman Foundation, which is appeared as Corporate Investor. The leading representative office of defined Corporate Investor is situated in the Kansas City. The venture was found in North America in United States.

The top amount of exits for fund were in 2018. Comparing to the other companies, this Kauffman Foundation performs on 6 percentage points less the average number of lead investments. Deals in the range of 5 - 10 millions dollars are the general things for fund. The average startup value when the investment from Kauffman Foundation is 100-500 millions dollars. Considering the real fund results, this Corporate Investor is 34 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. The fund is constantly included in less than 2 deals per year. The important activity for fund was in 2018.

The usual cause for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 partakers. Despite the Kauffman Foundation, startups are often financed by MPM Capital, Avalon Ventures, Winklevoss capital. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are MPM Capital, Tuesday Capital, Transmedia Capital. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Tuesday Capital, Stanford University, Square 1 Bank.

The fund was created by Ewing Marion Kauffman. Besides them, we counted 1 critical employee of this fund in our database.

For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States. We can highlight the next thriving fund investment areas, such as Internet, Business Development. Among the various public portfolio startups of the fund, we may underline NextGenVest, Aratana Therapeutics, AngelList The fund has no specific favorite in a number of founders of portfolio startups. Besides, a startup requires to be at the age of 1 and less years to receive the investment from the fund.

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Notable deals

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Heartland Forward

12 Jul 2022 Bentonville, Arkansas, United States

Network Kansas

Financial Services
Online Portals
Professional Networking
$3M22 Mar 2022 -


$5M15 Feb 2022 Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Omni Circle Group

Personal Development
$360K12 Jan 2022 Topeka, Kansas, United States

Invest Nebraska

Financial Services
Venture Capital
$250K09 Nov 2021 Lincoln, Nebraska, United States

Financial Services
Venture Capital
$9M25 Feb 2021 San Diego, California, United States

Living Cities

Financial Services
$1M30 Oct 2020 New York, New York, United States

Sharing Economy
Social Network
26 Sep 2018 Dallas, Texas, United States

Digital Sandbox KC

Test and Measurement
$950K10 Jul 2018 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Founders First Capital Partners Holds Initial Close Of $9M Series A Financing

– Founders First Capital Partners is a revenue-based finance and advisory support investment platform for underserved small businesses.
– The company closed the initial close of its $9m Series A financing.
– The round was led by The Rockefeller Foundation and the Surdna Foundation with participation from Kauffman Foundation through the Capital Access Lab Fund at ImpactAssets, LivingCities Blended Catalyst Fund, Spring Point Partners, The Impact Seat and Lindmor Foundation.
– The company intends to use the funds to accelerate the deployment of its $100m credit facility from Community Investment Management to fund 400 companies and expand into new regions across the United States.


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