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Lucas Venture Group

Lucas Venture Group

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Headquarters Location

United States, Menlo Park


Lucas Venture Group was established in 1985, and is a well known VC. The VC's location is in North America, United States. The the headquarters of this VC is in Menlo Park.

We can highlight the most popular investment areas for this fund, such as Service Industry, Logistics. In addition, there are 25 more industries where it has achieved success. The fund has no a preferred number of founders for start-ups that it invests in. If there are 5+ founders in the start-up, the probability of getting the investment is low. Chegg, Katerra, Berkeley Lights are among the most popular portfolio start-ups of the fund. Also, a start-up has to be aged 4-5 years to expect investment from this fund. The country of its establishment and the country of its most frequent investments coincides - United States.

In real terms, this VC performs 16 percentage points less exits than other funds. The fund typically enters into 2-6 deals annually. Typical investments for this fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. At the time of investment by Lucas Venture Group, a typical start-up valuation would be 500 millions - 1 billion dollars. This fund was the most active in 2018. In addition, the fund was active in 2019. In comparison with other funds, Lucas Venture Group makes 12 percentage points less than the average number of lead investments. We recorded the biggest number of exits for this fund in 2015.

This VC was founded by Donald Lucas. We also identified another 2 core personnel in our database.

The fund typically invests in rounds with 5-6 participants. Along with Lucas Venture Group, start-ups are often financed by FLOODGATE, Social Capital, Manatt Venture Fund as well as 31 other investors. The fund often co-invests with Manatt Venture Fund, Cota Capital, Walden Riverwood Ventures, overall with 26 funds from our list. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually joined by Cota Capital, Menlo Ventures, Manatt Venture Fund, as well as 17 other investors.

Year Founded


Fund Activity


Group Appearance [how often fund is operating separately from groups with shared interest]

100.0% of cases

Investments per Year [average amount of rounds in which fund participates each year]


Follow-on Index [how often fund is ready to support its portfolio startup at next rounds]

37.9% of cases

Average Multiplicator [the average ratio of the last valuation of portfolio startups to their total amount of financing raised]


Average Portfolio Company
Exit Age [the average age of portfolio startups at which they go public or become acquired]

2.1 years

Success / Strategy Similarity
Index [the matching between fund's investment strategy and its proved successes in the form of portfolio startups high valuations]

0.3 out of 1

Number of Unicorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $1B]


Number of Minotaurs [amount of portfolio companies, which raised more then $1B in total]


Funds Investing in Previous

FLOODGATE, Social Capital, Manatt Venture Fund

Funds Investing in Following

Cota Capital, Menlo Ventures, Manatt Venture Fund

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