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Owl Ventures

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Total investments 41
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 15
Rounds per year 5.86
Lead investments 24
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 1
Key employees 6

Areas of investment

  • Education
  • EdTech
  • E-Learning
  • Software
  • Virtual Reality

Owl Ventures is the famous VC, which was founded in 2014. The company was established in North America in United States. The leading representative office of defined VC is situated in the San Francisco.

The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. When the investment is from Owl Ventures the average startup value is more than 1 billion dollars. The increased amount of exits for fund were in 2020. The high activity for fund was in 2018. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity. The fund is constantly included in 7-12 investment rounds annually. Speaking about the real fund results, this VC is 46 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations.

The typical case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 3-4 participants. Despite the Owl Ventures, startups are often financed by Reach Capital, NewSchools Venture Fund, Thrive Capital. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Reach Capital, Rethink Education, Kapor Capital. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Reach Capital, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, WomensVCFund.

This organization was formed by Jed Smith, Tory Patterson. The overall number of key employees were 12.

For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States. The fund has no exact preference in some 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. Besides, a startup needs to be aged 4-5 years to get the investment from the fund. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight DreamBox Learning, Degreed, Newsela. Among the most popular fund investment industries, there are E-Learning, Internet.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Swing Education

$15M11 Jul 2018 California, United States
Genially raises $20M to make interactive content a global standard

– Genially, a leading interactive content creation platform, has raised $20M with its latest round of funding.
– Their Series B financing was led by the U.S. venture capital firms 645 Ventures and Owl Ventures and aims to accelerate the company’s goal to set a global standard in content creation.
– They were joined by the European venture capitalists DN Capital and Brighteye Ventures and successful entrepreneurs like s16VC and Kahoot founders.
– This capital injection advances Genially’s place as a leader in interactive content.

Canvas Raises $50M in Series C; Valued At $400M

– Canvas is a San Francisco, CA-based diversity recruitment platform.
– Series C $50m round brings company valuation to $400m.
– The round was led by Owl Ventures and attracted new investor Sequoia as well as existing investors Lachy Groom, Zoom Apps Fund, HighSage Ventures, BAM Elevate and Fifth Down Capital.
– The new investment will be aimed at expanding the product into other industries and verticals outside of technology, and make new R&D investments to further develop the platform’s insights and recommendation systems.


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Total investments 41
Average round size 41M
Rounds per year 5.86
Peak activity year 2021
Lead investments 24
Follow on index 0.27
Exits 1
Group Appearance index 0.10

Latest deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Swing Education

$15M11 Jul 2018 California, United States
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