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The Helm

Investor type Venture Capital
Founders Erin Shipley Lindsey Taylor Wood


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Total investments 23
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 18
Rounds per year 3.83
Lead investments 0
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How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Key employees 3

Areas of investment

  • Wellness
  • E-Commerce
  • Education
  • Communities
  • Health Care

The Helm appeared to be the VC, which was created in 2016. The leading representative office of defined VC is situated in the New York. The fund was located in North America if to be more exact in United States.

Besides, a startup requires to be at the age of 2-3 years to receive the investment from the fund. Among the various public portfolio startups of the fund, we may underline The Riveter Among the most popular fund investment industries, there are Wellness, Communities. For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States.

This organization was formed by Erin Shipley, Lindsey Taylor Wood.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 9 partakers. Despite the The Helm, startups are often financed by Founders' Co-op, XFactor Ventures, Venture University. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Madrona Venture Group, Yukon Partners, XFactor Ventures. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Yukon Partners, WomensVCFund, WestRiver Group, LLC.

The fund is constantly included in less than 2 investment rounds annually. The important activity for fund was in 2018. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Health Care
Health Diagnostics
$2M15 Nov 2021 Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Service Industry
$2M22 Sep 2021 Los Angeles, California, United States


Health Care
$100M14 Sep 2021 New York, New York, United States

Venus Aerospace

Product Research
16 Aug 2021 California, United States


Consumer Goods
Health Care
$1M07 Jun 2021 New York, New York, United States


05 May 2021 New York, New York, United States


Consumer Applications
Information Services
$3M08 Apr 2021 New York, New York, United States

Rebellyous Foods

Food and Beverage
Food Processing
14 Oct 2019 Seattle, Washington, United States

Fuse Inventory

$2M20 Aug 2019 Los Angeles, California, United States
Dogdrop Announces $2.9M in Funding to Scale New Franchising Model

– Dogdrop, a Los Angeles-based dog care startup, announces $2.9M in funding to scale convenient, tech-enabled dog care locations across the U.S.
– The latest funding was led by Fuel Capital with participation from Muse Capital, Animal Capital, Gaingels, The Helm and leaders in pet care including Mars PetCare and Garrett Smallwood, CEO of Wag!
– Dogdrop is also announcing the launch of their new franchise operations to meet the dramatic rise in demand for dog care services.
– Dogdrop provides convenient and flexible dog care inspired by a new generation of dog parents who want a better quality alternative that fits their lifestyle.

Tia Raises $100 Million Series B to Scale “Whole-Woman, Whole-Life” Healthcare Model

– Tia, the modern medical home for women, announced a $100m Series B funding round led by Lone Pine Capital with additional participation from other investors including Threshold, Define Ventures, Torch Capital, ACME, Compound, Combine, The Helm, Human Ventures, Seae Ventures and Gingerbread Capital.
– This brings Tia’s total funding to $132m.
– Tia will use the fresh investment to scale its “whole-woman, whole-life” model to more than 100,000 women by 2023.
– The funding will also help Tia grow its virtual & in-person operations in existing and new markets while expanding its service lines to care for women throughout their entire lives — from puberty to menopause.


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