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Urban Innovation Fund

Investor type Micro VC
Founders Clara Brenner Julie Lein


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Total investments 62
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 44
Rounds per year 8.86
Lead investments 1
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 3
Key employees 2
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • FinTech
  • Financial Services
  • Information Technology
  • Mobile

In 2016 was created Urban Innovation Fund, which is appeared as VC. The fund was located in North America if to be more exact in United States. The leading representative office of defined VC is situated in the San Francisco.

The fund has specific favorite 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 Food and Beverage, Water. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Valor Water Analytics, BookNook, Ride Report. For fund there is a match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - United States. Moreover, a startup needs to be at the age of 2-3 years to get the investment from the fund.

The typical case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 5-6 participants. Despite the Urban Innovation Fund, startups are often financed by Y Combinator, Tumml, Winshall Walt. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Better Ventures, Nyca Partners, Kapor Capital. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Nyca Partners, Kapor Capital, Thirdstream Partners.

This Urban Innovation Fund works on 23 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments comparing to the other organizations. The top amount of exits for fund were in 2018. Deals in the range of 1 - 5 millions dollars are the general things for fund. The high activity for fund was in 2019. The fund is generally included in 2-6 deals every year.

The fund was created by Clara Brenner, Julie Lein. Besides them, we counted 4 critical employees of this fund in our database.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Ferrum Health

Artificial Intelligence
Health Care
$6M12 Jan 2023 San Francisco, California, United States


Health Care
Personal Health
$4M08 Dec 2022 Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico


Car Sharing
Consumer Software
Fleet Management
Information Services
Information Technology
Mobile Apps
$60M10 Nov 2022 San Francisco, California, United States

Apply Design

3D Technology
Computer Vision
Photo Editing
Real Estate
$2M31 Oct 2022 Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel


Financial Services
$50M14 Sep 2022 New York, New York, United States


Financial Services
$6M06 Jul 2022 Los Angeles, California, United States


$7M06 Jun 2022 -


Renewable Energy
$6M01 Jun 2022 -


Financial Services
$15M04 May 2022 Menlo Park, California, United States
Catch takes hold of $12M to provide benefits that aren’t tied to employers

– Catch, a health insurance and retirement savings company, raised $12m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Crosslink and joined by earlier investors Khosla Ventures, NYCA Partners, Kindred Ventures and Urban Innovation Fund.
– The company plans to use the funding to increase its headcount to service those partnerships and go after more.

Allocate banks $5M to open up venture capital fund access

– Allocate, a venture capital investing platform, raised $5m in seed funding.
– The round was led by Urban Innovation Fund, Tusk Venture Partners, Basis Set Ventures, Liquid2 Ventures, Fika Ventures, Ulu Ventures, Anthemis Group and Broadhaven Ventures.
– The company was founded by Samir Kaji and Hana Yang in February 2021.


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