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Lightbank, 3/2010 $200M


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Suite # 775
Chicago, IL, 60654


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Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
TakeLessons 3/2014Series C$7M5
Contently 1/2014Series B$9M5 1/2014Seed$1.25M2
Ovuline 10/2013Seed$1.1M3
DoubleDutch 9/2013Series C$10M4
Belly 8/2013Series B$12.1M6
Betterfly 8/2013Series B$1M1
TalentBin 7/2013Series A$2M6
walkby 4/2013Venture Round$650k1
Soundsupply 3/2013Seed$140k1
Locality 3/2013Seed$1.6M5
Ovuline 1/2013Seed$1.4M4
SunnyBump 12/2012Seed$375k1
SpotHero 12/2012Venture Round$2M7
Udemy 12/2012Series B$12M4
HighGround 12/2012Seed$160k1
DoubleDutch 11/2012Series B$4M3
Frank & Oak 10/2012Venture Round$5M5
Coffee Meets Bagel 9/2012Seed$600k2
Bonfaire 9/2012Series A$150k1
MyCabbage 8/2012Venture Round$950k3
Yellowsmith 8/2012Seed$850k10
SkyVu Entertainment 8/2012Seed$1.2M5
walkby 8/2012Seed1
Boomerang 7/2012Venture Round$1M1
BenchPrep 7/2012Venture Round$6M3
Eventup 6/2012Seed$1.8M5
FreeAgent 5/2012Series B1
Ark 4/2012Seed$5M15
Locu 4/2012Series A$4M8
Lifecrowd 4/2012Series A$5M5
SocialKaty 4/2012Series A$300k1
12Society 4/2012Seed5
DraftDay 4/2012Seed$875k1
Monthlys 3/2012Seed$1M1
Betterfly 2/2012Series A$1.5M1
SoCore Energy 2/2012Venture Round3
Contently 1/2012Series A$2M3
Snapsheet 1/2012Series A$1M3
GetGoing 1/2012Seed$2.5M8
Belly 1/2012Series A$2.5M2
Locality 12/2011Seed$800k2
Lightswitch 12/2011Seed$1.25M1
Udemy 10/2011Series A$3M3
Cloudbot 10/2011Venture Round$1.22M5
Snapsheet 9/2011Seed$250k1
E la Carte 8/2011Venture Round$4M2
myRete 8/2011Series A€1.25M1
Clever Sense 8/2011Venture Round$1M1
Belly 8/2011Seed$375k1
BabbaCo 8/2011Series A$1.2M3
oBaz 7/2011Seed$1.5M1
BeachMint 6/2011Venture Round$23.5M4
Pawngo 6/2011Venture Round$2.3M1
OnSwipe 6/2011Venture Round$5M9
OpenChime 6/2011Seed$700k1
Benzinga 5/2011Venture Round$1.5M1 5/2011Venture Round$1M1
Hipster 5/2011Convertible Note$1M14
Genus Oncology 5/2011Series A1
Fooda 5/2011Seed$2.8M2
DoubleDutch 4/2011Seed$1.2M12
Tagkast 4/2011Venture Round$5.6M2
Qwiki 3/2011Venture Round$1M1
Zaarly 3/2011Seed$1M8
Needle 2/2011Series A$2M1
60mo 1/2011Series A$1M1
CrowdRise 1/2011Venture Round1
BenchPrep 12/2010Series A$1.8M1
Sprout Social 11/2010Venture Round$1M1
Betterfly 9/2010Series A1
Sprout Social 5/2010Series A1
Where I've Been 4/2010Venture Round$750k1



  2. Test Prep App Startup Watermelon Express Raises Funding From Groupon Co-Founders ( [edit]
  3. TakeLessons Raises $7M in Funding ( [edit]
  4. With A Fresh $9M, Contently Looks To Position Itself At The Front Of The New Content Marketing Movement ( [edit]
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  6. Fertility tracker raises $1.1M to add pregnancy app ( [edit]
  7. Social Events Platform DoubleDutch Raises $10 Million Series C Led By Bessemer ( [edit]
  8. Belly Gets $12.1 Million From NEA And Others In A Bid To Take Its Loyalty App To The Next Level ( [edit]
  9. With $1M In New Funding, Betterfly Launches Live Video Platform Tailored To Online Learning ( [edit]
  10. TalentBin Raises $2M From Lightbank To Be The Data-Focused Recruiting Platform For Technical Talent ( [edit]
  11. Lightbank Invests $650,000 In, A New Platform Connecting Local Merchants With Online Shoppers By Way Of Smartphones ( [edit]
  12. Soundsupply Secures Seed Funding from Lightbank ( [edit]
  13. Centzy Raises $1.6M Seed Round From Cowboy Ventures, Founder Collective, Lightbank & Others To Bring Offline Biz Data To Web & Mobile ( [edit]
  14. Ovuline Raises $1.4M From Lightbank, David Cohen And Others To Help Women Track Fertility And Pregnancy ( [edit]
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  16. SpotHero Raises $2.5M From Battery, Lightbank To Help You Reserve Parking In Garages ( [edit]
  17. Udemy Receives $12 Million in Series B Financing Led by Insight Venture Partners ( [edit]
  18. Lightbank Source [edit]
  19. Mobile-First Enterprise Startup DoubleDutch Raises $4 Million Series B From Floodgate & Others ( [edit]
  20. Lightbank Leads $5M Round In Personalized Retail Site For Men, Frank & Oak ( [edit]
  21. Daily Dating Site Coffee Meets Bagel Lands $600K From Lightbank, Co-Founder ( [edit]
  22. Bonfaire Launches Luxury Fashion Ecommerce Destination Offering Exclusive First Access To Pre-order Designer Accessories ( [edit]
  23. Deal Management Platform DealsGoRound Becomes MyCabbage, Raises $950K From Groupon Founders ( [edit]
  24. Yellowsmith launches its crowdsourced jewelry site with seed money from Lightbank, Great Oaks ( [edit]
  25. SEC ( [edit]
  26. steps into online clothes shopping ( [edit]
  27. Boomerang Raises $1M, Pivots ( [edit]
  28. BenchPrep Grabs $6M From NEA, Revolution For Cross-Platform, Interactive Courses ( [edit]
  29. Eventup Raises $1.8M to Book Intimate Events ( [edit]
  30. FreeAgent Acquires Financial Software Startup 60mo; Lands Investment From Lightbank ( [edit]
  31. Ark Raised $4.2 Million Seed Round Instead Of Series A To "Keep Complete Control" Of Its People Search Engine ( [edit]
  32. Data-Focused Locu Raises $4M Series A From General Catalyst, Lowercase, Lightbank & SV Angel ( [edit]
  33. Social events marketplace Lifecrowd raises $5M from Lightbank, Bullpen, others ( [edit]
  34. SocialKaty Secures Series A Funding from Lightbank ( [edit]
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  36. DraftDay raises $875K round for daily fantasy sports web site ( [edit]
  37. Lightbank Source [edit]
  38. Self-Improvement Marketplace Betterfly Raises $1.5M, Gets A New CEO ( [edit]
  39. Lightbank Invests in Commercial Solar Installer SoCore Energy ( [edit]
  40. TechStars Contently Raises $2 M. From Groupon Investor Lightbank ( [edit]
  41. Lightbank, OCA Put $1M In Auto Repair Marketplace BodyShopBids ( [edit]
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  45. Lightbank Source [edit]
  46. Crowdsourced Learning Platform Udemy Raises $3 Million From Lightbank And Others ( [edit]
  47. Cloudbot Closes Funding Led by Lightbank ( [edit]
  48. Chicago startup BodyShopBids scoops up $1 million in VC funding ( [edit]
  49. E La Carte Raises $4M From Groupon Co-Founders To Bring Tablets To Restaurant Tables ( [edit]
  50. Mobile app WhosHere raises $1.25M for location-based social networking ( [edit]
  51. Lightbank Source [edit]
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  53. Kids Educational Products Retailer BabbaCo Raises $1.2M From Lightbank And SV Angel ( [edit]
  54. Lightbank Source [edit]
  55. BeachMint Raises $23.5M at a Rumored $150M Valuation ( [edit]
  56. Groupon founders invest $2.3M in online pawn shop Pawngo ( [edit]
  57. Spark, Lightbank And Yuri Milner Get In On OnSwipe's $5M "Series Awesome" ( [edit]
  58. OpenChime Nabs $700K From Groupon Founders ( [edit]
  59. Lightbank Makes $1.5MM Investment In Benzinga ( [edit]
  60. Facebook Travel's Gtrot Raises $1M ( [edit]
  61. Local Q&A Site Hipster Raises $1M From Google Ventures, Lightbank, 500 Startups And More ( [edit]
  62. Lightbank Source [edit]
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  64. Lightbank Leads $1.2 Million Round In Enterprise Mobile Startup DoubleDutch ( [edit]
  65. Groupon For Nightlife Poggled Raises $5.6M From Groupon Investors ( [edit]
  66. Disrupt Winner Qwiki Raises, Like, $1 Million From Groupon Co-Founders ( [edit]
  67. Zaarly Launches Realtime, Local Marketplace To The Public ( [edit]
  68. Needle Is Raising $2 Million For Its 'Guided Shopping Platform', Sports A Great Logo ( [edit]
  69. 60mo Funded For Finance Tool ( [edit]
  70. Lightbank Source [edit]
  71. Lightbank Source [edit]
  72. Sprout Social Raises $1 Million For Social Media Management Platform ( [edit]
  73. Betterfly Raises Cash to Help People Find Services ( [edit]
  74. Sprout Social Raises Funding, Offers Business Tools For The Social Web Read more: ( [edit]
  75. Social Travel App Where I’ve Been Raises $750K From Groupon Co-Founders ( [edit]
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