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NYC funds seed biotech projects, 1/2009 $5M


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New York City Investment Fund

The New York City Investment Fund is a private fund with a civic mission. The fund was the vision of Henry R. Kravis, founding partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., who serves as its Founding Chairman. His goal was to mobilize the city’s financial and business leaders to help build a stronger and more diversified local economy. To that end, the Fund has built a network of top experts from the investment and corporate communities who help identify and support New York City’s most promising entrepreneurs in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

The Fund was established in late 1996, under the auspices of the nonprofit The Partnership for New York City. It was initially capitalized by contributions of $1 million each from sixty-seven individual and corporate investors, who invested for the good of the city and without expectation of financial returns. This is an evergreen fund, in which realized gains are reinvested in other worthwhile projects.

The Fund has raised in excess of $110 million. Its investments typically range in size from $1 million to $5 million. The Fund provides equity or debt, structured to meet the needs of the project. It will invest at any stage of business development, but is seeking to exit in about five years. To date, the Fund has invested in over eighty projects.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Zipmark 8/2013Seed$1.5M5
Shapeways 3/2013Debt$1.2M1
Zipmark 12/2011Seed$2M5
EnergyHub 8/2011Series B$14.5M4
Scratch Music Group 7/2011Series A$3.3M5 12/2009Series B$7M5
TxVia 7/2009Series C$15.5M5
CPower 4/2009Series B$10.7M6 12/2008Series A$2M3
OwnEnergy 10/2008Venture Round3
LicenseStream 6/2008Series B$11M4 5/2008Series A$3M5
CPower 9/2007Series A$17M5
First30Days 2/2007Series A$5M3
Schoolnet 9/2006Series C$19M3
Orchestria Corporation 5/2005Series D$21M7
The FeedRoom 4/2004Series D$5M8
The FeedRoom 9/2002Series C$5M9
The FeedRoom 8/2000Series B$30M10



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  19. The FeedRoom, Inc. Raises Over $5 Million In Series D Funding from New and Existing Investors ( [edit]
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