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Dave Kirkpatrick is Managing Director and co-founder of SJF Ventures, which focuses on high growth, positive impact ventures. The fund has offices in Durham, NC, New York and San Francisco, and was founded in 1999. Dave helped lead SJF’s capitalization of three funds totaling $135 million. The most recent fund, SJF Ventures III, LP, was closed at $90 million in the spring of 2013 and was oversubscribed beyond its $75 million target. SJF Ventures has invested in 41 portfolio companies and David currently serves on the boards of Entouch Controls, Community Energy, groSolar, and ED MAP. Dave’s particular industry focus areas include energy efficiency, recycling & reuse, solar, and M2M enabled resource efficiency companies.

Previous to SJF, Dave founded and managed two other successful enterprises – KirkWorks, a cleantech investment consulting firm, and SunShares, a solar energy and recycling company. Dave was named the national 2005 CDVC Practitioner of the Year by the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and Recycler of the Year in 1996, the National Recycling Coalition’s award for leadership in the recycling industry. Dave co-founded the SJF Institute in 2001 which merged with Investors’ Circle, a twenty-year old impact investment angel network, in 2011. He is a frequent public speaker on venture capital, cleantech innovation and impact investing.

Dave earned a BA in Physics and History from Duke University in 1982 and an MBA from UNC Kenan Flagler Business School (KFBS) in 1991. He was named KFBS Executive MBA Alumni of the Year in 2010.

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Founder and Managing Director

Co-Founder & Director

Investments (3)

DateInvested InRoundDetails
Feb, 2016$8M / Series C
Aug, 2015$6M / Series C
Nov, 2013$8.25M / Series B (Lead)

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