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Stage 1 Ventures works hard for companies that we partner with – our funding model demands it. We wouldn’t want it any other way – when Partner, Portfolio companies and Limited Partner objectives are aligned, great things happen.

Read on to learn about our current market targets and portfolio companies, or visit our track record detailing companies we’ve had the honour of working with throughout the years.

What we’re looking for

Stage 1 Ventures focuses on the following industry sectors:

Mobile Industry

Stage 1 Ventures Mobile Industry PortfolioWith over two billion mobile subscribers globally (1/3 of the worlds population) and 850+ million new handsets being deployed annually, the mobile phone has quickly become the third screen in our lives. We are particularly interested in capital efficient projects that have the ability to achieve hyper-growth, sometimes in partnership with tier-1 wireless carriers, other times standalone. These efforts focus on dramatically increase revenue per user and reduce customer churn via cutting edge content, applications, or infrastructure to deliver new data services. Key mobile sub-sectors for Stage 1 Ventures include:

  • Search and advertising
  • Consumer entertainment, including games, music, and video
  • Content management and distribution
  • Communication, including video sharing, SMS, MMS, and social networking
  • Enterprise and consumer applications
  • Productivity enhancement
  • Infrastructure to support all of the above

Portfolio members include:

Paydiant offers banks, retailers, and processors a white-label contactless mobile wallet, mobile payment and cash access platform that works with pre-existing debit, credit and prepaid payment instruments.
Marxent offers market-leading expertise in the latest Mobile Augmented Reality technologies backed by over 50 years of combined marketing and software development experience.
AdelaVoice blends the power of your voice with state-of-the-art recognition technologies to create a new, innovative and interactive relationship between you and your mobile device.
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Based on its patented technology, OnePIN provides secure, permission-based solutions to help people manage and maintain relationships across networks and devices.
Skyhook Wireless provides a software-only positioning system that leverages a nationwide database of known Wi-Fi access points to calculate the precise location of any Wi-Fi enabled device.
dondeEsta offers a complete set of mobile tracking tools to protect you and your family.
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BitPlay Today takes popular mobile games and turns them into a competitive arena where you compete to win Bitcoins against other players.
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WiTricity helps integrate efficient, safe wireless power transfer technology into your products and systems.
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Scratch Wireless is a free talk, text & data plan.
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Amino Apps create a connected community of a variety of different fan bases such as Dr. Who – a British television show – through numerous apps allowing fans to talk amongst themselves.
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Origin Wireless is a machine to machine services company providing solutions to various industries and verticals.
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Vivoom turns user content into branded mobile video marketing that converts at the highest response rates on mobile.
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ReferralMob makes it easy for you and your friends to find jobs.

Consumer/Business Cloud

Stage 1 Ventures Consumer/Business Cloud Portfolio Forget Web 2.0. SaaS is a start. While current Web communications are conducted via the exchange of pages, the new software model will use distributed executables. Think peer to peer with a purpose. Now, intelligence is at both ends – resulting in a personalized, high-IQ, interactive, valuable conversation.

Portfolio members include:

Connected Car Portfolio

Stage 1 Ventures Connected Car Portfolio Perhaps the greatest potential for popular smartphone or tablet software and services is not in household appliances like TVs and refrigerators, or in wearable devices like wrist watches, but in cars.

To state the obvious: Cars are inherently mobile. Additionally, many of the activities people do in their cars – listen to music, look up directions – mesh nicely with popular app-mediated activities on mobile gadgets. Americans spend an average of 1.2 hours a day traveling between locations and American commuters spend an average of 38 hours a year stuck in traffic. If mobile apps and Internet-based services can shoehorn their way into the in-car environment, that means a great opportunity to expand their ability to engage consumers, absorb their attention, and gather data.

Portfolio members include:

PhantomAlert empowers GPS and smartphone-equipped motorists with the infomation and tools to avoid traffic tickets.
Autonet Mobile is an internet based Telematics and Applications service platform for the Automotive transportation market.
Openbay is changing the way people get their autos repaired and maintained.
PureCars is a leading automotive research company that answers the top concerns of used car shoppers.
Carvoyant provides drivers a trusted health record for their car and creating the largest automotive service history dataset in the industry.
Unique Fabricating is a strategic die-cut and molded application solutions supplier to all automotive OEMs and their major tier one suppliers.
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TriLumina is a semiconductor laser technology company which develops, manufactures and integrates among the fastest and most powerful semiconductor laser solutions in the world.
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 ReferralMob makes it easy for you and your friends to find jobs.

Pay For Performance Marketing / Advertising

Stage 1 Ventures Pay For Performance Marketing & Advertising PortfolioBack to the Future. Ten years ago, it was the internet that threw the telecom, media and marketing worlds into chaos. This time, it will be the mobile phone. Mobile media – be it sponsored ringtones, song downloads, promotional music videos – all require new marketing approaches to display, track and monetize the increasing demand.

Change is not limited to the mobile platform alone. Today, 20% of all media consumption is occurring on the web, yet only 4.5% of advertising dollars have migrated to the Internet thus far.  With $65B in traditional Madison Avenue advertising dollars finding their way into new media delivery mechanisms, one could certainly project that there will be a land grab going on in pay-for-performance marketing industry.

Portfolio members include:

inStream Media provides innovative solutions to retailers and brands through targeted advertising and promotions at the point-of-sale in retail locations.
OwnerIQ creates new opportunities for advertisers by providing self-support information for common consumer products.
Promoboxx is a local brand-to-retailer marketing firm.
Ditto’s image-recognition technology reveals the truth about how people actually interact with your products and brands.
Mobee provides real-time store intelligence – collecting & analyzing data from customers visiting stores and packaging it into insights that improve business.
Sitewit provides a do-it-yourself search engine marketing solution using engagement marketing and predictive scoring to optimize website and paid search campaigns.
Coherent Path represents the next evolution of analytics for retailers intent on understanding and connecting with their customers.
shareThat offers small to medium sized businesses gameified promotions that can be placed on websites and blogs.
LocusPlay is a Lottery Gaming platform specially designed for Lottery Operators, agents and distributors to expand their business and provide enhanced, secure and dependable platform for customers to play lottery games.
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Zooppa is the world’s leading source of user-generated advertising, committed to the vision of real people and innovative brands working together.

Security Portfolio

Stage 1 Ventures Security PortfolioUbiquitous Internet connectivity has a dark side. Hackers and thieves have broken into the computer defenses of countless companies, putting millions of Americans’ personal data at risk. Disclosure of such events have become mainstream, thanks in part to state legislation requiring public admission of privacy breaches.

End users are also targets – be it spyware, adware and phishing schemes, privacy is constantly under attack. Gartner predicts that the security market is currently an 8B industry, which will only get larger as vendors continue to expand protection from such attacks.

Portfolio members include:

Delfigo Security offers a risk based, multi-factor, identity management solution that enables compliance with regulatory mandates at a fraction of the cost of other solutions.
DropFire is a leading software development company dedicated to the interoperability of public safety data across agencies and networks.

Innovator Portfolio

Stage 1 Ventures Innovator Portfolio Some companies break the mold. Fall outside of normal conventions. We embrace such solutions, and are proud to back those who run outside of the lines.

Portfolio members include:

Wing Power Energy Inc is an early stage company that develops small vertical wind turbines – a market projected to grow 10 fold by 2015 in the US market alone.
Banshee Wines is a négociant-éleveur crafting quality wines for discriminating buyers.
Newburyport Brewing Company is dedicated to producing a wide range of high quality craft beer to local and regional markets in the Massachusetts area.
Glanola provides an innovative beverage line cleaning solution to brewing and hospitality companies.
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WiTricity helps integrate efficient, safe wireless power transfer technology into your products and systems.
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Reticare is a sheet of eye protection that reduces emissions of short wavelength light when using screens.
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LivBlends is a smoothie delivery service that seeks to create a healthier and well priced alternative to fast food.
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ArtLifting is a low-profit limited liability company. The scalable art marketplace provides homeless and disabled individuals the opportunity to earn their own income.
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Farm Crisp uses NDVI imagery (or the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) – a simple graphical indicator that analyzes remote sensing measurements, and assess whether the target being observed contains live green vegetation or not

Track Record

View our track record detailing companies we’ve had the honor of working with throughout the years.