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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:

Marxent offers market-leading expertise in the latest Mobile Augmented Reality technologies backed by over 50 years of combined marketing and software development experience.
OnePin | Stage 1 Ventures Portfolio Company
Based on its patented technology, OnePIN provides secure, permission-based solutions to help people manage and maintain relationships across networks and devices.
WiTricity helps integrate efficient, safe wireless power transfer technology into your products and systems.
Evolve Cellular is a mobile operator built for innovators.
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.

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:

Sworkit is a fitness app that takes you through 5-60+ minute strength, yoga, pilates and stretching workouts requiring no equipment. Additional options allows both novices and professionals to create and share custom routines from a growing library of over 170 different exercises.
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.
Speedy Packets is a well-funded stealth-mode startup backed by private investors to improve the performance of fundamental network protocols such as TCP/IP over lossy congested networks.
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Origin Wireless is a machine to machine services company providing solutions to various industries and verticals.
Vivoom turns user content into branded mobile video marketing that converts at the highest response rates on mobile.
Newmetrix is building a cloud-based AI platform to help AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) companies manage, collaborate and analyze their industrial video and photos
Visage Payroll
Visage Payroll was founded based around a simple idea; Free payroll with cutting edge features for small businesses.
BlueShift Research
BlueShift Research offers a new, fundamental market research approach for investors, answering questions from Wall Street that are either very controversial, not being discussed or are new/unique ideas.
Intro-Act is a financial technology company that combines machine learning analytics with workflow optimization software to make access events more efficient and actionable.
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ChaosSearch – the big data wrestling of disorder and confusion within object storage.
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Akumina empowers enterprises to easily build and deploy personalized digital experiences to any audience.
GameFace Media is the world leader of free professional event photography for amateur athletes across all endurance and team sports.
Talkmap interfaces with bot platforms to simplify intent identification and bot training using utterances from your company’s conversation data.

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:

Openbay is changing the way people get their autos repaired and maintained.
TriLumina is a semiconductor laser technology company which develops, manufactures and integrates among the fastest and most powerful semiconductor laser solutions in the world.

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:

Promoboxx is a local brand-to-retailer marketing firm.
Wiser helps retailers and brands turn omnichannel data into action that increases revenue, reduces costs, and improves marketing effectiveness.
Kliken 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.
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Viralgains puts your branded video in front of a targeted audience for maximum exposure, engagement and results.

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:

Acreage Holdings Energy Inc is an investment company with an established footprint in the cannabis industry in the United States, operating across the nation.
Valkyrie Selections represents family-owned vineyards across Spain & France seeking balance, freshness and usually a healthy dose of acid.
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.
WiTricity helps integrate efficient, safe wireless power transfer technology into your products and systems.
Reticare is a sheet of eye protection that reduces emissions of short wavelength light when using screens.
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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.
Seva helps knowledge workers find and apply the information they need to do your job simple and easy.
Freight Farms addresses the needs of the changing food landscape by providing the physical and digital tools to create local produce ecosystems on a global scale.
Trace Genomics analyzes the DNA in soil and helps increase yield and uncover potential threats long before they are visible in the field.

Track Record

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