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Source of repost is EY website and for full Article:

2019 finishes as second strongest VC investment year on record

As the 2010s came to a close, we can say with confidence that we experienced the greatest 10-year run in history for entrepreneurs raising venture capital. Between 2010 and the end of 2019, venture-backed startups raised more than $730 billion, almost doubling the $400 billion raised in the prior decade. What can the trends of the last year – and the last decade – tell us about what’s to come?

Let’s look at what drove the massive growth spurt in funding over the past decade:

  1. An explosion in IT; software “eating the world”
  2. The availability of mobile computing bringing goods and services to consumers anytime, anywhere
  3. The technology enablement of industries — business and financial services boomed with the rise of FinTech
  4. Continued advances in health care, health services, and biopharmaceuticals

The environment was also shaped by a prolonged zero interest rate environment that saw investors seeking yield and turning to venture to get it. In an era of abundant private capital, companies raised significant amounts and poured that into topline growth, in some cases not building infrastructure or positive unit economics. This is now being viewed with more scrutiny, especially in the consumer-facing markets.

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Disclosure: Please check the source as this is a reposting of the research by another company.

VC Deal Flow

We hope to launch our new beta blog in 4q2017, but want keep posting about deals closing!  Here a few:

  • Science Exchange, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based operator of a platform for scientific services, raised $28 million in Series C funding. Norwest Venture Partners led the round. Existing investors Union Square Ventures, Maverick Capital and Collaborative Fund participated.
  • Spruce Finance Inc, a San Francisco-based provider of consumer financing for residential energy efficiency and solar technology, raised $25 million in funding from HPS Investment Partners.
  • Vector, a Tucson, Ariz.-based micro-satellite launch company, raised $21 million in Series A funding. Sequoia Capital led the round, and was joined by Shasta Ventures and Lightspeed.
  • Lynq, a New York City-based location technology startup, raised $19 million in seed funding. Plus Eight Equity Partners led the round, and was joined by investors including ARC Angel Fund and Angel Investor Forum.
  • Bonfire, a Canada-based sourcing enablement software, raised $11 million in funding. Battery Ventures led the round, and was joined by investors including Crosslink Capital and Spider Capital.
  • Make.TV, a Seattle, Wash.-based cloud live video acquisition and management solution, raised $8.5 million round of funding. Voyager Capital led the round. Microsoft Ventures, Vulcan Capital and Arnold Venturesparticipated.
  • Harver, an Amsterdam-based HR tech company, raised $8.1 million in Series A funding. Insight Venture Partners led the round.
  • Work Truck Solutions, a Chico, Calif.-based provider of commercial truck inventory solutions, raised $5 million in funding. Autotech Ventures led the round, and was joined by investors including Belle Michigan, Wakestream Ventures, Moneta Ventures and Golden Seeds.
  • UpKeep, a Los Angeles-based provider of maintenance management solutions for facility maintenance teams, raised $2.7 million in seed funding. Investors include Battery Ventures and Bain Capital Partners.
  • Terran Orbital, an Irvine, Calif.-based nanosatellite design, development, manufacturing, testing and launch company, raised funding of an undisclosed amount from Lockheed Martin Ventures.
  • ProSteel Security, a Provo, Utah-based maker of safety and security products, raised funding of an undisclosed amount. Investors include City Capital Ventures and Promus Equity Partners LLC.
  • Kakao Mobility, the South Korea-based ride-hailing service platform run by Kakao Corp, raised 500 billion KRW ($437 million) in funding from TPG.
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Deal Flow by JD – 93 Food & Beverage Startups to exit players!

Day 6 of 90 Networking!  Focus today Beer, Wine, and Food & Beverage Deals!  Text me at +1 858-869-9483 about any size food startup!  I love food& Beverages! and do what you love! #DoWhatYouLove #Networking90days


There are few key players is the good news!

2 of 2 Food Exit

I can help with fast tracking your company to several of the above players!  I can provide a referral to other players that can help you!  Text me with introduction and then call +1 858-869-9483 anytime.

The food and beverage industry is remarkably concentrated, with top companies wielding multiple, sometimes dozens, of brands to capture over 70% market share in the US market in key segments like beer, soda, chocolate, and cereal.

With increased global focus on health and natural eating, smaller food companies have grown in recent years — a Boston Consulting Group report found that CPG companies with less than $5B in sales gained 2.7 points of market share since 2011 — representing $18.1B in aggregate sales growth. BCG also noted that in 2015 the industry saw its fastest growth rate since 2012.

And now for deals that closed!

Food Deals

Food & Beverage Consumer Packaged Goods Private Companies List
Company Category Focus Select Investors
Nurturme Baby Food Baby food EcoEnterprises Fund
Joint Juice Beverages Bone health drinks Lurie Investment Fund, Nestle
Suja Life Beverages Fruit drinks Coca-Cola Company, Boulder Brands Investment Group, Leonardo DiCaprio
Sambazon Beverages Acai drinks Stonyfield Farms, Greenmont Capital Partners
Paper Boat Beverages Fruit drinks Catamaran Ventures, Sequoia Capital India
Zevia Beverages Sugar-free soda Northwood Venture Partners, NGEN Partners
Core Nutrition Beverages Water 7-Ventures
AquaHydrate Beverages Water Mark Wahlberg, The Yucaipa Companies
Bai Beverages Antioxidant drinks Strand Equity Partners
Cheribundi Beverages Cherry drinks Cayuga Venture Fund, Emil Capital Partners
VOSS Water Beverages Water Centra Capital, Juggernaut Capital Partners
Hint Beverages Flavored water Verlinvest
Spindrift Beverages Sparkling fruit drinks Prolog Ventures, RiverPark Ventures
WTRMLN WTR Beverages Watermelon juice CAVU Ventures, Beyonce Knowles
Karma Wellness Water Beverages Flavored water Undisclosed
Fred Water Beverages Water Tudor Ventures
Sipp Beverages Organic cocktail mixers Emil Capital Partners
Goodbelly (NextFoods) Probiotic Drinks Kombucha Emil Capital Partners, Maveron
Health-Ade Kombucha Probiotic Drinks Kombucha CAVU Ventures, First Beverage Group
Kevita Probiotic Drinks Kombucha KarpReilly, LMN VC
Humm Kombucha Probiotic Drinks Kombucha Undisclosed
Coco Libre (Maverick Brands) Coconut Water Coconut water Undisclosed
Vita Coco (All Market) Coconut Water Coconut water Verlinvest, Madonna, Demi Moore
Simply Gum Candy & Gum Natural gum Collaborative Fund
Unreal Brands Candy & Gum Gluten-free candy Khosla Ventures, Raptor Consumer Partners
SweetRiot Candy & Gum Chocolate Golden Seeds
Nibmor Candy & Gum Chocolate Emil Capital Partners
Boomf Candy & Gum Personalized marshmallows Duncan Jennings
Blue Bottle Coffee & Tea Coffee Index Ventures, True Ventures, Google Ventures
Califia Farms Coffee & Tea Cold brew coffee Stripes Group
Numi Coffee & Tea Tea Partnership Capital Growth, Catamount Ventures
Rooibee Red Tea Coffee & Tea Tea SeedStep Angels, SB Holding
Guayaki Coffee & Tea Yerba mate tea Undisclosed
Teabox Coffee & Tea Tea Accel Partners, Horizen Ventures
Bhakti Chai Coffee & Tea Tea Colorado Impact Fund, P2BInvestor
Hampton Creek Egg & Dairy Alternatives Vegan egg substitutes Khosla Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Horizons Ventures
The FRS Company Energy Drinks Energy drinks Oak Investment Partners, Radar Partners, RRE Ventures
Ripple Foods Egg & Dairy Alternatives Plant-based milk Blueberry Ventures, Google Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Prelude Ventures
Kite Hill Egg & Dairy Alternatives Dairy-free cheese Khosla Ventures, New Crop Capital
Ruby’s Naturals Egg & Dairy Alternatives Non-dairy yogurt Mistral Equity Partners
Melt (Prosperity Organic Foods) Egg & Dairy Alternatives Non-dairy buttery spreads Boise Angel Alliance, Frontier Angel Fund
Muufri Egg & Dairy Alternatives Animal-free milk SOSVentures, Horizons Ventures, Indie.Bio
Good Karma Egg & Dairy Alternatives Plant-based milk 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners
Clara Foods Egg & Dairy Alternatives Animal-free egg white SOSVentures
Heidi Ho Egg & Dairy Alternatives Plant-based cheese Lori Greiner
Daiya Egg & Dairy Alternatives Non-dairy cheese & yogurt N/A
Kill Cliff Energy Drinks Energy drinks Sherbrooke Capital
Aspire Beverage Company Energy Drinks Energy drinks InnoVentures Capital Partners
Runa Energy Drinks Energy drinks Investors Circle, MetaBrand Capital
Glukos Company Energy Drinks Energy drinks Ecosystem Integrity Fund
Ciao Bella Ice Cream & Froyo Gelato Encore Consumer Capital, Sherbrooke Capital
Yasso Ice Cream & Froyo Frozen yogurt bars Raptor Consumer Partners
Jala Bars (BE Active Brands) Ice Cream & Froyo Frozen yogurt bars Undisclosed
Sir Kensington’s Ingredients & Condiments Condiments Verlinvest
Nutek Food Science Ingredients & Condiments Lower-sodium salt Khosla Ventures
Bonafide Provisions Ingredients & Condiments Bone broth Boulder Brands Investment Group
Soylent Nutritional Drinks Meal replacement drinks Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Initialized Capital
Mix1 Nutritional Drinks Protein shakes Highland Capital Partners
The Chia Company Meat & Dairy Chia Pods Arlon Capital Partners, VO2 Partners
MilkMantra Meat & Dairy Milk Eight Roads Ventures, Aavishkaar
Maia Yogurt (Healthy Mom) Meat & Dairy Yogurt  Undisclosed
Good Culture Meat & Dairy Cottage Cheese General Mills Ventures, CAVU Ventures
Pre Brands Meat & Dairy Grass-fed steaks BRJ Ventures
Memphis Meats Meat & Dairy Cultured meat New Crop Capital, SOSventures
Impossible Foods Meat & Dairy Cultured plant-based meat Bill Gates, Khosla Ventures, Google Ventures, Horizons Ventures
Luvo Packaged Meals Packaged meals TomorrowVentures
Beyond Meat Packaged Meals Plant protein Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Obvious Ventures, Bill Gates
Saffron Road (American Halal Company) Packaged Meals Halal meals Undisclosed
Fishpeople Packaged Meals Seafood 3×5 Special Opportunity Partners
Sweet Earth Packaged Meals Packaged meals Undisclosed
Urban Remedy Packaged Meals Packaged meals Slow Ventures, Venture51, Science Media
Hungryroot Packaged Meals Vegetarian meals Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
Red’s All Natural Packaged Meals Burritos Undisclosed
Hilary’s (Drink Eat Well) Packaged Meals Veggie burgers Undisclosed
Buen Sabor (Good Tastes) Packaged Meals Frozen empanadas  Kodiak Venture Partners
ZenMonkey Packaged Meals Packaged breakfasts Undisclosed
Aloha Protein Bars Bars, teas & juices Khosla Ventures, BoxGroup, First Round Capital
Health Warrior Protein Bars Chia seed bars New Ground Ventures, New Richmond Ventures
Exo Protein Protein Bars Cricket protein bars AccelFoods, Collaborative Fund, Dentsu Ventures
Ocean’s Halo (New Frontier Foods) Snack Food Seaweed chips Undisclosed
Rhythm Superfoods Snack Food Veggie chips 301 INC, CircleUp, Affinity Angel Investment Fund
Pop Gourmet Foods Snack Food Popcorn Undisclosed
Sahale Snacks Snack Food Nut snacks Palladium Equity Partners
Primizie Snack Food Crispbreads Tasty Ventures, Baylor Angel Network
Little Duck Organics Snack Food Kids’ fruit snacks Burch Creative Capital
Wholesome Goodness Snack Food Chips Jump Capital
Two Moms In The Raw Snack Food Gluten-free vegan snacks NGEN Partners
Nourish Snacks Snack Food Fruit & veggie snacks Undisclosed
PerkyJerky Snack Food Beef & turkey jerky Sunrise Strategic Partners
Funley’s Snack Food Crackers & Granola Distinct Capital, Lux Capital
Dang Foods Snack Food Coconut chips & onion chips Sonoma Brands
Nomva Snack Food Fruit & veggie snacks Evolution Media Partners, Taylor Farms
Peeled Snacks Snack Food Fruit & veggie snacks Fireman Capital Partners
Barnana (Wholesome Valley Foods)  Snack Food Banana bites Boulder Food Group
Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Snack Food Jerky CAVU Ventures
Brad’s Raw Chips Snack Food Veggie chips Ben Franklin Technology Partners
JicaChips Snack Food Jicama chips AccelFoods
Chirps (Six Foods) Snack Food Cricket flour chips  MassChallenge
Halfpops Snack Food Popcorn N/A