We invest in the outliers
from day one

We invest in the

from day one

We back moonshot founders who are transforming traditional industries and processes
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Today’s biggest opportunities aren’t for the faint of heart: they require incredible determination and unique perspectives. We invest in founders based on their differentiated industry expertise, outsized ambition and demonstrated tenacity, not their pedigrees or who they know.

Silicon Valley is a mindset, not just a geography or network. These outlier founders may not always fit the traditional mold, but they are the start of a new pattern. They are the founders who will define our future.

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Featured portfolio founders

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Pano Ai
Actionable intelligence for wildfire management
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Turing Biosystems
Platform utilizing interpretable AI to analyze multi-omics patient data to select targets for oncology drugs
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PlanetFWD
Carbon footprint management platform for consumer products industry
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Gable
Platform that connects companies and their employees to flexible, scalable, and cost-effective hybrid offices
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Treefera
AI-driven platform that identifies and analyzes carbon assets, starting with forests
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Prado
White-label operating system for subscription-based food & beverage
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Sano
Personalised medicine platform that connects individuals directly to the research world
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Ethena
Compliance training platform for modern teams
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Guidewheel
Cloud-based manufacturing optimization platform
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Fabric Health
Healthcare enablement platform to help patients access, engage and optimize healthcare benefits
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Sonantic
Expressive and realistic artificial voices
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Sorcero
AI analytics and insights platform automating advanced knowledge bases for life sciences
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Oula
Personalized, convenient, comprehensive maternity care
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M7 Health
Nursing workforce management platform for hospital systems
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Unitary AI
Context-aware AI to detect harmful content online and across social media platforms
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What our founders have to say

"When I was ready to raise M7's first round of funding, I knew that I wanted January on my cap table. I had previously interned for one of January's portfolio companies and saw Maren and Jen serve as true thought partners and trusted advisors to the company's founders during ups and downs. As a first-time founder myself, I wanted that same level of support from my early investors. Jen and Maren are always available and are the first to jump in and help, regardless of the circumstance. They were instrumental in helping us close a follow on round and bring trusted investors onto the cap table. Any founder would be lucky to have them on their cap table.”

Ilana Springer Borkenstein
Cofounder of M7 Health

"The January Ventures team is truly "smart money". They understand early stage so well, helping me get ahead on the day to day of building my product and team - and they also help me stay one step ahead on my longer term goals of scaling and fundraising. Among all my investors, January has provided the most useful fundraising strategic advice and has built the best community of advisors and operators to support us. I want them in every round and introduce them to the best founders in my network."

Christina LaMontagne
Cofounder of Clarity Pediatrics

“Since Treefera’s pre-seed round in July 2023, January Ventures has been a great supporter of our business. They have a standout brand in the VC space, and I am excited to continue partnering with them as we move our company into the next stage of funding. I would recommend January Ventures as a holistic partner to start ups, being able to advise on such important topics as PR strategy, fundraising and hiring. They are also able to provide valuable customer introductions and have been great counsel to us as founders.”

Caroline Grey
Cofounder of Treefera

“January has been one of the most value add investors on my cap table. They were always first to respond to asks from our quarterly investor updates and took time to hop on a calls whenever we needed them to. I always felt heard and like they had my back.They have a gift of listening and sourcing suggestions that led to real solutions for Sonantic. For example, they introduced me to an interim COO who helped me find a talent partner who doubled our team size in 3 months with vetted talent. They also helped me find a marketing resource when I could no longer do everything myself. And when it came time to series A, they made the most introductions out of any of our investors.”

Zeena Qureshi
Cofounder of Sonantic

“I’ve been fortunate to have January Ventures as a partner on our journey since the early days at Pano, and they are very unique. In addition to providing the same level of support and resources as other top tier VC funds, January Ventures also offers the very unusual opportunity to be part of a diverse founder community unlike anything else I’ve seen - a community of founders from under-represented backgrounds who are of exceptional caliber and are passionate about helping each other succeed day to day and being role models to the next generation of leaders. The January Ventures events are one of the highlights of my year, and can be incredibly soul-nourishing!”

Sonia Kastner
Cofounder of Pano AI

"When I was ready to raise M7's first round of funding, I knew that I wanted January on my cap table. I had previously interned for one of January's portfolio companies and saw Maren and Jen serve as true thought partners and trusted advisors to the company's founders during ups and downs. As a first-time founder myself, I wanted that same level of support from my early investors. Jen and Maren are always available and are the first to jump in and help, regardless of the circumstance. They were instrumental in helping us close a follow on round and bring trusted investors onto the cap table. Any founder would be lucky to have them on their cap table.”

Ilana Springer Borkenstein
Cofounder of M7 Health

"The January Ventures team is truly "smart money". They understand early stage so well, helping me get ahead on the day to day of building my product and team - and they also help me stay one step ahead on my longer term goals of scaling and fundraising. Among all my investors, January has provided the most useful fundraising strategic advice and has built the best community of advisors and operators to support us. I want them in every round and introduce them to the best founders in my network."

Christina LaMontagne
Cofounder of Clarity Pediatrics

“Since Treefera’s pre-seed round in July 2023, January Ventures has been a great supporter of our business. They have a standout brand in the VC space, and I am excited to continue partnering with them as we move our company into the next stage of funding. I would recommend January Ventures as a holistic partner to start ups, being able to advise on such important topics as PR strategy, fundraising and hiring. They are also able to provide valuable customer introductions and have been great counsel to us as founders.”

Caroline Grey
Cofounder of Treefera

“January has been one of the most value add investors on my cap table. They were always first to respond to asks from our quarterly investor updates and took time to hop on a calls whenever we needed them to. I always felt heard and like they had my back.They have a gift of listening and sourcing suggestions that led to real solutions for Sonantic. For example, they introduced me to an interim COO who helped me find a talent partner who doubled our team size in 3 months with vetted talent. They also helped me find a marketing resource when I could no longer do everything myself. And when it came time to series A, they made the most introductions out of any of our investors.”

Zeena Qureshi
Cofounder of Sonantic

“I’ve been fortunate to have January Ventures as a partner on our journey since the early days at Pano, and they are very unique. In addition to providing the same level of support and resources as other top tier VC funds, January Ventures also offers the very unusual opportunity to be part of a diverse founder community unlike anything else I’ve seen - a community of founders from under-represented backgrounds who are of exceptional caliber and are passionate about helping each other succeed day to day and being role models to the next generation of leaders. The January Ventures events are one of the highlights of my year, and can be incredibly soul-nourishing!”

Sonia Kastner
Cofounder of Pano AI
Our portfolio is one of the most diverse in venture
60
Portfolio Companies
4
Total exits
70%
Graduation rate
80%
Have a female founder
31%
Have a Black or Latino/a founder
38%
Have an immigrant founder
68%
Headquartered outside Bay Area
100
Members in Operator Network
Our core beliefs
Outlier founders drive outsized returns
The next decade’s unicorns will come from an increasingly wide range of geographies, sectors and backgrounds. Underdog founders with the grit to overcome obstacles will win.
Experience outweighs privilege
Industry natives with unique perspectives will build the next moonshot companies. Experience, vision and tenacity matter more than pedigree.
Venture is due for disruption
Great founders exist outside of today's narrow venture capital networks. We are re-writing the networks in venture to be more accessible and transparent, and believe these new networks will accelerate growth.
Investment 

focus
We back outlier founders transforming traditional industries and processes. We focus on the pre-seed stage and will invest in exceptional founders before there is a product, customers or revenue. We invest in the US and Europe.
Post investment, we focus on go-to-market support and opening doors for our founders. We introduce them to their first customers and their future follow on investors. We have built a new network to support founders of the future, and we stick with them through the ups and downs of company building.
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January

The beginning of the year, the start of a new pattern, opening doors to the future
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