As a venture fund, SJF Ventures focuses on the resource efficiency, sustainability and technology-enhanced services sectors. Representative investment areas include efficiency and infrastructure, asset recovery including reuse and recycling, sustainable agriculture and food safety, health and wellness technology, education technology and digital media and marketing services.

When assessing investment opportunities, SJF Ventures is highly selective in identifying teams, markets and business models that can achieve rapid sales, strong profitability, and premium exits. In addition, SJF looks to partner with entrepreneurs who are committed to positively impacting the world through the businesses that they are creating.

SJF Ventures’ partners assist portfolio companies in developing and executing strategic growth, building the board and executive management team, exploring capitalization structures, pursuing growth mergers and acquisitions, and enhancing market presence.

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HQDurham, NC, US
Size (employees)19 (est)
Cybersecurity ratingBMore
SJF Ventures was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Durham, NC, US
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Key People/Management at SJF Ventures

Rick Defieux

Rick Defieux

Co-Founder & Investment Committee Chair
David Griest

David Griest

Managing Director
Alan Kelley

Alan Kelley

Managing Director
Cody Nystrom

Cody Nystrom

Managing Director
Arrun Kapoor

Arrun Kapoor

Managing Director
Dave Kirkpatrick

Dave Kirkpatrick

Managing Director
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SJF Ventures Office Locations

SJF Ventures has offices in Durham, Larkspur and New York
Durham, NC, US (HQ)
200 N Mangum St #203
Larkspur, CA, US
700 Larkspur Landing Cir #199
New York, NY, US
85 Broad St
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SJF Ventures Online and Social Media Presence

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SJF Ventures Blogs

SJF Leads Elemeno Health’s Series A

OAKLAND, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Elemeno Health, the developer of a proprietary solution serving frontline health care teams, announced the closing of a Series A financing. The $7 million round was led by SJF Ventures and joined by new investor SustainVC and several existing investors. Designed b…

SJF Invests in Tive to Power Sustainable & Efficient Supply Chains

BOSTON, April 11, 2022 / PRNewswire / — Tive, the technology leader in the new era of supply chain and logistics visibility, today announced the closing of a $54M Series B funding led by AXA Venture Partners, with participation from Sorenson Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, Fifth Wall, SJF Ventures and F…

Novinium Acquired by Southwire

SJF Ventures portfolio company Novinium, a power cable rejuvenation and reuse solutions provider focused on electric utilities, has been acquired by one of North America’s largest wire and cable producers, Southwire. Novinium has patented processes to help utilities address a growing infrastructure …

An Exit To Accelerate Climate Impact: AES Acquires Community Energy Solar

December 20, 2021 / Dave Kirkpatrick LinkedIn / – We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Community Energy Solar (CES) by AES to accelerate the deployment of utility scale solar and storage. SJF led the Series A financing for CES in 2010, in partnership with our co-investor NGP ETP. At that …

Community Energy Acquired by AES

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 20, 2021 / PRNewswire / — The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) today announced the acquisition of leading US solar developer, Community Energy Solar, LLC (Community Energy). AES has signed PPAs to deliver 4 GW of renewables in the US this year and the acquisition of Community Energy …

SJF Hiring for Three New Positions

SJF Ventures is hiring for three new positions: an associate based in its Durham office; a senior analyst based in its San Francisco office; and an analyst, portfolio acceleration based in either its New York or Durham office. Information about each role and application instructions is included belo…
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SJF Ventures Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was SJF Ventures founded?

    SJF Ventures was founded in 1999.

  • Who are SJF Ventures key executives?

    SJF Ventures's key executives are Rick Defieux, David Griest and Alan Kelley.

  • How many employees does SJF Ventures have?

    SJF Ventures has 19 employees.

  • Where is SJF Ventures headquarters?

    SJF Ventures headquarters is located at 200 N Mangum St #203, Durham.

  • Where are SJF Ventures offices?

    SJF Ventures has offices in Durham, Larkspur and New York.

  • How many offices does SJF Ventures have?

    SJF Ventures has 3 offices.