SJF Ventures

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, US
SJF Ventures was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Durham, 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, US (HQ)
200 N Mangum St #203
Larkspur, US
700 Larkspur Landing Cir #199
New York, US
85 Broad St
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SJF Ventures Online and Social Media Presence

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SJF Ventures Blogs

SJF Co-Leads PierianDx Series B

St. Louis, Missouri, October 28, 2019  / BusinessWire / – PierianDx, the leading clinical genomics informatics company, today announced that it has closed a $27 million Series B funding round led by ATW Partners and SJF Ventures that also includes existing investors Health Catalyst Capital, Inova He…

SJF Ventures Invests in Waycare

Los Angeles, California, October 3, 2019  / PRWeb / – Today Waycare, an AI-based connected mobility platform for transportation agencies, announced that it has raised $7.25 million in Series A funding led by SJF Ventures, with participation from UpWest, Next Gear Ventures, Innogy, Spider Capital, Go…

How This Immigrant Entrepreneur Built A $60 Million/Year Fulfillment Business

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, September 12, 2019  / Starter Story / Hello! Who are you and what business did you start? Hi! My name is Jan Bednar and I’m the CEO and founder of ShipMonk, a technology-driven fulfillment center based in South Florida. Our services are primarily geared towards B2C/eCommerc…

Cleantech – A Forest of Funds

August 5, 2019 – (LinkedIn) – SJF Ventures has been investing in cleantech companies for 20 years. We have seen many funds come and go, most notably Silicon Valley funds that rushed in some years ago only to get burned. The incorrect media conclusion after that saga was ‘cleantech VC failed’. Howeve…

SJF Hiring Senior Analyst or Associate

SJF is seeking a senior analyst or associate. This position is suited for talented and experienced individuals who are eager to develop skills in venture capital and impact investing. SJF promotes a horizontal culture in which individuals at all levels are integrated into the venture capital process…

20 Years of Impact – SJF Reflects on 20th Anniversary, Thanks Partners and Supporters

Please feel free to download our 20th celebration graphic via PDF.
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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.

  • 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.