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
Size (employees)19 (est)
Cybersecurity ratingAMore
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 Leads $10 Million Financing of Cooks Venture

NEW YORK, July 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Cooks Venture, a vertically-integrated food company re-envisioning the future of agriculture, today announced the closing of a $10 million Series A investment. SJF Ventures and Cultivian Sandbox led the investment with participation from Larry Schwartz and John…

Technology innovations tackling the youth, young adult mental health crisis

Stephanie Nieman recently authored an article, Technology innovations tackling the youth, young adult mental health crisis, that was first published in MobiHealthNews.  The piece gives a breakdown of the growing list of digital mental health tools available to these populations, and the various ways…

Optoro’s Warehouse Recovery – A Story of Resilience

There is no playbook for what to do when your warehouse is hit by a tornado, or when the world is impacted by a pandemic. SJF portfolio company Optoro faced both at once. Resilience, persistence and drive allowed the company to persevere during the toughest challenges, and Optoro’s technology enable…

Black Lives Matter – SJF Ventures Statement of Support

We, like you, have been dealing with shock, sadness, frustration, and anger in the wake of the recent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  As with the cases of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others, we know the unfortunate truth that for every George Floyd, there are an unknown number of simi…

SJF Ventures Cleantech Office Hours

SJF Ventures is offering Cleantech Open Office Hours from 10 am – 6 pm ET on Thursday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 13 to support growth-stage companies with the potential to rapidly scale in an economic recovery. During the office hours, cleantech entrepreneurs will present their investment opportun…

Vital Farms and Cooks Venture Discuss Effects of the Coronavirus on Food Systems

SJF Ventures portfolio companies Vital Farms and Cooks Venture were mentioned in the news talking about the effects of the Coronavirus.  The Washington Post discussed changing consumer habits with Vital Farms’ CEO, and The New York Times talked about food supply chain issues with Cooks Venture’s CEO…
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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.