By Evan Vitale
Here are some of the latest headlines and news in the world of venture capital.
According to the Wall Street Journal, companies with technologies to reduce preterm births drew significant interest from venture capitalists in 2015 and helped drive investment in reproductive health to a record amount of $333.1 million for the year. Reproductive health is one of the smaller categories for venture investment among 17 areas of the human body surveyed by VentureWire and market tracker Dow Jones VentureSource. Health-care venture firms have focused mostly on disease therapies, and pregnancy hasn’t been seen as a medical condition that needs treatment. Last year’s investment total topped the previous high of $298.1 million reached in 2001. Read the rest of the story here: http://on.wsj.com/1pqoweA
Backstage Capital, the bootstrapped venture capital fund founded by Arlan Hamilton and focused on investing in “overachieving, underrepresented startup founders,” is launching their official website (www.BackstageCapital.com) and announcing the first six investments they’ve made. Hamilton is one of the first LGBT black women to start a venture capital fund and became the first black woman to lead an AngelList syndicate last Fall. Since November 2015, Backstage Capital has invested amounts ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 into companies with diverse founders like Kairos, Wedspire, TextEngine, and Nailsnaps. Currently, Backstage Capital’s roster of investors (LPs) includes individuals such as Marc Andreessen, Susan Kimberlin (formerly of Salesforce), Brad Feld, Leslie Miley (formerly of Twitter), and Lars Rasmussen (co-creator of Google Maps). The full press release is here: http://prn.to/21NrNTd
SportTechie is reporting Ted Leonsis, the business mogul that owns and operates Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), has quietly announced his intentions for a $10 million venture capital fund for the purposes of investing in sports and entertainment tech startups.
MSE owns three Washington D.C. sports teams—the Mystics of the WNBA, the Capitals of NHL and the Wizards of the NBA. You can read the full story here: bit.ly/1QRMDch