Moderne Ventures, a Chicago-based venture capital firm focused on early stage investments in technology companies, has closed its early stage venture investment fund with USD33 million in total commitments.
Launched in 2015 by Constance Freedman, Moderne identifies and invests in cutting-edge technology companies who have a shared purpose of modernising highly-regulated, multi-trillion dollar industries.
These markets represent 20 per cent of the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and spend billions of dollars annually on marketing, technology and business services.
Moderne provides its early stage investments with proprietary access and exposure to the Moderne Network – more than 400 executives and corporate leaders who provide industry expertise, strategic guidance and business opportunities. Moderne’s target investment size ranges from USD200,000 to USD3 million, primarily in seed to Series B stage companies. Current portfolio companies include TaskEasy, UrbanBound and Better Mortgage.
“Moderne was founded on the principle that capital and expertise are no longer the only ingredients that drive success for early stage companies,” says Freedman, Moderne Ventures’ founder and managing partner. “In order to be truly transformative, we have created the Moderne Network that fosters a symbiotic relationship between entrepreneurs and more established businesses seeking to redefine how they operate by embracing new technologies.”
Moderne also introduced the next iteration of its Accelerator programme, Moderne Passport Program, a seven-month industry immersion programme designed for technology companies of all stages and sizes. Passport leverages the Moderne Network and connects growth companies with customers and industry leaders.
Freedman adds: “Our immersion programme attracts the cream of the crop companies on the bleeding edge of SaaS, data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and IoT. These are businesses that can create tremendous value by addressing the needs of global companies in the real estate, finance, insurance and home services markets to evolve and streamline their outdated processes.”
Since inception, Passport has had over 40 companies participate, and on average, companies increase their customer base by approximately 90 per cent and have gone on to raise nearly USD200 million in outside financing.
Moderne is currently accepting Passport applications for its 2017 spring programme, which will launch at Realogy Holdings Corporation’s headquarters in May.