Who We Are
GARAGE TECHNOLOGY VENTURES is a seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund. We invest in entrepreneurial teams with big ideas and a need for seed capital to turn their ideas into great companies.
We invest in unproven teams attacking unproven markets with unproven solutions. We’re not interested in teams that are creating the nth solution to the same old problem nor companies who are trying to improve things by only 10 or 20 percent.
Our Investment Approach
The characteristics of the companies we invest in are:
- Sectors: Software, services, clean technology, and material sciences (not life sciences)
- Funding: Seeking seed or early investments from $500,000 to $3,000,000
- Geography: California or Western US based
- Business model: requiring less than $5,000,000 to reach break even or sustainability
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- Critical Factors for Obtaining Funding
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Garage has also produced a highly acclaimed series of events including Bootcamp for Startups, Silicon Valley 4.0, The Art of the Start, and Launch: Silicon Valley.
Garage was initially funded by some of the leading venture capital firms and angel investors in the industry, including Advanced Technology Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mayfield Fund, E*Trade, Highland Capital, and Sequoia Capital.
When the supply of early-stage venture capital dried up in 2002, we changed our name to Garage Technology Ventures and became a seed and early-stage venture capital fund. CalPERS, the California Public Employees’ Retirement Fund, is the lead investor in Garage’s first fund, the Garage California Entrepreneurs Fund, LP. Thomas Weisel Global Growth Partners became an investor in 2006.